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Are You Pulling the Thread Through?

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One of the many challenges of leading during the pandemic is that the constant stream of changing circumstances can make work feel really episodic. When that happens, it’s natural that people feel some degree of disconnection from their work.

How to Maintain Your Mojo This Year

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So, this is usually the week when your good intentions for the year smack up against the reality of the work at hand. In the words of the great philosopher, Mike Tyson, “Everybody’s got a plan until they get hit in the jaw.”

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Does It Have to Be Perfect or Can It Be Good Enough?

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This isn’t the first time I’ve written about when things have to be perfect and when “good enough” is good enough. It probably won’t be the last.

The Antidote to Languishing? Make It Better.

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In the last month of 2021, Wharton professor Adam Grant wrote a widely-read and quoted column for the New York Times titled There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing. As is his gift, Grant described something many were feeling but couldn’t quite articulate.

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100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.

How to Avoid Delivering the Dreaded Feedback Sandwich

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We’ve all been there. Your manager wants to give you some performance feedback and wraps it up in so much blah, blah, blah that you aren’t really sure what the message is or what you’re supposed to do with it. The technical term for what you got is the feedback sandwich.

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What Leaders Can Learn from the Most Efficient Exit Interview Ever

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A few weeks ago, I was in a conversation with a group of senior managers when one of them told a story that put what has come to be known as The Great Resignation in sharp relief.

Ten Ways to Beat Burnout

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Burnout can be like the weather. Everyone talks about it but no one does anything about it. I’ve been thinking and talking about burnout for a long-time. It’s one of the reasons I wrote my book, Overworked and Overwhelmed , back in 2014.

How Executives Should Be Thinking About the Return to the Office

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If there’s one topic that’s a common denominator in many of the conversations I’ve had with senior executives over the past few months, it’s how to handle the issue of employees returning to the office.

How to Get and Be a Great Peer Coach

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What if you had a powerful resource right down the hall or a Zoom click away that could help you be an even more effective leader day in and day out? And what if that resource not only helped strengthen your leadership but could even help improve the quality of your life?

How to Coach for SMART Goals

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This past Saturday, I had the privilege of sharing an auditorium with dozens of motivated young college men from the HBCU North Carolina Central University and other institutions.

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Your Guide to Using Conversational Marketing to Drive Demand Generation

What is conversational marketing really about? This guide will examine the market forces at play, shifting buyer trends, how to leverage conversation marketing, and the tactics involved in adopting it for a B2B demand generation strategy.

Don’t Let Your Deficiency Overwhelm Your Proficiency

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When you’re new to a leadership role or new to an organization it can be a challenge to project the right amount of grounded confidence that you belong and can contribute. It can be an even bigger challenge when you’re experiencing both at once – new to the role and new to the organization.

Set Yourself Apart by Getting Ahead of the Communications Curve

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Occasionally, I get to work with an executive coaching client who’s exceptional at communicating with their colleagues.

Eight Executives Offer Their Best Advice on Building a Team of Go-To People

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Last week, I ran a poll on LinkedIn on one of the biggest things I coach executives about – making the shift from being the go-to person to building and leading a team of go to people. When I asked, “Which works better for you? Being a go-to person or building a team of go-to people?”,

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How to Have a Great Personal Planning Retreat

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This is the week when Diane and I are taking our annual personal planning retreat together. We’re not quite sure when we started this tradition but it was at least 25 years ago.

Ten Things to Say Besides Yes

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It seems like every week I speak with executives who tell me they’re burned out or exhausted. And why wouldn’t they be? Everyone has been on a full out sprint for the past year as we’ve run the biggest business social experiment in history.

LinkedIn + ZoomInfo Recruiter: Better Data for Better Candidates

Check out our latest ebook for a guide to the in-depth, wide-ranging candidate and company data offered by ZoomInfo Recruiter — and make your next round of candidate searches faster, more efficient, and ultimately more successful.

What Have We Learned So Far?

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Here’s something that might make your head spin.

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How Do You Combine Patience and Urgency?

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In my role as an executive coach, I’m used to being the one who asks the questions. I’ve often said that one of the biggest things I do as a coach is give my clients the space to think out loud. Asking the right questions is a great way to create that space.

You Have Agency. Here’s How to Use It.

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It almost always happens. Whenever I work with a group of high potential leaders, we eventually get to the conversation about agency. Someone will start talking about all the organizational dynamics that seem to be getting in the way of progress and then others will join in.

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A Checklist for Your Post-Pandemic Reentry into the World

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It was one year ago this week that COVID brought things to a screeching halt in the United States. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they were sick with COVID and quarantined in Australia. The NBA and other professional and collegiate sports leagues were suspended.

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A Recruiter’s Guide To Hiring In 2021

With vaccination rates rising, consumers spending more money, and people returning to offices, the job market is going through a period of unprecedented adjustment. As the New York Times observed, “It’s a weird moment for the American economy.” And recruiting professionals are caught in the middle. To make the most of this disruption, you need to understand the economic drivers, develop a strong strategy for unearthing valuable talent, and use the latest tech tools to get the job done. Read this guide to get your recruiting practice ready to thrive in the new normal.

What Are You Grateful For?

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Back in the days when I led leadership workshops in physical rooms, I would illustrate the power of transformational listening by having my leaders break out into groups of three and take five minutes each to answer the question, “What are you grateful for?”.

What to Do When You’re Feeling Exhausted

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Last week I got a question from one of my all-time favorite executive coaching clients. At the beginning of the call, the first thing he said was, “I’ve got to ask you a question. Is everyone you’re talking to feeling exhausted?” I didn’t need to think about that one at all.

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Bio-hacking Your Health and Wellbeing with Your Phone

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Last week I had the pleasure of spending some extended time online with a group of coaching and leadership development colleagues. During a conversation on resilience and stress management, the presenter asked us to rate our satisfaction with our physical routines – movement, sleep, and nutrition.

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When Scaling Your Leadership is a Matter of Life or Death

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What would you do if your customer base tripled almost overnight and their lives depended on you scaling up your leadership and your organization to meet the sudden surge in demand?

Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

What is ZoomInfo for Recruiters? Find and connect with the right talent to fill roles fast with more data, basic search, advanced search, candidate and company profiles, and export results. Watch this On-Demand Webinar today to see how ZoomInfo for Recruiters can work to get your talented candidates results.

The Three Big Things Your Team Will Need from You This Year

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One of the big themes I’m already working on with my leader clients this year is how to keep their teams energized and engaged as we all push through this pandemic.

How to Keep Your Head Clear in the Weeks to Come

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A few years ago, around the time my book, Overworked and Overwhelmed was launched, I wrote a series of blog posts under the theme of Mindful Mondays. I left that theme when I felt at the time that I had said everything I wanted to say on being mindful.

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What’s Your Pandemic Perspective Shift?

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As many of us approach family Thanksgiving gatherings via Zoom, I’ve been thinking about all the perspective shifts I’ve had during this year of the pandemic.

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New Year, Same Boat?

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Over the weekend, I saw a Tweet from preventive medicine doctor, James Hamblin that read, “This concludes the first week of 2021.”. Following a week of record COVID deaths and a deadly riot in the halls of the U.S. Capitol, Hamblin succinctly summed up the way a lot of us feel.

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5 Reasons People Quit, 10 Ways to Make Them Stay

Learn how to protect your company from The Great Resignation’s turnover epidemic.

How to Lead with Influence Instead of Authority

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One of the things you read most often about the effects of the pandemic is that it has accelerated trends that were already in play by about 10 years. In certain aspects of work and life, it suddenly seems like 2030 instead of 2020.

How to Actually Get Promoted

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What does it actually take to get promoted to a bigger job? I’ve been in a lot of conversations about that question over the years. Often the question comes from a high potential leader looking for advice.

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Three Ways to Stay on Top of All of Your Communications

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One of the things I’ve seen a lot of leaders struggling with during this extended period of leading from home is how to stay on top of all the communications they have to do with different stakeholders – their team members, their managers, their peers, other colleagues and external partners.

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Don’t Be Paralyzed by Positive Thinking

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I’m observing (virtually, of course) more and more leaders who are short-termers. By that, I don’t mean that they’re not long for their jobs. What I mean is that they’re not looking far enough out into the future. At the beginning of the pandemic, this probably made sense.

Employee Safety During COVID-19: Compliance Toolkit

Stay compliant with Paycor’s COVID-19 Action Plan FAQs and templates toolkit.

It’s Time to Push the Reset Button Again

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Well, it looks like a lot of us, including me , called the end of the pandemic way too soon. Remember those blissful few months in the late Spring and early Summer when we were walking into restaurants and stores without a mask? Making plans to go back to the office in the Fall?

Simple Physical Routines for Successful Stress Management

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Over the past month, I’ve been running two or three online sessions a week with groups of leaders to provide them with some reference points and space to think about how to lead in our current environment. Leadership is always challenging.

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When Leadership, Ingenuity and Humanity Won the Day

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A few weeks ago, I received a nice comment on LinkedIn about one of my blog posts from David Hoey who shared that he’s been a regular reader since 2010 when I wrote about the leadership lessons offered by the Chilean mine rescue.

How Your Sense of Purpose Is Going to Get You Through This

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Like me, you may have noticed that time goes by both quickly and slowly during the pandemic.

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Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy Template

The federal government is developing a rule requiring employers with more than 100 employees ensure their workers are vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test weekly before entering the workplace. So, what can your organization do to prepare? Get Paycor’s COVID Vaccination Policy Template to help communicate important details to your employees.