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February 4, 2012

Heads Up: Start Connecting the Dots Fast

As we begin the new year, most CEOs and C-Suite executives are thinking about how to strengthen the leadership team and management to best execute on strategy. Some leaders may have the “gene” that inspires them to naturally keep learning […]
December 5, 2011

Can You Learn as Fast as the World is Changing?

As we go deep into the fourth quarter of this year, I’d like to reflect upon lessons learned as well as thoughts for the new year and beyond. This morning, after Thanksgiving day, I walked through my rose garden. In […]
November 21, 2011

Mission-Driven Communication Requires Courage and Standards

Successful leaders live by fundamental leadership principles with discipline and focus. They commit to continuous learning and strive to have their behaviors serve as a reflection of their values — setting the standard and expectations for others in your organization. […]
October 27, 2011

Creating Value in a Deleveraging World

As I reflect on my travels to over 20 cities in 2011, I am struck by a conversation I’d like to share with you.  Upon arriving late one evening in Las Vegas to speak at a credit union conference, I […]
September 19, 2011

Ensuring a Successful Merger

Our firm recently facilitated the successful merger of two credit unions.  One of the fundamental issues that we focused on was the ability of the post merger team to quickly establish and maintain productive working relationships with employees and the […]
September 8, 2011

Careful Integration the Cornerstone of Successful Mergers

Long Island Business News By, Stuart R. Levine Our firm recently facilitated the successful merger of two credit unions.  One of the fundamental issues that we focused on was the ability of the post merger team to quickly establish and […]
August 27, 2011

How Corporate Culture Reflects Board Performance

Recently I moderated a webinar that is part of the National Association for Corporate Directors (NACD) Boardroom Excellence Series entitled, “Boards and CEOs:  Trust, Transparency and Constructive Tension.   The participants, Kenneth Daly, President and CEO, NACD and The Honorable Kenneth […]
August 18, 2011

Director Assessments Can Strengthen Your Board

This week I attended the 34th Annual National Director’s Convention in Las Vegas as a speaker on the topic of “Relentless Strategic  Leadership to Ensure Member Value ”.  The sessions were attended by both directors and CEOs.  The topic most […]
July 28, 2011

Succession Planning: A Strategic Imperative

This past month, I attended a Deloitte conference hosted by their Center for Corporate Governance, including 1,000 directors across 30 locations, live from New York City.  One of the most important topics and issues discussed is the board’s approach to […]
June 16, 2011

Trends Support Need for Transformational Governance

Last week I attended a conference in New York City hosted by the National Association of Corporate Directors.  Core to this organization is the belief in education of directors who serve shareholders and other important stakeholders. Here are some directional […]
May 18, 2011

The Collaborative & Innovative Strategic Leader

Having just returned from NACUSO’s 2011 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, I thought it would be appropriate to share some perspective on current issues and trends that will impact your credit union and its ability to survive and thrive. Gigi […]
May 6, 2011

Transformational Governance Includes IT Vision, Grasp

Last week I attended a governance conference in New York City.  The primary focus of the meeting was education of directors who serve members and other important stakeholders. The real challenge that CEOs and boards face, is to learn as […]
April 7, 2011

One Leadership Lesson: The Learning Never Stops

This past month, I was invited to deliver a leadership presentation to a group of international business students at Stony Brook University at the request of a business colleague I have known for over 25 years.  These exchanges of content […]
March 11, 2011

The Leader’s and Director’s Role in Managing Risk

As the snow from this very harsh winter begins to melt, those of us who are golfers begin the transition from the winter doldrums to a hopeful new season.  One way to prepare your body and your mind is to […]
February 22, 2011

Beyond Financial Literacy: The Board’s Role in Managing Risk

On January 25th, 2011, The Credit Union Leadership Forum held its first Web Seminar entitled, “A Practical Perspective: Regulatory Realities”, featuring Paul Peterson, NCUA Associate General Counsel, Teresa Halleck, President & CEO, San Diego County Credit Union and Sarah Snell […]
February 4, 2011

What Boards, CEOs Can Do to Improve Communication

Directors desire a stronger line of communication with the CEO than is presently acknowledged. Sometimes lack of dialogue is a byproduct of board rules, including requirements for executive sessions without the CEO present. Sometimes it stems from failing to make […]
February 3, 2011

Successful CEOs Share Information With the Board

As we consider regulatory changes for board governance and the business environment gets more complicated, boards and CEOs have to define and clarify their roles and responsibilities.  This will require more direct communication and understanding of strategy. Committing to an […]
December 15, 2010

Reaching out to Directors

Reaching out to Investors, December, 2010 Most corporate citizens would agree that corporate directors are among their most important and most demanding constituencies. But ironically, we think that Directors are among the most under-served constituencies of all – at least […]
December 4, 2010

Crisis Management: How Ready is Your Board?

BYRD Watch, December 3, 2010 The world as we know it is in a continuous state of change for corporate directors. In the past, work mattered more than process.  With those in Congress and the Executive Branch concerned about another […]
December 2, 2010

Preparing for Change, Blogs and Opinion, December 1, 2010 Recently, the SEC issued Rule 14a-11 which has major implications for the way shareholders have access to nominating directors to boards.   The implementation of these rules is currently being challenged in court by […]