Leadership is, at times, an honor, a burden, a privilege, a headache, a riddle, a mirror, a crisis, and a joy. Sometimes it’s two or more of these at the same time.But leadership is first, foremost, and always, a responsibility.A responsibility to whom? Ask any good leader, and they’ll tell you that they have, broadly speaking, three constituencies:1. Their teamWhen a leader is responsible to the team, that leader:communicates a clear and compelling direction for the team;shares the credit with the team for all successes;accepts the responsibility for all “failures;”treats team members as individuals;creates a context where team members can grow and develop their potential.2. Their organizationA leader is responsible to the organization that employs him or her, no matter whether that employment is paid or voluntary. This means that the leader:delivers results that drive the organization forward;acts in a way that presents the organization in the best possible light;makes decisions and takes actions that support the long-term success of the organization;communicates honestly with others within the organization, even when — in fact, especially when — the information is negative or otherwise uncomfortable;realizes that his or her employment represents an investment by the organization, and always makes sure that the return on that investment is greater than the cost.3. Their communityCorporate social responsibility is becoming more and more important, particularly to the millennials who comprise the workforce and the customer/member base. Because of this, a responsible leader:actively looks for ways that the goals of the organization intersect with the goals of the community (and that community can be local, regional, national, or global);understands that the organization is, in a sense, a “citizen” of the larger community, and strives to make sure that it’s a good citizen;recognizes that when you’re in a community, it really sucks when one of your neighbors is a jerk — so a good leader tries very hard to not be a jerk;supports the larger community through sponsorships, scholarships, and/or other outreach opportunities;asks not just, “Is this good for my organization?” but also, “Is this good for my community?” when making decisions (and, again, “community” can be local, regional, national, or global).That’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s not always possible to deliver on all the implied promises. Sometimes one responsibility ends up being in conflict with another, and the leader has to make a decision. But then, that’s what leaders do, don’t they? They make decisions.The big picture here is that I want you to take your credit union leadership seriously. It’s not just about getting your reports done on time. That’s management. Leadership is something bigger.Yes, it’s a responsibility. But try changing the word “responsibility” to “opportunity.” As a leader, you have an opportunity to make a difference. To your team, to your organization, and to your community. That’s the foundation on which credit unions are built.I think that’s pretty cool. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Details
The first digital Zagreb tourist tour was launched in the Zagreb Technology Park, which presents the city’s offer and sights to tourists as a journey through time, with the help of modern augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies.During the tour, visitors will witness the intertwining of the city’s past and present with the help of a tablet that becomes their “Time Machine” and allows tourists to peek into the past through a “digital window” and see otherwise invisible urban legends and historical events.Gemification is the future recognized by the world’s largest companies, including the Zagreb Time Travel team. As part of this application, tourists will collect points by solving historical questions and interesting puzzles while learning about the city through the game. Guides through the city in the first tour are famous women from the history of Zagreb (Manda, Mrs. Šenoa, godmother Barica, witch Barica Cindek, writer Marija Jurić Zagorka, literary character Dora Krupićeva, Black Queen, etc.). Also, they will be able to find out many interesting facts about the city and take attractive photos with historical figures and unique Zagreb backgrounds that they can share on their social networks and thus become promoters of our city. The press conference was led by the most famous godmother from Dolac – Barica and the most famous Zagreb writer – Marija Jurić Zagorka. For this occasion, they ‘came to life’, as befits the presentation of an application that revives the history of the city. “This project aims to show how creativity can be achieved in Croatia with creativity, dedicated work and effort, and that one should believe in one’s dreams and success will not be lacking.”Said the founder of Zagreb Time Travel, Kata Barišić, a successful long-term entrepreneur and owner of the PokloniMe web shop.The project won an award in 2016 as part of Startup Factory Zagreb, and was recognized and co-financed by the Zagreb Tourist Board. Also, he won the first prize in the category “Entrepreneurship” within the competition # MojZabaStart2017, as well as the public award, which made us especially happy. “After Zagreb we plan to design routes for other Croatian and world cities”Concludes Kata Barišić.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”The Zagreb Time Travel application is available on a tablet, and the mobile application will offer discounts and recommendations for museums, hostels, restaurants and the like. The first tour is available in Croatian and English and can be booked at www.zagrebtimetravel.com at a price of 30Euros for up to 3 people.Thus, Zagreb is richer for another great tourist story.
And for many of the iPhone’s early adopters, money is not and never was an issue. They were after the gratification of knowing they were among the first owners of something that was cool, even revolutionary. “If they told me at the outset the iPhone would be $200 cheaper the next day, I would have thought about it for a second – and still bought it,” said Andrew Brin, a 47-year-old addiction therapist in Los Angeles. “It was $600 and that was the price I was willing to pay for it.” Jobs said Apple will hand out $100 credits for Apple’s retail and online stores to any iPhone owners who aren’t eligible for a rebate under the company’s refund policy. The policy covers those who bought their phones within 14 days of the price cut. An Apple spokeswoman said the company did not have an estimate of how much the credits would cost Apple. Enjoying that period of being among the first – before the price drops and the product reaches the masses – is part of the pleasure, Brin and others say. And in much of the tech world, the usual expectation is that six months will pass before there’s a major price cut and a year before a next generation of the product – usually an improved version – appears. The looks of envy and attraction are an elixir. “It’s better than a dog, if you want to meet people,” Brin said of his iPhone. Jack Shamama of San Francisco, who was among the thousands nationwide who lined up for iPhones on the day they first went on sale, said he got some smug text messages and phone calls from friends on Wednesday after Apple announced the price cut. But Shamama is taking the price cut in stride, saying such cuts are the wages of being an early adopter. Gadgets – and food – are the 33-year-old online marketing consultant’s splurges. “It’s the equivalent of having that season’s handbag,” said Shamama, who goes through cell phones as quickly as some people do shoes, comfortably shelling out hundreds of dollars per handset every six to eight months. He’s got a collector’s item in one of the first Palm Pilots. And, even though he didn’t even want one at first, he felt compelled to buy a Nintendo Wii game system last November – paying a friend of a friend $400 to get the $250 machine – after he heard how scarce they were. Shamama bought the BlackBerry Pearl – another trendy smart phone – only months before the iPhone was unveiled. “My biggest fear with any product is that it’s going to become obsolete, and that isn’t what happened this time,” Shamama said. Jobs was talking the same way immediately after the iPhone price cut was announced Wednesday. In an interview with USA Today, Jobs tartly rebuffed criticism about whether Apple’s most die-hard fans would be miffed. IPhone owners who bought their device that morning “should go back to where they bought it and talk to them,” he said. “If they bought it a month ago, well, that’s what happens in technology.” Jobs apparently had a change of heart. The company is making the right decision by lowering the iPhone price, he said in his letter Thursday, but needs to “do the right thing for our valued iPhone customers.” “(W)e need to do a better job taking care of our early iPhone customers as we aggressively go after new ones with a lower price,” he said. “Our early customers trusted us, and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like these.” Analysts said Thursday that Jobs erred by initially dismissing the gripes of people who bought iPhones early, many of whom are Apple loyalists who felt insulted they were being overlooked in the company’s zeal to sell to a broader audience. “In the course of a day, he probably got an earful and a better sense of the extent of the discontent on the part of these very, very loyal customers,” said Charles Golvin, an analyst with Forrester Research. “On second and third thought, he realized these were probably the customers you most want to make sure are satisfied and retain a very positive impression about Apple overall, not just the iPhone.” Under Apple’s refund policy, customers who bought an iPhone within 14 days of the price cut can get a refund of the price difference if they have the original receipt. Those who haven’t opened the phones can return them for a full refund. The price cut – and the phaseout of the 4-gigabyte iPhone, which retailed for $499 – came less than 10 weeks after the two products hit the market June 29 and angered some iPhone users. Investors were also rattled by the news, sending Apple’s shares down a total of more than 6 percent over the past two days, a drop that has wiped out about $8 billion in shareholder wealth. Apple’s stock closed Thursday at $135.01. Some worry that Apple is cutting the price to make up for waning demand, a concern Apple countered by saying the device is now affordable to more people and has the potential to be a blowout seller this holiday season. Apple has said it’s on track to sell 1 million iPhones by the end of the current quarter.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs apologized and offered $100 credits Thursday to customers who shelled out $599 for the most advanced model of the iPhone this summer, only to have the company unexpectedly slash the price $200 in a push to boost holiday sales. In a letter on the company’s Web site, Jobs acknowledged that Apple disappointed some of its customers by cutting the price of the iPhone’s 8-gigabyte model and said he has received hundreds of e-mails complaining about the price cut. Jobs added that “the technology road is bumpy,” and there will always be people who pay top dollar for the latest electronics but get angry later when the price drops. “This is life in the technology lane,” Jobs said.