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The Power of Talking to Big People like they’re Children

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“That tuna sandwich looks magnificent,” I told my wife. She laughed. It was a basic tuna on wheat. But I was test driving a crazy idea. I spoke to her like I speak… Continue reading → Communication Leading

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How Energy Increases, Strength Grows, and the Seduction of Doing Easy Things is Resisted

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You don’t find strength while snoozing in a hammock or snacking at the movies. Expand potential by doing things that require energy and strength. Strength rises when you do hard things.

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I Haven’t Grown Up – Have You?

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We all get older but we’re children till we die. When my wife flirts with me, sarcastically I say, “Grow up!” But maybe we shouldn’t grow up. Perhaps we haven’t.

Leading Change: Why Things Get Worse Before they Get Better

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Things typically get worse before they get better. That’s not pessimism. It’s reality. What happens when you ‘improve’ a practice or procedure at work? Productivity goes down. Frustration goes up. It takes time… Continue reading → Change

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 Ways to Give Support Without Prolonging Incompetence

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We raised our children to stand on their own two feet. That means we didn’t do things for them that they could do for themselves. I forget how young Mindy was when she… Continue reading → Leading


On Broccoli and Peaches – How to Give Challenge and Support

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If support is a peach, challenge is broccoli. Peaches are good. Broccoli is good for you. An abundance of peaches makes people complacent and feeble. But too much broccoli makes people disheartened and… Continue reading → Leading

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How to Fuel Tomorrow’s Energy Tonight

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The Torah unexpectedly says, “And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.” The day begins in the evening. Jewish scholars debate when the day actually begins. But the most important… Continue reading → energy Rituals

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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


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NEW BOOK GIVEAWAY!! 20 copies available!! Leave a comment on this guest post by Dr. Beverly Kaye to become eligible for one of 20 complimentary copies of her new book, “Love ‘EM or Lose… Continue reading → Author Book Notes love

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How to Monitor Momentum to Maximize Progress

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A coaching client asked his team, “In what area of your life do you have the most momentum?” ” Monitor momentum to maximize progress. I monitored my momentum and discovered three high potential opportunities.… … Continue reading → energy Leading Personal Growth Growth incremental progress

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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!

The 3 Ascending Levels of Leadership Success

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“Success comes in cans—I can, you can, we can.” ” Anonymous Level 1 leadership: Individual performance – I can. Meeting expectation earns a paycheck. Exceeding expectation earns opportunity. Don’t seek favors. Earn opportunities. Earn… Continue reading → Leading

Did You Know that Good Intentions can Defeat You

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Bocelli sings like an angel, but he was wrong when he said, “All that counts in life is intention.” ” “The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.”

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7 Things my Imperfect Boss Did Right and You Can Too

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You can do many things wrong if you do a few things right. The boss you don’t want to be: The paranoid boss that fears what others are saying about her. She turns… Continue reading → Leading Mistakes Success faults

The Most Powerful Words You Hear

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People may notice your strengths, but until your inner voice agrees, you reject affirmations. Your inner voice is more powerful than external voices. Words aren’t magic, but they are rudders.

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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

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.

The Most Read Articles of Leadership Freak for 2020

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HOW TO STOP ASKING, “HOW ARE YOU?” AND CREATE REAL CONVERSATION Better questions: What challenges are you facing? Opportunities? What’s working for you? What’s new in your life? What are you looking… Continue reading → Leading

6 Things I Learned (or relearned) in 2020

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6 things I learned (or relearned) in 2020 #1. Contribute: Tom Rath answered my long-nagging concerns about self-indulgent-passion-following by focusing on contributing.

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Have you Fallen into the Destructive Practice of Offering Harmful Help

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Harmful help looks like… Not doing your own job because you’re doing other people’s jobs. Bottlenecking results. Burnout. Resentment toward people who should be helping themselves and others. Disappointment because you helped someone,… Continue reading → Personal Growth Questions Taking others higher Coaching helpfulness helping others learned helplessness


How to Maximize the Most Neglected Growth Opportunity in Leadership

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Pain doesn’t change you; neither does education, adversity, or social interaction. Only one thing changes you. Attitude – mental disposition – determines the impact of life events. The most neglected growth opportunity Reflect… Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth growth and development influence attitudes Leadership Development leadership growth

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.

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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3 Words that Make Meetings Great

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Poorly run meetings offend the talent at the table. Our hatred of meetings points to an issue leaders love to ignore. You should be fired if you consistently waste people’s time and organizational… Continue reading → Meetings and agendas Meetings team meetings

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Happiness isn’t Apathy – How to defeat the Beast of Dissatisfaction

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“Management’s overall aim should be to create a system in which everybody may take joy in his work.” Dr. W. Edwards Deming 7 reasons for dissatisfaction: It wouldn’t surprise me if you’re dissatisfied… Continue reading → Leading

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How Motherhood Makes Many Women Better Leaders

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“Motherhood transforms many women into better leaders.” Joann Lublin – Power Moms Lublin writes, “Tapping skills honed as time-starved parents, they set priorities well, multitasked, and delegated effectively.” And motherhood provides even bigger… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Marks of leaders Personal Growth women

Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

5 Powers of Purpose: Lessons from a Toothbrush

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Yesterday, with the toothbrush in my mouth, I asked myself, “Why do you brush your teeth?” ” ‘Why’ connects purpose to action. Why brush your teeth: Prevent cavities. Avoid bad breath. Keep your teeth.… … Continue reading → Leading

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The Power of Showing Up – Choose How You Show Up or Someone Else Will

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I spent too much time feeling like a puppet with someone’s hand shoved up my back. I can only blame myself. Where is the power to choose how YOU show up? When you… Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth authentic leader authentic leadership

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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 Secret to Developing Authentic Leaders on Your Team is One Thing

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The worst leaders fail to develop others. Zenger and Folkman) But you can’t leverage weakness to develop strength. Growth is energized by purpose and strength, not weakness and coercion. Authentic development: Warren Bennis… Continue reading → Leading

Paycor HR Leaders Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 HR and Finance leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

The John Wooden Way: 5 Lessons (Plus What if Your Mentor seems Wrong)

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Five Lessons: The John Wooden Way #1. How you think “Seek wisdom – understand how the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your philosophy about the fundamentals that guide your work… Continue reading → Author Book Notes Leading

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How to be a Leader People Like – Without being Needy

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Leaders who need to be liked are lawn chairs blown in hurricanes. Leaders who don’t care if they’re liked are jerk-holes. We resist leaders we don’t like – but if we like each… Continue reading → Influence

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

Overcome Resistance to Change: Magnets or Bowling Balls

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If everyone likes it, why bother? Change is never enjoyed by everyone. Leaders think too much about ‘what’ and not enough about ‘how’ when making change. Failure: John Kotter suggests 8 reasons transformation… Continue reading → Change change agents culture change

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 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.”

It’s Over – Now What

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I heard people say they couldn’t wait for 2020 to be over. Sometimes I felt the same way. But it’s pathetic. 2020 is over. Things that were true last year are still true… Continue reading → Accountability Decisions Fear courage insecurity leadership responsibility taking responsibility

Rethink Your New Year’s Resolution Before it’s too Late

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You respect yourself less when you break commitments you make to yourself. New Year’s resolutions seduce us into decisions that undermine self-respect. Don’t like doesn’t work: You don’t like your weight. You hate… Continue reading → Accountability Commitment Failure Leading Success Decisions failure points

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 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.