Strategic Planning

5 Steps to Making your Culture Real

We’ve all heard the nightmare stories of businesses being exposed for major failures in their cultural attributes. Maybe the failure is with their values. Significant companies have faced huge fines, and executives have gone to jail for not living up to their published values. These companies include Wells Fargo, Volkswagen, General Motors, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, and…

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Grow Deposits and Liquidity, Three Strategies

“The times, they are a changin’.” This famous refrain from Bob Dylan’s song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7qQ6_RV4VQ) is as real today as it was in the early 60s, especially when we look at deposit needs for financial institutions. In 2008, FIs had to shrink deposits as a tactic to keep their expense ratio in line with the regulators.…

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Seeking Call Center Excellence?

Call centers are driven by data and key performance measures. Setting those KPMs is both the challenge and the opportunity. One measure I frequently find for call centers is abandon rates. The averages I typically see are 5-8%. But, be careful of measuring yourself against peers on this measure because if you are just a…

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5 Reasons to Define Leadership

Leadership is too often leadership is seen as the job of the chosen few as dictated by the org chart. Let’s move past this arcane concept and change our paradigm. Leadership isn’t for the few; leadership is for the masses. Here is why I know this to be true: Marine Corps boot camp taught me…

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2019 is not a year for Wimps

Are you a resolutions person? Personally, I’m not a big fan of resolutions. It seems they are just another way to procrastinate what you should have done days, weeks, months, or even, years ago. What I prefer to do to celebrate a new year is to evaluate, reinvent, and re-energize my focus and attention. How…

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Make your Strategic Plan a Hero’s Story

When doing a strategic plan, most organizations really are good at thinking with aspiration, hope, and promise. Where the “failure” happens is on the execution of the plan. If you think about engaging movies, they all seem to be stories that include a variation of the hero’s journey. “Lord of the Rings”, “Star Wars”, and…

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Strategic Planning is Like Running a Half-Marathon

Strategic planning for a lot of companies is an annual exercise in thinking big, dreaming of possibilities. Unfortunately, for a lot of these organizations, strategic planning stops there and this annual ritual that when the ritual is done, everyone returns back to business as usual. Let’s stop for a minute to really understand what strategic…

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Branching Strategy, It Starts with the Member

Historically branches are seen as transaction channels. Today, this view of branches has changed and continues to evolve. Members and potential members like the convenience of brick and mortar, they like the demonstration of financial strength and security, but the truth is, they rely less on branches for their daily, weekly and monthly transaction business…

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