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It’s June, it’s hot, and that means you’re probably thirsty and ready to jump into a fresh body of water. Here’s my advice: Head to Bryson City for a dip in Lake Fontana and a visit to the Nantahala Brewing Company to catch a bottle of their limited release Trail Magic Ale. Named after the good Samaritans who hand out burgers, cookies, lemonade and good cheer to thru-hikers as they make their way up or down the Appalachian Trail, these beers are random acts of kindness for your liver.NBC releases three Trail Magic Ales throughout the year: March, June, and October. You still have time to sample this year’s summer release, which features hand-picked honey-suckle in a Belgian Farmhouse Ale. It a wee-bit bitter and packs a punch at 9 percent alcohol by volume, but it’s as refreshing as the honeysuckle that’s infused into the ale.Do yourself a favor and make a whole day out of it by paddling Lake Fontana or knocking out a big hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I like the short trek to Andrew’s Bald that begins at busy Clingman’s Dome, then leaves the crowds as it drops towards a magnificent view of Lake Fontana and the Nantahala National Forest.And if you’re itching to do some trail magic of your own, head towards northern Virginia or Maryland to try to catch the wave of north bound thru-hikers. We hear they like it when you set up a grill on the side of the trail and offer fresh-grilled burgers. And beer.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.com
All companies do well. Until they don’t. Most companies form around an idea. That idea solves a problem. And people will pay for that idea.But time marches on, and problems morph. That original idea slowly becomes less valuable. And so does the company.But this rarely happens overnight. It is a slow, gradual deterioration.Usually, companies respond to sagging sales by tightening their belt. The work harder. Faster. All the while, the ground under their very feet is growing less stable. Their idea is fading.I’ve seen it over and over. Companies refuse to change, until they see the hangman’s noose.Once the noose is in sight, change agents spring to life. Pending doom makes strategic decisions simple. Change, or go away. Issues that once paralyzed an organization are swept away in a desire to stay in business.If you want to see this idea in cinematic form, watch this YouTube clip. Danny DeVito plays a character who wants to liquidate a company. He stands before a hostile shareholder’s meeting, and tells them the cold, hard truth.We’re dead. We’re just not broke.And you know the surest way to go broke? Keep getting an increasing share of a shrinking market. Down the tubes. Slow but sure.You know, at one time there must have been dozens of companies making buggy whips. And I bet the last company around was the one that made the best (expletive) buggy whip you ever saw. Now how would you have like to have been a stockholder in that company?Too many companies wait until pending doom to make big changes. Not all, but far too many. They drag their feet on big strategic problems until it might be too late.What a waste.Now, do me a favor. Take out two pieces of paper.On one, sketch how your credit union would be designed if you were starting it from scratch.On the other, write down a list of things that you’d start doing/stop doing, if pending doom were staring you in the eyes.Now, look at the things on those sheets of paper.What in the world are you waiting for? 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com/partner/nafcu Details
In the first six months, Lošinj recorded very good tourist results, thus achieving a total of 491.700 overnight stays and 89.500 arrivals with an index of an increase in overnight stays of 19%, and arrivals of 20% compared to the previous 2016.The largest increase in guests was recorded in the segment of hotel accommodation, 19%, and the offer of Lošinj hotels was enjoyed by as many as 35.500 guests who spent 155.000 nights. ”We are extremely pleased with the tourist results so far, especially because this year we have invested a lot of effort to organize numerous events for the needs of all our guests. We expect even better results in the coming months and the continuation of positive indicators of a successful tourist year so far, said the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić.After the excellent results achieved in the first six months, the island of vitality with the organization of numerous events continues to successfully navigate the tourist year.