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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

A View Behind the Front Line

June 18, 2009
There are employees for every company, but not every company is for all employees,” notes journalist Alex Frankel . He found this out firsthand, going behind the employees-only doors of five of America’s best-known companies. His report, “Punching In,” was chosen by Strategy & Business magazine as a top book... READ MORE

Embrace Optimism as a Force for Change

June 18, 2009
If your teenager announced plans to travel the country in an old van selling T-shirts, you might wonder where you went wrong. But Bert Jacobs, co-founder and chief executive optimist of Life is good ®, Hudson, N.H., with his brother John, turned three simple words on a T-shirt into a... READ MORE

14 Steps to Life Balance and Happiness

June 18, 2009
Learn 14 steps to life balance and happiness from Dave Mitchell, author of “Live and Learn or Die Stupid.” His Monday thought leader session of the same title will mix humor, research, and advice on how to remain resilient, balanced, and happy. Mitchell is president/CEO of The Leadership Difference ,... READ MORE

Crisis Opens Growth Window for CUs

June 18, 2009
The entire U.S. financial services sector has been under massive stress during the recent credit crisis. Yet many observers believe this crisis presents an opportunity for credit unions as consumers’ trust in banks erodes. John Lass, CUNA Mutual Group’s senior vice president of strategy, will share 10 reasons why the... READ MORE

Attendees Honor CU Revolutionaries

June 18, 2009
There were exceptional moments at Sunday’s Opening General Session at the America’s Credit Union Conference & Expo in Boston, but perhaps none more notable than the award presented to Cathie Tierney, CEO of Community First Credit Union , Appleton, Wis. She was recognized as Credit Union Magazine’s 2009 CU Hero... READ MORE

It's Time to Support Corporate CUs

June 17, 2009
Let’s stay centered on the cooperative spirit. Erin Mendez Corporate credit unions play a key role in our cooperative system. While I’ve been in the financial services sector for 30 years, I began a career in the credit union movement in 2003. Going from for-profit to not-for-profit financial services, I... READ MORE

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