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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

Stress: How to get Screaming Monkeys off your Back

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Stress has good intentions. It tells you to stay alert, prepare, avoid, or fight. But stress throws a fit when you ignore it. Stress doesn’t care what you do as long as you… Continue reading → Leading Stress stress relieving activities stress tips

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7 Ways to Be a Happy Leader Today

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Life at an amusement park gets boring. A party every night turns to monotony. The pursuit of frivolous happiness inevitably evolves from delight to boredom to burden. A busy life is not necessarily… Continue reading → Encouragement energy Marks of leaders Personal Growth Taking others higher busyness fulfillment meaningful contribution Teams

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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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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.

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 Experience the Vitality of Being True to Yourself

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The #1 regret of the dying is, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” The only way to be true to yourself… Continue reading → energy Leading Values core values personal values sources of energy

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If Most Leaders are Average, What Does that Say About You and Your Team

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An inordinate need to win reflects a need for superiority. For example, I stopped playing basketball with my sons when they regularly beat me. We shot around, but no more 1:1 games. Leaders… Continue reading → Leading Strengths weaknesses leadership strength weakness

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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 Be Less Frantic and More Efficient by Sharpening Your Axe

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The time it takes to reflect, evaluate, and focus seems misspent when you feel like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Abe Lincoln never said he’d spend six hours… Continue reading → Leading

How to be Inexperienced Like a Pro – In a Turbulent World Everyone is a Novice

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Inexperience is a state of opposites. In some, inexperience is caution, doubt, and paralysis. In others, inexperience is naïve boldness. The disadvantage of inexperience is also its advantage – ignorance. Inexperience: #1. Inexperience… Continue reading → Leading humility inexperience

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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.

How to be the Leader People Love to See

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Spending time with their manager is the worst part of the day for employees. What makes managers so un-delightful?

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A Realistic Approach to Stress Management that doesn’t cause more Stress

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I hate the expression, ‘stress management’ I get stressed when people tell me to relax. Thick books about managing stress make my belly hurt. The individuality of stress aggravates me. Stressors that bother… Continue reading → Leading Stress stress relieving activities stress tips

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Noticing: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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We recently ate at a busy restaurant in Chicago. Staff bustled but didn’t hurry. I asked if we could sit outside for dinner. The hostess spotted a table, hustled over to clean it,… Continue reading → Leading

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Sources of Irritation and Exasperation – The Naughty List

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Don’t make yourself special by making your exasperations unique. You might think your frustration outshines the irritation of others, but you’re not that special. Exasperation is common to all, even if specific causes… Continue reading → Leading

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Purpose Simplified – Who Do You Want to be When You Grow Old

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Living without purpose is easy; just run around doing stuff as fast as you can. Turbulence, opportunity, and too much to do are the perfect environment for doing machines. But human beings require… Continue reading → Leading

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.

Free Speech at Work – Should Discussions of Politics be Banned

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70% of Americans would support companywide policies that limit the discussion of politics in the workplace or with colleagues. Harris Free speech and context: Political speech seems natural when your organization connects deeply… Continue reading → Leading

The Joyful Pleasures and Shameful Permissions of Comparison

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They say you shouldn’t compare yourself with others, but sometimes comparing is unblemished enjoyment. When your car outshines your neighbor’s, talking about cars is pleasurable, for example.

Curiosity – Remarkable Practices, Unexpected Benefits

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Where would we be without curiosity? Curiosity is: Enthusiastic “not knowing”. Willingness to be wrong. Drive to make sense of things. Delight in surprises. Dissatisfaction with the status quo. Curiosity and success: When… Continue reading → Leading

3 Steps to Face Daily Challenges with Fresh Enthusiasm

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Rituals bring control in the storm. The storm won’t change, but how you respond does. During a recent coaching call, a client relayed a ritual he uses before showing up at work. How… Continue reading → energy Leading Marks of leaders Optimism Managing energy

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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 Relationships that Cause you to Overcommit

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I woke up late this morning. It caused me to reflect on the reason I get up in the first place. Commitments came to mind. Every commitment is a limitation. Sleeping late and… Continue reading → Accountability Commitment Saying No commitment results

Summer Reading for Leadership Freaks

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“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” Margaret Fuller I’ve read all the books on this list. Enjoy! Orbiting the Giant Hairball, Gordon MacKenzie In his deeply funny book, exuberantly illustrated in full color,… Continue reading → Author Book Notes

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7 Reasons You Need to Plan Less and Others Need to Plan More

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Those who make the plan make the plan work. But when leaders make the plan, they encounter skepticism, reluctance or resistance. Tight fisted leaders – those who control all the plans – have… Continue reading → Delegation Leading planning Delegated authority

5 Reasons People Wish Lousy Leaders Would Stay Away

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I’m a huge fan of leadership walk-abouts. But if you’re a lousy leader, just stay in your office and keep doing the “important” work you think you’re doing. 5 reasons people wish lousy… Continue reading → Leading Listening Marks of leaders Servant-leadership Success connection relational leadership

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!

Self-Consciousness: Solving the Hidden Hinderance to Enjoyment and Performance

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The more energy you expend worrying about yourself, the less energy you have to make a difference in the world. Self-consciousness drains energy, enjoyment, and effectiveness. Self-consciousness is your inner voice telling you… Continue reading → engagement Humility Marks of leaders Personal Growth leadership success meaningful action

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Imitation is Not a 4-Letter Word – Choose your Models Carefully

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Luke Burgis changed the way I understand myself and see the world. Let’s begin with wanting. Humans learn – through imitation – to want the same things other people want, just as they… Continue reading → Leading

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Pessimism and Optimism: How to Rise above Pothole Management

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Pessimists can’t lead. They worry about things that won’t work. They don’t try things. But teams lose trust in eternal optimists. Optimistic plans seldom work. Teams grow weary of starting too many projects… Continue reading → Leading

Decision-Making for Leaders: Beyond Pros and Cons

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“You believe in the conclusion, and then you create supporting arguments.” Daniel Kahneman You weigh options based on the decision you’ve already made, while pretending to be open minded. The pros and cons… Continue reading → Decisions

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!

Confidence: Proof You Can Face Any Challenge

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I haven’t had a warm shower in more than seven months. If you’re counting, it’s 226 days, but whose counting. The water I use is 54 degrees Fahrenheit, 12.2 degrees Celsius. Yes, I… Continue reading → Personal Growth Strengths Taking others higher toughness

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Influence is Easy – Just Drop a Few Hints

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A bear demolished our bird feeders. Plastic tubes and suet cages offer little resistance. Sunflower seeds and suet are easy prey. My wife ordered new tubes and safely stored all the metal parts… Continue reading → Communication Influence Leading influence attitudes positive suggestions

How to Multiply the Power of Grit Before You Crash and Burn

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I’d rather work with persistent leaders than quitters. But grit crashes and burns if it can’t change direction. Persistence in a bad thing multiplies disappointment. What if it’s better to quit?

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How to Pull Weeds Less and Grow Fruit More

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You’ve been working to make a difference but every weed you pull is replaced by three more. Worse yet, new weeds seem more malicious than old. If you aren’t careful, you’ll end up… Continue reading → engagement Leading Marks of leaders Personal Growth Solutions finding solutions Success

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How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work (Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive)

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

5 Reasons You Should Stop Having One-on-Ones Immediately

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Learn how to do one-on-ones well or find a career where you can work alone. Strong relationships fuel great results. 5 reasons to stop having one-on-ones: #1. Don’t have one-on-ones if you’re a… Continue reading → Coaching Leading Taking others higher Meetings performance cultures

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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.

Momentum: How a Series of Small Wins Maximizes the Flywheel Effect

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“Big things happen because you do a bunch of little things supremely well that compound over time.” Jim Collins “One little thing doesn’t make a difference. But ten little things do make a… Continue reading → Culture energy Leading forward momentum momentum

A Five-Minute Creativity Workout that Helps you Change the Future

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Unimaginative leaders repeat the past. Creative leaders change the future. Creative leaders are better problem solvers.

How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work: Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.