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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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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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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.”

Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

With the increasing adoption of automation and data-driven technologies, the workforce is changing rapidly — regardless of whether we’re prepared to face it. Keeping up with the velocity of change is vital to success, and that means building digital readiness into the DNA of your organization so your workforce is ready to face an uncertain and constantly changing future.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

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.

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.

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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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.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

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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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.

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.

Lessons from the Farm Book Review

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I grew up in a farming community along the shores of Lake Michigan in the American Midwest. My grandparents were farmers. And although my folks didn’t farm, I spent a fair amount of time on my Grandpa V’s farm.

How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

This whitepaper details how leaders can shift into an ‘action mindset’ that allows for growth and change at every level of your organization. Speak Up cultures promote productivity, improve retention efforts, and create positive employee engagement.

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.

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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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.

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.

The Art of Selecting Candidate Pre-Hire Assessments

Speaker: Melissa Dobbins, Founder & CEO, Career.Place

At the core of successful hiring practices is the fair and accurate evaluation of skills, abilities, knowledge and other criteria for a job. One powerful method to do this is through psychometric assessments. The right assessments used in the right way provide objective evaluation of criteria that are far more accurate than interviews alone. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong assessments or using assessments in the wrong way can lead to bad choices, biases, and even discriminatory practices that violate compliance standards.

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.

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.

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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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.

Recognition and Rewards Buyers Guide

Recognition and rewards are an integral part of your company’s employee experience. So, it’s critical to get a platform that fits your company culture on the first try. Check out this guide to understand what questions to ask before finding a new Recognition & Rewards platform.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.