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Pessimism and Optimism: How to Rise above Pothole Management

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Pessimists can’t lead. They worry about things that won’t work. They don’t try things. But teams lose trust in eternal optimists. Optimistic plans seldom work. Teams grow weary of starting too many projects… Continue reading → Leading

Visiting a Friend for the Last Time

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We’re on our way to visit a friend for the last time. He’s dying. But he’s in surprisingly good health, except that Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is taking his life. Scarring in his lungs… Continue reading → Leading

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Influence is Easy – Just Drop a Few Hints

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A bear demolished our bird feeders. Plastic tubes and suet cages offer little resistance. Sunflower seeds and suet are easy prey. My wife ordered new tubes and safely stored all the metal parts… Continue reading → Communication Influence Leading influence attitudes positive suggestions

7 Reasons Smart People Do Stupid Things

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If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re not. Don’t be smarter than Socrates who said, “I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing.” 7 reasons smart… Continue reading → Humility Personal Growth Taking others higher arrogance growth and development humility learning from failure

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.

How to Multiply the Power of Grit Before You Crash and Burn

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I’d rather work with persistent leaders than quitters. But grit crashes and burns if it can’t change direction. Persistence in a bad thing multiplies disappointment. What if it’s better to quit?

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Reflections on the Way Home After Visiting a Dying Friend

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We’re returning to Pennsylvania after visiting my friend Cy. He’s dying. You can’t predict these things but it’s a matter of weeks, not months. I’m glad we made the trip. Cy is clear… Continue reading → Leading

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7 Things You Learn When You Step in Crap

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Cows, unlike people, aren’t shy about doing their ‘business’ in broad daylight. I saw a lot of cow manure when I was growing up. I shoveled a lot too. Occasionally, I stepped in… Continue reading → Leading

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Listening is the Overlooked Tool of Leadership

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Listening increases the value and impact of your words. The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.” Stephen R. Covey Not listening: Waiting-listening: Most people think… Continue reading → Leading

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5 Reasons You Should Stop Having One-on-Ones Immediately

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Learn how to do one-on-ones well or find a career where you can work alone. Strong relationships fuel great results. 5 reasons to stop having one-on-ones: #1. Don’t have one-on-ones if you’re a… Continue reading → Coaching Leading Taking others higher Meetings performance cultures

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Cows and New Gates – The Power of Unspoken Permission

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The boss cow has a long line of cows behind her when they head to the barn. The grass wears away and a narrow cow sidewalk hardens under their hooves because they follow… Continue reading → Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Success Taking others higher vulnerability leadership role models model behaviors

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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!

7 Universal Principles that Explain the Persistent Problems of Leadership

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7 universal principles: #1. If you’re persistently exhausted, you’re doing too many things. Reflections for exhausted leaders: What needs to be true for you to rest? What time will you stop working today?… … Continue reading → Commitment energy Gratitude Personal Growth pessimism insightful advice leadership advice wise advice

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Three Ways to Fuel Energy and Stamina Today

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Peter Drucker said, “So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” ” I hope that’s not you. Successful managers and leaders don’t drain energy and stamina.… … Continue reading → Leading

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The Purpose of Business isn’t Making Money – Hubert Joly Former CEO of Best Buy

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“The purpose of a corporation is not to make money.” Jean-Marie Descarpentries (Quoted in The Heart of Business) I was surprised to hear the former CEO of Best Buy, Hubert Joly, quote Jean-Marie… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Purpose

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Leadership Identity – Self-Perception Determines How You Lead

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“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” Anonymous* Competence enjoys challenge, but when you see yourself as incompetent, challenge ignites anxiety. Focus on the incompetency of… Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth Power Servant-leadership self perception

A Five-Minute Creativity Workout that Helps you Change the Future

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Unimaginative leaders repeat the past. Creative leaders change the future. Creative leaders are better problem solvers.

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!

Leading Change: Why Things Get Worse Before they Get Better

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Things typically get worse before they get better. That’s not pessimism. It’s reality. What happens when you ‘improve’ a practice or procedure at work? Productivity goes down. Frustration goes up. It takes time… Continue reading → Change

Wellbeing at Work: How to Transform the Worst Part of the Day

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“Spending time with their manager is the worst part of the day for employees, according to an approach called National Time Accounting that asks people detailed questions about their time use throughout the… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Coaching Leading

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When People Lie About You and Other Wrongs Leaders Experience

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Feeling wronged begins when you’re in diapers. Remember that look of betrayal your son or daughter gave you when they got their first shot in the doctor’s office. Things go downhill from there.… … Continue reading → Accountability Anger Backstabbers Forgiveness

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Reject this Myth about Management Before it’s too Late

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The danger of a myth is it works until it destroys you. A path based on a lie always leads to oblivion. The myth to reject: always-on is the path to success. Always-on… Continue reading → Delegation Humility Leading Managing Stress Time management humility

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!

Variety Makes Consistency Possible

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I hate the monotony of doing the same thing. Strawberries are tasty. But strawberries every meal are intolerable. When strawberries look green, we buy pineapple. When pineapples aren’t ripe, we buy blueberries. Bananas… Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth creativity

The Urgency Illusion: Are You Running Around with Your Hair on Fire? Here’s Why!

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The urgent has obscured the important if you’re constantly running around with your hair on fire. Distracted leaders finish a few ‘small’ tasks before doing important work.

A 5-Step Plan for Seeking Input For Leaders Who Tend to Exclude People

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You’re spending time with people whether you seek input or not. You invest time including people, or you squander time resolving the consequences of excluding them. Excluding people creates a self-inflicted crisis. Excuses… Continue reading → Feedback Listening Input

Don’t Erase a Good Compliment with a Stupid But

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A ritual gone bad: I have a ritual question I ask my wife. Sometimes I want the grandchildren to hear. The ritual begins when I ask, “Do you know what I like about… Continue reading → Communication Leading affirmation

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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.

7 Ways to Give Support Without Prolonging Incompetence

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We raised our children to stand on their own two feet. That means we didn’t do things for them that they could do for themselves. I forget how young Mindy was when she… Continue reading → Leading

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I Haven’t Grown Up – Have You?

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We all get older but we’re children till we die. When my wife flirts with me, sarcastically I say, “Grow up!” But maybe we shouldn’t grow up. Perhaps we haven’t.

The Advice Leaders Need But Often Reject

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The things you know affirm what you’ve done. But advice that seems wrong has the power to change your leadership. Advice disrupts. Advice-seeking: The richest possible life includes advice-seeking. Advice-seeking is listening for… Continue reading → Humility Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher personal advisers simple wisdom wise advice

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How Energy Increases, Strength Grows, and the Seduction of Doing Easy Things is Resisted

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You don’t find strength while snoozing in a hammock or snacking at the movies. Expand potential by doing things that require energy and strength. Strength rises when you do hard things.

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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.

7 Things my Imperfect Boss Did Right and You Can Too

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You can do many things wrong if you do a few things right. The boss you don’t want to be: The paranoid boss that fears what others are saying about her. She turns… Continue reading → Leading Mistakes Success faults

The 5 Worst Mistakes Leaders Make

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You’re more likely to succeed if you stop doing stupid things.* The 5 worst mistakes you need to avoid #1. Passivity in the face of recurring frustration. Speak up if your meetings aren’t… Continue reading → Leading

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The Power of Talking to Big People like they’re Children

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“That tuna sandwich looks magnificent,” I told my wife. She laughed. It was a basic tuna on wheat. But I was test driving a crazy idea. I spoke to her like I speak… Continue reading → Communication Leading

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Do Less of This and You’ll be More Successful

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You’re not as interesting as you think. If you’re long-winded, the people around you wish you were short-winded. Talk less. Succeed more. 5 Reasons people talk too much: Thinking. Extroverts think while they… Continue reading → Communication Leading Listening

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.

Momentum: How a Series of Small Wins Maximizes the Flywheel Effect

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“Big things happen because you do a bunch of little things supremely well that compound over time.” Jim Collins “One little thing doesn’t make a difference. But ten little things do make a… Continue reading → Culture energy Leading forward momentum momentum

How to Respond Skillfully to the Three Types of Failure

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The most instructive moment in organizational life is failure. Success teaches you to repeat things, but responsible failure turns on the lights. 4 things NOT to do when someone fails: Don’t cover your… Continue reading → Failure Mistakes Personal Growth development opportunity growth failure learning from failure

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How to Never Let Anything Bother You Again

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They told me a lot of things bothered grandfather Morrison. He had a terrible temper when he was young. But I never saw it. I think it’s a good thing because he was… Continue reading → Anger Encouragement Leading Marks of leaders Optimism Personal Growth Taking others higher challenges leadership challenges problems challenges

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How to Find Fulfillment When Work is Frustrating

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Leadership is frustrating sometimes. Other times it’s fulfilling. How do leaders find fulfillment? Fulfillment isn’t a job title. I know people who have powerful job titles who aren’t fulfilled. Achievement doesn’t promise fulfillment.… … Continue reading → Leading Purpose meaningful action meaningful contribution

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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.