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It’s the small things that make a leader great | SmartBlogs

It’s the small things that make a leader great | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How unfortunate that our popular ideas of what a good leader should be are so often grandiose. Through current media, television and movies, we expect perf

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Brave, courageous, bigger-than-life leaders are fascinating. But it’s the small, everyday acts that make a leader great.

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Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 16, 2013 7:17 PM

It's the little things that matter most in any walk of life

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4 Tips for Young Leaders

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Aaron Armour shares helpful tips for young leaders that he's learned during his fifteen years managing teams.

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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, Today, 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

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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...

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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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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.


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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

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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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Why Mattering Matters - General Leadership

Why Mattering Matters - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Make a choice to matter everyday by offering, thanking, encouraging, inspiring and letting others know you notice and believe in them. Mattering matters!
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Taking time to let others know they have genuine value...that they matter...is one of the most impactful investments you will ever make.

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What I Learned from Last Year’s Failures

What I Learned from Last Year’s Failures | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
6 Steps for Turning Setbacks into Success People often look at my success and assume I haven’t had any failures. Excuse me while I laugh. Have you seen my recent blooper reel? The truth is I have experienced plenty of failure. And many are a lot worse than a flubbed line. I just don’t usually publicize them. Here are three failures, just […]
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Smart, simple lessons on transforming setbacks into comebacks. 

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Honest Hearts Produce Honest Leaders

Honest Hearts Produce Honest Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Honest leaders are memorable. They keep check on themselves, demonstrate sincerity, lead by their values, and are ruled by their principles.

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Honesty is more complex than just not lying—it’s a commitment to knowing and understanding the truth, speaking the truth, and leading from the truth. 

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7 Tips For Great Storytelling As A Leader

7 Tips For Great Storytelling As A Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tell better storiesand leave your audience wanting to hear morewith these tips on tale-spinning.

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We tell ourselves stories about why we do what we do; about why we act the way we act; about what we said and why we said it; about how something should be done or not done. The stories that go on in our head prove positively that stories are a natural mode of communication.

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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...

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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 !

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Cómo dar poderosa retroalimentación positiva

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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

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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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The Five Practices of Leadership

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Leaders aren't mommy or daddy. Successful leaders encourage everyone to think and act like competent people of influence. When leaders act like mommy, team members act like children. Family-style l...


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The purpose of encouragement is bold action, anything less is coddling. 

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Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace

Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Today, people think for themselves, especially in the entrepreneurial arena.  Less really is more when it comes to building extraordinary organizations.  Give people a dream that they can wrap their head and heart around, get out of the way, and let them run!

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The 12 building blocks of impactful leadership

The 12 building blocks of impactful leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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A good leader is a good communicator. The leader must deliver constant, clear messages to the team and to the company. He recommended that leaders deliver those messages in person whenever possible—whether the news is good or bad.

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