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Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Why Good Managers Are So Rare | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Gallup data shows they have a combination of hard-to-teach traits.

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If great managers seem scarce, it’s because the talent required to be one is rare. In the following article, Gallup shares that great managers possess certain specific talents. Well worth checking out.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 14, 2:59 AM

Gallup’s research reveals that about one in ten people possess all the necessary traits to be a great manager.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Leaders Must Teach Employees 5 Unwritten Rules

Leaders Must Teach Employees 5 Unwritten Rules | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Responsible leaders make sure their employees are never blindsided.   They provide them with the tools and access to the resources they need to anticipate the unexpected.  

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30 Definitions of Leadership

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Leadership quotes: 30 definitions of leadership

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How do you define leadership? My definition is: "Using your influence to leave your part of the world better than you first found it."
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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, October 14, 11:05 PM

1. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu...

Jim Taylor's curator insight, October 15, 1:51 PM

#6 has always been my favorite.

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A Refresher on Storytelling 101

A Refresher on Storytelling 101 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Seven strategies for making people care about your message.
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Stories can be compelling and entertaining. Stories can teach and influence. Stories make our messages memorable. Use these seven strategies to hone and polish your storytelling skills, and achieve the results you seek as a leader and communicator.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, October 11, 8:16 AM

This was shared with my recently  by my Sr DVP of sales OPS great read.

William Rowell's curator insight, October 11, 9:53 AM

A seven-part formula for storytelling success in presentations and business meetings

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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.

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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


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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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27 Stressful Things You Tolerate Too Often

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Life is to be enjoyed and appreciated, not endured and tolerated.

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MELISASource's curator insight, October 22, 12:20 PM

We oftentimes find in life that unnecessary tolerations can bleed us of energy and make it impossible for us to function effectively. There is no way that we can live a happy, successful, fulfilling life when we are busy spending all our energy tolerating things that should never be tolerated.  It can be hard, but sometimes we just need to put your foot down....

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Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily

Leadership Tips: 6 Powerful Questions to Ask Yourself Daily | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you really want to create a shift in your business and get the most from your leadership, make these powerful questions part of your daily ritual.

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Whether you're running a company, heading up a startup, or leading a team, asking yourself these questions every day will help you get the most out of your work and leadership and make the difference in your success.

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Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim's curator insight, October 24, 7:52 AM

This is great for everyone. It provides great advice not only for business but in every day life.