“It’s not good and it’s making me feel gross!”This was my 7 year old son’s recent proclamation at the dinner table, as my wife, son, and I awkwardly confronted the truth that my wife’s pasta dish was not a success.What followed my son’s honest observation was a constructive conversation about how we might make the pasta taste better, enlightening dialog about dealing with something when it ‘isn’t working,’ and an open exchange about whether any part of the overall dish ‘worked’ for us. A couple days later it occurred to me many credit unions would benefit from an honest “the pasta dish sucks” conversation amongst their executive team relative to the ingredients they’re perennially forced to purchase to cook up and support their strategic initiatives they serve to their members.What if your vendor relationships are essentially the same as a pasta dish? Let’s call it “the spaghetti pile of vendors and platforms.” Is the pasta dish of platforms around which your members and employees gather to work each day ‘working’ for you, your credit union, your members, and your core strategy? Is your core strategy supported by solid core technology ingredients? Or, are you just choking down the ingredients contributing to the products/services you’re trying to cook up, year after year? Are you event chef!? Perhaps you’re being served by a kitchen staff avoiding the awkward conversations about the quality, freshness, and general preparation of those ingredients and their ability to contribute to your final dish/product?The problem impacting many core business strategies in credit unions is simple: piled up platforms.Platforms are the ingredients we’ve all purchased for the last 25 years to toss into the pans of our strategic plans; they’re the noodles, sauce, spices, and such we’ve slapped around our core technologies.Two decades after the onset of our current internet and the digital banking services era, most credit unions have cooked up dishes that look something like the following:What if my son hadn’t been present with his naïve and useful candor? My guess is my wife would have tried to make the pasta dish again.My son cut to the core of the issue; and as soon as he did, we were all relieved that we could make a plan to avoid repeating that meal! That’s a strategy for success!!I’m not saying the entire dish was a loss. The meat in the sauce was good. That’s about it. Uncovering that useful bit of data required a process of analysis around our table. We figured out we’d keep the sausage.Just because the sausage was the only redeemable core of the dish doesn’t mean we jumped to blaming the tomato farmer, or the sausage manufacturer, or the noodle producer for the lack of operational execution in my kitchen!Don’t blame your core. Figure out whether it can contribute to solving the problem, whether it can help craft a more elegant, modern, and enjoyable dish to deliver to your members, employees, etc.Don’t toss out the noodles in the spaghetti pile before you understand whether they’re still supporting your strategy. After all, you may have a good reason to continue serving up some of the noodles to your members and employees. However, you may have some excess pasta on the plate which is translating into the excess economic expenditures and the excess expenditure of energy spent to cook and consume it. You won’t know this until you have the candid conversation about the ingredients, chat with the cooks, and agree on what ingredients will economically, technologically, and operationally support your core business strategy. It’s important to realize here that core business strategy is not the same as your core technology decision(s). The latter is the composite of ingredients you need, the former is your recipe and plan to serve a dish to your members, employees, etc. Your core ingredients support your core business strategy, and your core business strategy should drive your plan for your core ingredients. Don’t let your dinner table succumb to the awkward silence of choking down a bad meal; don’t waste good ingredients; and don’t jump to blaming the tomato farmer or noodle maker for another bad dinner.Put together a modern plan for relevant delivery of delicious digital banking experiences using a synthetic core strategy and core technology recipe.We call this “platform mapping.” It’s the process of going through your kitchen, pantry, and current pasta dishes to identify the ingredients supporting the menu of products/services you deliver to your members and credit union.It’s the operational, technological, and economic equivalent of the my son’s 7-year-old candor which saved our family from another instance of that pasta dish and allowed us to avoid wasting good money and time on another mediocre experience.With a little candid conversation and some clever data and analysis, you can avoid serving your members a nasty and outdated “spaghetti pile,” and you can dish out modern digital experiences which align with your core technology capabilities and your core business strategies.The alternative is another year and budget spent on, “It’s not good, and it’s making me feel gross!” 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jon Ungerland Jon Ungerland believes the core philosophy underlying credit unions is the plausible and sustainable model for preserving healthy financial institutions and promoting financially dignified and strong communities in the 21st … Web: www.dalandsolutions.com Details
While conservative Muslims in Indonesia believe that the main responsibility of a wife is to stay at home and be an adept homemaker, two clerics maintain that Islam has never positioned women as maids.It is instead the obligation of the husband to provide food, clothes and decent housing for his wife, meaning he is the one who should cook, do the laundry and keep the house neat, according to the clerics who spoke about the teachings of Sunni Islam’s four largest mazhab (Islamic schools of thought): Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali.”When I looked closer at Islamic jurisprudence books, I was surprised that none of the major mazhab actually obligated wives to take care of household duties,” cleric Ahmad Sarwat said on Friday during a public discussion on his book titled Wife not Housemaid, which was first published last year.The event came amid a plan by a… Log in with your social account Facebook Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Forgot Password ? #family family-resilience-bill religion #religion Islam #Islam gender #gender
The casual living area. In a different wing of the home is a second kitchen, which is just as lavish as the first, an ensuited bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and a living area. This zone will make hosting guests a breeze. The rumpus room, an office with custom cabinetry, home cinema and a temperature-controlled wine cellar are also found at this end of the home. Upstairs are three bedrooms — two sharing an ensuite, the other with a private ensuite. The main bedroom with floor-to-ceiling curved windows that frame water views, a private balcony, ensuite and custom-designed dressing room is also upstairs. 55-57 Charolais Cres, Benowa Waters, is an opulent mansion on the market. House hunters seeking a residence of distinction will feel right at home in this grand abode.Space is delivered in spades at the Benowa Waters house, which has the whole family and guests accommodated for. This is the first of two kitchens. Make a grand entrance. The vast size of the property was what captured the attention of Amy and Dave Hodge in 2017. “Not many houses can accommodate five cars or have this much land to play with,” Ms Hodge said. “We knew it would be ideal, as well, for our kids.” READ MORE: What $1.4 million buys you around the worldREAD MORE: Before and after: behind the creation of a trendy Mermaid Beach home A pool and tennis court are two luxury inclusions. A room for more formal occasions. The main bedroom is very spacious. The gated estate sprawls across a 2302sq m waterfront block and features a tennis court and in-ground pool. Adding to the resort-style lifestyle is a floating pontoon and boat ramp with main river moments away. The property offers 1022sq m of internal living, which boasts a luxury Hamptons style with a touch of European class. “Everything about this house is big — it’s 110 squares and it’s been excellent for living and entertaining,” Ms Hodge said. “We’ve hosted parties here and have also really enjoyed the floorplan, we will definitely miss all the space.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago The second kitchen, in the guests wing, is also very luxurious. The wine cellar is also noteworthy.Past the circular driveway and porte-cochere, a formal entrance features a grand staircase, crystal chandelier, marble floors and 16ft ceilings. One side of the floorplan is dedicated to the main living areas, with a formal lounge and dining room and open-plan family room. The first of the home’s two kitchens takes centre stage here. It has all the essential ingredients including two Miele ovens, an Ilve oven, Zip tap, two integrated dishwashers and a luxuriously large Calacatta-topped island bench. The spacious living room is warmed by a fireplace and opens to the covered veranda and alfresco dining area with a built-in barbecue and pool views. Outdoor entertaining is covered. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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… Guyana to host Group ‘D’ matches in AugustGUYANA will host Barbados and Cuba in Group ‘D’ of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifiers tournament from August 9 to 13 at a venue to be announced by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship qualification is a women’s Under-17 football competition which decides the participating teams of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship. A total of eight teams will play in the final tournament.The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship will be the 6th edition of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship, organised by CONCACAF for the women’s Under-17 national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region.The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay as the CONCACAF representatives.In the Caribbean Zone, 19 Caribbean Football Union (CFU)-member national teams have entered the qualifying competition, consisting of two stages.Apart from Haiti, who received a bye as hosts of the final round, the remaining 18 teams entered the first round and were divided into three groups of four teams and two groups of three teams.The winners of each group advance to the final round to join Haiti, where they are divided into two groups of three teams, with the top three teams qualifying for the final tournament as the CFU representatives.Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Guyana, and St Vincent and the Grenadines were automatically seeded in Groups A–E respectively as hosts of each first round group, while the remaining 14 teams were seeded based on the results of the previous two editions of the qualifying competition.Meanwhile, GFF president Wayne Forde said the team will be one that all of Guyana will be proud off and will represent the ongoing women’s National programme, the one set out by Technical Director Ian Greenwood.Forde said while the current team is ‘all local’, the GFF is open to representation from the Diaspora, and encouraged persons to reach out.