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From Restless to Rest: 3 Steps to Find Meaning in 2020

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While 2020 draws to a close, one prevailing sentiment is, “Good riddance.” As a leader, you may be growing restless to wrap up this year and move forward to a better year in 2021 (whatever that means). Not so fast , I say. Don’t overlook the opportunity to discover meaning from a year that no one anticipated, and not many want to repeat. Here are three steps to find meaning as you approach the end of 2020. Press the pause button. As a leader, you are accustomed to moving at a fast pace.

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What Approach Do You Use?

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All leaders have the same goal—change things for the better. However, they utilize different approaches to bring about change. I believe there are four basic approaches leaders use to influence and inspire people to make positive changes. . Thought Leaders. These leaders introduce new ideas that have the power to change people and organizations. Some ideas even transform the world! Thought leaders stretch us by presenting ideas that help us see new opportunities and possibilities.

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The Flow of Organizational Culture

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Interested in learning more about organizational studies? Jim MacQueen, the author of The Flow of Organizational Culture , shares how new thinking and theory can help organizational leaders to navigate to a stronger organizational culture.

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Dare Yourself to Face Tough Situations

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We’re nearly seven months into this pandemic, and many of us are still grappling with assembling some version of the “new normal.” Many of us have had to make tough decisions and carve new paths forward.

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.

The Leader Who Helps People Become Their Best Self

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Everyone needs a positive influence in their lives.

Why You Should Have a Mentor (And How to Find One)

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No matter who you are or what you do, it’s important to surround yourself with people who can speak into your life, especially if you are looking to grow.

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January 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the January 2021 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Communication. Julie Winkle Giulioni shared How to Navigate Year-End Reviews for Employees. Julie explains: “ Getting a great start on the new year is easier and more effective after reflecting upon the previous one.

Is the silence deafening?

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In our increasingly virtual world, more people are writing about the disconnection our digital approach brings. It seems ironic that the very thing meant to bridge those gaps, for some, adds to them. Unfortunately, as CrisMarie Campbell suggests, when we lose the ability to connect appropriately, we suffer as a result. That is why I pose the question.

December 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the December 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Communication. Bernd Geropp provided One-on-One meetings: Why to do them and what questions to ask. Bernd shares: “ One-one-one meetings create trust: Why do you need them? What do you actually talk about and how often should you do one-on-ones?

No one voted for me. Why should I take an oath?

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Imagine you are a public works employee in a California city. . Today’s service order: drive across town to paint a curb red. You locate the paint, drive to the site, and paint the curb to the prescribed specifications. Sweat drips down your face as you crouch into the uncomfortable position required to get the job done. You put up a “just painted” sign and head back to the public works office. When you arrive home at night, how do you reflect on your day? .

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.

Fine-Tuning Your Leadership Style

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What can you do to improve your leadership style? Leadership styles refer to the alternative ways you direct, engage, and empower people to make needed changes. I believe there are three basic styles of leading: Direct, discuss, and delegate.

Strategic Leadership 2021: Lessons from Strategy Class

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Strategic leadership means leading for today, tomorrow, and beyond. It manifests through helping shape a continually evolving organizational paradigm while operating effectively in the current environment. Leading the long view takes place by engaging team members in creating co-ownership of the future-state vision and strategy that brings the vision to life.

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How to plan simply for 2021

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You maybe have not yet set out your goals for 2021, just like any other year. Of course, like 2020, 2021 will not be any other year. Here in the UK, we started the year with our third national lockdown. So, these are not ordinary times. How to address setting goals in that context? So, my mind turned to how I might simplify your goal-setting process? My guess is you need something short, sharp, and flexible enough to deal with anything that 2021 might bring?

Discover The Joy Of Leadership

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Managers, leaders, and anyone who works with others will benefit from Willy Steiner’s advice, which provides insights for a wide variety of challenges. Explore how to develop relationships that matter while leading others in a variety of circumstances.

Should We “Defund” Leadership?

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General Magic was a 1990 spin-off from Apple that few people have ever even heard of. The company was led by Marc Porat, who had a vision of what the future smartphone would be like at a time there was no world wide web or digital phone. The Pixar 2018 documentary on the company tells the tale of a group of passionate, driven people who worked around the clock, sleeping under their desks to bring to market revolutionary technology tools. It is a compelling story.

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.

Have you lost your leadership path?

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Now, more than ever, leaders are dealing with changing patterns and trends, too much data, too little knowledge, sketchy and stretched resources, and the changing habits of mass populations, all brought about by the pandemic. Is that testing your leadership mettle? If it is, I offer some thoughts to help you reorient yourself as a successful leader. Are you leading with humility? I recently read James Kerr’s book, Legacy, and he wrote that “successful leaders balance pride with humility.

Strategic Resilience

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President Franklin Roosevelt is credited with saying a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. As optimistic as this tough times don’t last, but tough people do sentiment is, it doesn’t diminish the fact that many a sailor experiences acute queasiness when circumnavigating billowing whitecaps. Notwithstanding occasional nausea, what is it that contributes to interpreting rough waters as an invitation to experience new levels of success? Strategic Resilience.

November 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the November 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Communication. Marcia Reynolds of Covisioning Transformational Leadership provided Is Your Empathy Serving or Hurting You ? Marcia shares: “ Can you tell when you feel empathic concern or empathic distress? One connects the other hurts.

Powerful Questions for Your Business Strategy for 2021

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In November’s post, I touched on the isolation many people have experienced during 2020. That isolation had many outcomes and a much more significant impact than possibly imagined at the onset of the year. That became clearer as I moved into December. I typically reflect on the year to date in December and begin to plan for the following year. In the past, I used Michael Hyatt’s full focus planner , but as I am only planning from January to March 2021, I have amended my process this time.

Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

September 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the September 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Communication. Julie Winkle Giulioni shared Stop Blaming Zoom! The Problem with Your Meetings Might Be You. Julie explains: “Video platforms are taking the fall for the phenomenon known as ‘Zoom fatigue.’

Choices to focus your business plan

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Here are 3 sets of closely related choices – areas of focus – to help make sure you get the most from your business plan. Eliminating Pain Points vs. Progress in Strategy Execution. I recently met with a CEO to organize a strategic planning meeting with his leadership team. When I asked what success looked like for the planning meeting, he held up his list of the top 10 pain points his company wants to resolve. For him, success was fixing things that are causing pain for his team.

October 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the October 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Communication. Diana Peterson-More shared Covid Communication: Spread a Little Kindness. With Words. Diana explains: “ It’s time to “redefine success” in our daily transactions.

Seasonal Stress Stretches Resiliency

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Sometimes, a backwards look offers insights for where we find ourselves today. Such was the case as I began my annual purge of old documents and computer files. I discovered an article I had written years ago during the holiday season. See if you can relate! 2010: Mom has been “stepped down” from assisted living into memory care. I am juggling all the seasonal demands, incoming house guests, and daily visits and care of Mom.

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How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Leadership: Finding Your Sweet Spot

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Some leaders operate at the extremes—doing too much, then too little. They centralize, then they decentralize, only to centralize again. Some leaders delegate, but then swoop back in and grab control. What does it take to find the sweet spot in leadership?

The Power Of Leadership Coaching With Nature

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Given the challenging times that we have all been through this year now more than ever, people need to be able to get out into nature and learn to reconnect with themselves. There is just something about being outside in nature that activates the soul and helps us feel more grounded and present. Maybe it is because we often pause and marvel at the great beauty that exists around us, and in that moment we slow down and become really present and grounded.

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The Creative Mindset

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As a byproduct of creativity, it’s time to rethink the way we make innovation happen—and it doesn’t happen in boardrooms or at a desk.

6 Ways to Use Your Journal to Become a Better Leader

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Journaling can be one of the easiest, least expensive, and most effective parts of your personal leadership development. Easiest because you already know how to write. Least expensive because all you need are some simple materials. Most effective because your journal can be the centerpiece of your leadership development. Plus, a good journaling habit makes all the other parts of leadership development work better. So, what do you need?

COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

When Leadership is Unstable, Drop an Anchor

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Topsy turvy markets. Serial reorgs. Debilitating mid-year budget cuts. Hiring freezes and RIFs. Nebulous succession plans. I’ve experienced all of these and more. Maybe you have too. And like me, you likely felt the weight of “sink or swim” as the only way forward. . Early in my career, I used to sit dead in the water waiting for someone, anyone, to toss me a life preserver. I expected my organization to stabilize and save me in the process. Then, with a mentor’s help, my posture shifted.

Four Skills That Revolutionize Team Communication

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In my last two articles, I’ve explored the concept of a team’s Conversational Capacity ®. Conversational capacity is the ability to have open, balanced, non-defensive dialogue about tough subjects and in challenging circumstances. Teams that have a high conversational capacity know how to stay in the “ sweet spot.” The sweet spot is where candor and curiosity are in balance. Dialogue flows freely, people share their input willingly and listen to the feedback of others without judgment.

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Win Every Day: Proven Practices For Extraordinary Results

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All high performance organizations have one thing in common: they excel at execution. The men and women who work there sustain performance at seemingly otherworldly levels of precision, accuracy, and consistency.

How To Transform Your Company

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Your financial and emotional health are linked to how functional, or dysfunctional, your company is. If you’re feeling stuck, frustrated, or haven’t seen growth in your company, you may need to realign YOUR company whether you own, lead or work in it.

Why HR Technology Matters Now More Than Ever

When a crisis hits, HR technology gives business leaders the data, tools, and support to make important business decisions quickly. In this report, Josh Bersin breaks down the 4 key benefits of HR tech and demonstrates through case studies how business leaders can leverage it to solve problems and grow. Download this report to learn more!

Strategic Tips to Navigate Office Politics

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Nobody likes dealing with office politics, but learning how your company operates and identifying who is holding the power over your advancement is a key component to success in your career.

Compassionate Accountability in Action

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Conflict is a word that carries negative connotations for many. We avoid conflict, abhor conflict, and see conflict as a major stress. What if you could transform conflict to bring positive change in your relationships?

7 balancing acts for 2021

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What a year! The number of highs, lows, laughs, and tears I’ve experienced has been phenomenal. So has the number of lessons I’ve learned. Back in the spring when the pandemic was new, a philosophical friend asked what I hoped to be at its end. My too quick, and in retrospect too flippant, answer? Alive.

The Heart of Coaching

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Transformational Coaching is the requisite skill for today’s leaders, managers, and supervisors who choose to enhance their personal effectiveness and the performance of those they lead.

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.