Reflection questions for building a great post-pandemic world

first_imgWhen this pandemic is over, credit unions will have experienced—and done—a lot of new things. My sincere hope is that credit union leaders will use the positive things they’ve learned during this period of uncertainty to build a new template for credit union operations going forward—and then keep right on learning.A key way to retain what you’ve learned so you can build on it is to reflect on your learnings and talk them over with your peers, colleagues, directors, and mentors. Hopefully you will find several questions applicable to your situation in the list below. What leadership styles will be needed going forward, in various situations?How can executives best pivot from one leadership style to another as needed?How will flexibility in strategy play into our “new normal”?What did we learn about collaboration that we want to take forward?What are our new insights into the value of bench strength and succession planning both for staff and the board?What did we learn about virtual board meetings and remote annual meetings that we might want to apply to future events?How can my team and I keep learning, even when we’re extremely busy?What should blend of on-the-job, remote, and in-person learning look like going forward for our executives, staff, and directors?What skills or knowledge might we seek in our next board member? In our next chair?How will our branches operate differently now?How will our lending be done differently in the months ahead?How will our call centers be different because of what we’ve experienced?How will our marketing and member communications be different in the post-pandemic world?How can our financial modeling efforts be improved by what we’ve experienced?How can we keep the gains in digital delivery that are happening in the industry right now?What have we learned about serving members when they’re in a financial pinch that we can use going forward?Can remote work become more a part of our credit union’s culture now? If yes, how?How does having diverse people with diverse ideas play into our organizational success?What will our new system selection and system maintenance regime look like? Can more of this work be done virtually?What did we learn about compliance monitoring and responding to changing regulations that will be helpful to keep in mind going forward? While coping with the crisis, we all have had an opportunity to rediscover basic values of humanity and the bonds that connect us. We now have it in our hands to build a positive new normal for our credit unions and our communities. I’d love to hear about how these 20 questions serve you in formulating your new operating template. Please stay healthy—and, when you can, be in touch about what you want to learn next.center_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailslast_img read more

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Fears of new COVID-19 cluster at North Sumatra University as rector tests positive

first_imgThe rector of the North Sumatra University (USU) in Medan, Runtung Sitepu, along with deputy rector Rosmayati and the university’s board of trustees member Darma Bakti have tested positive for COVID-19, local authorities confirmed on Sunday. “There are three USU executives who tested positive for COVID-19. To contain the spread of the virus, we urge all those who have been in close contact with them within the last 14 days to take a swab test at the USU hospital or other swab test centers located in North Sumatra,” USU hospital director Syah Mirsya Wali said on Sunday.The three confirmed cases in USU have raised concerns of a new COVID-19 cluster in the region as the campus remains open, with computer-based exams (UTBK) as part of the annual state university entrance test (SBMPTN) set to continue until the end of the month with as many as 35,794 participants. USU spokesperson Elvi Sumanti said the matter was “still being coordinated with the executive board,” adding that all campus activities would continue normally.“The rector tested positive, without showing any symptoms, based on the independent swab test that he took,” she told The Jakarta Post. Runtung himself confirmed his health status to the press via phone on Sunday. “I am fine and I don’t feel like I am sick,” he said.He also urged anyone who had been in close contact with him to take a COVID-19 swab test immediately. “I don’t want to cover it [positive COVID-19 result] up, that is why I am asking this matter to be published.”Meanwhile, North Sumatra COVID-19 task force spokesperson Aris Yudhariansyah called on USU to do comprehensive tracing and implement strict health protocols to curb the spread of the virus in one of the biggest and most prestigious universities in the region. According to the official government count, North Sumatra has 2,323 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 123 deaths as of Sunday.(trn)Topics :last_img read more

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Ferdinand seals QPR move

first_img “I spoke to Harry and (owner Tony) Mr Fernandes at length,” he told qpr.co.uk. “I think they both looked me in the eye and knew that I still have something to offer – that I had a genuine desire to come here and play football.” Following punditry work with BBC Sport at the World Cup, Ferdinand’s anticipated move to Loftus Road was completed on Thursday evening after he passed a medical. Ferdinand, whose younger brother Anton and cousin Les also had spells at QPR, had been linked with a move to west London some weeks ago before a hold-up believed to be caused by a wrangling over wages. But now that has been ironed out Ferdinand is looking forward to playing for a team he used to watch growing up. “There are great memories for me here – for my family,” he said. “Anton had nothing but good things to say about QPR and I watched Les here as a boy, with the likes of Ray Wilkins, Clive Wilson, David Bardsley and Alan McDonald. “I had a lot of offers from all over the world – some in places with a better climate than here. But the draw for me was to play in the Premier League and back here where it all started. The 35-year-old left Old Trafford at the end of his contract this summer following a trophy-laden 12 years with the Red Devils and will now remain in the Barclays Premier League as he looks to help keep the Hoops in the top flight. Ferdinand will also be reunited with Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road after the current QPR boss handed him his professional debut for West Ham as a 17-year-old in 1996, and the veteran defender is eager to prove he still has something to offer. Former Manchester United and England captain Rio Ferdinand has signed for QPR on a one-year deal. Press Association “It’s not about money – I had loads of more lucrative offers available to me. I still feel I’ve got something to offer and I’m excited about helping this club cement its place in the Premier League.” After establishing himself as a firm favourite at Upton Park, Ferdinand moved to Leeds in 2000 for a then-British transfer record of £18million. He was an integral part of David O’Leary’s young side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2001 and was installed as captain at Elland Road the following season. During his time in West Yorkshire, Ferdinand became an England regular and attracted the attention of Manchester United following an impressive showing at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. Another big fee, reported to be almost £30million, saw Ferdinand move across the Pennines where he would go on to make over 450 appearances and win six Premier League titles, the Champions League, two League Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup. Ferdinand spent eight months on the sidelines in 2004 for missing a drugs test, sitting out the 3-0 FA Cup final success over Millwall and the entire Euro 2004 tournament. Having been named England captain in early 2010, Ferdinand missed out on leading Fabio Capello’s side in the 2010 World Cup due to a knee injury sustained in the build-up to the tournament. He announced his international retirement in May 2013 and went on to play one more season at United, making 23 appearances in a disappointing campaign for the Red Devils. Interim manager Ryan Giggs selected Ferdinand for the final-day draw at Southampton, with the defender announcing soon afterwards that he would be looking for a new club. Linking up with Redknapp always appeared to be a strong possibility and the R’s boss is delighted to be able to work with Ferdinand again. “Rio’s a fantastic player and a great professional, I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him here,” he said. “I signed Rio as a 14-year-old. He was class on the field and off the field then, and he’s continued in that manner throughout his career. During his time at Manchester United, he was the best defender in Europe, if not the world. “To bring him to QPR, when he’s still got so much to offer in terms of his quality, class, experience and know-how, is a remarkable coup for the club.” last_img read more

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Barcelona 2 Espanyol 0 (2-1 agg)

first_imgBarcelona 2 Espanyol 0 (2-1 agg): Messi turns tie around as Coutinho debuts Jamie Smith 06:25 1/26/18 Lionel Messi Getty Images Philippe Coutinho made his Barcelona debut as a substitute as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi goals booked a Copa del Rey semi-final spot. Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 2-0 victory over Espanyol, sealing a 2-1 aggregate success and a place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey as Philippe Coutinho made his debut off the bench.Barca trailed 1-0 from the opening leg after Oscar Melendo’s late finish, but there was little danger of Ernesto Valverde’s men following Real Madrid in crashing out of the tournament.Almost 80,000 fans at Camp Nou waved goodbye to Javier Mascherano pre-match, and Barca made a terrific start in the Catalan derby – Luis Suarez swiftly erasing the first-leg deficit with a header from a fine right-wing Aleix Vidal cross. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Espanyol wasted chances to reclaim the initiative and Messi came up with the key goal, although his shot needed a touch off Naldo to wrongfoot goalkeeper Pau Lopez, before Coutinho was introduced by Ernesto Valverde for a bright 22-minute cameo.Messi hit the post late on, but Barca – winners of the Copa del Rey in each of the last three seasons – remain in with a chance of matching the four straight titles won by Athletic Bilbao in the 1930s.With both Real and Atletico Madrid having gone out in the quarter-finals, Barca will now compete with Sevilla, Valencia and Leganes for a place in the Copa del Rey showpiece. The draw for the semi-finals will be made on Friday.Prior to kick off at Camp Nou @Mascherano said farewell to the fans #ThankYouMasche pic.twitter.com/K8Uka7XeBb— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 25, 2018Barca needed only eight minutes to get level on aggregate, surprise starter Vidal sent clear by Messi to provide a perfect cross for Suarez to head home at the back post, the striker’s eighth goal in his last six appearances against Espanyol.But Espanyol immediately fired a warning shot of their own, Gerard Moreno shooting straight at Jasper Cillessen after being picked out by Sergi Darder.The visitors continued to threaten and Esteban Granero should have hit the target from a Victor Sanchez cross, the former Real Madrid man sending his first-time shot wide.Barcelona punished that error by taking the lead in the tie after 25 minutes, scoring their 4,000th goal in official competitions at Camp Nou.Leo Messi’s goal was number 4,000 for Barça at Camp Nou in official competition #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/z3wGBqxkxI— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 25, 2018Persistence from Vidal won the ball on the edge of the Espanyol box, with Messi driving into space and hitting a firm 20-yard strike that beat Lopez with the aid of a deflection off Naldo.Messi missed a chance to put the tie beyond Espanyol just before the break, brushing the side netting after Andres Iniesta sent Jordi Alba clear down the left to deliver a low cross.Lopez denied Messi a second with a fine save after 55 minutes before record signing Coutinho – wearing Mascherano’s old number 14 shirt – was introduced for his Barca bow.It’s @Phil_Coutinho time!  pic.twitter.com/3sXqyGJNM7— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 25, 2018With Quique Sanchez Flores’ men committing more men in attack, Barca were increasingly dangerous on the break and Lopez had to make a superb double save from Suarez and Ivan Rakitic after Messi had played Coutinho into space on the left.Espanyol were only ever a goal away from shocking Camp Nou but Moreno’s hopeful penalty appeal after a tangle with Alba on the edge of the box was the closest they came as Coutinho’s debut – against the club he represented on loan in 2012 – ended in a Copa derby victory, with Messi thumping a header against the post with two minutes left, denying him a deserved final word. read morelast_img read more

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