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Howling at The Moon: One Way to Handle Criticism

It can be tough to handle criticism.  As leaders we need to be open and ready to listen to the good, the bad, and the ugly.

How we respond to that criticism after listening can take many forms.

The story is told of a man out walking with Abraham Lincoln one day.

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How to be Decisive: 9 Ways to Make a Decision You Won’t Regret

How can you be decisive if you don’t know what decision to make?
Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  That sounds like good advice, but how do you decide which fork to take?

Which one will have the greatest payoff?  Which will you be least likely to regret?

Indecision bogs us down and costs us time, momentum, and opportunity.  To break the stalemate, here are nine ways to help you make that decision with confidence.

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Independence Day: 7 Ways to Defuse Conflict and Assert Your Freedom

Do our reflexive reactions cause unnecessary fireworks?
Conflict is inevitable in any human enterprise; how we handle that conflict is where leadership comes in.  Too often we seem bound to react instinctively: voices rise, pressure grows, and soon it’s fireworks like the 4th of July.  But to lead effectively requires us to cast off the tyranny of instinct in favor of a more productive response.  To do that, here are seven ways to defuse conflict and declare your own Independence Day.

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How to be Successful: The 9,051-Step Plan

Can you imagine climbing a staircase that is one mile high?
Seems like a lot, right?  It would be the same as climbing the Empire State Building more than four times, the Washington Monument nine times, or Niagara Falls 31 times.

But an amazing feat like climbing a mile-high staircase may not be as challenging as it seems.

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New Leader Checklist: 4 Questions to Ask if You Want to Lead Effectively

Whether it’s your first leadership position or your fifty-first, taking over can be a challenging business.  One key to success? Don’t start out by answering questions; start by asking them.  Today we’ll talk about four new leader questions you should ask, and how to get the answers so that you can lead confidently and effectively.

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By |June 2nd, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on New Leader Checklist: 4 Questions to Ask if You Want to Lead Effectively

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Why You Should Value the Nonconformist

I’m not paying you to agree with me.  I’m paying you to think.
That’s Colin Powell’s approach to leadership.

When it’s time for planning and problem-solving, the best leaders aren’t looking for unity and agreement.

They want the opposite.

They want dialogue, a clash of ideas.  It’s not the time to get comfortable.  It’s the time to seek discomfort.

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By |May 25th, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on Why You Should Value the Nonconformist

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Disrupting the Routine: 7 Ways to Change for the Good

There are some who will tell you, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  I don’t necessarily agree.  “Functioning” doesn’t always mean “fully optimized,” and without change, we risk falling into a rut, losing perspective, and falling behind.

To grow and stay competitive, you have to change.  Here’s why it’s important to disrupt the routine once in a while, and seven simple ways that you can stir things up for the good.

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By |May 23rd, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on Disrupting the Routine: 7 Ways to Change for the Good

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White Gold: A Story of Persistence

With obstacles, frustrations and nay-sayers, how do you find the persistence  you need to succeed?
It’s one thing to have a great idea or an inspiring vision.  Sticking with it until you are successful can be an entirely different matter.  In this instant-gratification world, we can all learn a thing or two about persistence from the story of Samuel Platt and an unexpected discovery he made over 150 years ago.

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By |May 9th, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on White Gold: A Story of Persistence

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Play Your Part

Are you giving it your best?
I was watching The Tonight Show recently – the opening monologues are often funny, and other parts of the show can be entertaining.  The musical guest that night seemed interesting, so I fast forwarded to watch their performance.

On stage were the two rappers, some percussionists, a 16-person gospel choir complete with director, and a pianist at a big beautiful grand piano.

After watching a while, it was the piano player who caught my attention.

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By |April 18th, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on Play Your Part

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How to Build Team Culture One Test at a Time

We all recognize that building team culture is important   We know a strong team culture can have a huge positive impact on team effectiveness, employee engagement, and overall productivity.  The question is, where does it come from?  How do we build it?

To me, the short answer is that culture is shaped most powerfully by what happens when things go wrong.  I happened to see this first-hand some years ago when I watched a team on the verge of collapse do something that amazed me.  More importantly, their actions cemented their team culture even in the face of failure.  It’s something we can all learn from.

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By |February 28th, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on How to Build Team Culture One Test at a Time

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