Conference Awash in Common Sense, Little Action
Credit union conferences are a curious thing. They’re great networking opportunities for executives and can provide education for those seeking it.
At CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference last week, Tom Peters was great as the crotchety old business guru telling credit unions what they need to do and not do. He appeared to relish the role and made some good points. I think he took everyone there down a notch without them knowing it when he essentially told attendees that they don’t work anymore.
So perhaps that is the takeaway from his session. You know you should take time to smell the roses, quit smoking, lose weight or whatever your sin, but most of the time people won’t. For example, I knew I shouldn’t have accepted two conference call invites on Credit Union Times’ production day because it ends up stressing me and others out (hat tip to Managing Editor Donald Shoultz), but I had to. At least in my own mind.
Many of us do these kinds of things all the time that we know are detrimental–common sense does not lead to common action. Would more people know about credit unions if more credit union professionals, volunteers and members talked about credit unions and in a more unified way? Of course. Do we? No. Why? The conference calls get in the way of the real work that needs to be done.