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

Santi Denia: “I looked for a respirator for my father and I couldn’t find it”

first_img“Death certificate suspects coronavirus”Lastly, he left a piece of information for reflection on this pandemic that is taking more than 9,000 lives in our country: “It was tremendous what we lived and I leaned heavily on my sister because my mother died five years ago from pneumonia. I would like to emphasize, on the other hand, that in the death certificate it states that he is suspected of coronavirus, but it is lawful for me to know if he is on that list or not. Unfortunately there are going to be many cases in Spain that die from coronaviruses and we don’t know. Today I read that 60 elderly people died in a nursing home in Las Rozas. Very painful. I would like to know if my father is on the list and I would like him to be on it. My father was going to turn 86. We know that the elderly, most have previous pathologies. But what is clear to me is that he would still be alive if not for the coronavirus. I don’t know how long, if one, two, three or five years. But he would still be alive. The Government must make an effort to do the maximum number of tests possible. The WHO says that the asymptomatic can also infect, it is necessary to make test as it is. I do not want to enter politics, I am only expressing myself as a citizen who has lost his father. My message, anyway, is that we will have hope and that, in three weeks, we will have the security of having overcome this virus. ” Santi Denia, U19 coach, shared in The spar, of the SER, the hard trance he has suffered these days when he had to fire his 86-year-old father as a consequence of the coronavirus on March 21. “This virus has taken my father and is taking many people. All citizens are suffering with this issue. I am very sorry and very helpless for all the circumstances that have surrounded the death of my father. He was fine, in a residence in Albacete. It was very fast. My sister gave her time to say goodbye because the doctor told her at lunch: she told us that she had worsened. I arrived two hours later, yelling “Chapi” which is what they call him, and he didn’t answer anymore … “. The tragic outcome was dramatically narrated by Santi Denia: “I tried to find a respirator in Albacete for my father. He believed it was the only chance to give him a chance. I asked the doctor, friends from Albacete, friends in Madrid, but Spain has a complicated situation. I also tried to take him to Madrid, but the doctor advised against the transfer. There was no option because there were no respirators anywhere. “The former player from Albacete and Atlético de Madrid had the strength to share with all of Spain the sadness and helplessness with which he had to fire his father at the wake: “There was no way to get that respirator because the system is overflowing. I I am nothing more or less than anyone to give me a respirator. Just a citizen who was looking to give my father a chance. The next morning, they called my sister and told us that she had passed away since 5:00 pm you had to bury him. Four people went to the wake without being able to hug each other, with masks. It was very hard. Then inside the bad, at least we were lucky that we were able to fire him. Within the bad we were lucky, but I couldn’t even hug my sister. “last_img read more