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Leadership of Knowing When to Hand It Off

By Rich Jones | July 2, 2020

Leadership is about knowing when to step forward and knowing when to step away. Many times in my career, I have had a chance to do both. In my experience, stepping forward is much easier than stepping back. In every leadership role, there is a tipping point. Most leaders’ error is not seeing that tipping…

Wait, let’s not be emotionally driven – Really, NOW?!?

By Rich Jones | June 15, 2020

Why us it anytime something extraordinary happens, the “anti-change” elements of our organizations say, “Well now, we have to be careful, we don’t want to be driven by emotion?” Let talk. People who say, “let’s not be driven by emotion” are typically change-resistant. This “catchphrase” is a way to stop innovation and change conversation. They…

5 Post-Covid Strategies

By Rich Jones | June 8, 2020

Everyone seems to be talking about the new normal. I am not a fan of the phrase “new normal.” Normalcy has always been the siren’s call to irrelevancy and plateauing for credit unions. Here the five things your credit union needs to consider as we move out of this pandemic: 1. Branches that don’t transition…

Branching Strategy, It Starts with the Member

By Rich Jones | May 11, 2020

Historically branches are seen as transaction channels. Today, this view of branches has changed and continues to evolve. Members and potential members like the convenience of brick and mortar, they like the demonstration of financial strength and security. Still, the truth is, they rely less on branches for their daily, weekly, and monthly transaction business…

5 Reasons to Redefine Leadership

By Rich Jones | May 8, 2020

Too often, leadership is seen as the job of the chosen few and dictated by the org chart. Let’s move past this arcane concept and change our paradigm. Leadership isn’t for the few; leadership is for the masses. Here is why I know this to be true: Marine Corps boot camp taught me that when…

Leading Change in Eight Steps

By Rich Jones | April 29, 2020

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 the change resistors understand the WIIFM (what’s in it for me). Here are the critical steps to leading change. First, identify who fits into these categories because…

Leadership, a Journey Without End

By Rich Jones | April 23, 2020

The common denominators of respected leaders are they never stop learning, and they never stop teaching. Leadership takes a significant commitment to the journey of others. It is fraught with setbacks, mistakes, tough decisions, and pride. The unwavering leadership commitment is to help others take risks, make mistakes, do things wrong, and from all that…

Is There a Place for a Humble Leader?

By Rich Jones | April 6, 2020

Some lead with ego, and some lead with humility. Which are the most successful leaders? Let’s look at history. Leading with ego, we all have a list that jumps to mind because you’ve probably known or worked for these leaders. I immediately think of Ken Lay of ENRON fame and Joe Nacchio of USWest, leaders…

Strategic Planning and the Pandemic

By Rich Jones | March 31, 2020

Here is what we know. We are in the middle of a pandemic. This situation has forced each of us to rethink and reimage how we do business. There is a tendency to hunker down and attack the urgent needs of members, staff, and the credit union. We get done what is critical at the…