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… […]

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 […]

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 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. […]

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 […]