In the Men's Room with Murph

It’s March Madness time again and, indeed, the prominent word is “Madness!” With our country’s pandemic still in place as we try to safely open schools, indoor- dining, and with sports opportunities becoming more prevalent, will this year’s March Madness operate as it did in 2020? It probably won’t. Of course, there is a plan in place, but the real question is will they be able to make it happen? Stay tuned!   The present NCAA plan is to hold this tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana with all 64 schools in or about that location. The plan that has been in operation in “normal” times is that selected teams would play their first game in the higher-seeded T*E*A*M's home team arena. As the tournament progresses the winning teams would play in divisional tournaments with the winners moving on the next round and ultimately going on to the “Final Four” usually played on Saturday with the two winners playing…
Posted On Friday, 19 March 2021 00:00 Written by
We have all heard that world does not stand still! Neither do our industry or our individual endeavors. Experts say the “Knowledge Mass” is now doubling approximately every 3 years. In the past year our world has changed dramatically. Have you and your company changed with it? Your BRAND is your identity which is created through your name, symbol, design and reputation. A known brand is customarily a symbol of trust; an unknown brand is no brand at all. And we must all realize that the world and, more specifically, your market, have no need for another “Me too” brand. The degree to which your brand tells a differentiated story, will often be the degree which enables your success to come about.   Let’s talk about how you might re-energize your brand and image. I suggest you get 6-8 of your best and brightest team members together for a “Brand…
Posted On Friday, 19 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Rick began his career as a part-time agent in 1976, quickly becoming full-time and eventually buying the company in his fifth year.  He grew it from 34 to 193 agents and lead the U.S. in agent productivity.  His personal sales production saw him sell 200+ homes per year during his sales career.  He was honored to be both Renos Salesperson of the Year, as well as the Nevadas Realtor of the Year.  Upon selling his company, Rick has shared his successful strategies worldwide ever since.  He has spoken in all 50 states, for every real estate franchise and has been recognized as one of the most popular trainers within the real estate industry. In 2014 Rick became the Regional Director for an Australian based franchise and grew it to 7 offices with 125 agents in Oregon and Washington. With over 40 years of experience Ive seen every real estate model…
Posted On Friday, 19 March 2021 00:00 Written by
California doctor has court hearing for traffic violation; Logs into Zoom to appear for meeting with Judge; Appears to be wearing operating room gear; Appears to be in operating room; Appears to be operating and performing surgery! The court clerk asks, “Are you available for trial?  It kind of looks like you’re in an operating room right now?” Doctor: “I’m in an operating room.  Yes, I’m available for trial.  Go right ahead!” Medical equipment, beeping in background, doc handling surgical tools… On a court appearance Zoom call!!! Response from the wise Judge: “So unless I’m mistaken, I’m seeing a defendant that’s in the middle of an operating room appearing to be actively engaged in providing services to a patient,” Judge Gary Link said during the virtual hearing. “I do not feel comfortable for the welfare of a patient if you’re in the process of operating that I would put on a trial.”…
Posted On Wednesday, 17 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Artificial intelligence (A.I.), one of the 20 core technologies I identified back in 1983 as the drivers of exponential economic value creation, has started out simple. From Amazon’s Alexa, Siri on your iPhone, or proclaiming “hey, Google…” in your home, there are several small but impactful applications of A.I. that have become fully integrated in our world today. Now, following a historic moment in contemporary history dominated by a global pandemic, A.I. advancements have been turbocharged like never before.Consumer products that implement A.I. that have been in the spotlight for a handful of years are now having to share that fame with Information Technology (IT) solutions and its place in industry. If you haven’t already, from this point forward, it would be a good idea to keep a closer eye on A.I.’s rapid development and look for both predictable problems as well as amazing opportunities. Disrupting IT Operations Now that A.I.…
Posted On Tuesday, 16 March 2021 00:00 Written by
Since 2005, Ron Howard & Associates has been one of the top teams in the Baltimore region with just under a Billion in sales. Ron's team holds the rare distinction of being one of top selling teams annually and the most favorably reviewed on Zillow with over 780+ reviews. Ron has earned his brokerages highest annual sales award - the Diamond Club - 9 times, while also being inducted into their Circle of Legends and Hall of Fame. Ron became a real estate professional after he and a partner bought, renovated and sold dozens of properties, and he's built upon his professional experiences in sales, information technology, broadcast video production, and computer networking—from which he learned how to launch innovative, high-impact marketing campaigns. A cornerstone accomplishment was creating and launching Proforms, a contract writing software for the residential real estate industry. His specialty in the technology of automating work groups and work flow has bolstered his success in…
Posted On Friday, 12 March 2021 00:00 Written by
The tragic automobile accident that nearly took Tiger Woods’ life recently could certainly be a lesson for all. Remembering my classroom driver education teaching days of many years ago, I can vividly recall my continuous stern warnings to those tenth graders: Speed Kills!   While it may not have been announced by the investigation, we certainly can assume that, given that no physical impairment was confirmed, speed was a factor on that tricky road in Southern California.   While this accident doesn’t compare to the 500,000 lives that have been lost in the US due to the coronavirus, this article is not written to explain comparisons. Automobile accidents happen every day and many with fatalities. Tiger is lucky to be alive. The tragedy is his loss in the golfing world. That sport like so many others has lost superstars over the years. But what is it that seems to make this…
Posted On Friday, 12 March 2021 00:00 Written by
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
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