May, 2021

Never Say Never: The Importance of Word Choice in Leadership Communication

Leading Blog

L ANGUAGE matters. As I conduct observation coaching with leaders, I watch for how their words resonate with their audience. Does what they say induce fear? Excitement? Do attendees in the meeting cringe at certain words, or do their metaphors generate inspiration?

Foxes And Hedgehogs: Which One Are You?

Lead Change Blog

In 2001, I accepted my first official leadership position as a human resources director with one audacious goal – to be and do all the things to serve all the people. With a background in public relations, marketing, and internal communications, HR had become an accidental specialty – I was a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. It didn’t take long to figure out that I wasn’t good at trying to be and do all the things to serve all the people.

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Fear Disrupts Human Development (And Ethics)

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leaders create fear-free work environments, which are foundational in building and maintaining ethical culture and protecting reputation and ethical brand value.

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7 Amazing Things You Should Know About the Leadership of Moses

Joseph Lalonde

You probably know Moses as the leader of the Israelites. However, there are ten surprising facts about his leadership you should not miss. Read further. Who is Moses? Moses is a Hebrew prophet God used to free the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.

The Top 7 Compliance Risks and How to Avoid Them

In this whitepaper, Paycor examines the top seven compliance risks of 2021 and offers best practices on how to mitigate your risk. Download Paycor's guide today.

Speak-up Culture: How to Encourage More (and Better) Ideas

Let's Grow Leaders

How to Draw out Better Ideas from Every Member of Your Team. You’re a human-centered leader working to create a courageous, speak-up culture filled with psychological safety. A culture where employees feel invited and encouraged to speak up and share their ideas and express their concerns.

How to Become Your Boss’s Favorite Employee

Career Advancement

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” ” – Andrew Carnegie.

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May 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the May 2021 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. John Stoker of DialogueWORKS contributed Are Your Assumptions Getting the Best of You ? John writes: “ Sometimes we are consciously unconscious about what we are thinking. When this happens, sometimes our thinking gets the best of us.

5 Reasons Why Your Middle Manager Role Is So Difficult (And What To Do About It)

Tanveer Naseer

If you’re reading this, odds are, you’re a middle manager, i.e. someone who has a boss and is a boss, who has to lead and influence from the messy middle, up, down, and across their organization. Take pride and take heart because I’m going to help with the toughest job. Click to continue reading.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Nobody The Movie

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article. I slept on the recent movie Nobody (you can rent it on Amazon). After watching Nobody, I am regretting my choice. However, with a movie named Nobody, it is hard to fault someone for skipping over it.

The Blight of Soul-Crushing Useless Negative Feedback

Let's Grow Leaders

Don’t let useless negative feedback sap your team’s motivation. Negative feedback is destructive and all-too-common. There are three common problems that erode the power of these conversations. . My phone buzzed with a text message from Amena, a junior manager.

5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development

In 2021, many of your competitors will invest in talent development software. If you make the right decision, invest in the right software, and if your organization is willing to use it, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide, 5 Reasons CFOs Invest in Talent Development.

5 Factors Ethical Leaders Control

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Ethical leaders can't really "control" organizations, but there are specific things they can do to bring out the best in others and teams to move the organization forward.

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Always End with the Beginning in Mind

Leading Blog

A S the Baby Boomers continue to age, business continuity and succession planning are on everyone’s radar. Take, for example, the financial industry: the average age of financial advisors in the U.S. exceeds age 50 , and less than 12 percent of advisors are under the age of 35.

What is at the core of your leadership?

Lead Change Blog

“Corey, Aaron, and Justin, I would like to have you three be the leaders from our class to represent us. We will be presenting the Twin Towers model to the city for a temporary display.”. Their faces filled with smiles and big bright eyes. Priceless. No one would have used leader to describe these boys. They were in trouble, missed school, and had difficulty in academics. However, in our project-based learning activities following 9-11, they shined bright.

3 Questions That Will Help Bring Clarity Around What It Really Means To Succeed

Tanveer Naseer

In the previous edition of my podcast series “Leadership Espresso Shot”, I mentioned how to better appreciate the journey towards achieving success, we must learn to value failure as that necessary teacher that helps us reach our goals.

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5 Ways Talent Development Makes Your Company Unbeatable

As an HR leader, your goal for talent development is to create an environment where everyone is motivated and supported to achieve a shared vision of success. By investing in the right software, you can realize five decisive competitive advantages. To see those advantages, download Paycor’s latest guide!

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Ghost Rider

Joseph Lalonde

Prior to the launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, comic book fans were treated to hit or miss comic book movie adaptations. Ghost Rider, starring Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, was one of those misses. Ghost Rider is a favorite comic book character of mine.

A Manager’s Guide to Better Decision Making

Let's Grow Leaders

Best Practices for Better Decision Making. Have you ever heard any of these common decision-making frustrations? “Our conversations just go in circles, it seems like we can never make a decision around here!” ” “This is so stupid—you asked for my opinion and then ignored it.

What Leadership Legacy Will You Leave?

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton What kind of leadership legacy will you leave? It's a powerful question that we don't often stop to think about.

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Scenario Planning vs. Forecasting: 6 Questions to Ask to Prepare for a Post-Pandemic Future

Leading Blog

A S WE finally start to see the light at the end of the tunnel of the catastrophic COVID-19 pandemic, many business leaders are looking for ways to better anticipate future disruptions and prepare for uncertainty ahead.

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

How Effective Are You at Using Your Power?

Lead Change Blog

Power is a good thing when used effectively. The more power you have, the more able you are to direct, influence, and inspire people to make positive changes. There are three types of power. Position Power. You gain power based on your formal position in the organization. The chain of command gives you power over the people below.

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How To Build A Courageous Culture To Bring Out The Best In Those You Lead

Tanveer Naseer

As we move to a hybrid work environment, the organizational culture we foster both internally and remotely becomes critical to what we’re able to achieve.

10 Of The Best Leadership Books On Audible

Joseph Lalonde

I love sharing new books with my readers. I normally do this at the end of the month through the 5 Books Leaders Should Read In XXX. That post is still coming. However, I also wanted to recognize the power of audiobooks.

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What’s Going to Happen Next?

Let's Grow Leaders

What’s Going to Happen? – It Will Be Predictably Unpredictable. If only you had a crystal ball to know what’s going to happen. The planning, the decisions, the choices would be so much easier. But you don’t. And those decisions and tradeoffs aren’t easy.

How to Build the Ideal HR Team (with Limited Time, Budget and Resources)

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when you have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

An Unexpectedly Fun Effective Way to Check In and Stay Connected With Your Virtual Team

Great Results Team Building

As a leader, trying to stay connected to your people can be difficult even when you work in the same office.

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LeadershipNow 140: May 2021 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from May 2021 that you don't want to miss: FYI: Your Chaotic Story Is an Asset — So Share It! The Secret Advantage That You Didn't Know You Had by @markdmckinney. The Gravitational Pull of Weaknesses by @Julie_WG.

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Developing the Best in You to Develop the Best in Others

Lead Change Blog

Whether you’re an emerging or experienced coach, whether you want to grow your own leadership skills or develop them across an entire organization, Self as Coach can help.

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General Leadership

In the end, DeepNines settled with Altitude Nines (Altitude Capital Partners set up a separate subsidiary called Altitude Nines to handle the Deep Nines deal).

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.

5 Books Leaders Should Read In June 2021

Joseph Lalonde

Summer is just around the corner. Today, I want to change up the books I recommend in my 5 Books To Read series. Instead of the typical leadership or personal development books I recommend, I want to recommend books that may bring a bit more enjoyment into your life.

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How Do I Encourage Courage on My Team? (With Video)

Let's Grow Leaders

To Encourage Courage, Start with a “Fear Forage” Today we bring you ideas for getting started building a courageous culture from backstage at the Mountain West Credit Union Association conference. And how to encourage more courage and innovation on your team.

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5 Insights For the Class of 2021

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton I have a special message for our 2021 graduates. Like 2020, this year has veered away from what we had hoped and planned. The COVID-19 pandemic is still a force in our lives that we must adapt to. And we're weary, but also hopeful that there are better times ahead.

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Leading Thoughts for May 27, 2021

Leading Blog

I DEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Teresa Amabile on how to kill creativity: “Organizations routinely kill creativity with fake deadlines or impossibly tight ones.

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.