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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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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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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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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 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.

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.”.

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? .

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A Revealing Look At Understanding The Value Of Opportunity

Tanveer Naseer

Few words inspire optimism and hope for the future like “opportunity” But as I reveal in this latest installment of my Leadership Espresso Shot series, the truth is our relationship with opportunity is much more complicated and worthy of more reflection and review.

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Leading Thoughts for December 10, 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. Morgan Housel on finding the sensible balance between optimism and pessimism: “Optimism is usually defined as a belief that things will go well.

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Powerful Questions for Your Business Strategy for 2021

Lead Change Blog

In November’s post, I touched on the isolation many people have experienced during 2020. That isolation had many outcomes and a much more significant impact than possibly imagined at the onset of the year. That became clearer as I moved into December. I typically reflect on the year to date in December and begin to plan for the following year. In the past, I used Michael Hyatt’s full focus planner , but as I am only planning from January to March 2021, I have amended my process this time.

Who Are You Surrounding Yourself With?

Joseph Lalonde

The people we surround ourselves with are a reflection of who we are. This isn’t intentional but it happens. Jim Rohn said that we are the sum of the 5 people we surround ourselves with. As we interact with people, we begin to learn, grow, and become more like them.

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.

7 Things my Imperfect Boss Did Right and You Can Too

Leadership Freak

You can do many things wrong if you do a few things right. The boss you don’t want to be: The paranoid boss that fears what others are saying about her. She turns… Continue reading → Leading Mistakes Success faults

Leading Through Transition: Tips for Leaders in Times of Change

RapidStart Leadership

Leading through transition is hard, but here's what we can learn from a flock of snow geese about how to lead effectively when everything is changing. The post Leading Through Transition: Tips for Leaders in Times of Change appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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7 balancing acts for 2021

Lead Change Blog

What a year! The number of highs, lows, laughs, and tears I’ve experienced has been phenomenal. So has the number of lessons I’ve learned. Back in the spring when the pandemic was new, a philosophical friend asked what I hoped to be at its end. My too quick, and in retrospect too flippant, answer? Alive.

How To Give Better Business Presentations

Joseph Lalonde

Stan Phelps is a master of communications. He’s penned or co-written multiple books on business, leadership, standing out, and, now, delivering business presentations.

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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.

Perspectives on a Future With COVID-19

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton Due to the uncertainty and constant change we're experiencing during the pandemic, every organization should be considering how to adapt to multiple COVID-19 scenarios.

Leadership Insights for Moving from Burnout to Breakthrough

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from E ileen McDargh : In May 2019, the World Health Organization placed burnout in its International Classification of Diseases diagnostic manual. While not calling it an “illness,” it classified burnout as an occupational hazard.

The Anatomy Of Peace

Lead Change Blog

Every single day we encounter conflict. Whether you’re a participant or observer, whether it’s among family, friends, or colleagues, conflict surrounds us. While we can’t avoid conflict, we can certainly choose how we respond to it. .

4 Ways to Find the Fun and Fight the Slog

Let's Grow Leaders

The days blend in to one another and morale begins to drop… If you and your team are facing an endless horizon…of stressful work, of remote work with the family just off camera, or and endless project, it’s vital that you are […].

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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.

Can We or Should We? – Remarkable TV

Kevin Eikenberry

Can we? Should we? Both questions are important and the difference between the two is just one small word. But that small word makes a significant difference in how you answer the question.

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Improving Leadership Bench Strength

N2Growth Blog

In our meetings with CEOs and HR directors, it is evident there is a growing concern within organizations needing to strengthen current leaders and support the bench of the future ones.

How to Flame Up, Not Out

Leadership Freak

Leaders flame-out because consequences come slowly. Neglecting your team doesn’t bite you immediately. Chasing urgencies – instead of priorities – seems like success for a while. Working long hours works for a while.…

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Virtual Kick-off Meeting: Why You Should Have One and How to Make it Great

Let's Grow Leaders

If you’re neck-deep in planning your virtual kick-off meeting like so many of our clients, great! Your team needs this moment more than ever. In this extraordinary year, a virtual kick-off meeting is a great way to close this chapter and give […].

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.

Have Fun Helping Us Launch The Long-Distance Teammate

Kevin Eikenberry

You may know that our new book, The Long-Distance Teammate: Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere, is coming out soon. Specifically, the book will be released on January 19.

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Great Results Team Building

Every cake you have ever eaten (if it was good) included at least these five main ingredients – because you cannot have an impressively delicious cake without them.

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Exciting News About My Latest Book

Michael Lee Stallard

I am thrilled to share that two of the leading book summary organizations in the world – getAbstract and Soundview – have just published summaries of the second edition of my book Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work.

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How to Keep Your Resume Out of the Trash

Let's Grow Leaders

Differentiate your resume with relevance We’re writing today with compassion for any of you who are looking for work. If it’s been a minute, the frustration is probably mounting. You might even begin questioning yourself, and the value you bring. Repeated rejection […].

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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!

Why Leaders Don’t Think Straight

Leadership Freak

Ruminating on what’s wrong exaggerates the importance of wrong. Nothing is as important as you think it is, while you’re thinking about it.” Daniel Kahneman Unmanaged thinking distorts reality. In a world filled… Continue reading → Optimism negativity positive leadership Positive thinking

The Gift of Teamwork in a Trying Year


A new Xfinity holiday commercial I saw recently resonated in many ways. Entitled, “The Greatest Gift,” it’s a funny but true reflection of the crazy and trying year so many of us have experienced in 2020.

A Year-End Gift to My Readers

Michael Lee Stallard

LinkedIn Learning Course Access To close out what has been an unpredictable and challenging year for all of us, I’d like to present you with a gift—one that, like many things during the Covid-19 pandemic, has taken twists and turns in the making, including a timetable that changed more than once.

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7 Simple Steps to Becoming a Better Virtual Learner

The Regis Company

In previous blogs, we focused on what organizations can do to create the best learning opportunities for their learners. We discussed how companies should focus on good content/experience design and facilitation regardless of whether the learning is delivered virtually or in person.

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!