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The God Who Sees, Kathie Lee Gifford & Nicole C. Mullen Inspirational Music Video

April 17th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Word was heard yesterday that on “The Five” on Fox News would have a professional with a personal connection to the manufactured housing industry.

 

That proved to be accurate, but that story can wait for another time. It’s time for something inspirational for manufactured home professionals to consider.

It’s Holy Week for over 2 billion Christians around the world. Hundreds of millions of Christians of various stripes and hues are found in North America alone.  The Daily Business News on MHProNews has for years taken a moment to celebrate a holiday and holy days of various faiths.

 

 

Kathie Lee Gifford recently announced she is leaving NBC. She has done her first directing project with this video. Here’s what the YouTube page says, “Kathie Lee Gifford & Nicole C. Mullen’s modern oratorio telling the stories of Hagar, Ruth, David, and Mary and the promises God made to them.”

It’s visually rich, well narrated, with soul stirring music and song. It is personalized at the end, connected directly to the viewer.

 

God, Personal, and Business Ethics

Our twelve-year-old son, Tamas Kovach (pronounced like Tah Mash Co Vatch) – who goes to trade shows with the family and does this and that for the family business – was talking this morning to his father about a conversation with another actor in a play he and the other boy both had a role in.

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Producer, actor Abrraham Rockferry left, Tamas Kovach, right.

 

The production was all about the lead up to and the events of Holy Week.

 

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Producer, actor Abrraham Rockferry right, Tamas Kovach, left.

Tamas’ dad asked him as they prepared breakfast, “How do you know that God exists?”

 

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If I can crook [i.e.: bend] my little finger, then I know there is a God,” replied Tamas.  That’s true, his father replied, but that’s a pretty high-level philosophical argument.  How would you explain it more basically to someone?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” – answered Tamas. How does that prove there is a God, came his dad’s retort.  “Because, God made the chicken, and the chicken produced the egg,” Tamas said.

What other example could you give?” asked his dad.  “Which came first, the acorn or the oak tree?  God made the oak tree, and the oak tree made the acorn.”

 

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There are ultimate truths, believed or not, grasped or not.

One can deny gravity exists.  But it is safer to declare your disbelief in gravity than it is to step off a cliff to found out the truth of the matter.  While all of us mortals are hypocrites at times, the question is what happens after a slip or fall, or after a hypocritical discovery is made.  The mature adult that discovers an error makes amends the best as possible, and then make the effort to change course.

 

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We are all like the souls described in the video posted above at some time or another.  We all have times of isolation, concern, or even despair.  When it seems like no one else is around, there is.  There is the God who sees, you. Happy holy week. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Lead, Kindly Light

November 6th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Lead, kindly Light, amidst th’encircling gloom,

Lead thou me on!

 

The night is dark, and I am far from home;

Lead thou me on!

 

Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou

Shouldst lead me on;

I loved to choose and see my path; but now

Lead thou me on!

 

I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,

Pride ruled my will: remember not past years!

So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still

Will lead me on.

O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till

The night is gone,

And with the morn those angel faces smile,

Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

 

–    John Henry Newman

 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge…”

–    Hosea 4:6 (CSB)

 

 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths
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– Proverbs 3:5-6, source, Got Questions?

 

Scripture protects private property rights. It teaches that “unjust weights and measures” are to be rejected.

Before modern currencies became common, the barter or trading of good and services was more common. So a just “weight and measure” was an admonition that someone not defraud another by deception.

Lying was likewise condemned, in a very formal ways, since Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments.

The challenges of our manufactured home industry can in many ways be boiled down to

 

  • Facts vs. misinformation.
  • Action guided by the truth, vs. action or inaction that lacks a proper understanding.
  • Equal justice under law.
  • A system rigged against the everyday Americans, including numerous small to mid-sized businesses.

The evidence reveals our homes are a great value, but are misunderstood, and the system has often been tilted in the favor of a few. Of the top ten richest in America, 7 of those 10 are pro-Democrat.

 

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The Democrats are not the same party that they used to be. Neither are the Republicans. Democrats have tilted socialist, and many say so openly.

 

President Barack H. Obama (D) had his 8 years, isn’t it only fair that President Donald J. Trump get his next two years with a congress that will work with him for an agenda that is working?

 

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It’s in your hands, so please Vote.

If you’ve voted, get others on the fence to see the Light. “Lead, Kindly Light… Lead Thou Me On.”

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NorthStar and Manufactured Housing Radix

June 6th, 2018 Comments off

 

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This is why we operate with a “North Star Goal‘, a light that represents the highest aspirations of a business. Like a next-generation mission statement, a North Star Goal orients the identity and direction of a brand, guiding all decisions, strategies, and partnerships.”
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The northern star for centuries was and remains today as a guiding light in the nighttime sky, a star which helped sailors orient their direction at sea.

The North Star shines with a humble brightness that belies its navigational importance. Polaris, or the North Star, sits almost directly above the North Pole; therefore, it is a reliable gauge of North if you find yourself lost on a clear night without a compass,” says Universe Today.

 

What is the North Star for Manufactured Housing?

When morality in America represented a broadly shared set of values, many of the professional issues faced today were less evident. There was no huge pushback in the 1950s when in the words In God We Trust” was placed upon U.S. currency. There was less debate when images of the Ten Commandments were set in stone, or otherwise framed and placed in public settings or taxpayer funded buildings.

Shared Judeo-Christian values gave some 97 percent of the people greater moral clarity.

Time magazine reported in 2016 that, “a 1965 poll by Lou Harris finding that 97% of Americans still believed in God. By the time Gallup asked the same question in 2014, that number had fallen to 86%, with 12% of Americans claiming no belief and 2% with no opinion.”

Also in 2016, a Time article said, “In God We Trust” was first added to U.S. coins during the beginning of the Civil War, when religious sentiment was on an upswing and concerned Americans wanted the world to know what their country stood for. Many wrote to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase on the matter, and he agreed with their arguments. Congress passed his act requesting the addition of “In God We Trust,” adapted from a lesser-known verse of Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” and the first two-cent coin with the phrase was minted in 1864.”

Let’s be blunt. Consumers want to do business with honest professionals.

Few want to walk into a business that has a reputation for dishonesty.

Shared common values are so useful in society, that several of the founding fathers wrote that they deemed them to be essential to America’s success.  That doesn’t mean that every manufactured home sales office ought to have to have a Bible on every desk, but it does mean that a business ought to reflect its values through behavior. Indeed, most do.

But what about those organizations that don’t?

In our routine interactions with consumers – due to publishing, marketing and sales coaching/training with MHPros, and in online discussions with the public – it is safe to say that manufactured housing is unjustly viewed dimly by millions.

But whining about an undeserved image isn’t a solution.

Good industry businesses and professionals must get to the root issues, or the “image issues” caused by problematic people and/or organizations will define the good.  That’s reality.

Consumers may not use the term “morality,” or “ethics.”  But experience shows that a significant part of their distrust of the manufactured home industry is rooted in a lack of confidence in what is said.

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How are more new manufactured home sales achieved, without addressing the causes of the public’s lack of trust?

When so-called industry leaders are seen as giving cover for arguably unethical activity, doesn’t that just fuel the problem?  A recent, actual case may serve to make the point.

Public officials and consumers alike have accused a business of “selling” homes to consumers “contract for title” when the seller allegedly doesn’t even own the units being sold. Doesn’t’ that type of story, repeatedly in a region’s local news, only fuels a negative image about manufactured housing and industry professionals?

When industry publishers and association leaders fail to fairly investigate and address that type of transgression in some lawful, and appropriate fashion, isn’t it reasonable to presume that more of the public’s confidence in manufactured housing as an industry can be further undermined?

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Back in the late 1960s, and early 1970s, news stories about flimsy or fire prone mobile homes in the mainstream media were responded to by industry professionals working to pass the HUD Code. Today, the industry’s quality is “amazing,” as HUD Secretary Ben Carson has said. But the industry’s image doesn’t match up with the reality. Part of the solution must be an ethical code of conduct that good associations promote and live by.  That means that when uehtical professional behavior occurs, there has follow through by the industry’s professionals.  That’s both the right and the prudent thing to do.  That’s a practical example of a North Star.

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Google’s online dictionary defines both a mathematical meaning for the term “radix,” and a formal meaning. The formal definition says this about radix,

a source or origin of something.

“Judaism is the radix of Christianity

Radix is Latin, which is used some in medicine. Collins dictionary says this, “Word origin of ‘radix’ C16: from Latin rādīx root; compare Greek rhadix small branch, rhiza root.”

So, radix is the root, the origin or foundational issue.

For manufactured housing and the public, its an issue of trust. When millions a year in the U.S. consider manufactured homes, but only some 92,900 bought a new one in 2017,  that’s a wake up call.

Morality is essential at every level of business and society. For example, if brute force power becomes the organizing principle of Americans and business in the U.S., the nation is debatably heading toward even more turbulent waters.

Clear codes of business ethics that include action, not mere lip service, are a must if our industry is to thrive again.

In response to a controversy over some problematic advertising – MHI advertorials – industry professional, millennial Tom Fath, said this.

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It is safe to say that none of us live up perfectly to the moral code set forth in the Ten Commandments. Everyone slips and falls, but isn’t part of the question what happens after a mistake is made? Is the error covered up?  For example, are consumers who are wronged made whole?

In the Daily Business News reports and analysis, the facts, the truth, and common decency – morality – are referenced as guiding lights.

When deception is occurring, it ought to be roundly condemned and corrected in some appropriate fashion.

That’s a sense of our North Star as a trade publisher. What about you and your business? “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Is it Better to Be Candid, or a Kiss-Up? Monday Morning Manufactured Housing Sales, Marketing Meeting

May 14th, 2018 Comments off

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Sales professionals and leasing agents in manufactured housing get faced with a daily choice.

 

It could be phrased like this.

Is it better to be a ‘Kiss Up,’ or ‘Candid? ‘

To be sure, someone can be both honest and polite.

But to allow someone to believe something that isn’t true, when you have the opportunity to clear an issue up, is a disservice to guests, clients, colleagues – and in time – it can impact your company’s reputation.

In real world sales scenarios from border to border, I’ve sadly witnessed some manufactured home pros who were not candid when they needed to be.

I’ve also seen sales pros that were not motivated enough.

Coach Lou Holtz did amazing things during his career. Here are some rules he believed in.

 

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There can seem to be a short term cost to honesty at times. But a reputation for candor builds trust. Trust can be a critical foundation for a career or a business.

For those who may be tempted to believe that there is a conflict between ethics and success, don’t let Hollywood or anyone else fool you.

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Spot on.

Moral principles in business – and in life – matter.

If you can tell it like it is, politely, do so.  But there are times that one has to be blunt, in order to convey a fact to a prospect or team member that could harm others if it isn’t known in a timely manner.  Enough said on this for today. ## (Manufactured housing related marketing & sales news, analysis, and commentary.)

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Time, talent, treasure. Why not put your money, as we do, where your mouth is?

 

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