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CUs' Secret Weapon For Transitions: Evolutionaries
PLANO, Texas (8/23/13)--Credit unions need "evolutionaries" to lead their organizations during times of transitions, says Randy Harrington, CEO of Extreme Arts and Sciences, an Oregon-based financial industry consulting firm. He will be opening speaker at Catalyst Corporate FCU's Economic Forum, Oct. 22-23 in Frisco, Texas.

"You need evolutionaries to help you lead your organization in times of transition," Harrington said. "They are the secret weapon of organizations that transform quickly. They are able to adapt and innovate and rise to any challenge, no matter how unexpected."

Credit unions are often faced with tensions that pull on opposite ends of logic, such as, providing warm and personal member service while being efficient. There is no single answer to the perplexing challenges; however, evolutionaries can help develop effective strategies that fit each credit union, he said.

Evolutionaries are emotionally committed to the cause they pursue, Harrington said. "They are comfortable with who they are, they know why they do what they do," he added. "They have committed a piece of themselves to their work and are willing to tie their hearts, as well as their minds, to the outcomes of their teams and organizations."

In his book, "Evolutionaries: The Missing Link in Your Organizational Chart," Harrington explains how to identify and engage staff so they can most effectively contribute to the credit union's success. The book, co-authored with Carmen Voilleque, weaves together a series of exercises with insights from "evolutionaries" Harrington has encountered in his business-consulting practice.

Harrington emphasizes the need for leaders to lead with strategic intent.  "Task saturation does not allow for you to look down the road," Harrington said. "You'll lose the ability to be strategic if all you do is do."

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