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Triggers: Becoming the Person You Want to Be

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In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans.

The Building Inspectors, The Doctor, and Choosing Responsibility

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We are living in a time where “taking responsibility” is the term of the day. Actually, social distancing may get the prize for being the term of the day—but the question of personal responsibility must be a close second. People are asking who could have spoken up and stopped the spread of the coronavirus beyond China. Now that the coronavirus is here in the US, the questions have exploded. Some are related to the larger operational issue.

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Turning Negativity Into Positive Results

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There is no more time to put it off—you have to have that difficult conversation. It is possible the person you need to talk to will be angry, resentful, or just shut down; but you don’t have to leave feeling upset or inadequate.

The Consultant’s Paradox

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Sick of trading time for dollars? If you’re tired of scrambling to find yet another client after a contract ends, it’s time for you to take your consulting, coaching, or facilitating business to the next level and gain some serious traction.

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.

Preparing Your Business for COVID-19

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Due to the current concerns and widespread COVID-19 pandemic, companies are in the midst preparing for business disruptions that can last for at least a few weeks—if not longer. Preparations include creating a disease outbreak response plan, preparing for event cancellations, enforcing a more stringent cleaning process for offices, and cross-training employees in case some get sick or need to take care of family members who are. COVID-19: The Facts and Possibilities.

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.

Infinite Leadership: Lessons From Nature

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Many of you might have recently read or seen extracts from Simon Sinek’s new book on the Infinite Game. In it, he suggests that business leaders should stop focusing on short-term (finite) gains and instead focus on the long-term (infinite) game of the business. This is something I wholeheartedly agree with—but it’s nothing new as a concept.

The Serving Leader

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Servant leaders are at the helm of some of the world’s largest companies. Rather than be served, servant leaders put the needs of their people and organizations first, helping them reach new heights.

Dare To Serve

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Our culture celebrates the Spotlight Leader. The leader is on stage – the spotlight is entirely on them – in short, it is all about them. This leader declares a new vision, has all the answers, and is a high achiever.

The Mood Elevator

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We all ride the Mood Elevator up and down every day. How well we do it impacts our relationships, our personal effectiveness, our career, and our experience of life. Most people take that ride for granted—but what if we knew the right buttons to push to move to the top? Larry Senn, father of corporate culture and author of The Mood Elevator , provides an operating manual to keep you out of the emotional basement.

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.

Embrace the Distractions

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We are social creatures that thrive with connections with others, seeking to exchanges ideas, conversation, and special moments. Heat maps visually display the spread of COVID-19 across the globe. It is this image that truly represents or connection with each other. Is it not ironic that a virus is forcing us to separate from our connectedness? Social distancing is a term I have not heard of until the current events. There are images flashed in the news of creative ways for humans to interact.

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Focusing on “We” Instead of “Me”

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Getting your first leadership role is exciting, isn’t it? There’s the office with your name on the door. Being invited to meetings once closed off and mysterious. Getting to make the big decisions. People asking for your advice. Heady stuff that sends the wrong message to people who think being a leader is all about them. Being a leader is a little bit about you, but mostly it’s all about others.

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.

February 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the February 2020 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. Jeff Evans of Designed Learning shared Influencing Without Direct Control. Jeff writes: “As I think about all of the relationships of my life, power seems to have a major role. I believe our search for power is the wrong search.

Talent Mindset

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Strategic talent management is the ultimate competitive advantage for today’s businesses. Managing talent is a dynamic and ongoing process that is often executed poorly or overlooked completely. Good business is about knowing your people as well as your know your numbers.

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.

Rules of Engagement

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A friend of mine came to visit over the holidays. Before the visit, I gave her a long list of rules prior to engaging with Louie, my rescue dog.

Safe and Sound

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Feeling a little uncertain about events today? All of us are. With the news of a pandemic and the fluctuating stock market, we all desire a safe haven—or at the very least, some consistency. We long to express a deep sigh of relief and hopefully whisper the words “safe and sound.” Did you know “safe and sound” is actually a Naval insurance term? Whenever a ship returned from a journey overseas, if everyone were “safe” it meant there were no injuries or deaths.

Disrupt Yourself: Play To Your Distinctive Strengths

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Personal Disruption (n.): The act of using a practice employed by companies — wherein a product deemed inferior by the market leader (Amazon v. Borders, Uber v. Yellow Cab) eventually upends the industry — and applying it to yourself and your career.

3 Common Mistakes That Prevent Leaders from Building Trust

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Building and maintaining trust is an issue that most leaders agree is critically important, but few have a plan to achieve it. A recent survey by YPO showed 96% of chief executives said building and maintaining trust was a high priority for their success, yet just 34% of the respondents said they had defined and specific plans for building trust in their organizations. It reminds me of the old project management adage: people don’t plan to fail; they just fail to plan.

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.

Burned Out or Bored Out?

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Are you burned out or bored out? There’s a difference! Initially, the feelings might be similar: lack of energy, feeling disconnected at work, upset, frustrated, and possibly angry. The difference: in burnout, you are inundated with too much to do and too little time. You can never get caught up, and so take work home at night and on the weekends. You are anxious, stressed, and can find no way to turn off the volume of tasks coming at you.

Leadership Lessons from Great Teachers

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Master Teacher Wardie Sanders recently retired after teaching history for years at Hartsville High School. There are a lot of great teachers in schools all around the country who are only known to other teachers and in their own community. The news media are more likely to devote time to a violent crime or devastating fire than to the everyday work of great teachers. Wardie was an exception. In November 2015, the New York Times featured an article headlined The Art of the Thanksgiving Table.

What’s Your Leadership Wake?

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The term wake is a boating term that refers “to the trail of disturbed water that is left as a boat moves in the water.” It can be seen from some distance away, and the size of the wake is typically determined by the speed and the size of the boat. Whatever the magnitude of the wake, the one thing that is certain is that a wake is created. A boat simply cannot move without disturbing the water around it. It’s a physical impossibility. What Is A Leadership Wake? .

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?

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.

How Agile Is Your Business?

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Today marks the start of something that would have been unheard of two or so years ago – online BNI (Business Networking International) meetings in the UK. In the face of the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, its effect on people, communities, and our economy, and the sheer scale of the pressures created, business, as usual, is no longer an option.

Does Your Team Have the Same Goals as You?

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I’ve noticed lately I no longer enjoy my walks with my rescue pup, Louie. It saddens me to share that publicly, but it is the truth—a truth I had to take time to explore and understand. I love to walk because I enjoy the outdoors and because it’s an excellent way for me to exercise.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Curiosity Won’t Kill You, But…

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Curiosity doesn’t kill cats or leaders. On the other hand, put blinders on to what is (reality), what could be (possibility), and what should be (vision). and your nine lives in leadership will expire quickly. There’s a growing wake of individuals and companies who tanked in time because they dispensed answers instead of asking great questions. Choosing curiosity won’t kill you, your team, or your work in this world—but closing yourself off to it will.

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Beat Average with Accidental Learning

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Imagine a couple gazing lovingly at their newborn daughter. “Oh, Oh, John,” says the woman, “I hope she’ll grow up to be average.”. Not likely, is it? Nobody wants their child to be average. There might be some adults who would like to be average, but that’s not you, or you wouldn’t be reading this post. Learning is the way you beat average and keep getting better. Learning is the way you become the best possible you. Learning happens in school and in training rooms.

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.

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.

Is Leadership for You?

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It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about riding a bike or making a Hollandaise sauce or leading a team. Everything looks easy until you try to do it. You can learn a lot about leadership by observing good leaders and watching what they do. You can spend time thinking about how you would handle leadership issues. You can read books and blog posts and articles about leadership. You’ll learn a lot. It’s not enough. My friend and client, Rod Santomassimo, tells his clients this: “Don’t KID yourself.

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.

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.

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.

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.