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A Race Against Time | Switch and Shift

A Race Against Time | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Time has become more than a scarce resource; it has become a competitive weapon. Although you cannot increase time, it can be better and more effectively utilized.
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 Bloated bureaucracies stifle creativity, suppress ingenuity, slow down responsiveness, and crush aspirations. They put paperwork before people and create a thirst for power, leading to personal ambition over team gains.

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Mediocre Me - How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel You from Ordinary to Extraordinary! (A Book by John Michel - Copyright 2013)
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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.

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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 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.

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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, 9:41 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, 9:38 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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The Leadership 'X' Factor That Creates 'It' Companies

The Leadership 'X' Factor That Creates 'It' Companies | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How do some companies evolve to "it company" status while others languish in relative obscurity? Whether you think of more mature companies like Google, Whole Foods, or Unilever, or early stage marvels like Warby Parker, Vendini, or RevZilla, the hottest companies on the planet understand it's not what they do [...]
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Forget Command and Control--Try Connect and Inspire

Forget Command and Control--Try Connect and Inspire | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Riaz Khan, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Bobby Dillard
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Without open, inclusive, collaborative leadership, innovation simply can't thrive.

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 25, 8:30 AM

While there are certainly things leaders themselves can do to adapt their leadership style, individual change is not enough. We need to shift not only individual leaders but entire large organizations away from a culture of command and control to a more inclusive one that requires coordinated, sustained attention and commitment.

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 25, 8:54 AM

While there are certainly things leaders themselves can do to adapt their leadership style, individual change is not enough. We need to shift not only individual leaders but entire large organizations away from a culture of command and control to a more inclusive one that requires coordinated, sustained attention and commitment.

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16 Things Emotionally Strong People Don’t Do

16 Things Emotionally Strong People Don’t Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Emotionally strong people know that happiness is a mindset of appreciation.  In other words, happiness doesn’t start when “this, that or the other thing” is resolved.  Happiness is what happens now when you appreciate what you have. 

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20 Hard Things You Need to Do to Be Happy

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5 Important Leadership Lessons From - Huffington Post

5 Important Leadership Lessons From - Huffington Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
5 Important Leadership Lessons From Huffington Post While watching The Lion King recently, I couldn't help but think of Simon Sinek's quote, "There are leaders and then there those who lead." It's like the old leadership proverb, "He who thinks he...
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Keen insights from an unlikely source..."Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope." -Mufasa

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4 Things You Must Give Up to Move Forward

4 Things You Must Give Up to Move Forward | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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If you feel like you’re stuck, or struggling to make progress, know that you are not alone.  We are all in this together.  However, there is also a good chance you’re holding on to something that’s holding you back.  Which means you might be able to make things easier on yourself if you give this “something” up.

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A Crash Course In Leadership For 20-Something CEOs

A Crash Course In Leadership For 20-Something CEOs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Five essential lessons for today's crop of young leaders.
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CEOs need to be resilient and have the courage to make difficult decisions. But some leaders can make the mistake of being “tough” not just on the problems facing their business, but also their people.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 6, 10:33 AM

Younger CEOs need a plan to take their organization well into the future, not just as far as an IPO.

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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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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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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, 5:45 AM

Do you really LOVE your life? 

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Leaders Need To Walk The Talk When It Comes To Integrity

Leaders Need To Walk The Talk When It Comes To Integrity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Anybody who feels that far too many company reports and websites boast of a commitment to innovation will not be surprised to learn that this is the most cited value  in a survey of how Standard and Poor’s 500 companies present their corporate culture. Innovation – mentioned by fully 80% of companies – was followed by those other staples, integrity, respect and teamwork.


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 Since the market values profits over corporate culture, companies will tend to focus on maximizing short-term profits rather than keeping their word.

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Frank Wander's curator insight, July 1, 11:12 AM

This is a test.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 1, 8:13 PM

There is a trade-off between short-term profits and long-term value.  Investment is required to grow a positive corporate culture.

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25 Things People in Healthy Relationships Don’t Do

25 Things People in Healthy Relationships Don’t Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Practical tips on how to thrive in all your relationships. Superb! 

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15 Toxic Thoughts You Need to Drop For a Better Life

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10 Awesome Ways to Inspire Others - Entrepreneur

10 Awesome Ways to Inspire Others - Entrepreneur | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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To realize the utmost potential and minimize wasted effort, identify exactly what you're going after and make sure your people do, too. Redundancies arise when communication falters.

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Effective leaders must choose the right tactic for the right mission, no matter if it’s the boardroom or the battlefield. Inspiring others comes in myriad different forms. Here are 10 leadership guidelines to inspire others:

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JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, June 15, 8:51 PM

Be the type of leader  for your people that you want your leader to be for you.

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SAPVoice: VIDEO: Leadership Lessons From Captain Sully Sullenberger, Hero Of The Hudson

SAPVoice: VIDEO: Leadership Lessons From Captain Sully Sullenberger, Hero Of The Hudson | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the most universally hated parts of high school is the pop quiz.  I certainly remember the dread that overcame me every time Mr. Quintavalle, my freshman Latin teacher, would announce “Halfsheets, gentlemen,” regardless of how well prepared I was that day. So one can only imagine the emotional [...]
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A master class on leadership from Captain Sullenberger on the show floor at SAP’s recentSAPPHIRE NOW 2014 conference in Orlando. 

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A “To Be” List for Aspiring Leaders - General Leadership

A “To Be” List for Aspiring Leaders - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
”Being’ and ‘doing’ are inseparable aspects of your presence and influence. -author unknown I have the privilege each year of speaking to auditoriums full
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donhornsby's curator insight, June 10, 9:05 AM

So, what do you think? Would you follow leaders with these traits and qualities? What can we add or do to help nurture those who seek or are called to serve?

 

Leadership is a choice. The choice is ours to help them make; TO-BE or NOT-TO-BE.

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Six Key Servant Leadership Attributes

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Dirk von Diernedonck at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), identifies six key characteristics for successful servant leadership.

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The 21st century has brought much in the way of turmoil and change to the world of business. As a consequence, ways of doing business that were once universally accepted now seem outdated and inflexible in an age where knowledge drives economies and socially responsible corporate attitudes influence stakeholders and shareholders alike.

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, June 6, 10:39 PM

"Servant leadership is demonstrated through empowerment and the development of people; by expressing humility, authenticity, interpersonal acceptance, and stewardship; and by providing direction."

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 9, 5:09 AM

Like civil servants, its time other leaders/managers too start thinking of them in terms of being a servant of their employees.