Thursday, July 16, 2015

Has Donald Trump 'Fired up the Crazies?' Or is This Just Another Day in The Life of The GOP?

by Michael Strickland
What is Donald Thinking?
Somewhere, Hillary Clinton must be laughing ...

Jeb Bush is downright giddy too Even though the Republican Primary has yet to officially begin, the excitement is already heating up to a feverish pitch. I have always wondered what makes Donald Trump tick. Maybe the wine, women and money get boring after a while.

So he veers into politics to keep things interesting. 

Chuck Todd of MSNBC points out how 17 Republicans are running for president. "But the field seems much, much smaller than that – especially after the last three weeks," Todd wrote on Jan. 16. "To put it simply, Trump has shrunk the Republican field ... it seems as if there are just three 2016 candidates out there: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump."

Even Ted Cruz, with his knack to grab headlines almost at will,   needed a recent meeting with Trump to raise his profile amidst the prevalent noise. Poor Scott Walker, perhaps the Republican other than Bush who’s most likely to win his party's nomination, announced his presidential bid this week. But the eyes of the world are on the bombastic, polarizing businessman who recently disclosed his 10 billion dollar net worth.

“It’s very bad,” Arizona Sen. John McCain said in an interview in The New Yorker. “This performance ... is very hurtful to me. Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”  During a recent appearances, Trump appealed to shock value, throwing raw meat at the extremist base. He was joined by the father of Jamiel Shaw, who was killed by an undocumented immigrant.

McCain has been a longtime proponent of immigration reform.  In the understatement of the year, the senator said Trump has tapped into “some anger” in Arizona over the conditions at the border.

Many GOP insiders must be terrified at Trump’s ascent to the top of the Republican presidential field.  McCain is at the helm of the charge to call out voters in his own party for their support of the real-estate mogul. Republicans “need to reject this demagoguery. If we don’t, we will lose and we will deserve to lose,” McCain said. These sentiments were previously echoed by Colin Powell, who in Jan. 2013 condemned the GOP’s “dark vein of intolerance” and the party’s repeated use of racial code words to rally white conservative voters.

The Arizona senator went on to call Trump a flat out phony. “He was a big Democratic supporter ... Some of this stuff is going to come out: he gave more money to Democrats than Republicans, he had Hillary Clinton at his wedding. You know, he’s attacking Hillary Clinton after she was in the front row,” McCain recalled.

Other pundits see Trump as the perfect spokesperson for the GOP. He says the things they really believe, according to this school of thought.  However, he is not afraid to relay those ideas in front of cameras and microphones. Fun fact: Trump’s latest polling numbers would seem to suggest that his message is resonating with Republican voters.

McCain, a longtime supporter of comprehensive immigration reform as a member of the Senate’s Gang of Eight, has taken moments recently to remind us of  his battles with the far right, “very extreme element” of his state’s party over the years.

Timothy Egan of the New York Times summed it up:

It was fine when all this crossing-of-the-line was directed at President Obama or other Democrats. But now that the ugliness is intramural, Trump has forced party leaders to decry something they have not only tolerated, but encouraged.
Trump is a byproduct of all the toxic elements Republicans have thrown into their brew over the last decade or so — from birtherism to race-based hatred of immigrants, from nihilists who shut down government to elected officials who shout “You lie!” at their commander in chief.
The net is abuzz with TrumpMania. Just take a look at the headlines. How long will the Trump Bump affect the field of GOP candidates who need precious media exposure?  In politics, dividers like Trump split votes and give an advantage to the other side.  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has his work cut out for him. Democrats, along with Bush loyalists, want The Donald to keep talking.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Invest in Yourself: Business Coaching from Joel Lund Trusted Advisor 3D Workshop Thursday, June 25th

by Michael Strickland

Doing what you’ve done will get you what you’ve got.

This quote is attributed to Henry Ford and Tony Robbins. Either way, it comes from phenomenally successful leaders and speaks a truth that resonates deeply with people. Because it speaks to habits. It reveals both our need for change and our willingness to do so, while alluding to our inclination to complain about it.

Ouch. Sometimes the truth hurts, even while it sets us free.

Another truth is that the first half of 2015 is about to wrap. Which begs the question: are you where you wanted to be at this point in the year?

Over many years, Joel Lund has worked hundreds of times with trusted advisors. This includes countless hours spent in mid-year business plan reviews. Regardless of the year or the advisor, the gap between where each advisor planned to be at July 1st and where they were was significant, with only the rarest exceptions.


They kept doing the same things while expecting different results. Einstein said that is the definition of insanity. Which means many business people behave as if they are insane. Again, ouch.

Happily, it doesn’t have to be that way. The solution is simple enough, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to find. Only one thing is required to dramatically improve results: a force multiplier.

Here Joel is again inviting you to attend a Trusted Advisor 3D Webcast (Thursday, June 25th, from 8am-10am). Be assured of this: in two hours you will be given a force multiplier. You will be trained how to use the tool. You will be empowered to begin doing things differently than before.

And because of it you will finally get different—and powerful—results.

Invest in yourself. Register now: click here

PS: The truth is, this event should cost more…a lot more. Soon, it will.
PPS: You can wait, delay, stall and dither or, worst of all, hope something will just happen in the 2nd half of 2015 that helps you reach your goals. Hope is not a business plan.
PPPS: If—somehow—you determine you didn’t receive enough value to offset your investment in a TA3D, we’ll gladly refund your money. So you have nothing to lose.

As always, please contact me with any questions you have. Seating is limited. Go here to learn more and register.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Discount Tickets for Sale to Boise Music Festival

From the desk of Michael Strickland

Taking best cash or trade offer(s). Tickets to 2015 Boise Music Festival. List Price $50 each. Have four sets of two. Six tickets total.

I can meet you at a local Starbucks or other public place in the Treasure Valley.

Are you ready for the Boise Music Festival? Boise's largest day festival is back and bigger than ever! Join us June 27th at Expo Idaho for an incredible Main Stage lineup and over 60 local bands! Plus beer gardens, carnival, vendor booths, food, and more! 

#2015bmf lineup includes Nick Jonas, The Plain White Ts, The Ting Tings, Gloriana, Shaggy, Plain White Ts, LMFAO's Redfoo, and Rob Thomas! 
Email: author (at) michaelrstrickland (dot) com
(be sure to include the middle initial "r" in my email name)

Their website  Boise Music Festival Guide | Boise Music Festival  provides all the information you should need to make it a great day of music and fun.

This year’s  Festival is from 10am to 10pm. It will go on rain or shine!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Facts About The Thomas Jay Oord Endowed Scholarship

There will be a Thomas Jay Oord Endowed Scholarship at Northwest Nazarene University!
Thomas JaOordy Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, and he is professor at Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, Idaho. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, altruism, open and relational theology, issues in science and religion, Wesleyan/Holiness/Church of the Nazarene thought, New Evangelical theology, and postmodernism. He is or has been president of several scholarly societies.
UPDATE 5:53 p.m. on 4/23/15:
Total given through GiveStorm: $7670
Total given through NNU: 2450
My sense of God’s voice was true, and one alumnus gave $1,000 to get us over the top.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise him all people here below
Praise him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. on 4/23/15 The donation amount for the matching $1,000 gift has been met. 
“All our dedication and hard work to establish a scholarship in Dr. Oord’s name is paying off, and we are in the home stretch for the initial endowment!
With the matching gift, our total now stands at $9020, just $980 short of full endowment in just three days! You Guys Are Amazing! ‪#‎letsfinishthis‬
UPDATE: 9:26 a.m. 4/23/15  From the Idaho Press Tribune: Individuals aim to raise $10,000 for NNU professor scholarship … LINK:
UPDATE: 8:07 p.m. 4/22/15  Donations: 74 – Raised: $7,025.00 – not counting offline donations, matching gifts and those sent directly to Northwest Nazarene University.
UPDATE: 2:00 p.m 4/22/15  Matching Gifts, Posted on the Support Thomas Jay Oord Facebook Page.
NOTE: The matching gifts began at $6680 GiveStorm and $250 NNU. Total $6930, not counting the pledge.
MATCHING GIFTS! Katie Royston Salisbury and I I just received a note (Wednesday, April 22 at 1:30 pm) from an anonymous benefactor who writes the following:
“Tom & Cheryl Oord have made numerous contributions over the years to the lives of students, faculty colleagues, staff, alumni, and the church. My wife and I have attended Nazarene colleges, sent our kids there, taught & worked for them, and now pastor a Nazarene church. We want to give in some meaningful way to show our support for the work Tom & Cheryl pour into the hearts and minds of the next generation of Nazarene leaders. To that end, we will match the next $1,000 of new contributions up to $1,000. Our hope and prayer is our small token of thanks for Tom & Cheryl’s life’s work will influence students at NNU for generations to come.”
Let’s get this over the $10,000 goal!
A reporting of all donations will be submitted to Northwest Nazarene University.
Below is my email that was sent in the morning of Wednesday April 22, to NNU’s Office of University Advancement. It answers a lot of the frequently asked questions about this effort.
Thank you for your talk and help on the phone. We all love NNU and simply want to make sure procedures are followed and the all communication is clear.
This email is to summarize our conversation.
NNU alumnus Katie Royston Salisbury is donating money to NNU for a Thomas Jay Oord endowed scholarship. To raise awareness and extra money, I helped Katie draft a Givestorm page.
It took off and as of this email around $6,000 has been donated. GiveStorm takes a 4.7% commission which needs to be factored into our goal amount.
We have removed the language from the GiveStorm site that said that anyone who donates will receive a receipt directly from NNU.
We have kept the language that says all donors and donations will be reported to NNU. I will update that site again shortly for further clarity. Just to clarify, the ability to create this report is dependent on the capabilities of GiveStorm and the information they capture when someone donates through their site. In other words, if NNU does not receive accurate or complete information, it inhibits their ability to respond to the donor.
We will continue to make clear on the Givestorm page and in other forums that money donated there goes directly to Katie, and then she will be responsible for donating and reporting that money to NNU. REMINDER: donations already processed through GiveStorm are not eligible for a tax deductible receipt from NNU as the donation was given directly to Katie (not NNU) through the conduit (GiveStorm). Katie will be responsible for any tax reporting or implications as these funds are designated to deposit to her directly.
We will also indicate in several forums that anyone who wishes to receive a receipt directly from NNU or any applicable IRS deductions for this initiative, should donate through the NNU portal and earmark it for the Thomas Jay Oord Endowed Scholarship.
After our goal of $10,000 or more is raised. Katie and other interested parties will continue to work with the Office of University Advancement to discuss administration of the Thomas Jay Oord Endowed Scholarship; within the confines of NNU endowment policy. There are also number of open questions what would need to be addressed in order to finalize the endowment.
Michael Strickland
The following links contain other dialogues about the scholarship from the Support Tom Oord and NNU group:
1) Michael Strickland – “Will you help?”
2) Katie Royston Salisbury – “Tonight as I was thinking about the progress of funding the Thomas J. Oord Graduate Theology Endowed Scholarship, I realized that most of you don’t know me or my story …”
3) Michael Strickland – “NOTE: The matching gifts began at $6680 GiveStorm and $250 directly to NNU. Total: $6930, not counting the pledge …”
4) Michael Strickland – Discussion of Idaho Press Tribune article about scholarship:
5) Katie Royston Salisbury – “SCHOLARSHIP and MATCHING GIFT update …”
6) Katie Royston Salisbury – “All our dedication and hard work to establish a scholarship in Dr. Oord’s name is paying off, and we are in the home stretch for the initial endowment!”
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Taste of Success: Free First Friday Luncheon at NLP Secure / Max Giving This Friday

This is a great event that I absolutely love going to.

Do you love the taste of success?

HOST:  NLP Secure and MaxGiving 
WHEN: Friday, June 5th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM 
WHERE: NLP Secure & MaxGiving Headquarters 
7225 W Franklin Rd. Boise, ID 83709 208-498-1666 

The food is great. The people are fun. The networking is second to none!
Mingle with some of the finest people in the Treasure Valley.

Come on out and meet the stars of the NLP Secure and MaxGiving Team!

You will be glad you did.

Friday, March 13, 2015

LiveRez CEO Tracy Lotz is A Pioneer of Vacation Rental Technology and Online Marketing

by Michael Strickland

Every once in a while, an innovator comes along whose work is so unique and useful that it turns heads in all corners of the business world.

Tracy Lotz is one such innovator.

A 20-year veteran of the industry, Lotz has helped pioneer a number of advancements in the vacation rental space. In 1994, he created one of the industry's first websites where professional managers could list their properties online. In the mid-2000s, he helped bring online bookings to the industry. And in 2008, he launched LiveRez, the first truly all-in-one, cloud-based software platform for vacation rental managers.

Just six years later, LiveRez is now the most widely used cloud-based software platform for professional vacation rental managers.

His most recent project is another landmark effort. At the company's recent conference for its users (called partners), Lotz announced the ongoing development of, the first major website in the industry that will feature only professionally managed inventory that is 100 percent bookable online in real time.

Popular on the speaking circuit, Lotz was a highlight of the VRMA Annual Conference last October. He detailed important changes coming to the industry and highlight some of the new innovations being developed at LiveRez. Founder and CEO Tracy Lotz congratulates Margy Roe of Ocean Properties and Vacation Rentals, Inc. on winning's iPad 2 giveaway.

"We empower professional vacation rental management companies to efficiently reach new customers, manage properties, reservations, accounting, housekeeping, maintenance, owners, and other mission-critical aspects of their businesses," said Lotz. "Through our partnership, property managers increase bookings, profitability, and guest satisfaction. Our commitment it to make the most of this partnership with each of our customers."

To learn more about, please call (800) 343-2891 or visit And, to receive timely updates from the company, follow on Facebook, Twitter (@LiveRez) and Google+, or visit the company's vacation rental software blog. is a proud Gold Sponsor of the Vacation Rental Manager's Association (VRMA).

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Doug and Cam Gross: Passion, Health and Advocare

Photo Credit: Cy Gilbert
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Doug and Cam Gross at a Local Impact Zone Power Breakfast. I was impressed by their passion for what they do.

As an Advocare user myself, I have experienced the many benefits of their products.

AdvoCare builds Champions® through physical and financial wellness. Backed by the latest science, AdvoCare provides innovative nutritional, weight-management, sports performance and skin care products. In addition, the AdvoCare business opportunity empowers individuals to explore their ultimate earning potential. AdvoCare was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Plano, Texas.

 Ten principles guide Advocare's direction and are the basis of their success:
1) Honor God through our faith, family and friends.
2) Respect and strengthen the family.
3) Believe in the dignity and the importance of the individual.
4) Create a standard of excellence recognized as superior by the direct sales industry.
5) Believe that honor, integrity and principles are the foundation of a great life and company.
6) Commit to mutual loyalty and trust between AdvoCare and its Distributors.
7) Establish and continually improve the vehicle of opportunity and the pursuit of financial freedom for all AdvoCare Distributors.
8) Commit to ongoing personal growth and development through professional training and educational programs.
9) Build self-esteem by promoting a sense of personal worth among all people.
10) Continually expand our market by providing the most effective and highest quality products and service available.