Hear from Jeff Rendel, president of Rising Above the Enterprises, about how credit unions can develop strategic thinkers. Jeff is a Missouri-favorite speaker and will host two sessions at the MCUA Convention & Expo in October. Click here to learn more and register.
By Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional and president of Rising Above Enterprises
The results are in and – to no one’s astonishment - strategic thinkers are respected as being among the most highly esteemed leaders. After investigating numerous leadership skills (such as communication, credibility, people skills, and a focus on results), a strategic attitude to leadership was many times more important than other leadership activities. Undoubtedly, strategic thinking and leadership is a differentiator.
Strategic thinking is not a detached process that happens once or twice each year at the All Managers Meeting or your strategic planning session. Strategic thinking is not a detached process that happens once or twice each year at the All Managers Meeting or your strategic planning session. Strategic thinking is a daily exercise where managers lean toward more than only what is required for the day; in its place, managers make choices today knowing full well the decision’s weight and effect on your credit union and its stakeholders in six months, one year, and three years.
So, how can credit unions develop strategic thinkers and leaders? How can you foster predictable strategic thinking all the way through your credit union? Build some or all of the following practices into your leadership actions and systems at your credit union.
Strategic thinking is a frame of mind and a set of practices. It asks you to ensure that your operational actions and high priority responsibilities are joined to your long-term vision and objectives. It’s often the difference between the run-of-the-mill and extraordinary credit union leader. More important, it keeps your credit union in the lead for your most important stakeholders – your colleagues, members, and communities.
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Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and president of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in leadership, sales, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates for more than 100 credit unions and their business partners.