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How Do You Combine Patience and Urgency?

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In my role as an executive coach, I’m used to being the one who asks the questions. I’ve often said that one of the biggest things I do as a coach is give my clients the space to think out loud. Asking the right questions is a great way to create that space.

How to Make the Move to Enterprise-Wide Leader

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It’s interesting how things run in patterns.

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A Checklist for Your Post-Pandemic Reentry into the World

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It was one year ago this week that COVID brought things to a screeching halt in the United States. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they were sick with COVID and quarantined in Australia. The NBA and other professional and collegiate sports leagues were suspended.

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The Three Big Things Your Team Will Need from You This Year

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One of the big themes I’m already working on with my leader clients this year is how to keep their teams energized and engaged as we all push through this pandemic.

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5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

New Year, Same Boat?

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Over the weekend, I saw a Tweet from preventive medicine doctor, James Hamblin that read, “This concludes the first week of 2021.”. Following a week of record COVID deaths and a deadly riot in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, Hamblin succinctly summed up the way a lot of us feel.

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You Have Agency. Here’s How to Use It.

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It almost always happens. Whenever I work with a group of high potential leaders, we eventually get to the conversation about agency. Someone will start talking about all the organizational dynamics that seem to be getting in the way of progress and then others will join in.

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Ten Ways to Beat Burnout

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Burnout can be like the weather. Everyone talks about it but no one does anything about it. I’ve been thinking and talking about burnout for a long-time. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my book, Overworked and Overwhelmed , back in 2014.

How to Sustain Your Leadership Team’s Momentum Throughout the Year

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A few weeks ago, I had an online Q&A session with a senior executive following a keynote presentation I did for her company’s annual senior leadership summit.

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How to Keep Your Head Clear in the Weeks to Come

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A few years ago, around the time my book, Overworked and Overwhelmed was launched, I wrote a series of blog posts under the theme of Mindful Mondays. I left that theme when I felt at the time that I had said everything I wanted to say on being mindful.

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What’s Your Pandemic Perspective Shift?

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As many of us approach family Thanksgiving gatherings via Zoom, I’ve been thinking about all the perspective shifts I’ve had during this year of the pandemic.

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5 Ways Talent Development Makes Your Company Unbeatable

As an HR leader, your goal for talent development is to create an environment where everyone is motivated and supported to achieve a shared vision of success. By investing in the right software, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide!

Ten Things to Say Besides Yes

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It seems like every week I speak with executives who tell me they’re burned out or exhausted. And why wouldn’t they be? Everyone has been on a full out sprint for the past year as we’ve run the biggest business social experiment in history.

Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Developing Leaders

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The publication date of this post, December 1, 2020, marks the 20 th anniversary of our leadership development company, The Eblin Group.

Three Easy Ways to Build Meaningful Connection

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As I’ve been talking with clients and colleagues in the early days of year two of the pandemic, I’ve been thinking a lot about content and connection. Most of the leaders and team members I’m talking with are struggling with the volume of content they’re dealing with in their jobs.

Three Ways to Stay on Top of All of Your Communications

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One of the things I’ve seen a lot of leaders struggling with during this extended period of leading from home is how to stay on top of all the communications they have to do with different stakeholders – their team members, their managers, their peers, other colleagues and external partners.

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How to Lead with Influence Instead of Authority

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One of the things you read most often about the effects of the pandemic is that it has accelerated trends that were already in play by about 10 years. In certain aspects of work and life, it suddenly seems like 2030 instead of 2020.

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Nine Ways to Be an Energizing Online Leader

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In case you’ve lost count, you may be one of the many of us who are in month eight of working from home.

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How to Provide Connection Equity in a Hybrid World

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Last week I wrote that as we quickly move to hybrid and remote work arrangements, leaders will need to be mindful, creative and deliberate in creating approaches to work that leave everyone feeling valued and essential.

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Bio-hacking Your Health and Wellbeing with Your Phone

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Last week I had the pleasure of spending some extended time online with a group of coaching and leadership development colleagues. During a conversation on resilience and stress management, the presenter asked us to rate our satisfaction with our physical routines – movement, sleep, and nutrition.

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How to Decide Which Meetings to Skip

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The number one business-related complaint I’ve been hearing from my coaching clients during the pandemic is that they are overwhelmed with a deluge of demand for participation in online meetings.

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How to Build the Ideal HR Team (with Limited Time, Budget and Resources)

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when you have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Four Ways to Be More Proactive and Less Reactive in Your Time Management

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Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to coach the members of a couple of different corporate senior leadership teams. The coaching approach I use for leadership teams is a lot like the one I use for individual leaders.

In a Hybrid World, Every Worker Will Need to Feel Essential

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Back in the days when I lived outside of Washington, DC, I was always fascinated by the snow days that were so big they pretty much shut the Federal government down.

How Your Sense of Purpose Is Going to Get You Through This

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Like me, you may have noticed that time goes by both quickly and slowly during the pandemic.

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Don’t Be Paralyzed by Positive Thinking

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I’m observing (virtually, of course) more and more leaders who are short-termers. By that, I don’t mean that they’re not long for their jobs. What I mean is that they’re not looking far enough out into the future. At the beginning of the pandemic, this probably made sense.

How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work (Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive)

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

Simple Physical Routines for Successful Stress Management

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Over the past month, I’ve been running two or three online sessions a week with groups of leaders to provide them with some reference points and space to think about how to lead in our current environment. Leadership is always challenging.

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The Learning Journey We’re On

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I’ve had a lot of conversations with corporate leaders over the past couple of weeks that have all focused on variations of the same question, “What can I do to help end racism?”

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Empathy

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As a white male, I’m reluctant to offer a lot of personal commentary in this post but would argue that a lack of empathy for the lives and life experience of others has been a significant contributor to where we are as a nation this week.

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Leaders, Welcome to the Beginning of Phase 2

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From my vantage point of speaking with around a dozen leaders from different industries every week since the pandemic began, I’ve concluded that we’re at the end of Phase 1 and the beginning of Phase 2 of what it means to live and work in this new world.

How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work: Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

Leaders, Share Yourselves

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One of the bright spots for me of this life-changing era we’re all living through is the stories of human connection that I hear from the executives I speak with every week.

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Three Things to Stop Doing This Week

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For many of us in the United States, week seven or so of the work from home (WFH) period is underway. And even as attention turns to how to get people back to the office, it’s pretty clear that we’re at the beginning of a pretty long haul of a lot more working from home than we ever thought we would.

How to Reclaim the Best Part of Your Commute

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If you’re working from home, are you missing your commute? That kind of sounds like a stupid question. Who misses sitting in traffic looking at taillights? Not many people, I’d guess, but that’s probably not the part of your commute you’re missing.

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How to Push Your Mental Reset Button

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As I wrote last week , we’re all dealing with a lot. And, when there’s a lot to process – work, family, health, the world and life in general – the mind can understandably flit and flutter from thought to thought.

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Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

Some ?What If?? Questions You Should Be Asking Right Now

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post that made the case that we’re all at the beginning of Phase 2 in our response to the global pandemic.

How to Help Make the World a Better Place This Year

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In the years that I’ve been coaching clients and audiences on creating their own Life GPS® personal planning strategy , I’ve learned that identifying the outcomes they want to help create in their communities is often the most challenging component for people. I get that because, for many years, it was the most challenging for me too. I think there are a number of reasons for that.

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Who Do You Need to Be This Year?

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Even though we’re just a few days removed from 2020, the first work week of the new year represents a blank slate. Most of 2021 still lies ahead and we have lots of opportunity right now to think about how we want to influence the outcomes that are yet to be created.

What Makes a Great Leader?

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Last week I had a thoughtful client ask me a question I don’t get asked very often – What makes a great leader? Since, as an executive coach, I’m usually the one asking the questions, she caught me off guard with hers.

Paycor HR Leaders Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 HR and Finance leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.