Every Credit Union Exec Should Visit CUNA

October 2, 2012 Posted by
Every Credit Union Exec Should Visit CUNA

From Mark Arnold: Madison. Home of the University of Wisconsin, Cheeseheads, microbrews, and quirky restaurants and bars. Madison is also home to the Credit Union National Association. In other words, Madison is like a credit union mecca. I’ve been in the credit union movement for over 20 years and in all that time I had [...]

A Reflective Celebration

August 23, 2012 Posted by
A Reflective Celebration

This post originally appeared on CUinsight.com, where CUNA regularly provides articles related to credit union topics for their CU Community page. From Joe Day: “Members Matter Most” – it’s time to let out the secret. Working for cooperatively owned financial institutions, we all know that every action we take at our credit unions is in [...]

CUNA Management School: Expo Night

July 31, 2012 Posted by

Two heads are better than one, or so the saying goes. However, after CUNA Management School’s Expo Night, I feel the time-worn axiom should be updated just a bit: 223 heads are better than two. Students of CUNA Management School flooded the CUNA campus Monday for the annual CUNA Expo night where the future credit [...]

CUNA Management School, Year 3: Media Relations

July 27, 2012 Posted by
CUNA Management School, Year 3: Media Relations

From Greg Langen: “A lot of your dealings with the media are within your control.” This is what Marshall Cook, Professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison told the CUNA Management School’s 3rd year class last Friday afternoon. From my seat in the audience, I’m not sure if the entire 3rd Year class believed him. [...]

CUNA Management School, Year 1: Business Writing

July 25, 2012 Posted by
CUNA Management School, Year 1: Business Writing

From: Gregory Langen Deciding how to begin this blog post should not feel like a life-changing event. However, after attending Year 1’s Business Writing class with Sara Gibson, I am feeling oddly self-conscious about every word that I type. Is everything I am writing essential to this piece? Surely this sentence isn’t. Does what I [...]

CUNA Management School, Year 2: Dealing with the Human ‘Stuff’

July 18, 2012 Posted by

From Ann Peterson: “I’m almost over it.”  Friends, family, and co-workers know that’s a favorite phrase of mine. It’s usually said with a bit of sarcasm and also irony because no matter what I’m referencing–a conflict, personal crisis, or traumatic event–I’m usually not really over it. After today’s “Crisis Management” with Donna Tona, certified trauma [...]

Coalition Building: Collaboration in Advocacy

July 17, 2012 Posted by
Coalition Building:  Collaboration in Advocacy

When I present advocacy training seminars or teach my class at CUNA Management School, I usually talk about the ten basic lobbying principles:  unity, clarity of objectives, discipline, subject matter expertise/preparation, perseverance, adaptation, opposition research, credibility/trust, key actors and coalition building.  I intend to discuss each of these principles in future blog posts; this installment [...]

CUNA Management School, Year 2/Day 5: Simulating Poverty

July 16, 2012 Posted by
CUNA Management School, Year 2/Day 5: Simulating Poverty

From Greg Langen:  When I was asked to help run the poverty simulation during CUNA Management School, I didn’t quite know what to expect, having only my experience of living in half-dilapidated college apartments to draw from. As it turns out, my view of poverty being simply a low number in a savings account proved [...]

CUNA Management School, Year 2/Day 2: This is a No-Comfort Zone

July 13, 2012 Posted by

From Ann Hayes Peterson: When I scanned the handout for Tuesday’s Year 2 session–“Executive Presentation Skills by Stacey Hanke”–I knew I was in trouble. The subtitle of the session was “Communicating with Impact and Influence.”  It was not an easy day–and I believe most, if not all, of my classmates would agree. But fun? Yes. Illuminating? [...]

Day One, Year One at CUNA Management School

July 10, 2012 Posted by
Day One, Year One at CUNA Management School

From Michelle Willits: Within the span of 24 hours, the newest members of CUNA Management School (CMS) class were whisked through the past, present and future of the credit union movement. This week, 87 students started their first of three years in the program, which is the longest running credit union executive education program in [...]