Innovative is a core value; how do I get there?

Many credit unions I work with have “innovative” in their core values because thriving organizations know innovation is critical to their long-term success. We also know that organizations that fail to innovate risk being left behind in an ever-changing and competitive marketplace. No, it is unlikely that a credit union will become like Apple or…

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The Toxic Boss – 6 X 6

What happens when you have a toxic boss and how to fix it A toxic boss affects your work, job satisfaction, and quality of life. Knowing what a toxic boss does to the organization and the employee is essential. But equally important is to have strategies to manage a poisonous boss situation. Here are six…

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Improve your leadership presence!

Leadership presence is a vital aspect of being an effective leader. It refers to how you carry yourself, communicate, and interact with others. Your leadership presence can inspire and motivate people to follow you or create a sense of unease and reluctance. To improve your leadership presence, here are some tips that can help. Changing…

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The Buck Stops Here – How to make sound decisions

Making difficult choices at work can be challenging, especially when the outcome of those decisions can significantly impact the organization and the people it serves. Whether you are a manager or an individual contributor, there are times when you will be faced with difficult choices that require you to consider your options and carefully make…

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No Succession Plan? What could go wrong?

Succession planning can be seen as a “nice to have,” but it can wait. Umm, not so much. I was an executive with a credit union when the CEO died suddenly at a legislative breakfast at the state capitol. The disruption, disarray, and sense of fear were overwhelming. Key executives were more worried about their…

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To Lay Off or Not to Lay Off – the big question

The decision to lay off employees is one of the most challenging decisions a company can make. It is often a last resort in response to changing market conditions, financial difficulties, or shifts in the company’s strategic direction. However, while layoffs can be necessary for a company to survive, it is essential to approach the…

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Building New Leaders is Job One.

Why Leadership Development Should Be a Top Priority. Leadership is a critical component of any successful organization. Influential leaders can inspire, motivate, and guide their teams toward achieving goals. However, leaders are not born; they are made, which is where leadership development comes in. Effective leadership is critical to the success of any organization. Leaders…

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The Strategic Org Structure?

Most organizations have stuck with a legacy org structure where the functional silos are clearly defined. The challenge this kind of structure causes is to recognize and respond more quickly to the need for cross-functional and cross-silo projects and initiatives. The re-visualization of the org structure, functions, and roles should align with strategic objectives, not…

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Why a Fractional Executive?

In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business environment, it’s becoming increasingly important for companies to be flexible and adaptable. One way to achieve this is by hiring a fractional leader or an interim or part-time executive. A fractional leader is an experienced business professional hired to fill a temporary leadership role, typically for a specific project…

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