Stepping outside the comfort zone

To take smart risks, you need to get comfortable with being a little uncomfortable.

Leaders that learn to embrace choices outside their comfort zones are able to push the envelope in ways that safe leaders can’t, helping them to stand out and succeed.

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Take an improv class

Every time you take a risk in your business, you face the possibility of failure.

Improv, a theatrical exercise where you improvise a scene with a group of people, essentially mirrors that experience. You have to get used to change fast.

Switch places with the receptionist

If you work behind a closed door, this will be a great exercise for stepping outside your safety zone.

You might have a less productive week, but seeing your workplace from a different perspective will foster an open mind and encourage collaboration.

Opening up to scrutiny

If you're a leader, you are most likely sheltered from critical opinions. Put yourself on the spot and give customers a chance to talk with you in your support forums.

You don’t need to tackle every concern that arises, but recognizing larger themes will bring helpful insights.

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Prepare for rejection

Always have a rejection-processing protocol in place. Debrief with personal and professional support people who can empathize and appreciate your experiences without passing judgment, criticizing or looking to give you immediate advice. 

Overcoming rejection actually occurs from accepting the emotions that come with it.

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IDEAS

Studies show that certain activities that foster a truly unplugged environment, such as hiking in nature, can actually boost creativity by up to 50 %.

Encourage your employees to use all of their vacation time despite work pressures so that they come back to the office refreshed and full of new ideas.

A culture of learning means mistakes are important - be sure not to punish mistakes.

They happen when people try something new, which is the kind of behavior that leads to breakthroughs and innovations.

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