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A World Gone Social

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Just like the meteor that likely precipitated the end of the dinosaurs, social media is having a monumental impact on the world’s economy; a change so dramatic that it has created a new business era. Welcome… to the Social Age.

January 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the January Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, team building, and more. Communication. Mary Schaefer of BizCatalyst 360 shared Employee Feedback: It’s More Than Words – Part 2.

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Envy or Humility — It’s Your Choice

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Some time ago, a new boy came to the neighborhood and Louie was not happy. Life was going along just fine for Louie. Everybody loved him and he thoroughly enjoyed greeting neighbors. Then Mac came along—five pounds of white fluff and super power energy. Everyone thought he was adorable… except Lou.

The Age of the Customer

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You’re operating your business in a time when something is happening that is so momentous it has never happened before. Jim Blasingame identifies it as an epochal marketplace shift that’s causing the 10,000-year-old Age of the Seller to be replaced by the Age of the Customer.

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

How to Assess the Unknown in 3 Easy Steps

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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 Art of Servant Leadership

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By integrating the servant-led paradigm into their inner lives and professional thinking, today’s leaders can revolutionize heartless corporate strategies that reward the few at the expense of the many.

Coaching is a Participative Sport

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“I didn’t like you much after that,” said a former colleague and now friend as we reminisced about our early days in management. Back then, we were both newly promoted managers working for the same boss. One day, I accidently observed my colleague coaching one of her employees.

Leadership Storytelling

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When I was a little boy and my grandmother was still alive, we would travel to Philadelphia every Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with her. After dinner, my uncles would go to the front room. They set up a small black and white TV on a folding chair. If you asked them, they would say they were watching the Thanksgiving Day football games. But they were really telling stories. My Uncle Pat was one of the first professional sales trainers. Stories were his main tools.

Conflict Without Casualties

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When people misuse conflict energy, it becomes drama: they struggle against themselves or each other to feel justified about their negative behavior. The cost is staggering.

Who’s Leading Whom?

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Louie has had an annoying habit since the day I adopted him almost six years ago. I cannot train it out of him, and I cannot coax it out of him. It’s almost as if it’s in his DNA and he seems to be clueless about this behavior. What is the annoying habit? He walks right in front of me. On our walks, he usually stays beside me, but he will cross paths in a blink of an eye right in front of my feet. This is not only annoying but also frustrating, and he will frequently trip me.

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.

The Disciplined Leader

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What do the best leaders have in common? As author of The Disciplined Leader and President of Management Action Programs, Inc. MAP), John Manning should know.

4 Steps to Clarify Your Leadership Intent

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The turning of the calendar page from one year to the next is an opportunity to start the new year with a clear and focused plan for your team or organization. Yet if you’re like many leaders, you not only find it hard to establish a clear strategy for the year, you also find it difficult to keep all your team members aligned and moving forward to achieve the goals. If this predicament is familiar, you have the opportunity to clarify your leadership intent for the year.

Indivisible

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There are more people living alone than at any time in history, and more depression than ever recorded. Violence continues to cast long shadows across generations. We are fragmented to the point of vile speech and hate crimes based on false divisions.

Five Change Leadership Practices for the Next Decade

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As we move towards a new decade, my mind turns to the leadership practices needed to make transformational change a reality. These are my observations. Intent. At the heart of the first leadership practice lies the notion of intent. In seeking transformational change, what is your strategic intent ? Do you measure and deliver what matters to your customers?

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5 Ways to Develop a Change Strategy That Fails

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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.

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.

Proven Truths for a New Decade

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It’s a new year and a new decade. There’s talk of resolutions and goals and the future. It’s all great fun. I love thinking, talking, and writing about those things. But every year I also review my journal. That’s a sobering experience. The sobering part is the written record of all the times I forgot an important truth. I know those truths, but I don’t always live like it. Sometimes I’ll rush by a truth in a race to accomplish something.

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What Are Your Blind Spots?

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Far too many business leaders today are using outdated practices to engage and motivate their people?and and they’re failing miserably. Truly resilient, thriving organizations are those that are purpose driven and focus on more than pure profits.

You Might Want to Work on Your Delivery

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Now is the time of year when packages are delivered to homes all over the world. Children eagerly anticipate Santa delivering a bag full of toys and envision them nestled under a warm glowing tree. But that is not the kind of delivery I am talking about. I’ve shared with many audiences, and in my writings, how Louie behaves when anyone enters my home—he’s not very nice. In the six years I’ve had him, he has never experienced someone coming to the door and creating havoc of any kind.

How to Ditch Performance Reviews

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Are annual performance reviews necessary? A recent study shows that 90% of HR professionals don’t think performance appraisals are accurate or effective in improving productivity. If that’s the case, why do we still do them?

New Overtime Rules Take Effect 1/1/2020. Are You Prepared?

On September 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) released much-anticipated changes to overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Any business that employs workers with salaries under $35,568 will be directly affected by the new regulations and face a decision: provide affected employees with a salary increase or pay them overtime. Download Paycor's latest guide to learn key details about the new rule and how it could impact your business.

Eat That Frog!

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“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain. Do you know what the NUMBER ONE reason for failure in business and personal life is today? It’s procrastination.

Leading Change with Emotional Intelligence

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Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a primary driver of leadership effectiveness. Numerous research studies identify EQ as more important than technical skills, industry knowledge, and other factors that set apart top-performing leaders. EQ expert Daniel Goleman credits emotional intelligence for 90% of the difference between star performers and average ones in senior leadership roles.

Hard Stops Aren’t Just Red Lights

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No one likes when the light at the intersection turns from green to yellow. It sends adrenaline coursing through veins. In a split second, several questions race through the mind: “Do I gun it and go through? Do I slam on my breaks? Is it clear ahead? Are cops around? Is this the intersection with the traffic camera?”. The anticipation of a hard stop doesn’t make everyone panic, but if your anxiety level doesn’t spike some, you need your heart checked.

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Mindfulness Is Good, Right? That Depends!

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There have been a lot of great blogs, podcasts, and discussions recently about mindfulness.

Why (and How) to Switch to a New HR & Payroll Platform

Not all HR & payroll is the same, but it can look pretty similar. If your current platform isn’t meeting your needs, let us walk you through how to differentiate between providers and give you some tips on how to select a platform that works best for your business.

Who Changes?

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One of the challenges you as leader are faced with is getting changes done in your organization. Especially influencing organizational culture, which is an arduous task, and many an attempt fails to bring about the desired cultural change. So why is that? And more importantly: how can you influence your coworkers in such a way that you increase the probability the desired changes are actually effectuated? Who is rational, who isn’t?

4 Ways to Deliver Genuine Authenticity

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Instagram “broke us” says a recent Vox article. The social networking service has warped our “perception of reality over the past almost-decade,” motivating people to “perform” a lifestyle while simultaneously convincing those watching that the performance is real. I’m convinced “celebrity CEOs” have done the same thing to people’s perceptions of leadership. Instagram and many celebrity CEOs showcase style over substance.

What Lies Behind Our Fear?

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One thing I’ve learned about rescue dogs—they come with a lot of baggage. Not unlike every single one of us reading this blog. Since I’ve adopted Louie over five years ago, one thing remains constant: fear is his one of his top issues.

May 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the May Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, team building, and more. Communication. Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog contributed Silent and listen have a lot in common besides six letters.

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.

Dare Yourself to Pick Both

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“Pick one and get on with it.”. That’s good advice if you’re holding up the line at the coffee shop, or deciding which lovely-but-unneeded-yet-on-sale sweater to buy. It’s lousy advice if we’re looking to do our best in leading ourselves and those around us. Business, academia, the media, our parents, and others pressure us to select one of two options. We face those same influences in deciding what kind of leader we’ll be.

Lead Like Louie: Look Beyond Failure and Rejection

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Since adopting my rescue pup, Louie, in 2013, he and I have experienced many challenges as well as delightful adventures. Every interaction has given me PAWS to reflect on the leadership lessons I’ve learned over the years, many of which I will share in future articles.

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Hitting Workplace Conflict Head-on

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“For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interactions, conflict, argument, debate.” — Margaret Heffernan. Do you remember the last time you avoided getting into an argument with your boss or your coworker? You were probably trying to maintain harmony and relationship. That is what many of us do when we try to avoid conflict. VitalSmarts’ research reveals that employees waste an average of $1500 and an 8-hour workday for every crucial conversation that they avoid.

Daily Gratitude

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Gratitude is about attitude. It is the mindset you wake up with every morning and it guides your outlook on the world. I make a conscious effort to be positive and thankful for what I have. Gratitude is a conscious choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to think and act on it. You have to take stock of your life and appreciate all the wonderful things in it. The alternative is to focus on what is not going right, which produces a gloomy outlook and attitude.

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.

Building Trust: A Leadership Imperative

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For many years trust has been considered a “soft” corporate issue, in part because it has been so difficult to measure. Whilst intuitively leaders knew that the level of trust in the organisation impacted team performance and company value, there was no concrete evidence to support this. However, new research by Accenture has quantified the impact of trust on a company’s competitiveness. And the bottom line is that trust is anything but soft. What is trust?

Four Kinds of Feedback in an Excellent Organization

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Why does an organization exist? In essence, to produce something, whether that is a product or a service. And in order to exist in the future, this production needs to be sustainable. It means providing high quality products and services at a reasonable cost (to the organization, the employee, the environment, and society). Two of the most important aspects in the organizational equation are the cost and the productivity of your personnel.

Better Results? Try Spreading Some “Rain”

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Sounds, odd, I know. But living in Southern California, despite the climate crises that has brought torrents of rain and snow from Santa Barbara north, we still live in a parched area south of Los Angeles. Even the Salton Sea is drying up. Yet there are lessons to be learned from the world around me that have a parallel for how to move into 2020. For example, right now, the hills around me are crackling brown and dust dry.

Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work

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Regardless of your responsibilities, you will inevitably face an individual or a team who appear unmotivated. Trying to motivate them is frustrating for everyone involved and it just doesn’t work.

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.