From the Top
This newsletter is dedicated to my baby sister, Elizabeth, who passed away January 3, 2011. She was 46 years old.
Alice in Wonderland's Cheshire Cat (cleverly paraphrased to suit my needs) on Planning: "If it really doesn't matter to you where you want to go... then it really doesn't matter which way you go to get there."
Triangle Performance's Kevin Berchelmann on Planning: "Accountability starts with expectations; expectations start with plans. Don't for a second believe you can have accountability without planning. You cannot."
Strategy and planning are a must, because:
||They are fundamental obligations of leadership,
||Only effective leaders can see the patterns, relationships and linkages that explain our current state against our desired state, and
||Vision (an intersection of strategy and planning) begins in leaders' hearts, not in conference room butts.
Steven Cates (AOL fame) said that "A vision without a plan to execute is probably just a hallucination." In New Orleans vernacular, "True dat!"
Further, and you need to read this twice (or very carefully once) and really give it some thought: If your strategy and plans require additional, competent leaders, or better skilled leaders, yet you don't specifically plan for same, you are planning to fail.
Don't do that.
If I can help you with your planning - strategic or operational - or you feel your leaders' skills may need improving, don't hesitate to call. I'm like Ghostbusters... without the slime.
The results from our 2010 Survey of Senior Leadership are still available for download:
Triangle Performance LLC's 2010 Survey of Senior Leadership
The 2011 Survey of Senior Leadership will arrive in your email box soon. Please take the time - it takes just a few minutes - to complete and comment.
If you still haven't completed budgeting for 2011 (you should call me - you need the help) our annual Compensation Trends, circa 2011 is still here for the taking. Feel free to download, and use as needed in your budgeting and plans. If you'd like to discuss some of the detail, give me a call or drop me an email and I'll do my best.
My recent client efforts include extensive organization design, executive talent management, executive compensation planning, individual executive coaching (multiple), and numerous facilitated sessions on various topics of leadership development, management, employee engagement, trust, and more...
Some newsworthy mentions:
The Houston Chronicle interviewed me for a business-section article on Planning and Goal-Setting (quite apropos given my comments above), and you can read that article here. Wooty "dissed" me about my foreign-language goal, but she was fun to talk to nonetheless...
Monster.com interviewed me for an article on Compensation, specifically asking for expert input on 2011 pay increases, longer term trends, pay-for-performance, and google's ridiculous 10% across-the-board increase. You can read that here.
IMC-USA (a consultant gaggle) printed an article I authored, appropriately titled "But that's just me..." It focuses on the myriad ways we can do almost anything, and that many experts, especially those ordained as such merely because of their "tribe," well, aren't...
The Houston Business Journal featured my firm (and a large, multi-year client) for an article on team-centric executive development.
He speaks... (apparently I have a message that resonates with some... who knew??).
I delivered a keynote address to the Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley (HRATV) in Boise, and will do the same soon in Louisville (tentatively scheduled for April; the folks there were kind enough to reschedule after my end-of-year "events" took over my schedule).
I'm scheduled to keynote the San Antonio ASSE in February, followed by the keynote address at ASSE's East Texas Expo in March.
I'm also confirmed to speak to several additional groups in upcoming months, including:
-- **Corporate event on Leadership Integrity,
-- **Leading the Business from the Back of the Bus, to a group of support services staff,
-- HR's Role in Leading Business to Economic Recovery and Growth for SAP's annual HR conference in Las Vegas.
-- ...and others.
Speaking of speaking... I continue to present two favorite topics:
Sit Down, Shut Up, and Color!
Breaking through employee entitlement...
Leadership is Easy... until it isn't.
Successful leadership in challenging times...
And my newest, Leading the Business from the Back of the Bus, designed specifically for those support and related "back-office" functions that don't actually drive the train or blow the whistle, but still catch heck when the darn thing jumps the track...
If you have a corporate or association event, I'd certainly enjoy speaking to your group. You can see more information regarding topics and details on my website.
Further, feel free to download and read a few articles that may be relevant today:
Backseat Driving: Leading the business from the back of the bus,
Letters from the Field #1... A leader on leadership development,
Compensation Drives Business Success -- You're going to spend it anyway; may as well get something for your money!, and
HR2 -- Human Resources Returns (as in ROI)...
...and don't forget to check out my blog;some interesting (I think) posts, like Incentive factoids and other drivel, and the HR-Ethics Conundrum... please comment, complain, or scream at me if you agree, disagree, or just want your opinion read, seen, and heard.
If you'd like to know how I can assist you, your organization, or a colleague of yours, please fill out this form and I'll send you some specific information, articles, engagement results, and so forth.
As always, I hope this finds you well, personally and professionally; please give me a call if I can ever help in any way, and feel free to forward this to anyone you feel may be interested. (Really!) I appreciate your referrals.
Many of you know this, but for those who do not... my mom passed away December 29, 2010, and my baby sister Elizabeth passed away the day after my mom's memorial service, on January 3rd. Thanks so much for the cards, emails, txts and calls... they helped during a trying time. I miss them both terribly.
D. Kevin Berchelmann
Triangle Performance, LLC