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A Career Transition Essential – Staying Relevant

By Rich Jones | December 17, 2017

Navigating a career is never easy. There will be obstacles and disappointments. There will be joys and celebrations. At times, even new opportunities come to you from “out of the blue.” It is when those obstacles, disappointment, and “out of the blue” situations happen is when the true grit of a leader surfaces. But “true…

Ready for a Career Change – Start with your Brand Image

By Rich Jones | August 14, 2017

Often, when you are at a career intersection, whether it is the result of a decision to seek another job, a layoff, or a desire to start a new career, we must first ask, what does your brand say about you today? A personal brand audit is an excellent way to start as you reinvent…

Drifting Into the Sunset = Credit Union Risk

By Rich Jones | May 17, 2017

Many of us have seen this from afar; some of us from close at hand. The CEO is getting close to retirement and has set a course for the organization of just “drifting off into the sunset.” This syndrome happens when the strategic leader and driver of the credit union has decided to retire but…

3 Steps to Leadership Transition

By Rich Jones | January 9, 2017

There are several triggers why you may want to transition to a new leadership style. One trigger might be the organizational needs have evolved, and a new leadership style is required to move the organization or team to the next level. Maybe you have learned some skills to become a better leader but need to…

Change Leadership in 8 Steps

By Rich Jones | October 19, 2016

All teams have three participants: change agents, change neutrals, and change resistors. The key to leading change is empowering the change agents, influencing the change equivocators and helping t… Source: Change Leadership in 8 Steps

Three Things Every Leader Must Know

By Rich Jones | September 19, 2016

Leadership is not for sissies. Leadership is not about you. Leadership has a price. Let’s diagnose each of these requirements. Leadership is not for sissies – To be an authentic leader takes courage. This courage is realized in many ways. Sometimes it is the courage to do what you don’t want to do, to do…

Work-Life Balance is a Myth

By Rich Jones | June 6, 2016

Wouldn’t it be nice if our lives were compartmentalized into neat little boxes? This box is for work, this box is for play, this box is for friends, this box is for family – you get the point. But life doesn’t work this way. Life is a giant mash-up of all of these parts, and…

Leadership: Don’t leave it to Amateurs

By Rich Jones | April 26, 2016

If you were to describe your leadership style, what would you say? If you were to define the leadership style of your credit union what adjectives would you use? Like it or not, we all have a leadership style and if your credit union has not defined their preferred leadership style you have many varieties…

A Career is a "Hero's Journey"…

By Rich Jones | January 29, 2016

We enter the business world with the expectation that we are starting up a trajectory that will always climb to the next promotion, a continual progression in responsibility and authority. This is a myth. Rarely is a career path a continual climb up the ladder. A career path is a “hero’s journey”, one beset with…