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Find Your Best Ideas

Theresa Witham, managing editor of CUManagement
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Managing Editor/Publisher
CUES

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From the editor

I am intrigued by the quote on p. 8 by Gert Garman. Culled from a video on her website, the quote notes all the different places we do our best thinking—in bed, in the shower, on a walk, while driving. Interestingly, these are all times when our minds are free to wander.

My mind frequently turns over problems I need to solve, especially when I’m driving. In recent months, I have twice passed my freeway exit as I pondered big ideas!

A creativity and innovation expert, Garman will use the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving model to help attendees of CUES’ Execu/Summit® learn how to get unstuck, keep things fresh and continually innovate. Execu/Summit is the perfect place to hear her message. Taking place in March in Big Sky, Mont., the event offers learning sessions in the mornings and late afternoons, leaving midday free for skiing.
 
I can’t think of a better way to process learning than with a big brain break, where your mind is free to follow its various thoughts to interesting and unique conclusions. Research backs up the theory that exercise boosts learning. Will we see you at Execu/Summit? If cold weather and skiing aren’t for you, CUES has two additional events with a similar format: Execu/Blend™ in April in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Execu/Net™ in August in Sedona, Ariz.

An industry problem that might benefit from your best thinking is the member business lending cap. In this case, we’ve done some of the hard work for you. Our cover story, “The Sky is Not the Limit,” examines five ways credit unions are managing their member business lending programs in light of the regulatory limits. Some strategies—like loan participations—are widely used, while others—like an exemption from the cap that can be granted when a CU is designated to serve low-income communities—are less well known, says Larry Middleman, CEO of CU Business Group, Portland, Ore.

Later this month, CU Management will present a brand-new digital publication called Advancing Women. This online-only, quarterly offering will provide information and inspiration for current and aspiring female credit union executives and the men who support them. Get a preview of the premier issue’s feature article about mentoring where Annette Zimmerman, CEO of $470 million PrimeWay Federal Credit Union in Houston shares how she went from waitress to teller to CEO and the role that mentors played in her success. Read more in “Winning Goals” and watch cumanagement.org at the end of this month for the complete story.

Theresa Witham
Managing Editor/Publisher

P.S. Your copy of CU Management will look different next month. We’re putting the final touches on our brand-new design. Stay tuned!

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