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Well, depending on your view of life, it's either the beginning of the end of 2009, or an early beginning to 2010. Either way, we're less than a month away from closing the chapter on this year, and the new excitement that a new year always brings.
Sorta depends on your perspective, doesn't it? May also depend somewhat on how things are shaping up for you right now, and that's a logical variable for the mix.
What isn't always logical is keeping underperforming plans, processes, and people; if something - or someone - didn't cut it in 2009, that performance (or lack thereof) is mostly on their shoulders. If that same thing or person again underperforms in 2010 (pay attention, this part's important), that responsibility falls squarely on leadership's shoulders.
Kinda stings, doesn't it? But let's face it, when we continue down the path with a failing plan, or with an inadequate process, or with an underperforming employee, we can't blame it on others. We may manage performance on a regular basis, involving others for much of the execution, but we in senior leadership own longer term results.
As I mentioned last month, to do nothing is simply the absence of leadership.
Now is the time for planning, both for organizational strategies, goals, and directions, and for people - make sure we have the right ones, in the right places, with the right skills.
If I can help with your planning, just give me a call, and for your budgeting "pleasure," here's my annual review of compensation increases again: Compensation Trends, Circa 2010.
This edition of At C-Level is a bit unique in that I've included an email from a dear friend regarding a conversation he and I had recently on developing leaders. It's worth the read.
Current efforts in my world include new and ongoing leadership & executive development, end-of-year compensation planning, and continued efforts around strategic and operational planning. Remember: a strategic plan, no matter how well thought and crafted, is useless without the operational planning to make it work.
We're mentioned in the news:
Boston Business Journal, June 12 print edition, Companies Look to Teambuilding to Offset Challenges. I was mentioned prominently in this feature on how teambuilding skills are more necessary today than ever before. A repeat here since it's important.
This is a repeat, just because I like it... 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.
Further, feel free to download and read a few articles that may be relevant today:
Compensation Trends, Circa 2010,
The Dearth of Management Talent - Wherefore art thou, leader??,
Training vs. Performance Management - Just push the damn button!, and
Incentive Compensation During Challenging Times - Bonuses... boom or bust??
...and don't forget to check out my blog; some interesting (I think) posts on "everybody'd doing it," and the fallacy of multi-tasking... please comment, complain, or scream at me if you agree, disagree, or just want your opinion read, seen, and heard.
But that's just me...
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