About Dan Finerty

Dan Finerty is the Director of Marketing at the Mountain West Credit Union Association, a Credit Union champion, a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), and an award-winning marketer. Dan has over 14 years of marketing experience in communications, retail, packaged goods, and, of course, Credit Unions. He believes that Credit Unions have an incredible story to tell and works with some of the brightest Credit Union professionals to help promote Credit Unions to the public. Dan holds two Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and in Management. He is also a swell guy.

Cultivating Good Leadership Habits

Cultivating Good Leadership Habits

Habits are important, mostly because they make up such a large chunk of what we do with our time. Studies have shown that approximately 40 to 45% of what we do every day is a habit. That might seem like a lot, but habits are actually pretty useful. They are automatic and reliable, which allows […]

The Real Value of Trust

The Real Value of Trust

I came across a study the other day that stopped me in my tracks. It proclaimed that 37% of employees trust managers less today than in the past, and that only 8% trust their leaders “to a great extent.” 8%. I don’t know about you, but that number disturbs me. Here’s why: For most of […]

What Is A Thought Leader?

What Is A Thought Leader?

Most of us, whether we are well accomplished or jut starting to make our way in the world, spend a lot of time reading, listening, thinking and talking about what thought leaders have to say. I think I’ve quoted at least one thought leader in nearly every post published here, rehashing their ideas and recommending […]

Leading Up

Leading Up

In order to lead, you must have followers. But not all followers are subordinates. “Leading up” is being responsible for working well with the people above you – your boss, a chief executive, a board of directors, and even members. It’s about deciding that you’ll take the initiative to be effective, whatever your current role. […]

The Real Value of Selfless Leadership

The Real Value of Selfless Leadership

Selfish Vs. Selfless Leadership Have you ever worked for someone that seems to care only for his or her own interests? Someone who doesn’t seem to be concerned with employees or co-workers, or even society in general? I’d guess that all of us have worked with someone at some point (perhaps now) who seems to […]

The Top 10 Leadership Books of 2014

The Top 10 Leadership Books of 2014

As 2014 prepares to come to a close, I looked over lists from The Washington Post, Forbes, Amazon and Fast Company to bring you a list of 10 of the best leadership books published this year. These 10 books contain plenty of real-world examples from successful leaders, new insights about creativity, motivation, growth and excellence, […]

Just Do It. No Excuse Leadership 

Just Do It. No Excuse Leadership 

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda For most of us, the truth lies more in actions than in words. It doesn’t really matter what someone says if the reality of his or her actions simply don’t match up. As leaders, there is a direct link between credibility and our level of […]

Why Vision Is Vital To Success

Why Vision Is Vital To Success

Does your Credit Union have a vision that drives your strategic goals? Does everyone in the organization know what the vision is and how they fit into it? Does it inspire purpose and motivation? Jonathan Swift said it best when he stated that, “Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” Vision and strategy are […]

10 Ways To Manage Stress, Part 2

10 Ways To Manage Stress, Part 2

<–Part 1 in this series. Have a Creative Outlet. According to Health News Digest, having a creative outlet can be deeply therapeutic. Doing something that channels your inner Picasso can help you, “resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.” Increase Your Amount of Downtime. […]