What You Should Do Now To Have A Great 2016

Your strategic plan is probably already in place. In fact, it may even be collecting dust now on one of your shelves or in your employees’ inbox. This time of year there are so many distractions that it’s easy to press pause on some of our key strategic initiatives....

Recipe for Success: Do What You Do Best

My colleague has a son whose soccer team is in first place this season. They haven’t just been beating the competition. They truly are in a league of their own, giving up only three goals so far, yet scoring nearly 40. The truth is they haven’t had much competition to...

“It’s Not In The Budget” Is Just An Excuse

“It’s not in the budget.” “We don’t have the budget for that now.” “We didn’t budget for that item this year.” If you have ever worked in a credit union or bank, you have surely heard those words. Or should I say excuses? Because that is what those phrases...

Three Steps To Improve SEG Development

Credit unions are consistently looking for new ways to improve their business development efforts. After all, adding new members is the lifeblood of a growing credit union. But how can credit unions improve their select employee group (SEG) efforts? The following...

Four Ways to Avoid The Strategic Plan Drift

Strategic planning sessions are fun (or at least they should be). You examine your successes and failures, brainstorm new initiatives to grow, put timelines together and wrap it all up with a pretty PowerPoint presentation. You strategize, you plan, you prioritize....

Follow-Up Key To Strategic Planning

Keith Ferazzi, author of Never Eat Alone, once said, “Follow-up is the key to success in any business.” That is certainly true when it comes to the success of your strategic plan. No matter what great strategies you create, if you don’t execute that plan with superior...

Get Off Your “But”

Michael Hyatt is one of my favorite bloggers. If you are not following him on Twitter and reading the great information he offers on his website, you should. One of his posts from awhile back still resonates with me: How To Find Time For That Important Project. In it,...