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The Quarterly Review and Refinery

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Spring is on the way. The days are getting longer and it is hard to believe we are almost three months into 2003. Now is the time to take time to prepare for and then conduct your Quarterly Review and Refine Session.

While the world state is uncertain, markets are fragile and the economy is — well, the economy — it is easy to just keep plugging along or to say, "Let's take a look at things in July and see what's happening." On the other hand, you clearly understand your leadership role and know how important it is to everyone in your organization to experience you modeling consistency, continuity and clarity at times when the world and situations appear to be anything but consistent, continuous and clear. People take their lead from you and what you do.

You know the power of communication and the greater power of effective, timely communications and interaction. Take this opportunity to pull yourself, your leadership team and your entire organization together to have a conversation about achievements, challenges and next steps for the coming quarter. There is no one better positioned to take this leadership action than you.

As I can be a resource to or sounding board for you, please do not hestitate to contact me.

As Quarter 1 Draws to a Close:

Invest this time to design and implement strategy and action that survives its collision with reality.