Data Governance – Mitigating Data Biases

Part 3 Credit unions have many data sources beyond their core operating system. When a credit union conducts a data source inventory, it is not uncommon to have 50 or more data sources. These third-party data sets and reports commonly come in various formats, with different labels and definitions, and upload and report timing. Inconsistency…

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Mitigating the Risks of Open Banking

Part 2 Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) recently faced a lawsuit centered on using artificial intelligence (AI) in its customer service operations. The lawsuit highlighted several critical issues, including data privacy, algorithmic bias, and transparency. This incident underscores the broader risks associated with adopting advanced technologies, such as AI, within the framework of open banking.…

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Products and Services Likely to be Disrupted by Open Banking and DLT

Part One A headline in CUToday’s June 11 newsletter: “Headed to the U.S.? Stripe Intro’s Open-Banking-Powered Payments in the U.K.”  This is one example of how Open Banking will revolutionize (disrupt) the financial services industry. Credit unions are not exempt from this disruptive wave. What is Open Banking? #Open Banking is a financial services innovation that…

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Serving Members as an Act of Stewardship

Several years ago, I worked with Dale Turner, now CEO at TruStone Financial Credit Union. As the VP of Lending, he stood at the podium of an all-staff meeting and challenged the entire credit union to “think for the member, don’t just respond to the member.” Dale had the wisdom to know the difference between…

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Leaders, Avoid “Bobbleheads”

In leadership, the tendency to surround oneself with individuals who constantly nod in agreement—often called ‘bobbleheads’ due to their constant nodding—can be detrimental to effective decision-making, innovation, and overall credit union success. This behavior can lead to a lack of critical evaluation of ideas, as everyone agrees without questioning or offering alternative viewpoints. While it…

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Is Your Org Structure Top-Heavy?

First, let’s understand the impact of a top-heavy organizational structure on a credit union’s effectiveness, efficiency, and overall performance, which is critical. Here are the risks a top-heavy organization poses: Addressing a top-heavy organizational structure can be a significant challenge for a new CEO. Still, there are several practical steps to streamlining the organization and creating…

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10 Reasons to Hire a CMO as the New CEO

Credit union boards seem to default to a CFO or COO as the new CEO. The thinking is sound; credit unions are a business of money (finance) and serving members (operations), which are the two key skill sets of the CFO and COO, respectively. But, in the dynamic business landscape of credit unions, the Chief…

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