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Only a Few Slots Remain; Enroll Now in Southwest CUNA Management School
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6:45 AM

If you are planning to enroll as a first-year student in the Southwest CUNA Management School, please know that there are only a few slots open for this summer’s session. SCMS is a three-year program designed to develop and enhance leadership skills for credit union professionals. It provides an exceptional forum for networking with other credit union professionals; access to top industry experts, and the opportunity to ignite an inner passion and vision for personal and professional growth.

SCMS has been the educational cornerstone for more than 1,000 credit union professionals. Students have come from throughout the U.S., as well as from Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand and Romania.

SCMS students must complete a rigorous curriculum that includes studies of management/leadership processes; strategic planning analysis and strategy; asset liability management principles and strategies; financial trend analysis; investment instruments; business writing; communication and presentation skills; risk management; legal environment; political advocacy; compliance principles; marketing theory and strategies; quality service and control; credit union history and philosophy, and lending principles and issues.

According to SCMS Director Janine McBee, first year students this summer will have the opportunity to take advantage of several new courses, including:

  1. Diving into Difficult Conversations featuring Corlinda Wooden - Wooden Consulting, LLC

We have all faced non-performers, partners, or vendors that have made us cringe when we see things are not going as planned. The next step is having the courage and skill to address it. In this course you will learn the skills to master those conversations that you need to deliver but never want to. At the end of this session each person will receive the following:

  • Steps to overcome objections
  • Tools to assess why someone is not meeting expectations
  • A template to prepare for the conversation
  • Confidence when speaking and coaching
  1. Positioning Yourself for Success, also featuring Wooden

Over the next two years you will be conducting research and creating your business plan for your credit union. Along the way, gaining buy-in and support will be crucial to your success. During this course you will learn the steps and skills necessary to not only make your voice and ideas heard, but accepted. Some of the key points for discussion are:

  • Pinpointing their need/pain
  • Demonstrating that you play well with others
  • Showcasing your past performance
  • Presenting your strategy
  • Exuding clarity, passion, and conviction
  1. Innovation in Banking: Is It Impossible, Improbable or Inevitable? David Peterson of i7strategies will present this session.

Do you think your organization is innovative? Or do you want your organization to be more innovative in order to better compete and serve your market. Do you specifically create an environment where truly innovative ideas can foster and grow? It is interesting to see that many of the companies that have achieved staggering valuations tend to be fairly recent startups with small agile staffing. Without requirements to show how their products or services can increase sales by 20 percent, they are free to truly innovate. It is in this type of environment in which the photo sharing company Instagram is bought by Facebook for $1 billion while former Fortune 500 Company Kodak declares bankruptcy. Can the lessons learned by innovation be used to move your institution forward to address the ever-changing needs of your market? The session explores how innovation can benefit your financial institution and enable you to better compete and succeed in an ever changing marketplace. 

SCMS offers an intimidate environment on the campus of Texas Christian University that encourages and inspires. Enrollment for the 2014 SCMS Summer Session July 13-23. Prospective students should visit www.scms.coop for additional information.

If you have any questions, please contact McBee, at (469) 385-6634 or (800) 442-5762, ext. 6634.