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Fearless and thriving in an Age of Acceleration

For most of us catching our breath on the speed train of change, this title may sound impossible. But I truly believe there has never been a greater time of promise and potential!   This is especially true after the 2017 PEO conference where we heard from incredible speakers about the realities and exciting possibilities for the future of work. We spent three days examining all areas affecting our world and some of the findings have…
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Do Seasoned Leaders Need a Younger Mentor?

By Leon Goren Continuous and active learning is crucial for the overall success and growth of a leader. Especially in this world where everything is changing at a rapid pace. I think we all know this to be true. But is it possible to learn from someone younger? Well, I sure did!   Millennials have been a trending topic in the mainstream media and in our own work places, as PEO members. We recognize that millennials are not just the majority…
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Eight skills to foster innovation

by Leon Goren Lots of leaders say they want their employees to "think outside the box" and be creative and innovative. But many organizations don't take the steps needed to make that happen. Companies need to, though, since fostering a culture of innovation produces exponential growth that every business must seek. Here are key skills that will produce growth: Be a discovery-driven leader – Those who drive innovation within their organizations…
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Are you a discovery or delivery-driven leader?

by Leon Goren “If you want to grow through innovation you need to think differently and act differently.” That’s one insight Hal Gregersen shared at one of our annual PEO conferences. Hal drew a distinction between discovery-driven and delivery-driven leaders. Innovation and growth come from the discovery-driven leader. Those who drive innovation within their organizations spend four months a year in discovery. They focus on mastering…
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Putting value on a network.

by Leon Goren No one can build a great business alone. And anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to themselves. Whether you are a leader of a small business or an established industry player, having access to high-quality objective advice enhances both the leader’s and organization’s odds of success. I know this because without a network I would not have been able to expand and enhance the value of PEO. When we connect with a diverse…
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Are you a giver, a taker or a matcher?

by Leon Goren Adam Grant, one of our previous speakers at the annual PEO conference, thinks that success in business depends heavily on your answer to this question: Are you a giver, a taker or a matcher? In other words, how do you approach interactions with people? Givers are others-focused and strive to be generous in sharing their time, energy and connections. Matchers believe in tit-for-tat and have relationships governed by an even…
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Want to build or regain your enthusiasm in life? Consider whether you are operating with a mental edge.

by Leon Goren Have you been around people who have a distinct hunger and fire to succeed?  These are folks for whom success is critical and there is absolutely no substitute.  One of the first things you realize about these people is that they have a tremendous amount of energy.  Their energy comes from devoting themselves to what excites them. I call it having a mental edge.  Mental edge means being fueled by excitement and purpose…
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Thinking about setting up an Advisory Board for you and your Company?

by Leon Goren I recently had a conversation with one of our members about the role a “dedicated” advisory board can play in assisting an owner and/or CEO leading a private business. I used the word “dedicated” because this is different than what we offer at PEO where both owners and leaders participate in shared advisory boards. The offering and expectations are quite different. I thought I would share some of our thinking below and…
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Senior Leaders Need Mentors Too

[by Leon Goren, connect on Twitter, @LeonGoren, follow on LinkedIn] “Lonely at the top” is a reality of success most leaders experience, yet very few discuss. It’s a very hard concept to grasp – after all, stakeholders look to leaders for strength, guidance and encouragement. There are those, be it employees or the first line management team, who conceptually understand the idea of “lonely at the top” but would never expect…
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