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People Don't Leave Companies -- They Leave Leaders!

People Don't Leave Companies -- They Leave Leaders! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A "company" is just a legal entity. A "business" is a collection of desks and computers. No one resigns because of that.

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The  #1 reason for workplace stress...burnout...and ultimately, resignation: bosses. 

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, November 24, 2013 12:15 PM

This is a searing look at the cause of people leaving organizations.  It puts a lot of emphasis on the responsibility of leadership.

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20 Things Life is Too Short Not to Appreciate

20 Things Life is Too Short Not to Appreciate | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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 You’re an original, an individual, a masterpiece.  Celebrate it!  Don’t let your uniqueness make you shy.  Don’t be someone other than the wonder you are.  Everyone has their own dreams, their own struggles, and a different path that makes sense for them.  You are YOU for a reason.  Own it.

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Michael Binzer's curator insight, August 30, 7:32 AM

Be yourself. Be true. Be unique. And live life tomits fullest

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The Difference Between Great Leaders And Posers

The Difference Between Great Leaders And Posers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This may sound harsh, but the truth often is... I've witnessed far too many people in positions of leadership that wouldn't recognize an opportunity if it hit them squarely in the face. If you cannot recognize, attract, and acquire opportunity you should not be in a leadership position. Just this week [...]
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We have created legions of risk managers posing as leaders, when what we need are more leaders who understand how opportunity adds value, shapes culture, attracts talent, and brings about transformative change.

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9 Habits for a Healthier, Happier Life - US News

9 Habits for a Healthier, Happier Life - US News | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the most common barriers to happiness is dissatisfaction with weight, body and looks.

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Here are nine tips to help you live a healthier and happier life without exhausting yourself with diets. 

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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, 11:51 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, 9:54 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, 4:14 PM

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

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12 Toxic Behaviors that Push People Away From You

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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

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Jacob M Engel's curator insight, August 10, 1:04 AM

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

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12 Things You Need to Remind Yourself of When You Wake Up

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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 10, 1:07 AM

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, 6:19 AM

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

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 8:36 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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How To Master The Art Of Giving Negative Feedback

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When you’re a leader, giving feedback, both positive and negative, comes with the territory. But not everyone is comfortable giving it. Sarah Green, a senior associate editor with the Harvard Business Review, recently scoured HBR’s blog for the site’s best advice for how to give negative feedback. Here are her five tips:

 

 


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Five excellent tips to maximize the positive impact of negative feedback .

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 26, 8:29 PM

Step away from the feedback "sandwich," stick to the facts, and three other tips to giving good feedback.

Elizabeth Alfaro's curator insight, August 27, 3:11 PM

"Lo cortés no quita lo valiente", pero demasiada diplomacia elude el tema principal y no ayuda a que la persona identifique el error. 

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Great Leadership Isn’t About You

Great Leadership Isn’t About You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The best leaders are supportive.
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The most effective form of leadership is supportive. It is collaborative. It is never assigning a task, role or function to another that we ourselves would not be willing to perform. For all practical purposes, leading well is as simple as remembering to remain others-centered instead of self-centered. To do this, I try to keep these four imperatives in mind:

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David Hain's curator insight, August 23, 3:06 AM

"When the best leaders work is done, the people say - we did it ourselves" - LaoTzu

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The lesson Washington’s profoundly positive example teaches is that leading people well isn’t about driving them, directing them, or coercing them; it is about compelling them to join you in pushing into new territory. It is motivating them to share your enthusiasm for pursuing a shared ideal, objective, cause, or mission. In essence, it is to always conduct yourself in ways that communicates to others that you believe people are always more important than things.

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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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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

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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, 8:15 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, 10:23 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)...
John Michel's insight:

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, 1:32 PM

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

Mike Klintworth's curator insight, July 22, 11:03 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

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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 15, 2:05 AM

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

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 15, 6:07 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.