Duties, decisions, and direction: A timely focus for board agendas

first_img“We are not reverting to our packed agenda of old. Our spell as a ‘Virtual Board’ helped us enhance oversight, reduce our schedules, streamline presentations, hold healthier discussions, and make improved decisions. Going back to the way it was would be a disservice to our CEO, members, and fellow Board members.” So went the words from the Chair of a multi-billion-dollar credit union.Like everyone else, credit union boards had to adapt swiftly when in-person meetings were limited due to state and local restrictions on gatherings. “At first, we tried to execute a typical agenda in a conventional fashion in an unusual way (Zoom). It was a calamity from the start. While we mastered the intricacies of video conferencing, our attention was focused on working through agenda items versus making essential decisions. We had to focus on what we needed to know, decide upon, and approve for our CEO to lead the credit union.”As the credit union made its way back to in-person Board meetings and an annual planning session, the old agenda remained behind. In its place was a new focus for Board agendas – duties, decisions, and direction. Duties were all things fiduciary – financial, policies, CEO oversight, exceptions, etc. As for decisions, the Board asked the CEO to only bring items to the Board agenda that required a vote of the Board or where the CEO wanted the Board’s input on a decision he would ultimately make. All other matters could be captured through pre-work, the consent agenda, file sharing, and a message board/portal for the Board and CEO. Matters of direction would be considered during quarterly strategic updates and semi-annual strategic enhancement dialogues (if necessary).“Our Board meeting time was cut in half, but we expanded productivity. What used to be a sacred item of interest or a legacy report proved to be operational and not necessary for effective governance. As our ability to reconvene in person came about, our Board was unanimous in that it would not regress to our former model. ‘Duties, Decisions, and Direction’ would drive our agenda. ‘Details’ would be left to Management. We rapidly became a better Board for our CEO and he a more valuable leader for our members’ credit union.”As your Board begins to physically meet again, consider how one sizable credit union rethought how it could be more effective in governance. With thorough preparation and dedication to a focused and intentional agenda, your Board can build healthier dynamics around the Board table, even if that table remains virtual for now. Where your meetings may be to the point, they will be revitalized and more successful. The new accomplishments you experience as a team will produce an even stronger partnership with your CEO. As a Board: commit to your duties; aim to design meetings around important decisions; and, periodically evaluate how your credit union is moving in the direction that will best serve its members. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Detailslast_img read more

Emiliano Martinez wanted by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery at Villarreal

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Sep 2020 9:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Advertisement Emiliano Martinez has attracted attention across Europe (Picture: Getty Images)Villarreal manager Unai Emery is hoping to raid former club Arsenal for goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who is undecided over his future at the Emirates.The 28-year-old has been at Arsenal since 2010 but has largely been an understudy or out on loan, playing for six other clubs on short-term deals.However, he was given the chance to play regularly after the coronavirus hiatus, due to an injury to first choice Bernd Leno, and he grabbed it with both hands.The Argentine was in excellent form as Arsenal hit their stride towards the end of the campaign, winning the FA Cup and he remained in goal to win the Community Shield last week, despite Leno being back fit.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGunners boss Mikel Arteta now has a big decision to make between keeping faith in Martinez or handing Leno the gloves. It has now reached a situation that neither would be happy to accept the role of understudy to the other, so one is likely to leave before the end of the transfer window.If Leno returns to the starting XI then Emery is keen to take Martinez to Villarreal, reports the Telegraph, where he works with goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia, who was also with Emery and Martinez at Arsenal.Schalke have also been credited with an interest in Martinez, as have Aston Villa so he is not short of options if he decides to bring his long spell in north London to an end.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAfter his lengthy service to the club, the Telegraph reports that Arsenal may be willing to accept as little as £7m for the goalkeeper, despite still having two years left on his contract.This would only be if Martinez makes it clear he wants to leave, though, as Arsenal would rather keep hold of the impressive stopper and are keen for him to sign a new deal.Arteta wants to keep hold of both ‘keepers and see them compete for the number one spot.‘I’m delighted to have both of them,’ the Spaniard said before the Community Shield. ‘But they both know that on the first day of pre-season, you start again and fight for your place and show us who is the one that deserves the chance to start. Advertisement Emiliano Martinez wanted by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery at Villarreal Bernd Leno suffered a serious knee injury in June (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)‘I don’t want to keep them both happy, I want the one that is not playing to be upset. ‘But upset and then challenge the next player to make him better, or if not, earn his place to do that. It’s not easy to do that. ‘I personally don’t see any different with goalkeepers to full-backs. They know that, I’ve been really clear with them and hopefully they can make each other better and hopefully the team better.’MORE: Paris Saint-Germain submit £30m offer for Arsenal star Hector BellerinMORE: Mesut Ozil sends class message to Arsene Wenger after huge offer to leave ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Proclaims Equal Pay Day in Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Press Release,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – With today symbolizing how far into the year women must work to earn the same as men earned in 2017, Governor Tom Wolf declared today to be Equal Pay Day in Pennsylvania.“It should be unacceptable to all of us that women do the same job and make the same contributions as men but make 20 percent less,” Governor Wolf said. “For women of color, the gap is even larger. Over a 40-year career, pay disparity can cost a woman $400,000, harming her standard of living and negatively affecting her retirement security.“Equal pay for equal work is fundamental to Pennsylvania’s economy and the core of who we are as a commonwealth. We cannot wait any longer. We must level the playing field so that all workers get a fair wage for their work, both for the women of today and for future generations.”You can view the full proclamation here. Governor Wolf Proclaims Equal Pay Day in Pennsylvaniacenter_img April 10, 2018last_img read more

QLD Reds star James O’Connor on his new Brisbane home

first_imgUnique is best. Where do you live and why? James O’Connor attempts to break away from the defence during the round 1 Super Rugby AU match between the Queensland Reds and the NSW Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on July 03. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images.QUEENSLAND Reds flyhalf James O’Connor recently moved to Brisbane from the Gold Coast, where he has put his family home on the market.The 30-year-old rugby union star has made a stellar comeback to the game, helping Queensland break an 11-match, seven-year drought at Suncorp Stadium last Friday night when they beat NSW 32-26 in the opening match of Super Rugby AU. Auchenflower, because it’s close to the city and so easy to jump on the Pacific Highway and get down to the Gold Coast. Plus, it still has that small suburb feel. It’s a renovated old Queenslander, with high ceilings and a very open floor plan.It also has great city views and gets a nice afternoon breeze. Queensland Reds rugby star James O’Connor at his family home which he is selling at Paradise Point. Picture: Nigel Hallett. What would you change about your home? What is the best thing about your suburb? More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIt’s walking distance to anything you need. I have cafes, shops, parks, a dog park, the stadium and public transport all on my door step. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? What do you love about your home? What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned/best advice you’ve been given when it comes to property? I’m in the process of making it more private.I really want to create an almost forest feel, with a lot of big trees and plants, and bamboo to give it a really protected vibe. I’d love to get some property in the hinterland, where I could have running water, grow my own food and have access to a national park off it, possibly. last_img read more

Batesville I-74 overpass closed for further inspection

first_imgBatesville, In. — Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation say the Lammer Pike Overpass at I-74 will be closed until a load test can be performed. Officials closed the bridge on Friday following a routine structural inspection.last_img

New champion Ellis in Home Internationals squad

first_img New English champion Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI) has been selected in the England squad for the Home Internationals at Glasgow Gailes Golf Club in Scotland on 15th – 17th August.He is one of five new caps along with Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Jamie Rutherford (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), and Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC, Wiltshire).The rest of the squad that will defend the Raymond Trophy is: Jack Hiluta (Chelmsford, Essex), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire), Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) and Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey).Ellis (image © Tom Ward), who won’t turn 17 until next month, won the English Amateur Championship at Silloth-on-Solway in Cumbria last weekend, beating Lancashire’s Henry Tomlinson 2 and 1 in a weather-protracted 36-hole final.He was capped at under 16 level and although a member of the England boys squad, now steps up to a full international. A former Hampshire junior champion, this year he has finished fifth in the McEvoy Trophy and equal sixth in the South East boys qualifying.Crookall-Nixon’s selection comes just 13 weeks after he was injured in a car accident in his native Cumbria and follows his quarter final defeat by Ellis in the English Championship. The English under 16 champion in 2008 and 2009, he was also an under 16 cap and finished fourth in last year’s Brabazon Trophy.Kimsey, 19, steps up from a boy international, while he has also represented GB&I against Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy. Winner of the McEvoy Trophy in 2011 which saw him finish fourth in the Titleist/FootJoy English Boys Order of Merit, this year he has won the Darwin Salver and finished third in the South East of England Links Championship while reaching the semi-finals of the English Amateur.Rutherford, 20, earns his first international call at any level having won the County Champions tournament in 2011. This year, he finished third in the Brabazon Trophy, winning the Henriques Salver for the lowest aggregate for a player aged under 20, and fourth in the South of England Open Amateur as he did last year.Smith, 19,  also earns his first international honour having been a member of the victorious Wiltshire team in last year’s County Championship finals at Ganton. In successive weeks last month he finished joint runner-up in the Chiberta Grand Prix and tied fifth in the Biarritz Cup and was beaten by Ellis in the English Amateur semi-finals.Hiluta, 23, made his full England debut against France in May, having earlier won the Spanish Amateur, while Porteous, 22, joint seventh in the Brabazon Trophy, reached the last 16 of the English Amateur.Raymond, 26, has been an England regular since his debut against Spain in 2011. He has won the Brabazon Trophy for the past two years and just failed to add the English title last week, losing in the quarter finals. Last winter, while in Australia, he won the New South Wales Medal.Shinkwin, 19, won all four of his games on his full England debut against France in May. A semi-finalist in last year’s English Amateur, in 2012 he has won the Hampshire Hog, finished equal third on the Berkhamsted Trophy and tied fifth in the Darwin Salver.Stow, 20, another member of Wiltshire’s winning County Championship team, debuted in last year’s Home Internationals and was runner-up in the County Champions tournament. He finished seventh in the Scottish Stroke Play, ninth in the Brabazon Trophy and won the individual competition at the recent European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland.White, 21, was another to make his full England debut against France in May having been a boy cap. This summer, he has won the Berkshire Trophy, the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate score from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies, and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur.England has won the last three Home Internationals matches. 8 Aug 2012 New champion Ellis in Home Internationals squad last_img read more

ThurstonTalk’s Favorite Features From This Week – 6/9/12

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Sunday morning is great for many things – lazy lounging, hot breakfasts, steaming coffee, and catching up on your favorite sources for content.  ThurstonTalk’s Sunday Summary ensures that you don’t miss any of our high profile content from the week.  Read positive information about people, businesses, and organizations doing good things in Thurston County.Start off your Sunday with ThurstonTalk.How They Do It: Ostrom’s Has Been Cultivating Nutritious, Delicious Mushrooms Since 1928I am a frequent mushroom consumer and was fascinated by the growing process.  Seriously, I had no idea and I pride myself on ‘knowing where my food comes from’.  Read up on Ostrom’s, our local mushroom growers.Robots Rule at STEM Robotics 101 CompetitionSo, not only do I not know how commercial mushrooms are grown, but I also have no knowledge of what it takes to build or program robots.  But, a slew of talented middle school students taught me.  Learn about their successes at the STEM Robotics Competition.  I can guarantee you will be impressed.Alumni Soccer Tournament Brings Olympia Community TogetherOnce you are done with your Sunday morning education, be inspired by local athletes who joined together in an alumni soccer tournament to benefit Friends of Mia, a local non-profit focused on offsetting health care costs for families affected by childhood cancer.Watch for our Sunday Summary next week.  In the meantime, be sure to follow us on Facebook to keep in touch with all the amazing stories from our community.last_img read more