Musings from the CU Suite

Aug 11, 2023

Metallica; This Week's Reading Pile

Written by Anthony Demangone, Powered by NAFCU

I’m not a heavy metal music fan. That doesn’t mean I don’t like some of its biggest hits.

Take for example, take Enter Sandman by Metallica.  If you want a “pump up” song, that does the trick.

I’ve always wondered – what must it be like to be a band in the studio when you start recording something like that. There must be a buzz in the air, a feeling that you’ve stumbled onto something that could be big.

That’s why it’s fun to build new things. To create. There’s no guarantee you’ll produce a hit. But it’s the only possible way to get there.

On to this week’s reading pile.

  • UPS delivery-job searches soar 50% after union secures wage hike that could see workers get a $170k annual package. (BI)
  • Is the US housing drought ending? (Bloomberg)
  • Employees are dipping into their retirement accounts. (SHRM) I would think anyone that does this is under some financial stress. It can’t feel good to borrow from your future to pay for the present. And no one wants stressed workers. I wonder how far employers should go to nudge employees into better balance in the big three: mental health, physical health, and financial health.
  • Inflation is…complicated. While inflation is still here, the price for meats, poultry, fish and eggs is falling. (Fred)
  • Everyone wants five things. (Leadership Freak)
  • Who doesn’t like a good meteor shower? Well, we have one this weekend. (CNN)
  • The pandemic small-business boom is fueling the US economy. (Bloomberg)
  • The low-stakes argument. (Godin)
  • 25 ways to proactively spot your member’s pain. (CallCenterHelper) I like 1, 3, 6, 9, 15, 17 and 24.
  • How some banks are using Instagram. (FB)

About the Author

Anthony Demangone, Executive Vice President and COO, NAFCU

Anthony Demangone, NCCO is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at NAFCU, where he oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association's education, marketing, membership, human resources, building facilities, finance and information technology functions. He also authors NAFCU's executive blog, Musings from the CU Suite and co-authored "Managing and Leading Well," a book for credit union leaders, with NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger.

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