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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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?

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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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.

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.

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.

Building a Team: What to Look for When Assembling Your Squad

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Whether we get to choose who will be on our team, or we have to work with the people we have right now, building a team for the long-haul is not something we can do overnight.

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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?

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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?

Leadership Exercises: 7 Ways to Build Your Influencing Muscles

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Are there any leadership exercises I can do? Someone asked this question recently, and I thought it was a good one. Learning leadership is tricky business. It’s not like practicing musical scales or pumping iron at the gym.

Where Did Everybody Go? 23 Ways to Stick With Your Goals

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It’s happening already. If you go to a gym or fitness facility, you know this to be true: there’s that sudden influx of new faces in the new year. With the turn of the calendar often comes a desire to turn over a new leaf, and fitness goals feature prominently. … Where Did Everybody Go?

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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.

Overcoming Indecision: 7 Ways to Find the Strength to Make the Leap

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“Indecision may or may not be the problem.” ” – Jimmy Buffett Have you ever gotten to the point where you think you know what you want to do, but had a hard time actually committing to doing it?

Finding the Right Direction: How do You Know Which Way to Go?

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Life is full of choices; how do you know the right direction to take? The choice one woman makes while walking alone out in the American southwest can serve as a good example for the rest of us in how to choose the right path to follow.

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Type 2 Fun: The Secret to Achieving Your Goals

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Who knew there were different categories of fun? Not all fun is created equal. If you want to accomplish great things, it’s the Type 2 fun that you’re looking for.

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Learning to Fly: Innovation, Risk, and Leadership in the Real World

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Most of us have probably heard of the Wright Brothers and their invention of the airplane. But did you know that one of their earlier flights featured a canoe strapped to the bottom of their flying machine?

Leadership Acoustics – 3 Ways to Send a Message That Gets Heard

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“What do we have to do to make sure our message gets through?” When it comes to leadership acoustics, there are three key things to be aware of if we want others to hear what we are trying to say.

Leading Experienced People: How to Overcome 3 Dilemmas That Make it Hard

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What is it about leading experienced people that makes it so challenging? They know more than we do. They have been there longer. They already have their ways of doing things. Then we walk in and we’re expected to tell them what to do, and when to do it.

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New Leader Checklist: 4 Questions to Ask if You Want to Lead Effectively

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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.

New Manager Nightmares: 11 Creepy Leaders and How to Avoid Morphing Into One

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“Have you experienced New Manager Nightmares?” ” You are going about your business when suddenly a new manager walks in. A dark cloud seems to blot out the sun, reality distorts, work grinds to a halt, and nothing seems normal anymore.

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Making Noise: 3 Tips for Better Leading in a Noisy World

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“Are we making progress, or just making noise?” Mark Twain has said a lot of funny and interesting things, but do you know what he said about chickens and eggs? Or how his comment applies to good leadership? Stick around and I’ll tell you in this edition of “Lines for … Making Noise: 3 Tips for Better Leading in a Noisy World Read More ». The post Making Noise: 3 Tips for Better Leading in a Noisy World appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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Stop Social Loafing: 6 Ways to Get Everyone Working

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How come 1+1+1 does not equal 3? You would think that the more people on a project, the greater the output. Sadly, that’s not always the case. A phenomenon called Social Loafing leads some team members to do the minimum possible. They drag down group productivity like a boat anchor.