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  • April 6th, 2019 | The Slant

There’s More Than One “Right” Way

Washington Federal and FirstBank Holding Co. are, in many respects, mirror images of each other.

  • March 30th, 2019 | The Slant

JPMorgan Spends “Relentlessly” in Tech Arms Race

I can think of eleven and a half billion reasons why JPMorgan Chase & Co. could end up winning the technology arms race between the four largest U.S. banks.

  • March 23rd, 2019 | The Slant

A Major Challenge for Community Banks

The biggest challenge facing regional and community banks today is not what most people think it is.

  • March 16th, 2019 | The Slant

The Danger of Relying on Experts

Appointing a subject-matter expert to the board can yield benefits, from educating the board to asking the right questions of management.

  • March 9th, 2019 | The Slant

A Different Way to Think About Decisions

Phil Green quips that he’s a “recovering CPA,” having spent almost 20 years as a chief financial officer making a series of thoughtful, strategic business decisions at one of the biggest and oldest banks in Texas.

  • March 2nd, 2019 | The Slant

An Unusual Boardroom Dynamic

There’s an unstated rule in banking that a retiring CEO shouldn’t linger on the board of directors for long after they’ve moved out of the corner office.

  • February 23rd, 2019 | The Slant

You Might Be Surprised By Your Bias

Everyone is biased—no matter their gender, age, race, nationality or religion.

  • February 16th, 2019 | The Slant

Leadership Lessons from Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick was already considered by most sports experts to be the greatest professional football head coach of all time.

  • February 9th, 2019 | The Slant

An Easy Way to Sound Smart

One commonality I’ve noticed among CEOs of top-performing banks is that many of them write informative and easy-to-read annual shareholder letters.

  • February 2nd, 2019 | The Slant

Astute Advice from Acquire or Be Acquired

Anyone who’s attended a Bank Director conference knows Tom Brown, the former perennially top-ranked bank analyst and, later, the founder and CEO of Second Curve Capital, a hedge fund focused on financial services companies.

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