Management

All about ALL: Providing accurate financial forecasts

December 15, 2009
By Pam Finch There are many issues facing finance professionals today. Providing accurate financial forecasts has been a challenge and is getting more difficult with so many considerations affecting capital over the past 18 months. The effects of regulatory changes related to credit card programs, potential reduction of interchange income,... READ MORE

Re-Energize Your Burned-Out Workforce

November 30, 2009
The recession hasn’t just affected bank accounts and bottom lines—it’s also had a big impact on the morale and attitudes of the American workforce, says Jon Gordon, author of “The Shark and the Goldfish: Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change.” “When fear and uncertainty become staples of daily... READ MORE

CUs Take No-Frills Approach to Tech Spending

November 23, 2009
Judy Dahl They’re foregoing bells and whistles for tools that improve efficiency and security. When Scott Townsend learned about a system that automates meeting room reservations and displays the information on LCD panels, he was intrigued. But the chief information officer at $1 billion asset Michigan Schools and Government Credit... READ MORE

Interest Rates Hinge on 'Slack'

November 23, 2009
Steve Rick Unused economic capacity is restraining Fed action.   An old saying describes two types of economists—those who can’t forecast interest rates, and those who don’t know they can’t forecast interest rates. Considering myself part of the latter group, I’ll attempt to predict the future path of interest rates... READ MORE

Business Continuity: Test and Verify

November 23, 2009
Patrick Totty Not testing your business continuity plan is the same as not having one.   Ronald Reagan was fond of quoting a Russian proverb to Mikhail Gorbachev whenever the two negotiated an arms reduction treaty: “Doveryai, no proveryai!” or “Trust, but verify!” His advice also applies to business continuity... READ MORE

Rising Above 6%

November 23, 2009
CUs have held 6% of industry assets for nearly  two decades. Why not more? Dick Radtke Focus CUs’ share of assets among federally insured financial institutions has stalled at 6% since 1992. Alternative capital, some say, could help CUs gain additional market share. Board focus: Is share of assets a... READ MORE

Real-World Continuity Plans

November 23, 2009
Sharyn Alden CUs prepare to put pandemic plans into action. As waves of H1N1 flu continue, credit unions aren’t just crossing their fingers hoping they won’t get hit hard. Many have continuity plans that specifically address pandemic-related issues that may affect their workplaces. Some are documenting what they’re learning from... READ MORE

Anatomy of a 'Fix'

November 23, 2009
Daniel A. Mica How things get done in Washington—and who deserves the credit. This is a political story about how things get done in Washington—and who deserves the credit. It’s also a story about the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the leagues, and credit unions—and how the credit union movement’s... READ MORE

Augustine Kang: Father of the Asian CU Movement

November 23, 2009
‘The purpose of CUs is to liberate people.’ Those who knew Augustine Kang during his decades of service to credit unions report he was a transforming figure. Some say he was a key 20th-century historical leader of the international credit union movement. Others describe Kang as “a man of the... READ MORE

Maintain a Learning Mindset

November 23, 2009
The ultimate goal in the eyes of many business leaders is that their organization would be a learning organization—constantly growing and investing in being creative and innovative to achieve great business results. That’s the opinion of Maria O’Donoghue, director of global learning and development at the Global Talent Management Centre... READ MORE

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