The Three Books That Can Move Mountains [VIDEO]

I am a nerd. I’ve always been a nerd. When I was a little kid, I used to go to the library every other day and I would drag books all the way up to my chin back onto the bus and back off of the bus, then back to the library. I’d fill up with books about twice a week. I’ve always had a passion for learning and discovering and finding out what other people know rather than having to discover everything myself. I have some favorite books. One of them, I think is really important during strategic planning season (more…)

Continue Reading

Breakthrough Banking Blueprint Shows You The Best Way [VIDEO]

When I first left day-to-day banking to start this business, my first client was voted every single year as the top franchise in the country. Although I did their management development curriculum and educated their people about how to run that business, one of the things that I’m sure is true is that I learned more from (more…)

Continue Reading

Breakthrough Banking Nine Years in the Making [VIDEO]

Finally, my new book is out—The Breakthrough Banking Blueprint.

It occurred to me years ago when I had the great honor of working with the top franchise company in this country, which was awarded top franchise year in and year while I worked with them, doing their leadership development training, that in banking, we didn’t know anything about franchise thinking or development. What if we could bring that kind of thinking to create a predictable success machine within the community banking industry? (more…)

Continue Reading

How A Flawless Sales System Brings Competitors’ Customers to You [VIDEO]

Profitable loan growth is the name of the game, but it’s not just profitable—it’s having profit, safety, and growth all done together. When I wrote my very first book, Profit-Growth Banking, I talked about how I’m impressed by banks that have a great ROA and by banks that have great growth, but not nearly as impressed as I am by banks who sustainably accomplished both very systematically. That’s the game as an executive that you must (more…)

Continue Reading

Conventional Wisdom Is Killing Your Bank’s Future Potential [VIDEO]

Isn’t it fascinating how for years and years and years, people would fight wars by standing in line with red coats on, in formation, shooting guns, while the other side would come at them when they had guns standing in line, running with swords, thinking that they could win. That same thing is happening in banking today. 

(more…)

Continue Reading

Are You Properly Utilizing Your Team’s Skills?: A Chief Lending Officer Case Study [VIDEO]

I’m always astonished how difficult we make the chief lending officer’s job.  We tell essentially this wonderful human being, who is probably good at credit, “hey, you’re in charge of finding your team members”; “you’re in charge of making sure you’re onboarding them and making them strong”; “you’re in charge of all the account management of the current existing customers and all the activities around that”; “you’re in charge of making sure credit quality stays up”…

(more…)

Continue Reading

Keeping Your Top 100 in Your Back Pocket [VIDEO]

During challenging times, the one thing you can count on is that desperate competitors and fly-by-night organizations are going to come in and try to take away your best customers. Let’s face it, your top 100 customers for any bank under $2-billion asset size account for anywhere between 50 to 140% of your profits. That’s a significant thing to understand. They are precious. They pay for all the bills and you must, of course, keep all of them.

(more…)

Continue Reading

The Antidote to Commodity Hell

If you’re feeling trapped in rate competition, you’re in “Commodity Hell”… and it’s not a fun place.

 

When your customers and prospects view you as no different than the bank down the street, you create a situation where retaining customers and attracting new ones is beyond difficult.

The first reaction is to blame the customers. You’ve heard it at banking conventions before. Someone will complain, “Customers don’t care about relationships anymore. It’s all about rates and fees.”

That’s backward thinking.

Yes, it is all about rates and fees if you don’t give the customer any other good reason to use in making their decision.

Continue Reading

How High-Performing Banks Use Emotional Intelligence Audits to Increase Sales

Most banks have three solutions they implement in the hope of having a breakthrough to increasing revenue that generates high profits:

 

  • They hire more lenders.
  • They ask each lender to make more calls.
  • They hope one of those two plans work. However, they hardly ever do.
  • Research shows that just a few lenders, usually about 6% that have a business development profile, carry the rest. Moreover, even that happens only if that 6 % know how to implement the right sales process. Otherwise, those naturally gifted lenders sell only by matching rates,

    Continue Reading