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Leading With Values During the Pandemic

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By Linda Fisher Thornton. As we all grapple with the pandemic, I am grateful to see so many businesses sharing resources and ideas freely and. finding a way to do some good for others. Our current challenges can only be managed with everyone pulling together to make good choices.

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How Are You Using Your Influence?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton With leadership responsibility comes a certain amount of influence. We can impact how people think. We can advise them on the choices they make and invite them to follow our lead. Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts.

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Unethical Leadership: Selective Respect

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By Linda Fisher Thornton We've seen selective respect too often. Beyond harming the people who are disrespected, it also destroys trust, and leads to chaotic environments and fear-based cultures.

Ethical Thinking: 3 Questions to Ask in the New Year

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Each year I raise questions that help leaders stay current as ethical expectations change. Here are 3 new questions to ponder as we head into a New Year.

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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.

Truth and Misinformation: How to Spot False Narratives (Part 3)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This is Part 3 in a Leading in Context blog series sharing information on how to spot misinformation and false narratives. In case you missed them, Part 1 explored truth and narrative, and Part 2 examined how data and motives related to the truth.

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Respect, Interpreted Part 3

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By Linda Fisher Thornton What exactly does respect look like? It's a question that is difficult to answer, but we need an answer if we are going to be able to help our leadership teams learn how to show it, recognize it, and expect it from others.

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Here's What Isn't Cancelled

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I have become aware (and I imagine you may have too) that trying to maintain a sense of normalcy isn't possible right now. I realized today (as I read yet another event cancellation) that I would be better off focusing on all the things that are NOT cancelled. Context Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking cancellations ethical leadership during the pandemic leader leader mindset leadership development

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The End of Ethical Compartmentalization

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By Linda Fisher Thornton That Was Then What people did in their spare time used to be private, allowing them to assume varying personas in their different roles. Someone could be buttoned up and ethical at work, but make really bad decisions elsewhere.

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5 Reasons Why We Want Learning and Not “Right Answers”

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Often when we test our purpose is to assess progress toward learning objectives. But there's an inherent problems with over-testing or focusing too much on test scores. Testing can de-motivate learners.

Are Best Practices Really Best?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Organizations are facing multiple connected challenges. First, they need to prevent ethical mistakes in a high speed, highly transparent business environment.

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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.

Are Ethics and Morals Different?

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With my background in Linguistics, I tend to view the divergence of ethics terms (that originally meant the same thing) as a distraction from what we need to know and do.

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19 Leadership Trend Reports for 2019

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By Linda Fisher Thornton One of the challenges of responsible leadership is staying on top of fast-moving trends. This week, I’m making that process a little easier for you by sharing 19 interesting leadership trend reports.

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What is Duality?

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By Linda Fisher Thornton What is Duality? What is duality? This is a tricky question, because the answer depends on your perspective and why you're asking. Each discipline answers the question from a different angle. This post samples the varying disciplinary perspectives on duality.

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Consumer Trends: 5 Things Brands Should Know

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We've seen many articles about ethical consumerism, conscious capitalism and the responsible consumer. The bottom line is that consumers continue to expect much more from brands than an honest and perfectly executed transaction.

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What Drives Engagement? Is it Ethics?

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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.

The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 1)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton When Thinking is Starved For Context and Complexity Think about how easy it is to start using shallow breathing without being aware that we're doing it. This can happen when we're stressed or anxious, and it can impact our well-being.

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The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 2)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton In Part 1 of this series I looked at the importance of Deep Thinking. In Part 2, we'll be considering the Context. No matter how much effort it takes to understand the context (whether we like it or not) we can't expect to make an ethical decision without it.

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The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 4)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton Who we include in our ethical thinking, and how broadly we consider our responsibility to others are important elements of ethical leadership. In Part 1 of this series, I explored the Depth of our thinking, and in Part 2, I broke down issues related to understanding Context.

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The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 6)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton This series has explored 5 important spheres of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making. This week I'm summing it up in a checklist that will help you apply all 5 to your daily choices.

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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.

Truth and Misinformation: How to Spot False Narratives (Part 2)

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This is Part 2 in a Leading in Context blog series sharing information on how to spot misinformation and false narratives. In case you missed it, Part 1 explored truth and narrative. In Part 2, I will explore how data relates to the truth.

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Unethical Thinking Leads To Unethical Leadership

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By Linda Fisher Thornton As humans, we are flawed thinkers who fall victim to biases and traps. The biases and traps we so easily fall into reshape our thinking in ways that can lead us to make bad decisions.

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Rights, Responsibilities and Freedom

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By Linda Fisher Thornton While some people think of rights, responsibilities and freedom separately, in a compartmentalized way, I believe they cannot be separated. According to John Courtney Murray, freedom was always intended to be grounded in ethical values.

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Healthy Media Consumption

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I've blogged about how to spot fake news and variables complicating media ethics. Today I'll explore the characteristics healthy media consumption. Let's begin with a dose of healthy skepticism. Healthy Skepticism You can't believe everything you see.

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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.

Nature Moments Offer Cognitive Renewal

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By Linda Fisher Thornton The last time I had to stop to let a flock of geese to cross the road, they were in no apparent hurry. Most likely, part of their territory had been turned into a housing development, and they were just travelling from point A to point B.

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Truth and Misinformation: How to Spot False Narratives (Part 1)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton. Sifting through mountains of information, people who want to do the right thing are finding it harder than ever to find the truth. We find ourselves dealing with the challenge of too much information and too little insight.

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How Is Critical Thinking Different From Ethical Thinking?

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By Linda Fisher ThorntonEthical thinking and critical thinking are both important and it helps to understand how we need to use them together to make decisions. .

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10 Tricky Questions About Ethics and Leadership Answered

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By Linda Fisher Thornton. Go Into the New Year With Answers. This week I'm sharing answers to your burning questions about ethics and ethical leadership - What is it? How do you stay up to speed in spite of rapidly accelerating expectations?

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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.

The Complexity of Ethical Thinking and Decision Making (Part 3)

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Embracing Complexity is Part of Leadership Complexity has become a way of life. To make ethical decisions, we must embrace it and incorporate it into our thinking process. That means digging in to issues until we understand their multiple dimensions, connections and contradictions.

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Uncomfortable Learning

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By Linda Fisher ThorntonI'm generally a fan of uncomfortable learning. I believe that "uncomfortable" is sometimes a necessary part of the natural processes of learning and growth.

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Want Top Talent? Pass the Reverse Interview

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By Linda Fisher Thornton HR Executives are telling me that job applicants are "interviewing their interviewers" to find out about their organizations' ethics. It makes sense.

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The Voice of the (Un)Ethical Leader

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By Linda Fisher Thornton There is great variation in how leaders “use their voice” in pursuit of their work. Some use it to engage and empower others, others use it to deflect unwanted observations or to create distance that isolates them from people they don’t want to listen to.

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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.

The Gut-Brain Axis (Ethical Questions)

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By Linda Fisher Thornton I am a long-time advocate of systems thinking. It has risen in importance as an increasing number of our greatest human challenges can't we understood or resolved without it.

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A Message About Gifts

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By Linda Fisher Thornton It has been a challenging year. This week I reflect on the progress being made (that may not show up in the news headlines) and how we can use our gifts in pursuit of good.

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10 Quotes To Inspire Leaders in Divisive Times

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There were many things that went right in the past year, despite the omnipresent bad news. Here is a collection of inspiring quotes to keep us moving forward and ready to face the challenges ahead.

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Why It’s Time to Stop Saying We’re “Better Than” Other People

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It's time to stop telling leaders they will only succeed if they are "better than" the competition. It's time for business schools to stop telling students that they are "better than" their peers in the class or "better than" students in other programs.

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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.