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Even before the National Football League established the Rooney Rule, the Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB) was hiring players from diverse backgrounds. In 1969 the Pirates employed a player from Panama named Renaldo Antonio Stennett Porte. His teammates called him Rennie.  He was born in Colon, Panama, played second base, stood about 5-foot-11 at 160 pounds. The NFL’s Rooney Rule was created from the influence of Dan Rooney, owner of the Steelers and chairman of NFL’s diversity committee. It was also the result of the firings of Tony Dungy, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dennis Green of the Minnesota Vikings. The Rooney Rule’s purpose was to ensure that minority coaches, especially African Americans, would be considered for high-level coaching positions. It has been expanded to apply to jobs for all NFL senior football operations. Incidentally, both Dungy and Green worked for Steelers head coach Chuck Noll. Further, despite what some may think, Eugene Chung, New England’s 1st round draft choice in 1992, qualifies…
Posted On Friday, 18 June 2021 00:00 Written by
Julie Timms began her real estate career in 1979 in Hilton Head Island, SC and in 1985 opened her first brokerage, a Coldwell Banker franchise. In 1998, Julie and her husband, Bernie Timms, decided to downsize and open a small independent brokerage. In all those years Julie’s has focused on one thing – the success of each individual client. Julie’s desire for excellence in her business has led her to achieve the following real estate designations and certifications: ABR, CRS, CCIM, CLHMS, e-Pro, GRI, RSPS, TRC.
Posted On Thursday, 17 June 2021 00:00 Written by
I am seated backstage this very moment with enough time to write a complete blog while I am on call and at an event. That is rare. In 12 hours today, and 5 tomorrow, I will take the stage at least 30 times over this day and a half, totaling less than 15 minutes of total “on stage work”. This is my first HUGE production event back to “normal” (besides the temp checks, masks, social distance signs on chairs, and having to take a COVID test and passing as negative to get in), and there are nearly 1,000 people here in this massive ballroom with almost 3,000 chairs set up. The Client booked me half a year ago to be Emcee.  Thrilled with the work (even though, as of this date, I’m not accepting Emcee jobs anymore and just doing Keynotes), I jumped at the opportunity, booked the contract, and…
Posted On Wednesday, 16 June 2021 00:00 Written by
While many have solely thought of Bitcoin when the term “cryptocurrency” is referenced, today it is the system they are built on that is disrupting many entities in the financial industry and beyond. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency are programmed on a system called blockchain. This system facilitates a peer-to-peer transaction network that operates directly between users without an intermediary. And even though Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency are a Soft Trend—one whose future is open to influence—the existence of the blockchain and the concept of cryptocurrency is definitely a Hard Trend. It is here to stay with abundant applications. The rapidly evolving technology of blockchain holds enormous promise for game-changing disruption across any number of industries and fields; it just takes some understanding to figure out how you and your organization can use my Anticipatory Organization Model to leverage this disruptive Hard Trend to your advantage. Blockchain Broken Down For those who may…
Posted On Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:00 Written by
In the movie “Finding Forester” William  Forester (played by the late Sean Connery) asks Jamal Wallace (played by actor Rob Brown) if, at the end of his high school championship game played in Madison Square Garden, when Wallace had two free throws, which he missed, but would have won the game, “Did you miss ‘em or did you miss ‘em?” as if on purpose. For Wallace, it was a matter of integrity. Let’s pose the same question for our professional athletes. Did the professional athletes miss not having fans in the stands while the pandemic kept them sheltered in? Or did they miss them? While it was widely said that NBA players and professional golfers would prefer to have the stands and fairway sidelines packed with fans, were they really missed? Did the players play with less intensity or effort without the fans? Is this an integrity issue as the one faced by Jamal Wallace in the aforementioned movie?…
Posted On Friday, 11 June 2021 00:00 Written by
The late orator and patriot, Dr. Kenneth McFarland, used to say that “The salesperson is the gas and oil of the free enterprise system.” I suppose today we would need to extrapolate a bit and say that “The salesperson is the gas, oil, green energy, and solution providers of the free enterprise system!” Still, the salesperson’s role in our society is as important if not more so than ever before. Things have changed dramatically, and the most skilled sales professionals are thoughtful change agents who are intensely focused on delivering the greatest value to each client. Anyone who is trying to sell as they did 20-30 years ago is being left behind.   I coined a phrase that I used in my last book, Standing Out From The Crowd, which I think is sound philosophy: Become known for the problems you solve. The best salespeople out there today focus on that…
Posted On Friday, 11 June 2021 00:00 Written by
During this unique period of technology-driven transformation, the education sector has so far been slow to embrace the power of digital tools that can be used to accelerate learning. Institutions spend time, energy, and money protecting and defending conventional teaching methods while casting aside new, transformative ways in which we can adequately prepare young children and even adults for the ever-evolving world in front of us. While the stimulations of digital connectivity have certainly shortened the attention spans of the young and old alike, generating quite a challenge for educators in both K-12 and university-level teaching, there is actually something positive about this. Human beings have developed superhuman powers in multitasking and an insatiable desire to be in control and hands-on in what they seek out. We Are Hands-On Multitaskers A given smartphone user checking any one of our four or five screens for emails, messages, and notifications every few…
Posted On Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00 Written by
Daniel Burrus is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and Disruptive Innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus. He is the CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients profit from technological, social and business forces that are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities. He is a strategic advisor to executives from Fortune 500 companies, using his Anticipatory Business Model to develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. He has delivered over 3,000 keynote speeches worldwide.  He is the author of seven books, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Flash Foresight, and his latest best selling book The Anticipatory Organization, and he is a syndicated writer with millions of monthly readers on the topics of technology driven trends, disruptive innovation, and exponential change.  Burrus…
Posted On Friday, 04 June 2021 00:00 Written by
Thoroughbred racing has always been exciting to me. Perhaps because my family was involved for some 75 years — on the administrative side, not ownership or training. I love watching those magnificent athletes run at some 40-45 MPH and compete for a victory. The Triple Crown comprised of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes (to be run next Saturday, June 5th) has always been a favorite. The 146th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico race course in Baltimore on May 15th featured an upset with Rombauer ridden by jockey Flavin Plat and trained by Michael McCarthy, not the Dallas Cowboys head coach – he’s busy getting ready for the season. Rombauer came from 11th place to outrun Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit, who won the Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks earlier. Oh yes, Medina Spirit still is this years’ Derby winner although the horse tested positive after the race. The use of betamethasone…
Posted On Friday, 04 June 2021 00:00 Written by
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