**"This excerpt from "Leading in Turbulent Times" is re-printed with the permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, www.bkconnection.com."
Fast, turbulent, exciting and scary. It has never been more difficult to make sense of the world. Change rules. ‘Our sales are half what they were this time last year, which is a challenge. But, I think we’re in the same place that a lot of other people are in right now.’ One CEO told us. “The focus on performance is finer. When you are growing at 35 percent everybody benefits; when your growth goes down to 11 percent or 12 percent, the separation between the poor and the best performer’s increases. And, you then need to figure out how to handle it, because the environment you cannot let that rise. We have had to let some of those poor performers go.’