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June At C-Level
Headed into July, and U.S. Independence Day.

The pandemic is still causing fits (particularly here in Texas), and confusion is common among businesses, politicians, employees and just people in general.

Well, at least confusion because of the disparate thinking. Everyone in those categories above believes they are not the least bit confused, and are the sole holder of perfect knowledge.

I'm reminded of a client Board Chair who is fond of saying, "It's not what you know that gets you into trouble - it's what you know that ain't so..." (some say Mark Twain said that first, but I never heard him say it).

Here's the June edition of At C-Level .

  1. Fire ready, aim - Using tracer rounds in decision-making
  2. Leading by Example is a Default -- Mentoring has to be intentional
  3. Our 2020 SSL (Survey of Senior Leadership) is still available for your download! Lots of good info, peruse at your leisure.

We live in interesting times. Let us know if we can help in any way - we're here for you.
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Fire Ready, Aim
-- Use tracer rounds in decision-making

By D. Kevin Berchelmann

Ready, aim, fire!

Even though it was used in the movie Ben Hur (along with that other period gaffe, the red sports car), the phrase Ready, Aim, Fire! was probably made popular in the 18 th century sometime to help infantrymen with musket practice and dueling colleagues be civil with their killing.

Think about it... "Get ready," means just that - assume posture and preparedness; "Aim" is to align the weapon's barrel with the target; and "Fire!" means to set fire to the musket powder, sending a musket ball downrange toward the intended target.

Of course, it was also used in those unsavory firing squads, but the original principal held true. Get ready, take aim, and fire.

Leading by Example Is a Default...
... Mentoring has to be intentional .

By Kevin Ross

"There's no success without successors."
An old catchphrase that simply means as you climb the ladder of success, it's a lot easier on the next rung if you've groomed someone to take your place in the organization's leadership hierarchy.

That could be great, but it could also be terrible. It all depends on how you lead and mentor your team and the role you play(ed) in succession planning.

Leaders who care about helping others be successful appreciate those who care for others. Butt snorkelers appreciate butt snorkelers.

Okay, this isn't about butt snorkelers, although that might be a fun topic to spend your next three minutes reading about.

So how do you prepare the next person to take your position? What is the difference between mentoring and leading, and why should you care?

Our 2020 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. Of course, it's PC - meaning "pre-Coronavirus."

Lots of input around leadership development and talent management; AI and Change Management are gaining ground - and likely will continue post-Coronavirus.

96% of you said you would maintain or increase headcount in 2020. We'll see how that plays out in the brave, new, post-Covid world.
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