Returning to Denver, CO for the fifth straight year, the exciting Spread The Word Music Festival has just announced their lineup for the upcoming 2017 event. Taking place from May 5th through the 8th, the festival will see a headlining performance from the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, with sets from Euforquestra, A-Mac DZ, and more!The full billing includes WhiteWater Ramble (Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Tribute), Jon Wayne & The Pain, Eminence Ensemble, Skydyed, Jaden Carlson Band, Genetics, Cycles, Atomga and so many more! Check out the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s official website for more information.
continue reading » CUNA is reaching out to leagues and member credit unions with a toolkit stocked with resources to demonstrate the wide variety of public benefits that exist due to the existence of not-for-profit financial cooperatives. CUNA members are being provided with a collection of resources that help amplify the good work that credit unions do for their communities while defending against attacks from banks on their tax-exempt status.The toolkit designed for leagues can be found here, and the toolkit for credit unions here.“Bankers seem to take the occasion of Tax Day each year as the chance to spread false narratives about credit unions, their tax status and their members,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Fortunately, credit unions have facts and research to highlights the numerous public policy benefits to every American due to the existence of credit unions, and we’re empowering our member credit unions to push back against these falsehoods wherever necessary to set the record straight.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
With the latest Q3 2019 call report data in, it looks like the median average size credit union in the U.S. now holds around $35 million in assets. It’s useful to put that in perspective. Fully half of the nation’s approximate 5,400 credit unions are at that asset size or smaller and they likely have fewer than 12 employees. So, for most credit unions, the idea of having a Chief Learning Officer (CLO) is pretty unrealistic.In fact, most credit unions are challenged to have specialized C-suite executives in other important areas like technology, culture, member experience or business development. And yet, most any credit union leader would attest to the importance of training, leadership development and culture enhancements tied to a commitment to employee development.My guess is that even among larger credit unions, the idea of a dedicated Chief Learning Officer may be an expensive luxury where this function is instead blended with other human resources functions or shared with outside service providers who help with the training function. Certainly, state and national associations and CUSOs help meet many of these training needs very well.But technology can level the playing field in many areas for credit unions. Customizable learning management systems like CUSG’s TLC360 platform can allow credit unions and CUSOs to create their own digital university that blends soft skills training with core system and frontline skills and resources for leadership development. And shared learning universities can also be created.One CUSO that creates a collaborative and shared-cost platform for learning is Grand Rapids Michigan-based CU*Answers. With a 50-year anniversary milestone in 2020, CEO Randy Karnes and President/COO Geoff Johnson have built a true cooperative ecosystem at CU*Answers. Their CU*BASE core data processing software is used by 182 credit unions across a 22-state footprint. These credit unions range in size from 600, to over 100,000 members.But equally impressive is the CUSO’s commitment to helping these owner credit unions achieve their staff training needs. CU*Answers offers CU*Answers University with hundreds of online training courses, in-person training sessions, virtual training opportunities and a robust library of training videos. The course library and calendar include a heavy emphasis on the CUSO’s CU*BASE software but extends to soft skills training, member service basics and even leadership development and board training.So, beginning in 2020, how will your credit union address the important function of board and staff development that would typically be the role of a Chief Learning Officer?In the January-February edition of Harvard Business Review, the role of larger company Chief Learning Officers was explored. As I read this article, I considered its relevance to credit unions. Here are a few thoughts:First, credit unions should know that workplace learning has become a key lever for success in any successful company. The most progressive companies might call their CLOs “Transformer CLOs” because the new role includes the reshaping of culture to shift from the development of skills to the development of mindsets and capabilities to be more experiential and immediate.As an example of this, I recently attempted to deposit two checks in my checking account using my credit union’s remote deposit capture function, something I had used very often in the past. But in this case, after two attempts, the deposits were rejected and I failed to understand the auto-respond message explaining that my endorsement needed to include, “for mobile deposit only” on the endorsement line. And so, not wanting to deal with the call center, I visited a branch on my way to work where a teller explained the new credit union policy on remote endorsements.I wondered how many other members had been similarly confused and negatively impacted by this policy change? This would be a good example of experiential and immediate member-driven training that could be done to improve the member experience.So, while a strong learning management system like CUSG’s TLC360 might be a first step in this direction, credit unions should also gather staff to discuss member service feedback in a more immediate, weekly or monthly manner as opposed to just offering training courses. This is where an experiential real-time learning culture dovetails with the important priority of improving member experience.This coordination doesn’t have to be done by a dedicated Chief Learning Officer. More realistically, it would be assigned to a member of senior management, especially in smaller credit unions.Second, leadership development needs to cascade down from the top. Every CEO and every senior leader needs to commit to moving from skill development to changing mindsets and behaviors to better meet the credit union’s objectives. This can then cascade through the organization in monthly coaching meetings by asking simple questions like, “what do we need to be doing differently in our various service areas?”Third, realize that different methods of training apply to different audiences and skill development needs. For instance, purely digital formats like TLC360 and turnkey videos are best suited for hard skills, mandatory training and simple topics. But face-to-face or blended formats work better for soft skills, ad hoc training and more complex topics. Digital formats are better for larger groups and remote employees making TLC360 a valuable tool. And relying on resources from trade associations and CUSOs might apply better to the face-to-face formats.The bottom-line takeaway for credit unions is this: In a dynamic, digital and hyper-competitive world of talent acquisition and retention, credit unions of all sizes need a roadmap for an improved learning culture. Most can’t afford a dedicated Chief Learning Officer function, but the deliverables can be achieved with a team approach or by assigning this important function to another senior team member.As credit unions excel in this area, improved member experience and credit union growth will be facilitated. CUSG looks forward to offering performance management solutions that work together in areas of learning, performance and compensation management. The TLC360 product provides a great solution to help meet these needs. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Adams Dave Adams is President / Chief Executive Officer of CU Solutions Group. The CUSG office is located in Livonia, Michigan.Mr. Adams joined the Michigan Credit Union League in August of … Web: www.CUSolutionsGroup.com Details
NIGHT Club and Restaurant Palm Court has kicked six drivers into a higher gear for this weekend’s International Race of Champions at the South Dakota Circuit.Race car drivers, Rameez Mohamed, Peter Morgan, Sharima Khan, Rupee Shewjattan and motor bikers Kevin Persaud and Raveiro Tucker will now sport the Palm Court sticker on their machines following yesterday’s handing-overManager of the entity, Sasha Lewis, speaking at the simple presentation ceremony held at the Main Street location, explained that support for the sport will be continuous and she hopes it will aid in Guyana securing valuable championship points.Lewis also made a call for other members of the corporate sector to aid in the development of local sportsmen and women.“In other countries big companies support their athletes all around the world and I think in Guyana we need to invest a lot more. These are people with talents and we need to push them more rather than spending money out of the country, supporting others when we can support our own,” she appealed.Khan, who was present, expressed her gratitude for the continued support and acknowledged it will go a long way in helping her perform to her optimum on race day.Meanwhile, this weekend’s 27-race programme is being touted as the biggest to grace these shores, as it will encompass heated action on Saturday as well as Sunday.Based on reports, two professional drift cars from Trinidad and Tobago, as well as four SR-3 Radicals from Guyana and Barbados will bring added attractions for fans.Scrutineering was expected to be conducted yesterday and today before both the qualification (10:00hrs) and races (14:00hrs) tomorrow.
For 18 games this season, the New England Patriots looked like a team of destiny. They seemed poised to shove the 1972 Dolphins aside and claim the title as the best undefeated team of all time.Until Sunday.Sunday, the Patriots lost their first game of the season, just minutes away from becoming 19-0.Actually, I take that back. New England didn?t lose Sunday; they were beaten. The New York Giants flat out beat them. And deservedly so.Although Eli Manning won Sunday?s MVP honors, he was not the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLII. Neither was David Tyree or even Plaxico Burress. Super Bowl XLII was won in the trenches, and the tougher team came out on top.In baseball, monster home runs and 11-9 slugfests sell tickets. But real fans who understand and appreciate the game would much rather see a 2-1 pitchers’ duel. The same can be said for football. Fans love the Chad Johnsons and Randy Mosses of the world because they?re flashy and fun to watch. But football fans who really study the game will tell you that nine times out of 10, the team that wins the line-of-scrimmage battle walks away victorious.That?s what happened Sunday night.For 18 games the Patriots? offensive line ? one made up of three 2008 Pro Bowlers ? gave regular season MVP Tom Brady all the time in the world. All season, Brady sat in the pocket, surveyed the field, and delivered a strike to one of many talented receivers donned in red, white, and blue.Not Sunday.Sunday, the Giants? front four gave the Pats? offensive line all they could handle. And then some.The G-Men sacked Brady five times, but it seemed like 15, as Brady was swarmed by white jerseys all night long, looking like Badger quarterback Tyler Donovan in last month?s Outback Bowl.The Giants? defensive line, led by current Pro Bowler Osi Umenyiora, former Pro Bowler Michael Strahan and future Pro Bowler Michael Tuck, made Brady look like, well, Eli Manning ? the sideline pouting, elementary schoolgirl-faced Manning that former Giants running back Tiki Barber (boy, he must feel like a chump) threw under the bus, of course. Not the Manning who miraculously transformed into Super Bowl MVP once the 2008 playoffs began.As dominating as New York?s defensive line was Sunday night, its offensive line was just as impressive. With big brother Peyton watching enviously (though he?ll deny it until the day he dies) from his luxury box, Eli dropped back unscathed time after time, looking Brady and Peyton-esque.So what does this all mean?It means that come April, teams need to reconsider their respective draft boards. Do linemen deserve more love come draft time?I believe so.In 2006, everyone (including myself) thought Charlie Casserly, general manager of the Houston Texans, was a moron for selecting North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams over USC running back Reggie Bush. He said he was trying to emulate the Patriots in believing Williams could become the next Richard Seymour. After Williams finished fourth in the league with 14 sacks in 2007 and Bush has become nothing more than a marketable face at this point, Casserly doesn?t look like such an idiot after all, does he?It?s easy for GMs to make the sexy Reggie Bush-like pick in NFL Drafts. That?s what fans want. Jets fans booed their management in ?06 when New York failed to trade up to get Bush and settled for Virginia left tackle D?Brickashaw Ferguson at No. 4.Insert feet in mouths.The Cleveland Browns made the same decision last year, drafting Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas instead of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn (even though they ended up with Quinn later in the first round). Cleveland fans were upset at the time. Now Thomas is a rookie Pro Bowler; passing up on him would have been criminal.Still upset?In my mind, the range among the NFL?s top quarterbacks and running backs is smaller than that among offensive and defensive linemen. A great offensive line can make any NFL running back Pro Bowl-worthy. Just look at the Denver Broncos. I?m pretty sure I could rush for 1,000 yards behind that line.Granted, there are gems that come around every once in a while, like Vikings running back Adrian Peterson or the Chargers? LaDainian Tomlinson. But remember, Bush and Michael Vick were supposed to revolutionize their respective positions, too. How did that work out?More often than not, offensive line is a ?what you see is what you get? position. Skill players are more risky and, in my mind, less valuable overall.Bill Parcells? Dolphins have the first pick in the upcoming draft. He should ? and I think he will ? select LSU?s mammoth defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. With Dorsey, Miami defensive end Jason Taylor will have a career year, and the Fins once-stingy defense can start to get back on track.Dorsey is a game changer. He?ll never actually touch the football, but then again, the real difference makers typically never do.Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. If you think linemen are overrated in the NFL, or you just want to wish Derek a happy birthday, you can e-mail him at [email protected]