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Do Less of This and You’ll be More Successful

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You’re not as interesting as you think. If you’re long-winded, the people around you wish you were short-winded. Talk less. Succeed more. 5 Reasons people talk too much: Thinking. Extroverts think while they… Continue reading → Communication Leading Listening

4 Years Ago Today: How Any Leader Can Kickstart and Land A Powerful Conversation

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Goose landing. The way you land a conversation solidifies its value. Coaching Curiosity Questions

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The 7 Impossibilities of Gratitude

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Gratitude makes many bad things impossible. The 7 impossibilities of gratitude: #1. Worry. You can’t worry and be grateful in the same moment. Don’t worry about overcoming worry. Just notice and acknowledge benefit… Continue reading → Gratitude Power

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Can Gratitude Be a Bad Thing? Yes!

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You have to be a little nuts to intentionally choose ingratitude. But bad gratitude is a reality. Let’s begin with good gratitude. Good gratitude: “Ingratitude is always a kind of weakness. I have… Continue reading → Leading

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Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

What if Your Future is Mapped by Your Words

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The words that come out of your mouth explain 4 things. Who you believe you are. Who you believe others are. What matters. Where you are going. But where do your words come… Continue reading → Leading

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How to Live Up to Your Aspiration – Not Down to Your Disappointment

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You can’t control everything, but you can control responses. Don’t give control to disappointments. How disappointment controls life: Disappointment controls life when you say, “I won’t bring my best because I’m disappointed.”

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Put in the Big Rocks: How to Do Things that Matter Most Before it’s too Late

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It’s heartbreaking to waste yourself on small rocks – things that matter less – while neglecting things that matter more. Stephen R. Covey taught leaders to put in the “Big Rock” first. It’s… Continue reading → Leading

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The Importance of Leader Humility in a Downturn

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Leader humility can seem counterintuitive. Some think of leaders as being strong and humility as being weak. But leader humility simply means feeling and displaying a deep regard for others’ dignity—a respect for… Continue reading → Leading

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The Simple Shift that Supercharges the Power of Gratitude

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“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” William James Criticism cuts. Gratitude heals and empowers. Grateful-for: The simplest form of gratitude is grateful-for. You’re grateful for: A fine meal with… Continue reading → Leading

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3 Secret Powers of Gratitude that Make you a Superhero Leader

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I’m not a fan of superstar leaders because leadership is about others. But grateful leaders are superheroes. 3 secret powers of gratitude #1. Secret power of guidance: Use gratitude to guide decisions. Ask… Continue reading → Leading

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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.

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 Find Freedom and Energy by Starting Again

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The struggle to keep your head above water provides little opportunity to reflect, adapt, and start again. Stress and frustration accumulate when you splash around today the same way you splashed yesterday. Recurring… Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth Success

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One Year Ago Today: The Path From Empathy to Accountability

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This post was published one year ago today. 11-15-2019) The ability to manage schedules, operate machines, or take someone’s temperature has nothing to do with leading.

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.”

Asking a Question Costs Less Than Having an Answer

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Control freaks fear freedom. But treating people like robots never inspires. Control-freak-leaders deliver narrow results. Choices inspire ownerships and instill responsibility. Every decision you give someone communicates trust, confidence, and respect.

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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!

High Stress to High Value: Handling Hot Potatoes

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Others handle day-to-day challenges. But the hot potato lands in your hands. Passing the buck in a high stress situation means you’ve reached your peak.

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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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81% Will Work Harder if Bosses Include this Simple Ingredient – and it’s Free

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I invited my college buddies over after I got married for homemade donuts. They were nearly inedible. I left something out of the batter. It was a fiasco. Worst of all, I didn’t… Continue reading → Leading

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7 Ruthless Truths About Your Inner Critic and the Realities of Self-Compassion

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Self-compassion is pathetic when it affirms failure. On the other hand, your inner critic is a heartless jerk that lowers performance. 7 ruthless truths about your inner critic: #1. Your inner critic hates… Continue reading → Criticism Leading Critics inner critic personal criticism

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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 Hints, Expectations, and the Power of Suggestion Influence Others

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The power of suggestion might kill you. The Smithsonian Magazine reports an individual who attempted suicide using placebo tablets. The pills could not harm him. He experienced dangerously low blood pressure and required… Continue reading → Leading

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.

How to Break Free from People Pleasing and Speak Your Mind

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All people-pleasers lose themselves. 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.” ” You always… Continue reading → Personal Growth Power confidence builder confident leadership

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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

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.

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 Third Step on Everyone’s Gratitude Journey where Many Stumble

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Kite flying. Gratitude is lift in the wind. Gratitude Leading ingratitude

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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 Build Relationships that Maximize Performance at Work

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Part of me just wants to be left alone so I can do my work. But success requires positive relationships. Why positive work relationships matter: Shared knowledge. Mentoring and being mentored is relationship-based… Continue reading → Leading

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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.

Why Purpose Matters: The 7 Powers of Purpose

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A leader without purpose is lost in a world of opportunity. The 7 powers of purpose: Grit. A leader with purpose has reason to fight through adversity. “If If we possess our why of… Continue reading → Purpose

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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

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 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

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 5 Powers of Shared Commitment

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A leader who refuses to call for shared commitment embraces pointless turmoil. An inability to create shared commitments propels you toward frantic mediocrity. The doorway to meaningful achievement swings on the hinges of… Continue reading → Commitment Decisions

An Actionable Approach to Tough Issues Even Timid Leaders can Employ

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The worst agonies of leadership are self-inflicted. Poor results and toxic environments are often the result of misplaced tolerance. What happens when you avoid tough issues: #1. Unintentional affirmation of negative behaviors. Silent… Continue reading → Encouragement Influence Leading Personal Growth

How to Ride a Bike – Where Courage Comes From

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Between theory and practice is anxiety. It’s comfortable learning about riding a bike, even exciting. But, getting on the seat for the first time takes courage.

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How Gratitude Resolves the Dark Side of Visionary Leadership

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A friend and CEO sent me an email after reading Monday’s post, “Can Gratitude Be a Bad Thing? Yes!” He writes, “Why do I feel this post began with my name?” “I I find… Continue reading → Gratitude Leading Vision ingratitude

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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.