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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.”

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.

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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?

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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.

Reality Check: Is Your Employee Experience Initiative Working?

Having a robust framework for defining and measuring the success of Employee Experience (EX) initiatives will not only help you communicate the value of EX projects to leadership teams, it will also enable you to identify if and when a new initiative is headed towards failure early on. Discover best practices for measuring the success of employee experience programs - and what you can do if things go wrong.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

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.

New to Your Company? 5 Things that Will Help Sell Your Ideas

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Imagine this scenario: About two months ago, you landed a new gig as a leader at a respected company. You’ve done all the right things to set yourself up for success by priming the pump with these activities before Day One on the job.

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”.

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Gen Z: The Challenges and Opportunities with New Talent from a New Generation

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This post is brought to you by Mitrefinch , an HR software company that provides workforce management solutions for small – midsize companies. Gen Z is made up of people born between 1995 and 2012.

2019 Third-Party Recruiting Benchmark Report

The unemployment rate has just hit 3.6%, the lowest jobless rate since 1969. Yet 50% of the time, the winning candidate hits the hiring manager’s inbox within 1 week when utilizing the BountyJobs platform. Download this report for a definitive collection of industry trends in critical hiring, brought to you by the world's leading recruiter engagement platform.

Planting Seeds of Greatness Requires You to SEE the Human in Your Employees

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Great leaders are like farmers; they plant seeds of greatness in their employees. Then these leaders provide all the conditions necessary for them to grow. So says Kevin Ames , co-author of Appreciate: Celebrating People, Inspiring Greatness.

Adult Learning and Training Workshops – It’s Not an Oxymoron

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Adults like to learn. No, really, it’s true. If you’re skeptical of this statement, it’s most likely because you’ve shown up to facilitate a training session and felt like you’ve walked into some sort of hostile takeover situation.

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.

5 Reasons to Read “Back to Human”

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Dan Schawbel has made a living researching and writing about Millennials. As a member of the the generation born between 1981 and 1996, he’s in a unique position to offer career advice about this much-discussed demographic.

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

Leading the 50+ Employee

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The workforce is getting grayer, and it appears that business practices have yet to catch up to the trend. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that workers 55 years and older are the fastest growing segment of the working population.

Last call for #WorkHuman 2019 in Nashville

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What are you doing March 18 – 21, 2019? For all you procrastinators out there, it’s not too late to attend WorkHuman 2019 in Nashville. I just got an email from my contact at Globoforce, the company that organizes the event. There are still a few spaces left.

Follow #WorkHuman 2019 This Week

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This week, Globoforce (recently renamed as WorkHuman ) hosts its 5th WorkHuman Conference in Nashville. If you’re reading this, you’re probably not in Nashville. But that’s OK. You can still follow the goings on from wherever you happen to be. Follow #WorkHuman on Twitter.

How to Become a Modern Elder

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It makes for a great fish-out-of-water movie premise: fifty-something worker has to report to a much younger boss and is perplexed with the change in power structure (ala Dennis Quaid’s character in In Good Company.)

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Dice 2018 Recruitment Automation Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are rapidly changing the way many recruit and hire talent. Read Dice's first-ever Recruitment Automation Report to discover how you can employ new, cutting-edge technologies to source and hire tech talent faster.

Why Silence at Work is a Good Thing—For Introverts and Extroverts Alike

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I am the offspring of two very different personality types: a gregarious extrovert and a studious introvert. My youth was shaped by my mother’s extroverted style. She had a positive, upbeat energy and effortless charm in social situations.

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Are Unspoken Issues Creating Mischief on Your Team?

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When the results of Google’s research on team effectiveness (called “Project Aristotle”) were revealed earlier this year, the conclusion was surprising: the best teams have just one thing in common.

Manners in the Workplace are a Competitive Advantage

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In 2005, university professor and communications expert Dr. Beverly Langford published The Etiquette Edge: The Unspoken Rules to Business Success , to positive reviews.

1-1 Meetings Getting Stale? Make this Change for Better Results

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Acknowledging team success via a “Friday Wins Meeting” like this one at content marketing tech firm Percolate has become standard practice at many companies. Many teams also informally share wins at their daily huddle meetings.

How Recruiters Can Create a Predictable Candidate Pipeline

Even the most experienced recruiting professionals face challenges filling critical roles in their organizations from an inability to establish, nurture and grow a sustainable talent pipeline. Download this eBook to get a jump on sourcing and learn how to build a high performance recruiting pipeline.

Want to Improve Your Leadership? Get Inside Your Head

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As leaders, you’re often told to that in order to stem overthinking, you need to “get out of your head.”

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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?”

Finding Your Sunshine At Work

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Every summer, I plant a small veggie garden in my Michigan backyard. Even though the location is too shady for some of the sun-loving plants, it’s the only place that works in our yard, so we (and by “we”, I mean both the plants and I) make do.

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16 Stories to Energize Your Leadership

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Feeling burned out as a leader? It’s a common feeling: work life is hectic and leaders feel especially “squeezed.” This constant pressure can suck every last bit of energy from you and the people you lead, with unfortunate results.

Newton’s Guide to OFCCP Compliance

For federal contractors, keeping up with OFCCP regulations can be a major challenge when recruiting and hiring. Download our guide to OFCCP compliance and learn the major regulations that you must adhere to.