I’ve noticed at conferences and gatherings that there are many colleagues in the credit union movement who don’t get into politics, and at times that’s a lovely respite from all the arguing. We all want to see our communities increase their self-reliance.
Last October, I had a profound experience when I presented on the topic of raising an Autistic child at the CU Water Cooler in Kansas City, Missouri. I had never given a talk about my family's experience with Autism, so I was nervous about it.
Trevor (not his real name) is a 31-year-old med school graduate with over $500,000 in student loans. He just moved home with his Mom in San Diego while he tries to find a residency to further his medical training. But, just like half of the med school grads in the United States this year, he's been unable to find a hospital to take him on.
This was the big question posed by CO-OP Financial Services' Chief Marketing Officer Samantha Paxson during her CO-OP THINK 16 kick-off talk. I'm here at the Hotel Del Coronado in beautiful San Diego with my reporter hat on and will be writing a few articles to sum up my experience over the next few days.
I first attended the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas in 2012. "The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery."
Almost everything is a song to me. If there’s not a song associated with something, I’ll make it up. So when I bought this little Automatic gizmo thingy for my car in 2013, I never really stopped singing that amazing song from the Pointer Sisters. And now I’ve got you singing too!
Incentive plans too often have unintended consequences. The desire for simplicity leads to misguided or overly narrow focus. Effective plans are robust and thoughtful in design, to keep the message simple and direct. Here is a list of seven things to consider when designing an incentive plan for your credit union.
I’ve been officially in a leadership capacity at my credit union for almost two years. During this time I have determined that there isn’t a single book, training class, manual or how-to-video that can prepare you for the transition from being someone’s peer to being their boss or better yet becoming someone’s peer who used to be your boss.
APIs provide tools and resources to integrate innovation into existing solutions. It seems like every week some new technology—usually software—is launched that’s designed to completely change the financial services industry. With so many new software and other programs available or on the horizon, how will credit unions keep up with these innovations, and get them into the hands of their members, quickly and cost-effectively?
The sun has set on the credit union system. That's what we've heard, anyway. Heck, you've probably even said it yourself. But instead of complaining about it or resigning ourselves to that fate, what if we adjusted the sails?