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CHICAGO–The “Thanks” piece of Thanksgiving is often overlooked by both individuals and organizations. But in making it about more than just turkey and football—as well as more than one day—a company or credit union can have a profound effect on its culture and success. Here are three different reports related to how gratitude and giving thanks can show real ROI.

CHICAGO–America remains strongly divided following the recent elections in ways that have not been seen before. Can those wounds ever heal, and can America ever come together again?

CHICAGO–With the presidential election taking place this week (finally),’s The Corner highlights books authored by the five most recent presidents in which they share insights from their terms, lessons in leadership, lessons learned, and more.

CHICAGO–You’ve likely watched plenty of TED presentations. But here’s what some of those TED speakers want you to read.

CHICAGO–Last week credit unions around the world celebrated International Credit Union Week. This week, The Corner, features  books that talk about cooperatives, their challenges, their strengths, their futures, and more.

MADISON, Wis.–This week marks International Credit Union Week, with the financial cooperatives from around the world celebrating in numerous ways. For many—although not nearly enough—that will mean reminding members that their businesses are founded on the 7 Cooperative Principles. Indeed, one CUSO and the National CU Foundation urge CUs to take this point of differentiation and “shout it from the rooftops.”

NEW YORK–While many big corporations offer internal universities and training program, the kind of education can be expensive. There’s an alternative, says Rob Locascio, founder and CEO of LivePerson.  It’s an old-fashioned tactic: reading.

NEW YORK–What’s the best way to make it all the way to the CEO job? What path should be taken by a young person who wants to someday wants to be boss?
There is no one path. Indeed, one recent analysis suggests that while hard work, brains, leadership ability and luck are all critical, “another, less understood attribute seems to be particularly important,” according to several new analyses

CHICAGO–It’s a multi-tasking world, and you need look no further than a credit union conference to see how many people are in the audience on a personal device while a speaker is making a presentation. Multi-tasking, many people believe, makes them more productive, even if research—and one Ted Talk—says it doesn’t.

JEFFERSON, Wis.–A champion of small credit unions, Thomas C. Pinnow recently announced he plans to retire. Pinnow, CEO of the $24-million County-City Credit Union, has frequently shared his thoughts on issues facing small CUs in Below, Pinnow participates in a Exit Interview, offering some lessons learned and perspectives gained during his career.