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Best strategies to attract exceptional employees to your bank

Attracting exceptional employees to small and rural towns requires far more than competitive compensation. We asked expert recruiters and winning community banks to share their best strategies for finding and keeping the best people. By Kelly Pike When Emily Collins felt like there weren’t enough opportunities to grow as a banker in Springfield, Ill., she

High-altitude leadership

Rapid growth can be a trial by fire for a community bank’s staff and leadership alike. As those who have been through it tell us, the keys are preparation, consultation and a willingness to admit when things need to change.

Riding the Winds of Change

There’s no doubt about it: Community banks are going for growth in 2017. For ICBA’s 2016 State of Community Banking Survey, we asked members to dust off their crystal balls, outline their goals for the coming year and explain how they plan to meet them. As they tell us, they’re navigating current challenges while keeping their eyes firmly fixed on the future

How to Raise Homegrown Talent

Succession planning is crucial for community banks, but they need leaders with skills not easily found in the general job pool. The answer could be an in-house leadership development program

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