For more than 40 years I’ve looked forward to this time of year as schools were starting after a long -- sometimes it seemed short -- hot southern California summer and that meant football season and Friday night lights were back. After graduating from Occidental College and beginning a high school teaching career, I began a football officiating career as well which concluded in 1991 when I retired from the NFL. When I started, I never thought of professional football, let alone college officiating. For me, high school officiating was exciting and financially rewarding - even though it was low-paying. ($12.50 per game).
Today, every week in our local newspaper, yes - we still have those, there are high school football results as well as other high school sports scores. I am sure in your community it’s the same. Unfortunately, following these scores is an article titled “Officials…
Posted On Friday, 09 September 2022 00:00 Written by
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Posted On Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00 Written by
Prior to 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic, corporate and client meetings were commonly an even blend between in person, over the phone, and by way of Skype, Zoom, 1 Click Connection™ or even Microsoft Teams. Which technology was used in what situation largely depended upon what type of material was covered in these meetings. In looking back, this was largely because it allowed business leaders and trainers the ability to make certain that all involved in a meeting were fully informed. But once the pandemic hit, nearly every company made the shift to a virtual and, in most cases, hybrid work environment. What this did to meetings and employee or customer communication was remarkable — virtual meetings, video classrooms, and all things Skype, Zoom, 1 Click Connection™, Microsoft Teams, FaceTime, and more became the “new normal.”
The likes of these software options were second nature to many who have utilized…
Posted On Wednesday, 07 September 2022 01:00 Written by
Many of you won’t remember this famous song, but the reality of our business is that September is one of the most critical months of the year. As we transition from summer to fall, vacation back to school, we look forward to the final quarter of the year. September can quietly make or break your year by what you do or don’t do! You must take control over your schedule to maximize opportunities. The key words are visibility and opportunity! While each market is different, the transition from summer to fall brings with it many community events, school functions, charity fund raisers, and a huge number of harvest festivals of one kind or another. The key for all of us is to take part in one or more of these activities. Sure, you should attend as many of these as possible and network, but these events afford you the opportunity…
Posted On Monday, 05 September 2022 00:00 Written by
Edward J. Pinto is a senior fellow and the director of the AEI Housing Center at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is currently researching how to increase the entry-level housing supply for first-time buyers and renters who earn hourly wages, as well as examining the current house price boom that began in 2012. This continues his previous work on the role of federal housing policy in the 2008 mortgage and financial crisis. Along with AEI Resident Scholar Stephen Oliner, Mr. Pinto created the Wealth Building Home Mortgage, a new approach to home finance designed to provide a more reliable and effective way of building wealth than is available under existing policies. This mortgage allows home buyers to maintain a buying power similar to a 30-year loan. It is aimed at a broad range of homebuyers, including low-income, minority, and first-time buyers. Before joining AEI, Mr. Pinto was an executive…
Posted On Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00 Written by
The role of a manager or executive comes with a myriad of responsibilities. Some of the more traditional roles of a manager or business executive can include balancing due dates for parts of a project, helping employees feel adequately trained for their role, and even being in charge of the company’s image. These and other elements of managerial and executive roles may stay the same for years, but just as many roles and responsibilities are evolving with the times. In everything, from a shift to remote and hybrid work environments to accelerating digital disruptions that transform whole departments and organizations, change is the only constant. If you are a manager, how would you write your job description today compared to day one? Do you find yourself still listing the same tasks even though you know they have gotten far more dynamic than before? Change has already begun, so how do you as…
Posted On Monday, 29 August 2022 00:00 Written by
More and more mortgage and real estate professionals are connecting and posting on social media. Aside from the compliance issues you need to satisfy, you do need a game plan as to how, what, and why you are posting. There are some simple things I have found in making sure you are maximizing your benefits of the social media connections you make, while at the same time, you don’t end up driving people away from reading what you are sharing. When it comes to professional posts, keep them short, focused, and direct. Most of all, make it YOUR interpretation of what ever point you are trying to make. Simply sharing a post put together by your corporate marking department that everyone else in your company is going to share does NOT create differentiation, it makes you just like everyone else! You can share the story, just share the story in…
Posted On Monday, 29 August 2022 00:00 Written by
As the NFL nears the end of its 2022 pre-season, fans can hardly wait for the regular season to start. The real games start when the teams play their “first-string” players. For the preseason most every team has played its reserve players so as not to get their regular players injured. They call it the championship season since preseason games don’t count toward the playoffs.
While that system is OK for the regulars (those players in the high salary brackets) the fans aren’t thrilled that the cost of the tickets is still high and they are watching their team play with players who will be “cut” when preseason ends. You see, each team brings 100-plus players into their training camps so that during the preseason the coaches can evaluate them for a spot on their regular roster. That’s what fans are seeing in the preseason. Coaches then begin…
Posted On Friday, 26 August 2022 00:00 Written by
More and more each day people are finding it hard to trust the very things we all used to believe in. We used to trust those on the evening news. Nobody doubted for a second anything that came from the lips of Walter Cronkite as he told us the news each night. We trusted our national “experts” when they gave us information, and of course, we all believed the president when he spoke. Today the bias is so apparent that you know the beliefs of the people who are speaking just by the channel you are watching. You know the position of the author by the website its on or the social media group that either pushes it in the searches, or chooses to fact check it repeatedly, even after it’s proven accurate beyond all doubt, never a retraction or an admission of wrongdoing. I say all this because the…
Posted On Monday, 22 August 2022 00:00 Written by
There has never been more opportunity than there is today to dramatically accelerate growth using new digital marketing tools, the right business strategies, and a proper and effective mindset. I recently invited Ford Saeks to participate in an episode of “Opportunity Hour: Conversations with the Masters.” Our conversation was specific to business growth and how to accelerate momentum in marketing, sales, leadership and operations. No matter the size of your business or organization, you can dramatically accelerate growth when you have the right tools to do so.
But part of what separates business, organizations, and the leaders in charge from the growth they desire is this invisible but rather prominent gap. The desire to advance from where a business or organization is to where leaders and employees alike want it to be is a common characteristic among all those pushing to accelerate internal and external growth and finding a way…
Posted On Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00 Written by
The back-to-school process has begun and parents are focused on getting their kids ready for school, or are trying to deal with the new school schedules and how that puts pressure on their housing situation. Back to school is hectic, but the challenges of the possible functional obsolescence of their homes can be a bigger issue. Parents with children starting school, starting different schools, sharing bedrooms, the issues with bathrooms, and even the physical location of their house may now be best served by moving into a home than functions more effectively for the entire family. Despite higher home prices and interest rates, the value of addition space, bedrooms/bathrooms, and even location can be well worth the price! Ask anyone that has kids and only one bathroom on a school day! Inflation data shows inflation has come down a little, but still over 8%, which is well beyond acceptable, and…
Posted On Monday, 15 August 2022 00:00 Written by
Purchase applications picked up last week and we are seeing many people coming back into the market as preapprovals remain about the same as we saw this time last year. The largest number of returnees are those that were working with FHA, VA, USDA, and bond program loans, as they are seeing sellers becoming more open to accepting offers from these qualified buyers! I can’t stress enough the benefits of staying connected to your preapprovals, even the people who choose to stop looking because they grew tired of the hunt. The first week of August begins the next seven weeks of “back to school” around the country for my clients. It becomes a critical time to understand your specific market because many of the national numbers will not be reflective of local realities. Often, the weekend prior and the weekend after school starts, we see a slight slowdown in activity…
Posted On Monday, 08 August 2022 00:00 Written by
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