Unavoidable, Impending, Undeniable, Ineludible, Imminent CHANGE

Guest post written by Kristin Locklear, Account Executive for Credit Unions at SAS, the world leader in predictive analytics.

The SAS Institute is the NAFCU Services Preferred Partner for Business Intelligent, Predictive Analytics Software, and Risk Assessment.

President John F. Kennedy once said: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Change can be perceived as good or bad. The mere notion of it can bring hope or set off alarms. What we learned in Boston is that change is inevitable. In fact, you can bet that changes are occurring as I type these very words.

It can be difficult to wrap your head around change. Fear of the unknown can cause a business to remain in a historical state or slightly less progressive, what I call “the state of wait.” Even more counterproductive is the state of paranoid (re)action, rather than proactive momentum. So how do we move from say reaction to anticipation, to preparedness and effective action? How do we embrace inevitable evolution of risk and develop our own Productivity Campaign?

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Why Aerating Wine Is Like Implementing Predictive Analytics

Guest post written by Kristin Locklear, wine enthusiast, avid fan of Sonoma, new believer in aerating, and Account Executive for Credit Unions at SAS, the world leader in predictive analytics. 

SAS is the NAFCU Services Preferred Partner for Business Intelligence, Predictive Analytics Software & Risk Assessment.

Sonoma. The backdrop for some of the nation’s most beautiful scenery and wine was also the backdrop for this year’s NAFCU CEOs and Senior Executives Conference.  And what a backdrop it was! With pristine rolling hills, deep green valleys, and row after row of immaculate vineyards, it was hard to not feel as if you had just stumbled upon pure heaven on earth.

As more than 120 of us gathered to discuss such topics as regulation and leadership, it was hard to suppress my excitement for the scheduled group activities at hand. On Day 2, several buses departed for the ever-so-popular wine tour. What was expected to be just a day sipping fine wines, turned into a day of unexpected education (coupled with a little wine-sipping of course).

One of the ideas my tour group seemed to get hung up on was aerating (or letting the wine “breath” to enhance flavors), and for my sake, I’m glad they did. As it turns out, many of us had been doing it all wrong! Our tour guide, Heather, was a wealth of knowledge on this subject matter. She enthusiastically walked us through our lesson on what makes for good aeration and why it is often a necessary step to enhance red wine.

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