Four industry trends to shape your strategic priorities

first_imgDue to the rapidly evolving landscape, researching and analyzing various sources to compile reliable data and extract insights steals valuable strategic planning time. With so many competing priorities, it can be extremely challenging to identify where you should focus your efforts. Having an in-depth understanding of the factors influencing the credit union industry can make these tough decisions a little bit easier. Here’s a look at some trends you’ll want to understand.Invest in the employee experienceA great example of a critical trend is investing in the employee experience. At first glance, it may seem like less of a priority than some of the other items you need to tackle, but when you understand the connection the employee experience has to the member experience you may think twice about its role in your future plans.Collaboration is key to cybersecurity readinessYou probably already know how critical cybersecurity readiness is, but the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this concern even further. Credit unions creating a culture of sharing cybersecurity information can bolster preparedness and guard against threats old and new.The expanding gig economyThe gig economy generally refers to self-employed, freelance or independent workers paid by the task.  The pandemic has increased the challenges these workers face, such as declining income and lack of access to health insurance. Credit unions are well-positioned to improve these workers’ financial well-being and can do more through innovation and technology partnerships.Build an inclusive cultureAdvancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is more important than ever but requires a careful approach unique to each institution. Understanding how DEI supports your mission, attracting diverse talent and identifying internal inclusion champions will all be key factors to consider along your path to inclusion.Learn more at 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dayna Johnson Schmitt Dayna Johnson Schmitt is a Madison, Wisconsin based product manager with 15 years of experience.  As a CUNA product manager she has helped enhance CUNA’s strategic planning and compensation products. Web: Detailslast_img read more

NBA Coach of the Year race: The cases for four of the league’s top coaches

first_imgOFFSEASON PREVIEWS: Lakers | Knicks | BullsThere is obvious value in a coach that leads a team to the top seed in the conference. There is also the coach that takes his team to another level from the year before. And there is the coach that gets the most out of a roster with limited talent. These factors make the 2018-19 Coach of the Year race intriguing and unpredictable.A few NBA coaches have a case this season, but we’ve whittled it down to a final four. Let’s take a look at the argument for each coach winning the award.Mike Budenholzer, BucksCoach of the Year case: Budenholzer is no stranger to the award. He was the Coach of the Year in 2014-15 after leading the Hawks to the top seed in the East with a 60-22 overall record, but this might be his best coaching job yet.After a first-round exit at the hands of the Celtics in the 2018 playoffs, the Bucks decided Budenholzer was the right man to develop Giannis Antetokounmpo and push them to the next level. No one knew just how good this Bucks team could be, or what Antetokounmpo could do with a proper roster and strategy built around his game. Budenholzer hasn’t disappointed.Milwaukee’s offense has transformed under Budenholzer. Surrounding Giannis with shooters like Brook Lopez, Malcolm Brogdon, and Khris Middleton has allowed him to thrive and develop into a possible MVP. The Bucks are the third-most efficient offensive team after finishing 10th last season. They take the second-most 3-pointers in the league (up from 25th in 2017-18), and they’re top three in both field goal percentage and effective field goal percentage.MORE: Giannis surprised by Bucks’ sensational seasonDefensively, they have improved by leaps and bounds as well. Under Jason Kidd and Joe Prunty in 2017-18, the Bucks were 18th in defensive efficiency (109.1). They currently sit at the top of the league in that category (104.5). They are much less aggressive on the perimeter and prioritize protecting the paint. That has led to a boost in rebounding — Milwaukee went from dead last in defensive rebounding percentage last season (70.9) to second this year (75.4).It’s not always easy to judge a coach’s impact, but what Budenholzer has done for the Bucks cannot be overstated. He’s been Milwaukee’s best offseason acquisition. He took a team with potential and turned it into a title contender with the best record in the league. He certainly is deserving of his second Coach of the Year award.Doc Rivers, ClippersCoach of the Year case: Vegas had the Clippers’ over/under win total at 35.5. They are currently at 47 wins with four games left on their schedule. Proving the doubters wrong is often a tired cliche in sports, but that’s exactly what Los Angeles has done.The Clippers were only supposed to be rebuilding after the “Lob City” era and chasing free agents this summer. Competing in the stacked Western Conference seemed delusional. Sure, the roster had competent role players, but hardly anything approaching star status. (The one potential star the Clippers did have, Tobias Harris, was traded to the 76ers ahead of the February deadline.)And yet, here we are. The Clippers have a shot at 50 wins. They hold the sixth seed in the West, and they’ve become the best team in LA. Rivers, rightly so, is getting plenty of praise.This is the start.— x – LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 27, 2019MORE: Lou Williams is much more than Sixth Man of the YearNot long ago, Rivers’ time in LA seemed to be coming to an end. His role as president of basketball operations and head coach didn’t go as planned with a few roster-building misfires. But with the burden of personnel decisions no longer on his shoulders, Rivers has rediscovered his magic touch. He’s taken a team without a superstar and found a way to maximize this roster.Danilo Gallinari is enjoying a career year now that he is finally healthy. Lou Williams is going to win his third Sixth Man of the Year award. Montrezl Harrell has been a revelation, and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has thrived under the tutelage of the former point guard.To put it simply, Rivers has been masterful. He’s created a culture that preaches family and togetherness. If you’ve spent any time around the locker room, you know how much Rivers’ team loves him. The respect and trust in Rivers has resulted in a playoff berth — and maybe Rivers’ second COY trophy.Mike Malone, NuggetsCoach of the Year case: The Nuggets have morphed into one of the best teams in the West under Malone. They likely won’t take the top seed in the conference after losing to the Warriors on Tuesday night, but the fact that they were even in that position is its own accomplishment.The Nuggets have officially made “the leap.” They’ve easily surpassed last season’s win total, and Malone has overseen the impressive development of All-Star center Nikola Jokic. Malone has also been a major factor in the development of young guards like Jamal Murray, Monte Morris and Malik Beasley.The most obvious improvement has been on the defensive side of the court. Last year, the Nuggets struggled to stop anyone. They finished 23rd in defensive efficiency, just behind the lowly Knicks.MORE: Malone frustrated by mistakes in loss to WarriorsWhile the Nuggets aren’t going to blow anyone away with their defensive prowess, Malone has been able to make them respectable. They’re currently a top-10 team in terms of defensive efficiency, and Jokic in particular has made strides on that end. Denver has also jumped from the worst 3-point defense in the league last season all the way to second-best.Malone’s job hasn’t been easy. Denver has been bit by the injury bug throughout the season. Paul Millsap, Gary Harris and Will Barton have all missed significant time with injuries. Malone has been able to keep winning while waiting for his roster to get healthy.Denver could enter the postseason with a better record than every West team except the mighty Warriors. Malone deserves credit here.Nate McMillan, PacersCoach of the Year case: When Victor Oladipo was lost for the season in late January, the Pacers became an afterthought in the East. Without the services of their lone All-Star, Indiana was expected to slide down in the standings.Somehow, McMillan and Co. have been able to collect enough wins to have a fighting chance at home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Pacers share an identical record with the Celtics (46-32) in the fight for the fourth seed.They’ve done it with a starting lineup consisting of good-but-not-great players. Myles Turner, Darren Collison, Bojan Bogdanovic and Thaddeus Young aren’t stars, but they are typically reliable with effort and production. Domantas Sabonis, a Sixth Man of the Year candidate, and Doug McDermott have contributed off the bench.MORE: The story behind Pacers players appearing on “Parks and Recreation” The Pacers have remained competitive because of their defensive energy. They’re third in defensive efficiency, seventh in opponent field goal percentage and fourth in opponent turnovers. As FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring notes, this team has no problem with winning ugly.Though a deep playoff run seems unlikely, don’t count out the Pacers against a Celtics team that has been inconsistent. With Boston’s inability to find its rhythm and Indiana’s defensive pressure, the Pacers will have a fighter’s chance at advancing to the second round.Considering the Oladipo injury and a roster that is far from loaded, it would be quite the accomplishment. McMillan should be recognized for keeping his team afloat during a trying season. Every year around this time, NBA media types get the awards ballot in their inboxes. Voting for awards like MVP and Rookie of the Year is an inexact science, but there are certain guidelines to follow that can limit the pool of players and ultimately decide a winner.When it comes to Coach of the Year, however, the reasoning behind voting for a particular candidate can be murky.last_img read more


first_imgONE of Sligo’s most respected GAA referees has switched to Donegal after claiming the Sligo County Board treated him “like dirt.”St Molaise Gaels’ whistler Eugene MacHale, a former Mayo star, is furious after the Hearings Committee’s decision to reduce bans recommended by the Sligo Competitions Control Committee (CCC) and the board’s failure to appoint him to referee championship matches.MacHale is angry that the Hearings Committee rescinded the red card awarded to St Mary’s player Mark Breheny, one of the top forwards in the county. The former county star gave the interview to today’s Irish Independent here:   SLIGO GAA REFEREE SWITCHES TO DONEGAL IN ROW OVER APPEALS was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SLIGO GAA REFEREE SWITCHES TO DONEGAL IN ROW OVER APPEALSlast_img read more