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Evaluating Underwriters Beyond Auditing

Jun 18, 2019 11:04:31 AM / by Tiffany Primerano posted in Underwriting, E-Learning / Training

As underwriters, we analyze risk in insurance proposals and determine policy terms and premiums on the basis of actuarial, statistical, and background information.  We receive intense training and amass great amounts of knowledge through hands-on training.  We accordingly possess stellar analytical skills, keen attention to detail, and advanced verbal communication skills.

Moreover, we exercise sound judgement, show consummate negotiation skills, and maintain an extraordinary ability to think outside the box in making the pieces of insurability evidence fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.  These special powers make us the superheroes of the insurance industry.

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Why Being a Leader is More Effective Than a Boss

May 14, 2019 2:11:52 PM / by Darlene McFadden

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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2019 Update on Type 2 Diabetes: New Advances in Management and Monitoring

May 14, 2019 12:02:12 PM / by Al Thai posted in Life Underwriting, Underwriting Expert Series


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Business Leadership Series Part 5: Understand the Levers

May 1, 2019 3:48:25 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

In part 1-4 of this business leadership series you’ve investigated the business structure, identified the gaps and communicated a clear and vivid vision. Now, it’s time to start thinking about how you can improve the financial results of your business. In part 5, you will analyze and identify what you can (and should) focus on in your business to make it profitable.  In other words, you have to find the key levers that drive results and that you have control over.

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Business Leadership Series Part 4: Balance the Constituents

Apr 23, 2019 11:16:24 AM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

As you reach step 4 of this business leadership series, we return to the idea that every business has several key constituents.  And, importantly, these constituents all have a different focus.

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Life Underwriting Expert Series: Longevity and Life Insurance

Apr 2, 2019 2:04:01 PM / by Vicki Zandbergen posted in Life Underwriting, Underwriting Expert Series


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Business Leadership Series Part 3: Create the Vision

Apr 1, 2019 4:41:59 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

Absolutely essential in your role as business leader is inspiring everyone involved in your company to achieve higher and higher levels of success by: creating the vision. After implementing part 1 and part 2 of this Business Leadership Series, you now have a solid understanding of the company, and should be ready to paint a picture of the future.

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Business Leadership Series Part 2: Assess the Current State

Feb 20, 2019 9:50:41 AM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

The second instalment of the Business Leadership Series offers a structured guide to go deep and get a good, close look at the current state of your organization from a number of different perspectives. Now that you’ve got a grip on the business model, based on part 1 of this series, and a high-level view of the organization, it’s time for a more detailed look at what’s happening.

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Business Leadership Series- Part 1: Understanding the Business Model

Jan 31, 2019 1:43:09 PM / by Raymond E. DiDonna posted in Business Leadership Series

I’m excited to introduce our latest blog series – this time, we’re giving a crash course on business leadership, geared toward intermediate level professionals. Imagine you were suddenly promoted from your current role to running the entire business – this series will provide a step-by-step guide and tried-and-true strategies for how to succeed and lead from the top. It also provides a great refresher for business leaders moving to a new organization or seasoned executives looking to get back to basics and direct their company toward an ambitious goal. We’ll help you understand how to run your profit and loss (P&L) center – and provide tactical steps on how you can do it successfully.  

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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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