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A Nation in Need of CUs

December 23, 2008
Daniel A. Mica CUs shouldn’t be named or blamed for the current crisis. This country needs credit unions, maybe now more than ever. And the country needs a credit union movement that is regulated by a unique entity, just as credit unions are unique among financial institutions. As the new... READ MORE

On My Mind: Digital Evolution

December 23, 2008
Kathy Kuehn Whether print will survive is a moot point. People’s habits change. “To expect future generations to be satisfied with printed books is like expecting the BlackBerry® users of today to start communicating by writing letters, stuffing envelopes, and licking stamps.” That quote, by Jeff Gomez, author of the... READ MORE

Leading Edge

December 23, 2008
LEAD STORY Play to Win “Leadership is not for the faint of heart,” says Kevin Freiberg, author and president/CEO of Freibergs.com, leadership and corporate culture consultants in San Diego. “It takes guts to move an organization in bold, new directions,” he notes, “and to continue to create a place where... READ MORE

Take Control in Crisis

December 23, 2008
John Franklin Emerge with a stronger image and increased respect from members. The economic crisis and its impact on consumers, small businesses, big businesses, and the financial services industry is the news right now. It’s likely to continue to be the No. 1 news story until the nation sees material... READ MORE

Lead With a Guiding Light

December 23, 2008
Sharyn Alden CU leaders must be laser-focused during these extraordinary economic times. In today’s volatile world of finance, credit union CEOs say they must draw from an even wider variety of leader-ship skills than normal to guide their credit unions. Three CEOs discuss how they leverage leadership competencies to inspire... READ MORE

Misery Builds Character

November 18, 2008
Walk into any credit union information technology (IT) manager's office and announce it's time to switch core systems. What do you think the response will be? READ MORE

Federal CU Act Passes: 1934

November 18, 2008
A federal law passed in 1934—a year in which U.S. unemployment stood at 22% and dust storms in the Central Plains created the “Dust Bowl”—is behind much of the business-as-usual of today’s credit unions.   The 73rd Congress passed the Federal Credit Union Act June 16, 1934, and President Franklin... READ MORE

The New CIO

November 17, 2008
Cathy Fleming   Today’s CIOs must be strong leaders as well as talented technologists .   The pace of technological change demands a unique combination of flexibility and forecasting by credit union chief information officers (CIO). The CIO’s role has become even more critical in executing strategies to increase membership,... READ MORE

Post-Panic Economic Look

November 17, 2008
Bill Hampel   The economy won’t get nearly as bad as during the Great Depression .   Even before the conservatorships of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the bailout of AIG, and the failure of Lehman Brothers, the economic outlook was far from rosy. Back then, it appeared the economy... READ MORE

The New Direction

November 17, 2008
Daniel A. Mica   One thing is certain: Change is coming from many directions.   The historic election last month of Barack Obama as president culminated a long campaign that promised “change” for the nation. And change definitely is coming.   The new team in power, spurred by financial upheaval,... READ MORE

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