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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A judge’s perspective on the 2014 NTCUE challenge

A judge’s perspective on the 2014 NTCUE challenge

Early in 2014, I was asked to judge the Next Top Credit Union Executive contest. My duties would include reviewing video and blog posts from the top 15 as we worked to the final five. I was eager to participate because in 2013, I paid more attention to the contest and was impressed with the process, the judges, the finalists, and the winner.

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