8 strategies for aspiring credit union leaders

first_img 110SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     One of the most exciting and energizing parts of my job is meeting enthusiastic aspiring and emerging leaders in the CU community.You’re young, new to the CU world––or maybe you’ve come to the credit union from another job. You’re enjoying the community focus and sense of caring here. You like that you’re part of something important.You’re also ambitious, eager for new challenges and opportunities and you want to take the next step into CU leadership.Here are 8 STRATEGIES that can help you realize your potential and become a leader in your credit union, and in your community:#1 Work first on being a good follower.Great leaders are usually also great followers. Understand that “follower” is a role, not a position. Effective leaders listen––and they solicit input from the people they serve.They recognize when it’s time to share authority and support someone else who may be better suited to a particular task.They know when to defer to the people with the knowledge and experience to get the job done––even if those people work on the front lines.They recognize that great ideas can come from anyone in the organization.If you want to lead effectively––first learn how to follow.#2 Find the right Master.CU leaders are extremely generous when it comes to sharing their wisdom and experience. They want to help you develop and they embrace their role in developing the leaders who will carry the CU mission into the future.They’re also really, really busy!Don’t wait around for your supervisor or CEO to take you under their wing. They may be willing and wanting––but they’ve got a lot of people to serve and precious little time.Having said that––they’ll make time when you show initiative.Reach out and you’ll find someone who will be honored to show you the way.#3 Commit yourself to personal and professional Mastery.A lot of people ask me what they need to do to get ahead in life. My answer is always the same.Work on making yourself better––a better person and a better professional.There are a lot of factors that influence your career trajectory. You can’t control all the circumstances and conditions around you.Make yourself better, and make yourself better at what you do. You can control that––and that will give you the best shot at new opportunities.#4 Ask before you’re asked––act before you’re asked.Leaders lead. That means instead of waiting around for orders, when you see something that needs doing––do it.This doesn’t mean going over anyone’s head.The chain of command is in place for a reason. That’s why I also say “ask before you’re asked.”Opportunities go to the doers––not to the people who stand around and later say, “I could have done that.”#5 Learn to deal with uncertainty.Your ability to deal with uncertainty and respond to unforeseen challenges is one of the most important indicators of leadership potential. If you’re not comfortable with uncertainty––get comfortable.Get out of your comfort zone once in a while. Embrace new challenges and, to be blunt about it, toughen up!#6 Learn to talk and write good.If you don’t get the joke––you’ve got some work to do.Communication skills are essential for effective leadership, and yet our ability to speak and write with clarity is declining at an alarming rate.Your advancement is dependent on your ability to express yourself.Read voraciously and take advantage of every opportunity to write and speak. Study effective communicators. Practice continually and seek out constructive criticism.#7 Focus on experience over rewards.I have no tolerance for entitlement mentality. I can’t stand people who demand rewards before proof of performance…Even though I was one of those people myself––in a past life!Hindsight is a great teacher and I’ve come to realize that some of my worst jobs were the best––in terms of experience and developing the knowledge and skills that serve me well today.I don’t have the space for the whole story here, but one of the most valuable jobs I ever had was working as a janitor. When you meet me in person, I’ll tell you the “rest of the story.”For now I’ll just say that I didn’t realize it at the time, but being a janitor taught me how to care for things, how to be a leader on the front lines, how to work with just about anyone and how to manage myself when my boss wasn’t around.Pretty valuable life and leadership lessons––all from mopping floors at minimum wage.#8 Lead by sharing, not accumulating.I can sum up everything I know about leadership in one simple statement:“Leadership is sharing––a leader shares.”An effective leader shares knowledge, wisdom, experience. The best leaders share authority, compassion, respect and most of all––power.Sharing is a discipline. Start now.That’s enough to work on for now. I’m sure you could add more useful strategies to this list, but I seriously doubt you can become an authentic leader without these.And I do want you to become an authentic leader––someone with the ability to attract willing followers and the will to serve them.The world needs more authentic leaders, and there is no better place to express yourself as a caring, compassionate and effective leader than in the CU community. CU leaders are making a difference, every day, serving their communities and helping people realize their potential and their dreams.Be one of those leaders. Start today. Vision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Detailslast_img read more

Former state senator set to receive public service award

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series will honor former State Sen. Beverly Gard with the Nancy A. Maloley Outstanding Public Service Award at the Lugar Series 28thAnnual Luncheon at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott on Monday, April 9, 2018.Gard served as an Indiana State Senator for 24 years, authoring numerous pieces of legislation primarily focusing on the environment, health, utilities and local government. Upon retiring from the Indiana Senate in 2012, Gard became active in public policy issues and continues to stay engaged serving as chair on multiple boards and commissions, including Environmental Rules Board, Lobby Registration Commission, Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee, and the Alcohol Code Revision Commission.The Nancy A. Maloney Outstanding Public Service Award was established to recognize a Hoosier Republican woman who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to serving the public through appointed governmental or political office, after the extended Lugar family lost a dear friend, Nancy Maloney, to a courageous battle with cancer in 2002.“Senator Gard’s commitment to public service is what the Lugar Series program is about,” said Lugar Series Executive Director Anne Hathaway. “We are so proud to have her as an inspiration to women leaders in Indiana and to honor her with this year’s Nancy A. Maloley Outstanding Public Servant Award.”The honoree is selected each year by a committee comprised of representatives from Maloley’s family, Senator Lugar’s extended team and the Lugar Series, based on their dedication to public service, creative approach to problem solving, intellectual competency, and effective management and leadership.Past recipients of this award, include Congresswoman Susan Brooks; United State Federal Justice Sarah Evans Barker; the Honorable Robyn L. Moberly, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Indiana; and former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Beck Skillman.The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is a nonprofit organization inspired by former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar. The Series is a women’s leadership development program designed to increase the number of Republican women in local, state and national elective and appointive offices.last_img read more

Reprieve for blacklisted consumers

first_img5 September 2013 Previously blacklisted consumers have been given some breathing space, with the Cabinet approving a proposal to allow consumers who can afford to take up more debt to access credit once they have settled their debt. Briefing journalists in Pretoria on Thursday following the Cabinet’s latest fortnightly meeting, spokesperson Phumla Williams said that denying credit to previously blacklisted consumers “hinders growth”. “What tends to happen currently is that even if you have settled your debt, you still have to wait for a period of five years,” Williams said. “The proposal that has been made is to ensure that those that have settled their debt are able to continue their lives in terms of doing the business that they may wish to engage in.” The proposal was made by the Select Committee on Trade and International Relations following a report by the Removal of Adverse Credit Information Project. The report’s recommendations were first discussed in Parliament last year after it was noted that denying credit to those that were previously blacklisted without considering affordability was detrimental not only to consumers but also to the economy. Williams said the Department of Trade and Industry still needed to conclude internal processes before the Cabinet’s decision could come into effect. Meanwhile, Williams said the Cabinet had also approved several other Bills for introduction to Parliament, including the National Credit Amendment Bill, which seeks to give the National Credit Regulator (NCR) more powers to implement and enforce critical credit provisions. “The Bill aims to strengthen the capacity of the National Credit Regulator to address certain challenges, especially around court processes, and to strengthen enforcement and implementation of the provisions of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Real inspiration for Virtual Caches: part three

first_img SharePrint RelatedVirtual Rewards: The world is your oyster!April 10, 2018In “Community”Real inspiration for Virtual Caches: part twoOctober 17, 2017In “News”Real inspiration for Virtual Caches: part oneSeptember 19, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Our virtual trip around the world is coming to a close, but not without sharing several more Virtual Caches you can find! We’re featuring one Virtual Cache from every continent so we can truly circle the globe!EuropeName: Sie kommen! (Virtual Reward)GC7B6YKLocation: Germany(Photo by elfchen77)Oceania/AustraliaName: Whatarippavista!!GC7B7JNLocation: New South Wales, Australia(photo by bella at waggy)South AmericaName: MACHU PICCHUGC7B9HFLocation: Peru(Photo by Etibachtfan)North AmericaName: Chacchoben Grand Temple I — DGS Virtual RewardGC7B6TKLocation: Mexico(photo by aogagent1)AfricaName: Jubilee squareGC7B96XLocation: South Africa(Photo by RolandC)AntarcticaName: Winter WonderlandGCA93CLocation: Antarctica(Photo by: VeteranTributes)AsiaName: 天花杏醉人樓玉GC7B663Location: Taiwan(Photo by monkey_travels)We can still expect up to 3000 more new Virtual Caches to be published. So be sure to keep an eye out for one near you!Which Virtual Cache do you want to travel to most?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Strains

first_imgDefinitionA strain is when a muscle is stretched too much and tears. It is also called a pulled muscle. A strain is a painful injury. It can be caused by an accident,overusing a muscle, or using a muscle inthe wrong way.Alternative NamesPulled muscleCausesA strain may be caused by:Too muchphysical activity or effortImproperly warming up before a physical activityPoor flexibilitySymptomsSymptoms of a strain can include:Pain and difficulty moving the injured muscleDiscolored and bruised skinSwellingFirst AidApply icerightawayto reduce swelling. Wrap the ice in cloth. Do not placeice directly on the skin. Apply ice for 10 to 15 minutes every 1 hour for the first day and every 3 to 4 hours after that.Use ice for the first 3 days. Either heat or ice may be helpful after that if you still have pain.Rest the pulled muscle for at least a day. If possible, keep the pulled muscle raised about your heart.Try not to use a strained muscle while it is still painful. When the pain starts to go away, you can slowly increase activity.When to get medical assistanceCall your local emergency number, such as 911, if:You are unable to move the muscle.The injury is bleeding.Call your health care provider if the pain does not go away after several weeks.PreventionThe following tips may help you reduce your risk of a strain:Warm-up properly before exercise and sports.Keep your muscles strong and flexible.ReferencesBiundo JJ. Bursitis, tendinitis, and other periarticular disorders and sports medicine. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman’s Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 271.advertisementBrinker MR, O’Connor DP, Almekinders LC, et al. Physiology of Injury to Musculoskeletal Structures: 1. Muscle and Tendon Injury. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 1, section A.Review Date:4/13/2013Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more