It seems fitting, perhaps even fateful, that I am writing this blog today.
As of Wednesday, October 31st, I complete my term as the chairperson of the Servus Young Leaders Network.
And I am spinning out of control through a roller coaster of emotions.
As many of you know, I have been part of the Servus Young Leaders Network since its inception three short years ago. Countless hours have been logged and blood, sweat, and tears have been shed as we have worked towards implementing a program to support developing the future leaders of Servus Credit Union.
On one hand I am excited to see what the future holds for the Servus Young Leaders Network and the potential it has with our current and new executive committee members.
On the other, I am sad to no longer be leading a group that is making a difference in the development of our young people.
As I depart, I have just one message: Watch The Throne.
Not sure what that means? Take a look at this Jay Z quote when asked to describe what his latest album titled “Watch the Throne” meant:
“It’s just protecting the music and the culture, like, it’s people that’s in the forefront of the music,” Jay told radio host Lorenzo Thomas. “It’s like, ‘Watch the throne,’ protect it. You just watch how popular music shift and how hip-hop has basically replaced rock n roll as the youth music. The same thing could happen to hip-hop. It could be replaced by other forms of music. So it’s just like making sure we’re putting that effort in making the best product, so we can contend with all these other music. With all dance music that’s dominating the charts right now, indie music that’s dominating the festivals and still holding off rock n roll. Just to hold our place and make sure — the hip-hop culture is still the most dominant form of music around the world.”
Substitute the music theme with “credit union” and I think you’ll see where I am going with this.
It has been widely documented that the credit union will see a large shift in leadership as the industry’s most highly respected architects of the credit union movement move towards retirement.
Are they excited to see what the future holds for credit unions?
Without a doubt.
Are they apprehensive about it?
They need to know that the great tradition of credit union and the differences we have made in the lives of our members, our staff, and our communities will last forever.
It is our duty to ensure that this happens, but to also take the credit union movement to places where it has never gone before.
It is our duty to ensure that we don’t lose sight of the cooperative principles that the credit union was founded on.
It is our duty to Watch The Throne.
Devin Selte is a 13 year veteran in the credit union industry all with Servus Credit Union. After winning the 2011 CUES Next Top Credit Union title, he has transitioned to the human resources department as a corporate trainer in the area of leadership development and change leadership. Devin was also recognized as one of CU Times 40 Below Trailblazers in 2011.