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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi needs one university

Football season is here and what better time to consider consolidating our public universities in Mississippi as we strive for that coveted spot in the BCS national championship. After all, what is the value of higher education if alums can only brag about Rhodes Scholars. While school consolidation in many ways has proven detrimental to our primary and secondary school ...

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BUSINESS PROFILE: Madison County Business League’s Collins brings people together through a variety of events

Born and raised in Pascagoula, Jan Collins remembers her younger years on the Coast with fondness. “The thing I loved most about growing up on the Coast was the lack of cliques,” she said. “Everybody had a sense of community, and we knew each other.” After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in marketing, Jan pursued ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Challenged, inspired by our leaders

In the last five years that I have been writing this column on leaders, I have had the incredible opportunity to visit with leaders from around the state of Mississippi. I have been challenged and inspired by their stories. Each week I try to pass along the tips and wisdom I learn from these leaders. As readers have probably noted, ...

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Gaming company shuffles leadership at three casinos

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Penn National Gaming Inc. has made leadership changes at its three Mississippi properties. Effective next month, Steve Lambert, acting general manager of Hollywood Casino Perryville (now owned and operated by Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc.) since July 2013, has been named general manager of Hollywood Casino Tunica. In addition, under a change in leadership structure for the ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Customer focused — Frank Fair grows business

A friend of mine shared a quote that has stuck with me, “Salespeople and bartenders make the world go round; the rest of us are just bystanders.” I share this quote in jest to emphasize the point that the ability to sell your product or service is CRITICAL. While this may seem obvious, I have seen far too many entrepreneurs ...

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PARENTAL GUIDANCE — Walker Tann learns about business from family

In the United States, there are more than 75 million Baby Boomers, and it is estimated that approximately 7 million of them are privately held business owners. I reference these facts because there are a large number of family-owned business owners in Mississippi that will are or will be thinking through how to transition their business in the next few ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY — Baldwin gets it: CEO says leadership is about people

Leadership guru Dr. John Kotter noted in a recent Harvard Business Review article about the distinction between management and leadership, “The confusion around these two terms is massive, and that misunderstanding gets in the way of any reasonable discussion about how to build a company, position it for success and win in the twenty-first century.” In the article, Kotter went ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Betts leading Eubank, Betts, Hirn, Wood, PLLC

Brian Tracy in his book Goals! emphatically states, “Success is goals, all else is commentary.” He describes the ability to set and achieve goals as a master skill of success. I have found this to be true in the leaders I have interviewed over the years. For these leaders, goal setting is not a one-time event, but an ongoing habit. ...

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Taylor Group CEO understands importance of employees

Even though it has been quite a few years now, I remember distinctly in college reading and discussing Tom Peters’ international bestseller “In Search of Excellence”. Peters and his co-author Robert Waterman were McKinsey consultants, and they based the book on their study of 43 of the best run companies in America. Ever since the book was published in 1982, ...

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