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Leading in a Time of Crisis – Top Tips from Dozens of Practitioners

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Virtually everyone faces a new normal today. If you lead people, you face additional challenges. None of us have all the answers. Perhaps together though, we may develop great solutions. We’re here to help. Here is a list of recommendations from people leadership practitioners.

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The 5×10 Leadership Rule

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Team size is a critical factor in the success or failure of an organization. Most organizations permit – or expect – too many direct reports for each team lead. This logic ignores the reality that good people leadership takes time and great people leadership requires more time.

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Diversity in Leadership Matters: Comcast’s NBC Universal Peacock Example

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Welcome to 2020. Please don’t expect major corporations to grasp the concept of true diversity, unless you help. We see another example today, presented by Comcast’s subsidiary, NBC Universal, while launching the new streaming service, Peacock. What Happened.

Ken Melrose Completes His Service on Earth

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The servant-leadership community lost another great example and shepherd this week. Ken Melrose, former chairman and chief executive officer of The Toro Company, passed away Sunday May 3, 2020. Ken was a passionate advocate for servant-leadership at Toro and beyond. His book, “ Making the Grass Greener on Your Side : A CEO’s Journey to Leading by Serving” cited examples of servant-leadership in action at Toro while teaching and encouraging its practice to readers.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

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In times of tragedy and civil unrest, it is easy and common for companies to release position statements. It’s good for leaders to offer their support to communities in need. A positive message that says, “we stand with you” feels good. Unfortunately, in these times, your stakeholders need more than warm fuzzies – they need your action. So if you published a message of support, great. Thank you. Now, immediately follow that with action.

Business & Racial Awareness – Full Video

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Recently, I partnered with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert, Glen Guyton from GuyStar Enterprises, to help business executives better address racial inequality in their workplace and industry. This 1 hour session was an abridged version of a 4 part, 4 hour series, based on the following books: White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.

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New Live Course: Business & Racial Awareness Starts Friday

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Join Business & Racial Awareness: From Conversation to Action , today. Seats are limited. Sessions start Friday. About the Course. I grew up in very white suburbs. With little exposure to other heritages, but a strong moralistic and Christian-centered world view, I considered myself an ally and “woke” before I knew these terms.

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An Interview with Larry Spears, a Servant-Leadership Legend

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Larry Spears. Larry Spears was the CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership for nearly two decades. He now runs the Spears Center for Servant-Leadership (Indianapolis), and serves as Servant-Leadership Scholar at Gonzaga University (Spokane).

USA Gymnastics Demonstrates Failure at Leadership Selection in the Digital Media Age

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On Saturday, USA Gymnastics announced the role of interim President and CEO will be filled by Mary Bono. In selecting Bono, USA Gymnastics joins an unfortunate list of companies failing to conduct a basic analysis of digital media , before making critical leadership decisions.

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Herb Kelleher Completes His Service on Earth

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Herb Kelleher, the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Airlines , passed away today (January 3rd, 2019). Herb was among the greatest examples of servant-leadership in business. The man was a legend, yet remained humble, always shining the spotlight on his team. He lived life to it’s fullest and left a path for others to follow in his footsteps- however giant they may be. He inspired an entire generation of servant-leaders and left the world better than he found it.

COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

There Are No Leadership Positions

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Too often we hear – or maybe even say, “they’re in a leadership position “ At best, this is misleading. At worst, it’s flat out wrong. Your title makes you a manager. Your role makes you a leader. Positions for Managers. A title defines a management position.

New Study: Only 15% of Schools Offer Leadership Programs

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Heat map of percentage of institutions with leadership programs, in the United States, by state. Does anyone believe we have enough good leaders in politics? What about the workplace? I didn’t think so. In the “Be the Good” TEDx talk , I mentioned we have so many bad bosses, that we tend to find poor leadership acceptable – even expected. Yet, nobody seems to ask the question, “why?” ” Why are there so many bad leaders?

Why We Should Always Call it Servant-Leadership

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The great Shakespeare play, Romeo & Juliet has a famous line, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ” We often use this phrase to explain how names don’t really matter.

Please Vote for Modern Servant Leader Today!

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Can I get 1 minute of your time? I’ve been running this blog to advocate servant leadership adoption and digital media action, for free, since 2008. In all that time, I never asked a favor. Today though, I have a favor to ask. It should only take a minute of your time. I want to continue spreading servant leadership adoption and digital media action, to help others succeed. You have a great opportunity to help me do this by voting on the Thinkers 50.

Top 9 Tips for Working Remotely

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Infographic : 9 Tips for Working Remotely (Large version here ). Are you new to working from home or working remote? Have you considered the challenges and special needs of your remote employees? With the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, there are many people, new to telecommuting, who could use some tips and best practices.

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Why HR Technology Matters Now More Than Ever

When a crisis hits, HR technology gives business leaders the data, tools, and support to make important business decisions quickly. In this report, Josh Bersin breaks down the 4 key benefits of HR tech and demonstrates through case studies how business leaders can leverage it to solve problems and grow. Download this report to learn more!

Why Social Media Makes Now a Great Time to be a Leader

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For the first time in history, leaders can receive effective feedback from millions of people. Why is now a great time to be a leader? What makes today so different from prior centuries, or even decades? Technology delivered a leadership innovation called digital social media. Throughout history there have been many communication innovations, but digital media, and its child – social media, provide the greatest benefit to leaders.

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How to be a Bad Boss

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We can be really stupid leaders sometimes and that leads to being a bad boss. I can say this because I’ve done it. I still do it sometimes. I can be a bad boss and I bet you can too. Here’s how: 1. Focus on what your boss thinks of you more than what’s right for the organization. Take the big, “important” projects for yourself rather than provide them as opportunities for the team.

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You Must Serve to be Great

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You don’t have to be great to serve, but you must serve to be great. Jon Gordon If you want to be a great leader, you must serve. Jon Gordon got it right when he said this at the World LEADERS Conference. Service comes before greatness, but greatness is not a requirement to serve. I’ve said time and again, to lead you must serve because if you’re not serving others, you are self-serving and that’s not leadership.

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Afraid? Stop Being So Selfish!

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One of the hardest lessons I ever learned was that I couldn’t lead what I needed. I was reminded of this when I recently heard Ken Blanchard say, “Fear and self-doubt is an ego problem. Because you are focusing on yourself.” ” As a leader, you should be prepared to face your fears and self-doubts then dismiss them for what they are: a self-serving view. As a servant leader, you are called to serve others.

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015

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Are you looking for the top leadership experts to follow in 2015? Maybe you need a leadership development expert or public speaker. Or, maybe you’re focused on personal development and want to find the best content online to help you grow as a leader. Whether you need a leadership and management expert for yourself or your team, you’ll find someone great below. If you’re interested in the details behind the list, click here.

Real Time Listening in Digital Media for People Leaders

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Click here if you are unable to see the video. In Paradigm Flip , I introduced three types of listening in digital media for people leaders to monitor the online conversation about their business or non-profit and it’s industry: 1. Real Time: A real-time monitor streams content as it occurs in real-time online, from a specific source. Comprehensive: The comprehensive monitor captures new content, anywhere publicly available online, but runs in batches.

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Servant Leadership Explained via Santa the Bad Boss and Rudolph the Servant Leader

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Jolly old Santa Claus has a reason to be so happy. After all, he only works one day a year and gets credit for all the gifts his elves made and the work his reindeer do. In return, what do the reindeer and elves get? Left over cookie crumbs, some carrots, and one hit movie vs. dozens for Saint Nick. Santa Claus is really a bad boss, here are several examples of his poor leadership behavior: Santa Claus the Bad Boss. Serves only one stakeholder group. Takes credit for other’s work.

Our Leadership Failure in Academia

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Every high school senior has one goal in common when applying to college: displaying leadership qualities. Every higher learning institution has this as an “expectation” of applicants. Then, these same institutions all claim they develop students to be great leaders by the time they graduate. They may describe it in a different manner. They may even define leadership different. However, they all claim to be a great institution for building future leaders.

9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

SMB leaders are working day and night to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Successfully managing it requires the CFO and HR leader to make complex decisions quickly, without rushing into an uncoordinated response. Foremost among these decisions will be cost containment. The way organizations manage costs now will determine how well they perform during and after COVID-19. Download our guide and start preparing for the future today.

Leadership – I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

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Many people do not understand leadership. They think it is an achievement to reach, rather than a commitment to serve. So this scene from “The Princess Bride” is an appropriate meme. In this scene, Inigo Montoya tells his employer, Vizzini, “You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means” [Share this post: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Google+ | Pinterest ]. Here are some examples when people incorrectly label something as leadership.

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The Servant-Leadership Times They are a Changin

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I was living in New York City when I first sought opportunities to work with companies focused on servant leadership. While interviewing a well-known author on the topic, his advice to me was simple: “Move”, he chuckled. He went on to explain his experience turned up few – if any – companies that were serious about servant-leadership in the greater New York area. That was two decades ago.

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Digital Media and the Future of Your Leadership – Video

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Ben Lichtenwalner presents Digital Media and the Future of Leadership at Hope College’s Critical Issues Symposium. Having difficulties viewing the video? Click here. Leadership is not easy, but digital media makes it easier than ever before. Whether or not you realize leverage this opportunity, there are major influencers who will. You must decide: are you going to sit on the sidelines? Or, are you going to use this opportunity to be a more effective servant leader ?

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SERVANT Leaders are Selfless – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT (Selfless, Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The first principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Selfless. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. This captures the selfless nature of leadership in a simple statement.

HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

SERVANT Leadership Acronym Definition

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It took me too long to discover servant leadership. It’s taking too long for others to discover the concept as well. Simply put, servant leadership is authentic leadership. If you’re not serving others, you’re not leading. The problem is, most definitions of servant leadership are difficult to understand or share. Therefore, to increase awareness and advocacy I created a more simple definition, using the acronym S.E.R.V.A.N.T.

Be the Good – TEDx Calvin Talk

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Here at Modern Servant Leader, we often discuss the power of digital media to expand leadership. So I appreciated the opportunity to speak about this at TEDx Calvin. In this talk, you also hear my gratitude for the role you each play, in advancing the servant-leadership movement. The objective of the talk is to encourage more people to leverage digital media, to intervene against evils. Watch or read the message below.

How an Organization May Reflect Servant Leadership

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Usually, when speaking of servant leadership , we refer to the leader as an individual. For example, “he or she is a servant leader” Then, organizations that emphasize servant leadership as a core attribute of its people are inherently, servant led organizations. So then, how does an organization reflect servant leadership to the community?

Return on Relationship – Now in Audiobook

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“Return on Relationship = ROI” -Ted Rubin & Kathryn Rose. I heard a lot about this book, “ Return on Relationship: Relationships are the new currency honor them, invest in them and start measuring your ROR ” but hadn’t read it yet. I wanted to, but it wasn’t available on audio, which put it way down on my book list. Then I bumped into Ted Rubin, one of the authors, at a conference. I picked up a copy that day and finished it the next.

3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: RECRUIT, RETAIN, ENGAGE

One of the least explored and most effective ways to drive recruiting, retention, and overall employee engagement is to establish a learning culture. If this is an area where you need help (or if you could just use a refresher) let Paycor walk you through actionable tips and insights on how you can develop the learning culture that works best for your business.

SERVANT Leaders are Empathetic – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT ( Selfless , Empathetic, Resolute, Virtuous, Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The second principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Empathetic. In order to lead people, you need to know what it feels like to walk a mile in their shoes.

SERVANT Leaders are Authentic – Acronym Model

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Background: This post is part of a series defining the principles of Servant Leadership via the acronym SERVANT ( Selfless , Empathetic , Resolute , Virtuous , Authentic, Needful and Thorough). For more, visit the overview at this link or sign up for the free online course, Servant Leadership 101. The next principle in the SERVANT Leadership acronym is Authentic. Authenticity is all about transparency. A great leader is the same in private as they are in public.

Are You Ready to Serve the Team?

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The highest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are barely aware. Lao Tzu [Share This: Twitter | LinkedIn ] Dan Rockwell (aka Leadership Freak ) interviews Suzy & Jack Welch, backstage at the World LEADERS Conference. Here’s a dirty little secret: many of us think we’re servant leaders, until we’re really tested – myself included.

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Why I Started The Modern Servant Leader

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It was 2006. My CFO just fired the 4th person he hired, within a year of hiring them. Now, his entire team had turned over 3 times in as many years. Yet, the executive team felt he was getting positive results. In fact, on paper, he was. The organization was stronger than ever, from a fiscal perspective. However, the reputation of the organization and the lives of many employees were damaged.

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.