Leadership Style and Substance

Leadership Style and Substance

As leaders, the substance of what we do each day – the results we produce – is important. Of course it is.A fundamental part of the leader’s job to get things done, to create change, and inspire invention. But, setting aside whatwe do and intentionally focusing on the waywe do what we do, can make […]

Why Empathy is an Important Leadership Trait

Why Empathy is an Important Leadership Trait

I believe, if we were to compare our industry with many (if not most) others, we’d find empathy to be an uncommonly consistent trait amongst Credit Union leaders.  The principle our entire movement is founded on – people helping people– infuses the very structure of our industry with a heavy dose of empathy. I also […]

Introducing the 2017 Brayman-Beach Scholarship Recipient!

Introducing the 2017 Brayman-Beach Scholarship Recipient!

I am pleased to introduce you to Abraham McLaurin, a senior at Regis Jesuit High School, a member of Sooper Credit Union, and this year’s recipient of the Brayman-Beach Scholarship. The Brayman-Beach Scholarship was created to support our local communities through investing in young leaders like Abraham, who is already a highly accomplish sportsman and […]

Solid Leaders Build a Solid Foundation

Solid Leaders Build a Solid Foundation

Leadership happens in every day circumstances that are often unexpected and don’t come with a playbook that walks us through exactly what do. Life is unpredictable, which is exactly why we need leaders to guide us. But, having the courage and wisdom to step out and make difficult decisions in the face of uncertainty comes […]

Highlights from the 2017 Foundation Impact Report

Highlights from the 2017 Foundation Impact Report

The annual Foundation Impact Report was released last week at the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention. Established in 1982, the purpose of the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation is to promote leadership development and the advancement of the Credit Union Movement. It accomplishes this through leadership development programs and initiatives […]

Millennials are the Future of Credit Unions

Millennials are the Future of Credit Unions

How can we prepare them to lead us? According to thePew Research Center, the “Millennial” generation (born between 1980 and 2000) will exceed Baby Boomers by 2019 as the nation’s largest living generation. A couple of years ago, they became the largest generation in the workforce. What’s more, 50% of them are alreadyin leadership positions. […]

How Two Association Credit Unions are Taking Strides to Support the Underserved in Their Communities

How Two Association Credit Unions are Taking Strides to Support the Underserved in Their Communities

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), are a collaborative force in our country who share a common goal: They aim to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities through providing access to financial products and services for residents and businesses. People in many low-income, economically distressed communities are often underserved by traditional financial institutions. CDFIs aim to […]

Dear CEO…

Dear CEO…

I recently read Dear CEO, which is a collection of specially-commissioned letters to a fictional CEO from some of the most respected business leaders in the world. While many of the letters include plenty of “management speak”, using tired words and phrases like disruption, helicopter view, game changer, etc., there were several original and intriguing […]