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Space to Think: 8 Ways to Find Quiet in a Noisy World

 How do you find the space to think in a noisy world?
We are bombarded all day long by messages telling us what to do, and what to think.  Someone else is always trying to put their thoughts into our heads.

Whether it’s friends, family, media, or the boss, all of them want our eyes, our time, and our compliance.  In such a noisy world it’s hard to find the space we need to think for ourselves.

But if we don’t, then we’re just going along for the ride.  And when the ride finally stops, we are sure to be in for disappointment.

Where did the time go?  How did I get here?  Was it worth it?

To be successful (however we choose to define that term) we have to think for ourselves, generate thoughts of our own, and decide the direction that’s best for us.  Doing that requires finding some space to think.  Here are eight ways to make that happen.

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Delegating Effectively: It’s Not Tennis

If I’m delegating effectively, why do I always seem to have the ball?
We all know that as leaders we need to delegate effectively.  As one boss even told me, “You have to delegate or die!” But sometimes it can seem like that ball keeps bouncing back into your hands.

You start to wonder, what’s the point of delegating if I still end up doing all the work?  I think it all has to do with understanding what game you are playing.

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By |October 31st, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on Delegating Effectively: It’s Not Tennis

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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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By |October 3rd, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Videos|Comments Off on Master the Habit Cycle and Achieve Your Goals

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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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By |September 26th, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on Secrets of Social Facilitation: Putting the Audience to Work

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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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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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By |July 20th, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on Howling at The Moon: One Way to Handle Criticism

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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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By |July 18th, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on How to be Decisive: 9 Ways to Make a Decision You Won’t Regret

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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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By |July 6th, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on Independence Day: 7 Ways to Defuse Conflict and Assert Your Freedom

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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.

Look at it this […]

By |June 6th, 2017|RapidStart Leadership Blog, Take Action, Written Blog|Comments Off on How to be Successful: The 9,051-Step Plan

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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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