Staying Ahead of the Curve in a Rising Rate Environment

Rising-Rate Environment for Financial Institutions

Today’s rising interest-rate environment is a popular topic of conversation at corporate conference tables — as well as family kitchen tables – across America. Investors, financial advisors, stock brokers, securities traders, bond portfolio managers, and consumers alike have a stake in understanding the implications of the higher interest rates we’ve seen in the last three years—and in anticipating future rate … Read More

A place everyone wants to be

By Dann Nelson There is a place where everyone is concerned more about the well-being of those they serve and work with than they are concerned about themselves. In that place, each person knows others have their best interest in mind. When that happens, an emotional connection is made. We’re talking about employee engagement, and the result is an environment … Read More

All In

To paraphrase the old saying, all courses of action are risky, so fortune favors those who calculate risk and act decisively. The same goes for poker players who know when to go all in, and for community financial institutions that want to win and attract all the customers they can. By Stephanie Kubert Over the last several years, “all in” … Read More

3 Myths Keeping Your Institution from Becoming a Sales Culture

By Jenifer Snook Community banks and credit unions are facing tougher competition every day. Pair that with many financial institutions losing important NSF fee revenue and it is more important than ever to make sure each and every customer is profitable. There are two ways to increase sales: gain new customers and sell new products to existing customers. Community banks … Read More

The importance of self awareness

By Matt Swanson “If reality TV has taught us anything, it’s that you can’t keep people with no shame down.” Liz Lemon, 30 Rock Self-awareness has been broadly defined as, “knowledge and awareness of one’s own personality or character”. Self-awareness of the areas in our personality or character that need to be adjusted or fine-tuned is what I’m concerned about. … Read More

How do you define community based?

By Rachael Houghton We are a community based financial institution. That term is said often in many of our financial institutions – when we answer our phones or someone opens a new account with us. But, are we, at the frontline, really putting confidence and belief behind it? Or, is it just something we are scripted to say? We know … Read More

Want better employees? Be a good boss.

People don’t need to be micro-managed. They need to be empowered, entrusted and allowed to make mistakes. If you can afford that, in the long run you’ll get far more from your employees.

Who is the face of your financial institution?

First impressions matter, of course, but they mean so much more in business. Do you know who is making that impression at your FI, and who customers — and prospects — are identifying with your brand?