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From the CEO
August 27, 2019

Dear Members:

One of the things I’m most passionate about at Corporate One is developing a culture that values professional leadership development. According to CUNA, only 19% of organizations say they’re “very effective” at developing leaders, and this is a problem as C-suite executives continue to retire from credit unions at an increasing pace.

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Leadership Experience 2019

What’s your plan for filling the vacuum of leadership this exodus is creating? Are you devising good methods for identifying, empowering, and strengthening yourself and your employees to cultivate and retain the leaders you already have? There are lots of good leadership programs you can leverage to help guide you, and our Leadership Experience 2019 event is one of them. This members-only event has been designed to help you more effectively manage and leverage the power of leadership within your executive and management teams tasked with guiding your respective organizations into the future.

I encourage you to make the investment and join me at this year’s Leadership Experience 2019, which is right around the corner. Just like many of you, my to-do list is a mile long, but I’ve carved out the time to attend because I believe that making the investment in professional development will pay off for generations to come. For example, the actual statistics on the ROI (return on investment) of professional development are quite impressive, according to Gallup:

  • Teams who focus on their strengths daily see a 12.5% improvement in productivity.
  • Business units whose managers received strengths feedback saw an 8.9% improvement in profitability.
  • The likelihood an employee will be actively disengaged drops to 1% when their manager primarily focuses on strengths.
  • When team members receive strengths-focused feedback, companies see a 14.9% improvement in turnover.

I also encourage you to check out an article I’ve included that highlights the return on investment of professional development and addresses a couple of the most common “myths” about professional development. After you’ve read it, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that cultivating your professional skills is not a luxury but a necessity.

Looking forward to seeing you in Nashville,
Melissa Ashley
President/CEO