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Turning the tables on a top-down military culture

Turning the tables on a top-down military culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The military will begin requiring that the character of its generals and admirals be reviewed by the people who work for them.
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The entire department of defense, in an effort to reduce/eliminate toxic leadership, will begin incorporating 360 feedback and other tools soonest. A great move! 

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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.

Via Anne Leong
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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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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.


Via Matthew Fritz
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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!

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You Don't Have to Be a CEO to Develop Leadership Qualities

You Don't Have to Be a CEO to Develop Leadership Qualities | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
These 10 traits will prove indispensable, no matter where you fall in the hierarchy.

Via Anne Leong
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Whether you are the CEO of a large and prosperous company or an employee whom others depend on, the qualities of true leadership are identical.

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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, February 15, 9:38 PM
1. Transparency.

Sharing openly increases trust and invites others to follow your example...

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The Question That Improves Leader Effectiveness

The Question That Improves Leader Effectiveness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Most of us would like to be seen as highly effective at whatever job we have. Beyond that, as we continue in any line of work, we’d like to know that we are not just treading water, but that we’re moving upstream and actually getting better at our work. There are [...]

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Simply put, if you want to be the best, ask for feedback.

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10 Powerful Ideas that Will Change the Way You Work

10 Powerful Ideas that Will Change the Way You Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Simply learning to say “no” is one of the major components of doing more work that you love and creating a happier life in general.

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11 Things Remarkable Leaders Think Every Day

11 Things Remarkable Leaders Think Every Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By getting to the heart of what makes some leaders truly great, you can become pretty remarkable yourself.

Via Anne Leong, Roy Sheneman, PhD, Roger Francis
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A great leader is the first to say, "They get all the credit because they deserve it." When employees do something exceptional, great leaders are the first to shine the spotlight on their people.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, January 28, 11:44 AM

Things that make you say Hmmm...

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4 Unconventional Steps Extremely Successful People Take in Life

4 Unconventional Steps Extremely Successful People Take in Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Successful people are successful because they take action.  They are taking action right now.  And YOU can be one of them.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, February 2, 1:06 PM

If you have been wanting to change, start, or take action on something that is important to you...what is stopping you?  Okay, I know how busy you are, I know how much you are juggling, etc.

 

I also know that what you want to do is proably burning inside of you.  So I urge you to read this article, and decide today to take action...one small step forward towards something that you have been meaning to do.  Remember, no excuses only possibilities and solutions.

 

You will thank yourself a year from now for taking action.

 

-------If you have any questions, comments, or best practices about careers or leadership…I am on it!  My goal is to share thoughts, tools, and inspiration to help you leverage your strengths, and achieve your goals!  Walt Disney said, "Whatever we have accomplished has been because other people have helped us." So don't be afraid to ask for help...that is what I am here for!

 

Until next time...PS - Be on Brand & Live on Purpose!

 

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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?

Via Anne Leong
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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.

Via The Fish Firm
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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”


Via Richard Andrews
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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

Via Mike Klintworth
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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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How To Intentionally Design A Happier Life

How To Intentionally Design A Happier Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Paul Dolan, a leading happiness scholar, offers strategies for identifying what really makes you happy and doing more of those things.


Via Bobby Dillard
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Happy people pay attention to the everyday experiences that give them pleasure and purpose, then organize their lives so that they are doing more of those things.

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The Three Pillars of Morally Courageous Leaders - General Leadership

The Three Pillars of Morally Courageous Leaders - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Conviction, commitment, credibility—the three pillars of morally courageous leadership. Read more today on GeneralLeadership.com!
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President Woodrow Wilson once remarked, “You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” Don’t forget the errand. Ensure your words and your ways communicate clearly what you are willing to stand and fight for.

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, February 3, 12:58 AM

From the article:

For those of us who don’t wear four stars or run multi-billion dollar businesses, moral courage gives us the ability to act rightly in a world that is in itself, not right. It is what enables us to persist against frustration, take responsibility for our actions, act humanely in the midst of inhumanity, and perhaps above all else, refuse to compromise our values despite the very real threat of experiencing personal or professional insult, injury, or loss.

 

Conviction, commitment, credibility—the three pillars of morally courageous leadership. They reflect a way of thinking and being that compels others to lead a life of integrity, purpose, and meaning. They serve as tangible reminders that we are not here to merely make a living but rather, to make a positive difference.

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5 Ways to Stay Mentally Strong When You’re Not Feeling “Good Enough”

5 Ways to Stay Mentally Strong When You’re Not Feeling “Good Enough” | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Most of us want to place blame and responsibility on external objects and scenarios because it’s the easy thing to do, but the truth remains that all conflicts start internally, in our minds.  When we flee from responsibility we are doing nothing but harming ourselves and undermining our self-control and self-discipline.

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7 Habits to Start in 7 Days to Guarantee a Year of Happiness

7 Habits to Start in 7 Days to Guarantee a Year of Happiness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Happy people generally have something known as a “signature strength” – at least one skillset they’ve become proficient at, even if the learning process made them feel somewhat uncomfortable at first.

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MELISASource's curator insight, February 7, 10:13 AM

Wanna be happy for the entire year ahead? It is not as difficult to do as you think it is.


Ever person that you see living a life of happiness all have 1 thing in common. Generally, each of them have something known as a “signature strength” – at least one personal quality that they have not only developed, but have also become a master at drawing strength from to help them be happy every day. This special skillset is birthed out of making 7 habits a part of their daily routine.



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