Credit union conferences are a curious thing. They're great networking opportunities for executives and can provide education for those seeking it.

At CUNA's America's Credit Union Conference last week, Tom Peters was great as the crotchety old business guru telling credit unions what they need to do and not do. He appeared to relish the role and made some good points. I think he took everyone there down a notch without them knowing it when he essentially told attendees that they don't work anymore.

The reason they were able to attend conferences was because all of the people back home were keeping the lights on without those individuals in the audience. The attendees–the top executive in other words–should consider themselves working for those on the frontlines and not the other way around.

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