I nominated Alex, and he won!

I nominated Alex, and he won!

Last spring when I came across the opportunity to nominate a young leader in my organization, I jumped at it.  Our organization is full of young, keen people making a difference at work every day and one person stood out immediately.  Did I think he would win??  I don’t know…. Did I think he could win?? Absolutely!

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Nominate a Standout Future Leader for the 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Challenge

Nominate a Standout Future Leader for the  2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Challenge

The industry’s first competition recognizing the incredible young leaders of the credit union movement is back for year number six! The search is on for the 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec. This program for the industry’s emerging leaders is powered by Currency and in partnership with DDJ Myers.

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Four Ways to Get Executive Buy-in to Your Creative Ideas

Four Ways to Get Executive Buy-in to Your Creative Ideas

Since the Next Top Credit Union Executive competition, people have asked me how to get buy-in from their executive team for some of their creative ideas.  I’m lucky enough that the executive management at my Credit Union allows for creativity to flow and has given us the freedom to execute on some of the zany stuff we have done.  But it wasn’t always so easy.  When we made our first Banks? No Thanks! video, it was met with a certain level of skepticism from most people.  The CEO was encouraging, but there was hesitation from most as YouTube and social media were not ‘things’ we had done before.  To help you get your zany, innovative ideas accepted, I’ve compiled a list of four ways to get executive buy-in to your creative ideas.

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Return on Engagement

Return on Engagement

I was asked to post a blog giving a general project update. As I said in my presentation, my topic for the Next Top Credit Union Executive competition was not so much a project as it was and is a strategy. That strategy? Engagement. The tactics of the strategy were to incorporate fun into our day-to-day life to engage both staff and our communities.  Here is one example of how we have recently incorporated fun across all of our branches!

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