Lucky to be good... Or good to
history tells us that we are a resilient
organization - the origins of Teachers Life
began in 1929 on the cusp of the Great Depression.
We were incorporated in 1939 on the eve of World War
II and federally incorporated in 2008 at the
beginning of one of the greatest meltdowns of the
world market. I'm not sure what that says
about the organization but my suggestion is that you
may want to pay attention to the next big thing we
But... We've always done it that way!
As we celebrate our 75th year I thought about what
it takes for an organization to have that longevity.
Certainly, the hard work and dedication of many
individuals throughout the decades has been
instrumental in sustaining the organization so I
don't want to dismiss all of that by what I am about
to say (I'm not even going to use the great 'eraser'
word here... 'but' - which happens
to erase everything that preceded it...).
Sometimes you are just lucky and that's where I
believe sustainable organizations have the most
success. It's a willingness to question
everything you do and not accept that "this is
always the way we've done it". An organization
has to take risks (not an odd feature of an
J); it also has to be willing to
'reinvent' itself for the times.
In order to survive and thrive there are some key
elements and it begins with Governance.
Governance is the key to success or failure of every
organization. For an organization to endure
for 75 years speaks to the strength of our
organization. One of the most important
aspects of Governance is the ability of the
organization to adapt and respond to the realities
that they face. We have had a caring,
responsible and thoughtful leadership from our Board
throughout our history.
It takes a village...
I don't want to spend a whole lot of time on the
history of the organization but it is an important
part of our DNA - although generational changes have
occurred, we are at the core, what the founding
principals were in the late 1920's and 30's.
Without this strong foundational history, all of the
exciting opportunities ahead would not be in place.
It takes strong partners to help share the load and
prepare the organization for the path. At a
recent celebration of our 75 years we brought
together people and organizations that represented
over 550 collective years of connection with
The Next Big Thing... Pay attention!
The history, the resilience, the strong partnerships
and the willingness to take that risk have put us in
a position (luckily enough
J) to be launching something unique to
the Canadian market and exclusive to the education
community in the coming weeks. We are
introducing access to a completely underwritten
(that's insurance lingo for asking all of those
annoying questions without asking you for any bodily
fluids!), online insurance product that you just
can't get anywhere else in Canada. There will
be more about it around the launch, so pay attention
(remember our history!
President & CEO, Teachers Life