December, 2020

The Best Leadership Books of 2020

Leading Blog

2020 has tested us. It has illuminated our strengths and exposed our vulnerabilities. It has called on us to reinvent and transform. It has called on us to learn to think better. In the list below, you will find resources to help you do just that—think better. Certainty is out. Complexity is in.

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10 Leadership Strategies For Thriving in 2021

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton. Here we are at the end of the year already. So much of it has been a blur as we've scrambled to reinvent our work and daily habits to adapt to a persistent global pandemic.


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From Restless to Rest: 3 Steps to Find Meaning in 2020

Lead Change Blog

While 2020 draws to a close, one prevailing sentiment is, “Good riddance.” As a leader, you may be growing restless to wrap up this year and move forward to a better year in 2021 (whatever that means). Not so fast , I say. Don’t overlook the opportunity to discover meaning from a year that no one anticipated, and not many want to repeat. Here are three steps to find meaning as you approach the end of 2020. Press the pause button. As a leader, you are accustomed to moving at a fast pace.

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9 Secrets to Leading Sheep – No Matter How Many Legs They Have

RapidStart Leadership

Leading sheep is not too far different from leading people, as this would-be shepherd learned the hard way; here are 9 secrets to doing it well. The post 9 Secrets to Leading Sheep – No Matter How Many Legs They Have appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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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.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Lionheart

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article. In the 1990s, martial arts movies were all the rage. With stars such as Steven Seagal, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Brandon Lee, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, the theaters were full of martial arts action.

Leaders Share Their Best of 2020 Insights: Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

In this month’s Frontline Festival, top leadership experts share their Best of 2020 thoughts and posts. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors. Best of 2020 Insights: Practical Help Rachel Blakely-Gray of […].

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A Message About Connection

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton We'll remember this year for a long time and we will tell future generations about the challenges we endured as we tried to stay safe and well during a global pandemic. One lesson we can take away from this experience is the power of connection.

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What Approach Do You Use?

Lead Change Blog

All leaders have the same goal—change things for the better. However, they utilize different approaches to bring about change. I believe there are four basic approaches leaders use to influence and inspire people to make positive changes. . Thought Leaders. These leaders introduce new ideas that have the power to change people and organizations. Some ideas even transform the world! Thought leaders stretch us by presenting ideas that help us see new opportunities and possibilities.

3 Leadership Lessons I Personally Learned From Tony Hsieh

Tanveer Naseer

Many of us in the leadership sphere were shocked and saddened to hear the news of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s tragic passing over the weekend. I expect many articles will be written about Tony’s legacy and what timeless leadership lessons he leaves behind that we can all learn from.

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Leadership Lessons From Christmas

Joseph Lalonde

Christmas is a happy time for many people. It’s also a sad, depressing day for others. It really depends on how you were brought up and what the holidays meant for you. Thankfully, Christmas is one of those happy holidays for me.

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.

The Best Leadership Articles of 2020 (and more … based on your votes)

Let's Grow Leaders

It’s always fun to look back to see what resonated as the best leadership articles of the year at Let’s Grow Leaders. Most years, there’s quite a mix of topics and interests. It’s not a shocker that this year, the most helpful […].

The Small Voice in the Room

Leading Blog

O NE OF THE MOST challenging leadership problems is to get people to speak up , especially as it concerns realizing the value of the “small voice in the room.”. I had just come off my first CEO assignment with Pretty Good Privacy, Inc.

7 Stages of Self-Righteousness: Symptoms and Treatments

RapidStart Leadership

Like the stages of grief, I think there are stages of self-righteousness, only they don't end with hope; here's what they are and what we can to do about them. The post 7 Stages of Self-Righteousness: Symptoms and Treatments appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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The Leader Who Helps People Become Their Best Self

Lead Change Blog

Everyone needs a positive influence in their lives.

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.

Pandemic Leadership: 3 Questions To Ask in the New Year

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Each year I raise questions that help leaders stay current as ethical expectations change. Here are three new questions to ponder as we head into a New Year.

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5 Leadership Books To Read In January 2021

Joseph Lalonde

Whoa… It’s hard to believe it but we’re on the verge of a brand new year. 2021 is just around the corner. I, for one, am hoping 2021 is different from 2020. There were so many things that challenged us and stretched us, it wore many people out. Including me.

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How to Hold a Better Performance Improvement Conversation

Let's Grow Leaders

Has this ever happened to you? You sit down for an earnest performance improvement conversation. Your employee listens intently. She thanks you for the feedback, and promises to try harder. Things improve for a minute. But a week later, they’re back to […].

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Uncharted: How to Navigate the Future

Leading Blog

P REDICTION has never been easy – or that accurate. Over and over again, forecasts and models fail us. And when they do, they won’t go away because the agenda behind them lives on. As a model or a forecast is designed to do, we become “recruited into an army of believers.” “The

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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.

Need to Make a Decision? Flip a Coin

Kevin Eikenberry

Decisions! We all make them every day. And while we do make them frequently, often we wonder if we made the right one or search for new ways to decide. Do we apply our intuition to our decision making, or is that a bad idea? What approach should we use? I want to tell you […].

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December 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the December 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Communication. Bernd Geropp provided One-on-One meetings: Why to do them and what questions to ask. Bernd shares: “ One-one-one meetings create trust: Why do you need them? What do you actually talk about and how often should you do one-on-ones?

Leadership Trust: The Secret to Achieving Impossible Things

RapidStart Leadership

Achieving great things requires a leadership trust between leader and led; in one simple story, here's what that means. The post Leadership Trust: The Secret to Achieving Impossible Things appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

What to Do When You’re Feeling Exhausted

Next Level Blog

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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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.

5 Steps to Overcome Adversity and Thrive in the New Year

Let's Grow Leaders

Wow-what a year this has been. For many leaders, adversity doesn’t begin to describe the challenges you’ve faced. And – we’ve been so inspired by the ways you have responded and risen to the occasion to overcome adversity. If 2020 has left […].

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First Look: Leadership Books for December 2020

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in December 2020. Don't miss out on other great new and future releases not listed here. The New Long Life : A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World by Andrew J. Scott and Lynda Gratton. Smart new technologies.

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What You Should Assume About Others

Joseph Lalonde

There’s an age-old saying about assuming things. I won’t quote the saying because it is slightly inappropriate but often accurate. However, I think we can begin assuming things about others.

No one voted for me. Why should I take an oath?

Lead Change Blog

Imagine you are a public works employee in a California city. . Today’s service order: drive across town to paint a curb red. You locate the paint, drive to the site, and paint the curb to the prescribed specifications. Sweat drips down your face as you crouch into the uncomfortable position required to get the job done. You put up a “just painted” sign and head back to the public works office. When you arrive home at night, how do you reflect on your day? .

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!

6 Essential Skills for Future Leaders

Career Advancement

“Time and time again, our species has escaped existential threats by reinventing ourselves, finding new skills not coded in our genes to survive new challenges not previously encountered.” – David Grinspoon.

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Leadership Lessons from an Unprecedented Year

Kevin Eikenberry

No one predicted what happened this year. Our vocabulary expanded, our world view was altered, and for many, the way we work and where we work changed. While some would like to forget 2020 and just move on, wise leaders know there are rich lessons to be found in challenging and painful experiences.

Senior Leaders: Set Clear Expectations For Values

Leading in Context

Senior leaders set the tone for the organization's ethics, but the senior leadership responsibility for values leadership includes much more than that.

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The Company I Keep: How Leonard Lauder Built Estée Lauder

Leading Blog

E STÉE LAUDER founded what would become the Estée Lauder Corporation in 1933 on the conviction that “every woman can be beautiful.” Her ambition was to have a life filled with beautiful things, and that “rested entirely on her ability to sell her skincare products.”.

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!