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  • November 24th, 2018 | The Slant

Four Books to Make You a Better Director

Reading and lifelong learning are habits that form the foundation of countless leaders’ success. This is as true in the C-suite as it is in the boardroom.

  • November 17th, 2018 | The Slant

What Bankers Can Learn From Napoleon

Napoleon Bonaparte became a general in the French army on March 2, 1796, and set off on horseback nine days later to assume command of the republic’s forces in the Italian theatre.

  • November 10th, 2018 | The Slant

Why Bankers Love Their Buildings

What do Breckenridge, Texas; Los Angeles, California; and Charlotte, North Carolina, have in common?

  • November 3rd, 2018 | The Slant

Can a Millennial Mentor a Boomer? They Do at One Top Bank.

Think about mentoring. You probably imagine an experienced senior executive, perhaps with a little grey hair for gravitas, dispensing wisdom to a younger employee eager to build their career.

  • October 27th, 2018 | The Slant

How to Tackle Your Recruiting Crisis

Ask any banker what their biggest challenge is today, and they’re likely to say it’s recruiting new employees.

  • October 20th, 2018 | The Slant

Why The Dems Can’t Stop Deregulation

The midterm elections are just 17 days away and it’s possible the Democratic Party could reclaim the House of Representatives.

  • October 13th, 2018 | The Slant

Invaluable Advice For Bankers Right Now

With optimism high and loan losses low across the bank industry, now seems like a good time to revisit Jamie Dimon’s 2006 shareholder letter.

  • October 6th, 2018 | The Slant

Good Bankers Copy; Great Bankers Steal

The value of learning from the best seems too obvious to warrant mention. Yet when you talk with bankers, you realize how few of them actually do it.

  • September 29th, 2018 | The Slant

Is It Time to Fire Your CEO?

The negative impact of bad behavior—anything from a tweet to outright fraud and criminal action—can provide a clear reason to fire a CEO.

  • September 22nd, 2018 | The Slant

Is Small-Dollar Lending Worth a Board-level Conversation?

Banks have long avoided small-dollar lending because it made little sense from a business or regulatory standpoint, but two of the industry’s top regulators are now encouraging banks to reconsider.