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Leading Virtual Teams: 12 Powerful Ways to Lead a Team You Can’t See

How do you lead a team that’s not there?
It’s hard enough to be a good leader when your teammates are in the same room.  But what about when they aren’t even in the same time zone?

When you can’t look someone directly in the eye, things get much more challenging.  Yet leading virtual teams is the future.  Studies show that 25% of jobs involve teaming from distant locations.  That number is only going to grow.

If you are a leader, chances are good you may be leading some of them soon, if you aren’t already.  So today we’ll look at 12 things you can do to overcome the challenge of leading a team that’s somewhere else.

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Listening Skills for Leaders: 8 Ways to be Sure You Get the Message

Have you ever been in a situation where you had something to say, but people didn’t seem to be listening?  How did that make you feel?  I’m guessing your response would not include words like  “understood,” or “respected.”  Listening skills are are often overlooked in leaders and yet are so essential to our ability to lead.  We’ll try to fix some of that today by giving you eight ways to be a better leader by listening.

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By |August 29th, 2017|Communicate, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Listening Skills for Leaders: 8 Ways to be Sure You Get the Message

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Influencing Outcomes: 3 Ways to Get the Ending You Want

Can we change opinions by changing expectations?
A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology seems to think so.  He conducted a simple but revealing experiment that speaks volumes about how humans form opinions.

Spoiler alert:  we are not nearly as independent-minded as we like to think.  But that’s good news if you happen to be in the business of trying to influence others.

Today we’ll talk about that experiment and use his findings to help us start influencing outcomes to get the result we are looking for.

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By |August 15th, 2017|Communicate, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Influencing Outcomes: 3 Ways to Get the Ending You Want

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Stage Magic: 3 Ways to Amplify Your Leadership Message

Getting our leadership message across to the team can be a challenge. But as leaders, we can forget that by virtue of our position, we are up on a stage.

And like the stage occupied by actors and musicians, there are some great tools available to us, if we’re smart about how we use them.

All that became clear after a brief encounter with a singer a while ago, who showed me that you don’t need to be big to get your leadership message across clear and strong.

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By |August 8th, 2017|Communicate, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Stage Magic: 3 Ways to Amplify Your Leadership Message

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Stop Yourself! 4 Ways to Grow Your Team by Shutting Your Mouth

As leaders we are responsible for getting things done through people.  But in our rush to see results, we risk becoming our own worst enemy.  If we are not careful, our well-meaning actions can breed frustration, cause discontent, and undermine trust.  Today we’ll talk about leader patience and when to apply it in a way that will strengthen your team instead of strangling it.

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By |June 20th, 2017|Communicate, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Stop Yourself! 4 Ways to Grow Your Team by Shutting Your Mouth

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Leader Isolation: 6 Ways to Conquer Loneliness at the Top

We are not alone…
…but sometimes it can feel that way.  Leadership can bring with it a sense of isolation.  You seem to be the only one bearing the burden of responsibility, setting the standard, and trying to balance the demands of your boss with the realities on the ground.

Today we’ll talk about how these things can leave you feeling a little bit lonely, and give you six solid ways to conquer that sense of leader isolation.

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By |June 13th, 2017|Communicate, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Leader Isolation: 6 Ways to Conquer Loneliness at the Top

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Modeling Success: Three Ways to Communicate Effectively Without Words

Success doesn’t come easy, and the more complex the challenge, the harder it can be to communicate effectively with your team.  Sometimes, the more you talk, the more words can get in the way.  One way to cut through the noise is modeling success.

If you can show them what success looks like, it can help them visualize what they need to do, improve teamwork, and get you a positive result a lot faster.  Today we’ll talk about what modeling success looks like, and three ways you can put this modeling idea to good use.

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By |April 11th, 2017|Communicate, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Modeling Success: Three Ways to Communicate Effectively Without Words

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The Simple Secret to the Best PowerPoint Presentation I Ever Saw

It was the best PowerPoint presentation I had ever seen.  It happened over 10 years ago, but even now I can remember specifics.  What made it so memorable?  So effective?  In this post, I’ll tell you the simple presentation secret, and how you can use it to add power to your presentations.

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By |December 15th, 2016|Communicate, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on The Simple Secret to the Best PowerPoint Presentation I Ever Saw

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From Disaster to Master: Five Presentation Tips to Cut Through the Static

There are two parts to a presentation:  your message, and how you transmit that message to your audience.  Too often a good message can get lost in the static of a bad transmission.

Not long ago I was on the receiving end of this unfortunate combination.  To help us all be better communicators, here is what happened, and five presentation tips you can use to make sure the signal you are sending comes through loud and clear.

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Pose Power: How to Lead Better in Only Two Minutes

Can the way you stand or sit make you a better leader?  Short answer: Yes, I believe it can.  There are two main ways that this happens, and we’ll be talking about how you can put them both to work to enhance your ability to lead.

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By |November 16th, 2016|Communicate, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Videos|Comments Off on Pose Power: How to Lead Better in Only Two Minutes

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