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 […]

Squirrel!

Squirrel!

Distractions are bad. Focus is good. This is the topic of countless articles and books whose authors inevitably point the finger at technology, insisting that all our gadgets are mostly to blame. To a certain extent, they are right. This study from Deloitte says we check our smart phones an average of 46 times a […]

The Best Version of YOU

The Best Version of YOU

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the important role that humility plays in good leadership. Humility is foundational to becoming a leader that others willingly follow largely because it’s a key element in one’s ability to be self-aware. But, is self-awareness a requirement for good leadership? I think so. A couple of years […]

7 Ways Humility Influences Leadership

7 Ways Humility Influences Leadership

If asked to describe the traits of successful leaders, many people will use words such as powerful, charismatic, enthusiastic, and visionary. These are aspects of leadership that take center stage – showing up in a very visual and emotional way. But, one of the most important traits of a great leader is often overlooked because […]

The Energy of Leadership

The Energy of Leadership

One of the quickest ways to gauge the health of an organization, and learn a lot about its culture, is to observe its energy level. High-energy teams are electric. There is enthusiasm in their communication with each other, and with others. There is innovation in their work and optimism about the future. Low energy groups […]

5 Things Great Leaders Do Every Day

5 Things Great Leaders Do Every Day

Gone are the days when “leader” generally meant a guy in a grey suit with a briefcase. These days a leader might be a jeans and tennis shoe wearing 20 something at the helm of a start-up, or the next turtleneck wearing, barefoot Steve Jobs announcing technology that just might change the world. Leaders – […]

Leadership Book Review

Leadership Book Review

 5 of the Best from 2017, and 3 to Add to This Year’s Wish List Spending some time engrossed in a meaty book on leadership, organizational culture, team building, productivity, and performance pretty much always sounds good to me. And yet, the demands of daily life force me to choose a precious few out of the […]