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A Taste of Our Own Medicine

A Taste of Our Own Medicine

Just like credit union’s face every few years with their own sites, the filene.org site was starting to show its age as technology was changing around us. Our own studies have shown that credit union’s online presence matters.  More and more consumers are going online as their primary research and shopping channels and often times this is where the first impression of an organization is made. Well, we swallowed our pride and recognized that we needed to work on our own first impression. We can’t just talk the talk, it’s time to also walk the walk. 

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A Worthy New Year’s Resolution

A Worthy New Year’s Resolution

Did you tell yourself in January that 2018 will be the year you keep your New Year’s resolutions? Now, one month in, are you still holding up that promise to yourself and your family to take that vacation you’ve always wanted? Have you taken steps to begin volunteering more regularly? Are you still going to the gym four or five times a week?

Only 8% of people keep their New Year's resolutions. Maybe their resolutions were too lofty or they lost momentum. Some resolutions are harder to forget than others, especially when the unexpected occurs....

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What are the top most procrastinated tasks?

What are the top most procrastinated tasks?

As the famous line from Benjamin Franklin goes, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

So, it would appear logical that perhaps second only to procrastination of filing taxes would one find procrastination of filing a will. In fact, 64% of Americans say they do not have a will. Of that, about 27% say there’s no urgent need to make one and 15% believe they don't need one at all.  

Sadly, here's the reality: you can’t escape either one. 

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Andrew Downin: A Quadruple Threat … Could you be Next?

Andrew Downin: A Quadruple Threat … Could you be Next?

In 2012, I was interviewing dozens of credit unions executives for potential entry into Filene’s i3 program. On a warm, summer day I called an Andrew Downin who was then in charge of product development at Schools First Credit Union. I started my call by asking him what he did last weekend. With confidence, he replied, “I went to a Barry Manilow concert!”​

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Introducing the Latest Filene i3 Concepts; Welcoming the New i3 Crew

Introducing the Latest Filene i3 Concepts; Welcoming the New i3 Crew

We're excited to introduce the newest crew to join Filene's i3 program. Also, we've not forgotten about the hard work being done by our current i3 group. Over the last six months, they have been building creative solutions to common credit union challenges, and we present their ideas to you...

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The Road to 1010

The Road to 1010

Credit unions are doing more to help their members and communities than ever before. We know this because we see it every day. 

To keep up with this growth, we, too, have needed to grow over the years. And we are excited to say it’s time for us to have a new space to fit our hearts and heads; a space that pushes us to see things anew and to approach better solutions for credit unions’ everyday needs with a fresh vision. 

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What is the Filene Incubator? (And What is Innovation, Really?)

What is the Filene Incubator? (And What is Innovation, Really?)

I recently returned from what I am calling “The Great Minnesota Road Trip.”  We packed the kids in the car and spent seven days putting on tons of miles and intent on seeing the craziest things Minnesota has to offer. 

What does this have to do with innovation? I'll tell you...

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One Step in Winning the War for Talent: Help Create a World Where Little Girls Want to Become Women

One Step in Winning the War for Talent: Help Create a World Where Little Girls Want to Become Women

My daughter MacKenzie will be seven in October. As our only child, each year has brought unexpected challenges and pleasant surprises. In her sixth year, she’s asked tough questions and started to really demonstrate the person she’s becoming. 

Several times in the last few months she’s told me something that nearly stopped my heart. She’s said, “Mommy, I don’t want to be a girl.” 

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What the he** is a colloquium?! (And other questions you may be afraid to ask)

What the he** is a colloquium?! (And other questions you may be afraid to ask)

I’m a geek. I admit it! Terms like endogenous variable, econometric model, and even colloquium (or its even-more-difficult-to-spell plural cousin, colloquia) get me excited.

I won’t waste your time explaining the ins and outs of variables and models because that’s what Fileners and our research fellows get paid to think about. But the term colloquium has relevance for credit unions like yours. So, if you’ll indulge this research geek, I’d like to explain what the heck a colloquium is and why you should care.

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Where Do Great Ideas Come From?

Where Do Great Ideas Come From?

Ever had a great idea pop into your head seemingly out of nowhere? If so, you know it’s difficult to pin down what exactly sparks a novel idea. Here at Filene, we’ve had the pleasure of building a competency of innovation with credit union leaders for over a decade that puts people at the center of innovation, ensures problems are well defined, nurtures innovative problem solving and ultimately drives iterative prototyping and tangible, life changing solutions.

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