The Photo – November 2013

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It’s all about the “fit” – get the absolute best out of employees!

first_imgIf you’re a sports fan like me, it’s interesting to see how players can struggle with one team, get traded to another, and all of a sudden blossom into a superstar. That process is especially maddening if a player started with your team and blossoms while playing for your rival! Often, the explanation for this occurrence is that he/she was a better “fit” with the new team.When thinking about it further, that player could’ve been a better fit with the new team’s coaching, system/style of play, or structure and discipline – in other words, they fit better with the culture. Additionally, the reference to fit could also apply to his/her new teammates or maybe a slight change in positioning – in other words, they fit better into a new role.Both of these issues – culture and role – are vital to your credit union’s ability to attract and retain the best talent … to produce your version of “superstars”!Before any long-term success can be attained, you need to do two things:Clearly define your desired culture. And be specific about the qualities you will demand in future employees who will perform within your culture.Identify the desired competencies for each role. Again, specificity is important but so is prioritization. Don’t create a list of 20 competencies; create a list of the most critical one or two.Consider the following retail examples and how they may apply to your organization:For their retail stores, Nike hires people who are passionate about sports. They may not be great athletes themselves, but they love sports, both as a player and fan. Are your employees passionate about working at the credit union and serving your members?Apple knows that most customers come into their stores with a tech problem – either their current tech isn’t working and/or they need new, better tech. As a result, the number one quality they look for in a retail associate is empathy. Your employees are tasked with solving member’s financial problems, too … is empathy the number one quality possessed by each employee?Regardless of the position, Disney says their candidates must immediately demonstrate friendliness in the interview process. If a candidate doesn’t freely and obviously smile, make eye contact, be genuinely warm, etc. they will not advance to a second interview (regardless of how much experience they have). Do your employees immediately and obviously demonstrate friendliness?Unlike other restaurants, Chick-fil-a does not look for previous experience in their recruiting process. In fact, they would prefer to hire someone who has never worked in fast-food before. They don’t want to break old habits; they want to shape new ones. How important is previous credit union or banking experience in your selection process?As each of these companies has done, your credit union should identify what’s most important to you and your culture. Then, once you’ve identified it, don’t waver from it – don’t give in to the temptation to hire someone who looks/sounds good but isn’t passionate or empathetic or obviously friendly. As an old boss used to tell me, “Your biggest fear will be an empty chair. But don’t make hiring decisions out of fear.” You only get one chance to fill that empty chair; make sure you do it right the first time by sticking to what you said is most important to your culture and organization.The retail examples above focus on the need for a strong culture fit; now let’s talk about the equally important need for position or role fit. In the sports analogy mentioned in the first paragraph, the new team wants to acquire a player who possesses the talents, skills, and competencies that are appropriate for the game plan they want to deploy – not what the other team(s) deploy. What game plan is your credit union looking to deploy?During a recent culture assessment with a client, we received the three following responses to survey questions:I enjoy the sales aspect of my job – 74% of member facing staff and 75% of branch managers could not agree with thisI enjoy the service aspect of my job – 89% of frontline staff agreed with thisI’m motivated by offering the right products and services to members – only 43% agreed with thisThink about the impact of this dynamic and how it would impact your credit union’s ability to execute your game plan. Largely, they have employees who do not like offering or selling products to members. Well, if their “game plan” is to become the PFI for their members, they have people who don’t fit. Conversely, if their game plan is be all about service, they may have the right people fit. At best, the wrong people-fit will restrict your ability to succeed; at worst, it will sabotage all other efforts to become top-of-wallet with your membership.There are various ways to address this issue of “fit” and there are multiple layers to it but here are four quick recommendations as you think about the culture you need to create for optimal success in 2021:Defining your culture fit and role fit is not something defined and executed by the HR exec only. This must be a collaborative process that is strategic in nature (especially the culture piece of it) and needs to be decided and supported by the entire executive/leadership team.When determining the role fit, be sure to recognize the various sales and service roles within your credit union and accept the fact that the primary talents, skills, and competencies are likely distinctly different for each role. (The top quality for a Call Center Rep is different than a Universal Banker, for instance.)Make the future process of recruiting and selection of talent a highly collaborative one. Yes, it is ultimately HR’s responsibility but everyone needs to play a role in making sure you get the right people for your culture and they get into the most appropriate roles.Referring back to the empty-chair metaphor above, be patient in your recruiting and selection process but also be proactive – seek out talent even when you don’t have an immediate need and when you do find the right fit, act swiftly to hire that person.It can be very challenging for most organizations to work through this process of defining your culture and role fits. Politics often get in the way; loud voices influence the final decision; execs can get distracted by chasing purple squirrels. If you need an outside, unbiased facilitator to keep you focused and lead you to a successful completion of this critical process, we can help. Please reach out to www.fi-strategies.com/contact-us. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Detailslast_img read more

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The car rental industry is looking for urgent measures to save jobs

first_imgPhoto: Pexels.com By the way, it is good to know that Rent-a-car annually orders about 15-18 thousand new vehicles, with a total purchase value of approximately 250,000.000 euros, which includes large amounts of paid VAT and PPMV, as well as vehicle registration. Rent-a-car activity is one of the most important business segments for leasing companies and insurers, and in the last ten years the rent-a-car industry is responsible for 30-45% of all newly registered vehicles in Croatia, which is again very important for the functioning importers, distribution, transport, service and repairs. The following 4 emergency measures are needed to preserve the car rental industry: Rent-a-car The HUP Coordination therefore proposes the adoption of urgent additional assistance measures for the sector, in order to ensure the retention of employees and the preservation of rent-a-car companies until the normalization of operations. Also, Petreski emphasizes that due to the suspension of tourist arrivals, they demand that the collection of rent for counters and parking spaces at airports be suspended. In the financial aid package, it is extremely important to present to the Government of the Republic of Croatia the real illiquidity of tourism in the first part of the year and the positive cash flow where possible surplus (profit) is realized only at the end of summer. waiting until September 2021 because other options are not realistic, he points out Mladen Petreski, President of Rent-a-car Coordination of HUP He adds: The car rental industry in Croatia generates as much as 90 percent of its rental income, and due to the crisis, the entire sector is completely blocked. Rent-a-car annually orders about 15-18 thousand new vehicles “The consequences of this crisis will be much deeper and more far-reaching than anyone could have expected. It is difficult to predict the beginning of the normalization of business in tourism, so it is necessary to plan a new set of measures as soon as possible so that the tourism-dependent sector can preserve jobs and welcome 2021.”Concludes Petreski. “We welcome the April package of Government measures that have brought major shifts and help for the economy. We expect that significant relief in the area of ​​parafiscal levies will be brought soon. As vehicles are our main means of work, it is important for our industry to relieve all vehicle-related benefits. Therefore, we hope to soon consider the proposal to postpone the obligation to register new vehicles and extend the validity of registrations during the time when the vehicles were out of order. Although Leasing is also included in the Government’s measures of moratorium and reprogramming, leasing obligations of leasing companies for now approve a delay of 3 months, which is not enough for our companies. It is necessary to ensure a moratorium of at least 18 months for the period of suspended revenues and low liquidity. ” The annual income of rent-a-car activities in Croatia is estimated at approx. 150,000.000 euros including VAT – most of the foreign currency collected directly from tourists and agents from abroad. Leasing moratorium should be agreed for a realistically feasible period of 18 months through changes in moratorium measures and loan repayment rescheduling of all those affected by the crisis Suspend the collection of rents at airports during the suspension of commercial flights and the percentage reduction after the start of passenger traffic (2019/20)Extension of the duration of vehicle registration for a period of 1 to 3 months as long as the vehicles are out of order and extension of the deadline within which a new vehicle must be registeredSuspension of payment of the RTV feelast_img read more

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Paternoster Square redevelopment under way

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Premier League may see reduced crowds into next year: Govt adviser

first_imgCalder added that experiments were being conducted to determine whether chanting and singing at stadiums might lead to a greater risk of virus transmission.”Now if there is no massive droplet spread we can keep within the social distancing that we’ve put down for … the Crucible and The Oval,” he said.”But if it is a problem, then we need to rethink the social distancing within the stadia, and that becomes very difficult.” Sporting venues in England are unlikely to get the green light to fill to capacity this year and the entire 2020-21 Premier League season could be played in front of reduced crowds, a senior government adviser has said.The British government announced plans this month to allow spectators at selected trial events to ‘stress test’ new guidelines.Cricket was the first sport to bring back spectators, with 1,000 fans watching a friendly between Surrey and Middlesex at The Oval on Sunday. The World Snooker Championship at the Crucible and the Goodwood horse racing festival are also pilot events. “I would be very surprised if we could get full stadia back this year,” James Calder, who was part of the cross-sport working group with government and health officials that laid down protocols on the return of sports, told the BBC.”Realistically I think it probably will need a vaccine and also a high take-up rate of that vaccine before we can really see full capacity stadia.”Calder said it was possible the new soccer season might be played in front of reduced capacities.”I think realistically we will be under scrutiny for the next year … and probably for the rest of the season,” he added.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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LIAT resumes normal flights

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, June 11, CMC — A huge fire swept through a hangar of regional carrier LIAT which is based at Antigua’s international airport, late on Sunday night and into early Monday, destroying one of the airline’s planes and briefly suspending flights at Coolidge, just east of here. But the airline said it expected all flights to operate normally on Monday from the VC Bird International Airport, which is also the main hub of its 21-destination network.It said the hangar was unoccupied at the time and no one was hurt in the explosion.“It is expected at this time that all flights will operate normally today (Monday),” LIAT spokesman Desmond Brown said in an update issued at 2.15 am. “A further update will be given at 10 am.”Residents in the area told the Caribbean Media Corporation they heard several explosions shortly before 10.30 pm (0230 GMT Monday) and saw smoke billowing from the facility, located at the airport’s eastern edge.It took more than three hours for firefighters and tenders from the airport and from stations around the island to contain the dangerous fire, as explosions continued to ring through the gutted hangar.Observer Radio, which is located at Coolidge Industrial Park just north of the airport, reported firefighters had been hampered by strong winds as they fought the blaze.Brown said the fire broke out in Hangar Number One, which sits adjacent to the runway, destroying the facility and the aircraft it housed, together with two office buildings. But he said neighbouring offices and the airline’s cargo facilities were not affected.The hangar, which sits on the site of LIAT’s original headquarters complex, is used for the maintenance of the airline’s fleet of 18 Canadian-made Bombardier Q-400 and deHavilland Dash-8 aircraft. The airline’s administrative office had shifted to another part of the airport.The destroyed plane, registration V2-LGH, is, at 21 years and three months, the oldest of three Dash-8s still in LIAT’s fleet. The plane was undergoing a routine maintenance check at the time, according to radio reports.“The company is working with the investigative authorities of Antigua and Barbuda as well as the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) to ascertain the cause of the fire,” the airline spokesman said in a statement.Most flights in LIAT’s network fan out in the early morning hours from LIAT hubs at Antigua’s VC Bird and Barbados’ Grantley Adams airports.The raging fire forced the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority to suspend operations at VC Bird until firefighters had managed to put it out and an initial assessment could be carried out.But Brown said the airport was expected to open later in the morning.The airline issued a public announcement it was calling out staff at Buildings One, Two, Three and Four at the LIAT Hangar to report the company’s Sealy Building head office at 8 am Monday.The fire comes as a blow to the 56-year-old island-hopping carrier, owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines, which has been saddled with financial and industrial relations problems over the years.Nation News 8 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional LIAT resumes normal flights by: – June 11, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Zidane set to offload four more Real Madrid stars

first_img Loading… Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is set to continue his policy of selling squad players ahead of the 2020-21 La Liga campaign. Brahim Diaz has already joined Serie A side AC Milan on a season long loan, with James Rodriguez set to join Everton in the coming days. However, as per the front page of Saturday’s edition of Diario AS, Zidane is aiming to raise up to €100m by offloading Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Mariano Diaz and Borja Mayoral. Reguilon has been linked with a move to Premier League side Manchester United, after returning from a season long loan spell at Sevilla in 2019-20. Diaz has been lined up to join Benfica on a 12 month loan, with Mayoral previously linked with Valencia, after spending the last two seasons on loan at Levante.Advertisement Read Also: Real Madrid deny splashing €160m to sign Hazard from Chelsea Bale’s future remains the most complex issue for Zidane to resolve in the coming weeks, with his agent Jonathan Barnett to discuss the Welshman’s future with Florentino Perez next week. The 31-year old still has two years to run on his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, however, Los Blancos are rumoured to be edging closer to allowing him to leave on a free transfer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content15 Photos Of Amazingly Beautiful MutationsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Mesmerizing Facts About Hypnosis11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise Youlast_img read more

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Woman Accused of Performing Illegal Sex Act on Robert Kraft Arrested

first_imgAccording to her arrest report, Mingbi was captured on video performing illegal sex acts on at least a half dozen other men.Mingbi is facing several charges including offering to commit prostitution and deriving support from prostitution.She appeared in Palm Beach County court Tuesday morning.One of two women, who Jupiter Police say provided sex acts to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, appears in court. @KChapmanCBS12 has the latest at noon. https://t.co/M2AZuMfGjK pic.twitter.com/naBJj3sod0— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) April 23, 2019 The Jupiter day spa worker accused of performing an illegal sex act on New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is under arrest.58-year-old Shen Mingbi was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday.According to the Jupiter Police Department, a hidden surveillance camera recorded Mingbi performing a sex act on Kraft at Orchids of Asia Day spa on Jan. 19. Afterward, he paid her and another spa worker, 39-year-old Lei Wang, in cash, police said.And prosecutors say they have the video to prove it and want a judge to make it public later this week.#BREAKING: Spa worker accused of performing sex act on Robert Kraft, others, arrested https://t.co/buABrD5Q4D pic.twitter.com/NKGyIu32Gl— WPTV (@WPTV) April 23, 2019 It is unclear if prosecutors are trying to flip Mingbi and have her testify against Kraft who has plead not guilty to misdemeanor solicitation charges and demanded a jury trial.last_img read more

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Okwoju, Adegboyega Shine at DOAM 2019 Championship

first_imgHe shot 71 net to upset the field that paraded more than 150 golfers at the one day competition, D. Mayer and S. Camatel finished in second and third spots respectively at the event. They returned 73 and 74 respectively at the charity event.This year’s tournament was heavily backed by an impressive lineup of individual and corporate donors/sponsors including; PricewaterhouseCoopers, Diamond Bank Plc, ARM Pension Managers, Radial Circle Group, Zenith Bank Plc, Providus Bank, Channels Television, Silverbird Television, Grand OAK, Cappa & D’Alberto, SPAR (Park N’ Shop), ExxonMobil, Fidelity Bank Plc, Victoria Crown Plaza, LG Electronics, Ikoyi Club 1938, Raddisson Hotel, and many more.Chairman DOAM Board of Trustee, Professor Obinna Chukwu said, the foundation has been with highest corporate governance in place to help put funds donated to judicious use.“We have reached over 79, 000 people in nine years of operation, and with support of donors and sponsors we hope to raise the bar for number of indigents we reach this year” he added.In the ladies category, Angela Adegboyega set the pace with 73 net score leaving N. Moka and Julianan Allangenyi to the pick the second and third place respectively.Peter Ebe-Spiff won the men’s gross prize while Rita Okafor won the ladies gross and Wahab Feshitan shot 76 net to pick the veteran’s prize.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Twenty-handicapper, Tony Okwoju at the weekend won the 2019 Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial Golf Championship concluded at the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony, Okwoju said the win was very emotional for him as he has followed the charity event since inception and has been a great supporter of the course the DOAM Foundation was set up to do.“It is interesting that things came together like this for me. I have always believed in the cause that this foundation was set up and I am one of the biggest campaigners for support for it. It is emotional for me to have this win” he said.last_img read more

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Road to Riches wins Lexus Chase at Leopardstown

first_imgThe festive meeting continued at Limerick today.Today’s returns….12.35 – won by no.6 Vercingetorix 4/5f1.05 – won by no.5 Dromnea 10/31.35 – won by no.6 Character Actor 12/12.05 – won by no.1 Kitten Rock 4/5 f2.35 – won by no.9 The Mad Well 8/13.05 – won by no.2 Don Vincenzo 10/13.35 – won by no.5 Ryback Jack 8/1 The eagerly anticipated race was won by Road To Riches at a price of 4/1 and trained by Noel Meade.  On His Own (14-1) was second and Sam Winner (7-1) third.Lieutenant Colonel won the Grade One Christmas Hurdle  for Sandra Hughes.  The 4-to-1 shot came home 3-quarters of a length ahead of Jessica Harrington’s ‘Jetson’. Today’s results…12.20 – won by no.3 Identity Thief 7/412.50 – won by no.15 Usuel Smurfer 20/11.20 – won by no.4 Le Vent D’Antan 7/4 f1.50 – won by no.Lieutenant Colonel 4/12.20 – won by no.4 Shemshal 4/1 f2.55 – won by no.8, Road To Riches 4/13.25 – won by no.5 Up For Review 9/10 flast_img read more

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