From the Back Cover
Detailed strategies to ensure your bank's success. To survive and prosper in today's environment of takeovers and buyouts, community bank executives and directors must keep on top of competititve developments as they happen and plan their institution's growth strategies years into the future-all this, of course, while continuing to outperform rivals every day! Such success must be rooted in a solid, carefully constructed strategic plan. Strategic Planning Guide for Community Banks and Thrifts doesn't pull any punches. Its hands-on approach to strategic planning includes: a ``how-to'' guide for developing a strategic plan for your institution; step-by-step instructions on implementing your strategic plan; ways to review, revise, and improve your plan over time. From an easy-to-adapt model for the strategic planning process, through specific policies, procedures, and examples to develop a dynamic strategic plan, this vital book challenges the reader to see banking in a new light. Best-selling banking author and pioneering strategist Dr. Douglas V. Austin has teamed with financial executive Craig D. Bernard to show banking executives how to plan for the future, while keeping their community banking organizations profitable and independent today.