Items Tagged with 'Creativity'


Your Job Is a Work of Art

Effective leaders challenge the status quo.
April 7, 2014
‘Curiosity serves as a trigger for innovation and invention.’
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Five Big Ideas to Drive Creativity and Results

‘You need to hunt down and kill old assumptions.’
November 4, 2013
Be bold and different to get through the noise.
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They Sing the Songs That Make the CU World Sing

‘No one told us to start a CU band, but somewhere along the way people encouraged us to be creative and that happened.’
October 8, 2013
‘No one told us to start a CU band, but somewhere along the way people encouraged us to be creative and that happened.’
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Experimentation is Good for Your Career

Side projects can be a great avenue for career development.
September 14, 2013
These projects develop new skills, amp up creativity, and provide a testing ground for new and innovative ideas, according to 99u.
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Creative Fire Can Propel CUs to Greatness

Cirque du Soleil creative director shares how to ignite the spark within.
July 17, 2013
Leaders must inspire and acknowledge employees.
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Special Report: Innovation Part II

Innovate the Disney Way

‘Imagineering’ company takes a six-step approach to innovation.
June 26, 2013
Formal process creates ‘a powerful formula for value-creation.’
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Innovation by Design

A formal approach to innovation helps CUs tap creativity from within.
June 1, 2013
Creativity, some believe, is an escape from disciplined thinking.
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Help Us Celebrate the CU Movement's Rock Stars

Credit Union Magazine wants to highlight those unique people who make the CU movement a more interesting place.
May 27, 2013
Are you a CU Rock Star—or do you know someone who is?
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'Encourage Courage'

Four steps CFOs can take to inspire creative thinking.
May 21, 2013
Creativity applies each time you connect with employees, members, and vendors.
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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 ( 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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