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What Are the Three Things That Leaders Do?

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No matter what the situation, setting, or method of communication, leaders frequently and consistently do these things. . Leaders challenge us. They believe every person has hidden potential and is capable of growing and achieving more. They challenge us by: Expanding our vision.

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April 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the April 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. Liz Weber of Weber Business Services provided Your Silence Speaks Volumes: Speak and Lead Proactively. Liz writes: “ Do you find yourself reserving your input in meetings until after your team has shared or brainstormed?

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Becoming a Leader

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Did you know you would be a leader? I never pictured myself as a leader growing up, and I am sure most didn’t see me that way either. How did you become a leader? I was a shy, backward kind of kid, not a standout girl. So when did the change happen? I can think of a few key people and moments in my life, and I am sure you can too! How can we support leadership today?

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Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership

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For nearly six decades Outward Bound USA’s education programs have shaped the lives of tens of thousands of participants.

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.

Leadership is a Process!

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What do you do at each step in the process? . The diagram below highlights the steps involved in the leadership process. Throughout the process, leaders involve people and build relationships. Diagnose the Situation. What’s going on?

March 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the March 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. Lorrie Coffey of Horizonpointconsulting explains Four Simple Steps to Improve Your Business Writing. Lorrie writes: “ We often work with clients who aim to improve communication within their organizations.

Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

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Retaining top talent and making sure employees feel engaged and appreciated is a perennial concern for every business.

What Happens When Leaders Get it Right

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Perhaps like your city, the first ten minutes of our evening news are packed with murders, tragic fires, car accidents, and natural disasters. Then we have 8 minutes of weather, 10 minutes of sports news, and finally, a positive “human interest” story to send us off with a smile. But the stories that really boost ratings and pique interest begin with, “BREAKING NEWS! Leader Behaves Badly.” We hardly get through a news cycle without one.

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How do you reverse apathy?

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Igniting anything takes heat, oxygen, and fuel — the three components of the fire triangle. The idea of the fire triangle can apply to human motivation, too. When Jane Beckett took over the dance program at The McDonald College , a prestigious performing arts school in Atlanta, she saw talent from the beginning. She brought a personal history of dance excellence with her. What she didn’t see as much of was passion. The class, she says, seemed “apathetic.”. Robert Walters was in that class.

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Rising Leaders Need Your Go-Ahead Nod

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When was the last time your point leader gave you a go-ahead nod? What were the circumstances and how did it all turn out? Like a baseball coach sending a runner the sign to steal on the next pitch, leaders in your life can let you loose with a simple head nod. It happens when your boss eventually says, “Go for it!” after you pitch your latest wacky idea. Or, after a few weeks of pumping the brakes, they finally greenlight your game plan to retool your team or department.

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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!

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.

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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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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Talent Magnet with Mark Miller

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There is a long-standing truth in the world of organizations: talent wins! But how do you attract the best people? What do they really want? Based on his rigorous and extensive research, Mark Miller learned that top performers are looking for very different things than solid contributors.

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.

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!

Help These Five People Be More Effective and Productive

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“He is so stubborn and aggressive. I avoid him whenever I can.”. She procrastinates on everything. She’s always late.”. You can’t change the difficult person, but you can change how you deal with them. . General Points to Remember. Effective communication is always important, but even more important when dealing with difficult people—some general points to keep in mind. . Be prepared—have a goal and plan. Be specific. Stick to the facts. . Ask questions to understand their point of view. .

Becoming a Kick-Ass Leader

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Sooner or later, every leader runs into a wall of incompetence, weakness, or hubris. When that happens, do you derail from being a leader or learn from scraping your knees?

What Makes Service Exceptional

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From retail to healthcare to education, we all know that customer retention is a primary objective for many organizations, and rightfully so! But what is it that causes your customers to keep coming back? It’s more than just good service: there’s a science behind brand loyalty.

3 Keys to Engaging Young Professionals

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How would you describe the young professionals in your organization? Are they entitled, lazy, and unmotivated? Or are they responsible, creative, and productive? How are their needs and desires different than the seasoned veterans on your team?

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!

Important Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs had a profound impact on the computer, television, music, telecom, and publishing sectors. Successful leaders are always prepared for unforeseen challenges and can fix them. And yet, at the end of the day, they know what truly matters—their people skills and ability to innovate. These are much more critical for leaders than rigid procedures or ideals. Steve Jobs embodied this.

The Leader Who Helps People Become Their Best Self

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Everyone needs a positive influence in their lives.

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.

7 Strategies To Build Collaborative Relationships

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Perhaps, one of the positive outcomes of this pandemic has been the fact that many more organisations have begun to realise that effective collaboration is imperative for long-term success. In a crisis situation, it becomes even more important that organizations pull together experts with unique, cross-functional perspectives to solve rapidly changing, complex problems that have long-term implications.

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.

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.

Who’s In Your Circle of Trust?

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If you’ve seen the movie Meet the Parents , you probably remember “ the circle of trust.” Robert De Niro’s character, Jack, a former CIA agent and overly protective father, is obsessed with making sure his future son-in-law Greg is a trustworthy and honorable husband for Pam, his only daughter.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Are these Sacred Cows or Trojan Horses??

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Like me, are you fascinated and yet irritated by the mythology that surrounds modern working practices? . By mythology, I mean that growing collection of words and phrases describing working practices that have long lost their true meaning. . Some examples . If you are not sure what I mean, here are a few examples.? . Balance: ?Disguising Disguising indecision as a bland compromise that attempts to achieve many things but ends up accomplishing nothing. . Collaboration: ?Creating

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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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.

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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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?

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? .

Use the Right Scorecard

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“Honey, you really need to start dusting every day. If the neighbors drop-in, they’ll think you’re a bad housekeeper.”. Mom had moved in about a month earlier, and this wasn’t the first time she’d commented on my inferior housekeeping skills. Growing up, we lived in the cleanest and best-maintained home on the street. Mom’s daily chore list included dusting, vacuuming, and doing laundry.

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.