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. […]

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 […]

How Do You Measure Success?

How Do You Measure Success?

As summer comes to a close and cooler weather sets in, there is one thing I know for sure: the last few months of the year always speed by at breakneck speed. Before I know it, it’s January 1st, and I find myself thinking… “Where did the past year go?” I don’t know why time […]

An Inside Look at Western CUNA Management School

An Inside Look at Western CUNA Management School

The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation’s Executive Leadership Program is a signature program created to support the training and development of the future leaders of the Credit Union Movement. The program’s central focus is on effectively preparing promising leaders for tomorrow’s challenges and providing them with the tools they need to pursue their passion for […]

The Truth About Millennials and Work

The Truth About Millennials and Work

Last week, we sat down with three credit union professionals who attended this year’s World Credit Union Conference to ask them about their experience. Each of them mentioned that one of the biggest highlights was a panel discussion with a diverse group of millennials. The discussion illuminated a few truths about this often misunderstood generation, […]

An Inside Perspective from This Year’s World Credit Union Conference

An Inside Perspective from This Year’s World Credit Union Conference

For the past few years, the Gary Plank Scholarship has allowed the Foundation to send four professionals to the World Credit Union Conference. Amongst other factors, the recipients were selected based on a demonstrated commitment to the credit union cooperative model and to further development within the international credit union system. This year’s conference was […]

Funding for Internal Credit Union Leadership Initiative is Available!

Funding for Internal Credit Union Leadership Initiative is Available!

Peer inside some of the most successful organizations and you’ll find leaders who have embraced the responsibility of setting a clear organizational vision, creating customer focus, demonstrating concrete organizational values and setting high expectations for excellence. In other words, leaders who have adopted a values-based approach. A cooperative, values-based leadership approach is at the heart […]

Authentic Leadership

Authentic Leadership

The word “authentic” gets thrown around a lot these days, to the point that its meaning is becoming a bit diluted. This is a shame, because when you think about it, the very idea of authenticity is quite profound. Above all else, authenticity is about having the audacity to make one’s own choices. It’s about […]

The Importance of Great Self-Leadership

The Importance of Great Self-Leadership

“Exceptional leaders distinguish themselves because of superior self-leadership.” – Daniel Goleman Is it possible to be a great leader (or even a good leader) without first becoming an accomplished self-leader? I tend to think that it’s not. Learning how to manage and motivate ourselves towards the accomplishment of worthy goals seems like a prerequisite to […]

Key Contributors to High Turnover

Key Contributors to High Turnover

Keeping turnover low is an important issue for most organizations for good reason: it has a huge impact on the bottom line. Not only is it costly to find, train and acclimate new staff, high turnover is extremely disruptive to workflow and the inner workings of a team. In addition, loosing people with key skills […]