The Firing of Ford CEO Mark Fields and Mortgage Banking

Recently, Ford Motor Company abruptly terminated its CEO, Mark Fields — a move that surprised many people in the financial sector. Apparently, the board of directors and chairman Bill Ford, Jr. believed that Fields had not done enough to put the company ahead of the curve regarding future technology in its industry, specifically in the […]

Micromanaging and Sales Managers

During my recent training session with regional managers, attendees discussed the fatal flaw of micromanaging and cited it as a primary reason originators leave. By letting top producers “do their own thing,” managers felt they were able to spend more time trying to get another loan out of underperformers. While many managers believe that it is […]

Mortgage Banking and Black Elephants

In Tom Friedman’s latest book “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,” he calls climate change a “black elephant” phenomenon. A black elephant is a cross between a black swan (a rare, low-probability, unanticipated event with enormous ramifications) and the elephant in the room (a problem that […]