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Are You the Villain or Victor of Your Life?

Are You the Villain or Victor of Your Life? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The hero's journey into your own heart.

Via Romi Royé
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Hero or zero...which one do you most connect with, especially when you fall short of attaining your goal or hitting the mark?  As leaders, we need to remember we all need to shine a light on the truth that how we choose to view our circumstances makes all the difference in how we ultimately lead our lives. Think about it. In most cases, obstacles are really just treasures themselves. They are perfect vehicles for transformation. They are designed to rattle us because we probably need a little rattling. So many times, when we want our lives to change, we only want things on the outside to change. But for real change to occur, we have to change. The obstacles are vehicles for change. They are necessary. They are perfect. They are not signals that you're doing something wrong, they are actually stepping-stones to your own freedom.

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Brigadier General John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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6 Easy-to-Steal Rituals of Extremely Successful People

6 Easy-to-Steal Rituals of Extremely Successful People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life

How Being Grateful Can Change Your Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's not just for Oprah devotees. Recent studies show that practicing gratitude can positively impact your life--and researchers believe it may help...

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Yet more proof that being grateful is a win-win for you and those around you.

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FND Hope's curator insight, April 23, 1:56 PM

Gratitude is the key to happiness.   If you are thankful for what you have then you will be happy and content.

 

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, April 23, 8:52 PM

Simple, effective ways to be more grateful!

Vittorio Grieco's curator insight, Today, 11:35 AM

#thankyou #sensei

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Why Emotional Intelligence Is More Important To Hiring Than You Think

Why Emotional Intelligence Is More Important To Hiring Than You Think | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Your potential employees might look great on paper--but do they have the emotional intelligence it takes to be a great addition to your team?


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When faced with a problem, highly emotionally intelligent people want to solve it as soon as possible. They don’t dwell on the actual issue or the outcome that has occurred. Plus, according to Travis Bradberry, president of TalentSmart, emotionally intelligent people are most effective when they are solving problems, as opposed to merely sitting on them.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, April 22, 2:28 AM
You'd better ask the right questions when hiring!
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40 Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have

40 Little Ways to Find Happiness in What You Already Have | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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A big part of your life is a result of the little choices you make every day.  If you don’t like some part of your life, it’s time to start tweaking things and making better choices, right now, right where you are.

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6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them

6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great leaders choose their leadership style like a golfer chooses his or her club, with a calculated analysis of the matter at hand, the end goal, and...

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The best managers consistently allow different leaders to emerge and inspire their teammates (and themselves!) to the next level.

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9 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Won't Do

9 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Won't Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
My last article, How Successful People Stay Calm, really struck a nerve (it has more than a million reads here on Forbes). The trick is that managing your emotions is as much about what you won’t do as it is about what you will do. My company, TalentSmart, has tested the [...]

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While it’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you don’t have to compare yourself to others, and you can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking or doing, your self-worth comes from within. Regardless of what people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certain—you’re never as good or bad as they say you are.

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Patricia Clason's curator insight, April 18, 8:49 AM

Knowing what not to do is just as valuable as knowing what to do!

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5 Reasons Nice-Guy Leaders Actually Finish First

5 Reasons Nice-Guy Leaders Actually Finish First | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Barry Salzberg, the Global CEO of Deloitte, believes that strong leadership doesn't have to be synonymous with hard personalities and demanding...

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Every CEO is different, and none of us are perfect, but the most effective and inspiring fall into one of these groupings.

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Des Kirby's curator insight, April 17, 9:41 AM

Barry Salzberg, the Global CEO of Deloitte, believes that strong leadership doesn't have to be synonymous with hard personalities and demanding expectations. Here's how to lead by example.

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What Gets in the Way of Listening

What Gets in the Way of Listening | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your inner critic could be to blame. ("What Gets in the Way of Listening" http://t.co/IsQZxDcOi6 #leadership)
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As your role grows in scale and influence, so too must your ability to listen. But listening is one of the toughest skills to master — and requires uncovering deeper barriers within oneself.

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Monkey in the Mirror | Switch and Shift

Monkey in the Mirror | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The only way you can ever expect to be more and do more with your life is to understand that sometimes, you have to be willing to go above and beyond what
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Don’t be afraid to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit on the world. Choose to live life by your rules, not someone else’s. As George Bernard Shaw so aptly reminds us, “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.” Be that person.

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Mike Masin's curator insight, April 14, 11:17 AM

It's a simple lesson but it's easy to forget in the daily chaos. Ignore the crowd and think about the facts. The solution might be obvious and nobody else sees it.

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Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech

Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By seeking — and appreciating — the views of the entire group, a manager can turn dubious followers into active participants in the task at hand.

Via Jim Manske
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When leaders commit to involving the whole group, organizations are transformed. Although collaboration — or “laboring together” (collaborare in Latin) — isn’t easy, it becomes easier the more we welcome differences and even conflict in service of a larger whole. The results are higher trust, increased productivity and rich creativity.

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Jim Manske's curator insight, April 13, 9:35 PM

Thrilled to forward you all the link to an article in the NY Times by our colleague, Miki Kashtan!

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How Successful People Cure Their Blindspots

How Successful People Cure Their Blindspots | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you know what your leadership blindspots are? It’s a trick question because, by definition, blindspots are areas where you lack awareness of your weakness. Many coaches casually refer to them as “derailers.” A leader continues to advance and climb the career ladder until an unknown weakness suddenly derails her career. Robert [...]

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Are you aware of your leadership blind spots?  If not, his posts for you. 

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Joyce Layman's curator insight, April 13, 12:57 PM

It's always interesting to discover that something was in front of you all the time. 

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, April 15, 6:39 AM

Really enjoyed this article!

 

As an Executive Coach one of the greatest aha moments comes when b.lindspots are revealed.  Leaders will say things like "this is the first time I have ever heard this, or I have never been told this by anyone else." 

 

We all have blindspots, and as soon as we uncover some old ones new ones will certainly surface.

 

Enjoy the article.

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, April 21, 6:37 AM

In this article, Kevin Kruse summarize some of the blindspots describes by the Robert Bruce Shaw in his new book, Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter


As short extract, here are some of my favorites: 

  • Overestimating your strategic capability. This is often the blind spot of leaders who have strong operational backgrounds, but then get promoted into higher levels of the organization where their role is more strategic.
  • Valuing being right over being effective. This blind spot occurs when a leader thinks she already knows the correct answer or best course of action, and is therefore unwilling to spend additional time listening to others. She may even interrupt people, or call conversations to a conclusion. Her followers quickly learn that it’s a waste of time to raise contrary opinions and ideas.
  • Failing to balance the what with the how. This blind spot occurs when leaders focus only on the measurable results of the organization. In extreme situations this can lead their followers to short-term thinking, or worse, unethical behaviors.
  • Avoiding the tough conversations. Leaders who struggle with crucial conversations send mixed messages to individual reports, which leads to unresolved issues, and in turn can frustrate other high-performing members.
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What The Happiest People Know About Work

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Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.


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A growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

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Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 7:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 22, 11:01 PM

Avoiding energy sappers is what led me to retire from teaching. It was not the students and parents. It was the bureaucratic and technocratic nonsense that went on in school which passes itself off as education.

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Leadership 101: How Doing Nothing Makes You A Better Leader - Forbes

Leadership 101: How Doing Nothing Makes You A Better Leader - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership 101: How Doing Nothing Makes You A Better Leader
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In fact, when you let busyness, and the stress that comes with it, consume you, you are maxing out your mental resources long before you've lived up to your potential as a leader.

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Daydreaming helps us see ourselves more clearly, since much of our daydreaming is focused on our future selves.

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Career Curveballs: No Longer A Soldier

Career Curveballs: No Longer A Soldier | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers share how they turned setbacks into success. Read all their stories here.The trick is to pick up the spin. Some pitchers vary their
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A tremendous lesson on failing forward from an outstanding leader.

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8 Things Truly Outstanding Leaders Do Without Thinking

8 Things Truly Outstanding Leaders Do Without Thinking | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here's what outstanding leaders do almost instinctively. Do you share those instincts?

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Want to become a truly outstanding leader? Work hard to do these eight things naturally, automatically, and instinctively:

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Sheree LaPuma-Watson's curator insight, Today, 12:00 PM

It's interesting that there are articles telling us what we don't think about. :) (Instinctive behavior) But then again I'm running on 1/2 cup coffee @shereew

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The One Big Secret of Amazing Leaders

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Over my career, I have been blessed and I have been cursed. I have been blessed when managed, coached and trained in business, sports and life by some of the world’s best leaders. However at times I

Via Bobby Dillard
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I have come to conclude that there are two kinds of leaders in this world – The Encouraging Leader and the Critical Leader.

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Pavel Barta's comment, April 23, 3:07 AM
Thank you, this is a simple but powerful truth about what a great leader does. I myself went through a similar process as a young men, being blessed with people who saw me as who I could become and thus allowed me to grow ... Thank you for sharing.
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The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science

The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Connecting our minds and bodies--by sleeping, stepping away from the keyboard, and breaking a sweat--might be the best way to get through a creative...
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Few Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do

Few Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else put their faith in you? To walk with swagger and improve your self-confidence,

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Highly confident people take action without hesitation. Every day, they remind themselves, “If not me, who?”

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The Core Beliefs of the Delightfully Successful

The Core Beliefs of the Delightfully Successful | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Last year I listed some simple daily habits of the delightfully successful. Revisiting that article made me think. Success is based on action, but actions are the result of beliefs – so what do the

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Successful people don’t wait to get a raise; they work hard to earn a raise. Successful businesses don’t wait for higher prices to deliver greater value; they deliver greater value to earn higher prices. Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for a payoff to give their all to a startup; they give their all so they can earn a decent payoff.

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Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy's curator insight, April 17, 10:20 PM

It always delight me when the writing comes with some form of doodling to support the explanation.

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What High Performers Do When Things Get Tough

What High Performers Do When Things Get Tough | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The last decade of entrepreneurship has taken place within a rapidly changing environment of growth, struggle, triumph and confusion. The cornerstones relied upon in the past for small business stability and growth have crumbled, leaving an expensive hodgepodge of misguided efforts and bipolar business strategies. 


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Social changes make it easier than ever to build and maintain relationships that matter. External boundaries such as time zones, location and means of communication have rapidly evolved. People can now share pictures, video, quick thoughts or even their current location with thousands of individuals with just a few clicks of a button. Business is now about rich conversations with an audience all over the world

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 14, 6:18 AM

Business is now about having rich conversations with global audiences. Here are four winning attitudes for success at a time of great change.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 15, 9:15 PM

Creativity is a chaotic place to be and for managers this is not where they want to be. They want certainty, but the real certainty is in uncertainty. This requires conversations and embracing the uncertainty along the way. Consider the way we hold curriculum as a plan that leads to learning. When learning does happen, it is because the classroom is a chaotic places where great conversations happen and bring meaning and life to inert outcomes.

Whitney Rhodes's curator insight, April 16, 1:38 PM

Entrepreneur strategies

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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?

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So what sets emotionally intelligent people apart? Here are seven habits that people with high EI have:

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 14, 12:33 PM

Hope these are not anecdotal generalizations, but based out of research...they do resonate with my experiences though:-)

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It Takes Two To Tango: The Need To Manage Up

It Takes Two To Tango: The Need To Manage Up | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Only a very few companies might be ready to embrace concepts such as holacracy in a serious and all-encompassing manner and to dance to this new rhythm. And although being around for about 10 years,  holacracy still has to demonstrate its effectiveness on a broader and a sustainable manner.


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You should not give up on your essential beliefs and convictions to get along and to work well with your line manager. If your boss is not listening to you, not being vocally self-critical herself, and not willing to also adjust from her side and to respect your opinion and needs, then there exist fundamental miss-alignments between the two of you.

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Thanks for Being a Star Performer. Now I Will Ignore You.

Thanks for Being a Star Performer. Now I Will Ignore You. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Most managers spend 80% of their time with those who only do 20% of the work while the top talent quietly does 80% of the workload with minimal fuss. It is easy to get distracted by the high

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Make a conscious effort to not ignore those that make you look good everyday, even though they quietly work behind the scenes. Or, if you are a high performer yourself and could use a little attention from your boss go ahead and print this article and leave it on their desk. We won’t tell.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, April 12, 12:09 PM

Do well to get bypassed

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 12, 5:59 PM

I found this in school. I would go do my job and those who seemed less capable seemed to receive attention in positive ways.

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Mass. native guides war in Afghanistan to a close

Mass. native guides war in Afghanistan to a close | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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General Dunford is an amazing leader and it is a distinct honor and privilege to serve with him during this historic time in Afghanistan. 

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3 Steps to Becoming a More Effective and Empathetic You

3 Steps to Becoming a More Effective and Empathetic You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you are interested in improving your ability to lead yourself and others more effectively, let me share three vital lessons from Frankl’s life experience that can help you.
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Truth is, empathy, being open to understanding the perspectives, emotions, thoughts, concerns, and motives of others is not about embracing blind agreement in order to please those around you. Rather, it’s about being open to better understanding others and working to gain an increased appreciation for their circumstances.

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