Do Your Managers Deliver Value to Originators?

As we move into the last days of the year, I wanted to discuss a recent article published in National Mortgage News. I think the article raises a critical issue that senior managers can no longer ignore: the quality of first-line managers in their sales organizations. The article by Dave Gallegos, covers the economics of […]

Why Social Media is The Best Kept Secret in Selling

“I don’t have time to be on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. I am making sales calls.” Have you ever heard this comment from your originators? Perhaps you’ve even thought this yourself. If so, that one statement says it all about your sales organization’s view of social media and represents a failure to grasp just how […]

Can Your Originators Deliver Trust?

As the market changes, the ability of the originator to deliver trust to the customer is more critical than ever. Without instilling trust, originators cannot develop relationships needed to facilitate future business. In Sally Hogshead’s excellent book, Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation, she describes trust as the most nuanced, fragile and hardest […]

How to Master Remote Managing

One hot topic in my recent training classes is how difficult it is to manage remotely. As we all know, the days of managers sharing the same office with their employees have faded away largely due to expense reasons. The problem is that remote managers no longer have the spontaneous daily interactions with employees that […]

The Myth of Multi-tasking

While most sales managers in mortgage origination value producers who can multi-task, the emphasis placed on multi-tasking in our industry is out of proportion to the potential benefits received. It seems reasonable to believe that producers working on several things simultaneously will be more effective but recent research does not support this idea. The truth […]

Is it Time for a Fresh Perspective in Origination?

Many previously successful sports teams are currently failing due to an unwillingness to consider a longer view or embrace an innovation before it’s already become old hat. Does this sound like the mortgage industry? Many mortgage managers are stuck in a similar rut when it comes to training employees on improving sales techniques, recruiting younger […]

Are You Making this Fatal Mistake in Origination?

In my consulting practice, one of the most common mistakes I see is when mortgage firms fail to address having salespeople who lack prospecting skills. Many current originators have not had to prospect for new accounts or new business in a very long time. Why has this happened? For most salespeople, their careers have coincided […]

When Originators Won’t Prospect

In recent conversations with managers, one of the questions I hear most frequently is what to do about salespeople who won’t prospect for new business. For many managers, this issue is especially perplexing because the majority of originators who fail to prospect have years of experience in the industry and may have been successful in […]