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LOS ANGELES–Forty-three years after walking into his first credit union—after managing a restaurant–John T. Dea, president/CEO of Los Angeles Federal Credit Union, has announced his retirement plans.

PALO ALTO, Calif.–It seems so straightforward for any leader within the credit union community: the rational way to make a tough decision is to gather all the evidence about the alternatives, analyze the pros and cons, judiciously weigh all those factors, and finally come to a sensible decision. But it doesn't always work that way.

CHICAGO–The dynamic conditions in many companies and credit unions have created ongoing scenarios where executives must transition into new leadership positions throughout their careers.

CHICAGO–“Engagement” is now almost discussed more often inside the credit union community than inside a Kay Jewelers. That includes both member “engagement” and, increasingly, employee engagement. But what is the state of "engagement?"

MADISON, Wis.–If things are going really well for your credit union, you may be in trouble, according to two experts, who suggested the risk lies in falling into the comfortable trap of planning vs. the discomfort that can come in setting strategy.

CHICAGO–Good management doesn’t happen without good leadership habits, according to Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership from the Core.

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CHICAGO–Within the credit union community there is often talk of the value of mentoring: but who mentors the mentors?

PALO ALTO, Calif.–Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind Tesla and Space X, attributes much of his success to reading a lot of books, including these favorites.