The P.A.

A weekly address from Patrick Adams,
President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

Find the humor

On October 23rd, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

dog wearing funny eyeglasses with fake eyebrows and noseI asked a friend of mine at church the other day how she liked her coffee.  She replied “with lipstick.”  It caught my funny bone and I busted a gut laughing.  In humor, timing is everything.  Her response was perfectly timed.  What also made it funny was that she did not intend for it to be funny.  Her wit was spontaneous—the best kind.  My guess is that she wouldn’t or couldn’t tell a joke—it’s not her style. (more…)

It’s all relative.

On October 16th, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

binoculars with different filtersIt’s all relative.  I’m tall to anyone under six feet, but to a guy north of seven—not so much.  To somebody who doesn’t work out, I’m a gym rat.  To a triathlete, I’m a cupcake.  I’m a pretty good dancer at the family wedding reception, but to the folks who do it for a living, I look like I’m shuffling at a bus stop in shirt sleeves in the dead of winter. (more…)

People Over Profits

On October 11th, 2017, posted in: Industry, Uncategorized by

diverse employees holding hands in centerPeople as a commodity in the work place?  Commodity is a product that can be thought of as fungible.  Gas is a commodity, so is coffee, milk, fruit—you get the idea.  I didn’t have to turn to my Webster’s II New Riverside Desk Dictionary copyright 1988, minus the cover and containing a few rips, bumps and bruises to know that.  Fungible is defined as something that is easily interchangeable.  I didn’t have to look up that fancy word either.  Put it all together and you get that “people are interchangeable” in the workplace.  Not always. (more…)

Three keys to success

On October 2nd, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

three antique keys on black backgroundI’m a fan of three keys to success:  discernment; deductive reasoning; and the newly added third “D”—discipline.  I’ve talked about two of them over time, maybe even discipline has been discussed, but never have I hooked them all together to create the “Triple D” to success. (more…)

Just the Facts

On September 25th, 2017, posted in: Industry, Uncategorized by

chalkboard with facts vs myths written on topHere we go again.  Hater’s hate.  UGH!  How is it that lack of information and/or misinformation allows for a determination of one’s feelings in the negative to seemingly escalate to a fever pitch of hatred overnight?  If you are inflicted by such a malady, please seek to change.  Counseling may be the answer.

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Saying “Thank You” Goes a Long Way

On September 18th, 2017, posted in: Service, Uncategorized by

Has anyone ever asked you something like this, “Do you have any idea what you just said?” Such a question can be alarming if uttered in the wrong tone or with a negative inflection. (more…)

Differences Aren’t Wrong – They’re Just Different

On September 12th, 2017, posted in: Community, Uncategorized by

Seventeen to 20 years loosely defines a generation. So on the horizon sits about 25 percent of the population, born between 1995 and 2012. They’re the generation after the oft referred to Millennials that, by most accounts, have rocked our world. What do we call them? Centennials? iGen? How will this cohort act? Here’s some early discussion. (Remember, they are between five and 17 years old). (more…)

We need STEM Graduates

On September 5th, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

ruler and notebook on deskBig news! No, not that Taylor Swift released her new album. No, not that the Cardinals are barely above .500. No, not that one lady won north of $750 million. Nope! The big news that should be grabbing all of the headlines is that most of the smart kids are not in America.  (more…)

Eclipse Fever? Not So Much.

On August 29th, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

solar eclipseThe eclipse is over. It came and went last Monday, August 21. Like an ice cream cone at a summer picnic in August, before you could get your glasses adjusted and look to the heavens, it was gone. Nothing more than a summer memory. (more…)

Unintended Consequences

On August 21st, 2017, posted in: Uncategorized by

soda bottlesI get it. You want people to be physically healthy for a myriad of reasons: quality of life; lower insurance/medical expenses that leads to a better financial security; and reduced costs on support services to those who might otherwise be taxing the system(s) that provide for the infirm. Personally and corporately, healthy people are better for the communities in which we live. (more…)