7 ways to get more (and better) creative ideas from your credit union team

first_imgCredit unions are a unique business. However, there are certain things that all businesses share. One of these is the need for innovation. Because the credit union business is constantly changing (now there’s an understatement!), it’s vital that credit unions keep innovating to stay ahead of the curve. And all innovation begins with a single, creative idea. But how do you get those creative ideas? Here are 7 ways that you, as a credit union leader, can get more (and better) creative ideas from your credit union team. Get them out of the workplace.A change of location helps shake the brain out of its routine. It also gets people away from the multiple distractions of the workplace, which are not conducive to creativity. So try having a lunch meeting at a local restaurant. Maybe a nearby hotel has a nice lobby area for a small, informal meeting. If it’s nice outside, go to a park! Anyplace other than your credit union’s version of “Meeting Room C.” Give them the “What”; let them give you the “How.”Nothing kills the creative spirit more than being micromanaged. Creative people (and we are all creative people) love being challenged. As a leader, it’s your job to set the goal (the “What”). Now, ask your team to come up with the “How.” Tip: prepare to be surprised by some brilliant ideas that you would never have thought of! Ask crazy questions.When looking for creative solutions to your next credit union challenge, ask your team “crazy” questions. Questions like: “How would we solve this problem if we had $20 million to throw at it?” “How would a professional dancer solve this problem?” “How would three cats, working together, solve this problem?” Not only will this force your team members’ brains into their naturally creative space, you may just find the germ of an actual solution in some of the answers they come up with! Make a “play space.”Creativity needs stimulation to thrive. People are more creative when they play. If possible, furnish one of your meeting rooms with a few toys (Nerf® balls, Legos®, etc.) and interesting, colorful magazines (not credit union—or any industry-related—magazines!). And, if you’re really serious about this, paint this room a shade of green. Studies show that the color green boosts creativity! Invite an outsider.Every now and then, invite someone from outside the credit union (and, preferably, from outside the financial services industry) to sit in on a meeting. An artist, a comedian, an art historian. Someone who sees the world through a completely different lens than you or your team. This person might see solutions, or come up with ideas, that would never occur to someone from the credit union industry. Send your team out for a walk.According to recent research done at Stanford, people do their best creative thinking while in motion—outdoors, down a corridor, or even just a treadmill. Many leaders have discovered the multiple benefits (including, of course, health) of holding “walking” meetings. Initiate “Plagiarism Friday.”(Full disclosure: I plagiarized this idea from someone else, but I can’t remember whom.) Every Friday, have each member of your team bring in one great idea from outside the credit union industry and share what makes the idea creative and innovative. Then ask your team how that idea could be incorporated into the credit union. (a bonus tip!) Let your team know that ideas are welcome, encouraged, even required, from everyone.No one has a monopoly on great ideas! That next breakthrough idea—the one that takes your credit union to the next level—can come from anyone on the team.Creativity and innovation are the keys to your credit union’s success. Every new challenge (and it seems like there’s a new one every day) requires a creative solution. It’s up to you, as a credit union leader, to encourage, support, and value creativity from everyone on your team! 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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

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Embiid outdoors first Under Armour signature sneaker

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid has played like a star since entering the NBA but fans know that the true recognition of stardom in the league is having your own signature shoes.The versatile big who is averaging 32 pts  through their first 3 games in the bubble has finally arrived in that circle.He gave the NBA and the world at large a first glimpse of his shoes the UA Embiid One “origin” when the Sixers took on the Magic in Orlando.The sneaker is loaded with lots of cool technology features which make playing in them quite the experience.It features UA HOVR™ technology in the heel, offering an energy boost when moving around on the hardwood. Strategic Micro G® cushioning is present in the soles that allows for a quicker first step and more explosive maneuvers getting to the basket. Lastly, the uppers are made with fitted, light-weight mesh for a “locked-in feel” without sacrificing breathability. Embiid expressed his profound gratitude when the signature show was first announced at the beginning of the year in an Under Armour press release:“As a kid, I never could have dreamed of being in this situation with my own signature shoe. The process has been incredible with the work that’s been put in. Not a lot of guys in my profession get this opportunity and I’m truly grateful for it. I can’t wait to debut it on the court.”The sneaker will be released on Under Armour’s website on September 18.Embiid signed the multi year deal with Under Armour in 2018 after hitting sneaker free agency.last_img read more

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DD Gardening: Children and gardening!

first_imgIn this weekend’s gardening column, I discuss the many benefits and the importance gardening has for children. As the summer looms in to sight many parents are planning an array of activities to keep their children active and to ensure they stay in touch with their friends and classmates.Gardening in general is a very important life skill and teaches children and adults alike so much. Advertisement Unfortunately, I feel that there is a skills and knowledge gap from the older generation on how they worked the land and grew their foods.I believe that these skills and knowledge need to be re-instilled once again and to ensure they are not entirely lost.We live in a world where many find it difficult to distinguish the difference between many of our common fruit and vegetables. Is this a problem?Gardening teaches us to take responsibility from either ensuring a tiny seed germinates and becomes a seedling to ensuring that this tiny seedling becomes an established plant. Advertisement The seed won’t germinate overnight and neither will the seedling become an established plant in an instance. This teaches us to be patient. A skill almost lost in today’s society where we tend to expect everything to happen at the click of our fingers.Learn to accept failure and from failure we learn. Not every single seed you sow will become a seedling and not every seedling will become a plant. As someone once told me, a mistake is a mistake unless you learn from it then it’s a lesson. This very much applies to the gardening world.We tend to learn so much more from not succeeding and it encourages and teaches us to succeed. I think that’s one of the important lessons that gardening can teach anyone.If we develop an understanding of how nature and the environment work, we then can have a better understanding to make changes.If we learn how the cycle of photosynthesis and how trees grow we can then understand how critically important they are to us and our very existence. We owe our very existence to around 15cm of soil and from this we grow most of the food that feeds the world. If we can appreciate and learn about what makes soils so important then we can go and protect it.Horticulture can prove to be a very interesting and rewarding career. We need more young people pursuing a career in it too. By getting children to develop an interest and understanding at a young age, at a later stage perhaps they would pursue a career.As I discussed in a previous gardening column gardening has so many benefits for our mental and physical health. It can also be a brilliant social activity to get together, share some gardening stories and what you’re currently growing.I will be delivering a two-hour gardening workshop aimed at children between the ages of 9 to 12 years old at The BASE Enterprise Centre in Stranorlar. The workshop will run from 10am-12am and will cover the importance of soil, the superpowers of seeds and children will grow their very own sunflower too. More information on Facebook page or contact me via email or Whatsapp.Happy Gardening! Conor GallinaghBAgrSc, Horticulture, Landscape, & Sportsturf ManagementMCIHortWebsite: conorgallinagh.comEmail: [email protected]: Conor Gallinagh – Horticulture ConsultantInstagram: @conorgallinaghTwitter: @ConorGallinaghDD Gardening: Children and gardening! was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by Conor GallinaghShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:childrenConor GallinaghGardeninglast_img read more

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North Korean athletes arrive in South Korea for Olympics

first_imgGANGNEUNG, South Korea >> Ten North Korean skaters and skiers arrived in rival South Korea on Thursday to participate in this month’s Winter Olympics, which has brought a temporary lull in tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons program.The North Koreans are the second and final batch of 22 athletes from their country who have won special entries from the International Olympic Committee for the Feb. 9-25 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A dozen North Korean female hockey players came last …last_img read more

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Production Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next Shoot

first_imgColor grading your videos? Consider using a color checker or color chart to get that perfect color grade every filmmaker is after.Achieving that perfect color grade — and color correction — is something that filmmakers yearn for. There’s just something so refreshing about a perfectly colored video. Most of the time, we consider our color tools to be those that we use in our editors, or within Resolve. However, there’s one tool you can utilize on set that will make managing perfect color much easier. That tool is a color checker — or color chart.I have to admit that until not too long ago, I’d never used a color checker on anything. Obviously, I had seen them around, but I wasn’t sure how they’d work for me as a filmmaker. Frankly, when I got one, I had to pore over videos online to figure out just how this tool would make me a better cinematographer. After much effort, I’ve discovered just how powerful a color checker can be. Let’s take a look at how this little tool can help you get better video. Perfect ColorThere’s so much that goes into making sure you have perfect colors in your video — from proper CRI balance in your lighting to setting the best white balance temperature in your camera. All of these factors play a vital role in getting perfect color from your images. The role of the color checker, or color chart, is to help keep color constant and consistent throughout the entire process. Through lens changes, camera changes, lighting changes, etc., color charts keep everything running smoothly. Now, how in the world does it do this? Essentially, the color palettes in your color checkers are perfect swabs of cyan, green, magenta, yellow, red, and blue. Once captured within the frame of your camera, this image is then brought into your NLE. Once in your NLE, or color correction software, you can harness this to correct for the picture perfect color. Check out this video below for a more comprehensive tutorial on how to incorporate this in your next project. Perfect ExposureOne added benefit of grabbing a color checker is that (most often) it comes with a middle grey card. A middle grey card sits perfectly at 50 on your IRE scale. That means you can use this with two tools: zebras and false color. If you set your zebras to show at 50%, once your zebras appear on your grey card, you’ll know you have a properly exposed image. The same can be said of false color. Whichever color you have allocated to represent 50 IRE, once proper exposure is set, then that color will appear on the middle grey card, thus yielding a properly exposed image.  Overall, snagging a color checker for your next production is always a great choice. Is it the most fun thing you could buy right now for your filmmaking kit? Let’s be honest, probably not. However, it could be the perfect addition on your journey to better videos. Cover image via Gecko Studio.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Add Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color ScienceHow to Properly Film Windows for Daytime Interior ScenesAdd Atmospheric Texture to Your Production with Haze or FogUsing Foreground Elements to Elevate your Next ProductionHow to Get The Best Results When Filming In Natural Foglast_img read more

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Heartbreak for UCF dad, son as Aubrey Dawkins game-winner rolls out

first_imgMOST READ Dawkins was the only reason UCF had a chance at the end. He scored 32 points — matching Williamson — on 12 of 18 shooting, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. He also had four assists and two offensive rebounds, including the putback he rolled off the rim. After the miss, he sank to his knees next to the frame supporting the basket.“Aubrey was the best player on the court today. He was magnificent,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who told reporters he was close to tears, heartbroken for the opposing coach who helped build Duke into a powerhouse in the mid-1980s and the boy he watched grow up in shooting sessions after practice with his dad in Cameron Indoor Stadium.Johnny Dawkins, who addressed his sobbing players in an emotional locker room speech after the loss, was the point guard for Krzyzewski’s first Final Four team.“Proud of you man, proud of you,” Johnny Dawkins said, hugging his son. “I know it’s hard. I know it’s hard.”Aubrey Dawkins wanted to go to Stanford and play for his dad, but the school didn’t admit him, saying he didn’t meet their academic standards.ADVERTISEMENT “Heartbreak. That’s the only way to sum it up.” Aubrey Dawkins quietly recalled 20 minutes later to reporters.Nothing left to do but console his teammates, sprawled across the floor after the 77-76 loss where UCF led 76-73 with 14 seconds left when Duke’s Zion Williamson drove right at UCF’s 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall. The superstar Williamson hit the layup while drawing the big man’s fifth and final foul. R.J. Barrett put back Williamson’s miss for the winning basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsB.J. Taylor drove on UCF’s last chance, but the short jumper came off the glass just a little too hard. Dawkins swooped in and…“It was up there forever, I felt like, in slow motion. Once I saw it go past the midpoint and roll out, it was, at that point, nothing left to do,” he said. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Johnny Dawkins said Saturday that may have been a blessing in disguise. He loved his son, but wasn’t sure he could coach him after spending so much time with him on the court through the boy’s childhood.Aubrey Dawkins spent his first two seasons at Michigan, but after his dad left Stanford for the Knights, the son decided to join him at UCF. Just before the 2017-18 season started, Aubrey Dawkins suffered a season-ending injury.He came back and averaged 15 points this season, but maybe more importantly, Aubrey Dawkins said he got to play for his dad.“Having the chance to be around him at this stage in my life and my career in basketball has just been priceless. That’s what I love most, just going every day next to him and learning from him and us getting closer as a father and son and also as a player and coach,” Dawkins said.And the father said his son playing like he did in the most important game of their lives meant a lot to him, too.“Aubrey was terrific. He’s capable of having moments like that, and he had one tonight on one of the biggest stages you could have it on,” Johnny Dawkins said. “He couldn’t have picked a better time for that.” Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Central Florida’s Aubrey Dawkins (15) shoots a three-pointer over Duke’s Tre Jones (3) during the first half of a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Columbia, S.C. Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)COLUMBIA, S.C. — The coach’s son was having the game of his life in the biggest game of his dad’s life. Down 1, UCF’s Aubrey Dawkins pushed a miss back up with his right hand with 2.5 seconds left. The ball bounced once, twice and then rolled off the rim.Overall No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed Duke survived to reach the Sweet 16. Dawkins, the son of UCF coach Johnny Dawkins who shot hoops with his dad on the Blue Devils home court when Johnny was a Duke assistant, hung his head as his teammates hit the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Breaking down the NBA playoff race as it winds down Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Video: Notre Dame Freshman Guard Rex Pflueger Is Pretty Good At Dunking

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame's mascot during a basketball game.PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 19: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot, the Notre Dame Leprechaun, performs in the first half against the Northeastern Huskies during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)We’ve seen several videos this off-season featuring college basketball players throwing down ridiculous dunks at their school’s practice facilities. Notre Dame freshman guard Rex Pflueger is the latest to record his aerial exploits and share them with the world. Pflueger posted this video, featuring three dunks, on Twitter today. The first one is the best, in our opinion, but all three are pretty impressive. Dunks DuLac!!! @NDmbb #dunkweek #flightbrothers pic.twitter.com/5jllt5F6rB— Rex Pflueger (@rexpflueger_1) August 30, 2015last_img read more

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Future Generations Must not Bear Debt Burden – Phillips

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Minister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, says the Government’s economic imperative is to reduce the debt burden and put the country on a solid path for future generations. He stated that measures such as the Public Debt Management Act, which was passed in the House of Representatives recently, will ensure that “no future generations of Jamaicans will ever have to walk this way again and bear the burden of the kind of debt that has set us back over the past decades.” “Your Government is pursuing every avenue to ensure that generations to come, will have a firmer economic foundation than the one that now exists, and we are confident on the course we are following,” Dr. Phillips stated. He was addressing the third in a series of parish fora, organised by the Social Development Commission (SDC), which was held yesterday (Nov. 22), at the West Jamaica Conference Centre in Mount Salem, St. James. The Finance Minister said that part of the programme is to ensure that meaningful growth takes place in the economy, noting that focus will be placed on key growth sectors such as Information Communication Technology (ICT). He said that through US$20 million, which was added to an existing programme in March, the sector will be delivering scores of jobs for young people by year-end, and it is projected to continue on a growth path.  “We believe there is a tremendous future for Jamaica in the ICT field,” Dr. Phillips expressed. He acknowledged that measures put in place to relive the debt, including passing a credible budget “has been tough for some Jamaicans”, but noted that provisions have been made for the most vulnerable in the society. “We expanded PATH (Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education), provided $4. 2 billion for the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP), over $2 billion for small business development, and support in that budget,” the Minister said. He assured that the Government will continue to provide the public with relevant information on vital issues. “We are committed to the principle of openness and transparency,” he stated.last_img read more

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Energy has gone from Albertas economic engine to its backbone ATB

first_imgATB Financial’s chief economist told a Calgary audience the energy industry has gone from Alberta’s economic engine to its backbone.Todd Hirsch told the crowd of 1,500 that the city’s economy is moving forward by evolving rather than recovering from the latest economic recession.He said when a barrel of oil was $100, oil and gas was fueling wage growth and employment, but it’s different five years later.“There has been some hiring, but wages are lower in the energy sector, there is some investment coming back, but not at rates we saw in 2012, 2013,” he said. “A backbone, which is very important to an economy like it is to the human body, but it’s not the growth engine fueling every day ahead and the black hole that pulls everything into its own gravity.“A backbone is actually a healthier role I think for the energy sector to be playing because it does allow for diversity.Hirsch spoke during a presentation with the Conference Board of Canada and Calgary Economic Development regarding the provincial and city outlooks for 2018.According to the board, Calgary’s economy is increasing 4.6 per cent this year and projecting a more modest growth next year at 2.1 per cent, along with a provincial average of 2.0 per cent.“Alberta’s gone from the back of the pack the last two years, a really painful recession, to the leader, you’re now the strongest growing province this year,” senior fellow with the board Glen Hodgson said.Hodgson noted that comes with a muted commodity price recovery, but he hopes for more balance next year.“This year it’s way too much the consumer, not enough private investment,” Hodgson said, adding he agreed with Hirsch’s analogy. “Shifting and thinking about that as a foundation and then diversifying the sources of energy is probably a good metaphor.”Both agreed the biggest risks to the local and provincial economies are the NAFTA negotiations.“That could take a lot of growth, a lot of steam because it’ll rupture confidence, both for consumers and investors,” he said, adding while Calgary has an advantage because the U.S. is still consuming oil and gas products, the city is still exposed.“Alberta and Calgary would be affected by ripple effects if B.C. or Ontario are affected,” he said.Calgary Economic Development CEO Mary Moran said along with uncertainty around NAFTA and regulatory processes, the focus has to stay on technological advancements.“Not happening down the road, they’re happening today,” she said. “The reality is that we have to get comfortable with dealing with uncertainty and I think we’re really good risk managers, but we’re not necessarily good with dealing with uncertainty.“Compared to a year ago, I think we’ve made quantum leaps.”last_img read more

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