Mon.Jan 11, 2021

It’s Time to Focus on Projects, Not Ideas

Leading Blog

W E get distracted from what matters to us by our personal projects. Charlie Gilkey says in Start Finishing that a project is “anything that takes time, energy, and attention to complete.” There are projects that keep us busy, and then there are projects that help us thrive—get us to the next level.

The Most Important Leadership Question You’ll Ever Ask

Let's Grow Leaders

When you think about leading a productive team, what’s the first question that comes to mind? How to get the right people on the team? What’s the perfect vision? Or maybe you have questions about training or infrastructure. Of course, these questions […].


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The Top 5 Qualities of a Great Leader

Career Advancement

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being.” ” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. What’s the number one skill every leader needs to have? The ability to be a great coach to others, according to a 2018 Gallup survey.

Are You Asking Enough Questions?

Kevin Eikenberry

We ask questions everyday – they are a natural part of conversation. In part, because we are so familiar with the practice, we don’t often take time to consider the power of those questions or our skill in using them. As a leader and coach, they are one of the most useful tools we have […].

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How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work (Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive)

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

Stan Van Gundy: The Soft Stuff Is the Hard Stuff—Especially When Leading in the NBA

N2Growth Blog

At the age of 19, Zion Williamson was drafted number one by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2019 NBA Draft. Many experts immediately compared the young star to LeBron James, who had already cemented his place in history on the Mount Rushmore of basketball, alongside Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

Be a force for good

Lead Change Blog

Toxic people have—and always will—exist. How inescapable and long lasting the legacy of their badness is depends in large part on what good people do. Or don’t do. Badness is hard to resist , especially contagious when those in charge are the toxic ones. James* was one of the most toxic leaders I worked for. He’d replaced David, the former regional leader whose compassion had put him at odds with corporate leadership. James’s skills were many.

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It’s 202‽

Mills Scofield

2021 - maybe it’s better to say December 42, 2020 instead of January 11, 2021 (kafkaesque?). We so want major demarcations in time to be major demarcations in hope, optimism, aspiration… change ! Sure doesn’t feel like it this year, at least so far.

A Formula for the Best Day Ever PT. II

Leadership Freak

It’s ridiculous to think your best day is an accidental collision of fortunate events. I admit that good accidents might happen – if you wait long enough. But why wait? End your day… Continue reading → Leading Personal Growth Success Taking others higher

10 Most-Read Blogs on Leadership & Communication in Q4 2020


As we continue to adjust and reinvent how we lead and communicate as we kick off 2021, we want to continue to take a look at what content has resonated most among our readers. In case you missed any posts, here’s the top content others found most helpful in Q4. 10 Most-Read Blogs in Q4 2020.

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What this CEO Learned from Having Covid-19

Skip Prichard

My Experience with Covid-19. A rising fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, sweats, congestion, chills with shaking…check, check, check. As sick as I was, I knew I would be positive for COVID-19. And so, it was no surprise when the positive test result arrived.

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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.

“Followers” get a bad rap. Here’s why they shouldn’t.

CEO Insider

Blind followers, mindless drones, brainless idiots, yes men, weak-minded, and the uninformed definitely give being a follower a bad rap. These attributes don’t even fully capture the negative side of poor followership, as followers can also backstab, undermine, betray, and malign their leaders.

How To Treat Your Customers Like Royalty

Strategy Driven

As a business owner, you are undoubtedly looking for ideas to expand your customer base and increase your bottom line. One way to achieve that goal is by offering your customers a premium service beyond comparison.

How to Resolve the Roots of Disagreement

Jesse Lynn Stoner

Most disagreements are due to differing interpretations of the facts. For example, John’s glass vase was broken when Carlos dropped it. This is an objective fact – an event that occurred. John is angry because he believes Carlos did it on purpose.

Starting And Running Your Own Restaurant

Strategy Driven

Do you want to get started in the hospitality services or cafeteria food services ?

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.

My Basic Staff Meeting Structure

Ron Edmondson

I am frequently asked about how I conduct staff meetings with teams I lead. They are looking for some sort of basic meeting structure to incorporate with their team. But I have always had a difficult time answering the question for two reasons: 1.

The Basics of Franchise Accounting

Strategy Driven

Owning a franchise is an easy and affordable way of starting a new business. As a franchise owner, a lot of the heavy lifting involved in starting a business is already done for you.

How to Hold Social Media Accountable for Undermining Democracy

Harvard Business

Platforms profit from the extreme voices and conspiracy theories that their algorithms amplify. It’s time for U.S. regulations to reckon with that. Digital Article

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Company Benefits That Every Skilled Employee Will Look For

Strategy Driven

In the workforce, it is not just the employee who has to compete for a job position. Companies should also have the mindset that they are competing for a limited number of skilled individuals. As such, they need to give themselves an edge over others by offering desirable corporate benefits.

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.

The Breach of the U.S. Capitol Was a Breach of Trust

Harvard Business

How can we restore it? Government Leadership Digital Article

Designing A Product That Doesn’t Suck

Strategy Driven

Product design as a small business owner has to be one of the most exciting parts of the entrepreneurial process. When you start your own business and you finally get down to creating your product; it brings such a sense of achievement that cannot be replaced.

Cybersecurity Insurance Has a Big Problem

Harvard Business

There’s literally not enough money to keep the system afloat in the event of a major attack. Strategy Technology Risk management Digital Article

Best HR Software Providers: Standard-setters in performance tracking to 401(K) management

HR Digest

Finding a suitable software provider that meets your organization’s needs is tricky. Human Resources Management Systems (HRMS) these days manage a wide variety of tasks ranging from assessment to learning and strategy planning to payroll management.

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.

Four Ways You’ll Need to Shift Your Office Design in 2021 - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM STEELCASE

Harvard Business

Sponsor content from Steelcase. Managing organizations Workspaces Sponsor Content

New Module: Hope at Work

Coaching Ourselves

What a year this has been. Collectively we have been facing multiple inter-related challenges personally, in our workplaces, and in our communities. And yet I think most of us could now say that we seem to be turning a corner and there are glimmers of hope on the horizon. We all know intuitively that hope can get us through tough times. In the workplace, hope has been correlated with increased engagement, higher performance, and less job stress.

Am I C-Suite Material?

Harvard Business

When she’s passed over for a big promotion, one leader must learn how to reposition her out-of-the-box approach for the C-suite. Leadership Coaching Communication Audio

How Companies Are Using VR to Develop Employees’ Soft Skills

Harvard Business

Three case studies. Developing employees Technology Leadership development Digital Article

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

An Agile Approach to Change Management

Harvard Business

Six lessons on moving quickly under pressure. Change management Managing organizations Digital Article

A Step Toward Making Your Company More Sustainable

Harvard Business

What if companies were responsible for the full life cycle of their products? Sustainability Digital Article