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Getting Where You Want To Go | Switch and Shift

Getting Where You Want To Go | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Goals are powerful. They keep us focused, and without them, you will lack direction and cannot measure your progress. The problem is, it’s not possible to write specific, measurable goals that will guide you through an entire year.
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The journey is as important as the destination. Don’t get so focused on your goals that you forget about your vision.

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9 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Won't Do

9 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Won't Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
My last article, How Successful People Stay Calm, really struck a nerve (it has more than a million reads here on Forbes). The trick is that managing your emotions is as much about what you won’t do as it is about what you will do. My company, TalentSmart, has tested the [...]

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While it’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you don’t have to compare yourself to others, and you can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. That way, no matter what other people are thinking or doing, your self-worth comes from within. Regardless of what people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certain—you’re never as good or bad as they say you are.

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Patricia Clason's curator insight, Today, 5:49 AM

Knowing what not to do is just as valuable as knowing what to do!

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5 Reasons Nice-Guy Leaders Actually Finish First

5 Reasons Nice-Guy Leaders Actually Finish First | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Barry Salzberg, the Global CEO of Deloitte, believes that strong leadership doesn't have to be synonymous with hard personalities and demanding...

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Every CEO is different, and none of us are perfect, but the most effective and inspiring fall into one of these groupings.

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Des Kirby's curator insight, April 17, 6:41 AM

Barry Salzberg, the Global CEO of Deloitte, believes that strong leadership doesn't have to be synonymous with hard personalities and demanding expectations. Here's how to lead by example.

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What Gets in the Way of Listening

What Gets in the Way of Listening | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your inner critic could be to blame. ("What Gets in the Way of Listening" http://t.co/IsQZxDcOi6 #leadership)
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As your role grows in scale and influence, so too must your ability to listen. But listening is one of the toughest skills to master — and requires uncovering deeper barriers within oneself.

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Monkey in the Mirror | Switch and Shift

Monkey in the Mirror | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The only way you can ever expect to be more and do more with your life is to understand that sometimes, you have to be willing to go above and beyond what
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Don’t be afraid to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit on the world. Choose to live life by your rules, not someone else’s. As George Bernard Shaw so aptly reminds us, “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.” Be that person.

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Mike Masin's curator insight, April 14, 8:17 AM

It's a simple lesson but it's easy to forget in the daily chaos. Ignore the crowd and think about the facts. The solution might be obvious and nobody else sees it.

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Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech

Want Teamwork? Encourage Free Speech | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By seeking — and appreciating — the views of the entire group, a manager can turn dubious followers into active participants in the task at hand.

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When leaders commit to involving the whole group, organizations are transformed. Although collaboration — or “laboring together” (collaborare in Latin) — isn’t easy, it becomes easier the more we welcome differences and even conflict in service of a larger whole. The results are higher trust, increased productivity and rich creativity.

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Jim Manske's curator insight, April 13, 6:35 PM

Thrilled to forward you all the link to an article in the NY Times by our colleague, Miki Kashtan!

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How Successful People Cure Their Blindspots

How Successful People Cure Their Blindspots | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you know what your leadership blindspots are? It’s a trick question because, by definition, blindspots are areas where you lack awareness of your weakness. Many coaches casually refer to them as “derailers.” A leader continues to advance and climb the career ladder until an unknown weakness suddenly derails her career. Robert [...]

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Are you aware of your leadership blind spots?  If not, his posts for you. 

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Joyce Layman's curator insight, April 13, 9:57 AM

It's always interesting to discover that something was in front of you all the time. 

Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, April 15, 3:39 AM

Really enjoyed this article!

 

As an Executive Coach one of the greatest aha moments comes when b.lindspots are revealed.  Leaders will say things like "this is the first time I have ever heard this, or I have never been told this by anyone else." 

 

We all have blindspots, and as soon as we uncover some old ones new ones will certainly surface.

 

Enjoy the article.

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.


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A growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

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Jill Miller, SPHR's curator insight, April 10, 8:23 AM

The secret sauce for success? Finding happiness in our work -- even simple things -- makes a difference.

Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 10:19 AM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 4:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

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Leadership 101: How Doing Nothing Makes You A Better Leader - Forbes

Leadership 101: How Doing Nothing Makes You A Better Leader - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership 101: How Doing Nothing Makes You A Better Leader
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In fact, when you let busyness, and the stress that comes with it, consume you, you are maxing out your mental resources long before you've lived up to your potential as a leader.

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Daydreaming helps us see ourselves more clearly, since much of our daydreaming is focused on our future selves.

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How to Inspire Your Team: Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney

How to Inspire Your Team: Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Walt Disney said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”
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To make a dream a reality, it is not enough to simply hope that the stars will align. Walt Disney relied on his business partners, his support system and his Cast Members to turn his vision into a successful company. Walt’s vision was so strong that it continues to motivate and inspire today’s Cast Members.

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Challenge Assumptions. Don't Be Afraid of Taking a Different Tack.

Challenge Assumptions. Don't Be Afraid of Taking a Different Tack. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A former Microsoft COO says company leaders need to re-examine their core thinking and test out new approaches to not be left behind.

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Leaders need to realize that while it is easier to simply hold on to old assumptions, eventually that course of action can prove disastrous.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, April 7, 2:11 PM

Thinking critically and strategically doesn't come natural to most people.  The good news is that it can be taught and learned by willing students.  The seminar version of this type of thinking is typified by the Socratic approach, which consists of breaking down arguments through verbal parry, including challenging assumptions buttressing an argument.  This piece offers 3 suggestions and gives examples how one might implement this approach.

Sabine Henrichfreise's curator insight, April 7, 11:39 PM

Self Mastery stars with challenging our assumptions and beliefs. 

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5 Secrets To Better Employee Engagement

5 Secrets To Better Employee Engagement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Bring together your people and your brand and make meaningful progress toward better employee engagement.

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CEOs have always known their brand is a driver of customer acquisition, loyalty, and business growth. Today, they’re also learning that the company’s brand can provide employees with a sense of purpose and identity and serve as a source of both inspiration and action.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 3, 8:22 PM

"Anyone who has been on a Southwest flight can attest to the smiles, spirit, and fun. This is because employees live the Southwest values: servant’s heart, warrior spirit, and fun-loving attitude."

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The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 2, 10:43 AM

We talked about this point this morning. First impressions are critical and we do not get do overs.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 3, 5:20 AM

you choose the experieces you share with others ...all YOU

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16 Leadership Lessons from a Four Star General

16 Leadership Lessons from a Four Star General | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"We like to equate leaders with values we admire, but the two can be separate and distinct."

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Great insights from an accomplished, talented, bold leader.

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The Core Beliefs of the Delightfully Successful

The Core Beliefs of the Delightfully Successful | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Last year I listed some simple daily habits of the delightfully successful. Revisiting that article made me think. Success is based on action, but actions are the result of beliefs – so what do the

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Successful people don’t wait to get a raise; they work hard to earn a raise. Successful businesses don’t wait for higher prices to deliver greater value; they deliver greater value to earn higher prices. Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for a payoff to give their all to a startup; they give their all so they can earn a decent payoff.

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Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy's curator insight, April 17, 7:20 PM

It always delight me when the writing comes with some form of doodling to support the explanation.

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What High Performers Do When Things Get Tough

What High Performers Do When Things Get Tough | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The last decade of entrepreneurship has taken place within a rapidly changing environment of growth, struggle, triumph and confusion. The cornerstones relied upon in the past for small business stability and growth have crumbled, leaving an expensive hodgepodge of misguided efforts and bipolar business strategies. 


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Social changes make it easier than ever to build and maintain relationships that matter. External boundaries such as time zones, location and means of communication have rapidly evolved. People can now share pictures, video, quick thoughts or even their current location with thousands of individuals with just a few clicks of a button. Business is now about rich conversations with an audience all over the world

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 14, 3:18 AM

Business is now about having rich conversations with global audiences. Here are four winning attitudes for success at a time of great change.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 15, 6:15 PM

Creativity is a chaotic place to be and for managers this is not where they want to be. They want certainty, but the real certainty is in uncertainty. This requires conversations and embracing the uncertainty along the way. Consider the way we hold curriculum as a plan that leads to learning. When learning does happen, it is because the classroom is a chaotic places where great conversations happen and bring meaning and life to inert outcomes.

Whitney Rhodes's curator insight, April 16, 10:38 AM

Entrepreneur strategies

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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?

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So what sets emotionally intelligent people apart? Here are seven habits that people with high EI have:

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 14, 9:33 AM

Hope these are not anecdotal generalizations, but based out of research...they do resonate with my experiences though:-)

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It Takes Two To Tango: The Need To Manage Up

It Takes Two To Tango: The Need To Manage Up | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Only a very few companies might be ready to embrace concepts such as holacracy in a serious and all-encompassing manner and to dance to this new rhythm. And although being around for about 10 years,  holacracy still has to demonstrate its effectiveness on a broader and a sustainable manner.


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You should not give up on your essential beliefs and convictions to get along and to work well with your line manager. If your boss is not listening to you, not being vocally self-critical herself, and not willing to also adjust from her side and to respect your opinion and needs, then there exist fundamental miss-alignments between the two of you.

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Thanks for Being a Star Performer. Now I Will Ignore You.

Thanks for Being a Star Performer. Now I Will Ignore You. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Most managers spend 80% of their time with those who only do 20% of the work while the top talent quietly does 80% of the workload with minimal fuss. It is easy to get distracted by the high

Via Raj Nadar, Bobby Dillard
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Make a conscious effort to not ignore those that make you look good everyday, even though they quietly work behind the scenes. Or, if you are a high performer yourself and could use a little attention from your boss go ahead and print this article and leave it on their desk. We won’t tell.

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Ali Anani's curator insight, April 12, 9:09 AM

Do well to get bypassed

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 12, 2:59 PM

I found this in school. I would go do my job and those who seemed less capable seemed to receive attention in positive ways.

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Mass. native guides war in Afghanistan to a close

Mass. native guides war in Afghanistan to a close | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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General Dunford is an amazing leader and it is a distinct honor and privilege to serve with him during this historic time in Afghanistan. 

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3 Steps to Becoming a More Effective and Empathetic You

3 Steps to Becoming a More Effective and Empathetic You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you are interested in improving your ability to lead yourself and others more effectively, let me share three vital lessons from Frankl’s life experience that can help you.
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Truth is, empathy, being open to understanding the perspectives, emotions, thoughts, concerns, and motives of others is not about embracing blind agreement in order to please those around you. Rather, it’s about being open to better understanding others and working to gain an increased appreciation for their circumstances.

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5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation In Their Teams

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Via Susan Bainbridge, Wise Leader™
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Innovation begins with those people who touch the business across all functional and departmental areas.   Innovation is not dependent on the participation of high-ranking executives — but on any employee that is a student of the business, knows their customers and their specific needs.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, April 8, 1:52 AM

5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation In their Teams

JC FAILLANT's curator insight, April 9, 5:26 AM

Une belle synthèse de quelques postures clés pour favoriser l'innovation et conduire le changement. Article qui vulgarise le sujet.

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The 7 Things Successful People Never Say

The 7 Things Successful People Never Say | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You want to be successful. Everyone does. But your actual words might be undermining your chances of success. The things you say in the office, no matter how innocuous they seem to you, might be

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Your career is too important to be tanked by a few negative phrases. Here are the seven things you should strike from your workplace vocabulary if you want to achieve the success you richly deserve:


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Joseph Palumbo, MBA,'s curator insight, April 8, 7:17 PM

It's what you say and how you say it that can help or hurt your #PersonalBrand; #leadership

Vittorio Grieco's curator insight, April 10, 8:28 AM

#8 ~ re-read #'s 1~7

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Is it really that bad? Best Advice…I got from Ray…

Is it really that bad? Best Advice…I got from Ray… | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Sometimes the struggles in life make it hard to breath. Meet my buddy Ray…and his Marvin the Martian hat! Bet you just smiled...We all have discouragements throughout life. We all have hard times
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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, April 7, 5:38 PM

A great reminder that you can always choose to be happy even in the midst of your challenges.  Thanks, Ray!

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Spring Cleaning For Your Leadership - Forbes

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Spring Cleaning For Your Leadership
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Why not take the time to spring clean our own leadership? The natural order of our world is constant change – the change of seasons, the changing of the tides.
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The natural order of our world is constant change – the change of seasons, the changing of the tides.  Yet, most of us resist change, keeping us stuck in leadership behaviors that no longer serve us.  Time for us to participate in that change with our leadership.

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Leadership and authenticity: Being the 'real you' at work

Leadership and authenticity: Being the 'real you' at work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Leaders who are seen as authentic inspire the most loyalty, but what does being ‘authentic’ really mean? Pepi Sappal explores this complex and often misunderstood area of leadership, and looks at how to balance personality with professionalism


Via Roger Francis, Wise Leader™
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There are many definitions within management and business literature of authentic leadership but, as a rule, authentic leaders tend to be genuine, transparent and trustworthy, display a strong moral code and can be counted on to keep their word.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 2, 3:39 AM

Useful exploration of a critical positive leadership characteristic.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 3, 5:37 PM

Authenticity starts with self awareness.  And self awareness is about understanding how you react and how your behaviour can affect others.