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The Commitment That Banks Must Make For A Better Future

The following is the seventh and final article in a series on bank risk culture. The previous articles can be accessed here or by clicking the HOME tab on the blog.

A total meltdown in any industry requires nothing less than a total rethink of the way forward. However, rather than finding themselves engaged in a total rethink of the how and why they must transform their business, banks have been engaged in responding to more legislation and regulation as well as improving their governance and internal controls.

The problem for banks is that neither governments nor regulators can create a better future with great institutions—only bankers themselves can. Continue reading

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9 Point Plan For Transforming The Banking Industry

The banking industry needs to be transformed in order to save it from itself. Despite the protestations of governments, regulators, public and the media that change can only come from within (spare us another thousand useless regulations). Here is how it should be done.

Another banking scandal, another inquiry, another band-aid and so we will continue until the next scandal, another inquiry and another band-aid. It is a depressingly familiar sequence of events.

The problem is that while governments, politicians and regulators are beginning to realize that transforming banks is about values and culture they still believe that that transformation can be legislated and/or regulated.

This blog has stated several times that transforming the industry can only be accomplished from within and that it must recognize the human issues and behaviors involved. The plan below consists of a series of assertions, 9 in total, as well as the rationale for these assertions.

The proposed transformation is comprehensive in that it covers every aspect of the human ecosystem within which banks operate; managers, employees, customers, suppliers and the wider community, the environment within which they operate and the behaviors which motivate them.

This is why the transformation is described as a human transformation and the transformed entity is known as The Human Asset Bank. This is what banks must do and preferably sooner rather than later.

The Human Asset Bank

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Are Banks Truly Innovative? It is Time for a Rethink

The way in which banks focus on innovation is crucial for their long term survival. However, are they focusing on the right things?

There are times when you are writing a book and your mind, body and soul get drawn into directions that you neither dreamed nor envisaged when you first started out. It is a wonderful thing when it happens because it means your passion for what you are doing is driving your thought processes and stirring your imagination beyond the realms of cold logic.

It is a very nice feeling.

In the middle of writing Clearing The Bull questions about what it meant for organizations to be innovative and whether or not banks were truly innovative entered my mind. I was grappling with the idea that in general, organizations that were truly innovative were both economically and competitively sustainable. However, given that I was writing about the banking industry and the financial crisis, it had occurred to me that given such a definition, banks were clearly not innovative.

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Clearing The Bull on the Financial Crisis – Part II

This is the second in a three-part series of articles on the financial crisis. Part I can be found at this link.

The Real Reason for the Subprime Crisis and Bank Failures

The subprime crisis was not really about management, risks, controls and regulations—these were all after the fact. The crisis was a direct result of human failings which stemmed from a poor system of values. In order to understand this we have to look at and examine the crisis within the context of the industry’s human ecosystem. The following analysis does precisely that.

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