Steering Financial Institutions Toward the High Road — The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance

Advice on decisions that affect us all.    Easy read, sort of delivered in a “down-home” style.   Small business need-to-know, of-interest, and news-to-watch.

Excerpt:  We’ve all faced business decisions that offer the opportunity to choose between taking the high road and the low road. In the banking industry, the high road offers a way to do business and to succeed over the long term by building enduring relationships; structuring profitable, win-win arrangements; and treating customers and communities as meaningful stakeholders in the bank’s work. But sometimes choosing this high road just doesn’t seem to take us where we want to go fast enough. Suddenly, the low road can seem attractive and tantalizing, and it may offer short-term rewards that can be hard to resist. Taking the low road can be an exhilarating and profitable ride for a while, but it almost always leads to disaster and wreckage, and, when banks are the vehicle, taking the low road can cause significant economic and financial problems. As we’ve experienced over the last several years, when your car is wrecked, it’s a long walk home.

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