Once upon a time, there was a country where bankers, fed up with regulation, dissatisfaction, and downright hostility,... went on strike, not once, but three times. That country was Ireland, as economist Umair Haque points out in a compelling parable highlighted by University of Oregon economist and guest blogger Mark Thoma.
I just had a client ask about how to best handle a nagging problem -- his people were loose and lax about keeping internal promises and hitting internal deadlines. It raises a question: How can you handle broken promises, with high integrity?
Economist Bill Conerly sees the New Cyclicality hitting banking along with the rest of the business community. What does this mean to banks? Greater loan losses, more balance sheet variability, and some human resource challenges.
How can CIOs become more central to the process of setting strategy and direction for an organization? management consultant and author Tom Cox makes the case that the relationship begins with trust --- trust that must be earned.
Mark Thoma, a University of Oregon economist, uses his own small-town upbringing to explore why there is a difference in attitudes toward regulation between more conservative rural areas and larger cities that are generally much more liberal.