Daily Archives: January 4, 2011


Dr. Conrad Murray

Well, Michael Jackson may have died in vain, according to his body guards, the doctor was unable to revive MJ, because he did not know CPR.  And o.k., the son’s probably did not publicly call him an idiot, but must have thought it immediately after his death. 

The passing of Michael  Jackson was truly sad.  And what doctor does not learn CPR in medical school?  Hell, I learned it when I was a restaurant manager in the late 80’s and probably can still perform it, if needed.

This now makes me wonder what type of degree this doctor really had?  And with all the money MJ had to spend on things, why pay this man over $100K per month?   Especially when he did not know basic medical assistance info!  MJ must have not been himself at this point, because he really did not think this one through.  How sad we are for MJ and the doctor for his lack of knowledge.

As reported, much of the testimony, which was done under oath is amazing.  I could not believe what I was hearing as they testified; “Jackson was lying with his eyes and mouth open, appearing not to be alive”, testified Faheem Muhammad. “I recall him being in a sort of panic state, and I recall him shortly after asking if anyone in the room knew CPR,” Muhammad testified of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Muhammad said he and another security guard exchanged looks of surprise. “I knew Dr. Murray was a heart surgeon, so I looked at Alberto kind of shocked,” he said. Alvarez testified that eventually Murray began helping administer CPR.  He said, he left the room to whisk two of Jackson’s children, Paris and Prince, away from the foyer at the front of the room to keep them from the commotion.

What a waste…what a loss.  But I do sort of feel sorry for the doctor as well, it was a loss for us all.

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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in HEADLINE NEWS


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Happy worker’s are more successful…is a perfect statement.  So if you really want to increase your business this year, it is time to buckle up.  Many different suggestions and ideas, on how to run your business are available; however, I found the list below the best out there.  It basically tells you to listen to your agents and practice what you preach (of course replace employee with agent).  It is a must read and a must follow, if you want to excel in 2011.

Twenty-five Ways to Be a Better Owner

The final print issue of US News & World Report magazine cover story was “50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2011.” The subjects included stories with suggestions on personal health, money, career, mind and the world.

There are many ways to improve a business financially, as well as increase the engagement level, focus and productivity of employees, enhance relationships with clients and vendors and improve the leadership function.

Here is a list of 25 impactful ideas to become a better owner in 2011.

1. Have every employee make a list of three things that they believe the company needs to stop doing. The owner should read every item and implement as many as possible as soon as possible. Give full credit where credit is due, and tell those whose ideas were turned down the reason why.

2. The owner should make his or her own “stop doing” list, and this list should be read every day.

3. Engage your employees in a dialogue about what activities the company does well; and ask employees what activities would contribute to its success.

4. Vow to observe more, listen more and say less. Then do it.

5. Stop using the words “so,” “but,” “well” and “however” when beginning a sentence.

6. It may be your company, but you don’t do everything that happens in it, and you shouldn’t take all the credit for everything either. Rid your vocabulary of “I” and replace it with “we” when talking about the company.

7. Teach the people who are on the payroll how they can improve cash flow and increase profitability. If you don‟t teach your employees these “mission critical” things, who is going to teach them?

8. Share the impactful numbers of the business with employees. If you want your employees to be more mindful of how they spend their time, you need to share the impact of wasted resources on the vital numbers of the company.

9. Advise your people “Don‟t bring me problems, bring me solutions.” You might want to order a nameplate with those seven words on it; it will have a terrific return on investment. When someone tells you about a problem, challenge, opportunity or situation, respond back with “How would you handle it?”

10. People crave recognition. Ask people how they want to be recognized. Use that knowledge to create a better work environment for everyone.

11. “That is the way we’ve always done it” thinking should be banned from the workplace.

12. Hold people accountable for getting things done. Not just some people, everyone. Don’t play favorites.

13. Schedule fewer meetings and make an effort to make the ones that you do have important.

14. When a raise is given, explain why.

15. When a raise is not given, explain why and what it will take to earn one.

16. Create a company calendar with key dates on it, and share it with all employees. The more “in the know” people are the more they are likely to focus on hitting deadlines.

17. Focus on improving hiring and on-boarding processes. Seek assistance from outside the company if needed.

18. Perform a state-of-the-company address at least once a quarter. Let people know what the key goals are and how the company is doing versus those goals.

19. Everyone in the company knows at least one employee not carrying their fair share of the workload. Do the right thing and meet with those individuals privately, and have a discussion about what they need to do to change their attitude, effort, focus and results.

20. Create an “Opportunities List” for the company and leave it on your desk where you can review it every day.

21. Devote resources and create formal marketing and sales plans over the course of the year.

22. Personally confirm that every employee has been formally evaluated in writing by their supervisor. Keep a checklist to make certain that no employee is missed, accidentally or otherwise.

23. Start formally cross-training people. The more employees understand about their “internal customers,” the faster the silos between individuals and departments will disappear.

24. You should not expect anyone to be committed to the company as you are. But you can increase everyone‟s level of commitment by putting into place a “pay for performance” program that rewards employees for meaningful results.

25. Make a vow to spend time every week with clients, vendors and employees. Rotate the calendar so that you connect with different people each week. This will improve morale and help you keep your finger on the pulse of the company.

The growth of a business starts with the owner and then flows to the leadership and management team until it touches all the remaining employees. If more is desired in the year ahead, it begins and ends with the person at the top.

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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Britta's SCOOP


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Where is Brotha Fred?

Today I tuned into Kiss 103.5 to check out the new morning show.  It was rumored, Brotha Fred was to begin his new show today, but was he a no show?  Did they change the date?  Was my hearing off?  It was kind of dissappointing having to listen to radio drops and music, without the new morning show in place.

 I guess we will tune in tomorrow to find out, and until then we must wait.  Make sure to post your comments once the verdict is in.  I am curious to see how he will excel in the Chicago market, with so many Drex fans sitting on the fence ready to be his biggest critic.  Will his ratings surpass Drex, or will he also faulter.  Only time will tell.

UPDATE: Word on the street, is that Brotha Fred is now expected to begin at Kiss on January 17th!  READ UPDATED INFO HERE:


Posted by on January 4, 2011 in ENTERTAINMENT, Radio News


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