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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.’

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.

Business Alignment

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Do all the pieces of the puzzle fit together? Business alignment implies that all parts of an organization are integrated and functioning in a highly coordinated manner in support of its business strategy. A highly aligned business is effective (focused on the right things) and efficient (no waste). They are highly productive and successful. The organization’s structure, processes, systems, programs, and initiatives all support and align with the company’s strategy. .

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.

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?

Catalyzing Leadership Energy Building Ready Now Leaders

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Are the time and effort you’re investing in creating the ready leaders you need quickly enough? Are you aggressively addressing the serious problem of having leaders ready now?

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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!

Lessons from Fuller Brush

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In 1903, Alfred Fuller left home in Nova Scotia and followed his older siblings south to Somerville, Massachusetts. There he set about getting fired from everything he tried. . Fuller got fired from jobs as a gardener, floor sweeper, and delivery boy. Then his older brother got him a job selling brushes door to door for William Staples’ Somerville Brush and Mop Company. . He worked hard and smart. He asked his housewife customers for cleaning tips. He shared them with other customers.

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.

Your Top 5 Motivation Questions Answered

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Regardless of your responsibilities, you will inevitably face an individual or a team who appear unmotivated. Susan Fowler, author, trainer, and professor, explores the lessons from her book Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does.

Think Tomorrow, Act Today: Making Strategy Matter

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For most organizations, 2020 was heavily tilted toward understanding – understanding COVID-19 and its impacts to daily life and business, causes and solutions to racial problems, and how to find certainty in uncertain circumstances. Today, many questions that dominated the year remain unanswered. How do leaders focus activities to keep the organization moving forward while lacking clarity from indicators often used as guideposts? Making Strategy Matter.

What I’ve Learned Since Leaving Popeyes

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Do women lead differently than men? During this webinar, Cheryl shares the insights she has gained since stepping down as CEO of Popeyes. She takes a deep look into the current status of business in our country, how women lead differently than men, and what they need to succeed.

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!

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.

August 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the August 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 – What matters most! Bernd shares: “ How do you introduce one-on-ones to your direct reports? How does such a meeting work?

How To Develop Personal Authentic Leadership

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Are you interested in self-development as a tool for leadership? Do you want to learn how to position yourself as an authentic leader in a crowded field? Bonnie Marcus, author of The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead , discusses how to develop authentic leadership in her Women’s Empowerment Series.

7 Traits That Great LEADERS Need Right Now

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I don’t think anyone can dispute that now, more than ever, we need great leaders. People who can step up and show others the way. People who take charge, not in an overbearing way, but in a way that inspires others to follow. After all, you can’t be a leader unless others will follow you. Leaders emerge in all shapes and sizes and from all ranks of the organization and society. Leadership is not something just reserved for the top bastion of an organization.

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.

The Conversational “Sweet Spot” That Unlocks Team Performance

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It’s ok, you can admit it. We’ve all been there. Working in teams can be incredibly frustrating. Whether it was in school, work, or a community organization, you’ve probably had a dysfunctional team experience. It’s that team who can never seem to productively discuss challenging topics. Either they avoid the conversation completely and pretend the issue doesn’t exist, or when someone does get the courage to raise the topic, the discussion becomes heated and spirals out of control.

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Speed Sparks Extra Work

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Mom had a saying, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Translated from her Pennsylvania Dutch expression, she was saying another maxim: haste makes waste. Today as flames of burnout and exhaustion circle the globe, extra work is NOT the thing we all need. Yes, we are working more. A PwC survey in June found that 44% of employers felt employees were more productive at home during this pandemic vs 31% who felt they were less productive and 25% who felt the work output was roughly the same.

Situational Mindsets: How To Boost Critical Thinking And Deliver Results

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Making the right call at the right time depends on dynamic contextual factors. But knowing how to set the right goals and make the right call is increasingly challenging.

Leaders: Do You Know What Your Perception Gap Is?

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For many years I have been discussing how the skills of leaders needs to change to meet the needs and demands of the 21 st century workforce, and the recent pandemic has just highlighted this even more. According to a study by Gartner last year titled, “Reshaping Leadership for the Future,” 50% of leaders surveyed didn’t believe they’re well equipped to lead their organization into the future.

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9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

SMB leaders are working day and night to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Successfully managing it requires the CFO and HR leader to make complex decisions quickly, without rushing into an uncoordinated response. Foremost among these decisions will be cost containment. The way organizations manage costs now will determine how well they perform during and after COVID-19. Download our guide and start preparing for the future today.

Letting Go of Uncertainty

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For the second time in six years, my heart had gone on the fritz. This time was different in that the medical reason for the malfunction wasn’t immediately clear. Several possibilities existed, so my cardiologist laid out a series of diagnostic tests and medication trials. What played with my head was that this science experiment would take a month. A month! That’s a long time to live with the uncertainty of not knowing. Our brains perceive uncertainty as a threat.

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? Finding your leadership sweet spot in each situation is challenging. Needs vary, and individual skills and experience are different from task to task.

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.

6 Ways to Build Trust During Organizational Change

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Death and taxes have traditionally been viewed as the two guarantees in life, but I think a third item has officially made the list: change. The pace of change accelerates with each passing, day, month, and year. The exponential growth of technology has enabled new products, services, and businesses to rise to prominence in short order, and has caused others to become obsolete just as quickly.

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.

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? What is it they value most in the social contract that exists between employees and employers? Young professionals today are the leaders of tomorrow, as I share in my book Stand Out! But will they be the leaders of your organization or your competitors’?

June 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the June 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 How to Revive a Brain Attacked by Stress. Marcia shares: “ Brains shut down when attacked by stress. New ideas are resisted and decisions delayed.

Why change leaders need a coach

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We live in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. Throw in the massive disruption caused by the current pandemic, and change aplenty abounds! So, responding in an agile and flexible fashion to that world requires clarity, more than ever before, is vital. However, how do you get better at that in the face of increasing complexity? Because it is how good you are going to be, that matters. How good can you be? What stands in your way of becoming the best you can be?

July 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the July 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. Paula Kiger of Big Green Pen shared How businesses can repair the chasm created by racism. Paula writes: “ It can be difficult to figure out where to start when trying to eliminate racism in the workplace.

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.

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 do you get your entire organization to work together, move in the same direction, and get things done? How can you cultivate the kind of everyday habits that create extraordinary results?

What This Pandemic is Begging Leaders to Look At

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All eyes are on the leader when a crisis hits. Then the questions start flying in. What just happened? Is everyone okay? Now what? It’s normal for leaders to focus attention on the emergency. Someone needs to rally people together to stabilize the situation, assess for damage, and push ahead with a wise response. Think about it…. No one wants to be on a plane, 35,000 feet in the air with one engine on fire and a flight crew sitting in silence.

How To Run EPIC Meetings

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No one doubts that many of us are struggling with Zoom fatigue and meeting overwhelm as a result of working from home over the last six months. In my experience, many business leaders are not very skilled at running effective meetings. Now that the process has morphed on-line, their skills, in many cases, are definitely not up for the job. .

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May 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

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Welcome to the May 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. Laura Schroeder of Working Girl provided Online Fatigue: The Pain is Real.

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.