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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.

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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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.

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.

Live Webinar: How to Build a Strong Recruiting Pipeline in 2019

When your company is growing fast, there’s not a lot of spare time to vet prospective hires. Without the luxury of a careful, thoughtful and unhurried interview process for each and every role, you need to get smart about filling your recruiting pipeline. It’s all about finding and teeing up high-quality prospective candidates who align well with your company’s mission and are ready to hit the ground running, ramp quickly and thrive long-term. Join Elicia Hughey, VP of HR at Octave Music Group and the experts from Glassdoor and Newton to learn what it takes to build a strong pipeline by being as strategic as possible at every stage in hiring.

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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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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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?”

7 Reasons Leaders Should Focus on Developing Employee Soft Skills

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Why are we still talking about the importance of leaders developing employee soft skills? Here’s why: the more that automation in all of its forms become part of our daily work lives, the more we need to bring to bear the one thing that a machine will never be: human. And that humanity is most often talked about in the context of developing “soft skills”—those uniquely human traits that allow us to grease the wheels of human interaction.

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.

3 Communication Tips to Help You Be a Better Leader

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Do you have a colleague that irritates you with his “ahs,” “ums” or protracted silences? Leaders are taught that strong orators remove superfluous words and awkward silences from their presentations, so it makes sense that you might take a dim view of these speech patterns. But even though Sam from Accounting might drive you to distraction with his verbal tics, these words (or lack thereof) actually serve a purpose in conversation.

Your Hidden Weapon: 9 Best Practices for Working with Third-Party Recruiters

Leveraging third-party recruiters has been the golden ticket for many when filling critical roles. Whether seasoned at utilizing third-party search or new to it, this report breaks down how best to use this secret weapon to ensure the best ROI.

Trends in Professional Development – Self-Serve Learning

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Humans are naturally curious creatures. When my kids were little it was such fun to watch them learn about their world. Give them a cardboard box, plastic spoons and nesting measuring cups and they would experiment endlessly.

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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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4 Ways to Make Better Leadership Decisions

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Kendra* is a newly promoted vice president of IT at a rapidly growing mid-sized firm. She’s been working overtime to staff up her department to meet the demands of her company’s growth. With each job candidate Kendra interviews, she feels the pressure to make job offers quickly.

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Leaders Who Get a Swift Kick in the Butt Are Better for It

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Leadership, as a topic, can be perplexing. As a leader, you are expected to be bold and calculated, passionate and reasonable, rational an d emotional, driven and patient .and and yes, confident and humble.

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.

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.

Here’s What AI Means for Your Leadership

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Will artificial intelligence change the way you lead? Yes, and probably in ways that were unthinkable even a few years ago. There’s a lot being written right now about how AI will affect the white-collar workforce. Jobs once thought immune to automation due to their extensive need for human analysis are now seen as AI’s next target. Career coach Dana Theus says the bots are already poised to change the game for leaders. In her article “ Managers, Are You Ready to Hire Bots onto Your Teams?

A New Definition of Leadership for the Next Generation of Leaders

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The definition of leadership is changing. Societal expectations of the workplace, fed by economic and demographic trends, are morphing the leadership job description.

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Women and the Politics of Promotion

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Research indicates that ambitious women are in a double bind—if they’re too aggressive, then they’re seen as threatening; if they’re too accommodating, they’re not seen as senior leadership material.

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Michelle Obama’s Mindset for Coping with Change

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama has a tried-and-tried formula for coping with change: don’t make a big deal out of it. That’s the workplace take-away that most impressed me when I heard Mrs. Obama speak at WorkHuman 2017 conference.

Compensation Dictionary

We’ve compiled a list of fundamental compensation terms and why they’re important to know. Think of this as your comp cheat sheet—terms you need to know to put you on the fast track to becoming that cool comp kid we know you can be. Sure, you’ve heard some of the terms before, but you have no idea what they mean. Not to worry! Download this eBook and you’ll be ‘comp’letely fluent in no time. This ebook contains four sections: Section 1: Comp 101. Section 2: Market Pricing. Section 3: Pay Structures. Section 4: Pay Concerns and Pay Raises.

Zen of Jen – Living in the Moment

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What’s the secret to remaining spry, healthy and happy at the age of 93 years old? Wait, Wait. Don’t Tell Me host Peter Sagal asked this of screenwriter and TV producer Norman Lear on this segment of NPR’s weekly radio news game show. His response was succinct. And brilliant.

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Leaders Who Serve Others Drive Superior Results

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As a leader, how well have you served others? Serving others requires you to be daring, but not in the ways you might imagine. You probably won’t need to bungee jump off a bridge, or engage in some sort of epic battle.

Monkey See Monkey Do: New Leaders Emulate Their Bosses

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Nobody likes to be told what to do, but give them a positive example, and you might be surprised at the results. Consider this social experiment conducted by author Daniel Pink for his TV show Crowd Control , as reported on the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree .

How to Improve the Quality of Leadership Development

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Is leadership development a waste of time? Some might say “yes”, that formal leadership training isn’t worth the time and effort.

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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.

Leadership Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders

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This is one of my favorite quotes from the book. Are you crystal-clear on your purpose? Jon Mertz is. His purpose is to guide, challenge and inspire people of the Millennial generation to fully realize their leadership potential.

Even Good Leaders Lose Against a Bad System

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“The other day I had a revelation at work.”. That’s my friend Sally , chatting with me at lunch. “Oh? How so?”. That’s me, ever the inquisitor. Sally took a new job a few months ago and we were catching up on life.

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A New Book for a New Generation: The New One Minute Manager®

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N ote from Jennifer: I’m honored to host this guest post from Ken Blanchard, business consultant and international best-selling author. Ken and his co-author Spencer Johnson have updated their classic management book “The One Minute Manager.”

10 Simple Phrases that Cast Sunlight

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Last week I wrote about how we are naturally drawn towards positive people because they inspire us. In nature, that’s called the “heliotropic effect,” which describes how plants grow or move towards sunlight. This week, I penned a similar piece, but this time from a leadership angle.

Small Business Compensation Trends for 2018

We’ve developed a special edition of PayScale’s 2018 Compensation Best Practices Report (CBPR) specifically for small businesses. It covers everything from base and variable pay practices to competitive jobs, retention concerns and mergers & acquisitions. Download the free small business edition to gain insights such as: Top compensation priorities and concerns for small businesses in 2018. How small business pay practices differ from other organizational sizes. Ways that small businesses organizations emphasize culture through compensation.

Tips for Improving Your Company’s Leadership Development

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When I interviewed Devin Lemoine for the Smartblog on Leadership article, Is your star player ready for a promotion? she offered up excellent advice for companies seeking to develop their leadership talent.

Scavenger Hunts as an Easy and Cost-Effective Way to Build Teamwork

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Business professionals enjoying a team-building scavenger hunt. This post is brought to you by Strayboots , a company that provides customized mobile-enhanced scavenger hunts for corporate team-building events. See below for full disclosure.

6 Truths about Training and Development

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Helping people learn new things is super-fun. It isn’t always easy, but it’s always gratifying. For over two decades, I was a corporate trainer, conducting in-person learning programs and later, webinars, to a wide array of employees.

Giving Praise as a Way to Increase Your Happiness

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Are you a praise giver or taker? How you respond may offer a clue into your level of happiness at work. Happiness researcher Shawn Achor has made a name for himself studying the many facets of happiness.

There’s Not a Skills Gap in the U.S… or Is There?

Your search for the perfect candidate has resulted in zero perfectly skilled applicants. What’s going on? Enter…the skills gap. This report, ‘The Employment Skills Gap and What To Do About It’, breaks down the issue with solutions you can apply now.

Be Kind to the Person Right in Front of You – #RTOK

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Kindness is free, but sometimes we act as if it’s a rare treasure to hoard. Or, we think small actions won’t make a difference. We’re wrong on both counts. The act of kindness costs nothing but a few moments of time and it reaps huge dividends.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Focus as a Leader

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In the new book The Disciplined Leader , John Manning writes about the importance of focus—and how it drives leadership success. After reading the book, I had the opportunity to ask John some follow up questions. What follows is an edited version of our conversation.

The Career Development Gap – Why Employees Think There’s No Growth Opportunity

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When it comes to advancing their careers, employees aren’t feeling the love. That’s a key finding from a recent white paper produced by TINYPulse, a firm that specializes in gathering data on employee engagement and satisfaction.

#TimSackettDay Honors Victorio Milian

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Today is the fourth annual celebration of Tim Sackett Day. It was started by HR blogger Laurie Ruettimann back in the day when she blogged at The Cynical Girl. Tim Sackett Day honors the unsung heroes in human resources – people who may or may not make the list of “Top HR Influencers.”

Creating the Ideal Candidate Experience

Modern job seekers have high expectations when applying for jobs. Download Newton’s guide for creating the ideal candidate experience to learn how you can attract top candidates and drive them to apply to your positions.