Every year those dedicated to the credit union movement gather in Washington D.C. (in the winter mind you, which shows how dedicated we all are), at one of the largest events of the year –CUNA GAC. Whether a seasoned GACer or a fresh face this year, we’ve got 10 must-do’s to help you make the most out of your experience.10. Find fellow credit union friends and take a night tour of Mount Vernon.9. Get ready for opening day right by checking out Georgia Brown’s Famous Gospel Sunday Brunch.8. Buy all the Band-Aid’s you can find in preparation for spending days walking the most expansive exhibit hall ever.7. Kick off CUNA GAC 2016 with CUNA CEO Jim Nussle (reminder: take my annual selfie with him).6. Take an educational pub-crawl with the brightest minds in the industry (customary pit stops include: Marriot , Renaissance, and Hyatt lobby bars. Also… there’s always Fado’s).5. Be inspired by true greatness and at The National Credit Union Foundation’s Herb Wegner Memorial Dinner.4. Vow to learn how to play the piano after hearing The Fabulous Dueling Pianos at Late Night at the GAC with CO-OP Financial Services.3. Stop by a one night only display called Thunderpunch where The Cooperative Trust has managed to round up the mysterious millennial’s for you to meet.2. Keep your credit union running smoothly after a cyber attack with tips from famed journalist, Ted Koppel.and most importantly…1. Join the forces for good and go on GAC Hill Visits! 85SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Reed Web: www.CUInsight.com Details
11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randy Pennington Randy Pennington is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading authority on helping organizations achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of the award-winning books Make … Web: www.armstrongspeakers.com Details This article almost didn’t make it to publication. I strongly considered asking the wonderful people at CUInsight if the piece they expected in mid-November could be pushed to a more convenient time.It’s not like you would miss me … right? There are so many excellent content contributors on this site that one late or missed post would certainly go unnoticed. My “reasons” were all solid. My clients are keeping me as busy as ever. Living and working in the COVID environment continues to take more time than expected. To top it off, my wife and I are in the final stages of a massive renovation of what will eventually be our new over budget and 3 weeks late home.Truthfully, I sometimes feel like the plate spinner on old variety television shows. I’m running from plate to plate to plate just to prevent any one of them from falling to the floor. All of this has left me feeling a little tired and ready to pull back from my day-to-day commitments and responsibilities. My guess is that the CUInsight team would have said yes to my request.That brings us to you.Are you like me? Have the seemingly unending challenges left you feeling tired on at least an occasional basis? Do you sometimes rationalize that pushing or missing the occasional commitment or leadership responsibility is to be expected considering the challenging times in which we live? Have you wondered if anyone would even notice if an obligation is missed?If the answer was “yes” to any of these questions, here’s a reminder: Leaders communicate importance with their attention. Absence is an act of leadership. What you don’t say and do sends a message that is equal in importance to the actions you take and words you say.What keeps us going?This article made it in on time. It would have been nice to spend Sunday afternoon watching sports, spending time with my family, or even taking a nap. I am at the computer instead.You would do the same. But why? What drives us to give our full attention to things when that little voice inside us is saying, “I need a break”?Motivational gurus point to passion. Passion for your work intensifies focus, provides the drive to persist when challenges arise, and enables creativity.Passion is sexy and hot. Lovers in the passion stage of a relationship are completely consumed by the object of their desire.People who are passionate about their jobs exhibit the same zeal. They are, as Peter Drucker described, “monomaniacs with a mission.”Steve Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”It’s difficult to argue with that much conventional wisdom. If you are fortunate to work every day at a career or job about which you are passionate, consider yourself lucky. The not-so-obvious truth is that passion might not be enough to keep you motivated and engaged through the COVID-19 disruption. Passion can fade. Relationships with an unrealistic focus on passion are more likely to result in disillusionment. You see this at work when a formerly “passionate” employee becomes jaded and cynical because things just aren’t as they used to be in the past. The alternative is another “P” word – PRIDE.A positive sense of pride is grounded in humility. It establishes and maintains a reputation for excellence. Pride doesn’t take shortcuts, and most important, it maintains high standards when passion has diminished.Pride speaks to character, and character is an essential element of effective leaders. It is also an excellent indicator of commitment to doing the job the way it is supposed to be done.Now is the time for leaders to show their pride.My father was an auto and truck mechanic who spent much of his life as a shop manager. He always required potential new hires to bring their personal tools into the interview. His reasoning was simple: he was more interested in the pride a mechanic took in the use and care of his tools than the person’s passion for working on vehicles. Someone who uses a crescent wrench as a hammer will take short cuts that can affect quality or cause an injury. A leader who pursues what is easy rather than what is best will do the same.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”Most assume that Dr. King was talking about the importance of passion regardless of the status of your position. Perhaps, however, we missed the real message about having personal pride in your performance.Leadership—the act of influencing the actions and outcomes of others— is more important than ever. There are challenges, problems, and opportunities everywhere. All of them require leaders to be fully present and active because all of them are impossible without bringing people together to achieve something great.Passion pushes you toward success. Pride refuses to let you deliver less than your best. Your team and members need you to dig deep to show your pride in the times when your passion fades and falters.
Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph believes that despite being in dire straits, the West Indies still have what it takes to pull off a positive result against Pakistan in the first Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Test at Sabina Park. Heading into today’s final day, the West Indies are 93 for four in their second innings and still require another 28 runs to make Pakistan bat again. This is after the Pakistanis, on the back of an undefeated 99 from captain Misbah-ul-Haq, had earlier posted 407 in their first innings in response to the West Indies modest first innings effort of 286. Not out at the crease when stumps were drawn are debutant batsman Vishaul Singh and nightwatchman, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who are both not out on zero. The specialist batsmen to have been dismissed are openers Kieron Powell and Kraigg Brathwaite, debutant Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope with Roston Chase the only other left in the pavilion. They were all victims of leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who has so far claimed four for 33 off nine overs. “There is a lot left to go in the game. We just have to stay focused and do what we have to do,” expressed an optimistic Joseph. “We are in a tight spot at the moment, but I think every batsmen remaining still has a role to play as it’s a team game, and we will just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow.” The West Indies, who started 121 in arears, were never allowed to settle in their bid to share control of the encounter, and as early as the 11th over, saw one of their main batsmen, Brathwaite, revert to the pavilion. He was bowled by a straight delivery from Shah, which cannoned into his middle stump with the scoreboard on 22 runs. This brought together Powell and Hetmyer, and in an entertaining partnership, which yielded 50 runs. They appeared steadfast in reducing the deficit runs all by themselves with a flurry of straight drives and cuts. However with the total on 72, Hetmyer was bowled by Shah after playing on for 20, and with it brought another two quick wickets. The first was that of Hope, who after facing 14 deliveries, was trapped leg before wicket with another straight delivery from Shah for six to take the score to 84 for three. This was followed by arguably the biggest wicket to fall in the innings when the free-flowing and by then well-set Powell was caught for 49 after driving at a wide delivery to make the total 84 for nine. Earlier, Pakistan, who had resumed the day on 201 for four, in addition to Misbah, who was put down in the field twice, were parried by 54 wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and 22 from Asad Shafiq. Joseph with three for 71 and Shannon Gabriel three for 92 were the leading West Indies bowlers. ”I thought I bowled well by sticking to the good areas and being as patient as possible and reaped the rewards,” highlighted Joseph. Play is scheduled to resume at 9:30am. SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1st Innings 286 PAKISTAN 1st Innings (overnight 201 for five) Azhar Ali c wkp Dowrich b Joseph 15 Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Holder 31 Babar Azam b Gabriel 72 Younis Khan c Brathwaite b Gabriel 58 *Misbah-ul-Haq not out 99 Asad Shafiq c wkp Dowrich b Gabriel 22 +Sarfraz Ahmed b Bishoo 54 Mohammed Amir c wkp Dowrich b Joseph 11 Wahab Riaz b Joseph 9 Yasir Shah run out 8 Mohammed Abbas lbw b Chase 1 Extras (b4, lb10, w1, nb12) 27 TOTAL (all out; 138.4 overs) 407 Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Azhar Ali), 2-54 (Ahmed Shehzad), 3-185 (Younis Khan), 4-186 (Babar Azam), 5-236 (Asad Shafiq), 6-324 (Sarfraz Ahmed), 7-341 (Mohammad Amir), 8-355 (Wahab Riaz), 9-373 (Yasir Shah), 10-407 (Mohammad Abbas) Bowling: Gabriel 29-6-92-3 (nb6), Joseph 31-8-71-3 (nb2), Holder 30-6-65-1 (nb4), Bishoo 33-2-106-1 (w1), Chase 8.4-1-37-1, Brathwaite 7-1-22-0. WEST INDIES 2nd Innings K Brathwaite b Yasir Shah 14 K Powell c Younis Khan b Yasir Shah 49 S Hetmyer b Yasir Shah 20 S Hope lbw b Yasir Shah 6 D Bishoo not out 0 V Singh not out 0 Extras (lb4) 4 TOTAL (4 wkts, 28 overs) 93 Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Brathwaite), 2-72 (Hetmyer), 3-84 (Hope), 4-89 (Powell) Bowling: Mohammad Amir 9-2-11-0, Mohammad Abbas 6-0-21-0, Yasir Shah 9-0-33-4, Wahab Riaz 4-0-24-0. Position: West Indies trail by 28 runs with six second innings wickets intact. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: R Illingworth, R Kettleborough; TV – B Oxenford. STAY FOCUSED
1 Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has rejected a new contract with the club, according to reports.The Premier League champions had hope to hold on to the midfielder, who was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year, following his stunning displays last season.Unfortunately for Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri, the player appears to have turned down a deal worth around £80,000 a week to remain at the King Power Stadium.Arsenal and Barelona have been linked with moves for the Algerian winger, who netted 17 times in Leicester’s title-winning campaign, while also contributing 11 assists.The news comes just hours after it was reported team-mate N’Golo Kante was set to join Chelsea in a £29million deal. Leicester City hero Riyad Mahrez
Javier Mascherano – The tough tackling defensive midfielder has been transformed into a central defender since moving to Barcelona in 2010 but it was not an immediate switch of role. The Argentinian established himself as one of Europes most impressive tacklers under Rafa Benitez at Liverpool, and soon caught the eye of the Catalan giants. Joining arguably the greatest club side of all-time, Mascherano was not necessarily an obvious fit for free-flowing football. But a Champions League encounter against Arsenal, where a tackle on Nicklas Bendtner proved decisive, gave Mascherano and the coaching staff at the Camp Nou enough reason to believe he could be a success in Spain. Trophies soon followed, as Mascherano became a guaranteed starter in his new role. Robin van Persie – Arsene Wenger settled on the promising Dutch youngster as the natural heir to Dennis Bergkamps throne. The 20-year-old arrived in north London as a forward who was capable of playing on the wing, scoring six goals for Feyenoord in his final season in the Eredivise. Similar to his thinking with Henry, Wenger opted to play Van Persie in a more central role alternating as a striker and a number 10. But leading the line proved to be the Dutchmans best position, as he soon became an indispensible member of the Gunners starting XI, before being prized away by the lure of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. Gareth Bale – Tottenham signed the exciting full-back from Southampton after the 17-year-old enjoyed a blistering breakthrough season at St Marys. The Welsh international endured a testing introduction to life in the Premier League, playing 24 games without tasting victory, before being linked with a loan-spell to Nottingham Forest. But Bale turned down the move and was eventually moved into a left-wing role by Harry Redknapp, following an injury to first-choice fullback Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Individual awards came Bales way, but it was Andre Villas-Boas arrival in north London in 2012 that catapulted the winger into one of the worlds most feared attacking threats in a central role. Real Madrid soon came calling with a world-record offer that proved too good to turn down. Players regularly reveal the position they played as a child is completely opposite to the role they occupy in the professional game.England boss Gareth Southgate has suggested that John Stones – a central defender – is a future option for the Three Lions as a holding midfielder.Professionals are often eager to move away from being viewed as a versatile player, who can play in many positions, rather than being a master of one.But should Stones impress in a new role against France on Tuesday night, could it be the start of something great for a player who has struggled for consistency in his regular position in defence?Here we look at 10 players who went on to enjoy great success in a new position – scroll through the gallery above to take a look. 10 10 10 Thierry Henry – Contrary to popular belief, the now SkySports pundit was used as a striker in his Monaco youth days. But as the Frenchman progressed to the first team, Arsene Wenger decided to utilise his compatriot on the flanks, with pace being his most obvious strength. And despite altering his position previously, Wenger reinstated Henry to his natural role of playing through the middle when the pair were reunited at Arsenal in 1999. And although it took time for Henry to be re-taught the art of striking, it proved to be a decisive moment for both club and player with Henry becoming the Gunners all-time leading scorer en route to securing two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. 10 Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid gave a clear indication of how much they rated a then 19-year-old Ramos, after handing the full-back an eight-year contract upon his £18.5million arrival from Sevilla. Clearly adept with the ball at his feet, Ramos thrived when given the opportunity to attack from his deep lying position with both club and country. But it was in 2011, when Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho decided to move Ramos to a more central role that the full talents of the Spaniard were allowed to shine. The Spanish giants soon started to establish themselves as a force at home and abroad, with Ramoss shift in position a catalyst for his sides recent rise to the top of European football. 10 Vincent Kompany – Arriving in 2008, Kompany joined Manchester City from Hamburg as a promising defensive midfielder. The Belgians £6million price tag soon became a bargain, following Roberto Mancinis decision to experiment with the versatile performer at the heart of his defence. Kompany went from strength to strength, becoming captain and leading the club to their first Premier League title in 2012. At the age of 26, Kompany was being mentioned as possibly the greatest defender of the modern era in England, possessing every attribute needed to thrive and provide further success for the Citizens. Despite suffering with injuries in recent years, Kompany continues to be a standout performer when he takes to the pitch. 10 10 10 Bastian Schweinsteiger – Starting out as a tricky left-winger, Schweinsteigers role has changed greatly over the years. Renowned for his dribbling skills and being a set-piece specialist, the German still caught the eye for Bayern Munich and for his country on the international stage. But it was Louis van Gaals decision to change Schweinsteiger into a holding midfielder that proved to be the making of one of footballs most technically gifted players. Combining a skillset of tackling, vision and the ability to dictate play, Schweinsteiger elevated himself into arguably Europes most complete midfielder for a number of years. Andrea Pirlo – The elegant Italian changed the way in which football fans believed a deep-lying midfielder should play. As was the way, a sides most creative player was used as high up the pitch as possible, which saw Pirlo occupy a number 10 role at Brescia. Inter Milan were suitably impressed and brought the midfielder to the San Siro, where he largely struggled and returned to Brescia for a loan spell, before thriving under manager Carlo Mazzone as a quarterback. AC Milan convinced their neighbours to allow Pirlo to swap his colours to red and black becoming one of footballs most famous what if? scenarios. Pirlo became an integral part of a Milan team that went on to win two Champions Leagues. Toni Kroos – The much-heralded Real Madrid holding midfielder was not always a cherished figure at previous clubs. After breaking into the Bayern Munich first team set-up at the age of 17, Kroos was sent out for an 18-month loan spell to Bundesliga rivals, Bayer Leverkusen. Upon his return, Kroos continued to be a bit-part player in Bavaria while operating as an attacking midfielder, who was capable of playing in a wider role. Jupp Heynckes arrival in 2011 marked a change in fortunes for Kroos, as he became more of a first team regular. Spanish giants Real Madrid capitalised on the German internationals contract situation, before seamlessly replacing the departed Xabi Alonso and becoming his sides anchor in midfield. 10 10 Gianluca Zambrotta – Back in 1999, Juventus believed they were signing Italys most promising right-winger. However, Marcello Lippi worked his new recruit into a dynamic fullback that was as equally capable of preventing opportunities as he was creating them. Comfortable on either side, Zambrotta possessed both the tactical intelligence and discipline to thrive in his new role with the Old Lady and the Azzurri. Enjoyed his greatest moment alongside Lippi at the 2006 World Cup after winning footballs biggest prize in the company of the man who reinvented him into the ultimate modern full-back.