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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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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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The Secret to Growing Good Tomatoes (and People)

 

 

 
Of plants, tomatoes seemed the most human… – John Updike
If what John Updike says of tomatoes is true, my neighbor is reminding me of an important lesson about working with people.

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By |August 3rd, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on The Secret to Growing Good Tomatoes (and People)

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Pulling Together: What it Takes to Build Group Cohesion

When you all pull together, it pulls you all together.
What happens if you have two groups of people who don’t like working together?  How do you get them to function as one?  In a strange experiment over 60 years ago that evokes images of Lord of the Flies, a researcher discovered one very effective way to accomplish this.

Today we’ll talk about what happened, and how we can apply what he learned to improve our own group cohesion.

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By |August 1st, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Pulling Together: What it Takes to Build Group Cohesion

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Building Bridges: How Leaders Grow Loyalty

Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
– Sun Tzu, Art of War
How do you grow loyalty?  Consider this story.

A marketing specialist was given her first major assignment to test market a new product.  She worked on the project diligently, giving it her best effort.

But when the results came in, she realized that she had made an error in setting up the test.  It would have to be done over again.

The problem was that there was no time to talk with her boss about it before the meeting when she was to report her findings.

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By |July 27th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Building Bridges: How Leaders Grow Loyalty

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The Golden Rule, With a Twist

No written word nor spoken plea,
Can teach your team what they should be,
Nor all the books on all the shelves,
It’s what the leader is himself.
– from Wooden on Leadership
The most powerful form of leading is personal example.

It’s a simple idea.

Be the way you want others to be.

Do the kinds of things you want others to do.

If they trust you, your team will begin to act as you act.

It’s really the Golden Rule: do to others what you would want done to do to you.

But to be a leader, there’s a twist:

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By |July 13th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on The Golden Rule, With a Twist

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Wading the Mississippi: Six Surprising Secrets of Success I Learned from Ol’ Man River

What does it take to achieve great things?
Last week, I waded across the Mississippi River.

Really.

And as I thought about that accomplishment, it seemed this great river had a lot to say about what it takes to achieve something great.  Here are six secrets of success the mighty Mississippi taught me that day, and how any of us can use them to achieve great things ourselves.

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Leadership Incubator

I think one thing often overlooked in the world of leadership is patience.

We’re always in a hurry to get things done.  We have to produce results immediately.  Yesterday, if at all possible.

To make that happen, some leaders reduce themselves to the idea of “the louder and harsher the better.”

Kind of in the same way that someone traveling in a foreign land might try to make himself better understood by speaking louder and louder.

But not all things work that way.  Some things, like learning a language, take time.  They take patience.  They take steady application.

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By |June 22nd, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Leadership Incubator

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Leading Spaghetti – How to Use Your Noodle to Lead Your Team

“If you’re a leader, you don’t push wet spaghetti, you pull it.”
– Bill Mauldin
Bill Mauldin was a famous cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, the newspaper widely read by American GIs during World War II.

It’s easy to get his metaphor about leading spaghetti, and it makes sense, sort of.  But since Bill was into humor, let’s see if we can have a little fun with this, plus, I think we can take this idea one step farther.

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By |June 15th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Leading Spaghetti – How to Use Your Noodle to Lead Your Team

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Winning at Chaos: How to Succeed When it All Falls Apart

Today is June 9th.  D-Day, the Allied Invasion of Normandy took place 73 years and three days ago, heralding the beginning of the end of the Axis powers in Europe during World War II.

Much has been written about the big strategic decisions before the invasion.  What sometimes gets missed are the thousands of little, tactical decisions made on the ground afterwards.  Allied planners knew things could go wrong, so they gave their leaders two critical tools to help them win in the chaos.  Today we’ll talk about what those tools were and how you can use them to succeed with your “Army.”

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