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June At C-Level
I still hear people speaking about 2019 as if “it’s about to get started.”

Though I hate to throw cold reality on a warm, comforting ideal, it’s June now; we’re halfway done with this year.

Let’s don’t kid ourselves into believing we can pull off a year-end goal “coup.” Let reality – driven by available resources and leadership accountability – determine which objectives should keep our focus. If you don't make time to commit to them, don't pretend they are a priority. You'll just continue to frustrate others and create unnecessary stress on yourself. Tom Peters is right: your priorities are reflected in your calendar, not your words.

Speaking of holding folks accountable; here’s a blog post that speaks directly to the issues and challenges of performance management. Take it to heart.

If we can help with the coaching, leadership development or strategy parts of your now-high-speed efforts, you know how to reach us.
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.
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Come together, right now... over me!
By D. Kevin Berchelmann

Bain Capital. McKinsey. Deloitte... don’t take just my word for it; the single biggest reason for merger or acquisition failure is NOT costs, lack of synergy, shortage of capital, incompatible strategy, etc. 

It’s people. Failure to integrate cultures, directions, leadership and communities within an organization result in more failures than any market disapproval could muster.

Pay attention here – you’re paying big bucks for – usually – more than a simple asset.

Today’s Myth: Being the Best is the Best
By Kevin Ross

A common narrative today tells us that everyone should strive to be the BEST at whatever they’re pursuing. Number One, the “go to” guy or gal, the Subject Matter Expert (SME for you acronym lovers). 

After all, who wants to be known as Number Two?

So, what’s wrong with a little competition in the workplace? Nothing, so long as we don’t create an environment where people either feel like winners or like losers. 

Believe it or not, not everyone wants to be the “go to” problem solver, the SME, or even get promoted.

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