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Darlene McFadden


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Why Being a Leader is More Effective Than a Boss

May 14, 2019 2:11:52 PM / by Darlene McFadden posted in Business Leadership Series

I just came back from a three-day leadership course. It was an insightful course that not only reinforced some of what I already knew about leadership, but also taught me new skills to help me improve as a leader. Most importantly though, it got me thinking about why I’d decided to become a leader in the first place.

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16 Blogs Life Underwriters Need to Read

Jan 31, 2019 9:50:18 AM / by Darlene McFadden posted in Underwriting Expert Series



The new year offers a fresh start for everyone to set new goals and achieve new heights in their personal and professional lives. Life underwriters looking to get a jump on their career goals and refresh their knowledge can turn to our Underwriting Expert Series. With tips straight from industry experts, we unpack underwriting trends and challenges and offer a deep dive on the unique challenges that underwriters face.

Get ready for the year ahead by reading 16 articles that helped underwriters excel and underwrite with confidence last year:

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4 Challenges of a Life Underwriting Leader

Apr 25, 2018 9:25:42 AM / by Darlene McFadden

Whether you are a Chief Underwriter, Underwriting Manager or Director, you’ve likely enjoyed a career filled with learning, growth, and stability but, like most roles, some recurring challenges and rote tasks are also part of the picture. Many of which I have experienced myself, having been in an underwriting leadership role for over 15 years. Reflecting on my experience in the industry, I’ve compiled four of the top challenges we, as life underwriting leaders, encounter and outlined some simple ways you and your team can spend less time completing cumbersome, but necessary day-to-day tasks and more time focusing on new business.

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How Managing Your Life Underwriting Team is like Playing a Game of Chess

Nov 20, 2017 2:29:52 PM / by Darlene McFadden posted in Life Underwriting

Managing resources  on your underwriting team is a tricky balance.  In fact, I’ve often heard to it referred to as a game of chess.  Like chess, it requires you to always be looking ahead and making the right move at the right time. But even the most skilled chess players encounter challenges.  When they are challenged, what do they do? 

Instead of hastily making a move, they step back and take a hard look at what’s in front of them.  They carefully consider the possible outcome of the chess piece they are about to move.  They anticipate what move their opponent may make and the impact their move may have.  Then they carefully and methodically move their chess piece.

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Insights on How to Build Solid Networking Skills in a Digital Age

Apr 28, 2017 2:32:33 PM / by Darlene McFadden

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 AHOU Conference in sunny San Diego, California. The central theme of the conference was “Appetite for Disruption”.

The attendees spanned a variety of organizations across North America, including field experts and first time attendees. Regardless of their background, everyone was there to learn, connect with peers, collaborate and share their perspective on a variety of industry topics. 

While many attendees worked for competing companies, there was no fear of letting out corporate competitive secrets, rather, it was more about engaging the insurance underwriting industry as a whole. 

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