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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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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.

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Far too many business leaders today are using outdated practices to engage and motivate their people?and and they’re failing miserably.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.

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.

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.

The Human Impact of Rapid Tech Change

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Companies are increasingly utilizing automation technologies to increase productivity and innovation. These companies find themselves managing complex organizational change, with challenges that will vary depending on the professional levels and geographic diversity of their human resources. Successful implementation of any change agenda, whether it is new software applications, process, or organization, is dependent on human resources. What I like to refer to as the “people side of change.”.

Tips for Navigating Through a Job Transition

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In recent months, I have coached a couple of individuals as they each transitioned to a new role in a different organization. While they are exceptionally good at what they do and have been picked up by the organizations because of their subject matter expertise, the individuals needed help in coping with their anxiety about the new job. In the transition phase, the feeling of anxiety and uncertainty is normal. One has to learn new rules of engagement.

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Speak to Help, Not to Hurt

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I almost spoke but didn’t—and was glad of it. My words weren’t helpful, noble, or persuasive. Only critical. As Dale Carnegie once said, any fool can criticize. I didn’t want to be another fool; several others were already present. Serving up one-and-done criticism is the easy stuff of fools. Criticism delivered from a detached distance and couple with a lack of concern for those who may be hurt, belittled, or marginalized is safe and effortless.

Leaders Need to Play Show and Tell

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Did you ever play Show and Tell when you were in elementary school? It wasn’t a game in the traditional sense, but more like story-time or a group activity to help the whole class learn more about the presenter. The premise of Show and Tell is a student brings something from home to show the class and tells why it’s important to them, or what it represents about them as a person. I remember looking forward to Show and Tell days with great excitement!

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?

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.

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.

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.

Overcoming Fake Talk

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Be it in a professional or personal setting, our ability to communicate either creates respect, builds relationships, and achieves results — or it does not. John R.

Mrs. McKinley & the Quest for Excellence

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My first lesson in the quest for excellence came in the 3rd grade. At the end of 2nd grade, we all found out who our teachers would be for the next year. I drew Mrs. McKinley. She was the tough one. I fretted about that all summer long. My mother said that she was sure Mrs. McKinley would be nice. But “everybody” at school knew that Mrs. McKinley was the tough one. The first day of school proved “everybody” was right. Each class had a designated spot in the school yard, where we were to gather.

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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.

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?

5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.

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.

Choose Change!

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Common mistakes when wanting to change organizational culture are: thinking that publishing a code of conduct is enough; explaining and coercing; only doing a communication campaign with posters, etc.; and giving employees a (communication) training or a team-building session. Invest in Change. Any change, let alone cultural change, needs time to sink in and daily attention until it becomes the new habit. Change also requires role models (or change ambassadors ) and organizational facilitation.

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.

8 Most Frequent Change Needs of Any Organization

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For the past sixteen years, I have worked as a transformational business coach across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. In that time, I have frequently experienced the eight change needs described below. I hope that, reflecting on my list, you might identify one or more needs for you, your team, or your organisation and respond accordingly. The eight elements are offered in no particular priority, though you may see a logical sequencing of my description. Strategic Focus.

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.

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.

Mindfulness Is Good, Right? That Depends!

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

How Being Less Certain Can Make You Strong

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“If the recognition program doesn’t reward people with money, Scott, it’s worthless.”. You couldn’t be more wrong, Bill. Making money isn’t the only reason people work.”. “I I can’t believe how naïve you are, Scott. You do-gooders are all alike. None of you understand business.”. Could you imagine hearing a similar exchange where you work? Two people all wrapped up in their views and openly scornful of each other’s opinions? Happens a lot, doesn’t it? And, sadly, not only at work.

Change is Inevitable. Get Ready to Lead It!

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Leadership is about leading. Also, when you need to lead into change. Or is leadership nothing else than facilitating change? Whichever way you choose to look at leadership, leading change is one of your most challenging and, at the same time, essential tasks. Change requires a culture where change is possible. When team members don’t do what (or how) you want them to do, you send them off to a training. Teach them how to give feedback, for example.

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.

End Well on a Low Note

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It’s been two seasons since Jake Arrieta played for the 2016 World Series winning Chicago Cubs, and he still gets standing ovations as an opposing pitcher at Wrigley Field. This may seem insignificant, especially if you’re not a baseball fan. But, there’s a world class leadership lesson to be learned from a former Cubbie who knows how to end well on a low note. On March 12, 2018, Arrieta penned and posted a letter to his former team and its fans.

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The Antidote to “No, But”

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Within six months of being hired, Sam wished he had a dollar for every time a team member communicated, “No, but.”. Sam had passed his interviews with flying colors. They even gave him time to share his initial ideas, ask probing questions, and take time to think over his decision to accept the role. Sadly, nothing could have prepared Sam for what happened next—he stepped onto a toxic team. Everyone seemed nice enough, but something unseen kept undercutting conversations and momentum.

5 Ways to Find Natural Leaders for Your Team

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There’s the age-old adage in business that, as the owner, you should look to employ people who are better than you at specific tasks and disciplines. This extends to leadership. And that might sound a little odd; you’re the big boss, after all – why on earth would you employ people who could technically unseat you at some stage? That’s a rather insular mindset, unfortunately.

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April 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the April Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, productivity, development, engagement, team building, and more. Communication. Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting shared 5 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Financials to Increase Transparency.

The CFO Playbook: How to Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

To increase employee retention, you need to consider more than universal healthcare benefits in your turnover calculation. Discover how investing in the right employee benefits can decrease turnover by 138%.

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.

Addicted to Change

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Gonna have to face it: we’re addicted to change. I’m not a scientist or a psychologist. I define addiction my own way. You’re addicted to something when it’s not good for you, but you do it anyway. Over and over. By my definition, we’re addicted to change. Consider the experience of one of my coaching clients. He worked for a large company for seven years. In that time, the company had at least one management fad per year.

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.

Long Live the Chief Happiness Officer!

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At long last, focused attention for MAC! Do you know what’s so great? For years we’ve been writing about the three needs which when fulfilled make a person happy – at home and even more so at work: Mastery, Autonomy, and Connection. It’s so simple. Yet not easy. That’s why many organizations who have understood this message realize how difficult it is to truly live up to this challenge and appoint a Chief Happiness Officer. A hype? Rubbish? We think not.

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.

Leveraging Leadership R&D

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With increasing demands in our time, one of the challenges that leaders continually face is that of productivity. How do we get more done with less? Clearly, one solution is to have highly engaged team members that are aligned and pulling together behind the same shared vision. However, with only 13% of the global workforce highly engaged at work ( Gallup 2016 ), we are obviously not doing a great job at this.

Are You Listening?

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To truly “seek to understand” someone, you have to slip into that person’s frame of reference. This includes understanding the person’s values, experience, knowledge, and emotion. You have to understand the elements of the other person, how the person ticks. You must try to climb into the person’s head and experience the world as he or she does. The best way to get into someone else’s frame of reference is to listen.

New Leadership Literacies

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Over the next decade, today’s connected world will be explosively more connected. Anything that can be distributed will be distributed: workforces, organizations, supply webs, and more.

Tidy Up Your Leadership Marie Kondo Style

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Have you seen a few Facebook or Instagram friends post that they are “sparking joy” with their new folding techniques? Between the New Year, spring cleaning, and Netflix’s new sensation, people everywhere are purging, cleaning, and sorting their way to an improved life. What would our workplaces look like if we brought this same level of intensity to how we lead? How would our team describe our culture?

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.