Innovation. Be sure to have a board-level conversation about your organization’s appetite for change. What percentage of your energy will be spent on incremental innovation vs. breakthroughs vs. transformations?Talent development. In the big picture, who does your credit union want to hire, train and retain? At what level compared to peers and competitors is your credit union committed to getting the best people on board, growing them, and keeping them happy so they’ll stay?Opportunities in the strategic plan. In your vision, where are the places you’ll have the most positive impact on your organization and its members? If you row together, you’ll be more likely to get there. Talk explicitly about this in your next board meeting and gauge your level of agreement on priorities. Even the best pro quarterbacks can’t win games by themselves. Despite being able to call some of their own plays, these athletes will find success most often when they’re aligned with the other top team leaders—the coaches.After all, coaches define the culture of the team. They set offensive and defensive strategy. Some even have the big-picture perspective that comes from sitting in the skybox to view the game rather than being in the thick of the action. In short, winning football teams have leaders who are in alignment.Similarly, credit unions will be stronger when the visions of their CEO and board align—setting the tone for the rest of the organization. Consider this quote attributed to Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former CEO of Medtronic:“The most empowering condition of all is when the entire organization is aligned with its mission, and people’s passions and purpose are in synch with each other.”In contrast, lack of alignment and agreement among an organization’s leadership “causes disinterest among board members, who then simply default to tackling regulatory and compliance issues,” according to an article in Harvard Business Review that was written by Ana Dutra when she was the head of leadership and talent consulting at Korn Ferry International.For credit unions to succeed in today’s marketplace, the CEO and the board need to align on these three key factors: As your professional development association, CUES understands the need to align your CU’s leaders. A free virtual learning series for CUES-member CEOs, Maximizing the CEO/Board Relationship, is underway, with the next sessions taking place Dec. 6 and Feb. 21.In addition, CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange—a unique event for aligning CEO- chair pairs—will take place Jan. 28-Feb. 1. It features formal learning sessions in the morning and optional afternoon/evening events for forging the CEO/chair bond.I hope you’ll take advantage of these opportunities to align your leadership and take your team all the way to the championship. Let me know how it helps you find success in strengthening your CU and better serving members. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Details
ALTA, Iowa – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars make their Buena Vista Raceway debut, joining the Wednesday, June 6 card.There is no entry fee and the Sprint Car portion of the CS Agrow-sponsored program is draw/redraw. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Iowa State points will be awarded.Rounding out the card are IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Spectator admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 13-18 and seniors. Admission for kids 12 and under is $2 or free with the donation of a non-perishable food item.More information is available by calling 712 299-5573.
Threat to rice in BerbiceWeeks after being deprived of vital irrigation to farmlands, some 2000 acres of farmland in areas along the East Coast of Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) remain in danger of depletion due to discontinued access to a canal that is managed by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). Guyana Times reported the plight of 20 farmers in Bolam and Palmyra, Berbice who noted the urgent need of water for their rice fields, which are cracking after GuySuCo shut off the water supply. The farmers indicated that were relying on rainfall to start the crop but after the change in season, the canal which normally supplies to them was closed and this prompted much concern.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder in an invited comment on Saturday briefly stated that he was aware of the situation and referred this newspaper to a Government official in the region. However Guyana Times was able to ascertain that GuySuCo and the National Drainage and Irrigation (NDIA) have been engaging in discussions to work out which entity will assume responsibility for drainage works following the closure of the Rose Hall Estate.According to information received, one of the strategic pumps that operates at that entity is reportedly not operational following Rose Hall’s closure.“NDIA would need to take over these pumps at some point but this hasn’t happened as yet. GuySuCo was offering a lot of services and irrigation to the communities and now that they are shut, NDIA and GuySuCo have been having these discussions over the past few weeks,” a senior official in the region disclosed on Saturday.According to reports, officials at GuySuCo contend there is an area along the canal that is blocked with weeds. Guyana Times was however told by several farmers that they have an arrangement where they paid the Sugar Corporation $500 per acre to have water supplied to them. When contacted for comment, Region Six Regional Chairman David Armogan told this publication that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is prepared to assist GuySuCo in alleviating the situation but observed that the pumps fall under the management of the Sugar Corporation.“I am very concerned about the situation because as far as I can remember, GuySuCo used to provide water for those farmers in the number 19 – Palmyra areas – that is the primary source of irrigation water, there’s no other irrigation system that presently exists. If GuySuCo does not supply them with water, it means that they cannot plant,” Armogan pointed out.The regional official added that he is collaborating with GuySuCo in an aim the resolve the depleted water supply. “They are moving to resolve but there is an area that is blocked and I don’t think they will be able to pump the water to reach there quickly. We got to put an excavator there quickly to clear the area so once the pumping starts; we can get the water flowing into the number 19 area,” he stressed. “I don’t think anybody in their right senses would allow 2000 acres of rice to go under; the rice is now under threat but in the event that the farmers don’t get water, then it would be damaged,” Armogan further noted. On Saturday, Guyana Times reported that the farmers decried the millions of dollars they invested going into the current crop which started late December in the height of the rainy season.