Politics, Leaders and Frequent Whackings...
May At C-Level

It's nearly the end of May. Q2 finale is starting to warm up, and the year's midpoint is within rock-throwing distance. As we've been saying here, it's no longer a "new" year, and goals should be well on the way to fruition. Now's the time-if you're on track, great! If not, adjust now. If you can't adjust enough to make it, change the goal.
Don't throw good money after bad, and don't continue to pursue an unreachable goal. That's the equivalent of mining for Unobtanium, and it serves no purpose but to frustrate. We have plenty to worry about without intentionally creating stress.
May has a couple of significant dates besides May Day, Star Wars Day and Cinco de Mayo.
There was Mother's Day, of course. We did brunch at a nearby golf club, and a good time was had by all. I made serious mother-in-law points, since she went with us to brunch. You can save those up, you know. Like frequent flier miles, only better. The pic is my daughter Alexandra, contemplating another run at the buffet.

More importantly for the country, Memorial Day is May 29. Please remember that it's a day of reflection; when we celebrate, we do it to remember those who have fallen protecting our freedoms.
And to not end on a buzz-kill, May also included a trip with a client in Mexico to watch the local professional baseball team -Sultanes de Monterrey - play. The home team won which made everyone in our group happy. There may have been a beer or two, so don't judge...
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... Don't get them confused

by D. Kevin Berchelmann

Politics. Damn.

It just seems to permeate everything we do today. And not,necessarily, in a good way. "We the people" have seemingly become unable to have common conversations about so many issues.

Leaders... Don't fall for it. 

This communication impasse, this idiotic inability to have constructive dialogue, this desire to be "right" about all things partisan that will forever be based in opinion (no matter how strongly you believe), cannot become part of who you are. Not in your professional leadership role.

Survey Says...

If you haven't had a chance to see it, our 2016 Survey of Senior Leadership is still available. Interesting reading, and you can download it here

In summary, you and your organization's #1 challenge is revenue/earnings and profitability. After that, it gets people-centric real quick, with emphasis on effective communications, manager performance and employee engagement/productivity. Nearly half of you will be increasing overall headcount in 2017.

We'd love to hear your comments, questions or inputs for the upcoming 2017 survey. 

Leaders & Laggards
In this section, we take a look at recent news and events, and make a gut-reaction determination for three categories:
Demonstrating Clear,
Personal Leadership
Mediocrity in Leadership
Usually an Opportunity Not Taken, or Similar
Leadership Has Its Idiots, We Show You Who They Are
"And time of great change, in my mind, requires a transformational leader. And thankfully we have that in Jim." - Bill Ford Jr. describing Jim Hackett, Ford's new CEO, after summarily whacking Mark Fields. Mark was in over his head, and most Boards don't react quick enough. Ford's did, and is our Leadership Leader. 


John Skipper of ESPN whacks over 100 on-air personalities, then has the unmitigated gall to attempt to laud them in a made-for-public memo sent to employees. The bigger problem? ESPN has a crappy business model, and executing 100 employees-even a few exorbitantly paid ones-won't make up for a faulty business model and billions in broadcast rights. I may not be a math major, but I do own a calculator. 

Brian Cornell, Target's CEO, is spiraling downward and taking Target with him. Four quarters of failure, no recovery in sight, and a turnaround plan that needs, well, turning around. He's whacked 90% of the senior leadership team, so the accountability is all his. I wish Target's board was as business-focused as Ford's...


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Triangle in the News
CFO Magazine

Kevin Berchelmann was featured on CFO Magazine's website for their "Square-Off" special, Here's Why Executive Pay Gets a Bum Rap.

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Sales Operations 101: ...Pro Tips

Kevin Berchelmann was featured via Smartstreet for their recent feature on the Sales Operations function.

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Where Is Everybody? The war for talent wages on...

Pulse article by Kevin Berchelmann published on LinkedIn.

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Becoming a Better Leader 

Kevin Berchelmann interviewed by
The Blue Collar Proud Show
Interview starts around 31:40

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Oil + Gas Monitor 

Kevin Berchelmann's article Oil & Gas Executives, Talent and $30 Problems 

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Nearshore Americas

Kevin Berchelmann was interviewed by Nearshore Americas for their article on Successful Supervisory Development in Contact Centers.

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