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Crutch Phrases That Weaken Our Leadership

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The crutch phrases we use often weaken our efforts to lead instead of strengthening them; here are three examples to avoid. The post Crutch Phrases That Weaken Our Leadership appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

9 Secrets to Leading Sheep – No Matter How Many Legs They Have

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Leading sheep is not too far different from leading people, as this would-be shepherd learned the hard way; here are 9 secrets to doing it well. The post 9 Secrets to Leading Sheep – No Matter How Many Legs They Have appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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Leaders and Con Men: Should We Follow Their Example?

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When it comes to influencing others, leaders and con men seem to be in the same business. The difference is that we can use three of their tricks from the dark side to do some good. The post Leaders and Con Men: Should We Follow Their Example? appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

Herd Mentality: What We Can Learn About Leadership From Ancient Americans

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Native Americans exploited the herd mentality of the buffalo when hunting them; as social animals ourselves, what does that mean for us as leaders? The post Herd Mentality: What We Can Learn About Leadership From Ancient Americans appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Leading Former Peers: 27 Tips, Tactics, and Techniques

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Leading former peers is one of the most common and most difficult things we'll face as leaders; here are 27 ways to make it a little easier. The post Leading Former Peers: 27 Tips, Tactics, and Techniques appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

Plans are Worthless: Why We Should Plan Anyway

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Eisenhower told a roomfull of military planners that "plans are worthless." Here's what he meant and how understanding his intent can help us face the next emergency. The post Plans are Worthless: Why We Should Plan Anyway appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

Leadership Test: Will You Be Ready When the Challenge Comes?

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Anytime we step into a position of authority, we can expect a leadership test; here's what it might look like, and several ways to respond. The post Leadership Test: Will You Be Ready When the Challenge Comes? appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

7 Stages of Self-Righteousness: Symptoms and Treatments

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Like the stages of grief, I think there are stages of self-righteousness, only they don't end with hope; here's what they are and what we can to do about them. The post 7 Stages of Self-Righteousness: Symptoms and Treatments appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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Leadership Trust: The Secret to Achieving Impossible Things

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Achieving great things requires a leadership trust between leader and led; in one simple story, here's what that means. The post Leadership Trust: The Secret to Achieving Impossible Things appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

The Final Act of Leadership: What Leaders Get Wrong About Succession

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Succession is the final act of leadership, but too many executives get this part wrong; here's what to focus on to get it right. The post The Final Act of Leadership: What Leaders Get Wrong About Succession appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

How to Build the Ideal HR Team (with Limited Time, Budget and Resources)

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when you have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Leadership Tantrums – 15 Reasons to Keep Your Cool

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Leadership tantrums seem to be all too common, but throwing a fit just makes things worse. Here's a short story and 15 quotes about anger to help you keep your cool. The post Leadership Tantrums – 15 Reasons to Keep Your Cool appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

No Finish Line: Finishing is Not Always the Point

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Being the first to the finish line does not always make us winners, and some of the most important races have no finish line at all; here's what that means for leaders. The post No Finish Line: Finishing is Not Always the Point appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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3 Ways to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough

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How do you keep going when it is hard to keep going? These three ideas can help you finish whatever marathon you happen to be running. The post 3 Ways to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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Learning Leadership: Why a Little “Disease” Might Do Us Some Good

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Learning leadership is no simple matter; in fact it requires a certain kind of disease; here's what I mean and why you may want to catch it. The post Learning Leadership: Why a Little “Disease” Might Do Us Some Good appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Leadership Concepts Personal Development dis-ease

Restoring Faith in Humanity One Act at a Time

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The way things seem to be going we may be tempted to lose our faith in humanity. But a simple act by a stranger this weekend shows that perception is flawed, and offers clues as to how we can keep it that way.

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How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work (Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive)

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

How to Lead with Certainty in Uncertain Times

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It's hard to lead with certainty in uncertain times; here are five things to think about and three ways we can lead confidently despite the unknown. The post How to Lead with Certainty in Uncertain Times appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Leadership Skills Problem Solving and Decision Making Dunning-Kruger leadership leading with certainty

Quiet Professionals – Do You Have What It Takes?

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We tend to think of "leaders" as those who are the loudest and most visible, but I think it's the quiet professionals who show us the highest form of the leadership art, as these three stories illustrate. The post Quiet Professionals – Do You Have What It Takes?

Leading Through Transition: Tips for Leaders in Times of Change

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Leading through transition is hard, but here's what we can learn from a flock of snow geese about how to lead effectively when everything is changing. The post Leading Through Transition: Tips for Leaders in Times of Change appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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Don’t Make Lemonade: A Better Approach for When Life Gives Us Lemons

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They say we should look for ways to make lemonade when life hands us lemons; I say we can do better. Here’s an interesting example worth following. The post Don’t Make Lemonade: A Better Approach for When Life Gives Us Lemons appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Personal Development Vision and Goal Setting goal setting lemonade stand Marshall Pickney Wilder Rosewood Country Inn

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How HR Can Promote Mental Health at Work: Actionable Advice to Help Your People Thrive

HR leaders are on the frontlines of a mental health crisis, but the topic can still be taboo—or at least something that’s only talked about reluctantly. What can HR do to help? Download our latest guide to learn the 4 ways you can support the mental health of your employees and identify warning signs of burnout.

Saying No: 9 Ways to Say ‘No’ Without Making Everybody Angry

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Saying no can be hard, but if we are to accomplish the things we have set out to do, we need to find a way; here are 9 ways to make saying no easier. The post Saying No: 9 Ways to Say ‘No’ Without Making Everybody Angry appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Personal Development barking up the wrong tree develemental delegation eric barker Essentialism Greg Mckeown james clear lean in opportunity cost passive no pythagoras savior behavior saying no sheryl sandberg

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The Power of Humility: An Unexciting Story of SEALs in Action

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The power of humility comes from the very fact that it lacks flash. As this short story shows, effective leaders recognize opportunities to act in humble moments so that they can lead best when it matters most.

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Beat the Hamster Wheel: 5 Ways to Keep Going When You’d Rather Not

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It is possible to beat the hamster wheel that our goal-chasing can seem to put us on. Here are five ways to find the joy on the path to our goals. The post Beat the Hamster Wheel: 5 Ways to Keep Going When You’d Rather Not appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Vision and Goal Setting hamster wheel perseverance treadmill

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Non-Verbal Skills for Virtual Team Leaders

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Non-verbal skills are key, but in the virtual team leadership world they are even more critical; here are eight ways to speak more powerfully to your virtual team even before you start using actual words. The post Non-Verbal Skills for Virtual Team Leaders appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Communicating and Presenting Leadership Skills communication skills leadership leadership skills non-verbal virtual teams virtual team leader

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Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

Cleaning House: 5 Leadership Messes to Clean Up Before You Let the Neighbors In

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A neighbor unexpectedly appeared at my door and wanted to come in. Was I ready? What if someone wanted to visit the teams we lead? What leadership messes would we want to get cleaned up?

The Leadership Eye Test: A Simple Checkup for Your Team’s Health

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A leadership "eye" test may be just the thing we need to make sure the long-term health of our team is not in danger; here's a simple way to get a checkup. The post The Leadership Eye Test: A Simple Checkup for Your Team’s Health appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Building Teams and Culture Leadership Concepts eye test I test leadership

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Small Acts of Leadership: 50 Ways to Become More Influential

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Opportunities to influence others are all around us; it's the small acts of leadership that can have the biggest impact; here are 50 ways to get started. The post Small Acts of Leadership: 50 Ways to Become More Influential appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Building Teams and Culture Leadership Skills culture kindness small acts of leadership

Lighthouse Leadership: How to Lead Your Team When the Storm Hits

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Lighthouse leadership is about knowing what direction to steer your team when the storm hits. Here's a captivating short story about heroism in a storm, and four ways to help you lead in the dark.

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Paycor HR Leaders Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 HR and Finance leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

Rapid Deliberation: 7 Ways to Hit the Target While Under Stress

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In times of high stress, reacting in haste is a recipe for disaster; what we need is rapid deliberation. In this post we take our cues from Wyatt Earp, and Army paratroopers, and talk about 7 ways to respond with accuracy when the chips are down. The post Rapid Deliberation: 7 Ways to Hit the Target While Under Stress appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Handling Conflict and Crisis Problem Solving and Decision Making handling stress jumpmaster rapid deliberation slow fix Wyatt Earp

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What’s the Problem? Problem-Solving Lessons-Learned from Moneyball

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"What's the problem?" is the question we should ask before we start looking for solutions, as these clips from the movie 'Moneyball' illustrate beautifully. The post What’s the Problem? Problem-Solving Lessons-Learned from Moneyball appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

Like Geese in a Row – What We Forget About Leadership

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There's something about leadership we can sometimes forget, a line of paddling geese in a row I saw this morning illustrated that point perfectly. The post Like Geese in a Row – What We Forget About Leadership appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Building Teams and Culture Leadership Concepts example geese in a row leadership teamwork vision

Overcoming Fear: Finding Confidence in a Scary World

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Overcoming fear begins by recognizing that fear comes from within and that we have power over it; Jodie's story of struggle and success shows how. The post Overcoming Fear: Finding Confidence in a Scary World appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Personal Development endurance sport fear Ironman triathlon kona leadership overcoming fear personal growth triathlon

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Benefits in a Pandemic: What HR Leaders Need to Know

Building a benefits program for a diverse workforce has always been a top priority, but now it’s become both more important and complex with so much change and uncertainty. Download our latest guide that features emerging benefits employees expect in 2021 and beyond.

Achieving Goals: Five Ways to Make Your Dreams a Reality

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How do we make achieving goals actually happen? The 28th of July was huge for me. I had been chasing a goal for nearly a year, and was doing my best to make it a reality. On that particular Sunday, after months of effort, it happened. What was the … Achieving Goals: Five Ways to Make Your Dreams a Reality Read More ». The post Achieving Goals: Five Ways to Make Your Dreams a Reality appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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Who’s Your Second? Are We Really Leading, or Just in Charge?

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Are you indispensable? Should you be? We make the plans, give the orders, follow-up on everybody and everything. Nothing happens without our say-so. The machine is humming and we are at the controls. It feels like leadership. But is it? Holding it All Together Stanley was charismatic and brilliant. Taking … Who’s Your Second? Are We Really Leading, or Just in Charge? Read More ». The post Who’s Your Second? Are We Really Leading, or Just in Charge?

Virtual Ceremonies: Should They Count?

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We are in an age of virtual ceremonies like the one for my daughters graduation. Do they carry the same meaning? What are the implications for leaders? The post Virtual Ceremonies: Should They Count? appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Building Teams and Culture graduation institutional values values virtual ceremonies

Why I Resolve to do Nothing Next Year

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Before we resolve to do anything next year, here's why I think it's a bad idea, along with three ways to actually achieve the things we seek. The post Why I Resolve to do Nothing Next Year appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Vision and Goal Setting goals habit stacking HMS Resolution new year resolutions setting goals

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How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.