Posts Tagged ‘execution’

How to Create a High Performing Team

The largest expense line on the income statement is compensation and benefits. This expense must be maximized and leveraged. To accomplish getting the most from your comp and benefit’s expenses starts with performance management. Unfortunately, performance management has become an annual or semi-annual exercise in futility for too many organizations. When performance management becomes a…

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Three Things Every Leader Must Know

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…

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Leadership: Don’t leave it to Amateurs

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…

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Core Integrations Like Solving Cancer?

Although this may seem like an exaggeration, it is extremely hard and costly for a vendor to connect to the core provider. Credit unions are also frustrated by these challenges because they prevent or at best slow down the credit union’s ability to provide their members the best products, services or applications. This slowing down…

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Leaders Know the Temperature of the Team

Leading is about driving results but it is also about taking the team’s temperature and understanding three things:
– Do they need the temperature turned up?
– Do they need the temperature turned down?
– Do they need to be on a glide-path for a while?
There is no science to the art of temperature taking, but we can draw on personal experiences to help reset the temperature. Thinking back over your professional life you may have experienced some of the same dynamics that teams exhibit. Let’s correlate personal experiences to team experiences…

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Seven Steps to Collaboration in Disagreement

When all parties are agreeable, collaboration is easy. It is when the parties are not agreeable that a leader goes to work. Disagreements can come from many sources and for many reasons but the key to connecting opposing positions starts with understanding all sides. How can a leader create a collaborative effort when disagreement is…

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Leadership Begins and Ends with Honesty

When you look back over bosses you respected, bosses that were okay and bosses that were, how can I say it, needing a significant reboot, what made them different? I liked a boss that was honest with me. It seemed they knew when I messed up, it was unintentional. Now that doesn’t mean they overlooked…

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Great Endings yield Great Beginnings

December 31, 2014 is my final day at Eli Lilly FCU (soon to be know as Elements Financial). Rumors of my retirement at premature, it just isn’t in my DNA. Rich 4.0 (see http://leading2leadership.com/2014/08/02/rich-4-0-the-reinvention-of-self/) will be working as an independent strategy consultant or with a progressive bank/credit union vendor. My core competencies include the following:…

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Three Must Haves in your Strategic Plan

As you move into our strategic  planning and budgeting cycles there are three must-haves when crafting a successful future for your credit union: 1. A Plan for Transformation – Strategic Plans should be designed to transform the organization. If the culture is, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” then don’t waste your time and…

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