Intelligence Publication

The Intelligence publication identifies and helps navigate the future of public entity pooling through in-depth commentary and thought leadership on important and unique pooling issues.

Current Issue

Eight Culture Patterns That Could Be Holding Your Pool Back

Even the best leaders may struggle to define or describe their organizational culture. And if you can’t clearly define your pool culture, then you won’t know what levers to pull to make it more effective. This issue defines what organizational culture is, including insight on eight culture patterns that could be holding you back and what leaders can do to facilitate culture change. 

Past Issues

What to Know About Top Pool Executive Compensation

This issue contains highlights from AGRiP’s full Top Pool Executive Compensation Analysis. While pools are feeling the impact of low unemployment, wage growth and changing workforce expectations, these results also confirm that most executives are satisfied with their work. Use these findings to ensure your pool is prepared for executive turnover and retention in a competitive environment.

Focus on the Value Your Members Receive

We continue to explore Measures That Matter in pooling, sharing what it means to view your impact through the eyes of your members — rather than as provided by your pool. The story is told through real-world examples, lessons learned and tips from pools that are doing (or have done!) this kind of work.

Effectively defining and measuring your pool’s value to its members is important. Sharing that information effectively with members requires an approach that stretches beyond your origin story. Pools deliver far greater value today than they delivered at their start, so it’s time to rethink and expand how you quantify and convey that value.

In the newest issue of Intelligence, learn more about the six research-backed values of pooling and how using them as a baseline for performance measurement and information sharing can help your pool.

Zoom Fatigue is the Tip of the Iceberg: Why Digital Well-Being is Critical
Digital well-being is the ability to use technology to support our lives and thrive in the digital age, while digital dysfunction is when technology use has more unhealthy outcomes than it does value. The tension between these two things impacts us all as we move through the current digital transformation.

In this of Intelligence, learn more about the role (and responsibilities) of leadership in establishing practices to encourage and support digital wellness.

How Pool Governing Bodies Can Fulfill Their Investment Duties
Perhaps more than any other operational function, a pool’s governing body is often directly involved in financial oversight. It’s important that governing body members are prepared to exercise independent thought, know when to make adjustments (or when to keep existing policies in place) and consider the ultimate member goals supported by investment activities.  

In this issue of Intelligence, we provide guidance on how your pool’s governing body can better understand and fulfill its investment obligations. Be sure to share this useful perspective with your governing body.

New Insights on Top Executive Compensation
Extraordinary turnover among top pool executive roles is taking place right now. These dramatic changes heighten the need for pools to think today about top executive compensation and benefits, job satisfaction and other factors that might influence the ability to retain or recruit into the executive leadership role.

To help pools do this, our newest issue of Intelligence presents highlights from our most recent Top Pool Executive Compensation and Benefits Analysis. Although only survey participants have access to the full analysis (including regressions, regional segmentation and additional findings), this high-level look will help all pools understand and address top executive compensation needs.

Eight Digital Proficiencies Your Pool Must Master
Digital transformation is the ongoing, world-changing integration of technology into every aspect of daily life, including pooling. It presents a tremendous opportunity for leaders to have a powerful, resonating impact on par with the very creation of pools.

In this issue of Intelligence, Resident Scott Klososky outlines eight digital proficiencies pools must master as part of this transformation in order to (ultimately) meet the expectations of their local public entity members.

How to Transfer Pooling Knowledge
The pooling industry is expected to lose a significant amount of top talent over the coming years. As a result, your pool may be at risk of losing the unique, vital knowledge that keeps operations in motion, drives creativity and innovation, and makes it different from private insurance. You can reduce this risk by implementing an effective knowledge transfer program.

In this issue of Intelligence, we define knowledge transfer, explain what a good knowledge transfer program looks like, discuss common misconceptions about knowledge transfer, and explore real-world knowledge transfer situations.

Build a Better Post-COVID Pool Workspace
The pandemic is likely nearing an end. In this issue, cognitive scientist Art Markman, PhD, discusses how pools can take this opportunity to build a better work environment — one that combines what worked in pre-COVID times and what we’ve learned through a year of working remotely.

Strategic Planning for Pools
In this issue, we explore what goes into effective pool strategic planning. AGRiP Executive Director Ann Gergen writes about the need to tailor your strategic planning process to your pool, key considerations as you prepare to plan, implementing your plan once developed, and engaging an external consultant.

Strategies for Leading Remote Pool Teams
In this issue, AGRiP Executive Director Ann Gergen presents seven strategies for leading remote teams. Drawing on over ten years of direct experience, Ann provides insights into getting the most out of your remote office technology, maintaining working relationships from a distance, and influencing team culture and modeling work-life balance through your own behaviors.

Pools Responding to COVID-19: Three Case Studies in Crisis Management
This issue presents pooling case studies in COVID-19 crisis management from the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance (SDPAA), the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) and SchoolCare.

PTSD Presumption: A Known Unknown for Pools
With PTSD presumption legislation becoming more common – four states have enacted new laws in 2019 – the question of underwriting this new risk becomes more urgent. To help pools better assess the impact of PTSD presumption, this edition of Intelligence discusses variables that can affect the number and cost of claims, and offers several resources to better understand the totality of risk.

Elevating Pool Governance Through Inclusivity
Understanding and implementing measures to address cognitive and demographic diversity on a pool governing body can improve decisions and overall performance. In Elevating pool governance through inclusivity, 2019 Inclusion Resident Dr. Robin Stacia introduces governance inclusivity concepts and provides implementation ideas for pools.

Perspective on Top Pool Executive Compensation
With more than 70 percent of pool executives planning to vacate their roles within the next decade, perspective on top pool executive compensation is important for the governing bodies of pools.

Sexual Abuse and Molestation Claims in the Public Sector

This edition of Intelligence presents timely information to help pools better understand the scope of considerations involved in public entity sexual abuse and molestation claims.

Pooling Trends Happening Now and On the Horizon
The AGRiP Board of Directors has identified several trends to watch for that could affect public entity pooling in the coming years.

Retirement Realities and Succession Planning
AGRiP Generational Resident Kim Lear offers perspective on what generational and employment shifts may mean for pools, and how pools can successfully handle leadership transitions.

How Blockchain can Impact Public Entity Pooling
A practical use scenario for blockchain and its impact on a pool's service to its members.

Share Your Pooling Story to Engage Members 
Discover how some AGRiP member pools use storytelling to connect with members, and methods to make a story compelling.

How Pools can Influence Public Engagement 
Every public entity deals with public engagement and conflict - some of it good, some of it not so good - on a regular basis. This edition focuses on the role pools can play when members are in need of guidance.

Understanding Bias in Decision-Making 
Resident Futurist Rebecca Ryan examines common decision-making biases, how they might affect decisions made by public entity pools, and simple tricks to help avoid them.

Your Next Pool Executive 
Whether your pool is currently searching for a new pool executive, is engaged in long-term succession planning, or is cultivating leadership talent from within, you'll find useful perspective in this issue of Intelligence.