The CU Leadership Guide in a Pandemic World

Deedee Myers, Phd  – CEO of DDJ Myers is a featured author in:
Practical, Expert Guidance on Leadership, Human Resources, Financial Management, Lending, Cybersecurity, Marketing & Business Lending

The #1 impact is about people, how we see each other in this new way of life. I see an increase in capacity for empathy and compassion plus an expectation of self-accountability to fulfill your commitments with mastery. Revisit and refresh your succession process and plan and no longer hesitate to develop the right people or start a search to find the best of the best. We are assessing the impact on search timelines and encouraging clients to start sooner because the impact of an executive moving in the next few months may be a challenge. Boards will need a larger viable pool of CEO candidates in case of candidates withdrawing from the process. I have been saying for years that boards and CEOs need a strong partnership and both parties need to be masterful in vision, strategy, and execution. There is no more time to further compromise in this relationship. Credit unions are embracing innovation and technology in unprecedented ways. Over the past several years, many organizations have talked about being innovative, agile, and flexible and now it is a mandate. Boards that have resisted virtual meetings now do not have that choice. Organizations that procrastinated on a remote work practice are now scheduling rotations of employees at home and social distancing in the workplace. Impressive is the readiness of most credit unions with up to date pandemic policies. Teams are increasing, overnight, competency in fast-tracking membership acceptance of digital banking.

Deedee Myers, CEO, DDJ Myers, Ltd.

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Six Mistakes Credit Unions Make When Recruiting Female Directors

… and how to avoid them.

Women make up the lion’s share—or should we say “lioness’s share”?—of membership at U.S. credit unions, but their representation on credit union boards is sorely lagging.

Recruiting more women to fill board positions is not just a matter of checking off a box. It needs to be done well, avoiding mistakes that could lead to tokenism rather than a good-faith effort to find the most qualified women who can contribute to good governance.

By being aware of some of the following mistakes, credit unions can take steps to avoid them.

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The Power of Choice

Presented by Deedee Myers on March 4, 2020 at the WOCO 2020 Conference We all have an idea, a yearning, or, at least some thoughts on who we are and [...]

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The Critical Mindset Of The Board Member

How you can add consistent value by using critical thinking

Speech is the primary mode of communication in the boardroom. It is extremely important for board members to be able to articulate their thoughts and opinions in a thoughtful and articulate manner. So, would it surprise you if I said that a big component of boardroom communication is knowing when to be silent?

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Presentations Matter For CEO Candidates

Make the right impression by doing your research and embodying your vision.

Here’s the good news: The message embodied in you will be expressed whatever the modality or context—written format, verbal conversation, presentation or interview. You can speak coherently to what you deeply understand and have experienced. For instance, if you were asked questions about your expertise and career history, you’d likely be able to answer to a satisfying degree what jobs you’ve had, what actions you took, and what impacts you had on members, colleagues and staff.

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