2018 has been a remarkable year, one that I will never forget. I’ve personally visited 49 credit unions and participated in 17 conference/educational events this year. I’ve learned a lot from very diverse credit union cultures, and been exposed to a wide-range of missions, visions and strategies. I’ve spent time with inspiring credit union leaders and participated with humble hands on service projects. In a year packed with so many great experiences, there’s one consistent experience that rises to the top and has left the greatest impression – respect and admiration for the many impressive emerging younger leaders.Leaders worthy of a great movementSpeaking on credit unions, Edward Filene said, “It is a great movement, worthy of great deeds, deserving of great loyalty.” He was right then, and his comments ring true now. This year, my interactions with so many young credit union leaders convinced me that we have the right emerging leaders who are prepared (and preparing) to accomplish many great deeds to ensure the future of our movement.These younger leaders are energized, and exhibit the right balance of philosophy and business acumen needed to lead a human-focused financial cooperative movement. They are bright and community-focused, and they’re not only convinced they can make the world a better place – they are investing blood, sweat and tears to make it a reality. I’ve seen them in action at many different levels ranging from intense strategic planning to selfless acts of service, such as feeding the homeless (2018 CUDE Workshop). They are collaborative, competitive and willing (anxious, even) to take the right risks to break up the status quo. I’m impressed, and I have to say that in my 35 years of credit union service, this group demonstrates the greatest potential yet, and they are worthy of our attention, support, development and mentorship. I’m very optimistic they will elevate the credit union movement to a higher, more purpose-focused and relevant level.Invest in tomorrow’s leadersThere are lots of quality leadership development opportunities in the credit union space, such as the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) Emerging Leaders Program, the Credit Union League of CT’s Connecticut CU Executive Program, local chapter groups (yes, they still exist) and wow – you should visit the Mt. Hood CU Chapter in the Portland, Oregon area. It’s a collective “dream team” of emerging younger leaders. And of course, the Cooperative Trust’s wildly successful Crashers program. Examples like these and others create great learning opportunities and experiences that prepare younger leaders for the challenges and opportunities they will face. I always recommend CUNA’s Management School, the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE) program, and WOCCU’s Young Credit Union Professionals program to eager-to-learn and growing professionals.There are so many opportunities. Mentoring is another opportunity for young leaders to pursue, and for seasoned veterans like me to offer.I recently discovered a great book for young, up-and-coming leaders who desire to make the most of their credit union career and to better prepare for leadership. The book is titled, “Don’t Sabotage Your Career: 11 Power-filled Steps to Succeed,” written by Connie Miller, CEO of Icon Credit Union in Boise, Idaho. It’s filled with excellent advice, and I highly recommend it for young up and coming credit union leaders.Serious (and hungry) up-and-coming leaders will actively seek out and pursue learning opportunities and mentorship. For those of us who occupy the corner offices, it’s important that we provide enthusiastic development support when our paths cross.Why it mattersIf the credit union space is to confront the future challenges and opportunities on the horizon, we need to invest in and develop a generation that has what it needs to define the dynamic issues and execute the right strategies. We must foster credit union leadership, and provide tomorrow’s leaders with an engaging job experience that prepares them to keep the credit union movement alive and well.To all those new and emerging leaders I interacted with this year – thank you for engaging and inspiring me! 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details
Press Association “I’ve seen Sir Alex Ferguson on Monday at a charity game,” the former Trinidad and Tobago international told Sky Sports News. “He was in good spirits but the rumours were really strong around the place that he was going to retire and there was a big announcement supposed to be happening tomorrow and not today. “I think probably the fact of the club floating on the stock market meant this decision needed to come out very quickly. But the people within the football club knew this was likely to happen this season.” He added: “And I think with his hip replacement (booked in for late July), with David Gill going as well, that sort of pushed him to say ‘this might be the best time for me to retire’.” Yorke expects there to be a strange atmosphere in the immediate wake of Ferguson’s departure from the helm. “He’s been such a focal point at the football club,” he said. “He’s taken Manchester United to the level they are at right now. “It’s a shock to the system because he’s been there every day. He’s the one person when you go into the football club he’s always there. For him not to be there from the start of next season, it’s not going to be right around the football club and it will take some getting used to.” Ferguson, of course, will be bowing out on a high having regained the Premier League title after being pipped to the crown by rivals Manchester City in dramatic circumstances on the final day of last term. “He has very, very high standards and it’s all about winning trophies and breaking records with Sir Alex Ferguson,” Yorke continued. “But there’s more to the man. How they lost the Premier League last season – that would have hurt him immensely. Certainly losing it to Manchester City, that would have hurt worse than anything else. “He wanted to regain it and he’s managed to do that in a great way and with a great style of play.” Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, who played under Sir Alex Ferguson between 1998 and 2002 and was part of the 1999 treble-winning side, feels a combination of factors led the Scot to call it a day at the age of 71.
Club Med appoints New General Manager Rachael HardingClub Med appoints New General Manager Rachael HardingToday, Rachael Harding has been announced as the newly appointed General Manager for Club Med Australia and New Zealand.Harding brings award-winning industry experience and expertise to the role, having worked with The Travel Corporation over the past 15 years on brands including Contiki and Trafalgar Travel. Throughout her decade and a half in the industry she’s worked within the wholesale, retail and corporate markets in Australia and internationally with market-leading brands, high-end luxury organisations and boutique operators. Most recently, Harding received three nominations at the 2018 Women in Travel Awards and took home the win for Sales Woman of the Year.“We’re pleased to welcome such a well-recognised travel professional to lead the growth of Club Med in the Pacific as the company expands its portfolio across the region and globally. Rachael’s passion for the brand and her industry experience made her the perfect candidate for this role,” says Xavier Desaulles, CEO East & South Asia and Pacific.Since the company’s takeover by Chinese conglomerate, Fosun, in 2015, Club Med has seen record growth and profitability, more specifically 6.6 per cent increase year-on-year in customers. This is the result of the successful strategy implemented with Fosun’s support to accelerate the opening of new Premium to Luxury beach and ski resorts all across the globe and keep innovating to deliver an exceptional client experience.In Australia and New Zealand, Club Med has seen a 50 per cent growth over the past three years, which it looks to continue to accelerate in the coming seasons. The successful opening of Club Med’s newest ski resort in Japan, Club Med Tomamu, as well as the opening of the first 5-Trident resort in the Mediterranean, Club Med Cefalu, Sicily, have contributed to this growth, which forms part of Club Med’s international development strategy. Announced earlier this year, the strategy outlines Club Med’s ambition to open three to five resorts globally each year by 2020.These are exciting times for the Club Med business and Harding is committed to help drive this growth trajectory. Harding will commence her new role on Monday 20 August 2018.For further information visit www.clubmed.com.auSource = Club Med