Tag Archives: Banking Crisis

The Rights and RESPONSIBILITIES of Corporate Leadership

  I recently read what to me was a very disturbing article published in the INSEAD online magazine, KNOWLEDGE.  Normally I enjoy reading their articles as INSEAD has some very fine business academics and some well thought through research findings. … Continue reading

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Oh Captain, My Captain! Why are you abandoning ship?

A couple of years ago I wrote this post about the responsibilities of leadership, but in light of the recent Wells Fargo bank scandal and other examples of unaccountability, I feel compelled to republish it again. “On the sea there … Continue reading

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Culture Change is not an initiative . . .

“When the rate of change on the outside is greater than the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”   ~Jack Welch There is a huge misconception at all levels of the business world that culture change … Continue reading

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Are You Driving Blind?

There is a funny scene in the movie If You Could See What I Hear, based on the life of blind athlete, singer and actor Tom Sullivan, where he is driving a car around his college campus.  Remember, Tom is … Continue reading

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Another Lesson From Mother Nature

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.  ~Charles Darwin In 1975 I left behind my Ph.D. degree in marine biology … Continue reading

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Why Banks Should Focus on Culture, Now More Than Ever

Over the past several months government agencies and business leaders have begun an intense and very public debate about how to prevent another financial meltdown, and another bailout, now that the global economy seems to be headed for recovery.  The big … Continue reading

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Profiles in Leadership . . . Metro Bank and Vernon Hill

“I walk around all day trying to prevent my colleagues turning us into a bank”  ~Anthony Thomson, Chairman and Co-Founder, Metro Bank As you may have deduced from my blogs over the past several years, I am not a fan … Continue reading

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Leadership as Stewardship: Oh Captain, My Captain . . .

In 2009, at the height of the banking crisis, I wrote an article about the role of leadership as both the cause and the solution.  With today’s focus on regulation as a solution to curbing the excesses in banking, I … Continue reading

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Something’s “fishy” in big banks . . .

Everyone has heard the old saying: “A fish rots from the head first!”  In the business world we have a similar expression: “Organisations are shadows of their leaders; that’s the good news and the bad news!  If there is integrity … Continue reading

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Too Big to Fail? or Too Big to Succeed?

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that … Continue reading

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