Cornell Day 1: Failure Rocks!

I think one of the most successful aspects of the two CUES CEO Institute programs that I have participated in are the continued focus on self awareness and how we all can become betters leaders for this great thing that we call credit unions.

Today was no different and I continued to uncover areas of opportunity to make me a better person and contributor to the success of Servus Credit Union and the credit union movement.

I rely on my belly to make too many decisions for me. 

I tend to use “my gut” more often than not. Yes, this does apply to food consumption as we spend the week attending the fantastic restaurants located throughout the Cornell campus, but it also relates to decision making. I like to follow blind logic and base my decision on a feeling I have on the situation versus following the logic to make my conclusion. 

To improve on that, I need to do a better job at using a good process in decision making. Today, we learned about a 4 steps that include:

  1. Framing
  2. Gathering Intelligence
  3. Coming to Conclusions
  4. Learning From Experience

Framing is a mental structure that simplifies and guides our understanding of a complex reality (straight out of the book y’all, and Jay, our instructor, said we could use it, so no plagiarism issues!!!!). Realistically, we tend to focus on our own frame when looking at challenges facing us or trying to influence change, but we don’t think about other people’s frame or how they perceive things.

As quoted in our session, “Before you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, first you need to take off your own shoes.”

The last item that I am fully committed to is learning from experiences. Over the years I have learned the failure is an opportunity to continue to grow as experience isn’t about what happened, it is about why it happened. 

Failure can be a positive thing if you are willing to learn from it.

If you have done this, let’s end this blog with a little bit of skin.