The Heroes and Leaders Among Us

The Heroes and Leaders Among Us

Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie Dunkirk, and it has me thinking about why a leadership title is not enough to guarantee that someone will, in fact, lead. The movie does a wonderful job of showing how in times of war, the uniform does not a leader make. Likewise, in […]

The Impact of Self-Control, and Lack Thereof

The Impact of Self-Control, and Lack Thereof

Saying that self-control is a positive character trait is, for most of us, an exercise in stating the obvious. Scientists, psychologists and philosophers have been extoling the virtues of self-control for… well, forever. Plato claimed that our very existence as humans consists of a constant struggle between our desires and our rationality, with self-control maintaining […]

Employee Recognition that Actually Means Something

Employee Recognition that Actually Means Something

Ok. I’m about to say something that might (or might not) be considered controversial. Don’t say I didn’t warn you… We are becoming a culture in which reflexive praise for doing the right thing (even sometimes the not-so-right thing) is commonplace. A growing number of people – you know them, I know them – expect a […]

The Impact of Curious Leaders

The Impact of Curious Leaders

A couple of weeks ago, in a post examining the skill of asking questions, I stated that knowing how to ask the right questions at the right time, and in the right way is one of the most important skills a leader can have. I think this is true. But why is it true? Perhaps because curiosity is an essential component […]

Setting Priorities

Setting Priorities

One of the biggest requirements of leadership today is knowing how to be effective in an environment of competing priorities and continuously growing demands. The challenge of balancing competing priorities can leave the best of us overwhelmed and exhausted. This has, perhaps, always been true. But, I can’t help but think that technology has made […]

How Well Do You Ask Questions?

How Well Do You Ask Questions?

“The quality of our questions determines the quality of our lives.” – Tony Robbins As leaders, it’s easy to feel like part of our job is to have the right answers, when it’s probably more important to have the right questions. Even though “Question Asking 101” won’t be found on the curriculum list of any […]

This Year’s World Conference May Be Over, But Its Impact Lives On

This Year’s World Conference May Be Over, But Its Impact Lives On

For the past few years, the Gary Plank Scholarship has allowed the Foundation to send four professionals to the World Credit Union Conference. Amongst other factors, the recipients were selected based on a demonstrated commitment to the credit union cooperative model and to further development within the international credit union system. This year’s conference was held in Vienna, […]