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PHIL HARDWICK — Real Estate Realisms

In this column, we will introduce you to REALisms. What is a REALism and what does it have to do with real estate? A REALism is a phrase, saying, or words of wisdom that captures a truism about real estate. It is a statement that is based on self-evidence or factual evidence. and is accepted as an obvious truth in ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Economic development Q&A

May is the month of graduations and the month that the week of economic development is recognized nationally and in Mississippi. Graduates who are considering a career in economic development often ask the questions listed below. First, what is economic development? It is the process of increasing the wealth of a community. Some definitions refine it by adding things like, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Pandemic expected to have an effect on site selection factors

Each year, Area Development magazine publishes the results of its survey of corporate executives regarding their expansion plans and the factors that rank highest in their site selection decisions. In this column, we will look back seven years and compare those site selection factors with those in 2019. We will also speculate about which factors will be most affected by ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Image is everything, even in Mississippi

When I taught a college Communication course a couple of years ago I would begin the first class of the semester with having students interview each other and then introduce the person they interviewed to the rest of the class. Then, without giving them any information about myself except what they could see in front of them I would give ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Customers are judging every aspect of every transaction

Once upon a time, I did some research about customer transactions for a company that had an office where customers could come in, sign up for new accounts, make payments on existing accounts and otherwise transact business. My task was to learn more about why customers were coming to the facility to transact business when they could just as easily, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Johari Window a useful tool for business

We judge ourselves by our intentions; others by their actions. — Anonymous The Johari Window is a useful tool for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and communities to examine their self-awareness. It can reveal what employees, management, customers and stakeholders perceive about the organization. So you’ve never heard of the Johari Window?  Most business people haven’t because it comes from the psychology ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — What is the purpose of business

Last summer, The Business Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of CEO’s of major businesses, redefined its Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation to include stakeholders in addition to shareholders. The action has produced much discussion about the primary role of the corporation. To put it another way: What responsibility does business have to society? Nobel prize recipient Milton Friedman and ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — End of year bonuses

One of the most heart-warming stories I’ve come across this holiday season is about a company that gave its employees end-of-year bonuses based on tenure with the company. In this age of high employee turnover and lack of company and employee loyalty, it was refreshing to see that length of service with a company still matters. Did I mention that ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Ranking the professions

Each year the Gallup organization surveys Americans to determine how they feel about certain professions. The December 2018 survey revealed that nurses rated highest for honesty and ethics for 17th consecutive year. Members of Congress and telemarketers rated lowest. Below are the rankings for each profession. Respondents in the survey were asked the following question: Please tell me how you ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — People learn in different ways so figure it out

People learn in different ways. And no one way is best in every situation. Experts say there are basically three types of learners: » Listening learners; » Seeing learners; and » Touch/experience learners When it comes to training a team to do a certain task to learn something, the best method might not be showing them how to do something, ...

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