From the Top
Q2 is in the can. Summer is in full swing. Trust me, I'm in Houston and I can tell when it's summer. Take a moment - no, really, take a moment, folks - to review your 2012 plans, goals, and objectives. Rationalize 'till you're blue if it makes you feel better...you're either halfway home or you're behind. Anything else is sophistry.
If you aren't at least halfway there, find out why. Is it procrastination? Poor initial planning? Lack of talent? Substandard performance? Ineffective leadership? (oops, did I say that last one out loud?)
Don't be content with simply saying "well, things happen." Or worse, "...it's the economy." Dig for the reasons it's not happening. Not to blame, necessarily, but to learn.
Worse than not achieving some goals this year is not achieving goals next year for the same reason(s).
My current focus is teaching leaders to lead. Learning leadership from others (via osmosis or merely sitting nearby) only works (if ever) when the "others" lead in the manner you want your organization led today. Teach leaders how to lead... it's a learned skill, not some mystical birthright.
Reminds me of a story (everything reminds me of a story)... A friend of mine, also named Kevin, is a former USAF pilot, and likes to tell the story of a student pilot calling in with emergency engine trouble. When asked by the tower what he intended to do, the student - not knowing exactly how to handle the problem at hand - replied, "I'll just run 'em until they catch on fire; I know what to do with a fire."
Bad idea for pilots, bad idea for leaders. Learn leadership skills, and you don't have to wait for a "fire" to effectively respond to leadership challenges.
Triangle Performance LLC's 2012 Survey of Senior Leadership (our sixth annual) is available, and with almost 15% more respondents than last year, a rousing success, and as usual, quite enlightening!
Some highlights include:
- Revenue/Earnings Enhancement continues to lead the way, and Management/Leadership Performance continues be a big deal.
- Clear Vision & Strategy are again important, and have been since we began surveying.
- Talent Acquisition and Retention are newcomers to the scene, and Employee Benefits Costs and Legislation bubbled to the surface from dead last?no doubt motivated by current healthcare concerns, legislation, and unknowns.
The summary results can be yours by downloading here.
I'm on TV! Ok, not really... but I do have a new video available that discusses my views on leadership & accountability. It's brief, and includes a golf story - what's not to like??.
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.
I'm in the news (in a good way!)...
CEO Online published my article, Becoming A Purposeful Leader. You can read that here.
My Houston Business Journal feature covering 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??).
In June, I spoke at SHRM's 2012 Annual Conference in Atlanta, on Backseat Driving: Leading the Business from HR...
Here's a photo of the room (pre-speaking, of course);
they estimated around 450 in attendance.
Attendee comments included:
"...your presentation was very perceptive and was certainly one of the most beneficial of all the sessions I attended while at the conference."
"Super presentation! Thanks for sticking around to answer all those questions!"
"Your style was highly engaging and fun. It kept me involved, even as the conference's last session!"
I'll follow that by speaking at the Austin Human Resources Association's Annual Conference on August 24th.
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:
Using Your Phone to Call People - and other cutting edge technology for 2012, and
Micro-Management & Pace Cars - Nobody wants either of them to be around...
||...and don't forget to check out my blog, But that's just me...; some interesting (I think) posts, like Train 'em, Dan-O, Rackspace & automatic crap, and the mid-management renaissance... please comment, complain, or scream at me if you agree, disagree, or just want your opinion read, seen, and heard
Check me out on Twitter.
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