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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Bad, bad culture…
Corporate culture refers to the values, beliefs, and behaviors that shape a company’s overall work and service environment. A positive corporate culture enhances employee satisfaction, fosters innovation, and promotes productivity. Conversely, a bad corporate culture devastates a company, its employees, and its customers. In this article, I will explore the dangers of bad corporate culture…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Leading with Intention
Leading with intention is a powerful concept that can transform your leadership style and help you succeed personally and professionally. Intentional leadership involves being clear about your values, goals, and priorities and aligning your actions and decisions with them. Leading with intention is a crucial skill for anyone who wants to be an effective leader.…Read More
Leading with Courage and Grace
Leadership is difficult; it requires courage, empathy, and gracefully handling difficult situations. Leading with courage and grace means leading confidently while remaining empathetic and understanding toward others. This leadership style benefits the leader and their team, promoting trust and creating a positive work environment. This article will explore what it means to lead with courage…Read More