RapidStart Leadership Blog

Keeping Your LeaderShip Afloat: 4 Ways to Get Your Head Above Water

Does it sometimes feel like your attempts at leading are like, oh, I don’t know, paddling a half-submerged pumpkin down a river? 
Last weekend I had the privilege of watching people attempt to do exactly that.  Join me for a video of what happened, and some thoughts about how to keep your LeaderShip afloat, even if it seems to have turned into a Great Wallowing Pumpkin.

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Stop Social Loafing: 6 Ways to Get Everyone Working

How come 1+1+1 does not equal 3?
You would think that the more people on a project, the greater the output.  Sadly, that’s not always the case.  A phenomenon called Social Loafing leads some team members to do the minimum possible.  They drag down group productivity like a boat anchor.

Today we’ll look at why social loafing happens, and six ways you can be sure to get the best effort from everyone.

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Master the Habit Cycle and Achieve Your Goals

What if you could turn making good choices into a habit?
It’s easy to set a goal.  It’s much harder to actually achieve it.  Part of the problem is that to make progress, every day you have to choose to put in the effort.  If you don’t make that choice, failure is just around the corner.  But if you master the habit cycle, you can put your brain on auto-pilot and make the right decisions automatically.  Here’s how.

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Secrets of Social Facilitation: Putting the Audience to Work

What happens to performance if someone is watching?
The answer might surprise you.  Performance isn’t just about the players, it’s also about the audience.  Today we’ll unlock the power of social facilitation and show you how you can use the audience to get the best out of your team.

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What is Your Leadership Legacy?

One of the greatest challenges for leaders is focusing on the invisible part of what we do.  Even as we go about the business of getting things done every day, we are also doing something else.  For better or worse, we are forming and shaping the people on our teams into into their future selves; we are leaving a leadership legacy.  A short walk in an old-growth forest on the Oregon coast yielded a surprising discovery about this truth, and what it means to really have an inpact as a leader.

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By |September 12th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on What is Your Leadership Legacy?

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Bridging the Gap to Your Goals: Building a Span That Lasts

If there is a gap between where we are and where we want to go, often the way across is to construct a bridge.  But if you ignore the environment the bridge is built in, you risk spectacular collapse, as the engineers of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge learned in 1940.  Whether you are building a real bridge, or bridging the gap to your goal you need a span that can withstand the pressures of life; here’s how.

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By |September 5th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Bridging the Gap to Your Goals: Building a Span That Lasts

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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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Creating Unexpected Wins: Leadership Lessons from “Team Short People”

[Guest Post*]   Everyone loves an underdog story, but much of the time, we only perceive the underdogs as such because we are overlooking the strengths that really matter. In the story of David and Goliath, the fact is, much of David’s unexpected win boils down to the fact that his sling was more powerful than his adversary realized.

Today I am going to tell you another underdog story from my time as a trail worker in Colorado. Through it, I will show you how to see your team’s strengths for what they really are, create a more balanced team dynamic, and set yourself up for more unexpected wins.

Goliaths of the world beware.

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By |August 22nd, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on Creating Unexpected Wins: Leadership Lessons from “Team Short People”

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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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