RapidStart New Leader Survival Course
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RapidStart New Leader Survival Course

Practical, proven leadership tools and skills that will take you from surviving to thriving in the next 30 days.
4.2 (7 ratings)
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41 students enrolled
Created by Kenneth Downer
Last updated 11/2016
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 14 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Build trust and communicate effectively in a way that establishes authority as a leader while inspiring individual and team achievement
  • Use verbal and non-verbal communications skills to effectively connect with and lead teammates
  • Establish a clear vision and concrete goals, develop simple executable plans, and delegate effectively to get them done
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  • There are no pre-requisites for this course beyond a computer with internet connection

This course will arm you with concrete skills, tools and techniques to help you build trust, communicate effectively, establish authority, and lead your team to get results.

Course Design: 

If you just took over a new leadership position or are about to, this course is for you.  If you have limited time and plenty of things on your plate already, this course is for you.  If you need a quick way to master the fundamentals of solid leadership so you can lead successfully now, this course is for you.

This course will expose you to cornerstone concepts and skills that you can apply to your work situation immediately.  Most videos are short (6-8 minutes), get straight to the point, and include a down-loadable cue sheet that summarizes key action items, and shows you how to apply them wherever you work.

Intended Design Result:  This approach allows you to watch a few lessons each day, print off the guides and cue sheets, take them to work, and put your new skills into practice.

Course Description

The course is divided into five modules, each with a specific focus.  The modules are arranged in a logical sequence that supports you as you take on a leadership role, from the first meeting with the boss and team, to building trust, setting team goals, and establishing a positive, productive team culture.

Module 1:  Get Ready

  • Prepare for your first meeting with your boss and lay the groundwork for a successful working relationship
  • Boost your trust levels with your team on day one; use the six components of trust to elevate trust across your team
  • Master simple non-verbal techniques that communicate your confidence to others
  • Use motion to attract and hold attention, and to add power to your spoken words
  • Downloads:  New Boss Interview Guide; Building Your Trust Account Guide

Module 2:  Establish Authority

  • Identify competencies where you fall short and develop a plan to get smart while developing the trust of your experts
  • Engage with your team on that first day in a way that calms their anxieties, garners respect, earns trust, and sets a positive tone for the future
  • Connect with teammates in a way that grows trust, reduces fear, and helps you learn where you can have the greatest impact
  • Gain the confidence of the team with an early victory, while avoiding four common pitfalls
  • Break out of the peer group you now have to lead by using nine proven techniques; engage the support of your friends to establish yourself in the leadership role
  • Downloads: Building Competence Worksheet, Initial Team Meeting Guide, Teammate Interview Guide, Quick Win Planning Guide,

3.  Communicate Effectively

  • Get connected with the right network of people to strengthen your leadership position
  • Employ passive and active approaches to open up communication within your team, lift the mood of meetings and encourage positive action in others
  • Improve your working relationship with your boss using nine effective approaches that will quickly mark you as one of the more mature leaders on the team
  • Downloads:  Networking Checklist, Working With the Boss
  • Accurately assess anyone’s motivational state based on five criteria, then use 18 action ideas to help them accomplish more and strengthen loyalty to the team
  • Understand the pitfalls of a coercive leadership style and how you can magnify your results with a positive approach
  • Add eight reward tools to your leadership kit that can have a greater impact than money
  • Recognize the four stages of team development and match your leadership style for the best effect; lead in a way that accelerates your team through the stages
  • Downloads:  Hierarchy of Needs Guide, Rewarding Without Cash Guide, Team Development Guide

4.   Set Direction

  • Understand the five qualities of a good vision statement, use two simple techniques to craft your own, and put it to work for your team
  • Put the power of strong goal setting skills to work for you using five criteria that will help you and your team achieve results
  • Build an effective plan to achieve your goals using a simple technique that produces specific, actionable tasks that your teammates can execute
  • Delegate with clarity and efficiency so that you keep your leadership focus clear, the work gets done, and your team gets stronger
  • Downloads:  Establishing the Vision Guide, Goals Guide, Delegation Tracker

5.  Build the Team

Who is the target audience?
  • • Anyone relatively new to a leadership, management, or supervisory position • Professionals who desire to improve their team-building, motivation, communication and leadership skills
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Get Ready
5 Lectures 30:55
  1. How to best use the content of this course to become an effective leader
  2. How the course is organized and how each module builds on the previous one
  3. What you should expect at the end of the course.
Preview 04:48

Your first meeting with the boss is critical, since it sets the tone for your future relationship. This video helps you understand how to approach this meeting to get the most out of it, and start your time as a leader off on the right foot.

  • Know what to say in your first meeting with the new boss
  • Start your relationship with the boss on a positive note by making a positive impression
  • Use a formatted guide to ensure you ask the right questions
  • Determine larger vision and goals
  • Establish clear expectations
  • Determine the best communications channels to use
  • Discuss performance feedback loops
  • Explore future development opportunities
  • Download and use the New Boss Interview Guide to help you meet your goals for the meeting
Meet the Boss

Establishing trust is critical for effective communication and the ability for teams to function.  This lesson provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of trust and concrete ways the new leader can quickly increase the level of trust with the team.

  • Improve your trust levels on day one with five proven approaches
  • Avoid two key trust-building pitfalls that can keep you from leading effectively
  • Understand the six components of trust and how each to improve our confidence in each other
  • Cement the bonds of trust with decisive actions you can take in each of the six trust components
  • Download the Building Your Trust Account guide and put it into action
Establishing Your Trust Account

How you appear to others has an enormous impact on their perceptions of who you are and what your role is.  In this video we explore several ways of standing and sitting that communicate to others that you are a confident leader.  And standing and sitting in this manner has a surprisingly powerful effect that actually helps us become better leaders.

  • Learn several potent standing "Power Poses" that communicate leadership and confidence
  • Use several strong seated "Power Poses" to enhance other's perception of you
  • Avoid standing and seated poses that cause you to appear weak, indecisive, or unsure
  • Take advantage of the hormonal changes these poses produce to enhance your ability to lead
Preview 07:13

Not only does how we stand and sit impact how others perceive us, the way we move does too.  Learn about the power of gestures and how leaders use them to attract and hold attention, and increase the potency of their words.

  • Gain and maintain the attention of your audience with movement
  • Leverage five key gestures to add emphasis and importance to your words
  • Understand the gesture "safe zone"
  • Use two key techniques to improve your ability to communicate your message with gestures
Non-verbals for Leaders, Part II
Establish Authority
6 Lectures 39:15

When any new leader arrives on the scene, the other members of the group want to know if this is someone they are willing to follow.  This module explores several methods and techniques a new leader can use to establish an open connection with his team, improve competence, and take key actions that will confirm him as the leader in the eyes of the group.

Module Introduction: Establish Authority

The group is much more willing to follow the lead of someone who clearly knows what he is doing.  This video explores the importance of competence, adjusts the leader's mindset to adapt to leading a team where he doesn't know every thing he needs to.

  • Identify personal job skill weaknesses and develop a plan to counteract
  • Use a technique to learn from your experts while earning their trust
  • Improve your confidence to lead in unfamiliar areas
  • Adopt a mid-set that enables you to learn while also building the confidence of your team
  • Use the Four Fs to quickly identify areas for improvement in your business or work place
  • Download and use the Building Competence Worksheet to build your own competence plan
Personal Competence

The moment a new leader encounters his team for the first time is critical, and can set a positive or negative tone for the future.  Learn how to approach this critical event, what your goals are going into the meeting, and how to get what you need at the end.

  • Know what to say when you meet your team for the first time
  • Set your new teammates at ease and build trust with a proven approach
  • Help the team warm up to you while earning their support
  • Manage your team’s expectations by setting the right tone as the new leader
  • Download the Initial Team Meeting Guide and use as a script to keep your meeting on track
Meet the Team

After meeting the team, you need to get to know the people on it on an individual basis to understand their strengths, weaknesses, skills, and frustrations.Learn how to approach interviews with your teammates in a way that sets them at ease, forms a personal connection, and quickly builds your knowledge of the team.

  • Choose the right people on your team to meet with first, and earn their trust
  • Use three techniques to make the right impression on your teammates
  • Build rapport in your first meeting with your teammates with three key techniques
  • Download the Teammate Interview Guide and use it to learn about your teammates
Meet Your Teammates

Nothing succeeds like success, and a new leader who can score an important early success will earn the trust and confidence of his teammates.  This lesson explains the importance of getting a "Quick Win" how to find the right project to tackle for the best chance of success.

  • Gain the confidence of your team with a quick win
  • Choose the right quick win project using four key criteria
  • Avoid these four dangers when tackling your quick win project
  • Use the Quick Win Planning Guide download to focus your efforts on the most effective tasks
Get a Quick Win

Often the new leader comes from among a group of peers.  Without any training or preparation, he is now expected to not only lead others, but others who call him friend.  In this lesson you will find several ways to overcome this difficult challenge in order to lead effectively.

  • Transition from peer to leader using nine proven techniques
  • Employ a powerful personal technique to ease your break out of the peer group
  • Engage the support of your friends even as you establish yourself in a leadership role
Breaking from Your Peers
Communicate Effectively
4 Lectures 19:15

Leadership is influence, and to influence, one must be able to communicate.  This module explores methods and techniques for establishing a communications network for the leader, and opening and improving connections with teammates and with the boss.

Communicate Effectively Introduction

Leaders don't have to have all the answers, but they definitely need to know how to get them.  For that reason and several more, have a leadership network is essential for your success as a new leader

  • Get connected with the right people to strengthen your leadership position
  • Use a technique that will rapidly increase your leadership effectiveness on a new team
  • Build your leadership network BEFORE you have a problem to solve
  • Use the Networking Checklist to ensure you have the right people in your leadership circle
Establishing a Network

Good leaders know their people and understands what makes them tick.  This video gives several useful ways to build an atmosphere in which teammates can form genuine connections that enhance trust and productivity.

  • Use three passive approaches to open up communications with your team
  • Really connect with your teammates using nine active techniques
  • Employ this tip to improve the mood of meetings and encourage positive action in others
Connecting With Your Team

Your relationship with the boss is critical, since you represent them to your team and you represent your team to the boss.  This lesson takes a playful look at nine ways new leaders often invite the displeasure of their boss with out knowing it, and for each, it offers a better way to communicate and lead.

  • Improve your working relationship with your boss using nine effective approaches
  • Communicate with the boss in a way that helps them be more effective
  • Use the Golden Rule of Leadership to stay on your boss' good side
  • Turn common mistakes into personal advantages using the Working with the Boss download

Talking with the Boss
Set the Direction
5 Lectures 23:00

Once you have a grasp of the key elements of communication and trust building, it is time to start moving forward.  This module gives you tools to help you set the direction of your team, including developing a vision, establishing concrete goals, building plans to accomplish those goals, and delegating effectively to get them done.

Set Direction Introduction

A good vision statement serves as a guide to the future.  This video looks at what makes a vision statement good and gives you some tools to help you build your own.

  • Understand the five qualities of a good vision statement and see examples of each
  • Use two simple techniques to help you craft a great vision statement that works
  • Put your vision statement to work for you as a guide for your decision-making
  • Download the Establishing the Vision guide and use it to craft your own
Setting the Vision

Many people have desires, but unless it is a well-crafted, concrete goal, they may never achieve what they want.  Learn the qualities of a good goal and understand why one that is well built can be so powerful.

  • Distinguish a good goal from a poor one
  • Establish powerful, achievable goals using five criteria
  • Download the Goals Guide and use it to develop concrete goals for your team
Setting the Target

With a clear target in mind, the next step is to develop a path to get you from here to there.  When you start with the end in mind and work backwards from there, you have a much better chance of getting in the end what you hoped for in the beginning.

  • Use a simple technique to develop an effective plan to accomplish your goal
  • Take the outputs of this approach and plug them directly into your plans for delegating 
  • Learn about three tools you can use to make the process more visual and flexible
Mapping out the Steps

Once you have a plan, somebody has to do the work - it's time to delegate.  Experts agree that the art of delegation is a systemic weakness across the business world.  Learn why you should delegate, what tasks to delegate, and how to do it effectively.

  • Focus on your leadership responsibilities by understanding the three Whys of delegation
  • Choose the right tasks to delegate using five specific criteria
  • Delegate tasks quickly and effectively using a simple memory aid
  • Make your delegating crystal clear using the Delegation Tracker download
Organizing for Action (Delegation)
Build the Team
5 Lectures 27:55

With a plan in place, it's time to get to work.  Now is a good time to look at the working environment.  In this module we'll look at what motivates people, how to use that knowledge to increase productivity both on an individual basis and as a way to help teams advance through the stages of their life cycle.

Build the Team Introduction

Humans have many needs, but some of them are more important than others.  Learn what they are, how they rank in priority, and you can use that knowledge to help your teammates become more productive.

  • Assess anyone’s motivational state based on five criteria
  • Build strong bonds of loyalty using a proven approach
  • Establish a welcoming workplace
  • Increase team performance by using the 18 Action Ideas on the Hierarchy of Needs download
Understand Motivation

Often, new leaders manifest their insecurities by playing the tyrant.  But coercive leadership styles can be very counter-productive, especially when compared with a positive leadership approach.  Explore the difference and see the distinct advantages of the latter.

  • Understand the shortcomings of a coercive approach to leadership
  • Learn to lead in a way that gets the task done and results in a motivated teammate
  • Apply positive reinforcement techniques to keep your teammates motivated and engaged
  • Save yourself time, effort and frustration by employing a positive leadership approach
Reinforce the Positive

When we think of the idea of reward, often we picture money.  But there are other options out there that are even more powerful (and yet cost less).  Learn why they can be so powerful and how you can incorporate them into your positive leadership approach.

  • Avoid three shortcomings associated with monetary reward and how it weakens your leadership
  • Add eight reward tools to your leadership kit that can have a greater impact than money
  • Stimulate greater effort from your team using a six-step verbal praise technique
  • Leverage the Hierarchy of Needs to motivate your teammates to greater achievement
  • Use the 32 reward ideas on the Rewarding Without Cash Guide to get results for your team
Recognize and Reward

Groups of people go through cycles as they come together to accomplish tasks.  Understanding this is important for the leader because the most effective leadership style is different for each stage of the cycle.  Learn the four stages and how to lead effectively no matter which stage your team is in.

  • Recognize the four stages of team development and match your leadership style for best effect
  • Understand the challenges inherent in each team development step and how to respond
  • Lead in a way that accelerates your team through the developmental stages using four steps
  • Identify your team’s developmental stage using the Team Development download
Lead the Team
1 Lecture 01:48

We've covered a lot of ground, yet it is only the tip of the iceberg.  Find access to additional resources here, as well as three final takeaways to help you maintain the right focus to be a successful leader.

The Road Ahead
About the Instructor
Kenneth Downer
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Founder, RapidStart Leadership

Ken Downer is a 26 year veteran of the United States Army, recently retiring as a Colonel of Infantry.  He has led Soldiers and civilians in groups ranging from three to three hundred at every level and in a wide variety of environments.  Whether it’s leading paratroopers in the jungle, college students in the class room, a polyglot task force on a desert outpost, or a staff of experts in a cubicle farm, he’s got the T-shirt.

Ken’s mission now is to take what he has learned and share it with others who can benefit from those experiences and make the learning curve a little less steep.

He believes that the potential for strong, positive leadership lies within us all.