Eliminate the Non Essentials

“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” —Lin Yutang The above quote starts chapter one in Greg McKeowan’s book Essentialism. While the book deals more with how you handle your multiple responsibilities, there are plenty of business...

Are You Marketing Or Just Making Noise?

People receive over 3,000 advertising messages a day (more or less depending on your source). But are they receiving your credit unions’? They probably are not receiving your messages if all you are doing is making noise. As author Jim Stengel says in Grow, “You can’t...

The Three “Es” of Strategic Planning

I recently finished reading Essentialism, by Greg McKeown. It is a fascinating book about how doing less actually helps you accomplish more. In sum, it takes discipline to focus your professional and personal life. After introducing his concept, McKeown divides his...

Is Your Credit Union or Bank Like Downton Abbey?

Having watched all four seasons and now into the fifth, I was struck by how similar the themes they address in the show actually apply to financial institutions today. Downton Abbey covers broad subjects such as change, the past vs. the future and differences between the classes.