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The Go Big or Go Home Myth of Leadership Risk-Taking

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flickr. There’s a narrative in the business world that says leaders must take bold risks ( BHAG , anyone?) to garner business success. And while audacious goals do indeed require boldness, there’s an underbelly to this mindset.

Why Empowering Your Sales Team is Good Business

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Guest Post by Lisa Kosak. Starting a new job in a leadership role is always challenging and let’s face it – it can be downright intimidating! You are the new kid on the block and you need to learn the culture, people, and inner workings of the company – quick!

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Leaders Cast Sunlight Not Shade

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Aaron Burden. As my kids progress through their teens, dinnertime conversations will often center on stories of classmates “throwing shade” at one another. That’s teen speak for talking trash about someone.

Small Daily Actions Add Up to Big Wins in Leadership

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Image credit: Unsplash – Micheile Henderson. I’ve said it before. Leadership is a tough gig. And it doesn’t help when you are bombarded with messages telling you that the path to big wins in leadership come from big, bold risk-taking. Sure, leaders achieve when they think big.

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.

Analysis: Key Themes in Leadership Trends for 2021

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Image by moritz320 from Pixabay. We’re nearly through the first quarter of 2021 so I decided to take the pulse of what industry analysts and thought leaders are saying about the state of leadership this year.

Leadership Development in Everyday Workplace Situations

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Image credit: Pixabay. When you move on to your next opportunity, who will you leave in your place? Will it be one successor who has been carefully groomed to fill your specific job title? Or will you depart having developed the capabilities of as many people as possible?

When (and If) Employees Return to the Post-Pandemic Office – What Leaders Need to Know

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image: Pixabay. As the COVID-19 pandemic moves towards the second quarter of 2021, and society continues to open , leadership teams are considering when (and if) employees will return to the post-pandemic office.

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Leadership by Ranting is No Way to Inspire People

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It’s tough to respect a leader who’s always losing his cool. Case in point: during college, I worked in a family-owned Italian restaurant whose proprietor had a fiery, larger-than-life personality. When he was frustrated, ‘Tony” was prone to emotional outbursts.

When (and If) Employees Return to the Post-Pandemic Office – What Leaders Need to Know

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image: Pixabay. As the COVID-19 pandemic moves towards the second quarter of 2021, and society continues to open , leadership teams are considering when (and if) employees will return to the office.

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5 Tips to Advance Your Career as a Technical Recruiter

Just as the tech industry revolves around innovation, so does technical recruiting. To advance their career by attracting top candidates in a competitive landscape, modern recruiters must commit to actively adapting and advancing their hiring strategies. This step-by-step guide is designed to provide technical recruiters with tips and tricks to achieve tangible results that accelerate their recruiting efforts—and career.

Develop Leaders by Loaning Your Belief

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“Me? A leader? No way. Not interested.” ” If you’ve ever entered into this kind of conversation with someone you believe has leadership potential, you’re not alone.

Colleague in Pain? What Leaders Should – and Shouldn’t – Say

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We recently marked the one-year anniversary of the global pandemic’s arrival in our country. One constant for the past 12 months has been this: everyone has suffered.

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Here’s How to Set Yourself Up for Success Next Year

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It’s less than a month to the new year and now is the time to set yourself up for success next year. That probably seems crazy to you, given that most of us are probably caught in the mad dash of holiday preparations and year-end tasks for work. (16 16 annual performance reviews, anyone?)

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Which Stay Interview Questions Work Best?

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This sponsored post is shared with you by Dick Finnegan, CEO of C-Suite Analytics and THE Expert on Stay Interviews. An in-demand speaker and top-selling author, Dick travels the world speaking about Trust and Leadership and has authored five books on Employee Engagement and Retention, including The Power of Stay Interviews, which is the top-selling book in history as published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Deliver Effective Online Education and Events Your Members Will Love

This guide identifies the biggest challenges for associations moving their training online and provides practical solutions so that you can hit the ground running. Download now to keep your members engaged and growing even in times of COVID-19.

How to Encourage Your Team’s Bold Ideas

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Are you looking to help your team launch innovative ideas? Then listen up. Your efforts to help them might actually be diminishing their creative brilliance, one “helpful” suggestion at a time. Branding expert Sally Hogshead wrote about this phenomenon when describing how well-meaning people pose the biggest threat to a team’s boldest ideas. Innovative ideas can get pecked apart, one simple “tweak” at a time, says Hogshead.

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The Key Interview Question Many Hiring Managers Forget to Ask

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As a hiring manager, you’ve probably had your share of nightmare interviews. You know, the ones where the candidate clearly is not a fit and you’re wondering how few minutes you can expend before politely showing him or her the door. Then there’s the flip side: the candidate sails in, has the right skills and is a perfect cultural fit. It just clicks. But those are the extremes of a hiring manager’s day—and most likely few and far between.

9 Questions to Help Your Team Create Vision

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Think back to the last project you led. How did you begin? Were you successful getting people on board, or was it more like herding cats challenging than you’d planned? No matter what you’re leading, getting people to line up behind a vision is the first order of business when you take on a new leadership role. Satirist and author of Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift once said, “Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.”

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Are You Having Career Conversations?

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Are you having career conversations? My friend Julie Winkle Giulioni is launching an expanded and revised version of her bestselling book, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Organizations Need and Employees Want. It’s a perfect resource for managers who want to develop their employees.

Bridging the Gap Between HR and Safety

Members of HR are known for taking on different types of tasks. Safety training isn’t always one of them, but in reality, it makes sense that it should be. Learn how safety aligns with the goals of any HR team and how managing it can make your job easier.

Praise and Feedback Aren’t the Same Thing

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As a foodie, I love all kinds of mash-ups. From bacon apple pie to mac and cheese quesadillas it’s stimulating to creatively pair ingredients in unexpected ways. But when it comes to leadership communication, combining certain types of information within the same conversation is a recipe for disaster. To illustrate, let’s use a fictitious member of your team, “Jim,” as an example. Suppose that Jim works remotely, and you have a video call with him this afternoon to go through a few items.

Are Leaders Who Coach Lazy?

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As the parent of two teens, I’ve become quite accustomed to The Eye Roll. This ocular straining happens most often when I request a previously agreed upon task be completed by said teen. Me: “Hey, it’s time to empty the trash. Trash pick up is tomorrow.” Teen: “Ugh,” with a healthy helping of Eye Roll. When the groaning and eye rolling gets excessive, I sit my kid(s) down and clarify a very important fact of parenting: I don’t ask you to carry out chores because I’m lazy.

Turn Your Responsibilities into Accomplishments to Land that Dream Job

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My friend Sandra (not her real name) called me up and asked me to review her resume. She was applying for a new job within her organization and hadn’t done the “interview thing” in nearly 10 years. Sandra’s resume showed an impressive series of increased responsibilities and job titles over her decade-long tenure with her current employer. It was a nice, solid resume. The one thing that Sandra’s resume was lacking?

What Savvy Networkers Know

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My definition of networking is: “the purpose of networking is to connect people who have a mutual interest in developing a business relationship or assisting one another” So with that framework in mind, I invite you to consider the following ideas, which I’ve playfully named “Miller’s Maxims”. Maxim #1 When it comes to networking, people are the common denominator. The speed and ease with which people can create connections has expanded exponentially.

3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

Stand Up-Sit Down Meeting Energizer

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If you’ve ever hosted a day-long meeting or workshop, you know that even the best gatherings sometimes experience a dip in energy. To reboot the vigor in the conference room, here’s a quick and easy meeting energizer that helps revitalize people without being too cheesy. It works best with a group of at least ten people. It’s called Stand Up/Sit Down and here’s how it works. Announce that you’re going to lead a 90-second stretch break.

Autonomous Employees Still Need Leaders

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Humans crave autonomy. When a baby savors that first taste of independence as she crawls away from Mom and Dad, the die is cast: the desire chart one’s destiny is strong. When it comes to autonomy in the workplace, companies have come a long way from the highly regimented scheduling and oversight of industrial-era offices. These days, workers expect much more control over their employee experience. They prefer to self-direct their learning.

How to Avoid Getting Sucked Into Needless Activity

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Off-track suggestions pulling you into a rabbit hole of needless work? There’s no shortage of important work to do – both at home and in your job. So, the last thing you want tossed your way is unnecessary work. Nobody likes needless activity, right? But this is easier said than done. I’m sure you can easily recall getting pulled into something that did not add value – at least not in your opinion.

Use This Conversational Tool to Keep From Being Swamped at Work

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Do you ever feel like you should say “no” to a request at work, but the “correct” answer is “yes”? For example, let’s say you’re at a team meeting, brainstorming ideas for a new marketing campaign. And some of the ideas are great ideas.but all of them fall in your area of responsibility. You feel swamped already. To say “yes” means piling more onto your already overflowing plate of tasks. And saying “no” means that the great idea doesn’t move forward.

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Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

4 Low-Cost Ways to Develop Your Team’s Soft Skills

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Leaders are often reminded “what’s inspected gets done.” While this adage is typically applied to measurable task-related behaviors such as productions goals, it’s also relevant for human elements of the workplace like interpersonal skills. As artificial intelligence makes further inroads into your daily work as a leader , you need to pay attention to soft-skill development because these uniquely human skills are what will differentiate your team members from the bots.

6 Reasons You Might Be Setting a Poor Example for Your Team

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Young kids speak the truth, as anyone who’s ever been called out by a preschooler can tell you. I’ll never forget the time my three-year-old son looked at me with his innocent, big brown eyes and said, “Mama, you told me that’s a bad word. How come you just said it?” Nothing shines the light on a failed role model opportunity faster than being called on the carpet by a person who barely reaches your waist. But it’s not just kids who can see when our example-setting falls short.

Discovering Pez

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What An Interactive Candy Teaches Us About Leadership and Coaching. Christmas time always provides many fun memories and this year was no exception. Santa left Pez dispensers in my kids’ stockings—for the first time. My daughter was very excited to try out her new Pez “toy”. With my background as a corporate trainer, I’m a big fan of “hands on” learning, so even though I knew my daughter had never operated a Pez dispenser, I had faith that she’d figure it out.

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Here’s How to Set Yourself Up for Success Next Year

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It’s less than a month to the new year and now is the time to set yourself up for success next year. That probably seems crazy to you, given that most of us are probably caught in the mad dash of holiday preparations and year-end tasks for work. (16 16 annual performance reviews, anyone?)

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5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

How To Gain Buy-In From Your Team

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When my daughter was in elementary school I chaperoned a group of second-graders on a field trip to the ArtPrize exhibition in downtown Grand Rapids. Picture this: ten 8-year-olds, excitedly dashing around parks and gardens, in and out of exhibition buildings. They were so excited to experience the art displayed throughout our city. Naturally, their first impulse was to run. And touch. And cross streets without supervision. Their enthusiasm was beautiful. The chaos it created was exhausting.

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