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Leading Thoughts for January 7, 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. Geoff Colvin on self-knowledge: “The best performers observe themselves closely.

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How to Give Your Team Energy They Need

Let's Grow Leaders

Lead like it’s the first time to give your team energy. Early in my career, I learned a vital leadership lesson about how to give your team energy. I was working with an education nonprofit that supported children who lived in poverty. […].

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The Flow of Organizational Culture

Lead Change Blog

Interested in learning more about organizational studies? Jim MacQueen, the author of The Flow of Organizational Culture , shares how new thinking and theory can help organizational leaders to navigate to a stronger organizational culture.

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Disney and Pixar’s Soul

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article. Disney and Pixar’s latest animated film skipped the movie theaters and headed straight to the Disney Plus. That movie is the slow-starting but strong-finishing Soul.

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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.

Eat, Sleep, Innovate

Leading Blog

T HE potential for innovation exists within our organizations. The problem is the culture doesn’t support it. Our organizational cultures tend to prioritize today over tomorrow. How do you make innovation as natural as eating and sleeping? Just something you do; part of your organizational culture?

Top 10 2020: Leading in Context Blog

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Of the 52 individual posts published on the Leading in Context Blog in 2020, these 10 were the most popular. See if you notice a theme that connects these new topics that readers accessed most frequently.

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What You Do Differently Makes You Unique

Joseph Lalonde

As I sit here writing this article, I’m basking in the wonderful sounds of Unwed Sailor. They are a mostly instrumental band, meaning there are typically no vocals. Having no vocals for a band is very uncommon. Vocals bring a unique melody and meaning to a band.

Teams That Work

Leading Blog

N OT every problem can be solved with a team. But when a team is called for, it is important to get it right. Teams That Work by Scott Tannenbaum and Eduardo Salas is a comprehensive look at teams and the drivers of their effectiveness—long term.

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The State of Leadership in 2021

Kevin Eikenberry

As a new year begins, especially one following a year so unpredictable and unprecedented, it makes sense to think about what successful leadership in 2021 will look like.

Change Your Habits

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from S. Chris Edmonds Every leader can improve their team’s performance and the team’s values-alignment by changing what they pay attention to. Most people pay attention to what’s right in front of them. We track performance data, customer satisfaction, and the like.

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.

What Would Your Mom Think Of That?

Joseph Lalonde

Integrity Still Matters. I recently read a story about long-distance runners Abel Mutai and Ivan Fernandez. It is heart-warming and a great reminder that integrity still matters.

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How to Be an Even Better Leader

Let's Grow Leaders

If you want to be a better leader, get curious about what you might still be able to learn. We recently had a very senior leader join a live-online leadership training he had hired us to do with his team. Not in […].

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A New Meeting Metric – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

You’ve likely heard this saying: What gets measured gets done. While it’s an oversimplification, there is a lot of truth in this saying. And interestingly enough, one of the areas where we spend an increasing amount of time is meetings.

Seasonal Stress Stretches Resiliency

Lead Change Blog

Sometimes, a backwards look offers insights for where we find ourselves today. Such was the case as I began my annual purge of old documents and computer files. I discovered an article I had written years ago during the holiday season. See if you can relate! 2010: Mom has been “stepped down” from assisted living into memory care. I am juggling all the seasonal demands, incoming house guests, and daily visits and care of Mom.

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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.

Plans are Worthless: Why We Should Plan Anyway

RapidStart Leadership

Eisenhower told a roomfull of military planners that "plans are worthless." Here's what he meant and how understanding his intent can help us face the next emergency. The post Plans are Worthless: Why We Should Plan Anyway appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

My Top 10 Leadership Insights Of 2020

Tanveer Naseer

No matter where you live on this pale blue dot, one thing we all share in common is the sentiment of seeing the start of a new year as a new beginning. As an opportunity to begin anew and set goals that will help us do better over the next. Click to continue reading.

The Most Powerful Words You Hear

Leadership Freak

People may notice your strengths, but until your inner voice agrees, you reject affirmations. Your inner voice is more powerful than external voices. Words aren’t magic, but they are rudders.

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Leading through Conflicting Priorities

Let's Grow Leaders

Conflicting priorities are a fact of life. Growing businesses naturally have tensions and they only become problems when they’re not addressed. In this episode, you’ll get practical approaches to use when there’s a clash in priorities. These moments are a fantastic opportunity […].


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.

Connection Culture Course Among LinkedIn Learning’s Most Popular

Michael Lee Stallard

LinkedIn members can take it for free Our new LinkedIn Learning course, Creating a Connection Culture, is one of the most popular courses on the LinkedIn Learning platform. LinkedIn Learning members can take the course for free at this link.

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The Top Ten Posts on My Blog in 2020

Kevin Eikenberry

I have been writing a blog since 2004, and averaging at least three posts per week for the past 11 years. That is a lot of writing, and a lot of reading. In 2020 alone that means I’ve written and posted over 150 posts – and even if you take out the posts from our […].

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It’s Over – Now What

Leadership Freak

I heard people say they couldn’t wait for 2020 to be over. Sometimes I felt the same way. But it’s pathetic. 2020 is over. Things that were true last year are still true… Continue reading → Accountability Decisions Fear courage insecurity leadership responsibility taking responsibility

Compassionate Accountability: How to Build a More Compassionate Workplace

Let's Grow Leaders

In this Asking For a Friend LIVE interview with Dr. Nate Regier of Next Element, Karin and Nate talk about how to build a more compassionate workplace. We’d love to have you join us for Asking For a Friend on Fridays at […].

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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.

Eric Dalius Busts the Common Myths about Starting Your Small Business

Chart Your Course

Entrepreneurship and running a business is for brave people with leadership skills. That does not mean you need to have much courage, however, calls for some amount of tenacity to take challenges head-on and come out of the 9-5 job mindset.

Who Do You Need to Be This Year?

Next Level Blog

Even though we’re just a few days removed from 2020, the first work week of the new year represents a blank slate. Most of 2021 still lies ahead and we have lots of opportunity right now to think about how we want to influence the outcomes that are yet to be created.

The 6 Powers of Healthy Self-Doubt

Leadership Freak

Unchallenged self-belief produces intolerance. The problem of unchallenged self-belief is seen in arrogant politicians, interventionist news media, and over-confident leaders. In complicated situations and turbulent times, the person with easy answers is an… Continue reading → Decisions Humility Marks of leaders Personal Growth Solutions arrogance humility leadership challenge tough calls tough choices

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How Do I Keep My Team Energized and Motivated in the Schlog? #AskingForAFriend

Let's Grow Leaders

It’s a new year- but not much has changed. How do you keep your team energized and motivated as the schlog continues? I was snowshoeing with a friend the other day, and she told me how worried she was about her team. […].

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!

Weekly Round-Up: Top Internal Comms Trends for 2021, Science of Changing Habits, Best 2020 Insights, Putting Good First, How to Be a Careful Communicator


Welcome to my weekly round-up of the best-of-the-best recent leadership and communication blog posts I've seen over the past couple weeks.

5 Leadership Modes for Team Success

Skip Prichard

Leadership for Tomorrow. Jonas Altman’s book, Shapers: Reinvent the Way You Work and Change Your Future crossed my desk and grabbed my attention. Resetting and rebalancing life and career is on many people’s minds during a pandemic.

Would you like to Change Direction? How Attention Determines Direction

Leadership Freak

You can’t control negative thoughts that pop into your head. You can’t stop thinking about problems, past offenses, failures, or disappointments by trying not to think about them. Tell yourself to stop thinking… Continue reading → Decisions negativity new focus positive leadership Positive thinking

How to Care for Your Employees’ Mental Health

Lead from Within

Most of us have greatly expanded our understanding of stress over these past few months, when we have the usual everyday stresses plus the uncertainty, disruption and chaos of a pandemic. It’s no surprise that mental well-being is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain.

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!