July 31, 2006


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  • Your article is extremely provoking and forward thinking in the attempt to get CU’s to cooperate together for the interest of the members. However, I find it somewhat concerning when I read your following comments; 2) a dedication to member interest above institutional and staff interest; How can dedication to member interest be placed above dedication to staff interest result in success? Without solid management teams, knowledgeable frontline employees, and future-thinkers it would not matter how cooperative you are with other CU’s or the amount of member focused interest you claim to present. I find it interesting that contained in the majority of CU’s mission’s statements is a lot of verbiage about the members with little or no acknowledgement of employees. To grow any successful healthy company you must start within. If your employees are “Truly” happy and your company is “Employee Focused” then that reflects outward to the membership thus equating to more deposit, loan, and membership growth. Let’s think for a moment about an Oak tree. The trunks of the Oak tree are the employees while the leaves, which come and go with the seasons, are the members. Although extremely important and necessary to gather nutrients and light the leaves over time will fall and new ones will replace them. The trunk, if solid and healthy will last for 100’s of years. By being “Employee Focused” you can insure that your future will be bright and achieving success in a CUSO or other cooperative venture will be effortless.
    Anonymous
     
     
     
  • Your article is extremely provoking and forward thinking in the attempt to get CU’s to cooperate together for the interest of the members. However, I find it somewhat concerning when I read your following comment; 2) a dedication to member interest above institutional and staff interest; How can dedication to member interest be placed above dedication to staff interest result in lasting success? Without solid management teams, knowledgeable frontline employees, and imminent-thinkers it would not matter how cooperative you are with other CU’s or the amount of member focused interest you claim to bestow. I find it remarkable that contained in the majority of CU’s mission’s statements is a lot of verbiage about members with little or no acknowledgement of employees. To grow any successful vigorous company you must start within and resume that focus. If your employees are “Sincerely” jovial and your company is “Employee Focused” then that reflects outward to the membership thus equating to more deposit, loan, and membership growth. Let’s think for a moment about an Oak tree. The trunks of the Oak tree are the employees while the leaves, which come and go with the seasons, are the members. Although extremely important and necessary to gather nutrients and light the leaves over time will fall and new ones will replace them. The trunk, if solid and healthy will last for 100’s of years and produces numerous more limbs and leaves. By being “Employee Focused” you can insure that your future will be bright and achieving success in a CUSO or other cooperative venture will be effortless.
    Anonymous
     
     
     
  • Your article is extremely provoking and forward thinking in the attempt to get CU’s to cooperate together for the interest of the members. However, I find it somewhat concerning when I read your following comments; 2) a dedication to member interest above institutional and staff interest; How can dedication to member interest be placed above dedication to staff interest result in success? Without solid management teams, knowledgeable frontline employees, and future-thinkers it would not matter how cooperative you are with other CU’s or the amount of member focused interest you claim to present. I find it interesting that contained in the majority of CU’s mission’s statements is a lot of verbiage about the members with little or no acknowledgement of employees. To grow any successful healthy company you must start within. If your employees are “Truly” happy and your company is “Employee Focused” then that reflects outward to the membership thus equating to more deposit, loan, and membership growth. Let’s think for a moment about an Oak tree. The trunks of the Oak tree are the employees while the leaves, which come and go with the seasons, are the members. Although extremely important and necessary to gather nutrients and light the leaves over time will fall and new ones will replace them. The trunk, if solid and healthy will last for 100’s of years. By being “Employee Focused” you can insure that your future will be bright and achieving success in a CUSO or other cooperative venture will be effortless.
    Anonymous
     
     
     
  • Your article is extremely provoking and forward thinking in the attempt to get CU’s to cooperate together for the interest of the members. However, I find it somewhat concerning when I read your following comments; 2) a dedication to member interest above institutional and staff interest; How can dedication to member interest be placed above dedication to staff interest result in success? Without solid management teams, knowledgeable frontline employees, and future-thinkers it would not matter how cooperative you are with other CU’s or the amount of member focused interest you claim to present. I find it interesting that contained in the majority of CU’s mission’s statements is a lot of verbiage about the members with little or no acknowledgement of employees. To grow any successful healthy company you must start within. If your employees are “Truly” happy and your company is “Employee Focused” then that reflects outward to the membership thus equating to more deposit, loan, and membership growth. Let’s think for a moment about an Oak tree. The trunks of the Oak tree are the employees while the leaves, which come and go with the seasons, are the members. Although extremely important and necessary to gather nutrients and light the leaves over time will fall and new ones will replace them. The trunk, if solid and healthy will last for 100’s of years. By being “Employee Focused” you can insure that your future will be bright and achieving success in a CUSO or other cooperative venture will be effortless.
    Anonymous
     
     
     
  • I agree with your opinion that we must cooperate more than ever before. It is the only way the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts. We have some real innovation occurring, but none of us is big enough or smart enough to do it all ourselves. One step might be to promote the documenting and sharing of individual CUSO stories, both successes and failures. I think sometimes ego/ambition gets in the way of this- at least it has for me in the past! Your point that it is important to quantify results is right on, but too narrow. We need to document our CUSO experiences and innovations, then share them among our colleagues in an unvarnished way. I think this needs to include financial ROI as you point out, and also Return to Members (RTM??) and maybe Return to Employees (RTE??)In doing so, all stakeholders of our CU movement stand to benefit.
    Steve French
     
     
     
  • Bravo!
    Anonymous
     
     
     
 
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