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Jul 2015


FDIC Announces Official Launch of Regulatory Calendar for Community Banks

Dec 10 – As part of its FDIC Community Banking Initiatives, the FDIC has launched a draft online regulatory calendar to help community banks stay up-to-date on changes in federal banking laws, regulations and supervisory guidance. The FDIC requested feedback from the industry on ways to improve the calendar and has revised it based on a review of the comments received.

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FDIC Announces Regulatory Calendar for Community Banks

July 27 – As a part of its ongoing Community Bank Initiatives, the FDIC is developing a regulatory calendar to help community banks stay up-to-date on changes in federal banking laws, regulations and supervisory guidance. The calendar will summarize regulatory developments and highlight key dates to facilitate industry comment and compliance. A draft of the calendar is available on the FDIC website.

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Mark Your Calendars: Teach Children to Save Day, April 21

March 16 – This year the ABA Education Foundation is calling on bankers to accept the Million Child Challenge and reach 1 million students with a Teach Children to Save lesson. Teach Children to Save Day is set for April 21, but bankers can participate throughout 2009 to be included in the Million Child Challenge.  Later in April, the foundation will announce a way consumers can join the challenge online.

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Treasury makes adjustments to the auction calendar

Oct 6 – To address the increased funding needs posed by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act and consistent with our operating principle of transparency, Treasury is announcing that it will be making adjustments to the auction calendar.

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U.S. Housing Markets Strengthen

June 24 – Freddie Mac has released its updated Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) showing the U.S. housing market continuing to stabilize with the strongest markets realizing the greatest benefits from a spring home-buying season in full swing.

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American Banker and BAI Kick Off FinTech Forward 2015

May 18 – American Banker and BAI have announced the call for nominations for the 2015 FinTech Forward rankings. Through the strategic alliance of American Banker and BAI, FinTech Forward reaches banking’s largest, most influential and most engaged community of executives and technology leaders.

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Sizing Up Liquidity

Analyzing the decision to maintain a right-sized liquidity position

By Brett Patten, Vice President, Financial Institutions Group, BOSC, Inc.

When are rates going up? This has become the most frequently asked question we hear second only to our kids asking “Are we there yet?” Since 2008, the expectations for “lift-off” of the Fed Funds rate has bounced around from 12 months from now, to six months from now, out to 18 months, back to 12 . . . you get the picture. But now, it seems, we truly are near the onset of lift-off sometime in the current calendar year. So it may seem an odd time to publish a piece with this title, but we really think it’s a topic which will have a meaningful impact on your institution’s results in the years to come.

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Freddie Mac: Majority of Housing Markets Improving

April 22 – Freddie Mac has released its updated Multi-Indicator Market Index — MiMi — showing the U.S. housing market continuing to stabilize and getting back on track heading into the spring homebuying season after a slight stumble last month. The latest release of MiMi now tracks the top 100 metro housing markets across the country. Of the top 100 metro areas, 60 percent are showing an improving three-month trend. Continue reading “Freddie Mac: Majority of Housing Markets Improving” »

10 Steps to Building Your Ultimate Team Culture

By Simon Smith

The techniques we’re sharing with you here are a core menu of tools we’ve used for team development from non-management staff and new managers right through to a team of C-suite/ senior SES Executives and everything in between. The tools are a loose mix of Design Thinking, LEAN/Six Sigma methodologies and our own practical solutions developed from experience.

We’ve effectively applied these tools in a wide range of team development needs including: improving team cultures; raising productivity, breaking down team and organizational silos; helping an existing team to work better together rather than as a group of individuals; helping teams merge or change the way they work/ work with a new manager/ use new systems or procedures; resolve productivity problems; even forming a new team or organization from scratch.

1. Work Out a Vision for the Team

Get all potential and current team members together to brainstorm: “what will be happening in the team when it’s functioning well and doing what it should be doing?” This is your vision for the future you’re working towards.

When doing this, shelve the current practices and ways of thinking. Put the practicalities and current reality to one side for now. This is about what the team want it to look like if they had the choice. This part is very important as you don’t want the team to be limited by the potential constraints of current thinking.

Write down what will that vision look like in terms of what each team member will See, Hear and Feel going on around them. Be as specific as possible – the more specific, the better.

Write each of these points down on a separate sheet of colored paper, each with a heading of See, Hear or Feel and stick them up on a wall. Alternatively you could use colored post-it notes if space is limited.

2. What Behaviors and Actions Need to Happen to Make that Vision Come to Life?

Get the team to express what behaviors they need to Start, Stop or Keep doing to make that vision happen. Make sure the focus stays on the vision and doesn’t descend into the current reality, especially if that current reality is not too flash.

3. Park Problems

If problems arise, all agree that you will park them temporarily instead of going into detail about them. Write them down on the paper, stick them somewhere relatively out of view. You can come back and look at them later. The idea is to focus on the solution and practical, positive things you want to achieve, not focus on the problems. And anyway, often the problems ‘miraculously’ seem to disappear as things progress.

4. Decide Actions

As Thomas Edison said, “vision without execution is just hallucination”. Vision determines what you want. Strategy and tactics determine how you do it. Action – and persistent, continual action that relates to the vision – determines what you get.

The mistake most people make in any facilitation (or any training, Executive Coaching, self-help seminars, etc.) is that they don’t translate all the lovely visioning and strategy-making into cold, hard, rubber-meets-the-road action for when they get out of the room.

So the next step is to allocate actions to each thing you want to Start, Stop or Keep doing. Forget the long term, focus on the first action people need to take when they walk out of the room. It could be as simple as “book a meeting with all of the team to agree the top 8 most important teamwork behaviors”. The idea is that action will then cascade into further action.

5. Prioritize

Prioritize what you want to achieve in order of importance ideally, then time/urgency. As Stephen Covey says, “urgent isn’t necessarily important, so beware of the distinction as you decide priority for each item”.

6. Accountability: Allocate Responsibility to EACH Action

Make sure every action has at least (and ideally just!) one person who is responsible for executing it. Write that person’s name on the paper so that they have ownership of it.

7. Accountability: Decide Start and Due Dates

After deciding personal responsibility for the action, set a timeline. And set a start date as well as a due date. You need a due date, of course, but set a start date as to when the action needs to commence to make sure everything is done by the due date.

We see from experience in our Time Management training, when people work purely on due dates, things often get left until the last minute and are consequently rushed, done poorly or the due date is missed entirely due to lack of prior planning. In 3 months time when the due date is the next day and you’re still stressing, you’ll wish you’d started today!

8. Summarize Action

Summarize who’s going to do what and when, make accountability pacts if you can.

9. Put Actions in your Calendar/Diary!

As we teach in our Time Management course, put your actions in your diary/calendar on the start date and make sure you note the due date. Otherwise they’re likely to sit in your notebook or electronic notes and nothing happens.

10. DO IT!

Remember, strategy not coupled with action will never be more than the brain cell it occupied! As the ancient Chinese proverb says: “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

And finally: “Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” (David Lloyd George).

Simon Smith founded & runs Southern Cross Coaching & Development Pty Ltd.
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