Gladwell, a staff writer for The New Yorker, wrote bestsellers such as "The Tipping Point" and "Blink."
Gladwell traced the history of the rock band Fleetwood Mac as an example of perseverance and success in a very competitive market. "Few people know the band struggled through 10 years of trial and error before their album 'Rumors' sold 19 million copies and remains the fifth or sixth best-selling album of all time," Gladwell says.
"The median amount of time required for a product idea to go from conception to widespread adoption is 45 years," he says.
Gladwell believes in the 10,000-hour rule, which he likens to an apprenticeship period where a certain level of mastery is required to be creative and innovative. "The process of producing something significant is a good deal more protracted than we think," he says.
He described two types of innovators: conceptual innovators who have an immediate impact with their radical ideas, and experimental innovators who move through a much longer period of trial and error.
"Conceptual innovators are relatively rare," Gladwell says. "Your financial institution should promote an environment where experimental innovation can take place."
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.
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.
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.