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Light Bulb Moments

What lessons can CUs learn from Thomas Edison?
January 21, 2013
‘Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.’
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Dear President Obama…

How to stimulate both short-term economic growth and long-term fiscal responsibility.
December 10, 2012
These suggestions aren’t politically palatable, but at least you have options.
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Employment Picture a Bit Fuzzy

Bureau of Labor Statistics sends mixed signals about labor market health.
November 1, 2012
There is good and bad news on the economy, says CUNA economist Mike Schenk.
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It’s a Piece of Cake!

Best laid plans must be altered at times but that doesn’t mean our initial attempts are without value.
October 8, 2012
Think about how you reposition products or services to accommodate consumers.
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‘Drop That GPS and See Where Life Takes You!’

How we respond to the unexpected can make for interesting journeys rich in opportunity.
August 27, 2012
Flexibility is essential not only in daily life but in meeting the needs of our jobs and members.
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The Trouble with Enigmas

Don’t assume members will figure out the CU difference on their own.
August 13, 2012
Consumers don’t have the time or inclination to solve riddles, decipher cryptic messages, or unwrap enigmas.
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In the Deep Freeze

Icy news still pervades the unemployment front.
May 7, 2012
Also chilling is research regarding consumers’ spending and savings habits.
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Chabot Promotes MBL Bill Despite Banker Objections

‘The banks hate it, but I hope we’ll get it done.’
March 21, 2012
Ohio republican shares fears about divided government, huge deficits, and the economy.
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Lessons Learned From Harvey Wallbanger

Think what we could accomplish with a dash of dogged enthusiasm.
January 16, 2012
Engaged employees bring innovative ideas, a friendly disposition, a spirit of cooperation, and increased productivity.
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Wandering in Wonderland?

The answers we seek aren’t always obvious—nor are the questions we need to ask.
January 9, 2012
This week’s roundup examines the world economy, income inequality, the ongoing health-care debate, and other issues of the day.
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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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