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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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Angry People are More Like Goofy than Einstein

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You feel brilliant when you’re angry. And the angrier you get, the dumber the world becomes. Anger lowers your intelligence, not the intelligence of others. Angry people need others to acknowledge their brilliance.… … Continue reading → Anger Stress Growth Leadership Development

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How to Lead Through Turbulence and Uncertainty with Clarity and Confidence

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Enough with the hand wringing. Don’t pretend things are easy when they’re hard Don’t run around with your hair on fire, or you’ll burn out. #1. Acknowledge challenges. #2. Communicate with empathy. #3.… … Continue reading → Leading

COVID-19: How to Manage Remotely with Confidence

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Take responsibility to manage your team, even if it’s via video. Since COVID-19 hit, I’ve been opening public zoom meetings for anyone to drop in and tell me what’s going on for them.… … Continue reading → Managing

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.

How No-Nonsense Leaders Succeed with Conversations

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Agenda-driven conversations feel safe. It’s those spontaneous conversations that kick some leaders in the pants. It might feel easier to avoid interactions, but your team is better served when you engage.

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How to Be Decisive and Collaborative When the House is on Fire

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Bossy leaders advantage themselves. Decisive leaders advance organizational advantage. Decisive leaders: #1. Enable the inexperienced to act with confidence. Inexperienced people require direction. When experienced team members wait for instruction, there’s bureaucratic entanglement… Continue reading → Leading

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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.

3 Ways to Show Up When You’re Stressed and Uncertain

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I hope you had a little time to unwind this weekend. I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t. The sad news is this week looks as uncertain as last. I know you don’t… Continue reading → compassion Insecurity Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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Life Will Never Be the Same After COVID-19

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Life won’t be the same after COVID-19. Life IS change. 1975 Life hasn’t been the same since 1975. Steve Sasson invented the world’s first self-contained digital camera in 1975. He was a… Continue reading → Leading

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How to Talk with Anxious People

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COVID-19 is a global pandemic according to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the General-Director of the World Health Organization. 3/11/2020) How to talk with anxious people: #1.

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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.

Eliminate “Out of an Abundance of Caution”

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Gag me with a spoon. I’m sick of hearing, “Out of an abundance of caution….” Bad: An abundance of caution is bad. People buy all the toilet paper out of an abundance of… Continue reading → Courage Encouragement Leadership Leadership Development

6 Reasons Egotistical Leaders are Exhausted

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Egotistical leadership is exhausting. But there’s a reservoir of energy for leaders who practice humility. Humility is expansive and vibrant. Ego is restrictive and grim. 6 reasons egotistical leaders are exhausted: #1.…

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5 Ways to Lead with a Big Heart

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I’ve always admired leaders who handle heavy responsibility with heart. Some leaders put on masks and lose themselves to the expectation of others.

A New Question That Invites a Story

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During a listening exercise, a young woman asked a question I’ve never asked. I led a group on a listening exercise. The instructions were simple. Listen to ask a question. She asked, “How… Continue reading → Curiosity Questions

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3 Ways to Shift Your Thinking Before You Implode

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Hardening of the thought process happens when established ways of thinking dominate conversations about change. Thinking shifts when you admit: “It’s not working.” Working harder won’t work.”

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.

Leadership Derailers: Anger

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Anger changes the world. The question is how. There’s no middle ground with anger. It makes you better or drags you to oblivion. Anger is energy. 3 dangers of anger: #1. Anger is… Continue reading → Leading

3 Lessons From Eeyore on Cheering Up

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It’s dreary here. February and March are cruel in Pennsylvania. I recently talked with a friend in New Zealand. It’s late summer there. But it’s late winter here and it’s been cloudy since… Continue reading → Leading

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How to End Meetings Like a Pro

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Please cancel the meeting if you aren’t prepared. 4 meeting commitments: Respect time. Strengthen connection. Maximize talent. Do stuff. (Do Do things that are best done with others.) 5 questions to ask before the… Continue reading → Meetings and agendas Leadership Development Meetings

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

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People judge you by the story they tell themselves about you. The most powerful words we hear are the stories we tell to ourselves. Potential stories: Normally I greet people warmly, with a… Continue reading → Gossip Motivation Personal Growth Success Leadership Development

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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.

Leadership Derailers – Inability to Gain Advantage from Criticism

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Criticism stings. But the inability to gain advantage from criticism derails leaders and organizations. The closer you connect identity with performance, the more criticism offends. Incompetence continues until criticism challenges current practices.

Four Ways to Keep Going When You Feel Like Quitting

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“I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.” ” Vincent Van Gogh 4 ways to keep going when you feel… Continue reading → Encouragement courageous leaders Leadership Development

80% Fail – Just Quit Now and Begin Again

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New Year’s resolutions are the triumph of optimism over experience. Why not quit now and begin again realistically? When New Year’s comes around, gyms fill up. Regulars are frustrated. But don’t worry. In… Continue reading → Commitment Personal Growth Leadership Development

Leadership Derailers – Taking Offense

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Leadership gets narrow and life shrinks for the easily offended. All leaders receive unjust criticism. You’re judged based on inadequate information, false assumptions, or someone’s unspoken preferences. It’s better to focus on OUR… Continue reading → Leading

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Seven Tips to Avoid Being Controlled by Manipulators

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Leaders who repeatedly complain about the same issue want affirmation, not resolution. Every suggestion you offer to a manipulator is inadequate. Never take up the sword for someone who’s standing on the sideline.…

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Three Questions that Invent the Future and Defeat Stagnation

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The future is invented by what you do today, not by what you plan to do tomorrow. Three questions that invent the future: #1. What do you need to stop? If your life… Continue reading → Change Delegation Leading Purpose Success

How to Deal with Details for Leaders Who Hate Details

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Wrapping gifts sucks the life out of me. Before I wrap, I dread it. While I wrap, I hate it. All I think about is being done with it. The details drain me.… … Continue reading → Accountability Curiosity Delegation Marks of leaders Leadership Development organizational success

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Two Commitments Necessary to Resolve any Conflict

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A win-lose interaction ignites competition. Inevitability: Reject the drama of “I can’t believe this is happening.” Conflict and offense are inevitable where people work together. Accept it. Anticipate it.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

5 Meeting Saboteurs Every Leader Meets

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“If a leader does not have great meetings, he or she is not an effective leader.” Patrick Lencioni 5 Meeting saboteurs: Prepare for saboteurs if you lead meetings. #1. Elmer Email pretends he’s… Continue reading → Meetings and agendas Meetings

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The Power of Adapting

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You might like to think that humankind should adapt to God, but Christmas is God adapting to humankind. Adapting overcomes distance and allows connection. Mutual adapting: Relationship requires mutual adapting. Teams thrive when… Continue reading → Marks of leaders

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3 Hard-and-Fast Rules for Dealing with Negative People

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Negative people stir the slop and smell the same stink over and over. It’s exhausting. 3 hard-and-fast rules for dealing with negative people: #1.

10 Ways to Deal with Two-Faced Backstabbers

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Most people want to do good, but a few enjoy doing bad. If you’ve been thrown under the bus, you know what I mean. Skillful backstabbers feign friendship, but they live on the… Continue reading → Backstabbers Communication Leadership Development organizational success

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

How to Show Up as Your Best Self Today

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Leaders are too concerned about doing everything right? Focus on showing up as your best self if you aspire to do things right. Justifications for worst-self leadership: #1. Burning hair.

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10 Truths About Commitment That Enlarge Leadership

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If it feels like you’re pushing ropes, the problem is commitment. You’re doomed to disappointment, stress, and frustration when you pressure people to do things they aren’t committed to do.

4 Ways to Turn Problems into Opportunities

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A team struggled with people leaving before the end of organizational meetings. You could simply tell people not to leave. I asked, “How do you want people to feel at the end of… Continue reading → Curiosity Solutions Leadership Development organizational success

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How to Show Empathy and Not Get Sucked into Slime Pits

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Empathy is a platform for relationship, not encouragement to wallow in slime pits. Solid relationships strengthen people. Strong people perform better than weak.

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Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.