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How Captain Kirk and Spock exemplify Leadership - Forbes

How Captain Kirk and Spock exemplify Leadership - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner as Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk from the television program Star Trek. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 'To boldly go where no one has gone before' I'm a huge Star Trek fan.
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We are all an ‘idealist and realist’ mix at heart. Sometimes we lose track of our dreams, ‘Spocking out’ as we get absorbed in the day-to-day business. Other times we can ‘Kirk out’ to the extent we never get around to starting our next big idea.

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4 Common Characteristics Of The Super Resilient

4 Common Characteristics Of The Super Resilient | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Turns out what doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

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By grounding yourself in the things you cannot change, it enables you to see more clearly what you can change.

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How to be a Supersurvivor!

JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, Today, 9:27 AM

When life closes one door, it always opens another one.

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The People Have Spoken: It's Time To Start Trusting Your Employees More

The People Have Spoken: It's Time To Start Trusting Your Employees More | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There are steps you can take to steer employees back from disengagement, but it takes a genuine commitment from the top.
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Recent research has shown that feeling more powerful makes employees more productive and satisfied with their jobs.

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5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change

5 Steps For Leading Through Adaptive Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership and management are two distinctly different but complimentary skill sets that all companies need. Leaders make sure the organization is doing the right things, while managers make sure they do those things right.

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Great leaders that guide a company through necessary changes don’t do it all by themselves. They bring all team members together and leverage their talent pool in a collaborative manner. This creates buy-in at all levels which is critical. They identify stakeholders and place the responsibility on them for rolling out new processes. Change doesn’t have to be stressful. Face it head on and keep the company moving forward.

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David Jardin's curator insight, August 15, 5:15 PM

R U an agile leader? Then here's a big step toward CRACKING the leadership CODE.....

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The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership | Switch and Shift

The Paradox of Trust, Vulnerability and Leadership | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Humans tend to model the behavior they see. When leaders appear to be in control, know everything, never doubt, or never ask for help or input, employees think
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Charlotte Hitchcock's curator insight, August 12, 7:23 AM

My experience of many in leadership roles has been of individuals who wish to be seen as perfect, in control and  not in need of help or advice, even when this is  blatantly untrue. This article explains the  positive effect of allowing yourself to be seen as human. In the NHS many criticise the softer side of management &  see it as poor leadership. To me, this is the leadership we need to encourage if we are to grow into  forward thinking, unified organisatiions.  This article validates the need to see leadership as a  more iemotionally intelligent role

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A Project Fit for Military Vets (+ a Medical Device Technician) - UCLA Anderson School of Management Blog

A Project Fit for Military Vets (+ a Medical Device Technician) - UCLA Anderson School of Management Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
From left to right: Saigovind Dandapani, Richard Smith, Guy Cohen, Peter McKeever and Andreas Neuman Working on a cost-cutting project for NATO may seem pretty daunting. Not so for the EMBA 2014 Strategic Management Research Program team that included a Navy fighter pilot, a former infantry Marine, a U.S. Air...
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The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz

The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts (The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz http://t.co/KqhoC82dcB via @theamscho)...
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We have a crisis of leadership in America because our overwhelming power and wealth, earned under earlier generations of leaders, made us complacent, and for too long we have been training leaders who only know how to keep the routine going. Who can answer questions, but don’t know how to ask them. Who can fulfill goals, but don’t know how to set them. Who think about how to get things done, but not whether they’re worth doing in the first place. What we have now are the greatest technocrats the world has ever seen, people who have been trained to be incredibly good at one specific thing, but who have no interest in anything beyond their area of exper­tise. What we don’t have are leaders.

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USAF Defenders in Afghanistan defended isolated FOB 07-17-2014 | USAF Defender Magazine

USAF Defenders in Afghanistan defended isolated FOB 07-17-2014 | USAF Defender Magazine | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Real Heroes in action in Afghanistan...Very, very proud of our SF teammates following the attack on our Forward Operating Base on 17 July. Privileged to serve with such outstanding professionals! 

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Best Bosses: A Case of Emotional Economics

Best Bosses: A Case of Emotional Economics | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Whether it is a passion for people, data, achievement, or status, everyone wants to be satisfied emotionally. I know it’s a concept that doesn't’t make for a spellbinding tale, but let’s face it,

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Unless employees feel positively reinforced, quality and other measures can suffer, and it will be nearly impossible to measure the loss of the disengaged and unapplied talent.

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george_reed's curator insight, July 19, 10:32 AM

"I left the job because I was appreciated," said no one ever.

Mike Klintworth's curator insight, July 22, 8:03 AM

Most people describe their best bosses by how they made them to feel rather than by what their manager actually said or did.

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Leadership Lessons From A War Zone

Leadership Lessons From A War Zone | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
U.S. Air Force Brigadier General John Michel knows about leadership in challenging environments.
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Building an air force also involves a lot more than just pilot training. The fighting force will need technicians and mechanics to support the planes and helicopters its pilots will fly. And with enthusiasm having plummeted back home for the U.S. effort, the clock is mercilessly ticking.

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Leaders, 5 Times When Logic Will Fail You | #Leadership

Leaders, 5 Times When Logic Will Fail You | #Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
by Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™

 

Logic is a tremendous asset. It brings order out of chaos. It diagnoses and solves problems. Yet like any asset, it can become a liability when misapplied or skewed.

 


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In the early stages of creativity, logic limits the panorama and possibilities. Logic is a filter. If you filter too soon, novel ideas will not make it onto the canvas. Great leaders don't fear the chaos of creativity. They filter later.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 14, 11:05 PM

"Logic will get you from A-B. Imagination will take you everywhere." ~ Albert Einstein, via @KateNasser

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 15, 3:07 AM

Great post here by  [url=/u/522681 x-already-notified=1]Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™[/url].  


As a communication professional, I could not agree more with the following:


5. When you use it as a reason not to communicate. After a mishap have you ever said, "Didn't they know that already? It's just common sense. It's logical."


Not only does common sense not actually exist, logic has little value if not communicated.


Great leaders communicate with their teams. They don't label their assumptions as logic that everyone should know.

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10 must-ask questions to supercharge your leadership - The Next Web

10 must-ask questions to supercharge your leadership - The Next Web | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

10 must-ask questions to supercharge your leadership The Next Web David Hassell is the CEO of 15Five. This post originally appeared on the 15Five blog.


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Answers become conversations about what is most essential and meaningful for the team and the company, and those conversations transform into action.

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4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture

4 Ways Leaders Can Create a Candid Culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

When leaders want to create an open culture where people are willing to speak up and challenge one another, they often start by listening. This is a good instinct. But listening with your ears will only take you so far. You also need to demonstrate with words that you truly want people to raise risky issues.


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Listening matters. But sometimes you’ve got to open your mouth too and make positive statements to generate the safety people need.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, July 9, 6:41 AM
When people don’t feel safe speaking up, leaders can show that it is safe by saying the hard things themselves.
Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 9, 6:38 PM

Listening is the start of the change process - you then have to match your actions with your words.

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16 Things You Shouldn’t Have to Justify to Anyone Else

16 Things You Shouldn’t Have to Justify to Anyone Else | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Constantly trying to justify yourself to everyone else forces you to miss out on the beauty of simply being yourself, with your own unique ideas, desires, and life experiences.  If you are led through life only doing and being what you’ve come to believe is expected of you, then, in a way, you cease to live… you merely exist.

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25 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough

25 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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One of life’s greatest gifts is the fact that life is difficult.  Because in dealing with life’s difficulties, we build invaluable strength.  This strength enables us to successfully fulfill our deepest, most meaningful purposes.  It is precisely because life is difficult that we are able to make it great.  It is because life is difficult that we are able to rise above the difficulties.  We are able to make a difference and we are able to truly matter.

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David Hain's curator insight, August 18, 8:51 AM

Some great advice here for the hard times - we need them to learn from and to appreciate the great times!

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10 Choices You Won’t Regret in 10 Years

10 Choices You Won’t Regret in 10 Years | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 14, 6:54 AM

Great share here via The General, @John Michel.  I totally agree with the first one:


Explore what YOU love, and own it. – If you spend your life trying to define yourself by what someone else loves, you’re going to be miserable. 


Try things – try everything.  Explore.  See what makes you hear music inside and what makes your heart swell, and then go do it.  Find out everything you can about it. 


Find other people who love it too.  If you waste time pretending to like something just because other people you think are “cool” like it, you’re going to end up with the wrong people and circumstances in your life.  Love what you love and be yourself, and you will end up with a lifestyle and relationships that make you truly happy

David Jardin's curator insight, August 15, 1:14 PM

Use these to see if YOU are living YOUR life.....

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12 Toxic Behaviors that Push People Away From You

12 Toxic Behaviors that Push People Away From You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Whether your toxic behavior is a common occurrence, or just a once in a blue moon phenomena, it’s critical for your long-term happiness and success that you are able to recognize when you’re behaving negatively, and consciously shift your mindset when necessary.

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20 Bad Excuses Holding Good People Back

20 Bad Excuses Holding Good People Back | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Jacob M Engel's curator insight, August 9, 10:04 PM

T'is true T'is pity, T'is pity T'is true, (Shakespeare)

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18 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be

18 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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12 Things You Need to Remind Yourself of When You Wake Up

12 Things You Need to Remind Yourself of When You Wake Up | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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The First Secret of Developing a Leader

The First Secret of Developing a Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It hit me on the way home that I had said the wrong thing. I stood and embraced Jack when he walked into the coffee shop where I was meeting with a young leader. Jack’s in his 80’s and an elder sta...

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Leaders develop leaders by modeling and teaching leadership. But, every teacher learns before they teach. More important, every teacher learns while they teach.

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16 Reasons You’re Succeeding in Life (Even If You Don’t Feel You Are)

16 Reasons You’re Succeeding in Life (Even If You Don’t Feel You Are) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Jacob M Engel's curator insight, August 9, 10:07 PM

A must reading for everyone!

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20 Habits Happy People Have (But Never Talk About)

20 Habits Happy People Have (But Never Talk About) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Happiness is a how, not a what – a mindset, not a destination.  Happiness is enjoying all the small things, while chasing after the big ones.  Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy. 

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Why Complaining Is Killing Your Reputation At Work

Why Complaining Is Killing Your Reputation At Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Ivon Prefontaine
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Next time you feel the urge to reflexively complain, think through these common perceptions of workplace whiners (by non-whiners). They may just be the best deterrent when you have the need to gripe:

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 13, 3:19 AM

When you complain, you’re not endearing yourself to anyone.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 5:36 PM

Complaining is problematic, but is it really what others think about the complainer that is important. Actually, it might be that the complainer ends up focusing on the negative and ends up in a morass of non-productivity. I used to just go back to my classroom and do what I felt was best. It did not make any difference whether the School manager agreed or not. Once I said my piece, I had better things to do.

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Leadership is Not a Contest -

Leadership is Not a Contest - | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I live in a culture that makes everything a contest. We take metaphors from sports and try to apply them to every activity of life. We live in a time when the language of athletics has become abbreviations to describe how we live.
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The leaders who inspire me do not lead to defeat anyone, including themselves. The leaders who inspire me lead from their deepest selves. They explore their true selves, and share what they discover with the people around them.

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23 Things People Who Love Their Lives Are Doing Differently

23 Things People Who Love Their Lives Are Doing Differently | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Do the best you can to smile.   Be so busy loving your life and the people in it that you have no time left for hate, regret or unnecessary stress.  In the end, loving your life is about trusting your intuition, taking chances, losing and finding happiness, cherishing the memories, and learning through experience.  It’s a long-term journey.

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SP-Index's curator insight, July 7, 2:45 AM

Do you really LOVE your life?