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2020 Top CHRO List – The People Leaders To Watch

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N2Growth and Stanford Graduate Graduate School of Business are pleased to congratulate those individuals recognized on the 2020 Leaders25 Top CHRO List.

Gray Versus Green: Who Makes the Better Start-Up CEO?

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This article was co-authored by Laura Musgrave , Kevin Bijas, and Jeffrey Cohn. People over 45 basically die in terms of new ideas.” ” said venture capitalist Vinod Khosla in 2011. People under 35 are the people who make change happen,” he further asserted.

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A Medical Innovation Factory in the Middle of the Desert

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Do surgeons have a God complex? Are doctors stubborn, control freaks? Sometimes, yes. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing. A surgeon, making life or death decisions during a heart transplant, for example, can see things go terribly wrong in the matter of a millisecond.

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Here’s How Luka Doncic Won Over Mark Cuban

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Why does Mark Cuban love Luka Doncic? The easy answer is that Luka is a bonafide star for the Dallas Mavericks. Luka is only 21 years old and already an All-Star. He’s a permanent fixture on ESPN’s Top-10 list. Maverick’s season ticket demand has gone through the roof.

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.

Leaders Live in A Glass House with Arjan van Weele

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Arjan van Weele , a Professor of Purchasing and Supply Management living in the Netherlands , discusses his perspective on leadership competencies that apply for any leader, no matter where you are within your career journey. Interview Summary.

Are Doctors Great Leaders? Well, some of them…

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Apparently, Zocdoc is doing something right. Their early investors are a ‘Who’s Who’ list of innovators and billionaires, including Marc Benioff, Founder’s Fund , Khosla Ventures, Bezos Expeditions , and Goldman Sachs.

Feedback Is a Funny Thing with Gerard Coops Ph.D.

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On a recent visit to our N2Growth EMEAA headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands, I visited with my new friend Gerard Coops, Managing Director of HuReMa Consulting, to discuss his views on leadership as it relates to giving feedback and providing coaching. Interview Summary.

Leading and Succeeding With Accountability with Thandi Orelyn

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Thandi Orelyn is a South African lawyer and business executive who has been active mainly in the financial sector. She is a co-founder and executive director of Peotona Group Holdings. Thandi chairs the board of BP Southern Africa and serves on the boards of Toyota S.A.

3 Strategies to Build Inclusive Teams

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If you’ve ever played a team sport like soccer or basketball, you quickly learn that while it is helpful to have an “all-star” player, the best teams leverage the talents of all their players on the field and elevate everyone’s game in order to consistently win. The following are 3 strategies to build inclusive teams: Align on values – focus on what we share ( common goals, work ethic, expectations, etc.). Encourage diversity of thought – dissenting opinions are helpful!

The Most Misunderstood Aspect Of Great Leadership

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I was recently asked what I consider to be the most misunderstood aspect of great leadership; in other words, what makes great leaders great? What immediately came to mind is not only misunderstood, but it also happens to be the most often overlooked element of leadership, and the one which also affords leaders the greatest opportunity for personal, professional, and enterprise growth.

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.

Working From Home Now? Here are Our Best Tips to Ease the Transition

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Are you working from home now? Because of the Coronavirus and new social distancing guidance, many people have been directed whether voluntarily or involuntarily to work remotely until the pandemic subsides. If you or your team have never worked this way it can certainly be a challenge for anyone, whether you are an employee or a leader this can be a frustrating change. Fortunately, most of our team at N2Growth has been working remotely for years.

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The Engagement Secret of Great Leaders

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Show me a great leader and I’ll show you a talented storyteller. Leadership and storytelling go hand-in-hand. In fact, leaders who lack the ability to leverage the power and influence of storytelling are missing the very essence of what accounts for compelling leadership begins with the story. Give me a few minutes and allow me to share this message with you – it may just change your life.

Leaders Stop Trying to Be Efficient

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Let’s cut right to the chase; stop focusing on being efficient – it’s a waste of time. Nobody other than perhaps you really cares how efficient you are, but everyone cares how effective you are. Not only do they care how effective you are, but they also care about the effectiveness of those whom you lead. It’s important to remember leadership is a people business, and people are messy.

10 Exceptional Strategies For Extraordinary Executives

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Most extraordinary executives would agree that business practices evolve over time, and our experiences turn into knowledge. My such experience has inspired this article, 10 exceptional strategies for extraordinary executives. As a coach, my goal is always to see my client succeed. I want to high-five them when they hit a home run or score a touchdown.

Digital Hiring: What Are You Worried About, Exactly?

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In my last article, I spoke about the importance of managing candidate relationships while searches are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we figure out how to navigate from here, I’d like to think outside the box a bit about digital hires. Let’s assume, for the purposes of this article, that important hires will still have to be made while almost 90% of the country is under lockdown.

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.

Leading with Gratitude

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At N2Growth, we aspire to practice what we preach when it comes to taking care of each other and caring for our clients in a way that is unparalleled. As we look ahead to the upcoming holiday season and ringing in the New Year, we reflect over the past year’s opportunities for growth, learning, and overcoming. While doing so, we realized there is a key ingredient in leading that is embodied in our values and our work: gratitude.

The Journey of Servant Leadership: Iron Sharpens Iron

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Each day I reflecting upon the journey of servant leadership , what I now define as “relational leadership”. Although I certainly do not intend to make this a post with any religious overtones, I’ve found the bible has an amazing quote that shapes my thinking on this topic. Proverbs 27:17 proclaims: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”. This simple statement has been a calling for all these years to understand that no one is alone.

6 Defining Values of a Leadership Culture

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Twelve years after launching culture change consulting services, I am finally sitting down to write about six defining values of a leadership culture. These are factors I’ve learned that define whether an organization can improve their Culture or not. No surprise that all six values rise and fall on leadership. Before I unpack the six values, let me paint the backdrop of how it all began. In 2006, one of my CEO clients in Sarasota, FL shared with me his annual employee engagement survey.

10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

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Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about people only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Without question, your top talent will leave you if you fail to lead and take care of them. Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected departures. With all the emphasis on leadership development, I always find it interesting so many companies continue to struggle with being able to retain their best people.

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.

More Than a Buzzword: Let’s Be Honest About Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity and inclusion is a buzzword in the business world, countless company websites tout their commitment to building diverse teams and inclusive cultures. Human resource departments are instilling D&I training for hiring managers and discussing their role in hiring diverse employees and creating a culture of inclusion. But what does this all really mean and why should companies care?

Leadership Interview: Connecting With People is The Key Competency

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I recently sat down with Dudu Hlatshwayo , CEO and founder of Change EQ Corporate Advisors in Johannesburg. I think you will find her answer to be thoughtful and full of insight, everyone reading this should take heed of this simple advice. Interview Summary. JH: What is the number one leadership competency required in this fast-paced, unpredictable world we now find ourselves in? . DH: Connection will be a critical competency in the new world.

Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on

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Many would say if you’re in the leadership business, you’re also in the business of dealing with adversity. After all, leadership means facing challenges head-on. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. In today’s post, I will take a brief look at the beliefs that cause some to succeed where others fail.

Leadership Interview: Mehdi Tazi, CEO at Beassur Marsh Shares His Perspective on Talent Gaps

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I recently had the privilege of speaking with Mehdi Tazi Chief Executive Officer at Beassur Marsh , a Morrocan based insurance brokerage during our global leadership tour. We discussed the global issue of talent gaps within organizations and what he believed was the cause and possible solutions to the problem. Interview Summary. JH: In a recent international leadership survey, over 80% of CEOs answered that they do not have the talent to execute their current corporate strategy.

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COVID & the Future of Work: Insights from Paycor’s C-Suite

In Paycor’s newest report, our Chief Executive and Group Leaders consider how your clients will recruit, manage their workforce, optimize benefits, and foster employee experience in the new normal of 2020 and beyond. For actionable insights and tips download and share our guide with your clients!

How Employee Engagement Drives Customer Satisfaction

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Research shows there is a direct correlation between engaged employees and the satisfaction of your customer and ultimately achieving your business outcomes. In other words, employee engagement drives customer satisfaction. Richard Branson says, “Take care of your employees and they will take care of your customers”. Engaged employees are described as being fully immersed in and enthusiastic about their work.

Today’s Leaders All Share These 5 Traits – A Digital Mindset

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The best leaders have a propensity for looking for ways to leverage digital technology for competitive gain.If you want to be a great leader , you absolutely have to develop a digital mindset. It’s the only way you can help your business leverage data and information technologies in the pursuit of growth and profitability. Why, you ask? Digital technology and media are omnipresent in business nowadays.

Setting Boundaries While Working at Home

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Almost everyone searches for “it” in their job. Is it gaining success? Is it money? No, I am talking about work-life balance, and setting boundaries while working from home makes this even more challenging. It does not matter where you sit on the leadership totem pole. We are all human and our needs are mostly identical. While our individual ratios of work and life vary, our needs are the same. We are all craving to better manage the work-life balancing act. .

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The Power of Focus

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I am frequently asked what it takes to become more productive. My answer is simply become very, very focused. Focus has always been a powerful characteristic that has served me well in all leadership roles alike. Relentless focus results in aligned priorities, order, discipline, and productivity. That sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Then why is this so hard for executives and entrepreneurs?

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Why HR Technology Matters Now More Than Ever

When a crisis hits, HR technology gives business leaders the data, tools, and support to make important business decisions quickly. In this report, Josh Bersin breaks down the 4 key benefits of HR tech and demonstrates through case studies how business leaders can leverage it to solve problems and grow. Download this report to learn more!

Why Best Practices – Aren’t

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My thesis is a simple one; Don’t copy – create. Don’t benchmark against others – benchmark against a unique and better version of you. Don’t compete against how others do things, compete against your own thinking. More than 20 years ago I coined the term “ next” practices in an effort to focus people forward in their thinking. I’ve always wondered why any business would want to adopt the same practices their competitors utilize?

Consultants: Resistance Is Futile

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When you look back on your career, you remember the jobs you took, the jobs you declined, the opportunities realized and the opportunities lost. You remember the special people along the way; the great bosses, mentors, coaches and the lifelong friends. You also remember the Consultants. As a consumer of consulting services for more years than I care to admit, I have developed a well defined view of a typical engagement.

How to Build a Resilient Company Culture That Will Help Every Employee Thrive

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A resilient culture is built one person at a time, winning companies cultivate cultures that enable their people to develop the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. Resiliency is important to businesses because it’s the DNA that enables the company to better anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to ever increasing market disruptions, shifts in customer preferences and challenging competitor tactics that can knock a business off its hinges.

The Impact of a Great Leader

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I am always surprised by the impact that just one person can have on a team or an organization. In particular, the speed which that effect takes place. I have seen examples in multinational enterprises, where the appointment of a new CEO resulted in a change of atmosphere within a few weeks. This phenomenon happened not just to the people working closely with the CEO, but also with people who had never even met the new CEO.

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

A President’s Day Look at Leadership

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Since we’re headed into President’s Day weekend, I thought I’d take this opportunity to author a two-part series in which I’ll examine the leadership characteristics of the two Presidents for which the holiday is celebrated; George Washington , and Abraham Lincoln.

10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

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Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about people only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Without question, your top talent will leave you if you fail to lead and take care of them. Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected departures. With all the emphasis on leadership development, I always find it interesting so many companies continue to struggle with being able to retain their best people.

Employee Engagement And Empowerment

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Employee engagement is defined as an active state related to productivity and innovation. Engaged employees can be described as being fully immersed in and enthusiastic about their work. This emotional attachment means that employees will go above and beyond the call of duty. Employee Engagement differs from employee satisfaction. Satisfaction can be described as being happy at work. Engagement takes employees to another level.

Is Innovation manageable?

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In the years leading up to 2018, I have spent my time bringing innovation to the financial services space. Fintech, as this sector is colloquially referred, focuses for the most part on disrupting the state of affairs induced by the use of technology. As such it is all about innovation. And now, from a distance, my optimism regarding the sector’s ability to innovate and capture opportunities has not changed.

9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

SMB leaders are working day and night to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Successfully managing it requires the CFO and HR leader to make complex decisions quickly, without rushing into an uncoordinated response. Foremost among these decisions will be cost containment. The way organizations manage costs now will determine how well they perform during and after COVID-19. Download our guide and start preparing for the future today.