5 ways to build a more cohesive credit union team

first_imgEven though credit unions have a strong sense of mission, leading a credit union team can, at times, feel like herding cats! That’s because credit union team members tend to be intelligent and independent thinkers, with ideas of their own. This is a good thing! The challenge for you as a credit union leader, of course, is how to harness those ideas and point them in a single direction.Here are 5 ways to do that. Give Them a Collective, Compelling Goal.Look, nobody’s going to get on board the train if they don’t like the destination. You, as the leader, have to be an artist. You have to paint a picture of the target outcome, and it has to be a picture that fires their imaginations. It’s got to be a compelling picture of The Promised Land. “Yes, there are going to be hurdles. Yes, there are going to be setbacks. But look at how great it’s going to be when we get there!” And you can’t just paint this picture once (say, at a staff meeting) and then say, “There, that’s done!” You have to keep painting the picture over and over again. Keep that image of The Promised Land in front of them as often and consistently as possible. Put Them in the Right Seats.In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins talks about getting the right people on the bus. That’s important, but I think equally important is making sure they’re all in the right seats. It’s very demotivating when a team member holds up (or messes up) the entire project because he or she is doing work that he or she isn’t suited for. (And just imagine how demotivating it is for that team member!) What if, instead, each team member were in the right seat, meaning that they could play to their individual strengths, and contribute to the project by doing what they do best? Can you see the difference that would make—to both the individual and the team? Explain How They Fit.Talented team members don’t like to feel like they’re doing mindless work. And virtually everyone likes to feel like they’re a part of something bigger than themselves. That’s one reason why we join clubs, churches, and associations. So why not take advantage of these two nearly-universal human traits? You can do this by making sure that each member of your team knows exactly how their individual job contributes to the bigger picture. Make sure they know how important their individual contribution is to the ultimate goal—The Promised Land. Realize that Difference of Opinion is Not Lack of Cohesion.Your team members are intelligent individuals with their own opinions and ideas (right?) This is actually a good thing! Team cohesion does not mean mindless lockstep! Too often I see weaker leaders feel threatened by a differing opinion. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the team member with the differing opinion isn’t on board with the project; he or she may simply have a different (maybe even better) idea of how to get there. This is a good thing because it means that that team member is actively engaged in the outcome. So instead of feeling threatened, look at that team member as a valuable ally. Listen to what they have to say. You, as the leader, can either agree or disagree with it, but if you do this part well, you’ll have made that team member feel listened to and valued. That’s how you build cohesiveness! Celebrate the Victories.Celebration is an important part of the human experience. Every culture around the world has their celebrations, and your team should be no different. But don’t leave it solely to the very end. Yes, you need to celebrate the achievement of the goal. The Promised Land should come with a party! But don’t forget to celebrate the smaller victories along the way. You made it past that first big hurdle? Take the team to lunch! You made the Phase 3 deadline? Buy a new coffee maker for the team! Group celebrations unite the group. That’s why every culture around the world has their celebrations: to unite the group. So if you, as a leader, truly want to build a cohesive, united team, then look for opportunities to celebrate!If you follow these steps, I’m confident you’ll start seeing more cohesiveness—and better results—within your credit union team! 84SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Detailslast_img read more

Banner rises, players fall

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoTo say the Wisconsin men’s hockey team’s (2-1-1, 1-1-0 WCHA) home opening weekend was a roller-coaster ride would be a drastic understatement. In a two-game series against WCHA rival and No. 5-ranked North Dakota (3-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) the Badgers unveiled the banner commemorating last year’s national championship, lost their best scorer to injury, lost in overtime, had a closed doors team meeting and won a 1-0 thriller Saturday night. All in all, UW captured two points in an emotionally charged two-game set.After a 3-2 overtime loss Friday, the Badgers had a team powwow Saturday to discuss among other things, the team’s leadership, which according to Eaves was lacking the previous night.”We talked about how we have something to prove because we felt embarrassed about [Friday] night, and that was what our meeting was about,” UW forward Jake Dowell said. “It was a real rude awakening in the meeting where coach called out certain people, and we watched people’s mistakes, and it was in our heads, but it obviously made people better, and guys stepped up their game.”Saturday, the Badgers were missing forward Jack Skille, forward Ross Carlson and defenseman Kyle Klubertanz, all of whom suffered injuries the night before. Knowing the Badgers were playing short-handed, Eaves simplified the game plan to a grind-it-out style of play. Despite being out-shot 27 to 19, the Badger defensemen were strong in front of UW goaltender Brian Elliott, keeping the shots to the perimeter and not allowing UND many quality scoring chances. But after a scoreless first period, it appeared as though the Sioux struck first at the 13:05 mark in the second. UND forward T.J Oshie’s shot deflected off Elliott’s glove before striking the crossbar, but the apparent goal was ruled to have not crossed the goal line after being reviewed.Dowell finally ended the stalemate with a rebound goal mid-way through the third period. After jarring the puck loose Dowell crashed the net and cleaned up a juicy rebound for the game’s only goal. “We have guys that have the ability to make the pretty plays and highlight real goals, but those plays aren’t as likely to work out,” Dowell said. “We have to play hard and get pucks on goal and guys to the net for rebounds, and that is how we’re going to win.”Elliott was impressive in the 13th shutout of his storied UW career, including a plethora of big saves after Philippe Lamoureux was pulled with one minute remaining in the game.Friday night the Badgers came out flat in the early going, due in large part to the emotional ceremony that preceded the game. A video montage and fireworks set the stage for the dramatic unveiling of the 2006 NCAA championship banner. When all the smoke had finally cleared, the Fighting Sioux proved the electric atmosphere was not going to affect their play as North Dakota outplayed and out shot the Badgers in the first period. “I thought we stood around and watched a lot in the first period, which is a byproduct of the ceremony and maybe a little North Dakota,” Eaves said. Matt Ford got things going in the second period for the Badgers with his first goal of the season after controlling a tough pass from freshman defenseman Jamie McBain. Ford found himself one-on-one with Lamoureux and beat him with a backhand shot over his left shoulder. The lead, however, did not last long, and UND needed less than five minutes to score two goals to take a 2-1 lead after two periods. With their backs against the wall the Badgers came out firing in the third period, and UW forward Jack Skille netted the equalizer at 4:14 into the period. “Well they had it early, and I thought we worked our way back into the game, and when Jack (Skille) scored that second goal we thought we were doing real good things. … We felt something good was going to happen,” Eaves said.Unfortunately for UW, only bad things occurred from that point on. After a third-period collision, Skille was lifted up holding his right arm and had to be helped off the ice by players and coaches. Eaves had little to say regarding the banged-up Badgers.”The injuries are such that we need to give them a few days to settle down and let the swelling down, so we can know how long they will be out.” Things got worse for UW in the extra session when freshman defenseman Jamie McBain whiffed on an attempted reversal pass leading to a scuffle in front of UW goaltender Brian Elliott. UND forward Darcy Zajac controlled his own rebound to score the game-winner.”When you have a three-on-one in front of your net in overtime, stuff like that goes, and we got to play tougher in front of our net and make plays in front of our net,” Elliott said.last_img read more

Dede Ayew shortlisted for CAF Player of the year

first_imgThe top three contenders for the 2015 African Player of the Year have been revealed.They are; Andre Ayew (Ghana/ Swansea City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon/ Borussia Dortmund) and Yaya Toure (Cote d”Ivoire/ Manchester City).The trio was unveiled at a press conference attended by CAF Excutive member Anjorin Moucharafou and Glo representatives on Monday, 14 December 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria.For the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa, the top three finalists are; Baghdad Boundjah (Algeria/: Etoile du Sahel), Mbwana Aly Samata (Tanzania/ TP Mazembe) and Robert Kidiaba (DR Congo/ TP Mazembe) ‎.The winner to be decided by votes from Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF ‎will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala on 7 January 2016.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more