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PHIL HARDWICK: Do you like your employees? Do they like you?

It’s often been said that employees don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. With job dissatisfaction so high, and yet so much training on leadership and management, what gives? There sure does seem to be a huge disconnect. Generational differences, technology, no career advancement, the human resources department and the jobs themselves have all been to blame. Perhaps it’s a combination ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Too many colonoscopies, not enough tattoos

Most strategic planning retreats begin with an opening exercise designed to energize the group and get participants to know each other better. The big issues surface later on during the retreat. However, at one recent retreat the opening exercise exposed a major issue facing the organization. The issue: an aging workforce. The exercise: autograph party. Autograph party, also known as ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: So, you’re thinking of running for mayor

With the March 3rd qualifying deadline only a few weeks away, decision time is drawing nigh for those considering running for mayor or other municipal office. To assist in that endeavor, we have put together a list of questions that should be answered by any person considering a run for mayor. The first question is the most important one because it ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The strangest eminent domain case ever

There is an intriguing eminent domain case going on in south Mississippi. It involves a popular, well-known local eatery, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the local county government and a 100-foot strip of land alongside a highway. The real estate issue is property value, but that is only the beginning. Let’s begin with a brief, but incomplete factual timeline ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Business Communication 101: The latest thing

The message that is sent is never the message that is received. Two things about the history of communication are clear: The methods of communicating have evolved and the rate of change has accelerated. The methods have run the gamut from grunts and hand signals to email and texting. In modern times the rate of change is so great that ...

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