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How to Manage and Maximize Gifted Jerk-Holes

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Fitting in is unsophisticated self-sabotage, but effectively standing out requires finesse. None of us is dumb as all of us.” Astronaut Mark Kelly* Gifted jerk-holes: Like black holes, jerk-holes suck life out of the… Continue reading → Leading

How to Overcome the Distraction of Compassion

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Distracted leaders are octopods spinning like tornados with sucker-filled tentacles clinging to ‘important’ trivialities. You can’t go eight directions at the same time and make meaningful progress.

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What Happens When People Feel Devalued: The Tooth Fairy Pillow Debacle

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“The struggle to feel valued is one of the most insidious and least acknowledged issues in organizations.”

Four Things You have that Others Don’t – But They Need

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“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” Bonnie Ware, Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Stop working so hard to… Continue reading → Personal Growth Success Taking others higher Growth Leadership Development organizational success

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Distraction: Defeating the Beast that Contaminates Leadership and Dilutes Effectiveness

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The seduction of distraction is it makes you feel important while diluting usefulness at the same time. The habit of hurry drains fulfillment and frustrates engagement.

Why We Keep Fixing the Same Problem: Lessons from the Icemaker

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I don’t turn on the lights when I get a drink in the night. But occasionally, while standing in front of the fridge, I hear the freezer grinding. A frozen clinker is clogging… Continue reading → Personal Growth Solutions Leadership Development

How to Stop Asking, “How are You?” and Create Real Conversation

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Stop asking stupid questions like: How are you? How are you doing? How are you feeling? You already know how people are doing. The future feels like mushy spaghetti. Answers to, “How are… Continue reading → Communication compassion Influence courageous leaders organizational success

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How to Solve Problems Quickly – But 69% of Relationship Problems are Unsolvable

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Some problems should be managed, not solved. Broken computers can be fixed but many relationship ‘problems’ are unsolvable. “Dr. John Gottman’s research proves that 69% of problems in a relationship are unsolvable.”

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5 Practices of Humility when Your Wife is Driving the Car

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Riding in the car when my wife is driving is an exercise in humility. My wife slows down when I would speed up. She’s a defensive driver and I’m an offensive driver. Never… Continue reading → Humility Growth Leadership Development

The Real Advantage of Fear and Anxiety in Leadership

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The good you’d like to do – but don’t do because of fear – exposes you. Fears reveal highest realities. Potential: Fear wipes steam from the glass. The person looking back surprises you.…

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 Become More Decisive When You Fear Making Decisions

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Some leaders are naturally decisive. But if you’re naturally indecisive, think of decisiveness as a skill to be learned, like riding a bike. The next time your boss refuses to make a decision,… Continue reading → Decisions courageous leaders Leadership Development

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Leadership is About Elevating Others

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We each have a responsibility to elevate each other. This is the essence of leadership—each of us is a leader because we each have the ability to enrich the lives of the people… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Leading

When Your Inner Voice Leads You Down Narrow Holes

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I’ve convinced myself that I was right only to find myself squirming to escape a narrow hole.

Living for Something Bigger than Yourself: The Obsession of Successful Leaders

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Rise above self-obsession so you can live for something bigger than yourself. You might be self-obsessed if you: Always know the “right” way. Can’t take criticism.

Sir Edmund Hillary Reveals Something More Satisfying than Climbing Everest

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The top of the world straddles the border of Tibet and Nepal standing proudly at five and half miles high. Everest, named after the British Surveyor General of India Sir George Everest,… Continue reading → Humility Leading Servant-leadership Leadership Development

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 the Republican Committee Ticked Me Off – But the Issue wasn’t Them

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Some conversations invigorate – others exasperate. The difference is aspiration, values, and talent.

Don’t Pretend Things Smell Good when they Stink – Instead Shift Focus

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Relentless problems feel like driving around with garbage in the backseat. You wonder if the journey’s worth it. Don’t pretend things smell good when they stink. Dig into problems, but don’t set up… Continue reading → Optimism Solutions Leadership organizational success

Embracing the Power to Predict the Next Normal

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The challenge isn’t predicting the next normal. It’s creating it. I heard the term “next normal” when a friend texted me from a Board retreat. I believe McKinsey used “next normal” first.

How any Manager can Increase Influence and Fuel Peak Performance

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The c-suite has little day-to-day impact on the productivity of remote workers. Remote worker’s productivity depends on one role – the manager.” Gallup Remote work isn’t going away.

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.

The Power of Dumb – I Shot Myself in the Head

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I’ve done things that make Tweedledee and Tweedledum look like Einstein and Edison. Like the day I shot myself in the head.

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Playful Mischief and Lighthearted Fun is Seriously Worthwhile

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Playful mischief makes life fun. That’s why I occasionally lock my wife out of the house. My recent “hat on a broom” was the best prank yet. I’ve been known to hide on… Continue reading → Leading


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.

The Pleasure of God – Overcome Misery and Feel Joy

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Miserable leaders have miserable teams. “I I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist in the… Continue reading → energy Leading Leadership Development

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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.

Comparative Self-Reflection: Stop Giving Yourself a Smoke Enema

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In the late 1700’s tobacco smoke enemas were used to revive drowning victims, alleviate headaches, stop stomach cramps, even cure typhoid. The medical community built an enema kit for blowing smoke up you-know-where.… … Continue reading → Leading


Dear Dan: How Do I Interview for a Job when I Lack Experience

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Dear Dan, What advice do you have or what resources can you recommend to folks like me who want to transition to a supervisory role but have not held a position with that… Continue reading → Dear Dan Personal Growth Success Growth Leadership Leadership Development

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Three Enablers of Success

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Failure is easier than success, at least in the beginning. Miserable leaders posture when describing disappointment, frailty, or pain. 3 enablers of success: #1. Honesty enables acknowledgement. Don’t lie to yourself. If some… Continue reading → Humility Success leadership success

Analyzing Tension: Why a Short Loaf of Bread is Best

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A loaf of bread should be short, much shorter. The longer the loaf, the longer the wait for my favorite piece of bread. The heel! To be clear, thin heels get too crunchy… Continue reading → Communication Conflict resolution Conflict Resolution Leadership Development

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.

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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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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3 Things Overworked Managers Need to Stop Doing Today

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Lethargy and laziness aren’t virtues. But overworked managers are their own worst enemy. 3 things overworked managers need to stop: #1. Stop doing people’s work for them. Suppose you’re asked how to do… Continue reading → engagement Personal Growth Success Taking others higher Leadership Development organizational success

Show Me Your Friends and I’ll Show You Your Future

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John Donne wrote, “No man is an island…” Don’t treat yourself like an island during self-reflection. Our world expands when we understand ourselves in connection, not isolation. Self-reflection reeks of conceit when its… Continue reading → Leading


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.

The Enemy of Everything Good

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It was September 10, 2016 when I first wrote, “Everything good in leadership begins with humility.” ” I was proud of myself. The enemy of everything good in leadership is arrogance. The word itself… Continue reading → Humility Personal Growth Growth Leadership Development

You Might be Right – the Glass is Half Empty – Now What

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A friend texted, “I think of myself as more of a doomsday preparer.” I texted back, “Ahh! The advantage of pessimism is preparation.” Are there more? Pessimism is, “An inclination to emphasize adverse… Continue reading → Leading Optimism Personal Growth pessimism Leadership Development

How to Never Waste a Good Crisis

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Leaders are developing a healthy case of humility during COVID-19. Frankly, it’s a good thing because lousy leadership is rooted in ego. Success followed by admiration tests character.

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Inside Your Customer’s Imagination: The Leadership Side

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NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY!! 20 copies available!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Chip Bell to become eligible for one of 20 complimentary copies of his new book, Inside Your Customer’s Imagination:… Continue reading → Leading

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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.