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Daniel H. Pink: Why bosses need to show their soft side - Telegraph

Daniel H. Pink: Why bosses need to show their soft side  - Telegraph | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you ever want to understand your boss, corner him (or her) at the next office party and see if he’ll play a little game. Tell him (or her) you need only 30 seconds.

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As leaders, people expect us to get results. As such, one of the challenges that can arise from our adopting an action orientation and tough-minded approach to accomplishing our task is we sacrifice the fundamentally human quality of empathy Along the way. To be sure, empathy shouldn’t be the only quality of leaders. If an executive is too worried that a decision might hurt someones feelings he’ll never get anything done. Thinking strategically and acting vigorously are essential.

But action orientation without sufficient empathy has at least two flaws. First, people resist going along with proposed actions, which can impede progress. It’s a sturdy principle of organisational life that people quit bosses, not companies. Second, if people do go along, they do so reluctantly, leading to an atmosphere of compliance rather than engagement. The key is to strike a delicate balance between action-orientation and perspective-taking. 

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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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Wise Leader™'s curator insight, January 18, 2013 9:41 AM

This article demonstrates a great little test in perspective taking.

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6 Toxic Beliefs That Can Ruin Your Career

6 Toxic Beliefs That Can Ruin Your Career | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Be mindful of your tendencies to succumb to these beliefs, so that they don't derail your career.

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Negative self-talk is unrealistic, unnecessary and self-defeating. It sends you into a downward emotional spiral that is difficult to pull out of.

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george_reed's curator insight, April 14, 12:18 PM

Self-awareness leads to a knowledge of preferences and dispositions that may, or may not, be appropriate to the needs of a given situation. 

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Good Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Be Nice

Good Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Be Nice | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There’s no advantage to being mean.

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In a world filled with agencies, most of which offer the same services at roughly the same prices, the ultimate difference between success and failure is whether people want to work with your teams or not. It’s the same on the inside.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 11, 8:23 AM

(From the article): Keep it simple. Life is complicated enough. Clients and colleagues expect us to be expert enough to keep things simple and easy to follow. It’s a constant struggle to focus more on the story you’re trying to tell than on the slides. But by reminding myself and my team that we’re sitting down with a client to have a nice conversation, we might be able to avoid coming across as the type of people who overly complicate things or act in a way that’s self-important.

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How to Make Leadership Bloom

How to Make Leadership Bloom | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Spring reminds us how to make leadership bloom. Soul Sparks are essential to tap into the beauty of leadership within ourselves and others.

Via Anne Leong
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In leadership, we wish all was beautiful in what we do and what others do yet no one said what is worthwhile would be easy. Beauty comes through in what we do from within and from what we tap within others. Leadership is about blooming.

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What Makes a Lousy Leader?

What Makes a Lousy Leader? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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What makes a lousy leader? That is easy, they do the opposite of what great leaders do. Not so fast. Our biases forget the differences between leadership we agree with, and leadership from people we do not like.

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JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, April 5, 3:48 PM

To me it is simple. Great leaders treat everyone with dignity and respect. Lousy leaders treat do not treat everyone with dignity and respect.

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The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader

The Most Productive Way to Develop as a Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Much research shows how play fosters creativity and innovation. I’ve found that the same benefits apply when you are playful with your self-concept. Playing with your own notion of yourself is akin to flirting with future possibilities.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 29, 9:26 AM

(From the article): Playfulness changes your mind-set from a performance focus to a learning orientation. One of the biggest reasons we don’t stretch beyond our current selves is that we are afraid to suffer a hit to our performance. A playful posture might help John feel less defensive about his old identity — after all, he’s not forever giving up his “secret sauce” and fountain of past success, he’s just practicing his bad swing.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, March 30, 9:39 AM

Self-improvement requires a commitment to being the best person and leader you can be. 

www.whatawaist.ca's curator insight, April 19, 12:06 PM

Very True

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Culture: Why It's The Hottest Topic In Business Today

Culture: Why It's The Hottest Topic In Business Today | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Culture is the new black. Why is it such an important new topic in business and how do we define it?

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No matter if you’re a CEO, HR executive, manager, or team leader –  culture really matters. Consider it one of your most powerful tools for business success.

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Oliver Durrer's curator insight, March 15, 10:50 AM

Culture still eats strategy for breakfast. 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 16, 1:31 AM

 Culture lets you focus on your purpose and mission.

JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, March 16, 6:44 PM

How does a company measure culture and the impact it has on the bottom line?

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3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Lead Your Business

3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Lead Your Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being a business owner has its indisputable benefits, but it is a grind and you constantly need to remind yourself why you decided to become an entrepreneur.

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If you are running a startup and your goal is to make a million dollars this year, then you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, set several smaller, measurable milestones so that you can track your progress.

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David Bembry's curator insight, March 11, 10:39 AM

What keeps me going is that I have an inherent need to have challenges and problems to solve. The money is an added bonus. The most important thing I think is to honestly just enjoy what you do or don't do it!

Donna Bryan's curator insight, March 12, 4:01 PM

Good reminder :)

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10 Things To Remember If You Want To Make Lasting, Positive Change

10 Things To Remember If You Want To Make Lasting, Positive Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You'll have more freedom when you live less from habit and more from intent.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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Instead of trying to do, be and have more, simplify your life and remember these powerful ideas.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, March 8, 7:38 AM

Point 7 resonates with me the most: "You'll have more freedom when you live less from habit and more from intent."

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4 Tips for Young Leaders

4 Tips for Young Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Aaron Armour shares helpful tips for young leaders that he's learned during his fifteen years managing teams.

Via Anne Leong
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As Millennials advance into leadership positions they will experience the same conundrum I did: How can you build a team when facing resistance and criticism? 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, March 5, 9:09 AM

Communicate and Listen two of the 4

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The 4 keys to managing a happy, productive team

The 4 keys to managing a happy, productive team | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“Nothing is more motivating than progress in meaningful work”


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Nothing is more motivating than progress in meaningful work and nothing more taxing than setbacks.

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3 Tips to Communicate Change and Build Trust in Your Teams

3 Tips to Communicate Change and Build Trust in Your Teams | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why is it that some leaders think by keeping everything a secret when they know big changes are coming

Via Anne Leong
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Here are three tips to help you more successfully lead through change, while building greater trust and respect in your employees:

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Joan Nichols's curator insight, February 23, 10:21 AM

Great article on communicating change.

Expressworks International's curator insight, February 24, 4:15 PM

Great article on communications.

judyhouse's curator insight, February 26, 9:54 AM

Gain some small wins, so your team will be prepared to embrace bigger wins down the road. They'll remember how you involved them in the past, and utilized their ideas. They'll more than  likely stay connective and supportive.

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Authentic or Effective Leadership?

Authentic or Effective Leadership? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Trust! It is a vital element of leadership, at least Authentic Servant Leadership. I suppose an effective leader can get away with a lack of trust, but the leadership of someone who is merely effec...

Via Anne Leong
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Authentic Leaders are genuine, the real deal. They lead, they make good things happen. The real difference comes when we add the word “servant.” A servant is described as a “person working in the service of another.”

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10 Killer Leadership Skills: The Great Differentiators? | Be Leaderly

10 Killer Leadership Skills: The Great Differentiators? | Be Leaderly | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Below are 10 Killer Leadership Skills that I believe set the high bar for greatness.

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Evoluo's curator insight, February 15, 1:12 PM

Empathie, présence, authenticité, vision ...

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3 Powerful Questions To Start and End Your Day

3 Powerful Questions To Start and End Your Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your questions determine the quality of your answers. Powerful questions will get you a lot farther than quick answers.

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Try these questions, see how they work, and find the questions that work best for you. Consider open-ended questions, rather than questions that have only one right answer or that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” The most powerful questions are those that expand your thinking.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 14, 9:21 AM

(From the article): Try these questions, see how they work, and find the questions that work best for you. Consider open-ended questions, rather than questions that have only one right answer or that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” The most powerful questions are those that expand your thinking.

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Measuring the Return on Character

Measuring the Return on Character | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
CEOs who are rated high on four moral principles deliver better financial results than those who aren’t.

Via T Renee Smith, Jaro Berce, Roger Francis
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When we hear about unethical executives whose careers and companies have gone down in flames, it’s sadly unsurprising. Hubris and greed have a way of catching up with people, who then lose the power and wealth they’ve so fervently pursued. But is the opposite also true? Do highly principled leaders and their organizations perform especially well?

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Great Leaders Serve - Investing in People

Great Leaders Serve - Investing in People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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In challenging economic times, one of the easiest items to cut from the budget is training and development. The rationale is understandable. Rarely will any organization see immediate negative consequences when training is discontinued. It looks like found money in the budgeting process. don't fall in that trap. 

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Why Real Leaders Don't Care About Titles Or Formalities

Why Real Leaders Don't Care About Titles Or Formalities | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Real leaders can inspire diverse teams to face reality, problem-solve, and contribute innovative solutions, no matter what. Here's how.


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The outdated leadership modal emphasizes operating within boundaries—these leaders protect and manage boundaries. But global change agents, true leaders, aren’t afraid to cross boundaries, bust boundaries, transcend boundaries, and build bridges.

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5 Habits That Are Destroying Your Ability to Lead

5 Habits That Are Destroying Your Ability to Lead | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Your leadership skills will ultimately determine your professional success or failure.


Via Mike Klintworth
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All too often, bad habits get in the way of effective leadership. We succumb to the effects of our routines, and lose ground as examples for our workforce. These are some of the worst habits that can compromise your ability to lead:

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Leadership Playbook: 3 Ways to Coach, Not Criticize, Employees

Leadership Playbook: 3 Ways to Coach, Not Criticize, Employees | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Giving employees consistent honest feedback is important if you want them performing at their absolute best. Here are three ways to take a coaching approach to feedback.

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Here are three steps to help you turn cricitism into coaching so that employees welcome your feedback:

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Tania mansfield's curator insight, March 29, 12:04 PM

Coaching our team of teachers.

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Great Leaders Serve With Great Returns

Great Leaders Serve With Great Returns | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The great leaders know that the more they serve, the greater the return.


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Great leaders serve with mentorship. There are many ways to pass on wisdom and skills, and help others learn how to be better in their lives. When we are lighting the heart of someone else, in return the our own flame is extended. 

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Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership Advice - Forbes

Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership Advice - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“Sun Tzu's 33 Best Pieces Of Leadership AdviceForbesThere was no greater war leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu.”


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There was no greater war leader and strategist than Chinese military general Sun Tzu.  His philosophy on how to be a great leader and ensure you win in work, management, and life is summed up in these 33 pieces of advice.  They can all be applied by you in your job when you go back to work next week:

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 7, 5:45 PM

It is interesting how after 2500 years many of the ideas presented by Sun Tzu still apply.

 

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Darrington Lee's curator insight, March 7, 10:38 PM

I think that leadership is important. One evidence is already in this news, where is it shown that leadership is taught so long time ago just because of its importance. In my opinion learning leadership is important as it prepare us for our adulthood, where more responsibility had to be taken with initiative. Leadership is also a gauge on how much have you grown intellectually, as showen from Sun Tzi's advices.

Choong Soo Mei's curator insight, March 7, 11:57 PM

Good techniques for surviving life's evil challenges...

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5 Simple Questions that Will Make You 5 Times More Successful

5 Simple Questions that Will Make You 5 Times More Successful | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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It may sound overly simplistic, but when you spend enough days asking yourself the right questions and you spend enough evenings studying people who have been where you want to go, you’ll gradually clear a pathway to create the positive change you desire in life.

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How to give powerful positive feedback

How to give powerful positive feedback | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Well-crafted words of thanks and praise can serve as powerful positive reinforcement, guiding members of your team to achieve, change and grow. By regularly thanking or acknowledging people for the...

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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Well-crafted words of thanks and praise can serve as powerful positive reinforcement, guiding members of your team to achieve, change and grow. By regularly thanking or acknowledging people for their work, you can help to shape a more positive and collaborative office environment, even if you’re not the boss.

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Corinne Chauffrut Werner 's curator insight, February 23, 6:16 AM

Les feedbacks qui sont trop souvent oubliés !

Rosa Maurí Castelló's curator insight, February 26, 4:56 PM

Cómo dar poderosa retroalimentación positiva

Joan Nichols's curator insight, March 9, 11:47 AM

Simple reminders for reinforcing positive behavior.

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You Might Be the Reason Your Employees Aren’t Changing

You Might Be the Reason Your Employees Aren’t  Changing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Richard Andrews, Bobby Dillard, Dean J. Fusto
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We all need a coach. Research we conducted at VitalSmarts shows that 97% of employees readily admitto having a “career-limiting habit” — some behavior that will forever hold them back, unless they can learn to change it.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 22, 8:05 AM

Want to answer the questions  How do I get someone to...? or How can I influence people to be open to  ....? SIMPLE GET THEM TO TRUST YOU

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10 Ways To Attract Positive People Into Your Life

10 Ways To Attract Positive People Into Your Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The people we associate with make all the difference in our lives. Studies show that when you spend more time with people who are pursuing the same goals as you, you will also make progress towards your goals and enjoy greater success. Therefore, it is vital to spend more time in a positive environment and…

Via Bobby Dillard
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If your light does not shine bright enough, nobody can find you. Therefore, we really need to place ourselves in situation where we can be easily found. It is vital to be authentically yourself in order to attract positive people into your life.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, February 16, 6:55 AM

you are the sum total of the people with which you associate on daily basis!