From the Top
We are knee-deep into Q4 of 2011. It's time to (a) focus intently and specifically on those few things that simply must be accomplished this year (that aren't yet), and (b) jettison outright those things with priorities that have weakened over the year. Make those calls now; don't make them die a death of a thousand cuts.
Start looking back at 2011. Want to know what you really viewed as priorities (no matter what you'd said were priorities)? Peruse your calendar, and see where you spent scheduled time. You see, calendars don't lie. Particularly with senior leadership.
If it was important to you, it's on your calendar. If it wasn't... it isn't. And don't for one nanosecond believe your staffs don't know what those things are...
I'm just sayin'...
In preparing for 2012, don't forget:
Planning: strategic and tactical/functional. How'd you do this year? Why? What needs to happen next year? If different expectations, what are you going to do differently? For more information on planning:
-- Organizational necessity or consulting bunk??
Applied Strategic Planning
-- The Corporate Reality Show
Compensation: both sales and incentive. Not to sound mercenary, but you don't get what you wish for, hope for, ask for, or even beg for. You do, however, get what you pay for. For more information on compensation:
-- Fair compensation in turbulent times
Pay Raises: I'm Thinking of a Number...
-- ...between 0 and 10. Yours may be "0"
Incentive Compensation During Challenging Times
-- Bonuses: boom or bust?
Leadership: development and effective performance management. Make sure your leaders have the skills necessary to the job you expect. If they don't have them, develop them. If they can't or won't learn, replace them. For more information on leadership:
-- It's not a technicality
Needing Mo' Leaders
-- The "make" or "buy" decision...
Team-Based Leadership Development
-- Why together is better
|We won!! Thanks to clients, friends, and colleagues... Triangle Performance, LLC was again recognized (second year) as one of Houston's Fast 100, fastest-growing privately held companies in the Houston metro area. I'd like to thank the Academy, my agent... wait, that's the wrong award...
Our 2011 Survey of Senior Leadership is still available; you can download the summary results for your perusal.
Speaking of surveys... if you haven't responded yet to our 2012 Compensation Trends survey, please do so here. This is the 5th year for the survey, and the results have demonstrated to be quite credible. For comparison, here is the article from last year: Compensation Trends, circa 2011.
My recent client efforts include 360-degree assessments for senior-most leadership, executive and management, and facilitated sessions on various topics of leadership effectiveness, performance management, employee engagement, and "dealing with difficult employees" (a perennial favorite!)
If you feel your leaders' skills may need improving, your leadership teams could be more effective, or your performance-based comp plans need tuning, don't hesitate to call. Or email. Or Skype. Or Tweet. Or smoke signal. Or... never mind, you get the idea...
I'm in the news (in a good way!)...
Pat Gray, personal friend, consultant, and author of Breakthrough IT: Supercharging Organizational Value through Technology, took my "automatic crap" story and improved the hell out of it for CNN's TechRepublic.
Living Magazine interviewed me for a piece on Working Smarter, not Harder. My advice included Go Ugly Early, Making Lists, and just Git 'r Done!
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...
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 spoke recently to a small group of manufacturing managers on Dealing with Problem/Difficult Employees.
FYI to HR groups - my keynote and workshop are both approved through HRCI; the workshop 2.5 hours of strategic credit.
Speaking of speaking... I continue to present two favorite topics:
Leadership is Easy... until it isn't.
Successful leadership in challenging times...
Leading the business when not driving the bus
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.
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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.
D. Kevin Berchelmann
Triangle Performance, LLC