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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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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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On Duty: The Meaning of Leadership in a Risk-Filled World

She is a jet pilot, Ph.D., federal agent, and Amazon best-selling author.  And she is a leader.

L.B. Johnson assumed her duties as a law enforcement agent at about the same time the Twin Towers were falling in New York.  In a world often dominated by the male of the species, she was not just on the team; she was in charge.  She still is.

I asked her if she would be willing to share her perspective on what it means to be a leader and she was quick to say yes.

Embedded in the rich prose she shared, I think you will find something captivating, deeply considered, and very revealing about the true duties of a leader in a risk-filled world, regardless of your gender.

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By |May 4th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on On Duty: The Meaning of Leadership in a Risk-Filled World

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Don’t Fear the Elephants

Nobody said he was a great mathematician.  But he may be the greatest general you never heard of.  His actions over 2,000 years ago are a great example of how you can influence your future by the way you react to what’s coming at you.

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3 Leadership Lessons My Dad Taught Me Without Saying a Word

His dream was crushed, and then they sent him to Texas to do something he had no interest in doing.

Yet to me, he was a success.  How he overcame the setback was one of three huge lessons my father taught me about good leadership.  Today we’ll share those lessons, which can help all of us become better leaders in our own right.

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Waiting for the Light to Change

Are you waiting for permission to proceed?
Traffic signals organize and coordinate the flow of traffic. They keep things safe and orderly. We wait for the green light to proceed.

Organizations have managers and supervisors. They direct the traffic too. Most people wait to be told what to do, then do it.

But leaders don’t wait.

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By |April 13th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Waiting for the Light to Change

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Anatomy of a Fall

Saturday.  A mountainous trail half-marathon.  Mile 11.5.  Rocky down-slope.  Running.

Legs are tired.  They feel like clumsy chunks of solid rubber with hamburger for feet.

Left foot finds an unseen rock, and stops short.  Then the right foot joins the mutiny.

Suddenly anchored, everything rotates earthward.  Not in slow motion, either – it happens fast, unexpectedly.  I twist at the last moment […]

By |April 7th, 2017|Learn Concepts, RapidStart Leadership Blog, Written Blog|Comments Off on Anatomy of a Fall

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