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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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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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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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.

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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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?

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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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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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.

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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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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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?

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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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?

Team Leadership: 4 Simple Steps to Getting Stuff Done

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“Can Team Leadership really be boiled down into four steps?” ” Leaders are always busy, and whatever we are involved with, things only seem to grow more complicated over time. As complexity grows, it can help to view our roles as leaders in the simplest terms possible.

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.

Running 50 Miles: 6 Lessons in Perseverance

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What’s it like to run an Ultra-Marathon, and how do you motivate yourself to finish any great challenge? Today’s post will be a little different.

Guaranteed Bull’s-Eye: How to Put Goal Achievement on Automatic

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How can we be sure our efforts will lead to goal achievement? Here’s a unique way one person answered this question, and what we can learn about how to make sure our own efforts result in the goal achievement we hope for.

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The Power of Asking Questions: 7 Ways Questions are More Powerful Than Answers

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How can asking questions be more powerful than answering them? In the effort to demonstrate our worthiness to lead, often we find ourselves in a hurry to provide answers. People want guidance, direction, and need to understand priorities.

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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.

Leadership Mistakes: 3 Things to Do When You Really Step In It

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What should the leader do when he makes a mistake? Nobody likes to “step in it,” but leadership mistakes will happen. What you do when they occur makes all the difference. Do these three things well, and you may end up with a stronger team than you started with. Stepping In It.

How to Build Influence: Go From Gofer to Go-To with These 3 Simple Steps

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“How do you build influence if you are the low person on the totem pole?” We all have to start somewhere, and usually that somewhere is at the bottom of the heap. So how is it that some people seem to climb higher faster than others?

What’s the Difference Between Manager and Leader, and Why Does It Matter?

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Why should we care about the difference between manager and leader? I was having coffee with a new friend last week. He had been recently promoted to his first supervisory position.

Leadership Interview: 7 Ways to Talk About Leadership Experience When You Don’t Have Any

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“In any leadership interview, they are going to ask about your experience. What if you don’t have any?” Everyone has to start somewhere. Moving up in the organizational hierarchy often involves taking on a formal leadership role.

14 Ways to Make People Feel Important

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She started her own business late in life and turned it into a multi-million dollar enterprise. She donated millions to worthy causes. She was once named the most outstanding business woman of the 20th century.

Leader Isolation: 6 Ways to Conquer Loneliness at the Top

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We are not alone… …but sometimes it can feel that way. Leadership can bring with it a sense of isolation. You seem to be the only one bearing the burden of responsibility, setting the standard, and trying to balance the demands of your boss with the realities on the ground.

Problem Solving Steps: 3 Steps to Take Before You Take Any Steps

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Is the first problem solving step really ‘Identify the Problem?’ If you’ve ever watched someone who is tired or emotional struggling to solve a problem, you know that somebody forgot a step in the problem solving process.

Getting Them to Listen: How to Get People to Hear What You are Saying

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Why should anyone listen to you? If you’re trying to lead people, one of the first challenges you face might be just getting them to listen. This can be doubly challenging if you happen to be newer to the team or younger than the others.

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Leading When Things Go Wrong: Playing Soccer on the Ice

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What do you do when things go wrong? Leading can seem fun and easy when things are going our way, but it’s when things go wrong that true leaders emerge.

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Bad vs. Good: Why Does the Bad Seem to Outweigh the Good?

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“When it comes to Bad vs. Good, why do bad things get all the attention?” ” There’s a struggle between good and bad and it’s happening on our teams. The bad news? The “bad” is far more powerful than the “good.” ” The good news?

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Unstoppable: 12 Ways to Find the Courage to Continue

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“How do your find the courage to continue?” ” Teddy Roosevelt once reminded us that “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” ” But in our struggles to achieve, that difficulty can be enough to make us want to quit. Where can we … Unstoppable: 12 Ways to Find the Courage to Continue Read More ». The post Unstoppable: 12 Ways to Find the Courage to Continue appeared first on RapidStart Leadership.

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The Ransberger Pivot: How to Win an Argument By Not Arguing

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“Do you ever really ‘win’ an argument?” When someone says something that we don’t agree with, our first impulse is often to contradict or correct them. They are wrong. We are right. Then they argue back. The debate becomes heated, personal, and ultimately counterproductive. No minds are changed.

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The Leader Apprentice: 5 Ways to Master the Learning Mindset

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Kennedy said that “leadership and learning are indispensable to each other,” so how do we make sure we keep learning? It’s easy to get caught up in the daily business of getting things done.

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Who’s in Your Canoe? 5 Things to Consider When Building a New Team

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I’m building a new team; who should be on it? Often we just inherit the teams we lead, but occasionally we have the opportunity to build a new team from scratch. How do you know who to pick? Here are five action steps you can take when building a … Who’s in Your Canoe?

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