The NMP Blog

Is Measuring Your Work a Waste of Time?

Submitted by David Lykken on September 29, 2016

How important is measuring activity in the workplace to your organization? Personally, I'm a big believer in the power of data to make decisions. If you monitor how you're spending your time and what tasks you are doing, you will be able to measure that against your results to see just how productive you are being as a team. What's not to love about measurement?

On the other hand,... Read More

News From NAMB: September 29, 2016

Submitted by John Councilman on September 29, 2016

You may have noticed that News From NAMB is not just links to other media stories but also goes to primary sources. News From NAMB is different because we find important information that may not be reported elsewhere and we comment on why it is relevant to you, often in a fun way. Best of all, it is free to NAMB members. News From NAMB is sponsored exclusively by United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM... Read More

Foot in the Door: The Importance of First Impressions

Submitted by David Lykken on September 26, 2016

One of the biggest questions in the world of technology is the extent to which mobile applications are going to replace traditional methods of doing business. This question is particularly striking for the mortgage industry. Are mobile apps, for example, ever going to replace the LOS?

On the Sept. 19 episode of my Lykken on Lending podcast, we discussed this very subject with D+H VP of... Read More

News From NAMB: September 22, 2016

Submitted by John Councilman on September 22, 2016

You may have noticed that News From NAMB is not just links to other media stories but also goes to primary sources. News From NAMB is different because we find important information that may not be reported elsewhere and we comment on why it is relevant to you, often in a fun way. Best of all, it is free to NAMB members. News From NAMB is sponsored exclusively by United Wholesale Mortgage. ... Read More

What Does Being an Intelligent Company Mean?

Submitted by David Lykken on September 22, 2016

On the Sept. 12 episode of my Lykken on Lending podcast, we had the opportunity to interview Keith Polaski of Radius Financial Group. During our conversation, we talked about how Radius uses various metrics to track the effectiveness and efficiency of their employees. According to Keith, it's part of their organization philosophy to be an intelligent company. What does it mean to be an... Read More

You Can't Be Better Unless You're Willing to Be Different

Submitted by David Lykken on September 21, 2016

I've never met a leader who didn’t want to achieve some level of greatness. We all want to lead our organizations to a place that sets us apart as different from all the other organizations in the marketplace. We want people to see us as, not just another company to choose from, but an organization that operates on a higher plane. In an industry full of typical fairs and carnivals, we all want... Read More

Just Because It's Simple, That Doesn't Mean It's Easy

Submitted by David Lykken on September 19, 2016

The mortgage industry can be complicated. It's not rocket science, but it's not as simple as riding a bike either. With the unending array of regulations, the complexity of financial calculations, and the dynamics of human relationships, it can be a tricky business. I will say, though, that our industry does a great job at providing resources that simplify the industry for loan originators. If... Read More

The Perfect LO and the Idea of Continuous Improvement

Submitted by David Lykken on September 16, 2016

On a special Labor Day edition (Sept. 5, 2016) of my Lykken on Lending podcast, I had the opportunity to discuss a new technology called "The Perfect LO" with its creator, Derek Malila. I've known Derek for a long time, and I've always been impressed by how he works. When I heard about his new technology that helps loan originators achieve excellence by taking the guess-work out of the process... Read More

Organizational Culture and Securing the Best Talent

Submitted by David Lykken on September 15, 2016

More and more as Millennials enter the workplace, we're seeing the idea of a professional business environment go by the wayside. We hear all of the time about businesses, especially startups in the technology industry, allowing their employees to do things like wear jeans to work, offer flexible hours, or have meditation rooms in the office. To many of us who have been working for a long time... Read More

News From NAMB: September 15, 2016

Submitted by John Councilman on September 15, 2016

You may have noticed that News From NAMB is not just links to other media stories but also goes to primary sources. News From NAMB is different because we find important information that may not be reported elsewhere and we comment on why it is relevant to you, often in a fun way. Best of all, it is free to NAMB members. News From NAMB is sponsored exclusively by United Wholesale Mortgage. ... Read More