Boards of Directors
The Playground Bully Grows Up
I’ve been bullied three times in my life, and as anyone who has ever been bullied can tell you, that’s about three times too many. Luckily for me, each of these bullies entered my life when I was adult. They were professionals, on-the-job bullies. And the last one did the damage just recently. I don’t…Read More
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…Read More
Taking Action On Credit Unions’ No. 1 Director Recruitment Priority: Diversity.
The credit union and women’s movements are clearly doing something right. But we still have a long way to go. The day after Kamala Harris was picked by Joe Biden as his running mate, I was talking with a colleague of mine about his choice. I have to note that the colleague in question is…Read More
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…Read More
Governance Committee – If You Don’t Have One, Get One!
Every now and then we are asked why governance committees are such a good idea, and it’s a good reminder to us not to take for granted that everyone knows or even shares our opinion. But, we think that they could be the most important committee your organization can have, so, in the immortal words…Read More
A Hero For All
There’s nothing like meeting your hero. For some, that might equate to a football player or a musician or maybe a politician — a well-known celebrity type, whose mere physical presence is immediately recognized by all. For a governance geek like me, heroes are fewer and farther in between. But they do exist and when…Read More
Effective Communications in the Board Room
A great number of the governance challenges that we come across in the work that our firm undertakes with credit unions can be boiled down to matters of communications. Are your board members crossing over into day-to-day operations? Well…have their roles and responsibilities been clearly defined, updated and effectively communicated to them? Are there two…Read More
Good Governance: The Origin Of Civility
Be sure to disagree in an agreeable way. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the word civility. And unless you live under a rock, you can likely understand why . Frankly there’s a significant lack of it in the public sector. It concerns me, and my guess is that it concerns you, no matter…Read More
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know: What You Need to Know About Assessments
We don’t know what we don’t know. It’s such an obvious thing to state, and yet we would suggest this simple statement of fact may be the key to the future of your credit union. Often our clients approach us with a sense that although their credit union has a healthy balance sheet and continues to…Read More
Good Governance: Who’s on Your Board Today? Tomorrow?
Data from our new report, The State of Credit Union Governance, 2018, finds that the majority of credit unions feel pretty good about who’s currently on their boards—but are much less sure about the future.Read More