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SUSTAINABLE HIGH PERFORMANCE IS ABOUT REALITY

Paul Preston

Life is getting more and more intense, immediate, and insecure. We spend more time in unknown territory where things often feel out of our control. This can be scary and unnerving, yet we see over and over again how clients who apply their Sustainable High Performance strategies are able to keep ahead of the wave to perform and recover brilliantly so they are up to the challenge.

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LOYALTY IS GONE

Paul Preston

I typically use my time on a flight as an opportunity for recovery.  I often nap, listen to music, read something for fun, or just reflect. Occasionally (although, to be honest, very rarely) I have a conversation with my seat neighbor; my last flight was one of these rare exceptions and I had a very interesting chat with the gentleman next to me. This gentleman was a trend researcher, which fascinated me. Having spent over 45 years in business in many parts of the world, in all different roles, working for quite a cadre of leaders, and working with more than my fair share of consultants, I feel like I’ve seen my share of trends come and go. As we shared experiences, he told me about one of his latest projects which looked at the relationship between companies and their executives and he shared a couple of trends he was seeing. His main observation was a clear shift away from loyalty to just commitment. Now my initial reaction was that this was just about semantics and some philosophical BS. But the more I thought about it, the more I got intrigued.

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