The value of team input in an executive decision

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » While he’s most famously known for saying “None of us is as smart as all of us,” best-selling author Ken Blanchard penned another quote that’s always been a favorite of mine: “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”As a credit union executive, there are many important decisions to make during the year. Whether it’s implementing a new product offering or changing to a new vendor who better aligns with your needs, you carry the burden of decisions that will impact your credit union, your staff and your members for a very long time. A 2019 Alpha survey of 300+ executives found that collaboration between junior and senior stakeholders can help bridge the gap between business needs and customer needs. More importantly, the responses showed that the most successful projects include user feedback.What Does Feedback Look LikeDuring my nearly 27 years in the credit union industry, with more than 16 of that in the insurance space, I’ve seen many methods for making decisions. Each organization is different in how seriously it treats product, solution or partner decisions. Sometimes a major decision is simply handled by the person who oversees a particular department and other times by a blended team of individuals in management. However, one thing is critical to the decision-making process: engaging feedback from cross-departmental staff, including end-users and/or front-line staff.last_img read more

INDOT ‘Paint the Plow’ campaign announced

first_imgIndianapolis, In.  – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the kick off of its 2018 Paint the Plow campaign, a community outreach program designed to promote safety and awareness of INDOT’s Winter Operations all year long.Each INDOT District invites art classes/programs from middle and high schools to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their school. Applications and additional program details and applications are available here.In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program.Paint the Plow is open to all middle schools, high schools and career-technical schools across the state. Only students who are currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate in the creation, execution and completion of the art project.For more information or questions about the Paint the Plow campaign.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNewman is still recovering from his crash on the last lap of the Daytona 500, bringing an end to his streak of 649 consecutive starts. Among those in the field Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be Ryan Blaney, who hooked Newman’s car into the alarming spin.Rain washed out qualifying Saturday, so the starting field for the Pennzoil 400 has been set by the rule book, with the cars set to line up according to final 2019 owner points. However, series champion Kyle Busch will drop to the back of the field at the start because his car failed a Friday inspection.MLB-BREWERS-HOLTBrock Holt guaranteed $3.25M by BrewersPHOENIX (AP) — Utilityman Brock Holt is guaranteed $3.25 million under his one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. The deal includes a club option for 2021 and performance bonuses that could make it worth $8.25 million over two seasons. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-LAS VEGASDaytona crash means Newman will miss 650th consecutive startLAS VEGAS (AP) — When NASCAR runs its second race of the season Sunday, it will be the first one without Ryan Newman in the field since the 2002 season opener. February 23, 2020 Update on the latest sports Holt has a $2.5 million salary this year, and the Brewers have a $5 million option for 2021 with a $750,000 buyout. He can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses this year based on plate appearances for up to 450. Holt hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.  A 31-year-old left-handed batter, Holt spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINEDBrignone tops World Cup overall standings with combined winCRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) now leads the World Cup overall standings ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin after winning an Alpine combined event on Sunday.center_img Associated Press By earning 100 World Cup points, Brignone opened a gap of 73 to three-time defending champion Shiffrin who has taken an extended break from racing after the death of her father in Colorado.Brignone ended 0.92 seconds ahead of runner-up Franziska Gritsch. Ester Ledecka, the double OIympic champion in skiing and snowboarding, placed third.TENNIS-OBIT-JEANNE EVERTJeanne Evert, former tennis pro and sister of Chris, diesDELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeanne Evert Dubin, a former world-ranked professional tennis player and a younger sister of 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, has died. She was 62. Evert Dubin died Thursday after a 2 1/2-year struggle with ovarian cancer, according to an online obituary posted by Lorne & Sons Funeral Home in Delray Beach, Florida, where she lived.One of five tennis-playing children raised by teaching pro Jimmy Evert and his wife, Colette, Evert Dubin had a standout junior career in which she was the nation’s top-ranked player in her age group.Evert Dubin turned pro in 1973 at age 15 after having already beaten established stars Rosie Casals and top-ranked Margaret Court. For two years, she teamed with sister Chris in doubles, and they were ranked as high as No. 4. Evert Dubin was the youngest to represent her country in Wightman Cup competition in 1973. She didn’t lose a match in helping the U.S. reach the Fed Cup final in 1974.She reached a career-high 28th in the world in 1978, when she retired from competition.A funeral will be Monday in Fort Lauderdale.last_img read more

Anna Shkudun’s knee problems led her to take on coaching

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Anna Shkudun walked off the court with tears running down her face. It was her final home match for Syracuse, and she had won.Behind all of the excitement and emotions after she clinched the win for the Orange in a 7-5, 6-2 win against Notre Dame on Sunday, one thought filled Shkudun’s mind: her future.Coming in to SU an experienced international prospect, Shkuden looked to a potential future as a professional player. In 2016, she became the first SU player invited to the NCAA tournament since 1996.But Shkudun dealt with pain in her left knee, leading to a surgery in November 2016. Shkudun, who still wears a knee brace during matches, struggled in 2017, posting a 2-13 singles record. Her dream of becoming a professional tennis player was crushed. To stay in the game, she decided to take up coaching.“Unfortunately, I do not have any components to help me play professionally because of my knee,” Shkudun said, “I would have to start everything from scratch, and I can’t do that anymore. I’m not the first singles player I was.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShkudun knew she wanted to spend the rest of her life around tennis, so she looked for other options. Shkudun was upfront with herself, she said, and made a personal decision to skip the professional tennis scene.“Coaching was my second plan,” Shkudun said, “I knew I wouldn’t play tennis my whole life anyways, so it’s just going to happen a little earlier than I expected.”Shkudun started to observe what it really takes to be a “good coach,” looking at what was working for her teammates and mixed the qualities of her coaches at SU to create her own coaching style. SU head coach Younes Limam brings more of a strategic approach to matches, while volunteer assistant coach Len Lopoo focuses on positive reinforcement to gear players in the right direction.Shkudun narrowed it down to four qualities: intensity, support, energy and positivity.“She’s gonna tell you not what you want to hear,” junior Libi Mesh said, “but what you need to hear.”The same authenticity that led Shkudun to bypass a professional career has rubbed off on her teammates. While Shkudun said she has to change her perspective from a collegiate tennis player to a coach, Mesh believes Shkudun acts as a player-coach for the team already.When Mesh first arrived to SU, the same year as Shkudun, Mesh struggled to cope with the new environment.“She made me realize to enjoy the little things in life,” Mesh said, “She cares so much and speaks from the heart. I can’t wait for her to continue it on.”After SU won against then-No. 3 Georgia Tech on April 1, Shkudun interviewed to coach at a tennis club outside of New York City. The meeting in Drumlins Country Club lasted more than two hours and she was ultimately offered a position to coach players of all ages. For the first part of the interview, Limam spoke on her behalf.“I just told them about how much she has a passion for tennis,” Limam said, “She doesn’t do it because she has to do it, so it was pretty obvious to support her on this decision.”As Shkudun’s tenure as a member of the Orange dwindles, the graduate student wants to leave her options open but knows tennis will be a part of her life for a long time. Though coaching was not her initial plan, Shkudun believes her decision is the right one.“I get to help people reach their potential, and I get to stay in tennis,” Shkudun said. “It’s everything I want.” Comments Published on April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more

Haley wins at Daytona after teammates crash on final lap

first_img Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Justin Haley won the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night after his teammates wrecked on the final lap.AJ Allmendinger was leading when Kaulig Racing teammate Ross Chastain tried to make a move on the inside. Chastain made contact with Allmendinger, turning him sideways and collecting both. Austin Cindric also was involved.Haley slipped through and took the checkered flag.“I hope we get some good ratings on that one,” Chastain said. “It’s terrible to run into your teammate like that. It must be my fault.”No doubt, and Chastain quickly realized that while watching a replay.“I hate it, man,” said Chastain, who is trying to get a full-time ride in the premier Cup Series. “It’s not going to help me moving forward. Coming to the checkered, what am I supposed to do? Finish second?”It was Haley’s second win of the season, both at superspeedways. He also picked up a victory in the Cup Series at Daytona last year, claiming a rain-shortened event.The Kaulig cars looked like the ones to beat over the final two stages. The only question was which one would end up in victory lane.It looked to be Allmendinger or Chastain over the final 20 laps, with Chastain fending off every challenge from Cindric and Chase Briscoe — the series’ top two cars all season.In the end, it was Haley — another shocker for him.Image credits: AP center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 07:52 IST Haley Wins At Daytona After Teammates Crash On Final Lap Justin Haley won the Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night after his teammates wrecked on the final lap First Published: 29th August, 2020 07:52 ISTlast_img read more