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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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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.

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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.

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 Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

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).

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.

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.

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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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.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

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.

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.

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?

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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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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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Benefits benchmarking data for better employee and organizational wellbeing

Recognize your strengths and identify opportunities to retain valuable employees, increase employee engagement and achieve organizational goals. See where you stand against trends informed by nearly 4,000 employers and face your future with confidence.

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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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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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.

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. Especially the summer of my 13th year when my Uncle Myron planted a full ACRE of vegetables for us to harvest. So when I received a pitch to review Jay Izso’s book Lessons from the Farm: Essentials Rules for Success how could I say no? Farming communities are a dear part of my history.

How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

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. For the first month, you listened, networked, took copious notes and asked lots of questions. And wow, there are so many opportunity for improvement; the list of ideas is a mile long! It’s exciting, and you’re ready to start making some changes.

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. From her, I learned how to thrive outside the safety of my home. But in my heart of hearts, I was a solitary girl who preferred long silent walks in the woods of southwest Michigan. Many a Saturday afternoon was whiled away, reading in my bedroom.

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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. While the youngest Gen Zers are still in elementary school, the oldest of this generation have college diplomas in hand and are getting ready to head into the workplace.

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

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.

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. Pair that with the fact that less than 6% of companies have a specific plan to address the aging workforce , and leaders may be caught flat-footed when working with team members who are in their sixth (or seventh) decade of life.

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. Factors such as clear goal-setting and team member dependability are certainly important, but they’re not what definitively sets great teams apart from their average counterparts.

Renewing Your Leadership Purpose with Compassion

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Years ago, when I was a 23 year old assistant human resources manager at a department store, one of our sales associates suffered a heart attack and died while at work. At the time, I was out of town, attending my grandfather’s funeral. Upon my return to work, my boss Mary told me what had happened and carefully gauged my reaction. She was concerned about me suffering two losses in quick succession.

The D&I Garden: Seeds of Innovation that Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

Speaker: Donald Fan, Senior Director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart Inc.

In the digital era, rife with uncertainty and ambiguity, innovation plays an essential role in sustaining organic growth and outperforming the global competition. Research proves time and again, there exists a robust bond between innovation and diversity & inclusion (D&I); our challenge is to help our leaders understand how to plant the seeds of innovation in the fertile D&I garden in order to drive a strategic and competitive advantage from the office and in the digital landscape.

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. There is a way to help turn things around: respect your learner’s adult-ness. By doing this, you will diffuse much of your learners’ dysfunctional behaviors.

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?) But truly, if you want to get a jump on being ready for the new year, set aside a bit of time to reflect and clear the decks.

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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. Fast-forward a decade, and Langford has once again stepped into the spotlight with a second edition of her book, The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success. In this age where manners in business seem nearly extinct, I was curious to know why someone would invest the energy to publish a second edition on the topic.

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.

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.