The Tao of credit unionism

first_imgScott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: Details It’s easy to take a look at the world around us and see one huge, hot mess. Scroll social media or watch five minutes of the 10 o’clock news, and you’re quickly reminded that we live and work in a very chaotic time. Our society is polarized, politically and economically, and the shouting can be intense. The world itself seems to be falling apart through climate change and the hate-inspired philosophies of men.At the micro-level, many of us are running as fast we can, just trying to keep up. Despite the positive facades we try to project, we all have challenges that we’re dealing with. In a very connected world, many feel alone, undervalued, and struggle to find meaning in their lives. Take a deep breath. When we feel like we’re running faster than we’re able, or when we feel alone and don’t think we’re making a meaningful difference, we need to slow down, take a deep breath, and reground ourselves. For me, the meaning of my life is all mixed up into one great-big interconnected smorgasbord that includes faith, family, friends, and service to others. Each provides me with reassurance, guidance, and joy. I place my work with credit unions into the “service to others” category. This work is aligned with my values and gives me endless opportunities to stretch, grow, and find joy in the process. Some may categorize credit unions as an industry. Not me. I view credit unions as a purposeful movement towards financial inclusion and a better quality of life for the people and communities credit unions serve. Because I enjoy it so much, it isn’t work after all. I’m intentionally pursuing a path that includes my work with credit unions to gain opportunities to transform, leave things a little better than I found them, and to bring me joy. What path are you on?It IS possible to find joy in a chaotic world, and that includes your workplace. To do so, you need to find your purpose. Once you do, I believe it’s the pursuit of this purpose that generates the greatest joy. During my long credit union journey, I’ve worked with people who find joy in their work and those who are miserable. The most joyful people I know in the credit union space are those who have values congruent with their organization. In every case, these individuals are substantially engaged in work that fulfills them. They are learning, growing, and serving either coworkers, members, or communities they value. I find these people in credit unions of all shapes and sizes. Frequently, they’re working long hours with limited resources. They’ve discovered joy because they believe they are making a difference. They are busy, but they find ways to make extraordinary things happen. The unhappiest people I see are usually in toxic cultures or working in environments not aligned with their passion, strengths, or values. They may feel trapped because they need the income, or are afraid to change – but they’re not happy and not living their best life.As crazy as our world, life, and work environment can be, it’s still possible to find joy and fulfillment. I’m talking about more than a weekend getaway (or in my case, a day spent fly-fishing). Short-term escapes are great, but not enough in the long run. Pursue a path that is right for you, personally and professionally.“Far too many people spend a lifetime headed in the wrong direction. They go not only from the cradle to the cubicle, but then to the casket, without uncovering their greatest talents and potential.” – Tom Rath, StrengthsFinder 2.0Why it mattersCredit unions operate in fiercely competitive markets, with constantly evolving consumer needs in changing economic times. Only the most robust and most relevant (not biggest) will survive. Today, more than ever, millions of consumers need a financial advocate. As long as there are people who are overlooked or underserved, there will be a specific need for credit unions (small, medium, and large). Helping credit unions fulfill this need gives my life purpose – but it isn’t for everyone, and that is okay.If you’re the kind of person who thrives on helping others, the credit union movement has a place for you. Credit unions need people who will push hard, overcoming obstacles and challenges, and who can find innovative ways to help more people and achieve a more significant impact for their team, the members, and the communities they serve. This will require people on our teams who are internally motivated to stand up, raise their hands, get involved, and stick their necks out – then wake up and do it all over again the next day.Working together, we can find the Tao (way) of credit unionism and the meaningful difference it can make in our lives and in the lives of the people we serve. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfieldlast_img read more

Christmas emerges, keys Syracuse comeback past Carleton in 76-68 exhibition win

first_img Comments Rakeem Christmas watched Syracuse’s zone get tugged side-to-side and shot over. With the increasingly anxious Carrier Dome crowd and Jim Boeheim, he watched SU’s guards fail to get around screens and watched Carleton shooters bury 3s.Christmas saw the Ravens turn the Orange’s 2-3 zone inside out with passes from the baseline to players cutting to the basket he couldn’t protect. He was on the bench and in foul trouble.But when he returned to the floor after halftime, he never left. The holes in the Syracuse defense closed up and he filled the one in the middle. Christmas pushed the team out of a half-court game it was losing and into one of runouts and dunks that it won 76-68 in front of 7,812 on Sunday afternoon.And when the game did settle he fought for, demanded and fully deserved the ball. Mixing power moves with court vision, Christmas finished with 13 points — all in the second half — 3 rebounds and two assists while fueling a run past Carleton that SU hoped, then knew was coming.“Rak in the second half was just a totally different guy,” junior guard Michael Gbinije said. “We kept giving him the ball and he showed the physical beast that he could be.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 7:39 left in the game, Christmas lingered with two hands on the rim in front of the Syracuse bench, shouting along with the fans who cheered his two-handed dunk and the 62-58 lead it provided.Boeheim clapped too, as Christmas leapt from the hoop to get back on defense before the whistle blew for a media timeout. “So that kind of brought us down but we were still hype,” Christmas said.Carleton was done deflating the Orange. The Ravens only made one more 3 the rest of the game. Syracuse had gotten all the points it needed from its center.He’d already given SU the dominance in the paint it needed to tighten up its defense. And on offense he either heaved balls across the Carleton defense or barreled through it himself. Christmas drove from the right elbow, finished and drew a foul to close Carleton’s lead to 50-47 with 12:48 to play.“I mean when he’s going and he gets it down low, people have to respect him and cover him and it’s going to open up more for other players,” senior guard Trevor Cooney said. “In the second half he was excellent. That’s what we want out of Rak.”At halftime, Boeheim told his players to get the ball to Christmas in the post, where he was able to score and facilitate the offense.SU tied the game at 52 when Tyler Roberson buried a shot from just inside the right wing. Cooney got the assist on the play for handing the ball off to the sophomore forward, but the Ravens’ defense had been torn open by a pair of 20-foot passes between the Orange’s shooter and its big man. Christmas also found Ron Patterson for two 3s on a pair of skip passes.Cooney shot 0-for-6 in the game. Syracuse’s young guards could crash the boards and box out as best they could, but they couldn’t control the contest. Christmas took more drives to the hoop than Cooney and insisted on having the ball like no other player on the court.Without Christmas, SU was just playing out an exhibition. Christmas and the fast-break play gave the team a sense of comfort, Gbinije said. And with him, the Orange returned to running and winning.“Yeah, he was playing,” said Boeheim when asked what the biggest difference was for Christmas from the first half to the second. “He wasn’t sitting. It’s hard to score — I’ve never seen anybody score from sitting over there.” Published on November 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pulisic shines, Zardes responds as USMNT thrashes Trinidad and Tobago in Gold Cup

first_img TIMOTHY A. CLARY For the second straight Gold Cup match, the U.S. national team followed up a forgettable first half with a dominating second half, with Saturday’s thrashing of Trinidad and Tobago sending a clear message to the Gold Cup field that the defending champions are starting to find their way. After a largely lackluster first 60 minutes that lacked crisp passing and quality chances, the USMNT transformed into a totally different team in the second half, overwhelming the Soca Warriors, with Christian Pulisic leading the attack and Gyasi Zardes showing he can deliver goals that aren’t of the accidental variety.  The United States rattled off four goals in 12 minutes, blowing open a game that came close to being tied when Levi Garcia forced a diving save from Zack Steffen. Garcia’s chance was a last gasp for a Trinidad side that began losing its defensive shape and making mental mistakes, which opened the door for Pulisic and his teammates to run wild. “We wanted to put them under pressure the whole game and we knew that if we did that, and moved the ball quickly, we would wear them out,” said Pulisic. “They were very man-oriented and it was tough to break the lines, but we just said you have to keep moving and finding the right spaces and in the end we did a good job of that in the second half. “Obviously when you continue to do that the whole game, and you press them every time you lose the ball, it’s tough for them and they got tired,” Pulisic said. “You could see that, and we did that really well tonight.”MORE: Pulisic on transfer: Always had eye on PLSaturday’s rout, coupled with the 4-0 win over Guyana, has helped eased some of the concerns surrounding the USMNT after back-to-back friendly losses to Jamaica and Venezuela. “We weren’t ready to kill ourselves after the results in the two friendlies and we’re not ready to anoint ourselves champions of the world either,” Michael Bradley said. “This is still a work in progress. We feel good about the work that’s going into it. We feel like we’re on the right path. We feel like we’re building something that can continue to get better and better, but we understand these are all steps along the way.”  Much like they did against Guyana, the Americans turned on the style after halftime, and Saturday’s transformation was even more dramatic. The second half was everything the first half wasn’t for the Americans, with Pulisic, Arriola and Tyler Boyd stretching the Trinidad and Tobago defense, and Zardes finishing off a pair of chances to spark the romp.GOLD CUP 2019: Boyd makes statement in rout of GuyanaPulisic settled into a groove in the second half, giving the Soca Warriors fits with his movement and quickness. He set up a pair of goals and contributed a goal of his own to propel the Americans to their biggest blowout in Gold Cup history, 6-0. “That’s why Chelsea paid $60 million for him,” Trinidad and Tobago coach Dennis Lawrence said. “Because we kept him quiet for 65 minutes and then he found a way.” Saturday marked Pulisic’s best national team performance in two years and easily his best under Berhalter, with the former Dortmund man showing what he can do in Berhalter’s system, which is dominate. “What we’re doing is trying to put him in position where he can do exactly that,” Berhalter said. “The structure around him accommodates him being flexible and he can go wide, he can come inside. He can create space for himself. We can use the striker to get him the ball, bouncing it back to him. “That’s what we’re trying to do, and the reason we’re trying to do that is because he has these game-changing abilities and you saw that tonight,” Berhalter added. “Very fluid with his movement, dynamic, able to take players on, good ball security, and today was great because the final product was there also, which is always important for attacking players.”  The Americans head into their group finale against Panama on Friday with momentum, with Pulisic rounding into form, a defense that hasn’t allowed a goal yet, and a group that is adapting to Berhalter’s system. “What we’re seeing is the team is getting confident, and we’re getting fit and that’s important,” Berhalter said. “I classify today as a good game. We still know there’s a lot we can improve on and we want to keep progressing as this tournament goes.” “The first two games have been good, but they’re just the start,” Bradley said. “We understand that as the tournament goes on games get harder, things get more competitive, and the level from everybody has to go up.”last_img read more

Official Presentation: Zukanović Reveals Why he has Chosen Serie A

first_img(Source: Sport Centar) The Chievo team from Verona officially presented  yesterday the Bosnian stopper Ervin Zukanović.Our player said at this presentation that it was the right time to change the scenery and explained why he chosen Serie A as his next stop.“I have been playing in Belgium for the last five years, it was time for me to leave that country because I felt I had the need for new challenges. My style of playing suits the Italian Championship. I am an intelligent player, I like to play with the ball, I have a good left leg and that’s it. Serie A is one of the strongest leagues in Europe. I have lots of friends who play in Italy so I know a lot about the league.” – said Zukanović.last_img