The NMP Blog

Why Meetings Are Important in Business

Submitted by David Lykken on October 19, 2016

Football is perhaps the most popular sport in America—at least if the Super Bowl is any indicator. More people watch the Super Bowl each year on TV than any other event. Despite its popularity though, games are only played once a week. Contrast that to other American sports that play games every few days, and you have to ask: What do professional football players do the rest of the week?

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Onboarding: Employees and First Impressions

Submitted by David Lykken on October 17, 2016

First impressions matter. Think about the first time you met someone—whether it's a friend or family member or someone you work with. What did you think of them at the time? Now, trace that relationship forward to where it is today? Can you see how your first impression of that person influenced your perception of them over time? Intuitively, this is what we do: we use our first impressions as... Read More

News From NAMB: October 13, 2016

Submitted by John Councilman on October 13, 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

Why Is There So Much Turnover Among LOs?

Submitted by David Lykken on October 13, 2016

In many different industries, there are certain job positions that high higher rates of turnover than average. Typically, when we think of such positions, we may think of hourly, minimum wage jobs such as food service or front line retail work. However, there certainly are more "professional" level positions that have high rates of turnover. In many fields, salespeople tend to come and go... Read More

Strategic Talent Search: Why Cultural Fit Isn't Enough

Submitted by David Lykken on October 12, 2016

I'm a huge fan of hiring for cultural fit. I think that, for an organization to succeed, we don't only need highly qualified people on the team; we also need highly cooperative people on the team. Business is a team sport and, like any team support, it usually takes the whole the team working together to pull off a victory. I sometimes think job-specific skills are overvalued and cultural fit... Read More

News From NAMB: October 6, 2016

Submitted by John Councilman on October 07, 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

Never Miss the Chance to Say Thanks

Submitted by David Lykken on October 05, 2016

Let's do a thought exercise. Think back on your entire day (or yesterday, if you're reading this in the morning). Think about everything you accomplished, every task you completed on the job and every project you finished. Now, think about how many of those tasks and projects would have been possible without help from other people. How many of those people did you actually thank for their... Read More

Interviewing for Cultural Fit

Submitted by David Lykken on October 03, 2016

Interviews can be stressful—not just for the person being interviewed, but also for the person conducting the interviewing. As a leader in the mortgage industry, you've probably done your share of interviews. It can be difficult to make sure you're asking the right questions that are going to give you a genuine idea of the candidate's potential. How do you know you're really getting an honest... Read More

First Thing We Do ... Let’s Kill All the Regulators!

Submitted by Jonathan Foxx on September 30, 2016

“First thing we do, let’s kill all the regulators!”

Actually, Shakespeare's exact line is, ''The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.''

This famous exhortation was stated by Dick the Butcher in Henry VI. Dick the Butcher was a follower of the rebel Jack Cade, who thought that if he disturbed law and order, he could become the king. So, carrying out the inference,... Read More

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