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Want Great Ideas from a Team? Flip the Script

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When you lead a team, great ideas are the lifeblood of innovation and productivity. Let’s say you have an idea that you’d like to toss out to your team. How can you get the folks to speak up and help you discern the idea’s viability? Nobody wants to waste time on a stinker of an idea.

You Aren’t a Perfect Leader. But Your People Still Expect It.

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If you’ve ever held a leadership position, you’ve probably already figured this out: you are held to a higher standard. You are expected to be more. More authentic, more compassionate and most importantly, more ethical than the average working Joe or Jane in your office.

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How Shutting Up Can Make You a Thought Leader

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Who do you consider to be influential thought-leaders in your organization? Is it the talkative people who contribute incessantly? No, these non-stop talkers probably don’t have your deep respect.

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Effective Meeting Leaders Set the Right Expectations

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People hate meetings. This is not earth-shattering news. Many of the complaints are legit: meetings are unfocused, too long, or unnecessary. Some of the complaints are humorous (but still true.) One of the lesser-mentioned reasons that merits consideration is meeting purpose.

Leverage Powerful Data, More Actionable Plan for Better Workforce Engagement

Engagement surveys deliver volumes of data, but leaders often need a path to actionable insights. How do leading survey platforms help to build better employee engagement? Explore Gallagher's latest whitepaper to leverage data with insights that work.

Leadership in the Hybrid Workplace

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Is the hybrid workplace here to stay? A behavioral scientist named Jon Levy wrote an article in the Boston Globe (gated access) that essentially said, “Nah, I don’t think so.” And the internet blew up. (As As it does.) Whether he’s correctly called it or not remains to be seen.

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What Leaders Need to Know About Trauma in the Workplace

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Editor’s note: To what degree has the “collective” trauma of COVID-19 seeped into workplaces around the world? And what do leaders need to know about trauma in the workplace? The People Equation reached out to psychiatrist and trauma expert Dr. Mark Goulston to learn more.

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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.

How To Accept an Apology at Work

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Has anyone ever said anything to you at work that was really hurtful or snarky? It’s an experience we can all relate to. Sometimes it’s an intentional slight or power-play. But here’s the thing. More often, it’s an unplanned quip and your colleague wishes they could take it back.

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4 Ways to Gain Team Input

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So I’m sitting at a large round table, talking with a team of eight senior-level leaders who work for a large corporation. These are smart, sophisticated people, who have both street cred as field operatives and many years’ experience leading various types and sizes of work groups.

How To Create A 100% Virtual Onboarding Experience

Speaker: Workbright

Are you struggling with virtual onboarding? Whether you are making the switch to remote work or biding your time until you can get back to the office–you need a solution that works. Check out our webinar on Thursday, May 20th at 2 PM E.T. to learn more!

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.

How Do Leaders Create Continuous Improvement?

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I asked my readership, “How do leaders create continuous improvement?” It turns out there are many ways to interpret the meaning of continuous improvement.

No Leadership Title? You Can Still Influence Change

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A People Equation reader wrote to ask my advice on the following: Our small company is growing and we need to learn to use organizational tools like spreadsheets more effectively. I’m comfortable using these tools, but many of my peers aren’t.

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Want to be an Inclusive Leader? Expand Your Home Team Roster

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Are you on the “home team” at work? Otherwise known as the “traditional majority culture,” author Laura Kriska uses the “home team advantage” analogy for the invisible edge people on the “home team” possess.

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What Is the Top HR Priority in 2021? Attracting and Retaining Talent

The war for talent is heating up. The 2021 Gallagher Workforce Trends Report: People & Organizational Wellbeing Strategy provides a data-driven approach to total rewards, helping you attract and retain a competitive workforce and drive organizational success.

7 Things Employees Want to Know In a Department Reshuffle

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Coffee, pen and notes write reshuffle. Is there a big department reshuffle on the horizon? As a leader, you may have become blasé about corporate restructuring, especially if you’re a survivor of numerous downsizing/outsourcing/right-sizing battles.

Team Got the Blahs? Here’s What Leaders Need to Know

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Has your team got the blahs? They might not say so, but if you look closely, the signs are there: deadlines slipping, lack of interest in normally exciting things. And if you’re being totally honest with yourself, maybe you’re feeling it too?

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.

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.

How To Create A 100% Virtual Onboarding Experience

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Are you struggling with virtual on-boarding? Whether you are making the switch to remote work or biding your time until you can get back to the office–you need a solution that works. Check out our webinar on Thursday, August 19th at 2 PM E.T. for more information.

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!

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?

Books about Well-Being in the Workplace

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Well-being in the workplace (or “wellbeing” if you prefer ) is having a moment. From leadership trends that toute the importance of empathy to listicles from a snack company , everyone is talking about how to help employees bring their healthiest selves to work.

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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Explore a Roadmap to Pay Equity for Organizations Like Yours

The national conversation around pay equity has never been so hot. As employees push for better transparency, organizations are assessing and addressing pay gaps. Explore Gallagher's whitepaper, Pay Equity: The Time Is Now, to discover key insights.

Hot Takes on How to Drive Successful Change in Your Organization

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I’m reading a gem of a book by Phil Buckley titled, “ Change on the Run: 44 Ways to Survive Workplace Uncertainty.” Phil is an author and change management expert. The great thing about his latest book is it’s designed to be read quickly and acted upon immediately.

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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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.

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.

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Anxiety about Working in Close Proximity

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Is your company moving towards opening in-person workspaces? Here’s an element of the people equation that should be on leaders’ radar: many people are kind of freaked out about it. After a year of working from home, media reports indicate folks have anxiety about working in close proximity. And it’s not just mundane worries about having to wear “hard pants” again. Many office workers are realizing that their social skills are like a muscle; it’s possible there’s been a bit of atrophy.

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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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.

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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Meeting Today’s Challenges for Better Organizational Success Tomorrow

According to Gallagher’s research, stress and burnout raised organizational concerns for 70% of C-suites, and 26% of employers noted a decline in emotional wellbeing. The 2021 Q2 Gallagher Better Works Insights Report: Adapting for Tomorrow explores today’s unique workforce challenges and trends.