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Presenting the 2010 Herb Wegner Award recipients

February 18, 2010
Two outstanding leaders, an award-winning television series, and an extraordinary credit union will be honored at tonight’s 22nd annual Herb Wegner Memorial Awards reception and dinner. The 2010 Herb Wegner Award recipients: * Dick Heins will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. During a career that spans more than... READ MORE

Monumental Opportunities Abound

February 18, 2010
By Dan Mica Welcome to this year’s GAC. We gather in Washington with monumental opportunities before us. As the nation strives to recover from a sustained recession, Washington has put a premium on policies that lead to new jobs for unemployed Americans. The environment is prompting Washington to look anew... READ MORE

Welcome to CUNA's GAC

February 18, 2010
On behalf of the CUNA Board, I offer a warm welcome to CUNA's 2010 GAC. An oft-stated reason for coming to the GAC is for credit unions to tell our story. And with nearly 5,000 of us in attendance, no other conference enables us to state our... READ MORE

Gergen Puts Country Before Politics

February 18, 2010
A trusted advisor for 30 years to four U.S. presidents, David Gergen offers his bipartisan analysis and perspective of national politics during today's opening General Session. Gergen's perception of the national scene offers an exceptional glimpse few others can provide. He’ll give his take on President Obama's first year in... READ MORE

Mica Reflects on 14 Years as CUNA CEO

February 18, 2010
Mica : Credit unions are poised for a massive growth spurt that could bring additional credibility and leverage on the political front. Late last summer, CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica announced his plans to step down from CUNA’s top position at the end of 2010. That will bring to a close... READ MORE

Small CUs: Top Challenges Yesterday & Today

February 03, 2010
Ten years ago, the biggest challenge facing small CUs was the need to offer a wider range of services. Today, that concern isn’t on the radar for most small CUs, which make up 70% of the nation’s 8,000 credit unions. READ MORE

'Somebody Up There Likes Me'

January 27, 2010
Address immigrants’ basic educational needs and the loans will follow. The federal government has asked the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) to help with a study about financial literacy programs that result in non-English speaking immigrants opening accounts rather than relying on “fringe” banking. That request dovetailed with... READ MORE

Let Your Voice Be Heard

January 27, 2010
Urge lawmakers to keep CUs free from needless regulation. Later this month, the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) promises to be a pivotal event. More than 4,000 credit union faithful will arrive in town ready to voice several key messages to Congress, including:... READ MORE

LEEDing the Way

January 27, 2010
A ‘green’ builder who walks the talk. Who: Joni Walker What: Senior VP, Marketing, Missoula FCU Where: Missoula, Mont. How I got involved in my CU’s “green” branch project: I’ve been the “owner representative” of remodel/new construction projects for seven years. When it came time to design this particular branch,... READ MORE

Augustine Kang: Humble CU Giant

December 15, 2009
Augustine Kang —known as the father of the Asian credit union movement—died in August. Those who knew him describe Kang as a “man of the world,” “humble giant,” “dear, compassionate man” and “a role model for our lives." By Chris Baker Augustine Kang was a credit union giant but a... READ MORE

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Great article! Unfortunately, most employees don’t feel valued or appreciated by their supervisors or employers. In fact, research has shown that the predominant reason team members quit their jobs is because they don’t feel valued. This is in spite of the fact that employee recognition programs have proliferated in the workplace – over 90% of all organizations in the U.S. has some form of employee recognition activities in place. But most employee recognition programs are viewed with skepticism and cynicism – because they aren’t viewed as being genuine in their communication of appreciation. Getting the “employee of the month” award, receiving a certificate of recognition, or a “Way to go, team!” email just don’t get the job done. How do you communicate authentic appreciation? We have found people have different ways that they want to be shown appreciation, and if you don’t communicate in the language of appreciation important to them, you essentially “miss the mark”. Additionally, employees need to receive recognition more than once a year at their performance review. Otherwise, they view the praise as “going through the motions”. A third component of authentic appreciation is that the communication has to be about them personally – not the department, not their group, but something they did. Finally, they have to believe that you mean what you say. How you treat them has to match the words you use. If you are not sure how your team members want to be shown appreciation, the Motivating By Appreciation Inventory (www.appreciationatwork.com/assess) will identify the language of appreciation and specific actions preferred by each employee. You then can create a group profile for your team, so everyone knows how to encourage one another. Remember, employees want to know that they are valued for what they contribute to the success of the organization. And communicating authentic appreciation in the ways they desire it can make the difference between keeping your quality team members or having a negative work environment that everyone wants to leave. Paul White, Ph.D., is the co-author of The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Dr. Gary Chapman.

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