Management

Social Responsibility Revisited

February 20, 2009
Sharyn Alden Through outreach efforts, CUs stand out as caring community partners. Social responsibility long has been important to credit unions’ strategic goals. But in today’s tough economic times, credit unions sense a renewed urgency about making their communities even stronger, better places to live. Setting the tone “Our country... READ MORE

Try a Little Self-Analysis

February 20, 2009
Mark Sievewright The best vision and mission statements are mantras for action. I’ve had the privilege of helping many credit unions, leagues, and trade associations with their strategic plans. Although it may seem early in the year to think about plans and budgets, the market environment dictates it’s time for... READ MORE

Tried and True

February 20, 2009
John Franklin The same philosophy that created the CU movement is alive and well today. This U.S. Credit Union System celebrates some historic milestones. In June, during the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo, participants will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. credit... READ MORE

Tonic to Remedy the Ailing Ecomomy

February 20, 2009
Daniel A. Mica The CU ‘understanding gap’ is nothing new. Last month I wrote about the parallels between now and 75 years ago—when the Federal Credit Union Act was signed into law and when, not coincidentally, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) was founded. I beg your indulgence to continue... READ MORE

Bolster CU Know-How

February 20, 2009
LEAD STORY What do employees know about credit unions, and how does that influence their member interactions? That was the subject of a study of 10 credit unions by the Filene Research Institute, Madison, Wis. “Employee Perceptions of Credit Unions: Implications for Member Profitability” expanded on an earlier Filene study,... READ MORE

'Never Waste a Crisis' and Other Political Lessons From Buddy Gill

February 19, 2009
By Bill Merrick “Potomac Fever” struck Buddy Gill during a congressional internship in college, and he has been afflicted ever since. Crisis brings opportunity, says Texas CU League Chief Advocacy Officer Buddy Gill. Listen now . The Texas Credit Union League’s  chief advocacy officer/senior vice president has participated in more... READ MORE

Changing Course

February 18, 2009
David Klavitter The approach to advancing the CU legislative agenda may never be the same. Last November's election gave Democrats control of the White House and widened the party’s margins in both chambers of Congress. This alone is enough to alter the direction and tempo of Washington, D.C. But in... READ MORE

Bienvenidos

February 18, 2009
Dianne Molvig As more financial institutions turn their backs on Hispanics, CUs welcome the service opportunities. Tough economic times typically induce the urge to hunker down, for individuals and organizations alike. But tough times also can open doors to new opportunities. Keep that in mind when considering whether to reach... READ MORE

Which Way Now?

February 18, 2009
Steve Rick Common sense and vision chart a course for success in 2009 and beyond. Is there a silver lining for credit unions in the economic gloom and doom of the day? Yes, for those that navigate carefully, according to Credit Union National Association (CUNA) economists, who examined the state... READ MORE

'A Paradox of Thrift

January 23, 2009
Mark Sievewright   It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. When people ask me to prognosticate about our industry’s future, I like to quote legendary baseball sage Yogi Berra, who said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” But I’ll give it a whirl anyway. We... READ MORE
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