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15 Common Habits of Mediocre People

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15 Common Habits of Mediocre People. Mediocrity rears its ugly head when people have a poor attitude, misguided philosophy, or bad habits. Know the warning signs and take appropriate action to counter them. Lack of accountability.

If You Had Three Wishes, What Would They Be?

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If you had three wishes, what would they be? Would you benefit yourself or help others? Would you advance your career, health, or financial well-being, or would you further your social, emotional, or spiritual needs? Would you blow through your wishes right away, or would you hold a few in reserve?

Good Times Don’t Last Forever

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You can’t see around the bend. For that reason, the only way to predict the future is to study the past or extrapolate what we know to be true today. But what if revolutionary changes occur or external events blindside you? The fact is, when times are good, you think they’ll continue forever.

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Distractions, Disruptions, and Other Time Wasters

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Did you ever ask yourself, where did the day go? Even though you had high hopes of getting stuff done, you didn’t clear your plate…again. Despite the fact that you worked tirelessly throughout the day, time simply got away from you. Sound familiar?

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

Freedom and Personal Responsibility Go Hand in Hand

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One of the most memorable experiences in life is obtaining your driver’s license. The anticipation leading up to the event is incredible, and the joy of receiving that license is even better. It’s fantastic to be able to drive, but that pales in comparison to the freedom that a license affords you.

16 Types of Toxic People

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A lot has been said about the impact that toxic waste has on the environment. Consider the impact that toxic people have on your life. The fact is, people influence you every day. Do they inspire you or sap your energy? Do they serve as positive role models or negative influences?

Change Begins with You

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Change Begins with You. Sometimes we feel the world is so large and complex that it’s impossible for any one of us to make a difference. When something comes up that requires action, we think, “I’m only one person. What can I do anyway?”

Why Do You Trust Some People and Mistrust Others?

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Think about why you trust some people and mistrust others. What is it about their behavior that makes you feel that way? Here are 25 ways to determine if someone should be trusted. Do these thoughts cross your mind: “I can always count on him. He’d never let me down.”.

15 Common Myths About Building Trust

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A sound reputation always leads to trust. A reputation is helpful in building trust, but it’s only a start. Most people validate your reputation by comparing it to their actual experience. If your reputation matches their experience, you’re home free. If not, building trust may be an uphill climb.

3 Smart Ways You Can Gain Confidence in Yourself

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Guest post by LaRae Quy. I learned quickly in the FBI that success would not make me confident; instead, confidence would make me successful. Easier said than done, and I should know because I’d never shot a gun when I showed up at the FBI Academy. Guess what?

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Who’s Your Hero?

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Everybody has a hero. Who’s yours? I’m not talking about Superman, who can leap tall buildings in a single bound, or even Mother Teresa, who is larger than life. I’m talking about folks, like you and me, that you look up to. What makes them so special?

Mental Barriers: What’s Holding You Back?

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There are plenty of things that you want in life. While you may think external events are most likely to block your success, the real culprit might be you. So many people thwart their dreams without even realizing they are doing so. What’s holding you back? 13 Mindsets That Might be Holding You Back.

Do You Have a Big Head? You Be the Judge

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Do you have a big head? Could you be labeled an egotist , a show-off, a blowhard, a big talker, an arrogant snob, a know-it-all? If your ego can’t fit through the door, it may be hurting you in ways you’ve never imagined.

What’s Your Best Advice?

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If you were giving your best advice to someone who had their whole life in front of them, what would you say? The following represents some of the best advice I can give about life. My Best Advice — Ever. Own your life! If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, don’t blame the mirror.

What’s Your Personal Brand Worth?

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It’s a brand-new world. In the past, employees remained with their employers for life. Today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that full-time employees will average 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48.

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5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.

Are You Inflexible and Stuck in Your Ways?

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A category 4 hurricane can pack winds of up 156 miles per hour. Why do palm trees that stretch to the sky often survive hurricane-force winds, while well-built frame houses give way like toothpicks?

You Are the Captain of Your Ship

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You Are the Captain of Your Ship. The future you get depends on the choices you make. Period. No one’s going to force you to go to the gym, invest in your personal growth, or save for retirement.

How Do You React to Mistakes?

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Mistakes have a negative image. So we hide them, play the blame game, or beat ourselves up when they occur.

Is Your Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty?

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Do your days ever start off crappy? Your kid has a cold, you run into heavy traffic on your way to work, and the milk in your coffee is sour. Really? If it’s not one thing, it’s another. You get cut off by a driver, your computer goes on the fritz, or your favorite shirt gets stained. Sound familiar?

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

The Costs of a Big Ego

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Being successful is great. But having a big ego can be a detriment to that success. Here are 13 costs of a big ego. Weak relationships. People with big egos can be condescending, rude, and disrespectful. Their nastiness can suck the oxygen out of a room. Shallow connections.

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Is Your Confidence Turning Into Egotism?

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Do you know anyone who has a big ego? They constantly blow their own horn, fight to be the center of attention, and believe they’re always right, even when they’re not. They think they know it all, steer every conversation their way, and believe that the world revolves around them. Right?

Kick the Bad Habit

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Kick the Bad Habit. The first step in modifying a behavior is recognizing the issue and having a willingness to change. Here are 40 habits that may be holding you back. Do you: Take people and things for granted ? Allow yourself to get distracted by trivial things?

Have You Ever Been Betrayed?

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Did you ever put someone on a pedestal because she said all the right things, only to learn that her actions spoke otherwise? Did you ever associate with someone you thought was bighearted, only to learn that he just cared about himself?

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

You Are What You Eat … And What You Read

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To My Readers: I’m honored to republish, with permission, an article by Rodger Dean Duncan that first appeared in Forbes January 16, 2019. In it, he interviewed me about my approach to personal development. This is the first of two posts; the second half of the interview will post next week.

Frank Sonnenberg On Matters That Matter

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To My Readers: I’m honored to republish, with permission, an article by Rodger Dean Duncan that first appeared in Forbes January 16, 2019. In it, he interviewed me about my approach to personal development. This is the second half of the interview.

5 Powerful Benefits Of Becoming A More Confident Leader

Joseph Lalonde

EVERY person is a leader in some capacity or context: in your family, in situations at work or school, in your community… in virtually every sphere of life. That is because, in the famous words of leadership guru John C. Maxwell, leadership is about one life influencing another. We ALL do that.

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How to Assess the Unknown in 3 Easy Steps

Lead Change Blog

I adopted my dog Louie five years ago, and not a day goes by without a leadership lesson from that silly dog. I came across Louie’s adoption file recently as I was attempting to purge old paperwork.

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The CFO Playbook: How to Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

To increase employee retention, you need to consider more than universal healthcare benefits in your turnover calculation. Discover how investing in the right employee benefits can decrease turnover by 138%.

Don’t Let Limited Perspective Destroy Your Team

Let's Grow Leaders

Limited perspective traps leaders and drives apart teams Recently, I’ve watched an organization of passionate and caring people disintegrate. The limited perspective of leaders and team members has frustrated communication and problem solving. They’ve devolved into camps of us vs them. It […].

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Sage Advice For The First-Time Leader

Terry Starbucker

Dear First-Time Leader: Congratulations! You’ve just been given a fantastic opportunity. But before you dive in, I’d like to pass along a little sage advice. I remember my first day as a leader, 35 years ago.

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Team Foxcatcher

Joseph Lalonde

Team Foxcatcher is a Netflix original documentary. This film documents the rise and fall of Team Foxcatcher as the founder, John du Pont, descends into madness.

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Feedback (and Other Dirty Words)

Leading Blog

F EEDBACK HAS A LOT OF BAGGAGE associated with it. Feedback is not always well-intentioned and is used to punish, demean, or manipulate. When well-intentioned we don’t always do it right. We dump on people, we’re biased, we miss the overall issues, and present it in a way that doesn’t sound helpful.

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.

Jerry Colonna on True Grit and Other Advice for Leaders

Leading Blog

J ERRY COLONNA helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed—molding them into highly accomplished individuals—yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being.

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5 Ways to Develop a Change Strategy That Fails

Lead Change Blog

A current client wants to build a legacy business, and I was recommended to help them by their accountant, who is a colleague in my local BNI chapter. The company is run by a father and three sons. They fight, they bicker, fall out, and they are running a business in spite of rather than because of an appropriate change strategy.

Exploring Your Internal Landscape

Leading Blog

T HE CHANGING ORGANIZATIONAL and leadership environment is changing at such a pace that leaders need to develop quickly. Coaching, more than training, focuses on an individual’s specific development needs. Technical skills and talents aside, how we lead is a product of who we are.

Nincompoopery: Making Organizations Safe for Employees & Customers

Leading Blog

N INCOMPOOPERY is the crazy stuff we do (or don’t do) that drives our customers crazy and makes life difficult for employees and keeps organizations from getting what they want. There are nincompoops, and there is nincompoopery.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.