I have been an advocate for vaccines my entire adult life. Having had extensive experience both receiving and giving vaccines in the military for over 20 years. However, this “International Covid Campaign” is unequalled in medical history. The evidence is mounting that this pandemic campaign is a contrived one.
See the increasing body of work which indicates the fallasy of the ‘pandemic’.
All governments are pushing the continued serial vaccination campaigns through 2029. The USA is generously giving away over 500 Million doses to the 3rd world countries – FREE!!! What’s up with that? Leaders of (Tanzania, Haiti, other) countries which have refused to participate in the Covidstakes have since those decisions, died. Freedom of Movement has been internationally tied to vaccine compliance- Covid Passports.
Something ain’t kosher in Dodge City folks! Read. Seek out further information. Make a rational, fact-based decision on your own.
If it looks like feces, smells like feces, tastes like feces…it ain’t Duck a L’orange.
Strategy: We’re not in the MVC any more…and we’re not playing checkers either.
Our Jays have moved up to the big leagues. As George Jefferson would put it: “We’re movin’ on up…to the East Side. To a deluxe apartment in the sky. Oh, we’re movin’ on up…” Feels good, exciting, the air seems fresher up here. However, we should be mindful of the “catches”. Even though things have generally gone well thus far, there are a few pitfalls, landmines, and avalanches to be mindful of. We have acquired new enemies which we may not yet be aware of. Creighton should be playing the Long Game strategy.
She thought they were playing checkers; he knew they were playing chess. She was so taken with the small wins, the piling up of red chips, that she lost sight of the board. Tactics vs. strategy. Rookie mistakes. She won’t be asked to play again.
Exercising power in the workplace is even more delicate in that the relationships are symbiotic and long-term. Short-term gains at someone else’s expense will eventually erode those relationships, and someone will lose. Oddly enough, the losers are usually the ones who have been winning, but winning by playing crudely: looking for chances to take a cheap shot, always needing to be right and having the last word.
Over the long term, you need to nurture your dream clients: Patrons/Donors, campaign goals, Marketing partners, & longterm goals. Nurture recruits, create new opportunities, and win those opportunities. Campaign management and Persistence are key elements. Always be closing.
Your Short Game
Creating new opportunities is the short game. Your long game can set up your short game. By nurturing and building relationships over time, you may make it easier to create opportunities.
Creighton Athletics all aspects, especially MBB, should always be selling our strategic goals of becoming a perennial player/team for conference championships, NCAA successes and contention for National championships, and the perception as an elite program. Our athletic financial and support campaigns, our donors and patrons, our public supporters, our marketing friends, business partners, our athletes and staff, our recruits, and our fans/the public should be informed of these primary goals of the program and our campaigns and online platforms should also inform and sell our strategic goals. Campaigns should cite specific athletic department purposes and goals; and at least one campaign should be running at all times.
Our ascent to the Big East has brought some opportunities. We have tremendous television exposure. We have upgraded our schedules. We now have the Gavitt Games and the new BE/Big12 Challenge. We are going to a 20 game BE schedule. Beginning next year we are participating in upper tier early season exempt tourneys the next few years (Battle for Atlantis, Maui Classic).
Recruiting has expanded nationally from our traditional regional foes (Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebr., K. St., Iowa St., Mizzou). We are now recruiting internationally as well as against upper tier conference teams. More from the B1G (Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Mich. St.) and the Big 12 (KU, Oklahoma, Okla. St, Texas). This also implies that CU is now on the radars of said teams. While perhaps not a direct threat, Creighton is newly infringing on territories others think is theirs. In the process creating new enemies.
Kansas, while not directly threatened by CU, has recently over the 6 months, started to late offer select recruits heavily recruited by CU. It appears that if a top 50-75 recruit has heavy interest in/interest by the Jays, KU offers late to snatch up the recruit. Perhaps they see it as a way to contain/stifle CU’s potential rise. Perhaps it is a means aimed to cripple CU competitiveness, as we may play one another in an upcoming BE/B12 Challenge match.
I see KU’s actions as the “big dog” in the region telling an up and coming CU program to “stay in your place/lane” type move. Perhaps it is a welcome to the neighborhood gesture – “keep your enemies closer”. KU did so last spring with Tristan Enaruna and is doing so again (now) with Ryan Kalkbrenner. KU had 5 Ctr/PFs prior to getting involved with Enaruna and now has 6 players onboard while they are offering Kalkbrenner. In both cases the player is/was not a Top 25/50 player and not a primary KU target. In both cases the recruit will see little to no playing time unless KU gets hit with multiple injuries. However, the loss of Enaruna hurt Creighton’s frontcourt depth and so would the potential loss of Kalkbrenner.
Regardless, Creighton is on the right track. The important thing is to delineate the primary, longterm, long game goals. Nurture our campaigns, our multiple stakeholders, and our recruits – educating, encouraging, and selling them along the way. Obtaining their buy-in to CU’s longterm goals. Being creative in making opportunities, but selective in taking the appropriate opportunities which support our longterm goals – whether these opportunities are of our creation through exemplary play, campaigning, and marketing, or whether they are presented by others. Expand our international recruiting – as there is less brand bias with international recruits. Lastly, the success or failure is pinned to our ability to execute team/program performance. All the planning is for naught if we fail to perform, to meet program objectives, milestones, and overarching goals.
Work hard, work smart, rise together, and meet our goals. Always be selling, always be closing.
Been noticing some unusual, irrational, yet intriguing activity in Omaha, Nebraska, of all places. As a kid in Omaha, back in the day – the major aim of locals in my neighborhood was to get out of Omaha and make your name, your fortune. Omaha however, has transformed several times over the years, from the Railroad Capital, to the Beef Capital, to the Insurance Capital, to the Telemarketing Capital, to the Agribusiness Capital. Steady, staid, reliable – no surprises out of Omaha. Yet their is a palpable undercurrent here: the arts, culture, cuisine, & sports.
The College World Series (CWS) is done, the Olympic Swim Trials are done, yet there is a stream of people and events zoning in and landing in the Big “O”. What the heck is going on? As the old Buffalo Springfield song used to say: “Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear”.
Well Charlotte, that “something” is this…Omaha and Creighton are movin’ on up! Omaha is no stranger to big events and happenings, being home to the CWS since its’ inception, as well as hosting conventions, concerts, agribusiness expos, and sporting events. The city has hosted NCAA and Olympic Swimming Trials, NCAA Basketball Tournament early rounds with a Regional hosting forthcoming, NCAA Volleyball Championships, major conference wrestling championships, rodeos, etc.
The city’s Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA) and its’ CenturyLink Center are the focal point of many groups looking for sites for their convention activities. Omaha is capitalizing on its’ great location as a hub for road and rail, with a growing Eppley field aviation hub, and its central national location – as businesses, groups, and other conventioneers seek to optimize their return on convention investments.
Courtesy: Creighton Athletics
The Bluejays are entering year four of their move to the bigtime in Big East Conference and there is an uptick to the quality of recruits filing into Omaha and the Hilltop. The city is bearing witness to increases in quality and in wins in Creighton’s mens and womens major sports. From Baseball to Volleyball we are seeing both the baseline and the ceiling rise on Creighton Athletics.
Long known as the outstanding Midwest regional academic university, CU is rising to prominence athletically as well, thanks to her affiliation as a member of the Big East and its’ excellent reputation. Creighton has been a model of consistency and sustained athletic successes over the years. However, in this new environment, along with other likeminded, private, and majority Catholic universities, the Bluejays have spread their wings and are beginning to soar higher as never before. A few folks have stated that CU is becoming a “destination” university. I will submit that something is indeed happening – both CU and Omaha are becoming destinations for many people.
Omaha and Creighton have been partners for 138 years now. The partnership is as strong as ever as the two forge ahead in this 21st Century. Both are consulting, planning, preparing for exciting times and future activities. Exciting indeed as these two old friends climb to new heights of success together.