Reimagining Your Board Meetings

To make your gatherings more effective and engaging, first look at the real reasons boards meet. Leaders everywhere seem to be asking the question, “How do we make our board meetings more effective and more engaging?” To answer that question, I think you have to first look at the real reasons that boards meet. To…

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RIP RBG: The Thin, Strong String That Ties Women Together

Our foremothers paved the way for us; now we pave the way for the women now coming of age. This was written by the author Saturday morning, after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I’ve been thinking about all of the stories of the strong women in my family today. This day. The day after…

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Embracing our New (Virtual) Reality

I saw an interview recently in which author, American diplomat and former State Department official Richard Haas observed that the COVID-19 pandemic is not so much a turning point for our society, but an accelerant.  His comments alluded to the idea that trends only just beginning to emerge before the pandemic, have been “fast-tracked” and…

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The State Of Credit Union Governance 2020

Key findings include diversity as a priority and a desire to increase focus on strategy. For years, we’ve dreamt of studying the state of credit union governance. We know what you’re thinking: Dream bigger. Some people dream of European vacations. Fast cars. Beach houses. But for governance geeks like us, it’s often all about the…

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Good Governance: The Importance Of A Truly Independent Supervisory Committee

If you’re shifting to an ‘audit’ committee instead, be careful not to sacrifice independent oversight at the altar of efficiency. We’ve seen an important trend relevant to a good number of state credit unions nationwide. It’s one of those quiet trends that we believe could—in the long run—have significant governance consequences, perhaps for the entire…

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Coming Together for the Common Good.

Consider multiple perspectives and build consensus— not unanimity—to ensure your CU is making good decisions. If you Google “decision-making,” we think you’ll be amazed at what comes up in the search results: “The Top 5 Decision-Making Models You Need to Know,” “Models of Decision-Making: Rational, Administrative and Retrospective Decision-Making Models,” the “Most Popular Decision-Making Models,”…

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