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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.

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.

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Team Rituals: 35 Pretty Good Ideas to Strengthen Your Culture

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Team rituals play a critical role in building the strength of our cultures and the power of our organizations; here are 35 ways to put team rituals to work for you. The post Team Rituals: 35 Pretty Good Ideas to Strengthen Your Culture appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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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.

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HR Benchmark Report: How to Recruit, Coach & Develop Teams

Do you really want a team of all-stars? Instead of trying to hire all Type A high performers, research shows it’s much more effective to hire a mix of personalities. In this report, Paycor will explain why and how to go about assembling, coaching, and developing effective teams at work.

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.

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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.

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Set and Forget Leadership: How to Delegate So You Won’t Get Burned

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"Set and forget leadership" is all too common, and it can get us into trouble when it comes to delegating work; here's how to delegate without getting burned. The post Set and Forget Leadership: How to Delegate So You Won’t Get Burned appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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.

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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.

Establishing Trust: Why the Details Matter

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How do we establish trust? We know that establishing trust is a key to leading well, but how do we go about it? An unexpected encounter in the back of a dark garage shines a light on how we can build the trust we need to lead. Not as it … Establishing Trust: Why the Details Matter Read More ».

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3 Reasons to Invest in a Learning Culture: RECRUIT, RETAIN, ENGAGE

One of the least explored and most effective ways to drive recruiting, retention, and overall employee engagement is to establish a learning culture. If this is an area where you need help (or if you could just use a refresher) let Paycor walk you through actionable tips and insights on how you can develop the learning culture that works best for your business.

Jolly Rancher Leadership – It’s Not About the Candy

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Jolly Rancher leadership isn't about handing out candy, it's about being where we are most needed and helping our teams when their stuggle is greatest. The post Jolly Rancher Leadership – It’s Not About the Candy appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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.

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Getting Their Attention: How to Bend time With The Oddball Effect

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How can we get our teammates to sit up and take notice? By slowing down time. Odd as it may seem, we can actually do this, and unlocking this power can be an effective leadership tool. It involves a simple concept called the oddball effect.

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The Thing at the Back of the Garage

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There’s something hiding in the back of the garage that helps me keep what’s important in the front of my mind; should you have one too? The post The Thing at the Back of the Garage appeared first on RapidStart Leadership. Personal Development focus gratitude spotlight value

Setting Limits: 15 Ways to Do More By Giving Ourselves Less

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Is having no limits really a good thing? We often find ourselves wishing that the limitations in our lives were gone. We yearn for a mythical time when we can do whatever we want however we want for as long as we want.

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

Leaders Go First: The Surprising Impact of Making the First Move

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We know that leaders go first, that's part of the definition of being a leader. But there's a surprising impact that going first can have on those who follow that is more powerful than we may have thought.

Planning to Be Lucky: Are We Betting on the Wrong Thing?

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Can we really plan to be lucky? He said, “Luck is the residue of design.” Who was it, and what did he mean? And more importantly, how can we put his idea to work so that the lucky breaks come when we roll the dice? All that and more in … Planning to Be Lucky: Are We Betting on the Wrong Thing?

Following the Follower: 15 Ways to Lead Better by Following Better

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Can being better followers make us better leaders? Focusing on following may seem an odd way to tackle the challenges of leading, but there’s a power in this approach we can easily overlook. There’s a danger in ignoring it, too.

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.

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How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Overloaded: The Thing That Keeps Us From Leading Well

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“Are we carrying around things that make us poor leaders?” ” It’s easy to collect things, harder to let them go.

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Visualization Techniques: 5 Simple Ways We Can Influence the Future

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Can visualization techniques help us see into the future? I think they can. Better, I think they can help us shape that future the way we want it to turn out. Done well, visualization techniques are a great tool for simulating future experiences before they happen so we can influence the outcomes.

Leading Your Army: Is This Really the One You Wanted?

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If leading your army feels like a parade, you might be doing it wrong. Appearances are important, and first impressions matter, but too often we can find ourselves overly focused on how things look at the expense of how well they function.

Reintroducing Quibbling: The Kryptonite of Leadership

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What is quibbling and why does it matter to leaders? Do you remember watching Superman, and seeing what happens to him when he comes in contact with Kryptonite? How weak and ineffective he becomes?

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Change the Game: 7 Ways to Build Teammates Who Can Do More

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How do we increase the odds of “winning” with the team we have? At the beginning of any game, everyone starts with the same number of players on the board. And in the rush to get things done, we focus on moving those players around the best we can.

Preparing for Success: 8 Ways to Stack the Odds in Your Favor

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What does preparing for success look like? In this short video, a small team prepares to break a major barrier of human achievement; here's what it takes. The post Preparing for Success: 8 Ways to Stack the Odds in Your Favor appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

The Dangers of Taking the Easy Way

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“What’s wrong with taking the easy way?” ” Sometimes the answer to our problem seems easy. But the easy solution may not always be the right one.

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The Eraser Test: How to Know When It’s Time for a Change

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How do we know when to change the plan? A casual remark by a friend last week got me thinking about the idea of flexibility and change. As leaders, we choose the objectives and set the course.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

The After Action Review: A Leader’s Guide

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How do you improve your team with an After Action Review? The After Action Review (AAR) is a deceptively simple yet powerful way to stimulate the growth and performance of any group of people.

Comfortably Uncomfortable: 7 Ways Seeking Discomfort Makes You Better

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Hey, I’m here at a local Park in Minnesota, getting ready to do my weekly tempo run. Believe it or not, I think that there is a very close parallel between learning to run fast and becoming a better leader, and it has to do with discomfort.

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Are You a Potential Leader? 7 Ways to Get Noticed

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Are you a potential leader who’s just looking for an opportunity? Do you think you have what it takes, and just need others to notice your leadership ability? If so, this video is for you.

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Authentic Leadership: Ornamental Hermits and Why We Should Avoid Them

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In the middle of the 18th century in Europe, it was fashionable to have your own personal hermit. Sounds crazy, I know, but there it is. How did this come about, and more importantly, what can it tell us about authentic leadership?

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Kings, Cannibals, and Cultural Bias: Overcoming the Limitations of Convention

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A strange encounter between a French king and several cannibals from South America sheds light on cultural bias, and what it takes for leaders to see past the limits of our own experience. Are You Not Amazed? Three cannibals stood before the boy king, and they were puzzled.

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Seeking Discomfort: 7 Ways to Embrace Uncomfortable Feedback

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No one likes to hear that they are not doing well, have weaknesses, or are not measuring up in some way. As leaders it often falls to us to give this kind of feedback to others, and that can be difficult. But what about receiving it?

21 Acts of Kindness to Make the World a Better Place

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“What’s the maximum effective range of a good deed?” ” It was 4:30 in the morning. Two weary fire fighters walked into a local diner in New Jersey. Smelling of smoke and tired from battling a warehouse fire all night, they were hungry and needed a rest.

Transformational Leadership: 5 Steps to a Brighter Future with Your Team

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He found a creative way to complain about a relationship gone bad, but the words of his song reveal the difference between merely managing people and truly leading them. What did he say?

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Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.