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VIENNA, Austria–The Global Women’s Leadership Network is reporting impressive growth. Managed in conjunction with the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), the organization now boasts more than 2,000 members from 78 countries around the world, according to its president, Sue Mitchell.
In remarks to a reception prior to WOCCU’s World Credit Union Conference here, Mitchell said the GWLN has grown to 33 sister societies, essentially its local chapters, and that number will soon be 40 as it adds six new sister societies in the Pacific Northwest as well as new membership in Brazil and Asia.
“We want to reinforce the vision we committed to in 2009,” said Mitchell. “We want to provide women with the opportunities and resources to make a meaningful difference to each other, to our credit unions, and to our communities. And we are doing that.”
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By Randy Karnes, President/CEO, CU*Answers
If you’re on my email lists, you’ve probably seen the onslaught of communications I’m capable of sending out and wondered, ‘How am I going to find the time to read all of this?’ So, when I was asked the question, ‘How do you manage the volumes of important and less important emails to and from the network?’ I decided to get philosophical on the topic of time management.
This topic is the most common worry of teammates on the way to the next step in their careers. ‘How do I keep up with my mounting responsibilities while also becoming even more informed?’ It might be the No. 1 challenge we face daily in the business world today: Sensory overload and the constant conflicts in priorities fighting for our attention.
Time management isn’t just a business problem. We see it as a business problem because it is, but it is consistent throughout our everyday lives as we balance our work, home, family, and interests. The amount of noise we face while managing our daily lives can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because we are more aware of everything today, or at least we know we have the option to be aware. The intensity of so many wonders and horrors for the active person today is inspiring (the grand designs of nature, people, science, etc.), but it has the potential to create devastating stress (the pain from connecting with negative events everywhere and all the time) as negative awareness can warp the senses. Our business lives are no different.
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Key characteristics for leaders to develop and foster.
Be clear. Be consistent. Be courageous.
To Stacey Hanke and Brandi Stankovic, these characteristics are key to developing and fostering leadership skills.
“It starts with getting comfortable with being uncomfortable,” says Hanke, leadership expert and founder of Stacey Hanke Inc.
As a leader, the optimal time to grow is when you are vulnerable, she says, and that builds trust and credibility with your teams.
Being uncomfortable means taking action and executing different concepts, adds Stankovic, senior partner at Mitchell Stankovic and Associates. “Get up. Get it going. Let’s make it happen right here,” she tells the CUNA News Podcast.
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By Linda Bodie, Chief Innovator, Element FCU
I was recently reading a blog post by Sarah Snell Cooke titled, “Credit Unions Are Subpar on Subprime.” My initial thought after reading this headline was, ‘Uh, no we’re not! We’re credit unions. It’s part of what we do.’ Then I read the blog. Wow.
I was disappointed to see that banks and credit unions look almost identical regarding loan portfolios and credit score mix. According to the Equifax chart, we’re like twins. That’s disturbing on several levels.
What about the little guy? What about people helping people? What about education and passion to help members on their path to financial wellness? What about saving members from predatory lenders? What’s going on?
I’ve been CEO of Element Federal Credit Union for more than 18 years. During that time, I’ve created and changed a lot of things. Changing our credit union’s mission and philosophy was not one of them. For more than 18 years, we have committed ourselves to the person, not the dollar. Every decision starts with the person, the humanitarian focus—not the numbers.
Let me tell you one of many, many stories just like this:
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Wonder Women: Feminine or Feminist(?) with Susan Mitchell
The Strategic Hotbox, Wonder Women, is a special edition podcast that will target leadership challenges for women or those that work with women. In the second episode, Dr. Brandi Luv Stankovic and guest, Susan Mitchell, CEO of Mitchell, Stankovic and Associates discuss the evolution of feminism and how you can stand up for what you believe in.