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Things that Ruin Leaders

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Losing yourself and finding yourself ruins leaders. Most of us are still finding ourselves. We live to please our parents, teachers, bosses, lovers, and friends.

4 Practices of Kindness that Make You Glorious

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Everything stops in our house with the first snow. My wife joyfully calls, “It’s snowing.” We gaze like children. Sometimes we stand close. Usually it spits and sputters, but it might, if we’re… Continue reading → Appreciation Marks of leaders Strengths Growth Leadership Development

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I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends

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Individualism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. Acting independently might feel good, but leaders act with the interest of others in mind.

3 Beliefs that Feel Right but Cause Harm

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Reaching goals provides fulfillment. You’re exhausted because you believe the myth of reaching goals. The only thing achievement provides is the opportunity to look for the next goal. The process is endless… Continue reading → engagement Goals Personal Growth Purpose Success false belie

Employee Safety During COVID-19: Compliance Toolkit

Stay compliant with Paycor’s COVID-19 Action Plan FAQs and templates toolkit.

12 Things Smart Leaders Don’t Say

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I should have. Should have’ is backward facing. Do your best to speak into the future. Instead of shoulding-yourself, say, “Next time.” ” #2. You should have. Why didn’t you? See #1.

How to Lean into the Curve – Lessons two Horses Taught Me

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I don’t remember wanting a horse, but one day a white gelding showed up for me to try out. Like some people I know, he loved going fast. Once he got up to… Continue reading → Change Leading self reflection Vision sudden changes

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Courage: You Have What You Seek

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The Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz sought what he had. #1. Courage is taking the next step again. The Cowardly lion was afraid, but he kept going. Congratulations! You showed up… Continue reading → Courage courage courageous action courageous leaders

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5 WAYS TO EMPOWER LEADERSHIP GROWTH 

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NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY!! 20 copies available!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Jane Finette to become eligible for one of 20 complimentary copies of her new book, Unlocked: How Empowered Women Empower Women.…

Imagine

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Imagine bouncing out of bed anxious for work, not anxious about work. Imagine you’re fired up, not burned-out. Imagine clarity replaces confusion. Imagine the person you plan to fire decides to quit.

Put One Big Rock on Your Calendar

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The end of this week is your last opportunity to put a big rock on next week’s calendar. Once day-to-day urgencies appear, they prevent you from accomplishing important tasks. You’ve been meaning to… Continue reading → Leading Purpose Time management meaningful action Priorities

Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

The federal government is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test weekly before entering the workplace. So, what can your organization do to prepare? Get Paycor’s COVID Vaccination Policy Template to help communicate important details to your employees.

6 Questions Smart Leaders Ask Themselves When Giving Ownership

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What is my attitude about letting go of things? Leaders who are reluctant to give ownership always end up doing other people’s work.

7 No-Nonsense Questions that Challenge People without Being a Jerk-Hole

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Successful leaders challenge people. Jerk-holes are just pushy. But the opposite of pushy – being a push-over – isn’t an option for leaders. 7 fundamentals of assertive challenge: Rushing to challenge is pushy.… … Continue reading → Leading

7 Questions that Change the Way People Think

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When making decisions the most important thing is to make them. The principles of decision-making include: Go with your highest point of clarity. Important decisions are never perfectly clear.)

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3 Pursuits that Set You Free

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Need reveals lack. The more you need something, the less you have it. A hungry belly lacks food. Leaders who need status lack self-confidence. 3 dangers of pursuit: #1. Persecution: Need persecutes.

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The ABCs of Giving and Seeking Feedback that Really Works

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Apathy resents and rejects feedback, but everyone who cares to improve wants to know how they’re doing. Feedback is essential for growth and development. The only way to grow is to receive feedback… Continue reading → Feedback Leading feedback techniques giving feedback welcome feedback

7 Ways to Manage a Talent Shortage

In this whitepaper, Paycor examines the top 7 things you can do to out-maneuver your competition and win the war for talent in the coming months.

Four Dumb Things Smart Leaders Do That Hinder Employee Engagement

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I was reminded, during a recent team meeting, that successful leadership is often about simple practices and straight-forward behaviors. If leadership practices are complicated, you’re doing it wrong. You don’t have to be… Continue reading → Leading

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The 5 Best Four-Letter Words Leaders Can Practice Today

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Remarkable success begins simply. Fools make simple things complicated. Complexity leads to confusion. Confusion produces anxiety. Anxiety creates insecurity. Insecurity leads to stagnation. The 5 best four-letter words for leaders #1.

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The 4 Secrets of Graceful Leadership That Propel You to the Next Level

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Passive patience disappoints. Grace sweetens bitter. Patience with people is: Accepting slower than expected progress. Withholding negative consequences for disappointing performance. Making room to learn from mistakes.

Root Cause Analysis is Over-Rated – What to Do Instead

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A car that won’t start requires root cause analysis. But people development and culture building may not.

The Top 7 Compliance Risks and How to Avoid Them

In this whitepaper, Paycor examines the top seven compliance risks of 2021 and offers best practices on how to mitigate your risk. Download Paycor's guide today.

7 Truths about Chronic Complainers Every Leader Needs Today

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“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.” ” Dale Carnegie Chronic complainers: Seek validation. Constant complaining is a plea for attention. Feel powerless.

The Five Stages of Decline

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You might feel like Superman, but kryptonite is real. Success goes sideways when leaders feel invincible.

The 10 Best Ways to Spot a Close-Minded Leader

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Turbulence opens the mind of the wise and congeals the brain of the convinced. A closed mind gets stupid as time passes. Perhaps current knowledge was enough when the world seemed stable, but… Continue reading → Leading

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7 Ways to Immediately Open Your Mind to Useful Ideas

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You can’t be open to everything. Open-minded leadership is a pernicious waste of time when you lose sight of outcomes. So how can you open your mind without wasting time on useless conversations?…

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 Lead with Patience and Not Get Walked On

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You were born exasperated and impatient. Patience emerges after we learn that we aren’t the center of the universe. In other words, when you know and accept your limitations and frailties you become… Continue reading → Leading

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5 Quotes That Just Might Change Your Life

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Call me shallow, but I love me a good quote. A powerful quote, when taken to heart, shapes life. The trouble is we scurry toward oblivion without reflection. #1. Innovation: “The horse is… Continue reading → Leadership quotes quotes

How to Think Like a Leader when Your Brain Drags You Down

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Ruminant animals chew their food, swallow it, regurgitate it, and chew it some more*. Humans are mental cud chewers. Research shows that you aren’t thinking about what you’re doing about half the time**.… … Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth Success thinking time

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What’s the First Thing People Say After Speaking Your Name

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Reputation is the thing you’re known for, especially when it’s bad. Toads have a reputation for giving warts. But you get warts from people, not toads.

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!

6 Reasons Decision-Making Feels Like Swallowing Porcupines

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A coaching client recently said, “I don’t like making decisions.” This statement is like saying, ” I don’t like breathing.” ” A person who isn’t making decisions is dead. Getting out of bed is… Continue reading → Decisions Leading decisiveness

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What’s More Important to Success than Leadership Skills

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You’re a colossal screw-up if you believe success hingers on skills. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are at delegating, for example, if you’re a dishonest jerk-hole. Hitler was an exceptional communicator.

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The Quick Path from Negative to Positive Emotion for Leaders and Teams

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Our granddaughter and her friends feel sad and stressed these days. Who could blame them? She’s sixteen. Dahlia happily told us about her new job while we ate lunch. She waits tables at… Continue reading → Leading

7 Simple Things That Strengthen Clarity During Complexity

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When complexities fill your mind, worry weakens your knees. Complexity drives out clarity. Shadows become reality. Dread dilutes ability. Anxiety displaces confidence. Feeling overwhelmed is inevitable when complexity banishes simplicity. Any fool can… Continue reading → Encouragement Leadership Development Personal Growth Growth Leadership simple path simple wisdom state of confusion

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!

7 Top Strategies that Break the Grip of Self-Inflicted Anxiety

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Healthy anxiety rises to face challenge, opportunity, and threat. That tension in your gut means you care. But self-inflected anxiety causes leaders to… Struggle with decision-making. Flip flop after making decisions.

3 Questions that Resolve Stress Quickly

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The worst question: For some reason, when I ask, “What’s the worst that could happen?” stress loses some of its bite. You’re stressed about traffic, for example. What’s the worst that could… Continue reading → Leading Stress stress relieving activities stress tips

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How to Answer the Voice in Your Head that Creates Things You Dread

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Stress is self-inflicted. You might like to blame high prices or bad bosses, but stress is creating all our own crosses.

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Week Highlights: 7/19 to 7/23

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This week all my posts focused on stress. For your convenience – just in case you missed one – all the posts are listed below with links. Remember that stress doesn’t come from… Continue reading → Leading stress relieving activities stress tips

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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!