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THE SPIN CYCLE: Companies fail to deliver on their brand promise

A brand promise is the cementing of a company’s identity in the minds of its audiences. According to Gallup, companies are largely failing to make good on their agreements. Only half of the nearly 18 million customers Gallup surveyed strongly believe that the companies they do business with always deliver on what they promise. The other half, not so much. ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Ten business lessons from Monica Harrigill

Some businesspeople exude enthusiasm. It inspires other people. Then there are businesspeople who radiate contagious enthusiasm, which the kind that infects others with enthusiasm. Such is the case with Monica Harrigill, vice president of Jackie’s International and a 2004 winner of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. In addition to currently managing eight motels and 40 restaurants, she ...

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Teach your child sound economic principles

Luckily, there are usually second chances in life. As the leader of the Mississippi Council of Economic Education, I am often asked “what is the most important thing a parent can do as it relates to financial literacy and their children?” My standard response is that you need to teach them the habit of saving and what it means to ...

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WISEMAN: The demise of the Republican party? No way

Although the latest poll numbers indicate that the Republican attempt to wear the latest government shutdown like a badge of honor might not be working as planned, the obituaries for the Republican Party being recited by any number of left leaning pundits are as equally off the mark. If anything, the giddy predictions of a total Republican Party collapse are ...

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Mississippi ballot initiatives: Adjusting the hand of government

With comparatively few shots being fired in the statewide elections, many are turning to the three ballot initiatives to quench their thirst for electoral intrigue. All three of the proposed initiatives are historic in a number of ways. If there is a common denominator with which to assess the impact of these measures it would be the degree to which ...

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Dealing with all of life’s perils

My work is basically about helping people manage risk. That being primarily the hazards of life we all experience on a day to day basis. And it’s a risky business because life itself can be risky. Whether walking across the highway, being diagnosed with a catastrophic medical expenses or having an unexpected loss of income due to a sickness or ...

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Griffin aggressive, focused

Entrepreneur passionate about his growing business I have observed that successful entrepreneurs and leaders have a keen sense of who they are and where they are going. They have clarity in their lives that allows them to lead others on a focused path. As a young adult, I remember the sense of uncertainty I had as I was trying to ...

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Coast better off for McKenzie’s vision

One of the challenges leaders face is how to keep their finger on the pulse of the organization. I have found that entrepreneurs typically hit a point in their growth curve where they are no longer “hands on” with all of the projects, and they have to learn to delegate effectively. This can lead to anxiety and cause some entrepreneurs ...

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Smith uses technology for his supply chain

Some people call it fate or luck. Others may consider it God’s providence. Regardless, it is interesting to me to see how our lives and careers are often shaped by unforeseen twists and turns. Ed Smith, chief supply chain and contracts management officer for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), has been actively involved in the field of supply ...

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