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7 Ways to Be Decisive Without Being a Jerk

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Confidence and correctness are not connected. No one wakes up in the morning with the intention of failing during the day. Decisiveness thinks it’s right when it’s wrong. 7 ways to be decisive… Continue reading → Decisions

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7 Signs You Let Others Control You During Emotional Turmoil

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You must know yourself to manage yourself. Self-aware leaders choose how they show up. Low self-awareness means you can’t manage yourself with authenticity. Emotional turmoil seduces you into self-forgetfulness.

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People will Remember How You Treated Them During COVID-19

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A friend of mine got laid off last Friday. Clients in education are developing three plans for the fall of 2020, but most of their work could be irrelevant. Other clients are figuring… Continue reading → Fear Stress courageous leaders Leadership Development

Self-Deception: Feeling Right and Being Wrong

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You can feel completely right and be absolutely wrong. Unnerving isn’t it? Self-deception is most likely when: #1. Entrenched ideas are challenged. Your mind is closed about things you’re certain about. Imagine the… Continue reading → Leading

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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!

How to Make Working from Home Work

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56% of managers say it’s likely that their company would allow the workforce to work remotely after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

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An Experiment to Test the Power of Your Influence

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Incompetent leaders focus exclusively on results. Successful leaders notice their impact on people because leadership is about human beings, not simply producing a product.

How to Spot and Avoid Chronic Dissatisfaction

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Dissatisfaction in reasonable doses motivates improvement. Chronic dissatisfaction contaminates environments and teams. The chronically dissatisfied shrink the future with complaint and criticism. Chronically dissatisfied people: #1. Need you to make them happy.

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Hinges of Destiny: Decision-Making for Leaders

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“Choices are the hinges of destiny.” Poet, Edwin Markham 4 advantages of being decisive: #1. Speed. Decisive leaders choose and move. They waste less time exploring options. Action-oriented team members hate waiting for… Continue reading → Decisions Leadership Development

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How to Turn From Destructive to Constructive Dissatisfaction

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You won’t make a difference if you’re easily satisfied. Yesterday I wrote, “Chronic dissatisfaction contaminates environments and teams.” Pete asks, “… what if I am the one who is chronically dissatisfied?

How to Minimize the Damage of One Bad Apple

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Adding one bad apple to a team has 4X as much negative impact on a team’s performance as adding good apples. The Power of Bad) The Big Five Personality Traits: #1. Openness to… Continue reading → Leading

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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!

How to Show Up When Emotion is Hot and Decisions Matter

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Emotional heat tears things down. You resent a company policy, emotional heat complains about the entire company. You don’t like a team member, you undermine. A leader disappoints, you attack. Any fool can… Continue reading → compassion Leadership Development organizational success

Simple Choices Give Direction to Your Leadership

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Responding to unforeseen events is part of your day. But if all you do is bounce from one issue to the next: You’re a problem-solver. The better part of leadership is seizing opportunities.… … Continue reading → Communication Leadership Leadership Development

How to Deal with Buffy Blasthole

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Buffy Blasthole’s motto is Express Yourself. She runs around telling everyone what she thinks regardless of harm or turbulence.

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How to Deal with Toxic Complainers: Bobby Black-Hole

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The Rolling Stones sang, “You can’t always get what you want.” You can’t always choose the people you work with either. But when you have a choice, avoid relationships with toxic complainers.

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What if You Suck at Empathy – 7 Ways to Create an Empathy Advantage

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Only 18% of people who’ve completed the CliftonStrengths assessment have Empathy in their top five. Which means most of us don’t respond with Empathy immediately, spontaneously and consistently.

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.

How to Show Up During Emotional Turmoil

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Stressful times create emotional turmoil. Emotional conflict on the team always hurts and often harms. Leadership includes managing emotion, both your own and others’ How to Show Up During Emotional Turmoil: #1.

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4 Ways to Tame the Stress Monster

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Stress isn’t a germ you catch from an uncovered sneeze. Stress isn’t a thing. Scientists examine the results of stress, but they can’t examine stress itself. Stress is a monster that rises inside… Continue reading → Stress Growth Leadership Development

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My Black Friend Surprised Me with the Truth

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I was shocked when a black friend told me she wasn’t welcomed in some stores in our town. This was years ago. I still don’t understand the realities of racism.

5 Things Great Leaders Don’t Do

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One short outburst produces surprising turbulence and distrust. A small offense causes disproportionate harm. Advantage: Because bad is stronger than good, you gain disproportionate advantage when you eliminate bad.

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.

The Cost and Opportunity of Standing-With

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You put yourself on the line when you stand-with. Some of my proudest memories are of people I’ve stood-with when it would have been easier to walk-away. I’m not special.

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The Leadership Law that Rules Them All

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NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY!! 20 copies available!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Brad Chase to become eligible for one of 20 complimentary copies of his new book, Strategy First: How Businesses… Continue reading → Leading

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How to Use Stress for Advantage when Making Decisions

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“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.” ” Nelson DeMille 3 ways to use stress for advantage: #1. Schedule decisions. Stress tells you to wait.… … Continue reading → Stress Leadership Development organizational success

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5 Powerful Amplifiers of Influence

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The channel of compliance is power. The channel of influence is relationship. The people around us seep into our lives. I asked people to finish a sentence like, “My mom is reflected in… Continue reading → Influence Leadership Development leadership success

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.

Not Another Video Conference: How to Manage Zoom Fatigue

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You’re learning that back-to-back video conferences are more exhausting than in-person meetings. Zoom is exhausting, in part, because everything is harder during disruption. But National Geographic, USA Today, and others are posting articles… Continue reading → Leading

How to Maximize the Power of Relationship Leadership

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Relationships have the power to expand or shrink the way you think about yourself. In fact, we tend to take on the qualities – for better or worse – of the people closest… Continue reading → Personal Growth Leadership Development leadership success

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How to Lead Through Uncertainty with Confidence

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Admiral Jim Stockdale spent eight years as a prisoner of war in the “Hanoi Hilton.” ” He was tortured over 20 times and walked with a limp until he passed on July 5, 2005. Jim… Continue reading → Leading

Dissatisfaction isn’t the Problem – How to Handle Dissatisfaction

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If you aren’t currently disappointed with someone or something, you will be soon. Aspiration is dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction is inevitable. Collecting unhappiness is a choice. Make dissatisfaction useful before it suffocates effectiveness.

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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.

Dear Dan: Contacting Laid off Employees will Be Patronizing

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My recommendation to keep in contact with laid off employees elicited the following response. “Do

10 Ways to Spot Dead-weight Before it’s too Late

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Teams thrive and rise when you ditch dead-weight. Will] Felps estimates that teams with just one deadbeat, downer, or a **e suffer a performance disadvantage of 30 to 40 percent compared to teams that… Continue reading → Personal Growth Success Teams Leadership Leadership Development

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The Hot Iron Effect: How to Learn From Negative Experience

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Melted synthetics cling to the bottom of some hotel irons. When the iron gets hot, the residue stains your clothes. I learned this the hard way.

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How to Work From Home and Not go Crazy

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Fatigue from radical change and constant stress hits you after a week or two of working from home. It’s time to set boundaries and establish rhythms. #1. Establish rhythms and routines. Know what… Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth Growth Leadership Development

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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.

How to End the Frustration of Recurring Problems

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Frustrated leaders complain about having the same conversation. “We’ve We’ve talked about this problem over and over.” Repetition creates the path of least resistance like rivers eventually wear channels in stone.

15 Discussion Topics that Strengthen Teams During Stress

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15 discussion topics that strengthen teams during stress: What do you admire about your team members? Direct reports? What strengths/skills/attributes does our team have that will help us thrive during the next 30… Continue reading → Leading

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How to Build Teams that Trust Each Other

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I asked top leaders to respond to three questions: What three words describe a great team? What three problems hinder great teamwork? What three things do great teams habitually do? They wrote about… Continue reading → Teams Trust Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

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How Compassion Answers Anxiety

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Anxiety is a merciless taskmaster that slaps you in the night. Anxiety is a jockey whipping a horse. Everywhere the horse runs, the jockey goes too.

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.