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Hypocrisy and the Slobberin' Dog
August At C-Level
It's almost Labor Day. Summer's over... school has started... traffic is back... and... what's this? You're on the verge of missing some key 2019 objectives? And just a few months left...

How can this be??

Not to worry, you know what to do; this "ain't your first rodeo." We'll just work harder, right? Yeah, that’s the ticket. After all, we aren't working hard now, are we?

How about some crazy thinking...? Let's try to work smarter instead. Does your leadership team (all levels) "play well together?" If not, there's potentially a lot of energy going to something other than productive efforts. Do they have the necessary skills to do what we need them to, and do they know how to apply those skills effectively?

If not (to any of those above), do something about it. Today.
The Results Are In...
Our 2019 Survey of Senior Leadership is complete, and another big thanks to those who participated. Your inputs gave us good insight into what your concerns are as we hurtle towards 2020. Download now—it’s free.

Developing current and future leaders along with operating cost management continue to be regular favorites, though the comments spoke more to future leaders this year. New to the game are your personal concerns around AI, IoT and Ma-chine Learning, and the need for an Accountability Culture.

94% of you said you would maintain or increase headcount in 2019, hence the appearance of Recruitment & Retention in both business and personal challenges.

Watch your inboxes... we’ll be gearing up shortly for the 2020 version!
Featured Articles
We Need Reinforcements...
--Send in the Leaders!

By D. Kevin Berchelmann

In my many years of experience growing, coaching and training leaders, I’ve discovered that it’s seldom talent... or training... or give-a-shit... that makes a leader successful, at all but the senior-most (the senior-most) level.

It’s reinforcement. Or, more appropriately, the lack thereof. Managers are trained, facilitated and coached, then return to the barren wasteland of their workplace, left to fend for themselves amid the hyenas, badgers and cape buffalos.

“In behavioral psychology, reinforcement is a consequence applied that will strengthen an organism's future behavior whenever that behavior is preceded by a specific antecedent stimulus.”

Thank you, Dr. Pavlov. 

In consulting terms, he means “When you ring the bell, the dog slobbers.” 

Leaders Develop Leaders…
-- If you won’t do it, find someone who will!

By Kevin Ross

Like many consultants, I sometimes struggle to follow the great advice I give other people. Okay, more than sometimes. The whole ‘physician, heal thyself’ thing comes along like a spiritual two-by-four upside my head pretty often.

But the situation where ‘do as I say, not as I do’ really gets my goat is during a leadership development engagement when the boss is uninterested or disengaged from the effort. 

You’ve heard the old saw: “What if I develop my people and they leave?” “But what if you don’t and they stay?”


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