Prepare for rejection

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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Find the blessings in rejection

In many cases, rejections are blessings in disguise. Maybe you don't want those customers that rejected your product.

Refer and direct those customers to your competitors that fit their needs. They certainly would not forget the lengths you went to. Such service is rare.

Feed your growth mindset

You might initially doubt yourself, question your competency and your self-worth but after you have weathered the storm, activate your growth mindset and start asking questions: 

What can I do differently? What have I discovered about myself? What changes can I make? What will I do differently next time? 

Redefine rejection

Consciously practice thinking more about the positive consequences of your being rejected. What opportunities can you now see that have been hiding behind the clouds of the status quo? 

Rejection can, in fact, be a glorious unveiling of new possibilities.

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  2. Awareness. Care deeply about the welfare of the team members. Don't view them only as cogs in a machine.
  3. Building community. Build community where both employees and customers can thrive.
  4. Persuasion. Rely on persuasion rather than coercion to create internal motivation required to complete the task effectively.
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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.

Fuel growth while managing uncertainty
  • Prepare for multiple outcomes that are within your control.
  • Refine your business plan. Adjust your strategies to your business’s current situation so you can update your value proposition.
  • Recognize opportunity to grow. 
  • Get quality control in order. Define what "high-quality" means in terms of your company and its offerings. .
  • Have a firm grasp of key financial numbers and other KPIs so you can make the appropriate changes quickly.
  • Diversify your products and services. 
  • Evaluate how you and your team spend your time. It helps you to stay focused on the tasks that can actually grow your business.

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