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Extend Your View and Sharpen Your Focus

Enterprise risk management helps you anticipate the unexpected and seize opportunities.
March 26, 2013
In the wake of the economic crisis, ERM receives a lot of attention—and for good reason.
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Cheney: ‘Unite for Good’

Initiative is based on vision of CUs as member-centric and community focused.
February 25, 2013
‘It’s time we unite around a strategic vision that helps us achieve a shared agenda.’
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Special Report: Hispanic Outreach

Culture Club: California CU Immerses Staff in Hispanics’ Language, Customs

Identifying with foreign-language speakers' challenges improved outreach efforts.
February 18, 2013
Hispanics comprise 20% of the total membership at Travis CU, the dividend from an eight-year effort to appeal to the community.
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Position Staff to Identify Industry Disruptors

Most executives delegate tech discussions to a chief information officer or chief technology officer.
September 1, 2012
Expanding the number of executives in your strategic discussions should help credit unions identify internal or industry-disrupting changes ahead.
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Are We at a Digital Tipping Point?

Digital age is affecting CU operations, says Lass.
June 18, 2012
The credit union system could be in the midst of a ‘strategic inflection point.’
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Tips for Social Media Success

Advice for making the most of your credit union’s social media space.
June 1, 2012
Advice for making the most of your credit union’s social media space.
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Special Report: America's CU Conference

Giving Good Governance

Filene fellow stresses the importance of continuity in leadership.
July 1, 2011
If everyone looks like you in the boardroom, your board needs a greater diversity of skills and experience.
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Top 10 Planning Topics

Even though a slow recovery is underway, your CU’s strategic planning team will face another challenging year.
June 1, 2011
CU strategic planning teams must be aware of these 10 critical issues.
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Optimize Your Board’s Meeting Agenda

Study suggests three ways to make board meetings more effective.
December 1, 2010
Spend more time on strategy and less on operational matters.
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What's Your Plan?

A good IT plan not only supports your strategic goals, but is part of them.
October 25, 2010
Technology plans are like politicians: short on substance, long on prose, and unlikely to do what they're supposed to do.
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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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