In the Men's Room with Murph

One of the great blessings of my life was my friendship with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the author of The Power of Positive Thinking. He was undeniably a legend of positive thinking. We were both on the speakers' staff of The Positive Thinking Rallies, a movement that began in 1975 and still lives on today. I started as the emcee and introduced Dr. Peale more than 50 times over a period of years.   On several occasions, I had dinner with Dr. Peale and his lovely wife, Ruth. Dr. Peale was gracious, authentic and always inquired about me, my career, and my family. His genuine optimism was impacting on me, and I often said to myself, if this great man is a product of positive thinking, then I’m all for it. He made a lasting and optimistic impression on me, from which I am still benefiting! Below is a story from…
Posted On Friday, 09 July 2021 12:00 Written by
Seems to me that it was appropriate for SCOTUS to pass a ruling, effective July 1, granting NCAA college athletes the opportunity of accepting remuneration for their NIL (name, image, likeness) when they perform their physical skills as NCAA athletes. Or was it? It was the intent of Thomas Paine, author of “Common Sense,” which first popularized the idea of independence, followed by Ben Franklin (of the $100 bill fame) who was one of the principal authors of our Declaration of Independence, that became effective some 245 years ago yesterday.   Several issues need to be considered – for common-sense purposes (excuse me, Mr. Paine). College athletes have always been considered “amateur” athletes. They participate without pay unless you consider they get free college education including free room and board as well as a small stipend for expenses. However, many say in our 2021 world that is not enough.   The complaint is that NCAA colleges…
Posted On Friday, 09 July 2021 00:00 Written by
He’s a best-selling author, STEM educator and business leader branded by TIME Magazine as one of their “most influential people of the year” because of his passion to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.  With more than 1,500 television appearances and multiple Emmy awards to his credit, Steve is also a regular guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where she dubbed him America’s Science Teacher. Steve’s catalog of videos featured on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and now TikTok have close to 1 billion views, and his books and online experiments are widely used by parents and educators to increase student engagement and inspire young scientists to learn more about STEM-based careers. But Steve Spangler feels most at home when he’s on stage sharing insights and creating those amazing experiences audiences remember for a lifetime. Steve brings over 25 years of experience (4,500+ presentations) to the platform every time he speaks. In July 2010, members of the National…
Posted On Wednesday, 07 July 2021 00:00 Written by
This past week my sons and I went with a group of boys from our Church to ride the rapids in the Portneuf River, in Lava Hot Springs, ID. By rapids I mean the equivalent of blowing bubbles in the milk of your cereal bowl. This might be the tamest, most pleasant river rafting in the world. And yet, as my 9-yr old and I went on our double tube, somehow we found ourselves upside down, stuck in a whirlpool where the rocks made a little water tornado… While mildly drowning, a group of girls came crashing over the top of us, sending my son laughing and floating to the side and safety in his lifejacket, while I happened to explode. I don’t mean my actual body exploded, but rather everything I had on: my expensive Oakley prescription sunglasses, my only hat that fits me that I purchased with my buddy Ty…
Posted On Wednesday, 07 July 2021 00:00 Written by
We are in an interesting time in history, when transformative digital disruptions have their foot on the gas and are accelerating at exponential rates. Every industry is facing disruption in a multitude of ways, and it is now up to business leaders and their organizations to implement my Anticipatory Organization® Model and understand and identify the future certainties of Hard Trends and how to leverage them to become the disruptor before someone else does. Part of that process has largely to do with understanding the difference between transformation and change, both from a disruption standpoint and from the angle at which an organization disrupts from. Once an organization understands the difference between these two concepts, it has an advantage over those that focus solely on one. What Does the Term ‘Change’ Mean? Change is a common term. From an Anticipatory mindset, change means continuing to do something in essentially the same fashion, with only…
Posted On Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00 Written by
Major League Baseball season is now in full swing. Fans are back in the seats, although limited in some states as some powers-that-be are convinced that the COVID-19 is not over! The players are aware of the possible coronavirus dangers but go about their business as usual. The key to our  “America’s national pastime” is the ball itself, which is not made in America! That regulation baseball is 9-9 1/4 inches, weighs 5-5 1/4 ounces. It is bound together by 108 handwoven stitches through cowhide leather and manufactured by Rawlings with their plant in Costa Rica. Recently those balls were considered “hot” so MLB ordered Rawlings this year (2021) that they had to adjust their manufacturing process to reduce the bounce of the ball. They have! Batters didn’t like it! The pitchers did! For them that wasn’t enough – never is! Every pitcher wants to throw a no-hitter! They don’t like seeing…
Posted On Friday, 02 July 2021 00:00 Written by
A bit about Verl:  Verl makes it his personal mission to develop amazing coaches. It takes thorough vetting and intense training. But it all starts with being a master coach himself, who leads by example. Verl brings deep real-estate, leadership and coaching experience to every business relationship. His coaching clients represent the elite agents, teams and brokers in the world. But they didn’t necessarily start out that way. By identifying the “why” behind each goal, he is able to help his clients achieve greatness. Verl is also an accomplished speaker and presenter—one of just a handful of presenters to earn the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. His experience and expertise in all aspects of sales, marketing, promotion, management and technology have enlightened and empowered helped thousands of professionals to expand their knowledge and achieve their goals. Verl’s contagious style and sales and management mastery make…
Posted On Wednesday, 30 June 2021 00:00 Written by
For the past 15 months I have not been able to rely on audience feedback to confirm if I did a job well or not from my Virtual Zoom Home Studio. For the first 3 months of the pandemic, every event planner wanted no Chat feature open, nor the cameras on attendees, so I had the pleasure of performing comedy, singing and entertaining, along with teaching The Promise, to the wall. No laughs.  No applause.  No response. Some clients even wanted a pre-recorded video which allowed me the opportunity to not only record 74 takes over a 12 hour day, in order to reach perfection, but then to receive an email a day later asking me to add an extra 10 minutes because it was so good, and that they needed it inserted in the middle of my video and to not appear recorded later… The lengths to which I…
Posted On Wednesday, 30 June 2021 00:00 Written by
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 affected how both individuals and organizations had to operate professionally like never before. Many workers went remote, while others were unfortunately laid off for the time being. Brick-and-mortar organizations had to close their doors with no real certainty as to when “business as usual” would return. The reality is that nobody accurately predicted the novel coronavirus would disrupt us as it did, shutting down the global economy and leaving a sea of uncertainty in its wake. All were left with no other option than agility, whether we realized it or not. In my Anticipatory Leader System, I teach the importance of having an Anticipatory mindset, where we use the future certainties of Hard Trends to our advantage as a way to see disruption coming before it disrupts. This allows us to become positive disruptors and stay ahead of the curve. Agility Was Everything to Start But when COVID-19…
Posted On Tuesday, 29 June 2021 00:00 Written by
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