From the Top
The year has begun, and incredibly, we're almost 15% of the way through.
It shouldn't be. We should be prepared... a good analysis of 2011, what worked, what didn't work, and a post-mortem for reasons why should set our foundation. A solid vision and future strategy should set course directions for 2012.
But, are we really ready?
Are our plans in place? Do we have the talent available to implement/execute? Sufficient, competent leadership to guide the way, motivate, and make things happen? Compensation and incentives that are actually congruent with our objectives, without too much drift into "unintended consequences?"
Answer these questions now. Right now. Another month, and well, your plans better need only 75% of a year...
I asked this last month, I'll do so again right now: While you're asking questions, how have you performed as a leader? Have you asked anyone... like those you lead? If not, now's the perfect time. And I don't mean just "hey, Jane, how am I doing as a leader?" Believe it or not, that might not actually elicit an open, meaningful response.
The ideal solution, of course, is a well-implemented 360-degree feedback effort (I'm happy to help in that regard). If you don't want - or feel you need - some of the detail that comes from such an effort, do something less involved; I'm talking about just using something simple, like Stop, Start, Continue. See last month's newsletter for more guidance there, including a relevant worksheet
If you need some comparative data for 2012 payroll adjustments, download our 2012 payroll outlook: Compensation Trends, Circa 2012 - the new normal is less than the old normal, so live with it. 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. I have some more specific data for manufacturing, industrial services, energy, Houston, Texas, and Baltimore.
Triangle Performance LLC's 2012 Survey of Senior Leadership begins now! You should also receive the survey link in a later email, later this month. This will be our sixth annual survey; the participant rate continues to grow, as does the validity of the data presented. Click here to take the survey.
Our 2011 Survey of Senior Leadership is still available; you can download the summary results for your perusal.
Who are you, really?? Take a complimentary assessment. Find out more about candidates; create a benchmark for skills in your organization, and use as templates for coaching efforts. Click here to go to my assessments page; then click on the link to take and receive a complimentary Personality assessment.
My recent client efforts include multiple 360-degree projects, new coaching clients, creating/implementing performance-based compensation plans, and facilitating leadership development sessions on performance management, change leadership, and giving & receiving feedback...
I'm in the news (in a good way!)...
360 Solutions used a segment of one of my facilitated sessions in their blog. See the video with my smiling mug here: Empowering Leaders Are...
Leader Values published a couple of my articles recently; Leadership: How to Go From Peer to Manager in 5 Easy Steps, and Leadership: 5 Irrefutable, Non-Negotiable Laws of Leadership
CEO Online published my article, Becoming A Purposeful Leader. You can read that here.
Monster.com interviewed me for an article on Compensation planning. You can read that here.
Last year, The Houston Business Journal featured my firm (and a large, multi-year client) for an article on team-centric executive development. Appeared on page 5B of the April 24th print edition of the HBJ.
He speaks... (apparently I have a message that resonates with some... who knew??).
I'm confirmed to speak at SHRM's 2012 Annual Conference in Atlanta, on June 27th...
Additionally, I'm scheduled to speak to several additional groups in upcoming months, including:
Leading the Business from the Back of the Bus,
to another group of support services staff (this time Finance),
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...
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:
Compensation Trends, Circa 2012
the new normal is less than the old normal, so live with it,
It's not a technicality,
Compensation Drives Business Success
You're going to spend it anyway; may as well get something for your money!
...and don't forget to check out my blog; some interesting (I think) posts, like Why we make leadership so hard, and why across the board pay raises are just plain stupid... 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.
D. Kevin Berchelmann
Triangle Performance, LLC