Four questions to ask your next strategic planning facilitator

first_imgWhen strategically planning your financial institution’s future, credit unions and banks often bring in outside facilitators to help them. It is too difficult to navigate potential pitfalls and you never want one person to dominate the meeting. There is just something magical about having an outside perspective help you facilitate your strategic planning process.However, successful planning is not just having anyone facilitate your session. Successful planning is having the right person that matches your unique situation.Many times, a potential partner will ask you several exploratory questions to learn more about your institution. It’s best if you turn the tables and ask them some questions as well. However, rather than focusing on traditional inquiries like price and testimonials, you should make some deeper level queries.Here are four questions you should ask any potential strategic planning facilitator:What book are you currently reading?—This quickly tells you if they are spending time learning. You want a facilitator who is familiar with current business models and strategies. You can also follow-up by asking what blogs they consistently read. If the stumble on these questions or if they throw out books from 10 years ago, that’s a red flag. A great facilitator is a reader. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Automation pushes APG to cut 60 jobs at administration arm

first_imgABP’s main office in Heerlen The Netherlands’ biggest asset manager and pension provider is to cut 60 jobs as a consequence of continuing digitisation and automation.APG said the job losses – equating to 50 full-time positions – were to affect its administration arm, based in Heerlen in the south west of the Netherlands.APG’s administration clients include the €407bn civil service pension fund ABP – Europe’s biggest pension fund – and Huisartsen, the €10.5bn occupational scheme for general practitioners.The company’s 15 pension fund customers have 4.5m participants and pensioners in total. A spokesman for APG highlighted that the number of redundancies would, on balance, be 40, as new jobs would be created elsewhere within pension provision.APG cited increasing computerisation taking over workers’ tasks as the reason for the job losses, pointing out that participants increasingly organised their pension matters online.The spokesman said that APG intended to find new jobs for its surplus staff in the Heerlen area within 13 months.APG employs more than 3,000 staff in total, 648 of whom work in its administration arm.Between 2012 and 2017, the asset manager and pensions provider carried out several reorganisations.A survey carried out by IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pension Pro last year found that, between 2013 and 2017, the number of full-time jobs at APG fell by 14% to 3,070.According to the spokesman, the preparations for the latest round of redundancies started two years ago.He added that there were no plans for further reorganisations at the moment.Last year, APG told Pensioen Pro that, on balance, the company was set to shed more jobs rather than create new ones.last_img read more

WTA List: Dea Herdželaš and Jelena Simić achieved best Career Ranking

first_imgThe best B&H tennis players, Dea Herdželaš and Jelena Simić, achieved their best career ranking on the latest WTA list.Herdželaš moved from 332nd place to the 329th. The best B&H tennis player played 24 tournaments this year in which she won 118 points.Jelena Simić is currently the 462nd tennis player in the world after she moved up by 58 positions. She won 63 points at 14 tournaments.Third best B&H tennis player, Anita Husarić, is the only one who moved down and is now 709th.Ema Burgić Bucko (815th) and Jasmina Tinjić (1029th) progressed for 146 and six positions, respectively.(Source:

Monday Quiz League

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