first_imgMuhammad Ali was one of the best boxers of our generation and his legacy will live on forever, as will his most famous quote “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Ali was a phenomenal boxer as well as an inspiration to all and in the wake of his recent death, many more quotes have come to surface that prove what a hardworking and big dreamer the man truly was. Many of these quotes can and should be applied to the way you look at strategy, how you motivate your team, and how you conduct your strategic planning sessions to elevate and build your credit union’s legacy.“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” In today’s competitive and ever-changing marketplace, it is more important than ever to adjust your goals annually and discover new and exciting directions in which to lead your credit union. In this industry, taking risks and trying new things can seem intimidating, however, without risks your growth will remain stagnant and in the end you likely will not see the profits that you are seeking.“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it.”As you evaluate your call reports, you may find that your performance is not up to par with your original goals, and the outcome is not as you expected. You may find that your credit union has veered away from your goals and has fallen off the tracks so to speak. It may seem daunting and almost impossible to recharge your engines and start fresh but remember, nothing is impossible. A new strategic direction is attainable and possible if you are willing to take the first step, reassess your goals, and work toward a new a strategic direction for your institution.“The only limitations one has are the ones they place on themselves.” Believe in yourself and your credit union. Believe in your staff and your ability to reach new goals. Even a goal that may seem unattainable can be accomplished with time, hard work, a fresh outlook, and faith in your abilities as a unit. If you find that your credit union has been lackluster and is in a metaphoric slump, try enlisting the help of an outside resource, a fresh set of eyes. Ask your employees for suggestions. The sky is the limit! Never throw in the towel; you simply must have belief in your credit union, your members, and your staff to push your credit union to be the best that it can be.“To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you’re not, pretend you are.”Banking is a competitive industry, no matter how you slice it, especially with the introduction of conglomerates like Wal-Mart, Target, and State Farm entering the market. With so much competition, there will always be someone who is bigger and better and outperforming your credit union. You may not always be #1 in your market, but that doesn’t mean you can’t act like you are. One way to take your credit union to that next level is by acting like you’re already there. Make financial decisions as if you are already the model institution that you want to be. Make hiring decisions as if you were the number one employer in your market. Don’t sell yourself short. Simply wishing you were at that $100m, $500m or $1B asset mark won’t get you anywhere, but acting as if you’re already there, will. Remember, the secret to having it all is believing you already do.“It isn’t the mountain ahead to climb that wears you out. It’s the pebble in your shoe.”Never let the small things derail your mission. Keep your eyes on the prize and keep climbing. Everyone will hit bumps in the road during the growth process. You’ll have a member complaint or two, a few bad loans, perhaps even a not-so-positive NCUA exam here and there, but those who succeed in the end are the ones who don’t let the “pebbles” determine their destiny. Continue to monitor and adjust your strategies and goals to reach the top of your mountain.Looking a fresh start, and new outlook on strategic planning? Request more information about strategic planning facilitation HERE. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgThe cottage at 15 Gorman Street, Wooloowin was beautifully presented.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoRay White New Farm marketing agent, Marion Sherman, said the vendors were pleased with the eventual $815,000 result for the home on 602sq m of land.“It was really good. The buyers were a young couple, so it’s their first home together,” Ms Sherman said. 2338 Wynnum Road, Wynnum was another great outcome today.Belle Property agent David Lazarus said the three-bedroom, three-bathroom, double-gable home certainly had family buyers keen. A new family will call 2338 Wynnum Road, Wynnum home.The event saw three registered bidders among the 25-strong crowd, with the winning buyer paying $747,000“It was a local couple who actually turned out knowing the owners of the house, so it was quiet coincidental. It was a young family looking to upsize.”And finally, for those following the progress of the Mistos brothers at 68 Deighton Rd, Dutton Park, it was a happy day for the boys with their family home selling for $885,000. There was free wine but no sale at the auction of 51 Morialta Street, Mansfield todayIt was a classic winter’s day in Brisbane where debate raged on whether a light knit or broad brimmed hat was the most suitable attire for outdoor events.So it was at 51 Morialta St, Mansfield where the crowd started building early in the sunshine for a promising result.L J Hooker Mt Gravatt principal Wayne Morgan said response to the four-level, two-bathroom home had been outstanding.“We’ve had nearly 70 groups through in the period so far, had a few offers before (auction), but today is the day of reckoning,” he said.“Their decision was to go to auction so that‘s what we’re doing. There’s plenty of interest, plus there’s people who can’t bid today who are here.”L J Hooker auctioneer, Paul Moore, greeted everyone warmly before explaining the home’s great features and then calling for an opener from the 60-strong crowd.Mr Moore announced a sweetener for the eight registered bidders — the first to raise their paddle would receive a bottle of wine courtesy of the agent.It didn’t take long for one prospect to collect with a cheeky call of $600,000.From there it was a hot potato approach to proceeding as five bidders passed around the opportunity to be at the front of the pack.Increments went from $50,000 down to $5000 during the course of proceedings with Mr Moore throwing in a vendors bid of $755,000 when proceedings had stalled.After consulting with the seller, Mr Moore reopened the auction with a vendor’s bid of $785,000, but the crowd weren’t swayed and the property passed in.“We’re not quite where the owner’s expectations are and that happens, so we might have to have a few more discussions. There was an offer prior that was more in the ballpark of where I closed the auction, and they’re still in the wings,” Mr Moore said. There was more luck at 15 Gorman Street, Wooloowin where six registered bidders stepped up to try and make the beautifully presented three-bedroom cottage theirs.center_img Brothers Socrates and Steve Mistos sold their family home at auction today. Photo: Tim MarsdenThe near original 1960s cottage attracted huge interest according to Ray White Annerley selling agent, Geoff Sellars.“We were well above reserve so they were pretty happy,” he said.Mr Sellars said the buyer were from outside Brisbane but were looking to make a move.He said they bought the home because of its great location.“Their kids are a bit young at the moment, but they’re from Gympie and they’re buying it for the kids to go to Brisbane State High (School),” he said.last_img read more

first_imgCaribbean-born actress Parisa Fitz-Henley thrilled TV audiences in the role of American actress Meghan Markle as the Lifetime movie, “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance,” premiered on Sunday May 13, ahead of the Royal Wedding this Saturday.The Kingston-born Fitz-Henley, 41, lit up the screen as she joined Murray Fraser in chronicling the courtship and love story between Prince Harry and his fiancée.Performance seemed like the real Meghan Feedback from those who watched the TV show was that Fitz-Henley’s performance was so good many assumed it was Markle herself on the screen.The film documents from the moment the couple met after being set up on a blind date by friends, through their initial courtship when they were able to keep their romance under wraps, and ultimately the intense global media attention surrounding their relationship and Meghan’s life as a divorced bi-racial American actress.“Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” was executive produced by Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss and written by Scarlett Lacey and Terrence Coli. The wedding of the real-life Prince and Markle will occur Saturday at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The ceremony itself begins at noon UK time or 8 AM ET. ABC News will begin with a special edition of Good Morning America from 5-10 AM ET May 19. GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts and World News Tonight’s David Muir will lead the live coverage from Windsor. Dad cannot attend wedding Markle’s dad, Thomas Markle, told TMZ that he will not attend the royal wedding and walk his daughter down the aisle following the controversy about his staged paparazzi photos. He also told the site that he suffered a heart attack six days ago but checked himself out of the hospital to attend the nuptials. However, “he’s now decided not to go because he doesn’t want to embarrass the Royal Family or his daughter.”Presiding Episcopal Bishop Michal Curry will join The Dean of Windsor, The Rt. Revd. David Conner, who will conduct the Service. The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows.last_img read more