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 […]

Is Leadership About Who You Are or What You Do?

Is Leadership About Who You Are or What You Do?

I’ve written a lot about the importance that character has on leadership. Most of us, I assume, want to work for leaders of good character. Likewise, if we are in a leadership role, we want others to identify us as being leaders of good character. And while there’s little doubt that qualities such as honesty […]

The Increasing Importance of Diversity

The Increasing Importance of Diversity

Leaders who demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion that goes beyond rhetoric, have a powerful strategic advantage in the marketplace. A culture that is able to integrate different lifestyles, backgrounds, and experiences results in an organization that’s able to see problems and opportunities from different angles, and create innovative solutions and strategies. A diverse […]

The Chief Executive Institute, 2016

The Chief Executive Institute, 2016

A Look Back The Chief Executive Institute, a leadership development program for newly seated CEO’s or successors, has concluded its inaugural year with nine participants. Founded by The Center for Credit Union Leadership, the program is designed to deepen decision-making and problem-solving skills, and cultivate leaders’ ability to operate strategically within volatile, uncertain, complex, and […]

The Importance of Trust and Transparency

The Importance of Trust and Transparency

In top-down, hierarchical organizations that operate in departmental silos and are purely numbers and profit-driven, the development of talent is optional because you can always find more bodies to fill positions. After all, it’s the continuation of the organization that’s important, not individual development. Employees learn to check their best selves at the door, morphing […]

How to Inspire Loyalty

How to Inspire Loyalty

Loyalty is an important part of any organization’s culture, and like so many other aspects of a healthy work environment, its development rests largely on the shoulders of its leaders. A strong sense of loyalty can reduce turnover, encourage everyone to work hard and give their best, and promote a higher level of customer service. […]

This Year’s Annual Star Gala was the Most Successful to Date

This Year’s Annual Star Gala was the Most Successful to Date

On September 23rd, the Mountain West Credit Union Foundation hosted the 9th Annual Star Gala at the glamorous Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Each year, this event allows us to recognize some of our industries finest while raising money for programs that support the long-term success of credit unions within their communities. This year’s Gala was […]

Are We Facing a Leadership Crisis?

Are We Facing a Leadership Crisis?

Finding, attracting and retaining good leadership has always been a concern for most organizations. However, according to recent trends, it’s becoming more and more of a challenge. A startling 86% of respondents to the Survey on the Global Agenda agree that we have a leadership crisis in the world today and are about to experience […]