Feedback is a Required Leadership Skill

Feedback is a Required Leadership Skill

“Good intent in giving input is not enough. We must back up intention with behavior that is skillful.” — Dr. Kathryn Smerek Offering quality feedback that moves individuals, teams and entire organizations forwarded toward both individual and shared goals is one of the most important leadership skills. After all, the very nature of leadership is […]

Highlights from the 2016 Foundation Impact Report

Highlights from the 2016 Foundation Impact Report

The annual Foundation Impact Report was recently released at the Mountain West Credit Union Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Convention. Since 1982, Mountain West Credit Union Foundation has been working to advance the Credit Union movement through leadership development and initiatives that support the long-term success of credit unions in their communities. Here is a […]

Are You Good at Being Confronted?

Are You Good at Being Confronted?

Usually, when we talk about confrontation, it’s from the perspective of the confronter. We focus on having the courage to confront others and how to do it effectively. We delve into strategies for communicating effectively and advocating for specific outcomes. Knowing how to confront people in a way that’s most likely to lead to a […]

Creating A Culture That Doesn’t Fear Mistakes

Creating A Culture That Doesn’t Fear Mistakes

If we want our organizations to grow and succeed, we must fill them with good people who are committed to doing their jobs with excellence. Especially in the financial industry, there are some things for which there is simply no margin for error. We know this. And yet, we also know that we’re all human […]

Removing Motivational Barriers

Removing Motivational Barriers

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely experiencing a bit of spring fever these days. The sun is out, the days are getting longer, leaves are appearing on trees, and I find myself sitting at my desk itching to get outside. Granted, a little spring fever is really just a minor hindrance if […]

Scholarships are Available to Attend this Year’s World Credit Union Conference in Austria!

Scholarships are Available to Attend this Year’s World Credit Union Conference in Austria!

Every year, the Gary Plank Scholarship Program provides three $5000 scholarships for young Credit Union professionals and volunteers (35 and younger), and one Development Educator of any age, to attend the World Credit Union Conference. And, this year’s conference is in Vienna, Austria! Named in honor of retired Arizona League President, Gary Plank, the scholarship […]

The Danger of Toxic Team Members

The Danger of Toxic Team Members

At the risk of sounding clichéd, attitude is everything. So much of what we accomplish and how we experience life, both personally and professionally, is ultimately dependent on our attitude. Not only is attitude important to the quality of our own lives, it has a real effect on those around us and the overall culture […]

Congratulations to the 2017 Executive Leadership Scholars!

Congratulations to the 2017 Executive Leadership Scholars!

We are proud to introduce this group of elite emerging leaders devoted to the development of ongoing growth and leadership. All Executive Leadership Scholars are selected using a comprehensive process including application submission, letters of recommendation, leadership skills assessments, and panel interviews. The program is a five-year journey during which scholars are taught leadership skills, […]

Creating a Turnover Resistant Culture

Creating a Turnover Resistant Culture

For every organization, long-term success and sustainability requires the ability to attract and retain quality people. This is especially true for small businesses and nonprofits because they are competing with larger organizations that often have deeper pockets and more incentives available to attract top talent. While numbers vary from study to study, everyone agrees that […]