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True Gratitude – More Than Pleasantries or Recognition

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It’s easy for true gratitude to get lost in the swirl of formal recognition programs, everyday courtesies, and the relentless push for more and better. Progress is good. You need recognition. And courtesy is vital. But none of these are genuine gratitude. True gratitude begins with deep humility.

How to Know if Your Boss is a Micromanager (or if you just need help)

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Is it micromanagement or the support you need? One of the biggest requests for help we receive is, “How do I deal with my micromanager boss?” ” In fact, that phrase consistently ranks in the top “ Asking for a Friend” questions in our Leadership Development Programs.


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How to Say No at Work: Powerful Phrases to Stand Your Ground

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To Gain More Confidence Saying No at Work, Start with Your “Yes” It’s never easy to say no at work. After all, you want to be helpful, responsive, and a team player.

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Job Interview: The Best Way to Showcase Your Unique Talents (Video)

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Nail Your Next Job Interview By Showcasing Your Unique Value. I get frustrated and sad when I see highly qualified people unable to sell themselves in a job interview– particularly when they seem to be so qualified.

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Employee Open Enrollment Letter Template

When it comes to benefits, communication is critical. To help you easily explain your offerings at open enrollment, Paycor created an open enrollment sample letter (and a few tips). Download this free Employee Open Enrollment Letter Template today.

How to Give Your Boss Bad News: Avoid This Mistake and What to Do Instead

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Avoid This Mistake When Giving Your Boss Bad News. You’ve got to give your boss bad news. But the timing isn’t great–for you or for them. The restructure. The uncertainty. The promotion that’s right around the corner. Maybe it’s just not a great time to rock the boat.

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How to Make an Even Better Career Elevator Pitch

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Use this Simple Technique for a Better Career Elevator Pitch. Do you ever think of exactly the right thing to say — your perfect career elevator pitch — the moment you walk away from the conversation?

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Performance Review: How to respond to frustrating or lazy performance feedback

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Speak Up to Get Better Feedback in Your Next Performance Review. A few years ago, I wrote “Avoid These Infuriating Phrases in End-of-Year Feedback” to encourage managers to stop making stupid comments when giving a performance review.

Email Best Practices: How to Send a Better, More Effective Email

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Do This, Not That For Better Team Email Communication. When you’re working in a remote or hybrid team, having a common agreement on your email best practices will save you gobs of time and frustration. Start with subject lines that tell the reader exactly what you need from them and when.

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How People Are Like Trees and Why That Will Help Your Leadership

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People are a lot like trees. You can’t make a tree do something, and the same holds true for people. No person brings the entire package to their work, just like no tree brings everything for every environment that you could possibly want. That’s not how any of it works.

What’s one piece of career advice you wish you had learned sooner?

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Career advice you wish you had learned sooner. On this week’s episode of Asking for a Friend, I interviewed Kathryn Heath and Brenda Wensil , authors of I Wish I’d Known This , about the career advice they have after years of professional coaching. . .

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10 Ways to Keep Your Hourly Employees

Getting and keeping hourly workers is no longer as simple as offering them more cash. Employees have options. But this guide from Paycor will help you put your best foot forward to recruit, retain, and develop hourly workers so you can remain competitive.

12 Powerful Phrases to Help You Navigate Challenging Workplace Conflict

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Prepare for Workplace Conflicts. with a few “Go-To” Conversation Starters. Have you ever felt this way? You’re in the middle of a challenging workplace conflict, and you’re at a complete loss for words. You’re mad. They’re mad.

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How to Build a High-Performing Team: Ten Vital Conversations

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Invest One Hour a Month to Help Your Team Perform Even Better. Every truly high-performing team has one thing in common: They spend time in candid conversation talking about what’s working and consistently look for ways to improve.

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Mentoring Conversations: How to Be Remarkably Helpful with Limited Time

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Even a few focused minutes. can lead to a great mentoring conversation. If you’ve ever had a great mentor, you know the power of honest and meaningful mentoring conversations.

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When Leading Through Change, Inspect What You Expect (With Curiosity and Compassion)

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When you’re leading change, it takes more than a strong plan, implemented well to succeed. It’s also vital to inspect that the actions and behaviors you THINK matter most are having the IMPACT you expect. Everyone’s On Board, and We’re Still Struggling!

Curiosity at Work: 5 Opportunities to Show Up a Bit More Curious

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I am a HUGE proponent of showing up with genuine curiosity at work. Need to have a performance feedback conversation with an under-performing employee? There’s no better place to start than with curiosity. Need a solution to a seemingly no-win scenario with a customer?

7 Ways To Avoid Today's HR Compliance Risks

With remote work on the rise, salary history bans in effect, and Fair Workweek laws passed, HR compliance has become more challenging. Discover the 7 most prominent HR compliance hurdles of today, and learn how to avoid them detailed in Paycor’s recent guide!

Stuck in a Rut? 7 Questions to Inspire New Thinking on Your Team

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Help Your Team Get Unstuck. By Showing Up a Bit More Curious. It’s a strange and ironic phenomenon. Despite all the change going on, have you noticed your team sometimes gets stuck in a rut of uninspiring routines?

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How to Help Your Team Say No at Work

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Help your team say no at work so they can say yes to the work that matters most. The ability to say “no” is critical for a person’s sense of agency or feeling in control of their life. That feeling of agency directly contributes to workplace morale, engagement, and productivity.

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How to Make Better, Frequent Employee Recognition a Daily Habit

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Why Gallup Question 4 Matters: “In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.”

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Don’t Get Lost or Hurt: The Vital Role of Leadership Strategy and Tactics

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Balancing leadership strategy and tactics is critical for leaders at every level of an organization. When you don’t pay enough attention to strategy, you and your team end up lost in a wilderness of meaningless, unproductive busyness.

The HR Playbook: How to Decrease Costs & Increase Engagement

Learn how to reduce costs while simultaneously increasing employee morale.

How to Leverage Your Skills with the Most Valuable Leadership Practice

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What’s your most valuable leadership practice? At the start of our work together, we’ll ask leaders and managers around the world for their most valuable leadership practice.

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How Leaders Can Find the Win in No-Win Scenarios

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How do you lead through situations when it feels like everything is a no-win scenario? No-win scenarios are tough, sure, but they’re also a chance to distinguish yourself, learn people’s trust, and for innovation.

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How to Ask Powerful Questions for More Connection and Engagement

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How to Ask Powerful Questions for More Connection and Engagement. A few months ago, I had Chad Littlefield on Asking for a Friend talking about the art of powerful questions. Specifically, the importance of shifting WHY questions to WHAT and HOW questions for more connection and engagement. .

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How to Be Less Negative – and Still Be Yourself

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Learning How to Be Less Negative Will Make You More Effective. When your team or supervisor thinks of you as a negative person, you’re less likely to be invited to conversations where you would have valuable contributions to make.

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HR in 2023: Survey Insights and Predictions

Nearly 6,000 people weighed in on the future of HR. Here’s what they said….

How to Host a Clear the Air Meeting for Better Team Collaboration

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Practical Approaches For a Better Clear the Air Meeting. Do you ever need to have a meeting to “clear the air?” ” This question came in from one of our recent leadership development programs.

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Yet Another Change at Work: How to Help Your Exhausted Team

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To prevent constant change from taking a toll on your team start with empathy and inclusive conversation. “It’s not that my team’s resistant to change. In fact, it’s the exact opposite.

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How to Overcome Negative Perceptions for a Better Leadership Brand

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Overcoming an Outdated Leadership Brand. Have you ever felt like this? You’ve worked hard to build your leadership brand, but the negative perceptions linger.

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Leading in Complexity and Uncertainty with Anu Rathninde

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Your organization is a Complex Adaptive System—and so are the people you lead. Many leaders expect an organization to operate like a machine, but that leads to failure.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

How to Lead Through a No-Win Scenario

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There will be times when you face outcomes you intensely dislike. A seeming no-win scenario is also a chance to distinguish yourself, earn people’s trust, and innovate. Here are seven ways to lead through these tough circumstances, build your credibility, and sleep well at night: Reframe.

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3 Leadership Values to Encourage in Every Member of Your Team

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Help your team be more compassionate, courageous, and curious. During difficult times, what leadership values matter most? We’ve been asking this question of the leaders we work with around the world.

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Empower Your Team to Make Better Decisions

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Use This Powerful Process to Empower Your Team. to Solve Problems on Their Own. How do you empower your team to solve more problems on their own?

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How to Help Your Team’s Performance Stand Out For Better Recognition

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Better Recognition Starts With More Strategic Contribution. You care about your team and the work they’re doing. They’re working hard. And if they’re like so many teams we work with, they yearn for better recognition.

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The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

Leaders Coaching Leaders: One Secret to Sustainable Leadership Development

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As organizations flatten and people continue to work remotely, it will take more than an executive sponsor to ensure your leadership development sticks. You need leaders at every level engaged with your training as leader coaches to facilitate application and learning.

How Managers (unintentionally) Roadblock an Empowered Team

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Empowered teams will transform results, solve problems you didn’t know exist, and rapidly respond to change. Most managers will say they want those outcomes and that they believe in an empowered team, but unintentionally prevent their teams from doing their best.

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Loveable Leadership with Jeff Gibbard

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When your team thinks of you as a leader, is your leadership loveable?

Changing Your Mind

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When you think about changing perception when was the last time that you changed your mind about something? Have you seen the images that have been coming from the new James Webb telescope? Changing our perceptions of outer space and what’s millions and billions of light years away from us.

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How to Write OKRs: 45 Effective Examples

Many companies are embracing objectives and key results (OKRs) as the best practice for committing to goals and following through. Objectives are outcomes that reflect current company priorities. Each employee should write OKRs that roll up to larger company goals.