• Regulation, Communication, Trust and Ethics All Linked
    Posted by SL&A on Jan 9th, 2013
    Related Products & Services: Governance

    Published in Credit Union Times By, Stuart R. Levine The full effect of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) is still to be felt in the financial sector. Dodd-Frank creates an environment of increased scrutiny and heightened sensitivity by regulators and consumers. Perhaps credit unions should not be treated [...]


  • 50,000 Challenge: Creating Internship Opportunities at Credit Unions
    Posted by SL&A on Jul 27th, 2012
    Related Products & Services: Young Professional Career Development

    As the presidential campaign intensifies, I am struck by the common sense opportunity for all of us in the credit union world to come together and start to turn this country around. There is a practical way that we, as mission-driven people, can assert leadership and re-infuse energy into our communities. My suggestion is that [...]


  • Credit Union Leadership Forum 2012 Launch
    Posted by SL&A on Jul 10th, 2012

    Strategic Insights for CEO’s & Credit Union Board Members Why do you need the Credit Union Leadership Forum? In recent years, the U.S. economy has experienced the most devastating recession in the history of the country. Credit unions and their members have not escaped its unrelenting grip and the future promises continued economic challenges. Loan [...]


  • Focus on Leadership Fundamentals
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    Related Products & Services: Our Work with Credit Unions, Leadership Development

    The most successful leaders I know understand and live by fundamental leadership principles with both discipline and focus.  They commit to continuous learning and strive to have their behaviors serve as a reflection of their values –  setting  the standard and expectations for others in their organization. Companies are once again focused on increasing the [...]


  • The Fundamentals of Exceptional Governance
    Posted by SL&A on Apr 23rd, 2012
    Related Products & Services: Our Work with Credit Unions

    Last month I spoke at the CUES Executive Summit in Colorado Springs. This conference was attended by some of the most dedicated and intelligent directors and senior leaders we have met in the credit union world. I’d like to share with you some of the valuable content delivered, as well as some of the important [...]


  • Board Culture Strengthened by Learning
    Posted by SL&A on Mar 23rd, 2012
    Related Products & Services: Our Work with Credit Unions

    This past year I travelled 300,000 miles globally . The experience helped me connect dots that have serious consequences for business strategy and succession planning. It also reinforced a central theme that is emerging for all of us on boards: Can we learn as fast as the world is changing? As directors, we are always [...]


  • The Challenge of Succession Planning for CEOs and Boards
    Posted by SL&A on Feb 7th, 2012
    Related Products & Services: CEO Consultation, Director Education, Succession Planning

    Maximizing and ensuring member value and performance requires an ongoing review of the depth of talent in your credit union as well as the right complement of skills to lead effectively and navigate changing strategies.  As markets become more global and technology continues to play an even greater role in strategy, the criteria established for [...]


  • Heads Up: Start Connecting the Dots Fast
    Posted by SL&A on Feb 4th, 2012
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning, Our Work with Credit Unions, Director Education

    As we begin the new year, most CEOs and C-Suite executives are thinking about how to strengthen the leadership team and management to best execute on strategy. Some leaders may have the “gene” that inspires them to naturally keep learning about the world and how it will impact their credit union. But many don’t have [...]


  • Can You Learn as Fast as the World is Changing?
    Posted by SL&A on Dec 5th, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning, Strategic Retreats, Effective Board Governance

    As we go deep into the fourth quarter of this year, I’d like to reflect upon lessons learned as well as thoughts for the new year and beyond. This morning, after Thanksgiving day, I walked through my rose garden. In some strange way, there were still roses in bloom, unlike most species whose leaves and [...]


  • Mission-Driven Communication Requires Courage and Standards
    Posted by SL&A on Nov 21st, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Communication, Team Effectiveness and Alignment, CEO Consultation

    Successful leaders live by fundamental leadership principles with discipline and focus. They commit to continuous learning and strive to have their behaviors serve as a reflection of their values — setting the standard and expectations for others in your credit union. The CEO’s communication philosophy and actions sets the tone, whether it be openness with [...]


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