What Are You Pretending You Don’t See? [VIDEO]

What are you pretending not to see? Hmm. That’s a question that I asked The Council of bank CEOs, a round table of some of the highest performing bank CEOs in the country, just a few weeks ago. We all lie to ourselves about things we don’t want to see. When I asked that question and (more…)

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Is Your Loan Growth System Flawlessly Executed? [VIDEO]

I’d like to read you something, “If we want to reach people no one else is reaching, we’ve got to do things no one else is doing,” Andy Stanley. The reason I bring that up is Steven Hovde was speaking at the Acquire or Be Acquired Conferences last year, and he talked about the trend line in banking. He said (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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An Important Skill You Must Develop to Be a Great Leader [VIDEO]

Does your executive team know how to stand in the heat of difficult conversations?

It’s easy to be nice to each other.  I grew up in the Midwest, and my mama taught me to be a nice girl. That was one of the things that was held very dear in my heart, and it was one of the things that I valued.  As I became an executive, I realized I needed to learn how to call people tight on their behaviors when they weren’t in alignment.  I needed to be able to (more…)

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Take Your Team From Meaning Well to Meaningful [VIDEO]

Everybody means well, but do your team members really know how they tie to profit on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis? Well, you may think they do, but the business research would cause you to pause.  When they asked 6,000 employees if they performed in the top 10%, the answer, 90% of the time, was “yes.” Hmm. Something must be off here.


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