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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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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.

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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.

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

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

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 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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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

5 Essentials of Culture Building

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The most important thing about us is the way we treat each other while we do the work. Organizational culture is simply the way people consistently treat each other. This post is based… Continue reading → Book Notes Culture

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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

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 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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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

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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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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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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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.

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 Compete Like a Leader

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Male cardinals attack reflections. At first, I thought they were admiring themselves in the mirrors on my truck. As time passed, I realized they were attacking their reflection.

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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.

The Most Viewed Posts of All Time

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January 2020 marks the 10th Anniversary of Leadership Freak. I’ve posted nearly 3,400 articles in ten years. Thank you for helping build a global audience of leaders who strive to make a difference.… … Continue reading → Leading Leadership Development

New Overtime Rules Take Effect 1/1/2020. Are You Prepared?

On September 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) released much-anticipated changes to overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Any business that employs workers with salaries under $35,568 will be directly affected by the new regulations and face a decision: provide affected employees with a salary increase or pay them overtime. Download Paycor's latest guide to learn key details about the new rule and how it could impact your business.

The 5 Most Viewed Leadership Freak Posts of 2019

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Thank you for reading Leadership Freak. It’s a pleasure serving you. In ascending order, here are the top five most viewed posts on Leadership Freak for 2019. #5. The Top 10 Toxic Behaviors… Continue reading → Taking others higher Leadership Development

How to Honor Strength and Celebrate Progress

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Celebration establishes, builds, and reinforces positive culture. A clap does more good than a slap. If you don’t like what you see, start celebrating the things you want to see. The more you… Continue reading → Gratitude Motivation Leadership Development organizational success

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How to Stop Wasting Time in One-on-Ones

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Unfocused spontaneity ends up as triviality. A squirrel on steroids chases every nut, but gets none. Schedule things that matter most or things that matter least will replace them.

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4 Things All Remarkable Managers Learn to Notice

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The skill of noticing moves you from a victim of circumstances to focused and directed. You walk past people without noticing them.

Why (and How) to Switch to a New HR & Payroll Platform

Not all HR & payroll is the same, but it can look pretty similar. If your current platform isn’t meeting your needs, let us walk you through how to differentiate between providers and give you some tips on how to select a platform that works best for your business.

Big Shot, Bureaucrat, or Servant Leader

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The way you view yourself sets the trajectory of your leadership. You might pressure people into conformity, but that never wins hearts. You must choose between short-sighted coercion and servant leadership.

The Wailing Lady

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The flight from Dallas to Philadelphia was shorter than expected, but the landing was disturbingly loud. The lady two rows in front of me wailed in panic. I buckled up in Dallas when… Continue reading → compassion Leadership Development

The Top Ten Toxic Behaviors of Lousy Leaders

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“Most leaders don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.” Peter Drucker Top Ten toxic Behaviors of Lousy Leaders: #1. Neglecting relationships. A short conversation about someone’s… Continue reading → Success Leadership Development leadership success

Two Cures for Novice-Arrogance

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A first-time manager knows about management like a single person knows about marriage. A novice-manager understands managing like a couple without children understands raising children. DOING explodes the myth of perceived knowledge.

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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.

Christmas, Deadlines, and Procrastination

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Christmas is a deadline that can’t be postponed. 4 benefits of deadlines: Focus. Urgency. Decisiveness. Action. Deadlines don’t work when goals don’t capture hearts and minds.

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How to Listen – Best Tip Ever

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If you think listening is easy, you aren’t doing it. Listening is hard: Listening is hard because some people can’t stop talking. Perhaps a talk-timer would help, like a chess timer with a… Continue reading → Humility Listening Leadership Development Questions

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Ten Ways to Screw Up Your Next Meeting

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When meetings go off the rails, the person at the head of the table is incompetent. Ten ways to screw up your next meeting: #1. Don’t state the purpose of the meeting. #2.… … Continue reading → Meetings and agendas Leadership Leadership Development Meetings

Why Smart Leaders Do Stupid Things

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No one gets up thinking, “I want to do something incredibly stupid today.” Choices seem smart until they end up harmful.

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.

When to Give Second Chances and When to Cut Someone Loose

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Second chances are endorsements. Second chances are investments of personal collateral. Second chances strengthen relationships. Leaders – who don’t give second chances – waste potential.

3 Ways to Shrink a Bighead

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“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.” Ann Landers 7 reasons humility is a brilliant idea: You’re not as smart as you think. Make room for ignorance.

How to Maximize Your Greatest Point of Influence

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“Why did you hit your sister?” “She She hit me first!” The people around you reflect your relationship with them. The stronger the connection, the deeper the reflection. The people around you are –… Continue reading → Taking others higher Leadership Development leadership journey

The Ultimate Pursuit of Leadership isn’t Success

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The ultimate pursuit of leadership is humility, not success. The more I think about humility, the less I know about it. The more I pursue humility, the more it escapes my grasp. Everything… Continue reading → Humility Marks of leaders Personal Growth arrogance

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.