Mitchell Stankovic and Associates announces the expansion of The UNDERGROUND Community with the debut of the UNDERGROUND Blog and ongoing publishing of leadership activation content for members throughout the year. The UNDERGROUND Blog serves as the community’s on-demand conversation hub, currently featuring posts from community contributors such as Chip Filson, Randy Karnes and other leading credit union influencers.
“The UNDERGROUND Blog is the latest addition to the conversation- changing UNDERGROUND Community,” said Susan Mitchell, CEO of Mitchell Stankovic and Associates consulting firm. “We are committed to taking action on the issues that keep industry leaders up at night. The new UNDERGROUND Blog provides an open forum for members to engage in a dialogue to mobilize action.”
In addition to bi-monthly blog posts, The UNDERGROUND Blog will introduce future publications and UNDERGROUND Events similar to the community’s breakthrough 4-hour February 2016 conference in Washington, D.C. Resources including articles, white papers and eBooks are also available to members within the ‘My Library’ area of the online community, and members are actively empowered to contribute their original content to the community on an ongoing basis.
“It is critical to the mission of The UNDERGROUND that industry leaders engage in ongoing discussion and action to develop off-record discussions into on-record initiatives,” said Brandi Stankovic, Mitchell Stankovic and Associates Senior Partner. “We envisioned The UNDERGROUND Blog as a response to the incredible momentum generated at our event earlier this year. With its launch, our community is active in change-making dialogue year-round.”
Credit Union industry leaders are invited to join the community via the expanded UNDERGROUND online platform to stay current on community developments and content posts.
Learn More at www.mitchellstankovic.com/underground.html
Brandi Stankovic from Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates, who also works part-time at $537 million Boulder Dam Credit Union in Boulder City, Nev., offered one suggestion for income generation and one for expense reduction in a recent CU Journal article.
"One of the major opportunities in loan growth is to broaden reach by working with people who have lower credit scores," Stankovic said. "It is possible to work with existing members — and these are people credit unions could be serving better, anyway. A lot of those people have been reaching out to online lenders and alternative lenders, so get them to borrow from the credit union instead."
On the expense reduction side, she noted that there is an opportunity in leadership development that many CUs are missing. This involves making an investment, so "it does not sound like an expense reduction on the face," she quickly added, but then insisted by focusing on leadership development credit unions that follow this advice will find there is a "trickle down" that creates value for the organization.
"It is important to note that recruiting a CEO externally is 1.7 times more expensive than internal development," she said.
It is never too early to begin the process of leadership development, even if the CEO is not planning to retire for several years, Stankovic added. "Because the process itself creates value to the credit union. It leads to having a more cohesive team, and developing a culture of empowerment among the staff so they can serve the members better. It also helps overcome any disconnect between executives and the front line."
Article By Michael Bartlett
For full story: http://www.cujournal.com/news/growth-strategies/why-not-for-profit-doesnt-mean-not-making-a-profit-1026050-1.html
Strategic MVP Breakout Session: Cultivate Greatness in a Turbulent Industry - MWCUA Annual Meeting 2016
This session was designed for the CEO or experienced manager in any function who wants to become a better leader and wants to energize employees. The interest for this topic was unsurpassed - standing room only!
Brandi Stankovic presented ideas to guide executives to be more flexible, creative, and accountable in order to capitalize on collective intelligence, while promoting cooperation and knowledge-sharing efficiency and innovation.
Also discussing were to keys to successfully building emotional intelligence, effective communication and supporting a company culture that promotes professional growth.
The Young Professionals met at the MWCUA Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO. This session began with an ice breaker by Brandi Stankovic, Senior Partner of Mitchell Stankovic and Associates, and everyone was out of there seats and dancing!
This Breakout Session focused on good leaders, what makes them and how to become one. Good leaders make everyone around them better. Leadership is a mindset in action, not a job, a position or a title, it is a relationship with others. Leadership isn’t something that anyone can give you—you have to earn it and claim it for yourself.
Mountain West Credit Union Association Hosts Global Women's Leadership Network at the 2016 Annual Meeting
Brandi Stankovic, Partner, Mitchell Stankovic and Associates opened the meeting and welcomed the group of women and men representing both the Arizona and Colorado Sister Societies. Announced were the additions of the newest Sister Societies in Peru (October 2015) and Brazil (March 2016), all making a measurable difference in the lives of both members and communities.
Brandi provided the group with an overview and update on the Global Women’s Leadership Network including a report of the global reach and local impact of the Network which represents membership of 1,050 people from 53 countries and more than $1M in funds raised.
Danielle West, Sr. Director of Training from the award winning Broadmoor Resort gave an insider’s look at how they create a culture of exemplary service. In addition to describing their 16 service standards, she described the link between training and culture, how culture is shaped by leaders, why service is so important in today’s business environment, what it means to serve both internal and external customers, and the critical nature of training staff to effectively solve problems.
The session ended with a service project benefitting Children’s Hospital Colorado. Joe Dearborn, Sr. Director, CU4Kids, described the impact credit unions have in being the third largest donor for Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. Sarah Flowers and Kali Smith joined from Children’s Hospital Colorado to describe the NICU kits and how those kits help to increase donations and provide insight into the impact of a premature baby’s size and needs. The group assembled close to two hundred kits!