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Three Tips For Overcoming Your Blind Spots

Three Tips For Overcoming Your Blind Spots | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Simple workarounds can help you avoid common biases.
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Fighting groupthink should start at the hiring stage. Look for people who share your basic values and purpose, but who are also tough, independent, and able to tell you what they think. Moreover: check that decisions at all levels in the company are being made on the basis of rationality, not merely flowing from authority or a tendency (however subconscious) to conform.


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New Leaders 'Need To Leave Their Comfort Zones'

New Leaders 'Need To Leave Their Comfort Zones' | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
With the tenth series of the BBC’s reality television show The Apprentice concluded and a winner duly found, we can once again reflect on the picture provided of business as a jungle, full of driven, highly competitive people with an attitude to teamwork that few sportsmen would recognise. Presiding over [...]

Via Anne Leong
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 There are four key characteristics that differentiate leaders who thrive in today’s fast-changing business environment:

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How to Change Your Life in Just 2 Minutes a Day: 10 Quick Habits

How to Change Your Life in Just 2 Minutes a Day: 10 Quick Habits | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu “The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.” Madame Mari

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Making a positive change in your life does not have to be about making a huge leap.

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20 Leadership Experts Share Their Single Best Tip

20 Leadership Experts Share Their Single Best Tip | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Trust what these professionals say about good leadership. They are experts on the topic.


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Good leaders all have one thing in common: They know how to seek advice. It's a bit like parenting. No one who raises a child for the first time understands the job perfectly. You have to keep learning and growing. These experts know the drill. They've written about their experiences in leadership, spoken in front of mass audiences, and honed their skills over many years. Here are their single best tips, exclusive just to this list.

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How to Become the Most Compelling Person You Will Ever Know

How to Become the Most Compelling Person You Will Ever Know | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Feel as though you're just marking time instead of making your mark? Here's how to step up your game and start making a memorable difference for those around you.
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Common sense advice from a great leader. 

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6 Stories of Super Successes Who Overcame Failure

6 Stories of Super Successes Who Overcame Failure | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
They're perfect examples of why failure should never stop you from following your vision.

Via Anne Leong, Pascale Mousset
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Learn from your mistakes, reflect and accept the failure, but revisit your passion and keep pursuing your goals no matter what. 

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Glenn Mallo's curator insight, December 10, 10:50 AM

Terrific addition to story of Abe Lincoln.  Great reminder of first time learning how to ride a bike and fell down... http://www.slate.com/articles/business/how_failure_breeds_success/2014/05/abraham_lincoln_failure_at_50_why_the_myth_is_so_persistent_and_powerful.html

Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 10, 8:33 PM

Overcome the cynics, look past the critics , picks fightvwith adversity...great read on people who made their dreams possible by knocking over setbacks.

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How IBM Brings Ideas Forward From Its Teams

How IBM Brings Ideas Forward From Its Teams | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Getting the best work out of a team isn’t about silencing the loudest person. It’s about getting everyone involved to explore every angle, bring all ideas to the surface and collaborate on a path forward.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 8, 4:10 AM

To collaborate effectively, focus on two things: getting everyone to contribute and letting everyone’s contribution be heard. ~ IBM

Robyn Haydon's curator insight, December 11, 2:19 AM

Great advice from IBM for anyone brainstorming with their teams: "When you give voice to more people, the best ideas win, not (just) the loudest ones."

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Why You Hate Work

Why You Hate Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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THE way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished, amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that what you’re doing makes much of a difference anyway.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 6, 5:59 AM

"If your employees feel more energized, valued, focused and purposeful, do they perform better? Not surprisingly, the answer is almost always “Yes.” Next we ask, “So how much do you invest in meeting those needs?” An uncomfortable silence typically ensues." ~ NYT

donhornsby's curator insight, December 6, 8:05 AM

Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.

DPG plc's curator insight, December 8, 5:35 AM

Fascinating stats following a survey of over 12500 people on why they find work unfulfilling. Any sound familiar? More importantly what can we do about it?

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The Top 6 Mistakes Managers Make When Having Difficult Conversations

The Top 6 Mistakes Managers Make When Having Difficult Conversations | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
These mistakes are common, but they can turn a difficult conversation from uncomfortable to disastrous.

Via Bobby Dillard
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 While no one likes to be the bearer of bad news, avoiding these top six conversation pitfalls can prevent difficult conversations from turning toxic.

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4 Ways Leaders Effectively Manage Employee Conflict

4 Ways Leaders Effectively Manage Employee Conflict | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Conflict resolution is a daily occurrence at work that can either propel or disrupt the momentum for a leader, a team or the entire organization.


Via Mike Klintworth
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Leadership is not a popularity contest; it is a serious responsibility that primarily involves developing and guiding the full potential in people, teams and the organization at-large.  An important part in the process of developing potential is knowing how to see conflict and when to seize the opportunity within the conflict before healthy tension turns into overly disruptive chaos.

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Seven soft skills that every leader should develop

Seven soft skills that every leader should develop | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Great communication skills are not just about speaking, but listening as well – a good leader can distil the essential parts of a dialogue and work them to his or her advantage. This becomes particularly important during negotiations – another crucial soft skill of every exceptional manager.

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Half of Employees Don’t Feel Respected by Their Bosses

Half of Employees Don’t Feel Respected by Their Bosses | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
And it’s keeping them from performing well.
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Being treated with respect is more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating an inspiring vision, providing useful feedback — even opportunities for learning, growth, and development.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 25, 6:26 AM

Getting respect , I used to believe was a hygiene factor- a minimal necessary condition to be able to continue working.....however knowing that half of all employees dont get enough respect from their managers is really disheartening!

What saves the day is that it takes little to genuinely respect others and how that drives engagement, culture, productivity etc.

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10 Leadership Steps To Transform Your Customer Experience Culture (And Day ... - Forbes

10 Leadership Steps To Transform Your Customer Experience Culture (And Day ... - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Here are 10 things that are important to get right as a leader if you’re intent on transforming your customer experience and the culture that supports and sustains it.

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Leadership Lesson From Walt Disney: Communicating a Vision

Leadership Lesson From Walt Disney: Communicating a Vision | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“The more a vision can be expressed in a vivid, imaginative way, the more it will motivate people to action in the present.”What is the difference between good leadership and great leadership? Walt knew what he needed to do inspire and motivate his team to be as passionate about a project as he was. He had mastered the art of communicating his vision to his team.

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Despite facing many challenges and great adversity throughout his career, Walt couldn’t be swayed from his ideas. He was a trailblazer who forged ahead, consistently proving the naysayers and critics wrong.

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donhornsby's curator insight, November 19, 5:57 PM

“The more a vision can be expressed in a vivid, imaginative way, the more it will motivate people to action in the present.”

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What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys

What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

““All the money in the world, all the research and development resources in the world aren’t really worth a hoot, without innovative leadership. Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders,” said Forbes Contributor Henry Doss in his recent post...”


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In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the Zenger Folkman organization described what we believe is a somewhat unique study to answer the question of what successful leaders do to create more innovative teams.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 22, 12:44 AM

Learn these and then live these:-)

 

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Why Tough Love Leadership Works - Forbes

Why Tough Love Leadership Works - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Teachings of the Far East explain the concept of yin/yang. In order to achieve balance, and ultimately success, we need to have oppositional forces present and equal.


Via Mike Klintworth
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 If people know you have their best interest in mind, they won’t question your motives when you make a suggestion or provide direct feedback. Instead, they’ll embrace it.

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The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss

The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Edwin Rutsch, Wise Leader™
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Emma Seppala, associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, says compassionate workplaces are not only good for employees' mental and physical health, but for a company’s bottom line.

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Why Leadership Should Be Hard

Why Leadership Should Be Hard | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An examination into the realities of leadership in today's organizations and why it should be hard to lead our teams and organizations.

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Leadership can no longer be viewed as another rung up the career ladder, as something that is positionally ascribed because of the role we play in our organization. Instead, we need to view leadership for what it is – a calling to inspire, enable and motivate those around us to believe we can do things better; we can make things better than they are today.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 10, 8:35 AM

(From the article): Leadership can no longer be viewed as another rung up the career ladder, as something that is positionally ascribed because of the role we play in our organization. Instead, we need to view leadership for what it is – a calling to inspire, enable and motivate those around us to believe we can do things better; we can make things better than they are today.

 

We need leaders who recognize that to engage people in the work they do requires the willingness to truly listen and understand the realities of those under their care. Of what it is that would make people feel like they’re making a difference – that what they do matters and is meaningful – and then connecting that to the greater purpose that defines our organization.

Gust MEES's curator insight, December 10, 11:23 AM

An examination into the realities of leadership in today's organizations and why it should be hard to lead our teams and organizations.


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Mediocrity or Greatness? That is the Question. - Entrepreneur

Mediocrity or Greatness? That is the Question. - Entrepreneur | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A clear vision and devotion to the people a business affects are the hallmarks of the best companies.
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In whatever industry you choose, if you can create amazing experiences with your whole network of people your business connects with, you will build a great company that delivers exceptional financial returns.

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7 (Even More) Ways to Become a Better Leader

Good leadership is about making wise decisions and letting people know you are human.
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 Faking authority and knowledge is a good way to convince people you should not be leading them. Be yourself. Admit failures. Show them you are human. Your employees will be ready to follow.

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William Rowell's curator insight, December 7, 11:22 PM

Add some vibrancy to your verbiage and become a better leader.

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7 Tricks To Make Time For Mentoring Even When You're Too Busy

7 Tricks To Make Time For Mentoring Even When You're Too Busy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Taking on a mentee can be demanding of your time. Here's how both mentor and mentee can get the most out of the investment.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Most people, once they reach a certain level of success start fielding regular requests for help and informational interviews. But the good news is that, with these smart tweaks, mentoring can fit in anyone’s schedule.

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5 Deadly Sins of Leadership | LinkedIn

5 Deadly Sins of Leadership | LinkedIn | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Bobby Dillard
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Leadership is not as easy as it seems. Being at the forefront of the multitude makes you an instant target. The temptations are numerous and can be overwhelming. You don’t have to search for them; they will come straight to your doorstep and if any leeway is given, will find their way in. Standing on the mountaintop can make one think they are invincible. However, too many leaders at the pinnacle of success are falling due to foolish mistakes.

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8 Qualities of Leaders Who Deliver Value Every Day

8 Qualities of Leaders Who Deliver Value Every Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Before assuming your next leadership role, run through the following checklist to ensure you're on the right track.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Roger Francis
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There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Confidence comes from certainty and self-assurance of one’s abilities, whereas arrogance embellishes a person’s self-worth by disparaging others.

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The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss

The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Warmth beats toughness.
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Research shows that creating a leadership model of trust and mutual cooperation may help create a culture that is happier, in which employees help each other, and (as a consequence) become more productive in the long run. No wonder their nice bosses get promoted.


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The Crucial Difference Between A Good Person And A Good Leader - Forbes

The Crucial Difference Between A Good Person And A Good Leader - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The best way to cultivate the best leadership is to avoid the temptation to confuse good leaders with good human beings.
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Ultimately, to raise up better leaders, we need a more sober and sophisticated view of leadership.

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Having a Bad Day? A Positive Mindset Starts With These 4 Simple Steps

Having a Bad Day? A Positive Mindset Starts With These 4 Simple Steps | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
‘What can I do to maintain happiness throughout my daily living?’ —I came up with a practical solution: Positive Thinking.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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Don’t give up when things get tough; only by constantly practicing positive thinking you can achieve a more optimistic view of life. Just know that only you can control how you see the world, it doesn’t matter what the conflict may be, what matters is how you handle the situation.

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Sandip Roy's curator insight, November 23, 11:52 PM

"What can I do to stay happy today?"