Musings

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Think like an owner? Yes…and no.

Think like an owner? Yes…and no.

Did that catch your attention? Why would I assert that a “no” could be a legitimate answer to that question? Of course we should think like an owner. To which I reply again and emphatically: yes and no. It depends on what we mean by thinking like an owner, and...

Culture: a conversation with Leslie Lewis

Culture: a conversation with Leslie Lewis

Introducing Leslie Leslie and I worked together at a bank for several years – Leslie as head of our very effective training department and me as CFO. During those years together, I came to respect and admire her passion for strong culture. So I recently invited her to...

Character & communication

Character & communication

First, a clarification My focus is working and talking and solving problems with leaders. And this article will follow that pattern. So, no, it’s not about cartoon characters and their communication – Elmer Fudd yelling about the “Qwazy wabbit!!” or the Road Runner’s...

Videos

Accountability: obligation & willingness

(4:39; 6/12/2024)

Culture: an interview with Gary Wells

(18:22; 6/3/2024)

Should the CFO get “in the weeds”?

(7:09; 5/31/2024)

Collaboration: an interview with Alan Van Ongevalle

(8:40; 4/30/2024)

Stewardship leadership

(3:01; 4/26/2024)

Silos! Useful here. Your organization? Not so much.

(3:54; 3/11/2024)

Is financial leadership important? Imagine its absence

(5:32; 2/28/2024)

Stewardship: an interview with Matt Bumstead

(9:50; 1/22/2024)

“How big things get done”

(5:12; 1/9/2024)

“Profit prevention departments” (pt 2)

(9:39; 11/27/2023)

“Profit prevention departments”

(3:53; 10/27/2023)

Who should speak first?

(4:08; 10/27/2023)

Throw a wrench in…

(5:14; 9/25/2023)

Presentations

 

“Finance 101”

 

Next Gen Talent – leadership development program for HR professionals

June 14, 2024

webinar

 

“Bank Directors: Your vital stewardship leadership role”

Virginia Association of Community Banks & Virginia Bankers Association

April 16 & 17, 2024

Blacksburg, Virginia & Richmond, Virginia

 

“Stewardship: The key to effective leadership in your community bank”

EDGE Conference

Independent Bankers Association of Texas

April 4, 2024

Waco, Texas

 “Infrastructure Maturation: How to grow the support functions in your bank”

EDGE Conference

Independent Bankers Association of Texas

April 4, 2024

Waco, Texas

 

“Infrastructure Development”

Barret School of Banking &
Six Arrows Consulting

February 22, 2024

Webinar

 

“Leading Through Change”

Barret School of Banking &
Six Arrows Consulting

December 7, 2023

Webinar

 

“The Role of the CFO”

Global Entrepreneurship Week
WT Enterprise Center

November 15, 2023

Amarillo, Texas

“Lessons for Lenders from Banks that Lost Their Way ”

WT Enterprise Center

October 24, 2023

Amarillo, Texas

“Stewardship & Banking, parts 1 & 2”

Main Street Banking podcasts

Barret School of Banking

September 13 & 14, 2023

“Leading Through Transformational Change”

Connecting Leaders Conference
Independent Bankers Association of Texas

June 22, 2023

Lake Conroe, Texas

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“The Role of the Bank CFO”

Stonier Graduate School of Banking

American Bankers Association & the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

June 7, 2023; June 12, 2024

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

(Use the form below to request an excerpt)

“Business Succession Planning”

(panel discussion)

2023 Governor’s Small Business Summit

Office of the Governor – Texas Economic Development & Tourism

June 1, 2023

Amarillo, Texas

“The Role of the CFO”

WT Enterprise Center Founders Club (CEOs and entrepreneurs)

May 10, 2023

Amarillo, Texas

“M&A Overview and Execution”

(co-presenter)

Hunton Andrews Kurth and Six Arrows Consulting

January 24, 2023

Webinar

(Use the form below to request an excerpt)

“Excel: Beyond the Tips & Tricks”

Conference for Members in Industry and Government

Panhandle Chapter, Texas Society of CPAs

October 24, 2013

Amarillo, Texas

“Business Valuation: Principles, Practice & Implications”

Conference for Members in Industry and Government

Panhandle Chapter, Texas Society of CPAs

October 24, 2001

Amarillo, Texas

Articles

“Stewardship: the key to effective leadership in your community bank”

The Texas Independent Banker

Independent Bankers Association of Texas

Volume L, No. 2; Summer 2024

“Common Management Reporting Mistakes to Avoid”

Financial Management Magazine

Association of International Certified Public Accountants

June 2024

“Building a High-Performing Team in Your Community Bank”

The Texas Independent Banker

Independent Bankers Association of Texas

Volume XLIX, No. 2; Summer 2023

“A Proposal for Addressing Contentious ESOP Valuation Matters”

The Journal of Employee Ownership Law and Finance

National Center for Employee Ownership

Volume 19, No. 2; Spring 2007

“Accounting for Asset Retirement Obligations”

(co-author)

Journal of Accountancy

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Volume 192, No. 6; December 2001

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