Deep Integrity

Deep Integrity

I believe that integrity is an essential quality of leadership, regardless of whether you are leading a family, a small team of volunteers, a not for profit organization, or a fortune 500 company. It’s especially important in cooperative organization where transparency is an essential and required aspect of its success and sustainability. But, as important […]

Change Happens. Resistance is Futile.

Change Happens. Resistance is Futile.

An organization’s ability to survive AND thrive, is not dependent on the IQ of their leaders or even on how successful and stable they happen to be today. Rather, it’s in how well the organization can adapt and respond to inevitable changes in conditions and demands. The only guarantee any of us have about the […]

How the Foundation is Supporting Credit Unions Like Yours in 2017

How the Foundation is Supporting Credit Unions Like Yours in 2017

The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation exists to advance the Credit Union movement through leadership development and initiatives that support the long-term success of credit unions in their communities. But, what does that mean specifically? How is the Foundation accomplishing these tasks? And, even more important, is your Credit Union taking full advantage of the […]

Clearly Communicating Expectations

Clearly Communicating Expectations

I’d venture to say that mismatched expectations are one of the biggest causes of miscommunication for pretty much every relationship, business and personal. Knowing this, it makes sense that as leaders we would want to do everything we can to make sure that our team has a clear understanding of what our expectations are about… […]

Looking Back and Surging Forward

Looking Back and Surging Forward

2016 was the most successful and exciting year to date for the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation. We saw growth and expansion within each of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives, including fundraising efforts that will allow us to do even more good in 2017. In an effort to gain some insight about the Foundation’s impact […]

Full Engagement

Full Engagement

According to Gallup polls published last year, 70% of employees report not feeling engaged with their work, a percentage that hasn’t improved in several years. This strikes me as alarming, and something that leaders should be very concerned about. Disengaged employees represent an enormous waste of time, effort and resources. Fully engaged employees are invested, […]

Ten of the Best Leadership Books of 2016

Ten of the Best Leadership Books of 2016

The best leaders know that the most effective leadership strategy is to never stop learning. And one of the easiest and most accessible ways to keep learning is, of course, by reading books. That’s why each year, we publish a list of some of the most insightful leadership books of the year. Of the most […]

Our Fair Share

Our Fair Share

Not for credit, not for charity, but for service. The Seven Cooperative Principles  are founded in the philosophy of cooperation and its central values of equality, equity and mutual self-help. The principles express the Credit Union philosophy that supports everything we do and sum up the reason behind our hard work and diligence: In order […]