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Lindsay LaNore: Leading in time of uncertainty

Lindsay LaNore: Leading in time of uncertainty

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA The COVID-19 outbreak has been a time of extreme uncertainty. It has put pressure on us to meet the needs of the communities we serve, in addition to the weighted responsibility of keeping staff safe. So, what can we learn from it about leadership? It may be obvious, but we know communication […]

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Charles Potts: Lending during COVID-19

By Charles Potts, ICBA The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)presented challenges for community banks, but they overcame them with innovative lending solutions that highlight the need for more effective automation and a consistent user experience. Before the digital era, community bankers and technology providers cobbled together disparate solutions to originate loans. The lending process included identifying […]

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Jim Reber: Picking the winners

Community bankers are investing where the Fed is not. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities “Without losers, where would the winners be?” baseball great Casey Stengel once said. By now, it’s been made sufficiently clear the Federal Reserve Board is going big, so we don’t have to go (figuratively) home. Repo lines, money markets funds, multiple […]

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Joe Schneider: Separated but closer than ever

ICBA is working with state associations to counter Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) confusion and inaccurate information. By Joe Schneider, ICBA During a crisis, accurate and timely information is often at a premium, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. When Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and […]

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Noah Wilcox: Fighting for our communities

“We’ve been in the trenches fighting for our communities, and we’ve emerged triumphant.” We shut our lobbies in late March due to COVID-19. In our community bank’s history, the only other time we have closed was during the Great Depression, yet we were the first in Minnesota to voluntarily lock up because of the pandemic. Making […]

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Lindsay LaNore: A summer reading list for leaders

By Lindsay LaNore, ICBA Summer is approaching rapidly, and it’s often the best time to catch up on reading. So, here are some suggestions for great books to hone your leadership skills. Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Though it was first published back in 2009, this is still a must-read for any leader. Sinek […]

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Charles Potts: Leading innovation in a crisis

By Charles Potts, ICBA The COVID-19 pandemic presents community banks and fintechs with opportunities to create change. It’s a pivotal moment, underscoring the importance of leadership in innovation, and community banks and fintechs are rising to the occasion. Take, for example, the operational and technological challenges community banks are facing related to the Coronavirus Aid, […]

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Jim Reber: Squeeze play

The Fed’s market interventions have a goal of shrinking spreads. By Jim Reber, ICBA Securities The Federal Reserve has been busy lately. The past 90 days have seen a rerun of sorts from what played out a decade ago, at the start of what is now known as the Great Recession. Several elements of its […]

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Aaron Stetter: Grassroots gets it done

An unprecedented effort by ICBA community bankers nets a PPP set-aside reserve. By Aaron Stetter, ICBA There’s power in numbers. ICBA’s community bank members have proven it over and over, and they’ve done it once more—and in record time. Community bankers turned out in force as part of ICBA’s grassroots efforts to advocate that Congress quickly […]

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