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Shaving Brush Insights into Habit Change!

By David Gouthro / August 12, 2020 / 0 Comments

Okay, so what’s the big deal with the shaving brush as a business metaphor? The truth is, the shaving brush serves as a new habit reminder (or an “NHR” . . . please add that to your list of obscure acronyms). I decided a few weeks ago that it would probably be better for the […]

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Don’t Let Your First Online (or Hybrid) Credit Union AGM . . . S.U.C.K. (Suffer Unnecessary Credibility Killers)!

Don’t Let Your First Online (or Hybrid) Credit Union AGM . . . S.U.C.K. (Suffer Unnecessary Credibility Killers)!

By David Gouthro / May 22, 2020 / 1 Comment

When the BC government first came out to say that AGM’s could be postponed until as late as mid-November, it seemed there was a collective sigh of relief amongst many credit unions. For some credit unions it was business as usual because they’d been holding hybrid meetings for a number of years. Some were not […]

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Shaving Metaphor–The Final Chapter!

Shaving Metaphor–The Final Chapter!

By David Gouthro / October 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

Last week I reflected on my learning about changing habits as a result of changing my shaving ritual from using an aerosol can of shaving cream . . . to using shaving soap and a shaving brush. To recap, I offered the following requirements/suggestions for changing a habit: Be personally committed to change the way […]

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Changing Habits-A Close Shave!

By David Gouthro / September 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

Last week I reflected on my learning about changing habits as a result of changing my shaving ritual from using an aerosol can of shaving cream . . . to using shaving soap and a shaving brush. To recap, I offered the following requirements/suggestions for changing a habit: Be personally committed to change the way […]

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Shaving Brush Insights into Changing Habits! [A]

By David Gouthro / August 24, 2018 / 5 Comments

Okay, so what’s the big deal with the shaving brush as a business metaphor? The truth is, the shaving brush serves as a new habit reminder (or an “NHR” . . . please add that to your list of obscure acronyms). I decided a few weeks ago that it would probably be better for the […]

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Maximizing Value from Face to Face Meetings!

Maximizing Value from Face to Face Meetings!

By David Gouthro / January 11, 2018 / 2 Comments

Meetings are the bane of organizational existence. How can you increase the return on investment of all the time and money spent on them? Simple: use a facilitator. What is a facilitator? “To facilitate” means to make something easy. In business, a facilitator is a skilled professional who eases tasks involving important conversations with two […]

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What Will You Not Miss Until It’s Gone?!?

By David Gouthro / December 1, 2017 / 9 Comments

I realize it’s actually impossible to answer the question! Although you can describe it after the fact, you can’t anticipate what you will not miss. This realization came to me this morning as I was walking my dog along a path that I have walked for many years. Every day, I carry my camera to […]

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OSFI-A Regulator Out of Balance with Credit Union Members! [A]

By David Gouthro / July 19, 2017 / 1 Comment

Wish I could focus on something else in my posts, but that isn’t likely until the OSFI ruling about credit unions begins to reflect the application of some common sense. So, am I opposed to OSFI in general? Nope! In truth, I appreciate their intent to keep my meagre financial assets safe. In sharp contrast, their ruling that will […]

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What Do OSFI and Donald Trump Have in Common? [A]

What Do OSFI and Donald Trump Have in Common? [A]

By David Gouthro / July 16, 2017 / 0 Comments

No, this is not a riddle. Nor is it a joke. Nor is it simply a way to get your attention so you’ll read this article. My observation (albeit from a distance) is that both seem to have unbridled power and the ability to make broad sweeping proclamations without any particularly acceptable rationale other than […]

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Making Sense of Regulatory Senselessness!

Making Sense of Regulatory Senselessness! [A]

By David Gouthro / July 14, 2017 / 2 Comments

The craziness with OSFI’s* ridiculously restrictive ruling regarding Canadian credit unions’ use of certain words is gaining more widespread attention. My need for affiliation with this cause compels me to comment once again. I must first declare I’m a credit union member, not a credit union employee. As such, I have neither seen nor heard the […]

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