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Leading Thoughts for June 13, 2024

Leading Blog

I DEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Dean Williams on real leadership: “In exercising real leadership, one must be open to new ideas and novel information. One must be willing to test deeply held assumptions and question prevailing truths. Too often managers in organizations write off people they dislike and refuse to entertain ideas that don’t agree with their particular paradigm or sense

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Succession Planning: Sustaining Organizational Culture through Leadership Transitions

N2Growth Blog

Understanding the Link between Leadership Transition and Organizational Culture Leadership transition inevitably influences organizational culture. Leadership changes usually introduce new perspectives, distinct management styles, and different strategies, all of which can change an organization’s established norms, values, and behaviors. These changes lead to shifts in the overall internal environment, which we recognize as the organization’s culture.

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Bigger, Better Small Talk: Practical Ways to Connect with Your Coworkers

Let's Grow Leaders

Get Better at Small Talk By Asking the Next Best Question Do you dread small talk? Does the idea of asking (or being asked) “How was your weekend?” make you cringe? We get it. You don’t have a lot of extra time for long conversations. You’ve got work to do. But here’s the thing. People are more likely to help you when they feel seen by you—as a person—not just for what they can do for you.

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Ethical Values Are Good For Business (Part 5)

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical values are good for business, but only if you keep up as times change. Right now, expectations are high and Ibelieve that values-based leadership is gaining momentum. Recently I was asked to explain why I think so, and I thought I would share my answer in today’s blog post. Here are a number of trends that I see that are working together to fuel the movement toward leading with positive values.

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New DOL Final Overtime Rules: Quickstart Guide for Employers

There’s a new overtime salary threshold that will impact employers across the country. If you have an employee making less than $43,888 on July 1 or less than $58,656 on January 1, you’re going to have to start paying overtime. Download Paycor’s guide to learn: Which groups of employees are affected? How should you classify employees? Best ways to mitigate risk.

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Gullibility is Deadly: Practice Responsible Trust

Leadership Freak

People who see the worst in others don’t thrive in life or work. Gullibility is deadly. Don’t trust what people say. Trust what they do. This post explains responsible trust.

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Helpful Strategies for Dealing with a Passive Aggressive Coworker

Let's Grow Leaders

Episode 260: In this episode, you’ll discover effective ways to handle a passive aggressive coworker. Dealing with this type of conflict can be incredibly frustrating, but don’t worry—you’ve got some powerful phrases to use. Throughout the podcast, you’ll hear examples of passive aggressive behavior and learn phrases to address it effectively.

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The Rising Importance of the Chief Commercial Officer in Modern Business

N2Growth Blog

Understanding the Duties of a Chief Commercial Officer In the past ten years, the role of the Chief Commercial Officer has evolved to include more than just sales operations. Today, the CCO oversees various aspects of business operations, such as strategy development, customer relationship management, product development, and crisis management. The CCO often serves as a crucial bridge between a company’s day-to-day operations and long-term goals, offering valuable insights that influence i

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From Smart to Wise: Transformative Insights for Leaders

Next Level Blog

As a senior executive coach, I get to work with a lot of really smart people who have serious processing power upstairs. Smart, however, doesn’t always mean wise. In a nutshell, intelligence is usually about generating or acquiring knowledge while wisdom is about exercising good judgment in applying that knowledge. There are other simple distinctions between intelligence and wisdom that you can use as a guide to determine in which direction you lean or, better yet, what it looks like to strike a

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If You Struggle to Trust People Read This

Leadership Freak

All leaders have faith in people. Cynics can't lead. They can boss but they can't inspire. Distrustful people can micromanage, but they can’t engage people. You can't trust everyone, but you must trust people to lead. Read about 4 ways to learn to trust people.

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When Feedback Turns Toxic: Avoid These 10 Mistakes At All Costs

Lead from Within

Effective feedback is a cornerstone of leadership and personal growth. When given constructively, feedback can be a powerful tool for improvement. However, feedback can quickly turn toxic if not handled properly. Here are ten common mistakes that can poison feedback and hinder personal and professional development. As an executive leadership coach I understand the importance of avoiding these pitfalls for fostering a healthy and growth-oriented environment.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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The Emergence of Female Electricians: Breaking Through and Lighting Up the Field

Women on Business

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Transforming Revenue Leadership: N2Growth’s CRO Search Expertise

N2Growth Blog

The Role of a Chief Revenue Officer The Chief Revenue Officer, commonly abbreviated as CRO, is an executive position pivotal in driving the financial growth of an organization. The CRO’s function operates at a strategic level, involving the creation, coordination, and execution of plans designed to enhance revenue growth. They bridge the gap between different departments, such as sales, marketing, and customer service, ensuring a harmonized approach toward fulfilling revenue objectives.

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Kill Performance Reviews and Establish 90-Day Career Portfolio Reviews

Strategy Driven

Revamping the traditional performance review process is not just a shift in strategy, but a transformation in the corporate ethos. In an era where agility and adaptability are paramount, the traditional annual performance review seems as antiquated as a dial-up internet connection in the age of high-speed broadband. It’s time for a seismic shift in how we assess, motivate, and develop talent within our organizations.

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Harnessing Scarcity: 7 Lessons from a Dry Well

Leadership Freak

Our well is dry. I'm leaning about harnessing scarcity. Sometimes life sucks. How are you responding to the bucket of problems you face every day. Here are 7 ways to harness scarcity for personal and team advantage.

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5 Ways to Improve DE&I in the Workplace

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical for an organization’s success. And companies that take bold action to help ensure an inclusive workplace will win every time. Discover how your company can create a culture that celebrates DE&I while achieving higher revenue and growth.

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4 Reasons Your Top Talented Employees Are Losing Their Motivation

Lead from Within

Retaining top talent is essential for any organization looking to stay ahead in today’s competitive business environment. In my experience as an executive leadership coach, I’ve observed talented individuals losing motivation, a trend that can significantly impact a company’s operational excellence and innovation. Pinpointing the causes behind this slump in enthusiasm is crucial for leaders who aim to foster a productive, engaged, and loyal workforce.

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The Importance of Using Clean Smelling Perfumes in Business for Women

Women on Business

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Breaking the Mold: Innovative Succession Planning for Non-Traditional Roles

N2Growth Blog

Understanding the Importance of Succession Planning In today’s corporate environment, succession planning is often undervalued despite its crucial role in ensuring an enterprise’s sustained growth and continuity. When senior-level personnel depart due to retirement, unforeseen circumstances, or new opportunities, they leave behind a challenging and time-consuming gap to fill.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Bottom Line When Your Business Goes Omnichannel

Strategy Driven

The omnichannel strategy is one that integrates all the different channels your business uses—i.e. online, mobile, and physical stores—to offer a seamless and consistent customer experience. This approach ensures that whether a customer shops through an app, website, or in person, the service quality, information they glean from a business, and interaction with business staff all remain the same.

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No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results

Speaker: Cy Wakeman, M.S., CSP, President, Reality-Based Leadership

Most HR leadership philosophies are grounded in two completely faulty assumptions — “change is hard” and “engagement drives results.” Those beliefs have inspired expensive attempts to keep change from being disruptive to employees. What these engagement programs actually do is create and reinforce feelings of victim-hood and leave employees unprepared to adapt to real changes that are necessary for the health and profitability of their enterprises.

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3 Things to Do When You Assume the Worst

Leadership Freak

Ten minutes after the well guy arrived, we had water. I thought the well was dry. We had water all the time. Don't assume the worst. Here are 3 ways to deal with a brain that has a mind of its own.

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10 Proven Strategies to Reskill Your Workforce For The Future Of Work

Lead from Within

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) has left many leaders, businesses and employees wondering about its impact. Will it lead to job elimination or create new opportunities? As an executive leadership coach who works with leaders around the world, I believe the answer lies in how well organizations connect AI technologies to their corporate vision and individual employee growth.

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Top 5 Corporate Travel Hotspots

Women on Business

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Top 10 Principles of Effective Communication Today

leaderCommunicator

My entire career has been spent helping leaders communicate better. In working with leaders from a wide variety of industries over the years, our team has identified common traits that the best communicators possess. Not surprisingly, many of what defined greatness two decades ago still apply, and yet some skills have become even more relevant for addressing new challenges organizations face today.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

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Mental Fitness Hacks: Creative Ways for Business Leaders to Stay Balanced Every Day  

Strategy Driven

Did you know that 1 in 5 adults experience mental health issues each year? In 2021, among the 57.8 million adults with any mental illness (AMI), over half did not receive the mental health services they needed?? It’s heartbreaking to think so many struggle alone. As a business leader or entrepreneur, you are no stranger to the pressures and demands of your role.

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Sadness: Battling Leadership’s Dark Secret

Leadership Freak

Sadness is leadership's dark secret. Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill experienced bouts of darkness. It wouldn’t surprise me if you felt it. I’m not talking about depression. I’m talking about the weight of caring more than others. Here are 10 ways to get a grip on sadness.

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How to Handle a Bad Leader Without Crossing the Line

Lead from Within

Dealing with a challenging leader can test even the most seasoned professional. In my practice as an executive leadership coach, I often meet individuals who are grappling with the impact of inadequate leadership. These leaders may miss the mark when it comes to guiding their teams, whether it’s through a lack of clear communication, insufficient empathy, or ineffective decision-making.

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How the Best Customer Reference Management Software Enhances Customer Loyalty

Women on Business

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Individual Development Plan Template

There’s no way around it: sometimes employees need your help. Use this free template to clarify expectations, share resources, and set a timeline. Best case scenario, this process helps them improve. Worst case, your great recordkeeping keeps you compliant even if they move on. Download the template today!

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Missed Call Mania—Understanding Gen Z’s Telephonophobia

HR Digest

The New York Post recently turned the spotlight on Gen Z’s “telephonophobia” and while we’re inclined to agree with the generation’s dislike of phone calls, we still need to explore it further. Gen Z’s fear of talking on the phone is nothing new and carries on the Millennial preference for text messages over calls. There is a general consensus that if it can be said by text or email, then there’s no reason to have a meeting or a phone call.

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The Power of Networking in Association Management: Building Bridges for Success

Strategy Driven

In the world of association management, networking stands as the cornerstone of success. Whether you’re leading a professional organization, a trade association, or a community group, the ability to connect with others can significantly impact your effectiveness and influence. Networking isn’t just about exchanging business cards or attending events; it’s about forging meaningful relationships, sharing knowledge, and creating opportunities for growth.

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The Misinformation Trap: How Not To Derail Your Decisions

thoughtLEADERS, LLC

By understanding the conditions that trigger misinformation and practicing counter strategies, you not only safeguard your decision outcomes but build more responsible organizations and society. Today’s guest post is b y Nuala Walsh, author of TUNE IN: How To Make Smarter Decisions In A Noisy World. It’s tempting to share compelling theories about people, companies or products – even in the absence of evidence or validation.

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When Feedback Turns Toxic: Avoid These 10 Mistakes At All Costs

Lead from Within

Feedback is an invaluable tool for growth and development, but when mishandled, it can become a source of demotivation and toxicity. In my role as an executive leadership coach, I guide leaders to deliver feedback that is constructive, not destructive. Avoiding certain pitfalls is essential to maintain the integrity and effectiveness of feedback sessions.

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ABM Evolution: How Top Marketers Are Using Account-Based Strategies

In times of economic uncertainty, account-based strategies are essential. According to several business analysts and practitioners, ABM is a necessity for creating more predictable revenue. Research shows that nearly three-quarters of marketers (74%) already have the resources needed to build successful ABM programs.