Six Ways Open Banking Will Transform Financial Services — The Future Leadership Institute

You take out your smartphone and log onto Amazon to make a credit card payment, transfer some money into your ISA savings account and, as a small business owner, check your current cashflow. While you are there, you are offered better terms on your business loan, kept up to date on your current remortaging application, […]

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Millennials and Money: Next Era of Wealth Management | Accenture

Accenture’s latest wealth management report details how Millennials are changing the way wealth is managed. Read more.
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Pretty extensive review of millennials and wealth management and wealth building strategies.

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Matching Leadership Styles to Developmental Readiness

Situational Leadership blends many other leadership theories, allowing for the veterinary leader to adapt their style based on the situation and needs of his or her employee. Before a veterinary leader is able to use the situational leadership model, the leader must assess the readiness level of the employee.

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City Year Philly Celebrates Milestone Anniversary, Women Trailblazers

City Year Philly Celebrates Milestone Anniversary, Women Trailblazers

City Year Philly Celebrates Milestone Anniversary, Women Trailblazers
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Personal Finance Budgeting

Budget weekly, not monthly
Setting a weekly budget will help you “gain greater control” of your finances, said Anna Bahney in Even though many popular budgeting programs are organized by months, “a month is way too long for us to keep our financial impulses in check.” Budgeting weekly allows you to “better anticipate and examine” expenses. While many bills arrive monthly, a weekly budget allows you to more accurately monitor and adjust your discretionary spending. Because there are fewer transactions to monitor in a week than in a month of spending, tracking your expenses will seem “much easier, less tedious, and more manageable.” Set up a separate checking or debit card account and move your discretionary funds there each week. This way you can track expenses and work out how to curb spending.


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The Intersection of Banking + Technology

The Intersection of Banking + Technology
Vince Liuzzi, DNB First


Today many people use electronic devices to access their finances. Whether an individual does business with a larger national bank or a local community bank, they most likely  have access  to electronic banking.

Electronic banking  encompasses  online  banking,  mobile  banking and  over-the-phone  banking, and  enables  customers  to  access  their accounts and perform a wide-range of financial transactions at any time.

In addition to 24-hour account access, customers can easily check account balances, review activity and access their statements through electronic banking. Individuals can also securely transfer money to accounts within or outside of their financial institution, pay bills, as well as send and deposit checks.  Use of mobile banking in particular continues to increase significantly according to the Federal Reserve’s Consumer and Mobile Financial Services report. The number of mobile phone owners using a
mobile banking app has doubled in the last five years.

And with recent enhancements to mobile  banking  apps,  we’re seeing that customers can now apply for products as complex as a mortgage from their mobile device. Yes, that’s right—people can fully complete an application to purchase a home on their smart- phone or tablet!

In the age of electronic banking, we’re also seeing an increase in phishing scams. To combat this problem, financial institutions and banks in particular, have a multi-factor authentication system in place. This approach adds an extra layer of security, requiring more than one method of authentication that the user must provide to verify a login or other transaction.  Many  banks  also  conduct  social  engineering  tests   with   their  employees. When a hacker is unsuccessful,  they  may  try to manipulate an individual into giving up confidential information. These social  engineering tests train employees to spot these types of scams and take appropriate action.

Education plays a key role in combating this type of fraud as well. Many banks provide information and education to help customers and some offer free online tutorials around security measures. Being aware of the nature of these attacks can help to ensure that banks and their customers are prepared.

It’s critical  that  the  security  features  of  online  banking  are  balanced  with
exceptional  customer  service.  Many  tools  and  services that online  banking  offers  are viewed  as conveniences  but  can also double as anti-fraud measures. For example, customers can set up text or online banking alerts so they’re notified when a transaction or ATM withdrawal deviates from normal spending patterns. Customers can also access their transaction history, at any time, through their bank’s online portal or mobile app to keep an eye out for suspicious charges.

As  banking  becomes  more  digitalized,  financial  institutions  are  paying special attention to improving the customer experience. Customers   now  have  access  to  more  powerful  online tools  to  manage their entire financial portfolio, with a focus on ensuring ease of access and creating  a more  personalized experience.  Biometrics  are  becoming  increasingly  popular  to help  customers access  their  account information  more  quickly  and  to  verify  their identity and  transactions  by  using  human
characteristics  as  a  form  of identification. Most smartphones today come with built-in technology  that supports  the  use  of  biometrics  recognition,  such  as  a thumb print sensor.  Eye scanning and voice recognition technologies are  also  being  tested for use.
In addition to providing a more user-friendly experience, biometrics can also be used for security purposes as the identifier can never be reproduced, forgotten or  shared.

With improved security and ease of use, electronic banking is fast becoming a preferred method of day-to-day banking. However,  a big  part  of  overall customer satisfaction is still based on face-to-face banking, as customers continue to visit branches for advice and assistance with important financial  decisions. ♦

Vince Liuzzi joined DNB First in 2013 and is responsible for the bank’s retail, consumer and mortgage lending businesses. He was previously Executive Vice President and Region President for a large national bank’s 165-branch network in greater Philadelphia, overseeing sales and service for consumer, small business and wealth management segments. DNB-

Reprinted County Lines Magazine February 2018


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Boost a Team’s Emotional Intelligence for Better Business Results

Our friends at CCL got it right again.  More on emotional intelligence….

When emotional intelligence is mentioned, there may be agreement that it’s indeed a great thing for someone to be more relatable, more self- aware and better at controlling impulsive behavior.
But does the emotional intelligence of a team really have bottom-line consequences?

While a strong consensus may not have existed before, that is changing as more companies recognize the value of EQ. Many organizations are now hiring for emotional intelligence (EQ) and evidence is mounting that EQ pays off in higher sales and productivity, and lower turnover.

Consider, for example:

A large cosmetics company that now hires for EQ have on average sold $91,000 more than salespeople who were not hired before the new system was set up.

The International Journal of Organizational Analysis finds that EQ competencies were positively linked to team cohesiveness.

Manufacturing supervisors who received EQ training cut lost-time accidents by half and formal grievances by 20%. Plant productivity improved $250,000 over set goals.

Firms with high EQ managers found 34% higher growth profits.

Emotional intelligence really is the secret sauce,” says James A. Runde, author of “Unequaled: Tips for Building a Successful Career Through Emotional Intelligence,” and a special advisor and a former Vice-Chairman of Morgan Stanley.

Runde says that too many employees don’t realize that “brains and hard work are not enough” to give them a successful career, and too many leaders don’t understand how the lack of team EQ skills hurt performance for the team and for the organization.

“In the era of artificial intelligence and virtual reality and robots and drones – all those things are wonderful and productive, but for people trying to succeed in a solutions business, you’ve got to have people who can relate to other people,” he says.

According to psychologist Daniel Goldman, there are five elements that define EQ:

  1. Self-awareness. Those who are aware of their emotions don’t let them get out of control and are honest with themselves about their strengths and weaknesses. They work to improve and become better performers.
  2. Self-regulation. As they are aware of their emotions, these people don’t let themselves get too angry or jealous and don’t make impulsive decisions. They show thoughtfulness, comfort with change, integrity and the ability to say no.
  3. Motivation. Those with high EQ are very productive, love a challenge and are effective in whatever they do. They know the importance of working for long-term success.
  4. Empathy. They are adept at recognizing the feelings of others, even when they’re not obvious. They’re good listeners, honest, don’t stereotype others or rush to judgment.
  5. Social skills. People with high EQ are easy to talk to and are eager to focus on helping others be successful. They are team players who are good communicators, help resolve disputes and are relationship builders. 

Marian Ruderman, senior fellow and director of Research Horizons at the Center for Creative Leadership, is also an associate member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence.

“You may have the smartest, best idea, but you won’t be able to execute it if you can’t relate to people,” she says.

Ruderman says that she doesn’t believe leaders pay enough attention to EQ on their teams, partly because they may lack the “vocabulary” to discuss EQ and its implications. She says that as more organizations focus on processes and not just tasks, EQ will become a much more important part of the success equation.

“I think people used to be more homogenous in the way they worked, but now we must all work together and it’s much more diverse and we must all find ways of working together,” she says. “That means teams must embrace EQ.”

It’s also important to realize that just because a team has emotionally intelligent members does not mean it will automatically lead to an emotionally intelligent group, points out research in Harvard Business Review from Vanessa Urch Druskat and Steven B. Wolff.

Further, building team EQ can be more complicated because teams interact at more levels, both as a group and individually, they say.

The most effective teams have the “emotional capacity” to face difficult situations and seek feedback on processes, progress and performance and set up norms to respond effectively to the emotional challenges a group confronts daily. They have a “can-do attitude,” they say, and are optimistic, positive and create an affirmative environment.

Are you confronting the emotional challenges that manual processes have inflicted on you or your teams? Download the Process Improvement Playbook: Overcoming the Hurdles of Manual Processes in the Workplace.

Ruderman suggests that any leader trying to get teams to develop greater EQ is to begin with “why it’s important.”

One of the ways to do that is by making the business case of how EQ can bring greater bottom-line results now and in the future, Runde says.

“People might think that books on EQ belong in the psychology section of a bookstore, but they really belong in the business section,” Runde says.

He adds that if organizations don’t prioritize EQ, “then you will be just a run-of-the-mill service provider,” he says. “Sure you’ll get business, but you’ll never become a trusted advisor. You’ll never be the company a client calls before they call anyone else.”

Runde says leaders must help team members understand they have to:

  • Turn client relationships into revenue. While it’s important to build relationships, employees must understand that relationships are assets that are only worth something if they are turned into revenue. Employees need to build relationships, learn to look for new business, ask for the order and then get the transaction.
  • Be an advisor, not a vendor. When making a pitch to a client, don’t focus mostly on your company’s credentials and a bunch of charts and graphs. Instead, craft a “can do” pitch that addresses the positive outcome the client wants rather than a bunch of technicalities or the “plumbing” that will be required, he says. “Subtly shape the selection criteria to fit your strategies,” he says.
  • Don’t push too hard. Competitors may exaggerate the truth, beefing up their own capabilities and promising big outcomes or deeply discounted prices. That’s why it’s critical for leaders to encourage employees to not be “pushy” with clients so that the clients feel they’re being rushed into a decision. Personal connections are still important even when dealing with tough competitors.
  • Be good listeners. “Some people listen to respond, and some listen to listen,” he says. “It’s the people who listen to listen who learn the most and establish trust.” Only when clients believe your team has their best interest at heart will they trust enough to reveal their goals and issues. Once that is understood, then a range of options can be crafted for the client. “You are not a used car salesperson simply pushing to close this deal,” he says. “You want a loyal client who will come back again and again with their problems.”
  • Stay in touch. Once a deal is closed or a project is finished, maintain open communications with the client and be alert to how stakeholders are reacting to the finished deal. Changing markets may mean the project needs to be fine-tuned over time – or even redone. Creating long-term client relationships requires “a significant investment in time and cost,” but can even lead to a client calling your organization to implement a deal originally pitched by a competitor, he says. “That’s because you’ve put in the time with these people and they trust you,” he says.
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