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8 Secrets to Eliminating Negativity

8 Secrets to Eliminating Negativity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One bad experience outweighs one good. A gallon of bad weighs more than a gallon of good. Setbacks nag; success whispers. You overemphasize what went wrong and minimize what went right. Down is eas...

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Negativity is like Velcro, you've got to learn how to tear away from it.

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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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18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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What you focus on changes everything.  Don’t look back when you know you shouldn’t.  Don’t worry about what you can’t control.  Don’t stress over unimportant things.  Be positive.  

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Rewire Your Brain and Become a Better Leader

The latest neuroscience research explains exactly how to inspire people to follow where you lead.
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Got certainty? You'll likely want more after reading this article. Enjoy! 

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5 Steps to Train Yourself to Be Your Authentic Self With Everyone

5 Steps to Train Yourself to Be Your Authentic Self With Everyone | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you find you act differently among those with much more or less power than you? A biz school professor offers a program to get over this common issue.

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A true leader recognizes everyone" and is his or her true self with everyone.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 16, 2:23 AM

#BeMoreHuman to solve the Rubiks Cube of #RelationshipCapital!

Arlene Ward's curator insight, October 16, 4:55 AM

Some useful guidance around being your authentic self....

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27 Stressful Things You Tolerate Too Often

27 Stressful Things You Tolerate Too Often | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Life is to be enjoyed and appreciated, not endured and tolerated.

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MELISASource's curator insight, October 22, 12:20 PM

We oftentimes find in life that unnecessary tolerations can bleed us of energy and make it impossible for us to function effectively. There is no way that we can live a happy, successful, fulfilling life when we are busy spending all our energy tolerating things that should never be tolerated.  It can be hard, but sometimes we just need to put your foot down....

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Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily

Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you really want to create a shift in your business and get the most from your leadership, make these powerful questions part of your daily ritual.

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Whether you're running a company, heading up a startup, or leading a team, asking yourself these questions every day will help you get the most out of your work and leadership and make the difference in your success.

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This is great for everyone. It provides great advice not only for business but in every day life.

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7 Crazy Mistakes We Make in the Pursuit of Happiness

7 Crazy Mistakes We Make in the Pursuit of Happiness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Wholeness, not merely happiness, is the key to leading a meaningful, satisfying life. How "whole" is your life? 

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The Toxic Beliefs Successful People Quarantine

The Toxic Beliefs Successful People Quarantine | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There is nothing wrong with making a mistake. It's what you say to yourself after you mess up that matters. Your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can either magnify the negativity or help you turn that misstep into something productive. As Henry Ford said, “He who believes he [...]

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Repeated failures can erode your self-confidence and make it hard to believe you’ll achieve a better outcome in the future. Most of the time, these failures result from taking risks and trying to achieve something that isn’t easy. Just remember that success lies in your ability to rise in the face of failure.

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7 Important Life Lessons Everyone Learns the Hard Way

7 Important Life Lessons Everyone Learns the Hard Way | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Be a student of life.  Indulge in it and absorb all the knowledge you can, while you can.  You may have to loose some things to gain some things, and you may have to learn some things the hard way.  That’s OK.  All experiences are necessary.  The purpose of your life is to live it in full, to partake in it to the utmost, to reach out with an open mind and an honest heart for the newest and richest experience being offered.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, October 2, 5:15 PM

"3. Seeking validation from others invalidates YOU.

Has the fear of rejection held you back?  Have you ever been so fearful of what others might think or say about you that it kept you from taking positive action?  I bet you’re shaking your head, “yes.”

It’s time to change your mindset…

Today, the only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.  Prove yourself to yourself, not others.  You are GOOD enough, SMART enough, FINE enough, and STRONG enough.  You don’t need other people to validate you; you are already valuable.

If someone says “no” to you, or if someone says something negative about you, that doesn’t change anything about YOU.  The words and opinions of others have no real bearing on your worth.  Certainly it can be helpful and desirable to make a good impression in certain situations, yet it’s not the end of the world when you are faced with rejection.

It’s great to receive positive feedback, but it simply doesn’t always happen.  That’s OK though, because you know where you’re headed and you know your true worth does not depend on the judgment of others.  When you set out to make a true difference in life, there will be those who disagree with you, those who ignore you, and those who flat out reject your ideas and efforts.  Look beyond them, step confidently forward, do what must be done, and let them think what they will."

donhornsby's curator insight, October 2, 8:24 PM

(From the article): Nobody in this world is going to blindside you and hit you as hard as life will.  Sometimes life will beat you to the ground and try to keep you there if you let it.  But it’s not about how hard life can hit you, it’s about how hard you can be hit while continuing to move forward.  That’s what true strength is, and that’s what winning the game of life is all about.

 

When you have a lot to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and take a step forward instead, you are growing stronger.  Work through your struggles and hardships.  Even when it feels like things are falling apart, they’re not.  Take control of your emotions before they take control of you.  Everything will fall into place eventually.  Until then, learn what you can, laugh often, live for the moments, and know that it’s all worthwhile in the end.

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20 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough

20 Things to Remember When You Think You’re Not Good Enough | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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The wisest, most loving, and well rounded people you have ever met are likely those who have known misery, known defeat, known the heartbreak of losing something or someone they loved, and have found their way out of the depths of their own despair.  These people have experienced many ups and downs, and have gained an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, understanding and a deep loving wisdom.  People like this aren’t born; they develop slowly over the course of time.

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If You Think Leadership Development Is A Waste Of Time You May Be Right

If You Think Leadership Development Is A Waste Of Time You May Be Right | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership development programs can be transformative or a total waste of employee time. Here are five ways to make sure your programs create what you desire: more effective leaders.

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So what factors make for a rich, enduring leadership development program? What factors actually create better leaders? What makes the investment in leadership training worth it?


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10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Think Differently | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Those in the thick of business ownership understand that even considering all its rewards, entrepreneurship is a difficult and complicated path.

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Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t about being born with a specific mindset, it’s about being prepared for the challenges that await you.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, September 23, 11:31 AM

From the article:

Being a successful entrepreneur isn’t about being born with a specific mindset, it’s about being prepared for the challenges that await you.

 

 

 

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How A Culture Of Learning Makes Teams More Productive

How A Culture Of Learning Makes Teams More Productive | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Dean J. Fusto
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You can’t really learn in a vacuum--the more opportunities you have to practice, the more you can learn. One big aspect for that is making sure you have the ability to get feedback really quickly.

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 17, 9:51 PM

So how can encouraging your employees to learn boost productivity? Huang lays out four guiding principles:

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Qiufang Chen's curator insight, September 19, 4:06 AM

This article is give us four ideas of been  learnt more productive as a team from other culture. Ask questions is good and to be encouraged  to do it. And trust people can learn whether where they belong to the   Culture, investing people to learn. Other idea is that creating the opportunity  to help the team to learn, and able to get feedback from people very fast and efficiently. The process of getting data includes running experiences, getting data, getting feedback and tackling the problems. Finally the important factor of culture learning is that learning to prioritize proper.

 

All of those ideas show that the team have an attitude of dealing prioritized questions and data throughout the culture learning.

it is also about the two channels of communications in the team to better serve a company been more productive.

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9 Ways Leaders Insult Their Employees

9 Ways Leaders Insult Their Employees | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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As you go about your day as a leader, be mindful of the following nine  ways employees feel slighted to assure you avoid insulting  them – and losing your top talent along the way.

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Does Your Presence Inspire People to Inspire Each Other?

Does Your Presence Inspire People to Inspire Each Other? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Great leadership presence is not the dominant force in a room. It is inspiration that moves people to inspire each other.

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Leaders Must Teach Employees 5 Unwritten Rules

Leaders Must Teach Employees 5 Unwritten Rules | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Responsible leaders make sure their employees are never blindsided.   They provide them with the tools and access to the resources they need to anticipate the unexpected.  

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30 Definitions of Leadership

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Leadership quotes: 30 definitions of leadership

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How do you define leadership? My definition is: "Using your influence to leave your part of the world better than you first found it."
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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, October 14, 11:05 PM

1. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu...

Jim Taylor's curator insight, October 15, 1:51 PM

#6 has always been my favorite.

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A Refresher on Storytelling 101

A Refresher on Storytelling 101 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Seven strategies for making people care about your message.
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Stories can be compelling and entertaining. Stories can teach and influence. Stories make our messages memorable. Use these seven strategies to hone and polish your storytelling skills, and achieve the results you seek as a leader and communicator.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, October 11, 8:16 AM

This was shared with my recently  by my Sr DVP of sales OPS great read.

William Rowell's curator insight, October 11, 9:53 AM

A seven-part formula for storytelling success in presentations and business meetings

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Lexington Institute » Afghan Air Force Rising From The Ashes

Lexington Institute » Afghan Air Force Rising From The Ashes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Of the enablers for the Afghan security forces, arguably the most important is air support. Given Afghanistan’s difficult terrain and lack of roads, air transport has been critical to the operations of the Afghan government and security forces for decades. Airpower provides critical intelligence, responsive firepower for ground forces, the movement of high value personnel and supplies, and rapid medical evacuation. 

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7 Powerful Qualities of Servant-Leaders

7 Powerful Qualities of Servant-Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Every act of leadership is an act of service. Anything less is exploitation.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 3, 9:53 AM

The leader who serves the most wins.

Amy Melendez's curator insight, October 3, 11:30 AM

From the article:

People aren’t in organizations to serve leaders. Leaders are in organizations to serve people.

Weak leaders expect service; strong leaders give it.

Claude Emond's curator insight, October 4, 8:56 AM

This is the way to lead together with people who can self-organize, mainly all humans driven by a common purpose and mutual trust 

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10 Tips For Leading Through Changes

10 Tips For Leading Through Changes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Change is hard--proceed with flexibility, patience, and a dose of authority.

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Here are 10 pieces of advice to bosses when leading your team through change.

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Pierre Galeon's curator insight, October 5, 11:14 AM

Flexibility  LOTS of patience and a dose of authority! Flexibility and authority come in large supply usually. 

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Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader

Don't Be a "Water Bucket" Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Command in the U.S. Army, regardless of echelon, is one of the greatest privileges (and stressors) bestowed upon commissioned officers. Unfortunately, many of us seem to stumble through these small...

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We can make a difference and leave a legacy that will endure long after we are removed from the equation.  Approaching leadership with the goal of being transformational, not only makes the experience more rewarding, it also ensures that the woodpile is a little bit higher on the back end.

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, September 28, 3:12 AM

L'image du leader "seau d'eau" est vraiment excellente : il s'agit d'une personne dont l'approche du leadership ressemble à mettre la main dans un seau d'eau et créer des vagues en agitant la main. L'eau revient rapidement à son état original dès que le leader retire sa main ! 

L'auteur nous invite à nous poser 4 questions pour ne pas être un leader "seau d'eau" : 

- Que puis-je faire pour que chacun dans mon organisation  voit vers où on va, ait le sentiment d'avoir une mission et ressente de la fierté ? - Que puis je faire pour inspirer et motiver ?

- Que puis-je faire pour créer une ambiance qui stimule la croissance intellectuelle dans mon équipe ?

- Comment puis-je aider mes subordonnés à développer leur plein potentiel ?

 

donhornsby's curator insight, September 28, 11:30 AM

(From the article): I like these factors because they emphasize behaviors, not traits. We can all incorporate idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration into our commands if we take deliberate steps to do so.  We can all be like my former Sergeant Major or my first Commander if we ask ourselves the following:


What can I do to provide a vision, a sense of mission, and instill pride in my organization?


What can I do to inspire and motivate my organization?


What can I do to foster a command climate that stimulates intellectual growth in my organization?


What can I do to help my subordinates develop to their full potential?


We do not have to walk away from our commands feeling like we just pulled our hands out of a bucket of water. We can make a difference and leave a legacy that will endure long after we are removed from the equation.  Approaching leadership with the goal of being transformational, not only makes the experience more rewarding, it also ensures that the woodpile is a little bit higher on the back end.

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, September 29, 4:51 PM

A “water bucket” leader is someone whose leadership approach can be likened to sticking a hand into a bucket of water and creating a stir by splashing it around. Eventually, the leader pulls their hand out, and when they do, the water quickly returns to it’s original state. It’s as if they never existed. Even though there was a lot of activity, in the end, the bucket of water looks no different than it did before

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9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions

9 Habits That Lead to Terrible Decisions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Waiting too long for others’ input. Failing to get the right input at the right time. Failing to understand that input through insufficient skills. Failing to understand when something that worked in the past will not work now. Failing to know when to make a decision without all the right information and when to wait for more advice. It’s no wonder good people make bad decisions. The path to good decision making is narrow, and it’s far from straight. But keeping in mind the pitfalls can make any leader a more effective decision maker.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 25, 8:28 AM

This is a strong argument for embracing personal knowledge mastery as a leader. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 25, 11:05 AM

Can we anticipate unexpected events? Yes, but we cannot anticipate what they will be. What we can do is work on being present and attentive. The laziness is interesting. Do we use statistics without looking at what they mean in a given context. The other night I sat in on a panel and there was no reference to how a number might play out in a specific school setting or classroom or students lives.

 

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22 Harsh Truths that Will Jolt You Awake

22 Harsh Truths that Will Jolt You Awake | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Choose to surround yourself with positive people. 

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12 Promises You Should Make to Yourself and Keep Forever

12 Promises You Should Make to Yourself and Keep Forever | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 25, 10:58 AM

I am not sure we own our lives, but we can be responsible for it and what happens in it. I found many teachers and their bosses were always looking for ways to not be responsible. What do you want from me was a common question.

 

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Marcela Contreras M's curator insight, September 26, 12:46 PM

Think positive, just do it.