"When trying to achieve success, we tend to rely on logic," says Frans Johansson, author and CEO of The Medici Group. "But logic doesn't give you a competitive advantage. If you rely on logic, you and all your competitors will end up in the same place."
Through his study of innovation and transformative ideas, Johansson concludes that "success is often random and serendipitous—it happens at 'the click moment.' If success is so unpredictable, can we really plan for success?
"The purpose of strategy is not to figure out the right answer," Johansson says. "The purpose of strategy is to convince ourselves to act."
Johansson gave conference attendees this to-do list:
Borrow an idea from another industry. "All new ideas are combinations of existing ideas."
Try far more ideas than others, a recipe for people who change the world. "Your job is to bring down the cost of those trials."
Make sure you're adequately staffed for innovation.
With CUNA’s Bank Secrecy Act Conference, hosted in conjunction with the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors, coming up next month, CUNA’s compliance staff went into detail of the NCUA’s BSA compliance program in a recent CompBlog entry.
The NCUA’s Tuesday announcement that it will repay the U.S. Treasury in full is a good sign for credit unions, said CUNA Chief Policy Officer Bill Hampel. The agency will repay the $1 billion outstanding balance before Oct. 31.
President Barack Obama sent greetings Thursday to those celebrating International Credit Union Day. CUNA worked closely with the White House on the statement, and a number of credit union-friendly legislators also weighed in with the White House.