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Accountability: Servant-Leadership in Sales

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It really ticks me off when people describe servant-leadership as “soft management” This misconception often leads to the fear of poor accountability.

Black Eye for FIFA Leadership: Enabling Hate Over Love

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FIFA Referee Gives Shocking Yellow Card VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEP 19: Felix Brych shows a yellow card at the UCL match between Valencia CF and Juventus FC at Mestalla on September 19, 2018 in Valencia, Spain.


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Servant-Leadership 101: Principle of Empathy (Hidden Figures Video Example)

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The second principle in the Acronym Model of SERVANT-Leadership is Empathy. This 7-minute lesson demonstrates this principle, as learned by Al Harrison (played by Kevin Costner), through the courage of Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson).

Servant-Leadership 101: Thorough Lesson (Erin Brockovich Movie Example)

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The last principle in the Acronym Model of SERVANT-Leadership ® is Thorough. This 6-minute lesson demonstrates the Thorough principle, through the example of Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts).

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.

Simone Biles: Mental Health Servant-Leader

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We’ve seen Simone Biles as a leader for gymnasts, the Olympics, and other athletes for years. Yesterday, she showed us Ms. Biles is also a leader for mental health. The best leaders are those who believe in something strongly enough they are willing to sacrifice to make it happen.

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Top Tips for Managing Up

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Top Tips for Managing Up. When it comes to managing up, there are two scenarios: when you’re on good terms with your boss and when you’re struggling with them. From my experience, most people seeking advice on managing up, are already struggling to align with their boss.

What is Speed Mentoring?

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Speed Mentoring. In a leadership development class I was teaching yesterday, one of the participants mentioned that their employer offers. regular speed mentoring opportunities and it occurred to me a lot of you may not be familiar. with this term or concept and what it is.

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Does Starbucks New CEO Signal a Culture Change?

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Starbucks announced yesterday that Laxman Narasimhan will replace CEO Howard Schultz as the company’s new CEO. Named interim CEO, Schultz has been CEO and Board chairman off and on at the company for over 35 years and is chief architect of their culture.

The Servant-Leader’s Night Before Christmas – 2020 Edition

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All I want for Christmas is Servant Leadership. Twas the night before Christmas, when all of the staff. Sat on Zoom hoping a leader would come, on their behalf. Tired of the power model still in the air, They hoped a servant-leader, soon would be there.

Tony Hsieh Completes His Service on Earth

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Tony Hsieh , an outstanding example of servant-leadership , the former CEO of Zappos and founder of LinkExchange, passed away Friday November 27th, 2020. He succumbed to injuries suffered during a house fire on November 18th, while visiting family for Thanksgiving.

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.

Servant-Leadership 101: Nonpartisan Lesson (Moneyball Movie Example)

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The second-to-last principle in the Acronym Model of SERVANT-Leadership is Nonpartisan. This 6-minute lesson demonstrates the Nonpartisan principle, through the example of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and Peter Brand (Jonah Hill).

New Study Ranks Fortune 500 and INC 500 Leadership by Employee Feedback

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A new study by Radiant Forest, LLC ranked all Fortune 500 companies and the top 500 of the INC 5,000, according to their online employee feedback scores.

Servant-Leadership 101: Principle of Authenticity (The Post Movie Example)

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The fifth principle in the Acronym Model of SERVANT-Leadership is Authentic. This 6-minute lesson demonstrates this principle, through the example of Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee (played by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks) debating personal relationships vs. professional responsibilities.

Leading in a Time of Crisis – Top Tips from Dozens of Practitioners

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Virtually everyone faces a new normal today. If you lead people, you face additional challenges. None of us have all the answers. Perhaps together though, we may develop great solutions. We’re here to help. Here is a list of recommendations from people leadership practitioners.

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The 5×10 Leadership Rule

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Team size is a critical factor in the success or failure of an organization. Most organizations permit – or expect – too many direct reports for each team lead. This logic ignores the reality that good people leadership takes time and great people leadership requires more time.

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!

Servant-Leadership 101: Principle of Virtuous (Schindler’s List Movie Example)

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The fourth principle in the Acronym Model of SERVANT-Leadership is Virtuous. This 8-minute lesson demonstrates this principle, through the example of Oskar Schindler (played by Liam Neeson). Schindler was a German Industrialist in World War II and an imperfect man in many ways.

Servant-Leadership 101: Principle of Resolve (Amelia Earhart Video Example)

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The third principle in the Acronym Model of SERVANT-Leadership is Resolve. This 5-minute lesson demonstrates this principle, through the example of Amelia Earhart (played by Hillary Swank). Amelia’s faced many challenges to getting her flight across the Atlantic off the ground.

Servant-Leadership 101: Principle of Selflessness (Nelson Mandela Video Example)

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The principles of servant-leadership, as captured in the Acronym Model of SERVANT-Leadership begin with Selflessness. This 7 minute lesson shows this principle as applied by Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman), during South Africa’s preparation for the 1995 World Cup of Rugby.

Diversity in Leadership Matters: Comcast’s NBC Universal Peacock Example

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Welcome to 2020. Please don’t expect major corporations to grasp the concept of true diversity, unless you help. We see another example today, presented by Comcast’s subsidiary, NBC Universal, while launching the new streaming service, Peacock. What Happened.

The HR Playbook: How to Decrease Costs & Increase Engagement

Learn how to reduce costs while simultaneously increasing employee morale.

Ken Melrose Completes His Service on Earth

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The servant-leadership community lost another great example and shepherd this week. Ken Melrose, former chairman and chief executive officer of The Toro Company, passed away Sunday May 3, 2020. Ken was a passionate advocate for servant-leadership at Toro and beyond.

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

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In times of tragedy and civil unrest, it is easy and common for companies to release position statements. It’s good for leaders to offer their support to communities in need. A positive message that says, “we stand with you” feels good.

Bad Boss Leadership Horror Stories (Updated)

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Do you have a terrible boss? Welcome to the horror show. Which leadership horror most closely aligns to your bad boss experience? As another Halloween approaches, it is time to revisit and update our list of Horror Story Bosses. Headless Horseman. First on our list is the Headless Horseman.

Herb Kelleher Completes His Service on Earth

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Herb Kelleher, the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Southwest Airlines , passed away today (January 3rd, 2019). Herb was among the greatest examples of servant-leadership in business. The man was a legend, yet remained humble, always shining the spotlight on his team. He lived life to it’s fullest and left a path for others to follow in his footsteps- however giant they may be. He inspired an entire generation of servant-leaders and left the world better than he found it.

HR in 2023: Survey Insights and Predictions

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

Business & Racial Awareness – Full Video

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Recently, I partnered with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert, Glen Guyton from GuyStar Enterprises, to help business executives better address racial inequality in their workplace and industry.

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New Live Course: Business & Racial Awareness Starts Friday

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Join Business & Racial Awareness: From Conversation to Action , today. Seats are limited. Sessions start Friday. About the Course. I grew up in very white suburbs.

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New Study: Only 15% of Schools Offer Leadership Programs

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Heat map of percentage of institutions with leadership programs, in the United States, by state. Does anyone believe we have enough good leaders in politics? What about the workplace? I didn’t think so.

USA Gymnastics Demonstrates Failure at Leadership Selection in the Digital Media Age

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On Saturday, USA Gymnastics announced the role of interim President and CEO will be filled by Mary Bono. In selecting Bono, USA Gymnastics joins an unfortunate list of companies failing to conduct a basic analysis of digital media , before making critical leadership decisions. At issue is at least one post where Ms. Bono attacked Nike, a sponsor of many United States gymnasts. Attacking Nike. In a September 7th tweet, Bono boasted about her opposition to the Nike brand.

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.

There Are No Leadership Positions

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Too often we hear – or maybe even say, “they’re in a leadership position “ At best, this is misleading. At worst, it’s flat out wrong. Your title makes you a manager. Your role makes you a leader. Positions for Managers. A title defines a management position.

Texas A&M Sets the Bar for Developing Servant-Leadership in Students

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Academia may lack degree programs in leadership, but Texas A&M University does an excellent job at introducing incoming students to servant-leadership. Kimberly Morrison, a sophomore with Texas A&M’s Freshmen in Service and Hosting ( FISH ), explains the university’s many servant-leadership programs, in this interview.

An Interview with Larry Spears, a Servant-Leadership Legend

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Larry Spears. Larry Spears was the CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership for nearly two decades. He now runs the Spears Center for Servant-Leadership (Indianapolis), and serves as Servant-Leadership Scholar at Gonzaga University (Spokane). Larry is also the one who studied Greenleaf’s writings for years, extracted and shared the very popular 10 Characteristics of Servant-Leadership. A very humble man, he often points to Robert Greenleaf as the source of his message.

Please Vote for Modern Servant Leader Today!

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Can I get 1 minute of your time? I’ve been running this blog to advocate servant leadership adoption and digital media action, for free, since 2008. In all that time, I never asked a favor. Today though, I have a favor to ask. It should only take a minute of your time. I want to continue spreading servant leadership adoption and digital media action, to help others succeed. You have a great opportunity to help me do this by voting on the Thinkers 50.

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.

Why Social Media Makes Now a Great Time to be a Leader

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For the first time in history, leaders can receive effective feedback from millions of people. Why is now a great time to be a leader? What makes today so different from prior centuries, or even decades? Technology delivered a leadership innovation called digital social media. Throughout history there have been many communication innovations, but digital media, and its child – social media, provide the greatest benefit to leaders.

How to be a Bad Boss

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We can be really stupid leaders sometimes and that leads to being a bad boss. I can say this because I’ve done it. I still do it sometimes. I can be a bad boss and I bet you can too. Here’s how: 1. Focus on what your boss thinks of you more than what’s right for the organization. Take the big, “important” projects for yourself rather than provide them as opportunities for the team.

You Must Serve to be Great

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You don’t have to be great to serve, but you must serve to be great. Jon Gordon If you want to be a great leader, you must serve. Jon Gordon got it right when he said this at the World LEADERS Conference. Service comes before greatness, but greatness is not a requirement to serve. I’ve said time and again, to lead you must serve because if you’re not serving others, you are self-serving and that’s not leadership.

Top 9 Tips for Working Remotely

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Infographic : 9 Tips for Working Remotely (Large version here ). Are you new to working from home or working remote? Have you considered the challenges and special needs of your remote employees?

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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.