How to use fear as a credit union leader

I often share just how badly fear can hold you and your credit union back from its fullest potential. Fear can lead you to pivot from your credit union’s strategic plan, make poor decisions, or worse: no decision at all.

What if you could channel your fear to your advantage?

A friend of mine recommended a book called, The Gift of Fear, by Gavin De Becker. It was a fascinating book, and nothing like I anticipated it would be. But one line stuck with me that is worth sharing with fellow leaders:

“If you can’t imagine it, you can’t prevent it.”

The ancient philosopher Seneca wrote, “The unexpected blows land heaviest.” This is a thought with which I challenge many of my clients as we work through their credit union’s strategic plan. I use this example:


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