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‘You are your brand’

One of the biggest challenges for any leader is staying in control of the organization’s “product.” Depending on the type of organization, the “’product” may be an actual physical product, service, or some combination of the two. In a hyper-competitive and transparent marketplace, maintaining the quality of your product can mean the difference between success and failure. I recently interviewed ...

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Computerized politics: Salvation or Satan?

The very notion that I would set out to write a commentary on the explosion of technology in politics would be the subject of much mirth amongst the staffers of the Stennis Institute. As further proof that timing is everything, particularly to an incurable political junkie, the close proximity of the Christmas break in academia and the earlier-than-ever Iowa presidential ...

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Helping to improve your financial picture for 2012

By now, the Christmas tree has been put out on the curb and you’re close to finishing all the candies and cakes you didn’t need to begin with. Its time again for that annual ritual and you know what I’m referring to: New Years Resolutions, or, more to the point, financial resolutions for the year ahead. And the timing could ...

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THERE YOU HAVE IT column: Things aren’t cool with cable TV

In my little world, Comcast choked as bad last Monday night as LSU did in getting rolled by Alabama in college football’s national championship showcase. I would loved to have watched the game in the comfort of my living room but Comcast fixed things to make sure I didn’t. My neighbor and his buddies in the apartment below had a ...

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Aware of surroundings

One of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs and busy executives is striking a balance between home and work life. In a global economy with 24/7 work demands, we are under more stress than ever. Former CEO of General Electric Jack Welch once said, “There’s no such thing as work-life balance, there are work-life choices, and you make them, and they ...

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Assessing is the first step in leadership

A new leader’s first task is to assess the organization and determine what needs to be done. It is often referred to as surveying the environment. Some organizations need the new leader to take the organization to the next level; some organizations need to be shut down. Although these ideas presented here are primarily directed toward those who will be ...

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Challenging juncture

Hold on tightly. As we enter 2012, the pace of change in our economy is unlikely to slow down anytime soon. As Vince Poscente stated in his bestseller, “The Age of Speed,” “Speed is a fact of modern life.” This speed is driven by the pace of technological change in our society. Futurist and author Ray Kurzweil calls this the ...

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Conviction, realism

In America, one of our most revered leaders is founding father George Washington. Because of his role as a military leader and first President, he has iconic status in our culture. What is particularly interesting about Washington as a leader is that he knew, like all of us, that he was not perfect. In his day, he had many critics, ...

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A nation of two different tribes

It is being heard more and more that Americans are divided into two different camps. It is even mentioned that they do not even communicate because they do not speak the same language. Indeed, the verbal combat is escalating and intensifying. Although such talk might have once been considered idle conversation, each day and every philosophical debate that passes seems ...

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In the crosshairs: Performance management may be our salvation

Only a passing glance toward Washington, D.C., is sufficient to remind us that the gathering fiscal storm clouds are becoming more ominous by the day. Yet, in Mississippi we still have to live with the lists and rankings that constantly remind us of the dire straights in which many of our citizens find themselves. The challenges for the incoming administration ...

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