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Fortune Favors The Bold.

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"Audentes Fortuna Juvat" (in Latin). There are many articles dissecting this simple phrase - some good and some way off base. Here’s my take — to get where you want to go in life, you have to take chances, step out of your comfort zone, and sometimes do things that scare you.

The New Rules Of Virtual Meeting Etiquette.

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If you find yourself sequestered at home and have to either attend or manage a number of virtual meetings, here are some effective and much-needed tips to ensure your meeting is a successful one: Logistics - When sending out the meeting appointment/email, include the link to access the meeting with any additional info that might be needed — start date/time, access code, alternate phone numbers in case their audio is off, and your direct line to text you if they run into issues.

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How To Make Your People Feel Special.

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One of my favorite stories this year is A Christmas Carol, By Charles Dickens — and my favorite part is the end: But he was early at the office next morning. Oh, he was early there. If he could only be there first, and catch Bob Cratchit coming late! That was the thing he had set his heart upon.

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14 Years In, What I’ve Learned.

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I met with a close colleague at Starbucks the other day and while we were reminiscing, I realized I’ve been coaching for 14 years — time flies when you’re having so much fun.

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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.

Now Is The Time To Plan For 2020.

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December is the perfect time to start laying out your plans for the new year. First, I'd like you to revisit 2019 to better understand where you are and where you need to go.

How To Reach The Right People At The Right Time.

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Want to listen to the podcast? Click here. If you aren’t targeting the right people, you aren’t playing the game correctly. Unfortunately, many businesses try a broad-brush strategy to try to attract everyone. And it always fails. Here are four quick tips (and a resource!) to help you target your best prospects: ONE - Who are your targets? Who are the RIGHT people? I want you to THINK BIG here. Don’t think small — if you’re going to go after the right people - go big or go home.

8 Reasons Why You Need To Hire A Coach.

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“When it comes to building your personal brand, a coach can be a powerful resource who can help you get out of your own way, stand out, and take action to achieve the things that are truly important to you.” — Forbes, 2019 It’s hard in today’s business world to jump and remain on the path to success.

How To Turn A Manager Into A Leader.

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After 20+ years in corporate management positions and coaching high-performing executives, I've seen it all. Bad managers who can't make up their mind, who vacillate quarterly based on wind direction and managers who manage by fear, non-information, and deception.

Are You Killing Your Career?

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You’re probably familiar with Newton's First Law of Motion — “An object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by a sum of physical forces.” This is the behavior of an average employee at work today.

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Do You Work At A Toxic Company?

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More often than you would expect, I find competent, hard-working people trying to survive in dysfunctional organizations. Organizations that: Hold them back professionally by doing the ‘same old stuff’ every day. Frustrate them continuously with bad managers who make bad decisions.

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!

In Times Like These, We All Need To Help.

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The world is grappling with an issue of enormous scale and human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). At Starbucks, we believe it is our role and responsibility. You’ve probably received one of these messages and now it’s serious.

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The New Rules Of Leading Virtual Teams.

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Your entire team is working from home — this has never happened before. How do you keep the engine running? How do you keep the productivity up? How do you manage them so they will stay energized and focused? We have two solutions: Read the rest of this article. or Listen to our latest podcast: Managing From Afar: How To Stay Connected With Remote Employees Lead in a different way. Let’s be honest, some people will be more productive and some will be less productive.

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My Gifts To You.

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At this time of year, I ask my clients to step back, relax, reflect, and re-fuel. Here are some of the best resources I used in 2019 to do just that. Enjoy! BOOKS & AUDIBLE: How Music Works By David Byrne This book teaches you all about BUSINESS.

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How To Successfully Change Your Game.

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Go After The Puck.

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As Wayne Gretzky said a number of years ago: "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." — Where do you think your puck is going to be in the next five years? Where is your career or business going? Is it thriving or flat? Where is your industry going? Growing or shrinking? These are VERY scary questions to ask on a Monday morning. Let’s be honest — when is the right time to ask?

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!

A 5 Step Action Plan to Require of Colleges.

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This is a powerful article from my good friend, Hans Hanson — a National College Advisor who helps families save college costs and win admissions. It was so spot-on, I had to re-publish it on my site. Enjoy. The predictable behavior of college has shown itself in full force over the last week. It all started with Brown University President Paxson broadcasting to the country “ reopening colleges in the fall should be a national priority. ”

Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

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I've just finished one of the most powerful books I've read this year. It's by a wonderful woman named Bronnie Ware , and it focuses in on the actual voiced regrets of people she encountered when they were dying. Powerful stuff - go and pick up the book ! Here's a small excerpt: For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

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The New Rules Of Working At Home.

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Work-At-Home — we’ve done it sporadically, but now we have to do it full-time to help ourselves and our neighbors. You might be finding it hard to stay focused on the job when you’re doing your job at home full-time. Here are seven tips to help you be a bit more productive, spend more time with your loved ones, and not venture into overwhelm. Develop a tight schedule — The more you lock in each task, activity, and errand, productivity will be so much easier and you will feel so much better.

The Two Powerful Forces Of Success.

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I attended a great talk the other night at Yale – the presenter brought up two major forces nature throws at us regularly – Resilience & Propulsion. It immediately hit me that these are the two forces that make businesses great.

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.

Your Smile Is Your Logo.

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“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” — Jay Danzie Too often, we tend to hide our real connecting abilities with brochures, pamphlets, websites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a myriad of other distractions. Not that they are BAD per se, but they sometimes get in the way of what REALLY counts. SMILE: When you first meet someone, do you project a REAL smile?

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The Best Time To Find A New Job Is When You Don't Need It.

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In other words — Always be prepared to leave a job, because your employer is always prepared to leave you. More and more, many companies (not all, mind you) find themselves letting employees go for a number of different reasons. Too young/too old, too much/too little salary, old/new employee, old/new direction, high/low level position are just some of the myriad reasons why people are let go from their place of employment.

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Don't Small Talk, Have Courageous Conversations.

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Why do people hate networking events? Usually it's full of people who are all talking small. How's business?" " There's a lot of people here." How's the food?" That's a great tie." Shoot me now. We all hate these events - executives, vendors, and business owners alike. Unfortunately, we've been told that we have to go to them to grow our business. And they're right. You have to regularly break out of your bubble and meet new people. Interact and market your product/service to get traction.

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How To Play Politics With Political People.

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I'm bad at politics. Most of us are. If you experience evil political people at work or in your business, this article is for you. Political people suck - in the everyday business world, we call them 'empty suits'. In Texas, they call them 'All hat, no cattle'. They are a natural predator of the business savannah and we probably bump into them every day, in a meeting room where they hone their craft. I've come up with 5 rules to help navigate around these scoundrels effectively: Be Switzerland.

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.

To Succeed, You Have To Hustle.

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Are You A Pilot Or Passenger In Your Career? Today, we easily live better than our ancestors. Greater life expectancy, better health standards, more variety of food/experiences and more opportunities than ever before. You can try new vocations or start your own business for a lot less money and effort than it took even 20 years ago. If you fail, you can reset, reclaim your position and start moving up the ladder again (albeit with hard work).

If 2019 Was The Best Year Of Your Life, What Would Have To Happen?

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Take a moment and imagine it's December 31, 2019. You're sitting back in your comfy leather chair, reading your favorite book, by the fireplace sipping hot chocolate. MMMMM. Looking back over the past 365 days — you realize you had a great year. An amazing, incredible, unbelievable year. Step One — What would make it an amazing year professionally? A promotion/raise? A huge uptick in business/clients? A new job? What would make it an amazing year personally? Travel to exotic lands?

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5 Steps To Motivate Your Team (and you).

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In How To Motivate People , Fran Tarkenton , professional quarterback for the NFL and TV personality, offers a focused motivation system — "People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference to them to do so." The first area I'd like to tackle in my "Are You A Catalyst?" series is Motivation. Fran focuses on three immutable rules: Good behavior that is reinforced by positive consequences tends to continue or to improve.

Hate Your Job? NOW is the time to start looking.

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Most people make the mistake of riding out November and December to begin looking for a new job in January. Why should you start now? Everyone will be looking for a job in January. The job-search population explodes and you’ll be competing with 2x/3x more candidates. You need time to prepare.

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.

How We Sabotage Our Success.

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Let me take you through a simple business process and show you how we all sabotage our success every day with subtle procrastination behaviors: I had to FedEx a letter to a prominent executive last week to connect with them. Pretty easy? Not on your life (in fact, I use the same process I leverage with my clients everyday — same template, same process, same delivery).

How Do You Get More Confident?

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“Do one thing every day that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt The other day, I was coaching one of my clients on building confidence. Most people mix-up confidence with cockiness. A person who is being cocky says. “I I know that.” They’re cocky because they’re conceited or arrogant, especially in a bold or impudent way. Confident people are different. They might say, “Really, I did not know that. Tell me more.” They’re showing confidence in oneself; self-assured.

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What Type of Leader Are You?

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Too often, we are placed in a situation that requires us to modify our reaction to a person. For example: An associate on our staff who challenges our authority. A client who is very late on their payment. A peer who throws you under the bus in front of your boss. We try to be professional, calm, cool, and collected — but sometimes we need to step out of our management comfort zone to react appropriately. Unfortunately, we don’t want to come off like a jerk. I’m here to help you.

Do You Have A Fixed Or Growth Attitude?

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You have a Growth Attitude when you see your abilities as just the starting point which can be developed by dedication, hard work, and effort. This viewpoint creates a resilience, a love of learning, and easy acceptance of new challenges.

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.

New Job? Five Mistakes We All Make.

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When you start a new job, everything is just hunky-dunky. You’re in a new office, new boss, new responsibilities, new friends, and hopefully, more money and increased responsibility.

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You Need A Career ‘Bug-Out Bag’

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When reporters are sent instantly abroad for a story, they have a ‘go-bag’ packed and ready to go. If you live near a high-risk area for disaster, many people have a ‘bug-out’ bag by the door, in-case they have to leave their home within minutes. I want you to build your own Career Bug-Out Bag for your next departure and smooth landing. Odds are, you’re not going to spend your life at your company, so we need to put in place certain behaviors and items in your Bag.

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Deliver Life-Changing Presentations Every Time.

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Some people love to give presentations. Some people hate it. Most people fall somewhere in between these two points on the presentation spectrum. What outcome do you want from your presentation? A decision? Enthusiasm for a idea? A sale? A way to present bad numbers so they look good? I've given thousands of presentations — from a small status update for my division, or an 850+ audience at The Hartford Insurance Company, all the way to major sales presentations to McDonald's and Home Depot.

Be A Time Management God.

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Over the past few weeks, I've been aggregating many time management tips I share with my clients to get more done in the limited amount of time they have. It's a mix of managing your time more effectively and dealing with that old devil — procrastination. By the way, if you feel you're the worst offender in the world, get in line. We ALL suffer from these ailments: Time management is really prioritizing your tasks.

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.