Eric Jacobson

The Six Essential Questions To Ask Your Direct Reports

Eric Jacobson

To help you bring out the best in your team, you need to get close and understand their skills, abilities, and motivations. So, the authors of the book, Your First Leadership Job , recommend you hold getting-to-know-you conversations with each of your direct reports. Ask these open-ended questions.

How To Deliver What Your Organization Needs Most From You

Eric Jacobson

Accomplished leadership and executive coaches Bill Berman and George Bradt have discovered over the past 30 years that: People lose their ability to influence others and impact the organizations they work at because they are not focused on the most essential, mission-critical business and cultural priorities of the organization.

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How To Hire Top Talent In An Instant

Eric Jacobson

The following statements from author Scott Wintrip convinced me to read his book, High Velocity Hiring: How To Hire Top Talent In An Instant : "Hiring is broken. There's a new way to hire that's faster, efficient, and effective.

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10 Ways To Improve Your Connection Skills

Eric Jacobson

"Connection is what transforms a dog-eat-dog environment into a sled-dog team that pulls together," says Michael Lee Stallard , author of the book, Connection Culture. Connection builds an emotional bond that promotes trust, cooperation, and esprit de corps among people in the workplace."

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7 Ways to Manage a Talent Shortage

In this whitepaper, Paycor examines the top 7 things you can do to out-maneuver your competition and win the war for talent in the coming months.

How To Coach With Compassion

Eric Jacobson

“Helping others is a good thing, but even the most well-intentioned attempts can be undermined by a simple truth: We almost always focus on “fixing” people – correcting problems or filling the gaps between where they are and where we think they should be.

8 Decision-Making Tactics

Eric Jacobson

These eight decision-making tactics from David Lahey ’s book, Predicting Success , are helpful to me and hopefully useful to you as well: Deep breathing , to clear your mind. Researching , to feel confident that you have all the information in front of you.

10 Ways To Be A Better Leader

Eric Jacobson

Here are 10 behaviors, techniques and tips you can use to be an effective leader : Respond to questions quickly and fully. Take an interest in your employees and their personal milestone events. Give feedback in a timely manner and make it individualized and specific.

How To Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives

Eric Jacobson

Equity , the new book by Minal Bopaiah , is a timely guide to help leaders create more inclusive organizations using human-centered design and behavior change principles. The book is based on research and provides engaging, real-world examples for taking impactful next steps.

How To ROAR Into Your Second Half Of Your Life

Eric Jacobson

The global pandemic has awakened people of all ages to just how fragile and finite life can be. This reality likely disproportionately impacted midlife individuals. Because, midlife is a pivotal time to assess career goals, relationships, and lifestyles, to challenge ideals set earlier in life. “So

The Six Questions Superbosses Ask

Eric Jacobson

From Sydney Finkelstein 's book, Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent , comes these great questions you should routinely ask yourself as a leader: Have you answered the "why do we exist" question for your team?

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The Top 7 Compliance Risks and How to Avoid Them

In this whitepaper, Paycor examines the top seven compliance risks of 2021 and offers best practices on how to mitigate your risk. Download Paycor's guide today.

How To Ask Effective Questions

Eric Jacobson

"Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of doing things, But few of us know how to question in a methodical way," explains Frank Sesno , Emmy-award-winning journalist, and author of the book, Ask More.

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How To Delight Your Customers

Eric Jacobson

If you want to delight your customers, then the book by Steve Curtin , Delight Your Customers -- 7 Simple Ways to Raise Your Customer Service from Ordinary to Extraordinary , is a must-read for you and your employees.

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How To Become Your Best

Eric Jacobson

My favorite takeaways from the book, Becoming The Best , by Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., are: Your best self is not about perfection (an impossible and, therefore, futile goal).

Leadership Quotes That Inspire Me

Eric Jacobson

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When Leaders Should Coach And When To Counsel

Eric Jacobson

A good manager is both a coach and a counselor. Generally, coaching should precede counseling. As a coach , a manager: identifies an employee's need for instruction and direction and this need is usually directly related to his or her performance or career goals. Coaching is collaborative.

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.

Lasting Leadership Lessons From A Year That Changed Everything

Eric Jacobson

Leave it to leadership and communications expert, David Grossman , to decide to write a book called, Heart First, Lasting Leadership Lessons From A Year That Changed Everything. David is so in tune with providing timely, critical, actionable advice, how-to’s and tips for leaders.

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The Secrets Of High-Performing Teams

Eric Jacobson

According to Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese , authors of the book, The Collaboration Imperative , high-performing teams have the following characteristics: People have solid and deep trust in each other and in the team's purpose--they feel free to express feelings and ideas.

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The Seven Toughest Questions Leaders Ask Their Teams

Eric Jacobson

High-functioning and effective teams can disagree and still produce excellent products and results. Team members can also disagree and still care about each other. And, they can challenge each other to think differently. Best-selling leadership book authors Scott J.

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Time-Management Methods, Techniques And Strategies For Students

Eric Jacobson

Brand new is the book, Eat That Frog! For Students , adapted from Brian Tracy ’s time-management bestseller, Eat That Frog , which has sold more than 2.4 million copies around the world.

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!

Experts Offer Advice For How To Lead During 2021

Eric Jacobson

Today, the following expert business and leadership book authors shared their advice for how to effectively lead during 2021. My question to them was: What is your advice for leaders as we enter what is surely to be a challenging 2021 for most businesses?

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8 Superpowers For Thriving In Constant Change

Eric Jacobson

Change is universal and inevitable. Change is disorienting. Change clouds your horizons and paralyzes your courage. Today’s ever-increasing pace of change is relentless.

How To Sell Your Business

Eric Jacobson

Exit Rich, The 6 P Method To Sell Your Business For High Profit is the relatively new book by Michelle Seiler Tucker and Sharon Lechter. Read this invaluable book if you are an entrepreneur or business owner preparing to sell your business.

The Importance Of Getting-To-Know You Conversations

Eric Jacobson

To help you bring out the best in your team, you need to get close and understand their skills, abilities, and motivations. So, the authors of the book, Your First Leadership Job , recommend you hold getting-to-know-you conversations with each of your direct reports. Ask these open-ended questions.

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!

Why Learning Beats Knowing

Eric Jacobson

Liz Wiseman 's book, Rookie Smarts , is all about living and working perpetually on a learning curve. She contends that we do our best work when we are new to something. And, she teaches us how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible and youthful mindset called "rookie smarts."

70 New Year's Resolutions For Leaders

Eric Jacobson

With 2021 fast approaching, it's time to identify your New Year's Resolutions for next year. To get you started, how about selecting one or more of these 70 New Year's resolutions for leaders?

How To Create A Powerful Corporate Culture

Eric Jacobson

Fortunately, most of my career I’ve worked in effective company/corporate cultures.

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The Power Of Brevity

Eric Jacobson

Here is some good advice from author Scott Belsky's book, The Messy Middle: Finding your way through the hardest and most crucial part of any bold venture. The power in brevity : Shorter emails get faster response times. Fewer words go further (and are listened to more intently).

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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!

How To Increase Customer Loyalty

Eric Jacobson

"Today's customers demand something unlike anything they have ever wanted in the past -- a connection with your business," explains Noah Fleming , author of the must-read book , Evergreen.

Best New Leadership And Business Book Of 2020

Eric Jacobson

This time each year, I select my pick for best new leadership and business book for the year. For 2020, my pick is, StandOut! Become a Young Professional Who Wins at Work and Life , by Nathan Magnuson , published in June this year.

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Three Essential Parts Of A Mission Statement

Eric Jacobson

A lot of companies struggle when creating their mission statement. Author Peter F.

How To Find And Work With A Mentor

Eric Jacobson

Fortunately, I've benefited from having great mentors throughout my career. And, I've have the honor and good fortune to be a mentor, both formally and informally, for various individuals the past few decades. Mentoring is powerful. Both being a mentor. And, being mentored.

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.

How To Talk About Inconsistencies With An Employee

Eric Jacobson

If you’re having a difficult time clarifying inconsistencies you are hearing from an employee about a project’s/task’s progress, try asking these questions (or making these statements) the next time you meet with the employee: • Here’s what I see. Here’s what I hear you saying.

How To Lead During Uncertain Times

Eric Jacobson

Uncertainty is the new normal. Learning how to effectively lead during uncertainty is the new requirement. Thankfully, Larry Robertson ’s new book, Rebel Leadership , teaches you how to thrive in uncertain times – times that are volatile, complex and ambiguous.

How To Become The Person Others Follow

Eric Jacobson

Yes, it will take you some time to read Joshua Spodek 's book, Leadership Step by Step. Yes, it will be a little like doing "homework." Yes, this is a book you'll read and likely need to revisit a few times for the concepts to fully sink in.

How Leaders Achieve Balance

Eric Jacobson

In his highly authentic, sincere and personal book, Balancing Act , author Dr. Andrew Temte, CFA , shares candid insights and timely lessons about the balance needed to succeed as a leader. “I I wrote this book in the hope that others will learn from my triumphs and failures.

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.