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9 Ways To Share Your Strategic Thinking Skills With Your Team

9 Ways To Share Your Strategic Thinking Skills With Your Team | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You already have the tools you need to help your team succeed--your strategic thinking skills. Here's how to put them to use.

Via Judy Knight, Wise Leader™, Aki Puustinen
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The words you use are tools that will shape your organization. So think carefully about the vocabulary you use because it shapes the reality in which your people think.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 8, 6:19 AM

"As Jessica Amortegui, director of global talent development at VMware told us, “The formal top-down approach where strategy is rolled down to execute no longer works in this [fast-paced] environment." She believes a more flexible philosophy that allows companies to pivot quickly as conditions change is emerging. Executives can provide a guideline for what "true north" is, but it is up to each business to define a strategic path to get there."

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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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11 Leadership Lessons from Alexander the Great

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Although the ‘Great Man’ theory of leadership belongs to the scrapheap of history, its allure continues to mystify. Underlying this...


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From a leadership perspective, it’s not very difficult to say that Alexander was without peer. He could be magnanimous toward defeated enemies and extremely loyal toward his friends. As a general, he led by example, leading from the front. 

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Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People?

Should Leaders Focus on Results, or on People? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It’s a trick question.

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Social skills are a great multiplier.  A leader with strong social skills can leverage the analytical abilities of team members far more efficiently. Having the social intelligence to predict how team members will work together will promote better pairings. 

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Chad Manske's curator insight, November 17, 5:28 PM

Despite the analysis and evidence this article brings to bear, the answer, in my experience, is quite simple--people.  Investing in them every time will bring results.  Have the self-confidence to develop your people and they will always bring results!

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Simple Acts That Build Your Leadership Presence

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Nobody is born a leader, but the traits that we associate with big-picture vision can be built over time in small ways.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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Look around you in your everyday interactions. Are there problems that need to be addressed? Can you approach another colleague and bridge a gap or find a better way to do something together? These are simple ways to show your leadership ability regardless of your position.

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9 Negative Thoughts that Push People Away from You

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Practical Tips for Productive Living


Via Mike Klintworth
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The people you take for granted today may be the only ones you need tomorrow.  Never be too busy to make time for those who matter most, because sooner or later you just want to be around those special people who make you smile.  So today, make time for those who help you love yourself more.  Schedule them into your busy day.  They are worth it.

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A Simple Thing You Can Do Today that Will Make You Happier

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Great advice to brighten someones day...yourself included. 

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The Top 5 Myths About Leadership - US News

The Top 5 Myths About Leadership - US News | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Don't believe these misconceptions about what it takes to be a great leader.

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Instead of being viewed in a popularity contest, leaders should strive to be respected and trusted.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, October 29, 9:44 AM

Very true myths in my experience.  Remain skeptical whenever anyone tags the terms always or never to something.

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18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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What you focus on changes everything.  Don’t look back when you know you shouldn’t.  Don’t worry about what you can’t control.  Don’t stress over unimportant things.  Be positive.  

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Rewire Your Brain and Become a Better Leader

The latest neuroscience research explains exactly how to inspire people to follow where you lead.
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Got certainty? You'll likely want more after reading this article. Enjoy! 

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5 Steps to Train Yourself to Be Your Authentic Self With Everyone

5 Steps to Train Yourself to Be Your Authentic Self With Everyone | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you find you act differently among those with much more or less power than you? A biz school professor offers a program to get over this common issue.

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A true leader recognizes everyone" and is his or her true self with everyone.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 16, 2:23 AM

#BeMoreHuman to solve the Rubiks Cube of #RelationshipCapital!

Arlene Ward's curator insight, October 16, 4:55 AM

Some useful guidance around being your authentic self....

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The Hard Data on Being a Nice Boss

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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.

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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?"

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Leadership Qualities All Managers Must Have

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What leadership qualities do you need to be a successful manager? Jackie Green offers a comprehensive list of all the skills required to lead your people.

Via Anne Leong
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Here's how to really get on the good side of your employees. No one likes a tyrant, but employees really hate leaders who just sit around and watch them work. Want to be more likeable as a leader? Work hard as an example to everyone. Your employees will see you as an ally, someone who is part of the team and not just the commander.

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9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think

9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Growth is painful.  Change is painful.  But in the end, nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you do not belong.  Again, you’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago.  You’re always growing. 

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, November 17, 9:07 PM

From the article: If you believe in something, keep trying.  Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future.  Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any brighter.  Take action instead.  And regardless of what happens in the long run, remember that true happiness begins to arrive only when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.

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Four Keys to Long-Haul Leadership

Four Keys to Long-Haul Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Because they were passionate about their work, long-haul leaders had a strong work ethic. They did what was necessary to get the job done. They were not clock punchers. Because they so loved their work, they hardly saw their vocation as work. It was fun and rewarding.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 16, 6:32 AM

True leadership value only shows over time. Beware the short term merchants.  A cautionary tale!

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The Leader Who Wasn't There

The Leader Who Wasn't There | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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When we give the gift of presence we make a critical investment in our relationships and our leadership.

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Ian Berry's curator insight, November 15, 11:27 PM

I love

Presence says – “I see you.”

Presence says – “I hear you”

Presence says – “You matter”

Presence says – “I care.”


Being present is a choice. As Nigel Risner says "when you're in the room, be in the room."

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, November 16, 5:03 AM

"And let’s face it..

it’s hard to be an effective leader…

if you’re not there."


"As we manage the task in front of us we are already considering the next or perhaps mulling over a more complex issue that awaits our attention.

This frantic mental traffic puts us into a sort of trance. We see without seeing. We listen without hearing. We are here but not present. We may be in the room but our mind is in some faraway place or time."


Dixie Binford's curator insight, November 17, 9:36 AM

This is especially true for our education leaders.

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10 Questions Great Leaders Ask Their Teams"

10 Questions Great Leaders Ask Their Teams" | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

How often do you sit down and really communicate with each member of your team? 


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The ability to ask great questions is a critically important skill for leaders. Questions determine the answer, and the course of a conversation. The moment a question is asked, the entire course of events can change. A well worded question is truly THAT powerful.

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donhornsby's curator insight, November 10, 8:43 AM

There are perhaps many good questions leaders ask of their teammates each and every day. The starter list above could easily be replaced with ten others. These ten, however, represent the ten that have served me well over the last eighteen years as a senior leader. They solicit open conversation, deter quick “yes/no” responses, and maintain meaningful communication channels with the team. 

Charlotte Hitchcock's curator insight, November 11, 6:50 AM

Communication, so different from talking to or at. 

It speaks of engagement 

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One Question that Will Free You from Judgments and Drama

One Question that Will Free You from Judgments and Drama | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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The senses of your soul help you express your whole truth, and being true to yourself takes work, because it’s so easy to get sidetracked and influenced by others.  It’s easy to get caught up in the drama.  You have to put in the effort and stand strong every day to honor your own ideas, feelings, intuitions and aspirations.


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Empathy: The Basic Quality Many Leaders Keep Getting Wrong

Empathy: The Basic Quality Many Leaders Keep Getting Wrong | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Empathy and sympathy are closely related, but how are they different? Knowing the answer can help you develop the quality that everybody needs.

Via Ron McIntyre, Wise Leader™
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Empathy is considered by many to be a basic human quality. So why is it often still missing in our day-to-day work?

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 29, 11:08 AM

Absolutely true when it comes to business leaders.  It does not even come to the surface in terms of skills, hard or soft.

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9 Ways Leaders Insult Their Employees

9 Ways Leaders Insult Their Employees | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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As you go about your day as a leader, be mindful of the following nine  ways employees feel slighted to assure you avoid insulting  them – and losing your top talent along the way.

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Does Your Presence Inspire People to Inspire Each Other?

Does Your Presence Inspire People to Inspire Each Other? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Roger Francis
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Great leadership presence is not the dominant force in a room. It is inspiration that moves people to inspire each other.

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