In the Men's Room with Murph

What makes you HAPPY? I think of that zone I get in when work is just flowing, I’m cranking out emails, finishing To-Do lists, projects delivered and ready to be published; Moments cruising down the highway in the RV as I look in the rearview mirror and see my children playing a game with Mommy with the open road ahead of us; How about those times when you know you’re doing what you should be doing – eating healthy and clean, working out, feeling great, sunshine on your shoulders and it makes you happy. What are those times for you? How do you capture them? Can you share them with those you love? Can you utilize them to inspire those you Lead and work with? I want to bring a smile to your face like this brought to me. Of course, it’s not the same if you’re not there with…
Posted On Wednesday, 10 March 2021 00:00 Written by
The coronavirus pandemic has proven to be one of the most disruptive occurrences to happen in modern history. Starting in mid-March of 2020, something happened that would have been considered unheard of on January 1: Everyone was forced to change in some way — and with so many business closing their doors, and large numbers of employees globally sheltering in place and working from home, we turned to digital solutions like never before. From a business perspective, you were either shut down, like bars and restaurants, or you were booming, like grocery stores and pharmacies. And with no clear end to the pandemic in sight, there were, and still are, extremely high levels of uncertainty to deal with, on both a personal and a business level.  Unlike the Great Recession of over a decade ago, the coronavirus pandemic was not the result of a rapid industry decline like housing prices…
Posted On Tuesday, 09 March 2021 00:00 Written by
The Coronavirus Pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our country and the world. While we must maintain our safety by wearing masks (which we all dislike) and maintaining physical distancing (will we ever get back to congratulatory hugs?), we all so desperately desire to resume a normal lifestyle. Those in the world of sports remain determined to schedule games and sporting events. While it is certainly challenging, we do what we can to maintain normalcy. Such a challenge recently faced the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in that beach-town community. In order to follow state guidelines, the “AM” –meaning “amateur” had to be canceled. For more than 75 years this tournament – started by Bing Crosby and initially held in the southern California community of Rancho Santa Fe — had to be held without amateur partners of professional golfers and without the massive crowds that it usually draws. The Monterey Peninsula Foundation along with its…
Posted On Friday, 05 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Has anybody ever told you that there is? It has been said that everybody has at least one good book in them! Have you considered writing a book? If there is an area in which you are a subject matter expert, there are probably people who would like to hear more from you.   One of the best reasons to write a book if you are in business is that it is undoubtedly the best business card you will ever give someone. It spells instant credibility and can assist you in gaining not only high credibility, but could also be a powerful component to your image resulting in trusted advisor status with clients.   My next-door neighbor and long-time friend, Jerry Gillis, had no particular desire to write a career-related book, but upon retirement recently he did write a book about his life story. He printed only 20 copies and gave one…
Posted On Friday, 05 March 2021 00:00 Written by
  The designer is a native of Mississippi, where his love of sewing and design was nurtured by his grandmother, a master quilter. “I always dreamed of moving to New York to be a fashion designer,” he says. “I didn’t know how I’d get there, or when, but I had a subway map pinned to my wall. Before I was 13, I knew the city by heart.”​ In 1997 Hollis moved to NYC and began his career in the fashion industry by attending Fashion Institute of Technology.  He holds a degree in Fashion Design from New York’s FIT. Wherever his career led, Hollis never lost sight of his goal to head his own business. In fact, he launched his own eveningwear line when he was just two years out of college. Unfortunately, time wasn’t on his side then: “I opened the showroom on September 10, 2001,” he says. “Like just…
Posted On Thursday, 04 March 2021 00:00 Written by
The ice pack on my hip needs to be replaced and frozen again, but it hurts too much to get up and pop it in the freezer. Why the ice pack, you ask? After hitting a nice little summit on our hike last week, my brother and I were in for a very unexpectedly difficult descent. The uphill was steep enough to get our heart rates up and confirm we are still in need of getting in better shape, but the downhill saw us slipping on lava rock mixed with dust, dirt, little rocks, and a mildly graded trail not suitable for hiking in our chosen attire. My bro biffed it first, which is as surprising as seeing a mountain goat take a tumble, crashing to his knees, as we laughed in shock while he winced at the pain of ripping open his pants, blood gushing from his knee. Dusting himself…
Posted On Wednesday, 03 March 2021 00:00 Written by
These days, data has become more valuable in our economy than oil. There have been many discussions about the individual value of your personal data, how to protect it and even who owns it. But what about your intellectual property as an entrepreneur or business leader within an organization? How do you protect something digital? Time and again throughout American history, ideas have been stolen or “borrowed,” whether it be the historic squabble between Apple founder Steve Jobs and Microsoft founder Bill Gates and if Gates stole the idea of the Graphical User Interface from Jobs, or the more recent founding of social media giant Facebook where a savvy coder named Mark Zuckerberg “borrowed” the idea of Facebook from two brothers trying to get his help on a contract-to-hire basis for their similar idea. As the rate of technological innovation increases exponentially, an increasing number of entrepreneurs are developing innovative processes,…
Posted On Tuesday, 02 March 2021 00:00 Written by
“Bes-bawl.” Well, that’s the way it sounded to me when Terrance Mann (played by James Earl Jones) said it to Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) in the movie “Field of Dreams” about why Ray should keep this baseball field in his Iowa cornfield. “Bes-bawl” is America’s game and “surely people will come.” Mann continued, “people will most definitely will come. They’ll come to Iowa for reasons they can’t even fathom. They’ll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they’re doing it. ‘Of course, we won’t mind if you look around,’ you’ll say. ‘It’s only $20.’ And they’ll pass it over without even thinking about it. They’ll sit in the bleachers in their shirtsleeves on a perfect day and watch the game. This field, this game will remind us of our past. The one constant through the years has been baseball. It reminds us of all that is…
Posted On Friday, 26 February 2021 00:00 Written by
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, exponential digital transformation was the biggest disruption many organizations and leaders within those organizations concerned themselves with. Will artificial intelligence (A.I.) take my job? Will machine learning make our entire operation irrelevant? Is there something on the horizon that will change our industry, and how can we be the ones to discover it? Even given the increase in the rate of exponential transformation of business practices thanks to those aforementioned digital disruptors, it astounded me how many of those same organizations feebly considered what would happen if digital technology truly disrupted them or how to get in front of it. They were agile and reactionary, resting on their laurels and taking refuge in the antiquated phrase “we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.” Then as we kicked off 2020 with a booming economy, COVID-19 barreled into the United States like a freight…
Posted On Wednesday, 24 February 2021 00:00 Written by
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