Economic crises boost CUs' significance

June 22, 2009
In an era of historic credit and budget deficit crises and a global recession, credit unions’ relevance may never be stronger, John Lass, CUNA Mutual Group senior vice president, strategy, told attendees of CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo on Monday. “There’s no doubt that spread pressures, corporate stabilization... READ MORE

Live, learn, or die stupid

June 22, 2009
People have considerable control over their physical, mental, and spiritual health, said Dave Mitchell, author of “Live and Learn or Die Stupid,” in his thought leader session Monday at the America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo in Boston. “We need to better manage ourselves to find contentment,” he said. The... READ MORE

Real service to members isn't an illusion

June 22, 2009
Pay attention when Brad Barton talks. If you don’t, you may miss his magic and his message as well. Barton used a dizzying array of magic tricks and illusions to drive home some critical messages to credit unions during today’s challenging economic environment. The founder and principal of was... READ MORE

Success is Simple With Optimism

June 22, 2009
Be optimistic. Be open to doing new things. Be open to meeting new people. Be open to the notion that anything is possible. Be open to the “Life is good” concept of living. Be joyful. It’s a simple message that entrepreneur Bert Jacobs is sharing. For 15 years, Jacobs and... READ MORE

Scenes from the America's CU Conference

June 21, 2009
Nearly 1,500 credit union professionals and volunteers made the trek to Boston to celebrate the movement's centennial and pursue strategies for future growth. Check out scenes from Sunday's Opening General Session and anniversary reception. Boston Anniversary Party             America’s CU Conference & Expo attendees got their... READ MORE

Charge Forward During Tough Times

June 18, 2009
Difficult economic times can provoke the desire to retreat and head for cover. But not for Guy Kawasaki , author of “Rules for Revolutionaries.” He believes you charge forward, questioning conventional wisdom, and encouraging fresh thinking and new solutions. Kawasaki is one of the people responsible for the success of... READ MORE

Picture This: Use Drawings to Solve Business Problems

June 18, 2009
Used properly, a humble napkin is more powerful than Excel or PowerPoint. It can help you crystallize your ideas, think outside the box, and communicate more powerfully than any traditional business presentation, says Dan Roam , author of “The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas With Pictures.”... READ MORE

CUNA Economists Share Economic Outlook

June 18, 2009
More than 90% of economists surveyed recently predict the recession will end this year, reports the National Association of Business Economics, Washington, D.C. The recovery will remain bumpy, however. Bill Hampel, CUNA's senior vice president/chief economist and Mike Schenk, CUNA's vice president, economics and statistics,  will discuss the recovery and... READ MORE

A Simple Strategy for Success

June 18, 2009
Author Robin Crow  had a dream, but it wasn’t easy to fulfill. Crow took his last $2,000 and “hired a bulldozer to clear some land on my rundown farm.” That was just the start of Crow’s quest “to create a multimillion dollar business”—the Dark Horse Recording studio in Franklin, Tenn.... READ MORE

Lessons from the Lyin' Tamer

June 18, 2009
Janine Driver disbelieved Roger Clemens’s denials of steroid use before he said one word during last year’s congressional hearings about performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports. The all-star pitcher’s thumb gave him away. Driver, a body language analyst, saw Clemens pull his right thumb into his hand while being sworn in—a... READ MORE

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