• A Culture of Ethics Protects Reputation and Financial Returns
    Posted by SL&A on Apr 11th, 2014
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning

    Published in, The Credit Union Times By, Stuart R. Levine A culture based on values and focused on ethical behavior protects reputation and brand.  As an individual, your name is your brand and a trusted brand provides the credibility needed to be effective in your organization.  For an organization, a trusted brand gives the credibility [...]


  • Connecting Minds to Invent the Future
    Posted by SL&A on Apr 23rd, 2012
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning, CEO Consultation

    Lately in our business, I have observed a disturbing trend. Companies are on a shorter planning cycle, and long term planning and visionary thinking is difficult to achieve. However, visionary planning informs every future decision, including hiring the right talent on both your management team and board. Too few leaders spend time talking about these [...]


  • Water – A Transformative Issue for Business and Society
    Posted by SL&A on Mar 23rd, 2012
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning, Operation Processes and Implementation

    This past month, I spent a day engaging in thought-provoking dialogue at the Deloitte Davos Experience. The issues discussed each year at the World Economic Forum provide a context for the most important challenges of our time. I’d like to share with you a few data points on water stewardship that was the starting point [...]


  • Heads Up: Time to start connecting the dots
    Posted by SL&A on Feb 5th, 2012
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning, CEO Consultation, 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 business. But many don’t have that [...]


  • 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 [...]


  • Creating Value in a Deleveraging World
    Posted by SL&A on Oct 27th, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Our Work with Credit Unions, Strategic Planning, Strategic Retreats

    As I reflect on my travels to over 20 cities in 2011, I am struck by a conversation I’d like to share with you.  Upon arriving late one evening in Las Vegas to speak at a credit union conference, I asked the cab driver “how’s business?” I heard a profoundly sad story.  His face is [...]


  • Ensuring a Successful Merger
    Posted by SL&A on Sep 19th, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, Our Work with Credit Unions

    Our firm recently facilitated the successful merger of two credit unions.  One of the fundamental issues that we focused on was the ability of the post merger team to quickly establish and maintain productive working relationships with employees and the members they serve. From the outset, it was critical to identify people-related risk factors as [...]


  • Trends Support Need for Transformational Governance
    Posted by SL&A on Jun 16th, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Communication, Effective Board Governance

    Last week I attended a conference in New York City hosted by the National Association of Corporate Directors.  Core to this organization is the belief in education of directors who serve shareholders and other important stakeholders. Here are some directional issues that will redefine standards and behaviors and will require boards to transform their governance [...]


  • The Collaborative & Innovative Strategic Leader
    Posted by SL&A on May 18th, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Our Work with Credit Unions, Director Education, Effective Board Governance

    Having just returned from NACUSO’s 2011 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, I thought it would be appropriate to share some perspective on current issues and trends that will impact your credit union and its ability to survive and thrive. Gigi Hyland, Board Member, NCUA, spoke about the unprecedented challenge of addressing the worst economic recession [...]


  • Information Explosion Favors Creative Leadership
    Posted by SL&A on May 6th, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning

    This past year IBM released it fourth edition of their biennial Global CEO Study series entitled,  “Capitalizing on Complexity.”  Over 1500 global CEOs were interviewed in person, throughout 60 countries and across 33 industries.   The insights gained from this study have major implications for how leaders should view strategic planning, valued leadership qualities and decision-making [...]


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