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Jerry Colonna on True Grit and Other Advice for Leaders

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J ERRY COLONNA helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed—molding them into highly accomplished individuals—yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being.

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Exploring Your Internal Landscape

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T HE CHANGING ORGANIZATIONAL and leadership environment is changing at such a pace that leaders need to develop quickly. Coaching, more than training, focuses on an individual’s specific development needs. Technical skills and talents aside, how we lead is a product of who we are.

Employee Engagement 101: Ask the Holy Question

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H AVE YOU EVER heard a front-line worker say, “I can’t wait to make more money for our shareholders today!” In all my years as a consultant, I haven’t either. It doesn’t matter what your company peddles.

The 24 Hour Rule: Is Your Current Pace Sustainable?

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A S LEADERS, we can and do introduce stress into the workplace. Charles Fred initiated a study of over 4000 post-startup business to find out why, after they had experienced early growth, had stagnated.

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How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Grace: A Leader's Guide to a Better Us

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G RACE, a concept present in all of the world’s major religions, has a divine meaning. Grace, in a secular sense—that is on a human level—is about perspective. A perspective larger than ourselves. A perspective that reaches to a purpose beyond who we are alone. In short, our connectedness.

Cracking Complexity

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T HERE ARE complicated problems, and there are complex problems. Complicated problems are technical in nature. They are linear, orderly, and predictable. Complex problems are adaptive challenges. They are messy, unstable, and unpredictable.

Do You Trust Your People?

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T HE GREAT WRITER Ernest Hemingway once said: " The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. ” I’ve often told people in new organizations I joined that I trust them until that trust is violated. This puts a healthy kind of pressure on them NOT to violate that trust.

Five Leadership Lessons: Think Like Amazon

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L ONG-TERM THINKING is the key to what goes on at Amazon. Jeff Bezos has said, “ What we’re really focused on is thinking long-term, putting the customer at the center of our universe and inventing. Those are the three big ideas to think long-term because a lot of invention doesn’t work.

Leadership at Scale the McKinsey Way

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B EFORE YOU BEGIN your next leadership development program, read this. It is not uncommon to hear leaders complain that leadership development programs are not delivering the effective leaders necessary to execute their strategies and purpose.

Is Your Organization Digitally Mature?

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W E’RE not in Kansas anymore. Unlike Dorothy in the movie version of the Wizard of Oz , there’s no going back. Many companies experience digital disruption in the same way as the tornado in the Wizard of Oz —swept up by forces beyond their control.

5 Step Guide to Personal Development Plans

Great HR leaders are continually looking for new ways to develop their people and build companies that people want to work for. A well-considered Personal Development Plan (PDP) is one huge part of that. Download Paycor's guide today, and learn new tips and best practices to help create effective development plans for your people.

How to Tackle Big Challenges in A Networked World

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T ACKLING THE BIG CHALLENGES when there is no single, simple, rational answer can rarely be done by a single individual or company working alone. Certainly, this is true when facing global, national, or community issues, but it is increasingly true within organizations and small groups.

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LeadershipNow 140: June 2019 Compilation

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Here are a selection of tweets from June 2019 that you don't want to miss: VIDEO from @inkyjohnson Remember the sacrifices. (1:29). 1:29). Key Leadership Transitions Great Leaders Champion by @KateNasser. How to Lead When There's Not Enough Time via via @letsgrowleaders.

Cascades: 6 Principles for Creating Transformational Change

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T HE NATURE OF POWER has shifted from top-down to the center of networks. Networks are key to understanding how to create transformational change.

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2019

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Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek.

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Business Lessons from the Top 0.01%

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M ORE THAN 400 climbers have reached the summit of Mount Everest. There are currently 2450 active Navy Seals. 536 astronauts have journeyed into outer space. But since 1946, only 257 pilots have flown as Blue Angels. In other words, 0.01% of all U.S.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Great Leaders Have No Rules

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T HERE ARE well-intentioned behaviors and assumptions about leadership that we have accepted over the years that really don’t serve us well. Kevin Kruse has identified ten such assumptions and provided effective counter-thinking in Great Leaders Have No Rules.

Why Leaders Need to Think More Like Professional Gamblers

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O NE OF the unfortunate side effects of living in an age of accelerating technology is having to deal with increased uncertainty. When faced with uncertainty, how should leaders react? Should they make a big bet, hedge their position, or just wait and see?

Becoming a 100X Leader

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A 100X LEADER is a 100% healthy leader who multiplies that mindset to those they lead. A leader that climbs their own Mount Everest every day and acts as a Sherpa to others at the same time. A 100X leader has become a leader worth following and builds leaders worth following.

Fail More

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E VERYTHING YOU DO involves risk. The only questions are what and how much. Poor choices lead you into failure, and good choices take you out of failure. Success and failure both leave room for improvement.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

Stop Getting the Wrong Things Done

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T HERE IS a counterintuitive mindset behind Michael Hyatt’s productivity system. Productivity is not about doing more faster. Rather it’s about achieving more by doing less as a result of focusing on getting the right things done. It’s about what you are not doing.

How to Be an Engaging Leader in a World of Robotics, AI, and Digitization

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M ANY of today’s leaders are saying: I know leadership is about people, not tasks; effectiveness, not efficiency. However, the rapid increase of robotics, AI, and digitization are a disruption. It’s leading us to increased depersonalization and disengagement with our employees.

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Do Ethics Really Make You a Better Leader in Business?

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E THICS IS NOT a word used very often behind the walls of companies and organizations. Many companies have a set of values and company policies. However, very few companies educate leaders about ethics and encourage leaders to discuss ethics with their teams.

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How to Use Discomfort to Drive High-Performance

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I T SHOULD go without saying that coaching as opposed to just managing people, is the key to developing high-performance organizations and teams. Leaders must be coaches. Any growth but especially growth leading to high-performance requires a degree of discomfort.

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Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

You Might Be a Bad Leader If…

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N ONE OF US would readily admit to being a bad leader. We see ourselves as pretty good or at least well-intentioned. But people don’t experience our intentions; they experience what we actually do.

11 Shifts Every Leader Needs to Make

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T O GET FROM where we are to where we want to be requires a shift in our thinking. When our thinking shifts in an area, our perspective changes, and new opportunities become visible. We serve people differently.

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16 Rules for Effective Decision-Making

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W HERE WE GO in life is determined by the choices we make. How we make those decisions becomes critical. The speed of change, the abundance of choices, the unknown unknowns, and the impact of a connected world, all conspire to make decision-making a labyrinth. We face traps everywhere.

6 Tips to Improve Your Hiring Process

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O NE OF THE MOST significant ways a leader can impact their business is through the quality of their hiring, yet this is rarely listed as a critical leadership competency and often overlooked.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

Do You Need an Attitude Adjustment?

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H AVING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE is a critical element of leadership. To some, this comes naturally. Others must constantly work on it. Since my earliest memory, I have had the sense that anything worth doing… worth pursuing… must be passionately pursued. A positive attitude naturally follows.

Lessons in Leadership to Last a Lifetime

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A FTER 18 YEARS on the MIT faculty, I thought I knew a thing or two about leadership. After all, I was tenured and had supervised dozens of students seeking undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Win the Heart: The Four Cornerstones You Need to Build Engagement

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E NGAGEMENT HAS BECOME the Holy Grail of business—highly desired but hard to get. There are a number of moving parts, and it’s hard to get them all aligned. Mark Miller says that “for many organizations, engagement is the final battle to becoming a high-performance organization.”

Thomas Jefferson's Ten Rules to Live By

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Thomas Jefferson was skilled in many fields. In December 1962, John F.

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The Three Types of Workplace Courage

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C OURAGE IS THE FIRST VIRTUE of organizational performance. Consider, for example, all the other concepts that courage connects to in workplace settings. Leadership takes courage because it requires making bold decisions that some people won’t agree with or support.

Nick Saban on the 5 Choices We Have in Life

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T HE 2019 Clinic of Champions held in April and hosted by Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide football coaching staff featured a number of speakers from around the NFL including Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens.

How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

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T HE INNOVATION WE PRIZE at successful start-ups is a mindset that is brought into the start-up and not necessarily the inherent quality of every start-up. Innovation isn’t something that just happens; we create the conditions for it. Big organizations can innovate like small start-ups.

The Leadership Killer

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T HE LEADERSHIP KILLER is in all of us, all of the time, just waiting to strike. It doesn’t discriminate—neither gender or race. The ironic thing is, we give it permission to kill. It’s our choice. In The Leadership Killer , Bill Treasurer and Captain John Havlik expose the leadership Killer.

5 Insights to Managing Chaordic Tension

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C ONDUCTING your own orchestra. Running your own ship. Self-employment. Putting your stamp on the world. Entrepreneurship is a great, noble profession. However, failure rates are well documented.

First Look: Leadership Books for July 2019

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Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in July 2019. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases. The Coffee Bean : A Simple Lesson to Create Positive Change by Jon Gordon and Damon West.

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