BY CHRIS HOWARD
Credit union leaders are facing a more complicated future than ever before. Paving the way to a brighter tomorrow now requires a concentrated effort from the entire leadership team. And getting everyone on the same page is critical to success. Leadership Team Development can help rally the CU troops.
Leading a credit union into the future is tougher than ever before. As credit unions evolve, it’s not just about beating banks anymore. FinTechs and other disruptors threaten, regulations grow more taxing, member expectations continue to increase, and credit union professionals are finding their jobs becoming ever more complex and challenging.
That’s what my colleagues and I hear from credit union leaders daily, and it’s why Callahan & Associates created the Leadership Team Development (LTD) Program. Our first course – Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen – is offered in collaboration with HBX, Harvard Business School’s online learning initiative.
Leadership Team Development exists in a unique market space, blending executive education, team-building and strategic consulting with the credit union perspective. The program offers numerous benefits and differentiators, including:
- The ability to learn together as a team and practice using those learnings on real strategic challenges that credit unions are facing today;
- The convenience of participating anytime from anywhere with no travel or lost work time; and
- Access to Callahan’s unique webinars, designed specifically for each client, that reinforce key learnings and boost real-world applications and successes.
In the Leadership Team Development program, participants learn a new set of tools to meet the strategic challenges of a disruptive world and a rapidly evolving industry. Key learnings include how to avoid disruption, create new growth opportunities and adopt a common language for framing problems and creating solutions.
Today’s credit unions need cross-functional leadership teams to develop the strategy that tomorrow’s success will require. But many new credit union executives are highly skilled specialists and often lack the experience in convergent decision-making that leadership teams need to operate smoothly, effectively and efficiently. These are skills that have to be learned and practiced as a team.