As a political science junkie in college, my classmates and I enjoyed debating any issue of the day. Often into the wee hours of the morning.
Our professors joined in the game, often giving us statements, and asking us to prove or disprove them.
- The Confederacy was doomed to lose the civil war.
- England was doomed to lose its American colonies.
- It was inevitable for the U.S. to lose the Vietnam War.
If you were asked to disprove a statement, you quickly thought of anything that flew in the face of the argument. You listed out the inconsistencies, ranked them, and then started the job of chipping away.
The process could create the perfect exercise for your credit union.
Divide your management into two teams. Give them a list of your credit union’s goals.
Team one’s job? Have them support the following statement.
Our credit union is doing everything possible to achieve our goals.
Team two? Give them the opposite task.
Both teams should be able to look at existing credit union policies, budget levels, training and anything else that would help or hinder your credit union’s efforts.
At the end of the exercise, you’ll have a good overview of what you’re doing to hit your goals, and what holes you may have.