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Acting with Power

Leading Blog

W E need to think about power differently. Deborah Gruenfeld has been teaching a class at Stanford University that is the title of her book, Acting with Power. It is a tour de force on what power is, how it works, and how it affects every aspect of our lives. We all have power.

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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.


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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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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.

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.

Leading Thoughts for December 24, 2020

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.

Discover The Joy Of Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Managers, leaders, and anyone who works with others will benefit from Willy Steiner’s advice, which provides insights for a wide variety of challenges. Explore how to develop relationships that matter while leading others in a variety of circumstances.

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Batman: The Killing Joke

Joseph Lalonde

Batman: The Killing Joke is a Warner Brothers Animation film adapting the graphic novel Batman: A Killing Joke. The animated movie was released in 2016 to much fanfare. It deserves the praise it received.

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Personal Lessons from The Pandemic

Kevin Eikenberry

2020 will be a year of historical note – it will be a marker of generations. Like the Great Depression, The World Wars, or 9-11 changed the world, so too has COVID-19. In fact, your grandkids will read about this year in the history books, and ask you “What was the pandemic like?”

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My Favourite Podcast Guest Moments And Insights From 2020

Tanveer Naseer

One of the perks of hosting my leadership podcast is I get to speak with some fascinating and thought-provoking people whose insights help us to learn and grow. So for my last episode for 2020, I wanted to share some of my favourite moments from this past year where my. Click to continue reading.

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 […].

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.

Make People Better

Joseph Lalonde

Leaders have a lot of responsibilities. We must help our organization survive, no thrive. We have to help create a vision and mission people can get behind. There’s also helping to motivate team members to get their tasks accomplished. I’m missing more than a few on this list.

The Most Important Remote Work Question – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

The questions we ask determine the answers we find – and therefore the decisions we make. And in the video below, I am asking you the most important remote work question… Are you “working from home” or are you a great remote teammate?

Humbled by Christmas Lights

Leadership Freak

My Twitter survey indicated a minority make the right choice when choosing Christmas lights. An amazing 62% prefer white lights. I thought it tragic until yesterday. Humbled by Christmas lights: We’re minimalists when… Continue reading → Leading

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Great Leaders Attract Great Talent

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Susanna Camp and Jonathan Littman As a leader, you shape the ideas, provide the direction, set the goals. You’re great at focusing the journey and laying a course, especially when winds are uncertain.

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.

The Servant-Leader’s Night Before Christmas – 2020 Edition

Modern Servant Leader

All I want for Christmas is Servant Leadership. Twas the night before Christmas, when all of the staff. Sat on Zoom hoping a leader would come, on their behalf. Tired of the power model still in the air, They hoped a servant-leader, soon would be there.

Recommending Humankind: A Hopeful History

Kevin Eikenberry

Cynics too often seem to rule the world. Worse yet, often those who take a more positive view are seen as “spinning the message” or as hopelessly naïve. While this has never been my belief or approach, it seems to be prevalent in the world today.

Why I Admire Frosty and You Should Too

Leadership Freak

Frosty the snowmanKnew the sun was hot that day,So he said, “Let’s runAnd we’ll have some funNow before I melt away.”* ”* 3 reasons to admire Frosty the Snowman: #1. Optimism. I admire Frosty.… … Continue reading → Leading Optimism christmas pessimism


What’s the buzz about CLEVER DEFI? The internet’s latest buzzword.

Strategy Driven

It has recently proved false to believe that saving money in the bank is the only way of achieving financial independence. Banks pay low-interest rates that mostly depreciate money saved in the bank over time.

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.

Ours Was One of the “Most Read” Articles on SmartBrief

Michael Lee Stallard

I was delighted to learn that an article Katie Stallard and I wrote, titled “Why Relational Connection is So Important During the Coronavirus Pandemic,” was one of the most read articles on SmartBrief over this last year. If you haven’t read it, you can find the full article here.

When Scaling Your Leadership is a Matter of Life or Death

Next Level Blog

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?

Generosity Makes you Great and Much More

Leadership Freak

No one stays up late waiting for the Grinch. But all the young at heart stay up waiting for Santa. His heart is warm and his hand is open. With all the troubles… Continue reading → Personal Growth Taking others higher Generosity


5 Success Lessons from Rudolph

Skip Prichard

Christmas Lessons. Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer is one of the great Christmas classics. You know the story. As a young reindeer, Rudolph’s nose receives unwanted attention for being so different. Glowing bright red, at just the wrong time, Rudolph becomes the brunt of jokes.

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.

This Is What Leaders Should Be Doing to Boost Mental Health

Lead from Within

As the pressures of the pandemic drag on and winter brings shorter, colder days, the mental health of your employees is even more important than usual. Worry, stress, and anxiety have negative effects on productivity and effectiveness—not to mention overall health and personal relationships.

Strange Ticks Can Be a Sign of Trouble: 3 Things That Can Lead to CNC Machine Failures

Strategy Driven

Similar to any other technological device, the majority of CNC machine problems are caused by insufficient or non-existent maintenance or user error. This means that most issues that a person will run into are within their control.

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The Christmas Story Slaps Traditional Authority in the Face

Leadership Freak

The story of Christmas is a slap in the face to traditional authority. It doesn’t matter if you think it’s true or myth. The story disrupts common ways of thinking. Traditional authority expects… Continue reading → Leading connection relational leadership

10 Ways to Deal with the Emotions of Loss at Christmas

Ron Edmondson

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. As the song goes, “ it’s the most wonderful time of the year “ But Christmas can be a time of loss – where people face the reality of what they do not have – or have any more.

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!

Your Business Reflects Your Ethos


Communication is crucial to effective leadership. With all professional relationships, one must clearly convey and maintain company guidelines and standards. Today’s post is by Sarah Y. Tse, author of 7 Years on the Front Line (CLICK HERE to get your copy).

Online Degrees – The New and Improved Normal

Strategy Driven

The world has witnessed around 72,692,481 corona cases so far while encountering more than 1,619,801 deaths. These stats observed in a couple of months have changed millions of lives throughout the globe, calling it a pandemic situation.

The Children AREN’T Nestled and the Creatures ARE Stirring

Leadership Freak

Clement Clark Moore needs a reality check. He penned “The Night Before Christmas.” ” Moore made the whole thing up, including eight tiny reindeer. I think he wanted to do a good thing, but… Continue reading → Leading #Christmas external expectations


Why Learning Beats Knowing

Eric Jacobson

Liz Wiseman 's book, Rookie Smarts , is all about living and working perpetually on a learning curve. She contends that we do our best work when we are new to something. And, she teaches us how to reclaim and cultivate the curious, flexible and youthful mindset called "rookie smarts."

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!