Success for your credit union depends on this one mindset

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Junkyard dogs worry about accomplishment. Show dogs worry about appearances. This year there are only two types of credit unions: junkyard dogs and show dogs. The difference? The junkyard dogs of the credit union community are those misfits and mavericks, renegades and rebels, innovators and improvisors who believe that traditional wisdom is more tradition than […]

Pivot Your Credit Union’s Strategy

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“You need to pivot!” If you have your coronavirus bingo card, you could check that word off a dozen times, along with “the new normal,” “social distancing” and dozens of other buzzwords that have become popular in strategic planning for credit unions over the last few months. But let’s focus on just this one: pivot. […]

Reboot Don’t Redo

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Reboot Don’t Redo Your Credit Union’s Strategic Plan in Response to Coronavirus “How do you know if you’re making the right move?” That was the question Yvon Chouinard was asked several years ago at a conference. His response: “It’s a lot of gut instinct. If you study something to death, if you wait for the […]

Just (Don’t) Say No During COVID Disruptions

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NO! It’s one of the first words we learn as children. And for most of us, it’s a word we regularly use as we grow older. In professional settings, “No” has the power to shut down strategic conversations with unfortunate effectiveness. Whether responding to a new idea that challenges the status quo or a suggestion […]

How To Start an Office War While Working Remotely

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Give me an example of drama in your workplace, and I bet there’s a 90% chance we can trace that issue back to poor communication—or lack of communication entirely. Last week, I was meeting with a leader who shared an issue she was having with one of her team members. Summarizing her experience, this leader […]

What Can You Learn From Purell?

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How a Hand Sanitizer Shortage Can Impact Your Credit Union In news that probably comes as no surprise to anyone, there appears to be a national shortage of Purell®. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that the popular hand sanitizer has been flying off the shelves at stores and pharmacies across the country. To date, the […]

Don’t Let 2020 Be a Year Your Credit Union Regrets

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Even though we’re less than halfway through the first quarter of 2020, it’s a good time to start thinking about the opportunities that will present themselves to you throughout the rest of the year. But wait! How can you prepare for opportunities you know nothing about? Pause on that question. We’ll come back to it. […]

Should Credit Unions Take the Easy Way Out?

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In many organizations, credit unions included, marketing is viewed as the primary driver of success or failure. Loans are down? Must be marketing. Bad reviews online? Blame marketing. Goals aren’t being met? You guessed it—marketing. Now, while marketing certainly plays a role, an organization’s success always relies on a variety of factors. Sure, marketing must […]

Santa Learned to Cross-sell

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Santa Learned to Cross-sell (and Your Frontline Can Too) Did you get a chance to see your local Santa Claus this year? If so, how did he seem? Was he excited to mingle with kids and kids-at-heart, or was he bored out of his mind? Was his “Ho ho ho!” heartfelt, or did his festive […]

What is the Worst Mistake Your Credit Union Can Make?

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When it comes to your credit union’s marketing, what’s one of the worst things that can happen? Creating an ad that you think is awesome—only to find your masterpiece at the center of a social media uproar due to its perceived offensiveness. That scenario may sound far-fetched, but I’m willing to bet that most of […]