2015

Linda Freeman: Engaging, Educating, Empowering

Lead Change Blog

We are pleased to congratulate Instigator Linda Freeman on receiving the Statewide Energy Innovator Award from ReThink Energy Florida. Because Linda was not able to travel to the award presentation earlier this summer, a presentation is scheduled at a meeting of The Children’s Trust in Miami on November 16. Kim Ross, President of ReThink Energy Florida, will present the award at that time.

7 Skills for Becoming An Emotionally Intelligent Leader

General Leadership

GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link]. “If If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”. Daniel Goleman.

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Top 10 Clear Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job.

Rich Gee Group

I answered this question on the website Quora a few weeks ago. Here’s my Top 10 (in no real order of importance) list why you should probably quit your current position and move on: You start looking forward to the weekend on Wednesday (or even worse, Monday). This is the typical, “I can’t stand my job and I love my weekends behavior” Face it, you are going to spend a LOT more time at work during the week — start enjoying that environment too.

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Extreme Ownership

Leading Blog

Extreme Ownership by Navy SEAL officers Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is about leadership as personal responsibility. Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame.” Willink and Babin bring up some of the critical problems that result from not taking responsibility.

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.

50 Ways To Lead For Trust (Part 1)

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton This post is the first in a series on practical ways to lead that build trust. See how many of the first fifteen you incorporate regularly into your leadership: Ethical Leader Ethical Organization 7 Lenses ethical leadership behavior global leadership global leadership ethics leadership skills trust building

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The Importance Of Emotional Intelligence In Leadership

Joseph Lalonde

I n order to lead, one must first look within. Good leaders can be defined by their emotional intelligence , which according to Psychology Today, requires an individual to manage both their own emotions and the emotions of his or her team. It might sound easy, but it’s not. Image via Creative Commons.

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The Promise of Leadership: Clear the High Bar of Expectation

Lead Change Blog

Mastering Leadership, by Bob Anderson and Bill Adams, will be released on November 30, 2015. We are pleased to share an excerpt with you today! When we step into positions of leadership, we make a set of promises in the form of expectations. We all expect certain things from our leaders, and these expectations constitute the Promise of Leadership.

The Lost Art Of Inquiring & Listening

Lead Change Blog

George Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ” Therein lies the problem. In environments where communication is poor, we are either not investing the time it takes to communicate effectively, we believe communication is happening at a sufficient level when in fact it is not, or we are simply not listening well.

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Four Leadership Tips That Will Make People Adore You

Lead Change Blog

In our leadership development training, we like to start out by asking people to list as many characteristics as possible about their former leaders that they both abhorred and adored. This tends to start out as a fun exercise, but takes a more serious turn as people then start to look at themselves and their own leadership skills and behaviors. Ten Leadership Traits That People Adore. Has a clear vision of how people’s work meets the leader’s expectations.

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The Price Leaders Pay for Silence

Lead Change Blog

But This is Their Job! Have you ever heard a supervisor say something like, “Why should I have to encourage people? This is their job isn’t it?”. Have you ever thought those words yourself? Recently, I received an incredibly strong answer to this question from Jennifer, a former store manager at a national women’s clothing chain. Jennifer is outgoing, incredibly gifted at making customers feel comfortable, and was considered a “high-potential” by her district and regional managers.

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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!

7 Characteristics Of A High Performing Team

Lead Change Blog

When I first started working with teams, I heard the phrase High Performing Team (HPT) used frequently. I understood that a this type of team produced consistent quality results and its members cared about each other. I wondered, though, what it was that made this team different from the rest of the pack? If I knew what it looked like and how it operated, then I would know what to shoot for in my own leadership. My colleagues and I devised a simple interactive activity to find the answers.

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Language as a Leadership Tool?

General Leadership

GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link]. “ Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.” ” Martin Heidegger. Are you a leader? If you are, it is time to look at how you and those around you use language, because language is one of your fundamental tools.

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Why We Work — A Labor Day Message.

Rich Gee Group

What is Labor Day? On Wikipedia, it’s a day to honor the contributions we’ve made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. So let’s do that. Every Labor Day, I take time out to review where I am in my career and all the reasons why I work. Why do I do this? It gives me perspective. I look back at where I’ve been and what I’ve done professionally — what I’ve accomplished and what failures I’ve had.

20 Habits to Build Your Leadership On

Leading Blog

H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick is the result of experience and a lot of reflection. And we would be foolish not to benefit from it. When he reflected on the habits that propelled him forward he came up with twenty and organized them around 3 important questions every influencer must ask: HUMBLE: Who am I? HUNGRY: Where do I want to go? HUSTLE: How will I get there? The answers to these questions help you to become a change agent.

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!

What is Authentic Leadership?

Leading in Context

How Do We Define Authenticity in Leadership? Most people would agree that authentic leadership is a good thing. But what does it mean? What qualities do authentic leaders possess that set them apart from other leaders? Complexity Ethical Leader 7 Lenses CSR define ethical leadership developing ethical leaders dimensions of ethics proactive ethical leadership

Why A Leader Must Lead Himself First

Joseph Lalonde

C ulture tells us that one does not need to lead himself before he can lead others. Image by Zach Dischner. There’s a lot of reasons behind this belief. People believe leaders don’t have to lead themselves because: People can be better at getting others to do things they don’t want to do. As long as others are being moved forward, it doesn’t matter where the leader stands. Leading others doesn’t require you to lead yourself.

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When Leaders Tell Stories

Lead Change Blog

Charles want a boat. Once upon a time Charles wanted to buy a boat. He approached his wife, Emma, with a list of personal expenses he was prepared to sacrifice to afford the boat. Emma took one look at his list and was not convinced. She was not on board with the boat idea. Not to be deterred, Charles paused and reevaluated his approach. After some thought he returned to Emma with a new plea. Here’s what he said: “Emma, I really want to buy a boat.

When Life Hands You Lemons…Say Thank You!

Lead Change Blog

Keith Boyd… an 11 year old boy in Oklahoma. In spite of the fact that Keith was born with Cerebral Palsy, Keith has dreams, ambitions and high hopes for the future. Refusing to allow his physical limitations to interfere, Keith had a dream to raise funds for the Little Light House, an amazing school that he and many other special needs kids attended. Keith had a lemonade stand a few years earlier to raise money for a toy he wanted, so he knew how to make it happen.

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Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

5 Approaches To Connecting Your People

Lead Change Blog

Have you ever noticed how people tend to herd into groups and stay in those groups? Do you notice that most people “seek their own” in your organization and stay in those comfortable groups? Have you ever been frustrated that your people don’t seem to cross the aisle, or the building, and readily build relationships among each other? Getting your folks integrated with each other is a challenge for most leaders.

9 Tips for Creating a Positive Change in Your Culture

Lead Change Blog

Many of the organizations that I have worked in this year are involved in dramatic change. They are doing more to meet the increasing demands of customers in order to compete with companies within their industry. They are implementing new productivity standards, causing them to measure more effectively the behaviors of their employees and the return on investment for the implementation of newly defined competencies.

How Conflict Makes Us Better

Lead Change Blog

Conflict. The very word sends negative and fearful thoughts through even the most hardy leaders. None of us like conflict. If we had our way, each one of us would steer away from it and navigate towards the less painful, smoother waters. However, where would any one of us be if we avoided conflict altogether? We must admit that while uncomfortable, and even painful, conflict helps us become better leaders.

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A Critical Team Building Mistake to Avoid At All Costs

Lead Change Blog

Please Don’t Do This. Last week I spoke with a company executive who said, “People are upset, can you help us with some team-building?” ” I replied, “Probably not.” ” He looked at me with a combination of shock and amusement – he wasn’t used to trainers or consultants telling him they didn’t want his money. “Okay, tell me why you won’t help us?” ” It’s not that I wasn’t willing to help – of course I would.

9 Ways to Manage Costs and Prepare for Future Growth

SMB leaders are working day and night to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Successfully managing it requires the CFO and HR leader to make complex decisions quickly, without rushing into an uncoordinated response. Foremost among these decisions will be cost containment. The way organizations manage costs now will determine how well they perform during and after COVID-19. Download our guide and start preparing for the future today.

Memorial Day – A Pause To Remember

General Leadership

GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! Read more at [link]. On this memorial day, the curators and authors of GeneralLeadership.com pause to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. We reflect upon their sacrifices, as well as the sacrifices of the thousands of soldiers who serve in harms way around the globe on this day. You have our sincere respect and gratitude.

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8 Reasons Why Teams Fail

Lead Change Blog

We use the word team so often that it has almost become a garbage can word. Everything is a team. We have our department team, our sales team, our whole company is called a team, and we have even called the guys who meet every Friday night a team. Because we use the word so frequently, we think we know how to work effectively with teams. Unfortunately we do not. Teams are complex dynamic systems that face many challenges. In fact 60% fail to reach their potential.

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A Framework of Organizational Tensions

Leading Blog

T ENSIONS are objectives that seem to be in conflict. They are values that seem to be in opposition. We often treat them as either/or choices when they should be treated as both/and dynamics. Each value or characteristic supports and even makes possible the competing value. Robert Quinn has produced a valuable tool for understanding this concept in his book The Positive Organization.

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How Does Struggle Shape Us as Leaders?

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton On the journey to ethical leadership, we all struggle. We struggle to make ethical choices when there are multiple stakeholders to consider. We struggle to balance competing interests, high expectations, information overload and overbooked schedules. We struggle to be at our best in difficult circumstances. Ethical Leader Ethical Thinking 7 lenses book ethical ethical leadership ethics Leadership leadership development positive ethics

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HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

5 Bible Verses That Should Scare Leaders

Joseph Lalonde

T he Bible is a wealth of leadership wisdom. There are scripture verses that encourage leaders. There are also Bible verses that should scare leaders. Image via Creative Commons. These scary Bible verses are rarely talked about. They’re kept under wraps and ignored by most. I’ve even swept the troublesome Bible verses under the run and shared encouraging Bible verses for leaders with you, my readers. This is a mistake. The Bible has clear warnings for leaders.

The Leadership Heresy You Can’t Live Without

Lead Change Blog

I’m In Trouble Now… I’m about to commit heresy. On a site dedicated to leadership…with the very word “lead” in the title, I want to address what I believe to be one of the most important aspects of your workplace leadership. In my work with thousands of business leaders across industries, geography, and over many years, I’ve repeatedly seen people lose their influence because they don’t address this one thing.

The Chronically Unhappy Employee

Lead Change Blog

If you’re in HR or people management, you’ve likely met a chronically discontented worker—the employee who keeps asking for role tweaks, reassignment to a different team, project, or boss, relocation to a sunnier climate, and a desk in a quieter location. The employee’s internal dialogue? “If If only I could work with different people/in a different group/in a different office/in a different role, I would be happy.”. The problem: Dissatisfaction reemerges shortly after making each change.

5 Surefire Ways to Make Conflict Worse

Lead Change Blog

There are opportunities every day to engage in some form of conflict. Someone cuts you off while driving. The customer service rep on the phone gives you the runaround. Your coworker undermines you in a meeting. A friend lets you down on a promise made. Want to de-escalate conflict? Don’t do these things. For some reason it is easier for me to describe what to avoid, rather than how to creatively deal with conflict. Probably because I’m thinking of all the times I made a mess of things. Blame.

3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: RECRUIT, RETAIN, ENGAGE

One of the least explored and most effective ways to drive recruiting, retention, and overall employee engagement is to establish a learning culture. If this is an area where you need help (or if you could just use a refresher) let Paycor walk you through actionable tips and insights on how you can develop the learning culture that works best for your business.