Remembering what matters

first_imgThe end of the year is always a fun and exciting time, filled with reflections of the year that was, and hope for a joy-filled new year.  For Young Professionals, the end of the year is more than just wearing your favorite ugly sweater at the work holiday party or dress down day:  It is a great opportunity to reflect on your successes of 2019 and set goals for a more successful 2020.In writing this article, I had no trouble putting together the “what to do” and “how to do it”.  But I kept getting stuck on the most important part of the equation: “why?”.  I then thought to myself, what measures success, anyway?   What if my advice for someone to be more successful doesn’t fit with their idea of success?  Most importantly, why do I do what I do, and how does that tie back to the goals I set for myself?That’s when this article changed completely, in the same way my career – and my life – changed on July 9th, 2019.  That day was by far the most successful day of my year, and I barely looked at my email.  (My wife knows me too well for me to say I didn’t look at all.)  That day, we welcomed our son, Jacob Raymond Mattone, into the world. From that moment on, my “why” was set in stone.  And my measuring stick for success in 2020 and beyond?  Making sure I do what I can do to be a good father, provider and role model for my son.  He is what matters to me.  He is my “why”.For a more successful 2020, I’m going to come to work everyday with a positive attitude, so that Jake learns the importance of doing what you love. I’m going to do more to help my colleagues, so that he learns the value of teamwork.  I will use the resources of our Credit Union and my skill set to help more people, so that my son sees the positive impact of doing good for others, and how good it feels to help.  And I’m going to do a better job balancing my career and my life.  Because I’ve had years in my career where I thought I was successful, but looking back it was someone else’s idea of success, not mine.  Time that I wasted chasing something I didn’t really want; which I could have dedicated to the people and things I truly care about.Too often as young people, we work ourselves to the bone so that we can be successful; reach tangible goals; thrive in a competitive business landscape, and earn a good living.  For YPs in the Credit Union movement, we take pride in helping people achieve their financial goals and aspirations.  But why? It’s not for the paycheck or for the Fridays that we can wear jeans to work.  There is more to what you do in your Credit Union Career, and remembering what matters to you and working off of your “why” will lead you to your most successful year, whatever you define that to be.  So for a more successful 2020, the advice I can give to you is this: Write down what matters most to you. Write down your purpose.  And go out every day, with 100% effort, confidence and focus towards living your “why”. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Mattone Michael Mattone is the Vice President of Marketing and Member Experience at Hudson River Financial FCU, a $60 million credit union serving members who live, work or worship in Westchester, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

MLB toying with radical realignment for 2020; why it makes sense as a long-term plan

first_imgDo you think Bud Selig is trying to contain a smile or a wry chuckle right now? He can’t show happiness over reports MLB is considering a version of his ’90s radical realignment plan because the coronavirus pandemic is the reason it’s being discussed. But he still can feel slight satisfaction that baseball may be adapting and, perhaps, adopting his idea.Imagine how giddy he’d look, though, if this potential modern realignment, coupled with expanded playoffs — something else that’s being discussed — is a hit within baseball and becomes permanent? Throw out fans’ reactions. Most of them just want baseball, whatever the format. Some will find reasons to moan: the end of century-old league traditions, probably a universal DH, allowing mediocre clubs into the playoffs. People moan about everything, but, hey, at least they care.The 2020 MLB season is becoming as much of a research project as a sporting competition. Now would be the time to test whether Selig was on to something. When the owners and players compare notes in CBA negotiations afterward, they ought to agree that it’s good business to embrace at least some of the changes.Reported MLB division realignment planEAST: Orioles, Red Sox, Marlins, Mets, Yankees, Phillies, Pirates, Rays, Blue Jays, Nationals.CENTRAL: Braves, Cubs, White Sox, Reds, Indians, Tigers, Royals, Brewers, Twins, Cardinals.WEST: Diamondbacks, Rockies, Astros, Angels, Dodgers, Athletics, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rangers. Let’s go through some of the reasons this plan makes sense as more than just a one-year wonder:Better rivalriesSelig’s 1997 proposal, introduced as part of negotiations related to the 1998 expansion, included four regional divisions rather than the three reportedly being discussed now, but the team groupings were largely the same. Local rivals separated by league — Yankees and Mets, Dodgers and Angels, Cubs and White Sox, and so on — would have become division rivals then, and they would become division rivals now. MORE: Starving for baseball? Here’s what you need to know about the KBOThose matchups are the main attractions of interleague play, another Selig-backed innovation. Upgrading them to division games would add tons of heat, especially in a year when the New York, LA and Chicago teams all have eyes on the playoffs. Subway Series to decide a division winner? Fans would take that.Better racesBased on the hypothetical realignment told to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale on Tuesday, not only would the Subway, Freeway, Windy City and other regional series become more meaningful, but baseball could also have these division races in 2020:East: Yankees-Rays-NationalsCentral: Braves-Twins-CardinalsWest: Astros-Dodgers-AthleticsYes, the Astros and Dodgers would be division rivals again after 27 years, which means they’d see enough of each other in the proposed 100 or 110-game regular season for LA to settle scores over 2017. This argument makes more sense in the short term. Seeing powerful teams from different divisions thrown together for an abbreviated season is a wonderful novelty. If these three divisions become the norm, then teams will inevitably separate and the races will just become . . . races.More playoffs, but not too much moreWith three 10-team divisions, there has to be a leaguewide playoff format rather than a division-based setup. The field could remain at 10, but that would require, say, giving first-round byes to the division winners and three wild-card teams. The six division winners receive byes now, but realignment should ensure that teams still have an incentive to finish first.The better play is to add teams; MLB can use the rationale this year that a shorter regular season won’t allow for proper separation among teams. What about a 12-team field, then, with the division winners and the top wild-card team getting byes into the second round and the other eight clubs matched up in four wild-card games? No team wants to play a one-game series if it can avoid it.* * * There’s a lot for people in the game to like about all of this long term: potentially less travel, more intense rivalries, extra playoff teams. Downsides? Maybe the schedule wouldn’t work over a full season. What else, realistically?last_img read more