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Highlights From CUNA’s ACUC

Speakers challenged credit unions to become better leaders for the future of their credit unions.
August 1, 2012
The state of the credit union industry is outstanding, says CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney.
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America's CU Conference

Train Your Brain for Happiness, Success

People can rewire their brains for higher levels of happiness.
June 20, 2012
The three main predictors of happiness are optimism, social support, and the ability to see stress as a challenge.
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America's CU Conference

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die

Relationships are the key to happiness—and the lack thereof is the most common regret.
June 20, 2012
A visit with tribal elders in Tanzania led John Izzo to a revelation that changed his life and led to a best-selling book.
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Prepare for ‘Right Moment’ at ACUC

Conference keynoters will cover wide range of topics.
June 1, 2012
Keynoters Shawn Achor, Chris Brogan, Sally Hogshead, Tom Peters and Maj. Dan Rooney will highlight ACUC.
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Book Reviews

'The Happiness Advantage'

May 18, 2012
Happiness is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy, says author Shawn Achor.
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America's CU Conference Preview

Achor: Employee Happiness Spurs Profitability

Learn how your organization can help employees prosper in the workplace.
May 4, 2012
Happiness is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy, says author Shawn Achor.
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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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