Management Advisory

Four Leadership Lessons Learned from St. Paul’s Crusaders

Leadership is taking limited information and striking down a path with the commitment needed to succeed in the endeavor. It is motivating others to follow you into uncertainty, while maximizing […]


A Whale of a Tale: Enloe State Bank

“The bank’s on fire!” So said the panicked cleaning person that ran across the parking lot from the bank to the adjacent restaurant. “Call 9-1-1!” The bank in reference was […]


Bank Cash Forecasting: Pandemic Edition

My friends at CFO Consulting Partners most recent newsletter included timely and helpful tips on re-forecasting your cash, which is suddenly incredibly important, particularly in financial institutions that entered the […]


Improve Bank Boards Through a Disciplined Nomination Process

“Rigorous, peer-reviewed studies suggest that companies do not perform better when they have women on the board. Nor do they perform worse.” ~ Katherine Klein, University of Pennsylvania Do you […]


Unintended Consequences of Executive Change in Control Provisions

You’re a top performer at your bank and an executive from a competing bank wants you on their team. You recently got a new boss, and it isn’t gelling. So […]


Employee Retention: Keep the Keepers

You have a highly valued employee, and they quit. Why? The boss? The culture? The pay? I’m sure if I searched for credible sources, I would get some version of […]


IMO: How To Make Telecommuting Work in Banks

Schlepping to the office five days a week is enough to make employees, or would be employees, reconsider working for you. This is particularly true in urban areas, where 20 […]


What Makes an Effective Community Banking Board?

How do you construct an effective bank board of directors? A question frequently asked, seldom answered. According to the FDIC, directors’ responsibilities include:   “Directors are responsible for selecting, monitoring, […]


The Federal Home Loan Bank System: Lender of Next-to-Last Resort

“The FDIC recently has observed instances of liquidity stress at a small number of insured banks.” So opened the Summer 2017 FDIC Supervisory Insights issue. And so went your exams. […]