Leadership Matters: Proven benefits of structured management

first_imgOne of the most underappreciated traits of the best leaders is surprising: They also tend to be great managers.“Management” is typically seen as a lower form of leadership. But in my estimation, it’s just as important. While leadership is about influencing what you can’t control (how inspired and engaged your employees are, how invested they are in the credit union’s vision), management is all about managing what you can control (who to hire, what targets to aim for, how to allocate resources, and how to adjust when problems or opportunities arise).Both sides of that coin are vital, no matter where in the corporate hierarchy you stand.A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research supports the idea that successful executives exhibit effective management and foster it throughout their organizations. Analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data from 32,000 manufacturing firms, researchers from Stanford, MIT, and elsewhere found a strong correlation between “structured management practices” and a firm’s growth, profitability, workforce productivity and innovation. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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5 ways your credit union can grow an engaged Instagram following

first_imgA few weeks ago, I attended a breakout session at INBOUND17 with one of the Instagram guru’s, Peg Fitzpatrick. The title of the session was “How To Grow An Engaged Instagram Following.  In this session, Peg Fitzpatrick, social media strategist and co-author of The Art of Social Media, shared some of her engagement tips and highlighted some key metrics to grow your Instagram account using data and analytics. Here are 5 tips I took away from this session that can help your Credit Union grow an engaged Instagram following. Set Your StyleOn Instagram, consistency is key. Make sure your account has a consistent style with font, colors, and photo filter style for every post you share on your account.  Adding your branding logo or URL is optional, but if want to make sure you get credit for your images, then make sure they are branded if others share them across social media. Just mix these up and don’t brand ALL of your images.Add Variety In Your PostsEating the same thing for breakfast every morning gets old after a while, well so does your Instagram feed. Make sure your posting a variety of things including photos, videos, Boomerangs, Hyperlapse, etc. Keep it interesting so that your followers will want to remain engaged.Use User-Generated Content (UGC), NOT Stock PhotosIt is true…Peg used a statistic in her presentation that “77% of Instagrammers prefer user-generated content over professional photos!”  While stock photos are pretty, they aren’t genuine, and we can all recognize them easily. Your members want to see your behind the scenes photos of your employees! They want to see real photos! Share content generated by other Instagrammers as it relates to your credit union.  If you don’t have enough content, ask your members to share some of their own by creating a hashtag that members can use to be feature on your account like #mycustory (plug in your CU’s name in place of “cu”).Posting Tips to Grow Your CU’s Instagram Account Tara comes to Social Stairway with a very strong background in Project/Program Management and Technical Consulting. She has implemented large-scale projects across various industries and is also an experienced … Web: www.socialstairway.com Details 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tara Moseley Video, video, video!Video is the most effective medium to communicate with your members. There are several tools out there today to create custom videos, but Peg recommends using Wave by Animatron. This free online software tool allows you to create engaging marketing videos to share on Instagram.  We are excited to give this tool a try ourselves!Another related post: Instagram Strategies that Really Work for Credit UnionsFor more, visit our Social Stairway Blog or contact us today on our website or via email at info@socialstairway.com. Make sure you post regularly. Our general rule of thumb is to post once per day on Insta, including weekends.Choose two to three times per day to go in a check comments. And always reply to comments, not just liking them.Find the best times for your CU to post using Iconosquare metrics.Geo-tag posts to reach local people and new members.Host and participate in Insta takeovers at your CU.last_img read more

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New York postpones St Patrick’s Day parade over coronavirus fears

first_imgNew York City has postponed its annual St Patrick’s Day parade over the global coronavirus pandemic, officials said late Wednesday, days after other events in US cities were canceled.State governor Andrew Cuomo said the decision was taken after a meeting with parade organizers.”One of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the virus is to limit large gatherings and close contacts, and I applaud the parade’s leadership for working cooperatively with us,” said New York state governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement. New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is the largest in the United States and typically attracts two million spectators.The event has been held annually for more than 250 years and Wednesday’s announcement marked the first time it would not be held as scheduled, the New York Times reported. Officials said the parade would be held at a later date. “I know this decision didn’t come easy, so I’ll make this promise: this is a postponement, not a cancellation,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. Boston’s mayor on Monday announced the cancelation of his city’s St Patrick’s Day parade, which was expected to attract around one million attendees. Topics :last_img read more

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Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine Statement on Republican Anti-choice Bill

first_imgPhysician General Dr. Rachel Levine Statement on Republican Anti-choice Bill April 11, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Today, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine made the following statement regarding HB 1948.“I am deeply disturbed by the fast-tracking of House Bill 1948 in the House of Representatives against the advice of the medical community and women’s health advocates.  As a physician, my duty to my patients is to provide the most appropriate medical care.  The relationship between a patient and her doctor is built on trust.   This legislation undermines that trust and limits the ability of doctors to exercise their own judgment with regard to their patients.“This bill, in fact, punishes women whose pregnancies have complications. Women and their families, when faced with a devastating diagnosis of a significant fetal anomaly, have the right to make the decision which is appropriate for them, in consultation with their doctors.  Doctors and their patients must be able to make choices about medical procedures based on best practices and standards of care.  We need to help women facing difficult pregnancies, not punish them.  We need to trust women to make their own choices, not dictate those decisions to them.  I urge the House to table this bill and the Senate to make a commitment to not run the bill.  Rather than move this legislation, let’s open a conversation about helping women and their families.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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Pension investors remain unconvinced about role in SME lending

first_imgPension investors remain unconvinced about their supposed role in providing financing to small companies, with none of the respondents to a new survey viewing it as a solution to their investment problems.Repondents said they viewed their level exposure to small firms as right at present, with under a third indicating they wished to increase their holdings.Asked which channels small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) would view as most important in 15 years time to access financing, half said that the firms would  continue to avail themselves of bank loans, the method predominant at present.Two respondents to IPE’s latest Focus Group survey, covering investors with €68bn in assets, said that direct lending from institutions would be the most important and none believed that securitised lending would play a part. None of the respondents viewed SME lending as key to solving their investment problems, while 46% said they accepted it could play a part in addressing problems.The remainder of respondents rejected out of hand any part played by direct SME lending, with one UK fund stating that investments must remain focused on return, rather than assisting business growth.A second added that funds should not be regarded as banks.However, a Portuguese investor did not reject the idea out of hand, simply noting that many such investments were not rated and therefore required research expertise to invest in such loan books.For more on the Focus Group, see the current issue of IPElast_img read more

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Egg donor has parental rights – US court

first_img3 News 8 November 2013The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child and is ordering a lower court to work out custody, child support and visitation arrangements.The case involves two women, identified only by their  initials, who had a child together. One donated an egg that was fertilised and implanted in the other, who gave birth in 2004.But two years later the Brevard County couple split up, and the birth mother took the girl and left the country. The other woman, who identifies herself as the biological mother, used a private detective to find her former partner in Australia, and a custody fight ensued.The court wrote that the birth mother’s “preference that she  parent the child alone is sadly similar to the views of all too many parents who, after separating, prefer to exclude the other parent in the child’s life.  The court added that “an all-or-nothing choice between the two parents is not necessary.”The birth mother tried to use a Florida law that prevents sperm or egg donors from claiming parental rights to children born to other couples. Her lawyer also cited a standard form donors are required to sign relinquishing parental rights. The court rejected both arguments, saying the law doesn’t apply in this case because the couple clearly planned to parent the child together.http://www.3news.co.nz/Egg-donor-has-parental-rights–US-court/tabid/417/articleID/320566/Default.aspx#.UnyphdT2-Ullast_img read more

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Reality dating show Naked Attraction given the all clear to lay bare on NZ television

first_imgNZ Herald 5 April 2018Family First Comment: Time to scrap the BSA.A reality dating show that features nudity has been given the seal of approval from the Broadcasting Standards Authority.Two episodes of Naked Attraction aired in New Zealand in October and November last year and subsequently 13 people complained to the BSA.The show involves a clothed person choosing a date from six naked people, whose naked bodies are gradually revealed in stages from the feet up. The nudity was not blurred or pixelated in the episodes broadcast.Viewers argued the programme should not have been allowed to air because of the high level of full-frontal nudity and sexual discussion.National Director of Family First NZ Bob McCoskrie was stunned by the BSA’s decision, stating it had “become de-sensitised to what are community standards”.“This decision was a litmus test of whether families can rely on the watchdog to act in the best interests of families and society in general or whether broadcasters have free reign to push the boundaries as far as they want. The broadcasters have won and families have received notice,” he said.“This is all part of the ‘pornification’ of our culture led by broadcasters and advertisers, with the watchdog asleep at the wheel.“Family First was swamped with complaints from families after the broadcasts of Naked Attraction, including medical professionals, horrified by how the standards of free-to-air television have hit rock bottom because of this show.”McCoskrie said the show degrades human relationships to animalistic instinct, and promotes voyeurism and a porn culture.He said a number of advertisers have asked for their advertising to be removed from the programme after being contacted by supporters of Family First.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12026694&ref=twitterlast_img read more

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Valentines 2017

first_imgChocolate Avocado MousseFrom www.foodnetwork.comIngredients1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips4 very ripe (8 ounce) avocados, peeled and pitted1/2 cup agave1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract1/4 teaspoon fine saltFresh raspberries, for garnishDirectionsPlace the chocolate chips in a small bowl.Place over a small saucepan of barely simmering water.Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3 minutes.Set aside to cool slightly.Place the melted chocolate, avocados, agave, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt in a food processor.Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.Spoon into glasses and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (can be prepared 1 day in advance).Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve. Almond Crusted SalmonFrom www.cookinglight.comIngredients1/4 cup almond meal1/4 cup panko1/4 teaspoon ground coriander1/8 teaspoon ground cumin4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, about 1-inch thick2 teaspoons lemon juice1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepperCooking spray4 lemon wedgesPreparationPreheat oven to 500°.Combine first 4 ingredients in a shallow dish; set aside.Brush tops and sides of fish with juice: sprinkle with salt and pepper.Working with 1 fillet at a time, dredge top and sides in almond mixture;place skin side down on broiler pan coated with cooking spray.Sprinkle any remaining crumb mixture evenly over fish; press gently to adhere.Bake at 500° for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.Serve with lemon wedges.last_img read more

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Duel In The Desert qualifying starts tonight

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 9)  – Dirt will by flying at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track starting Wednesday qualifying for the biggest event of the season in IMCA’s Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region begins tonight.More than 200 IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are entered for the 20th annual Duel in the Desert, which runs through Saturday at the LVMSpeedway half-mile dirt oval. Qualifying features are Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, with last-chance races and main events for both divisions set for Saturday, Nov. 11.Modifieds race for a first-place prize of $7,777 and a minimum of $777 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot quali­fier. Northern SportMods vie for a $1,777 top check on Saturday.Twenty-one states, including Alaska, and two Canadian provinces will be represented at this year’s Duel. Racing starts at 4 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Young Guns and Legends races precede 25-lap Northern SportMod and 40-lap Modified main events on Saturday.The Modified runner-up earns $3,250, with $2,250 for third, $1,750 for fourth, $1,500 for fifth, $1,250 for sixth, $1,150 for seventh, $1,100 for eighth, $1,050 for ninth and $1,000 for 10th. Winners of Thursday and Friday qualifiers earn $777.Second place in the Northern SportMod main event pays $777, while Thursday and Friday qualifiers both pay $500 to win.IMCA.TV will broadcast every lap of the Duel in the Desert and is title sponsor of the throwback-themed best looking car contest.last_img read more

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Horsham flies fastest at Eagle

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (May 2) – Tim Horsham topped the Saturday Sam’s Club IMCA Sport Compact main event at Eagle Raceway.“I’m dedicating this win and my whole season to my niece Kim Brigham. She’s suffering from an inoperable brain tumor and this is all for her,” Horsham said.He concluded the post-race interview by stating, “I really didn’t expect that win. I’m still learning how to drive these things. Lindsey (Theisen) sure let me know she was right behind me. On the restarts she was bumping me to remind me. I knew then I better get going.”Dylan Smith took advantage of a restart to take the lead and drive to the Kaplan University IMCA Modified checkers.Trevor Grossenbacher took the lead with four laps to go and sped to another Precise Racing IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car victory.Lance Borgman was the NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod winner and Adam Armstrong was first in the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock main event.last_img read more

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