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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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7 Ways to Compete on Employee Talent and Grow Your Workforce

7 Ways to Compete on Employee Talent and Grow Your Workforce | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The prevailing thought that business competes on price …

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The prevailing thought that business competes on price and products is outdated. The paradigm from previous centuries in business was to outmaneuver the competition by competing on lowest price or best price or not price at all, but on product. Both of which is a race to the bottom.

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How to Lead with Attitude – Part 1

How to Lead with Attitude – Part 1 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Last week I had the pleasure of participating in several interviews with young people looking to advance their careers and move into formal leadership positions.
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Maxwell says, “People always project on the outside how they feel on the inside. Attitude is really about who the person is. That overflows into how he acts.” Maxwell goes on to suggest that a leader watch for these six symptoms of rotten behavior that will infect a team’s spirit:

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What Leaders Get All Wrong About Leadership

What Leaders Get All Wrong About Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I did leadership all wrong for years. I held leadership positions without understanding effective leadership practices. My early education was in theology. Tragically, I had no training in leadersh...
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Leaders hold spotlights rather than stand in them.

I thought leaders were stars. But, leaders aren’t actors on center stage. They play supporting roles and work backstage. Most importantly, leaders are the audience.


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What Is Leadership? - Forbes

What Is Leadership? - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What is leadership, anyway? Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex popular consultants and lay people alike.
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I guess technically a leader could use social influence to just organize the efforts of others, but I think leadership is about maximizing the effort. It’s not, “Hey everyone, let’s line up and get to the top of that hill someday.” But rather, “Hey, see that hill? Let’s see how fast we can get to the top…and I’ll buy the first round for anyone who can beat me up there.”

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6 Signs Your Team Needs to Fight More | workplace MOJO

6 Signs Your Team Needs to Fight More | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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As you look around the room, you see lots of heads nodding up and down, toothy smiles pasted onto each face. Your boss has just pitched an idea, and you and some of the rest of your team thinks it’s not the most wonderful one he’s ever come up with, so naturally you indicate that by nodding and smiling in affirmation.

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Building what Matters - The 5 Pillars of Influential Leadership

Building what Matters - The 5 Pillars of Influential Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What is it that separates good leaders from Influential Leaders. It is a progression of Awareness, Environment, Growth, Communication and Leadership.
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At the end of the day, influential leaders are focused on building what matters.  What matters is the people they are leading.  Without a strong core of people, the structure will eventually fail.

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The 5 Agencies with the BEST Leadership in Government

The 5 Agencies with the BEST Leadership in Government | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
These agencies are reported to have the most effective leadership in government. (5 Gov't Agencies with BEST Leadership 1. NASA 2. Intel community 3. State 4. Comm 5.
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While recent reports have shown that federal employees are losing faith in agency leadership, there are some bright spots to report in how feds are viewing leadership of their organizations. Hidden in the Partnership for Public Service’s newly released analysis last week is data that shows the agencies with the most effective leadership across the federal government.

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12 Signs of Cowardly Leadership - Forbes

12 Signs of Cowardly Leadership - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Courageous leadership. You hear that term a lot these days. It is a call to commit and act; to make hard choices and take risks; and to do what’s unpopular and right. Language can be a funny thing though.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Courageous leadership.

You hear that term a lot these days. It is a call to commit and act; to make hard choices and take risks; and to do what’s unpopular and right. Language can be a funny thing though. Sometimes, people hijack words to fit their own ends. They may brandish words like courage, innovation, and integrity, but look closely at the real message. Are these words used as motivators – or weapons?

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Esther Turón Perez 's comment, May 15, 2013 11:48 AM
Scott for who is the question?
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:58 PM

We need courageous leadership, but lack it.

Richard Dillard, PMP, SSBB, ABD 7.1's curator insight, June 25, 2013 8:07 PM

Begs the question...can we even call those who exhibit these characteristics and behaviors a leader?  They are doing something for sure.  I'm convinced leading is not one of them.  I have a particular person in mind at the moment.  Fits the 12 signs to a tee.  I've never considered this individual a leader.  Come to think of it...neither has anyone else.  Probably best to remember that "leader" is a title given to us by those who choose to follow our lead.  People just don't choose to follow cowards.  Real leaders, in contrast, are courageous.  To learn more, put a reminder on your August calendar to look for my new book: Real Leadership! Are You Ready?

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Leadership: People Pleaser

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Are you one of those people who say YES to everyone and everything? Maybe you suffer from what Psychologists call being a people-pleaser. People Pleaser: n. A person who spends a lot of energy pleasing others.
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Most leaders are the kind of people you want to serve others, and true leadership is knowing that the greatest acts of kindness are those done by choice, not out of fear and guilt.

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9 Signs You’re A Leader | Joseph Lalonde

9 Signs You’re A Leader | Joseph Lalonde | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In this post I share 9 signs that you may be a leader. Do any of these ring true for you?

Via Bobby Dillard
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Each one has value and the ability to lead. The qualities of leaders can be very subtle. Look for it and you’ll find at least three or four that are present in your life.

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Three Keys to Mindful Leadership Coaching - Forbes

Three Keys to Mindful Leadership Coaching - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By Douglas Riddle There are countless executive coaches I would never hire for myself, no matter how wise, insightful, dynamic or experienced. Admittedly, I’m a hard guy to please, so what I require might not be a good guide for others.
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As you may have noticed, there’s been an explosion of information in recent years on neuroscience and how the brain handles change – and it’s fueling an interest in mindfulness. If you are a coach or are searching for one to boost your performance, remember this rule: mindful coaching is better coaching. And mindfulness practices have shown benefits for clients in health, decision-making and leadership.

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Stephen Basden's comment, September 12, 2013 8:41 PM
I learned how coaching isn't just a sports term. This is a term used in the job setting daily and a good coach isn't only necessary for a good sports team but also a good business.
The characteristics that the author gave were very interesting. An open mind, non-reactivity, and permissive attention are all necessities for a good coach.
I selected this article because I really want to know what it takes to be the best coach I can be. I am always open to new pieces of literature that can help improve my coaching abilities.
This information will help me reach my dream goal of being a professional basketball coach. Knowing the variety of characteristics that it takes to be a good successful coach will be very helpful as I begin my journey of my coaching career.
Blair Kettle's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:48 PM

Expanding on the growing neuroscience evidence that mindfulness can aid in the beneficial reshaping of the mind Douglas Riddle argues that a new type of executive coach is needed.

 

“The coaches who expand my mind, emotions and performance come to the coaching relationship from a place of inner calm. They have quiet minds. They are not beguiled by fancy techniques or elegant coaching models. They are midwives for the narrow, messy emergence into a larger world – and they rely on habits of mindfulness to accomplish that.”

 

For those unfamiliar with mindfulness, Dr. John Kabat-Zinn, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School, has developed Mindfulness Meditation into a scientifically and medically accepted approach to stress reduction that has gained wide acceptance. But the idea that mindfulness techniques can help for other practical purposes is gaining ground. Old habits don’t have to die hard after all.

 

Dr. Norman Doidge, a Canadian Psychiatrist, does an excellent job at explaining the scientific understanding of brain plasticity in his book The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science.

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Empathy: Leadership Strength Or Weakness?

Empathy: Leadership Strength Or Weakness? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Empathy: Leadership Strength Or Weakness? (RT @Ashoka: “2/3 of people’s motivation is wanting to help. Why do we focus on the 1/3?
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According to Tom Rath, author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, having empathy doesn’t mean you “. . . share their perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament—that would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand.”

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9 Ways To Make Leadership Personal - Leadership, Sales & Life

9 Ways To Make Leadership Personal - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders need to make their leadership personal. People want to resonate with the person who leads them. They want to connect and communicate.
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Make your leadership personal.  It may be as simple as writing a note on the first paycheck of your employee.   It may be getting out of your office and interacting every day.  It certainly is living and modeling the values and principles of the organization.

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Why We're So Afraid of Change ~ What Holds Businesses Back - Forbes

Why We're So Afraid of Change ~ What Holds Businesses Back - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

"Embracing change requires you yourself to experience the changes you’re asking your organization to undergo."

 

Our client is now desperately hoping his division’s leaders will embrace change, maybe even a Blue Ocean Strategy. They’ve reached a dangerous tipping point that could risk the future of their business.

 

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To ignite change, you need to do it yourself first.
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Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN, Bobby Dillard
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In 2009, Steve McKee published “When Growth Stalls” in which he notes that 41.2% of nearly 5,700 companies he studied stalled in the previous decade. The number of reasons why are staggering, namely: a failure to focus, no competitive point of difference, and weak brand images and identities, to name just a few.

Given this reality, we can turn to science to explain why businesses stagnate. Growing research from the neurosciences and cognitive sciences reveal that change really is difficult for humans. Resistance comes from three forces:

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 9, 2013 2:52 PM

Any Blue Ocean change practitioners out there who wish to comment on their client experience of "do it yourself first?"  ~  Deb

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How Do Leaders Hold People Accountable?

How Do Leaders Hold People Accountable? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People have different ideas of what “accountability” means. Some believe it is a discipline; others simply say, “Leadership Skills” are... (People have different ideas of what “accountability” means.
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People have different ideas of what “accountability” means. Some believe it is employee discipline; others simply say, “I’m holding you accountable” but do little to follow up.

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The Deepest Source of Motivation

The Deepest Source of Motivation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Forget the carrot and stick. Motivation and innovation come from a desire to help.

Via Romi Royé
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For decades, bosses have assumed that the best way to motivate workers is by promising financial gain and threatening financial loss. With one hand they dangle a carrot of more pay while brandishing in the other, the stick of "get to work or you're fired."

However, according to a recent article in the New York Times, research in organizational psychology strongly suggests that people are more innovative and more successful when motivated by a desire to help other people.

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10 Things To Stop Caring About Today

10 Things To Stop Caring About Today | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Every day is a new beginning.  But in life, sometimes you have to stop before you can truly begin.  So starting today…


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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | The Ultimate Source of Empowerment

A story illustrating one of the most important skills of an effective leader: bringing people to choice.

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People always have a choice even if they do not see that they do.  A critical role of every leader is to bring people to choice.

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Everything I Needed to Know About Leadership, I Learned… When My Kids Entered Kindergarten | Julie Winkle Giulioni

Everything I Needed to Know About Leadership, I Learned… When My Kids Entered Kindergarten | Julie Winkle Giulioni | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"@LollyDaskal: New Post: Everything I Needed to Know About Leadership When My Kids Entered Kindergarten http://t.co/6F6hxHu1y7 By @Julie_WG"
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Leaders are charged with bringing out the best in others – focusing their skills, talents, and passions toward larger organizational results. Those others – paid or not – make choices everyday about what they’ll bring (or volunteer) to an effort. Perhaps a volunteer leadership mindset could unleash more enthusiasm, greater energy, and better results.

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What I Carry: 10 Tools for Success

What we carry with us in our everyday lives and interactions is just as important for our success as our technical skills and achievements. This is what I carry

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Robin Martin, Bobby Dillard, David Hain
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A wonderful summation of what it means to lead swell. Enjoy! 

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Robin Martin's comment, April 8, 2013 8:31 PM
Or...the "quiet" leaders...introverts! ; )
AlGonzalezinfo's comment, April 8, 2013 8:40 PM
Totally agree, sometimes however, we need to brilliance of the quiet nurturing leaders to come through a little louder. :)
David Hain's curator insight, April 9, 2013 1:35 AM

Some great presentations on this theme available on SlideShare!

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A Lesson in Leadership: Kevin Ware

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share His injury was sudden and unexpected. A fluke. Thankfully, the network did not replay the injury multiple times, but focused their cameras on the other players’ reactions. Disbelief and raw tears spilled onto the court.
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Most often, we hire an employee with a specific skill set; but the reality is that their experiences, personalities and culture have a significant impact on their performance. How do you assess leadership or other “soft skills” when hiring? What do you value more- 10 years of industry experience or fearlessness?

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Leading, When You Are Not The Leader

Leading, When You Are Not The Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In a successful group, all participants demostrate principles of leadership. This post discusses 5 key attributes of leading, when you are not the leader.
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One of the worst things that a leader can experience from a group is silence.  “Yes men” are the type of people that just agree with everything and will not voice their opinions, or just not say anything.  In order for innovation to transpire, members in a unit need to ask questions, explore different ideas, and just speak-up.

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Navigating Negativity: 4 Ways to Be Properly Optimistic in the Workplace

Navigating Negativity: 4 Ways to Be Properly Optimistic in the Workplace | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Power of Positive Thinking was a revelation when Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s classic self-help book debuted in 1952. Now, over 60 years since we started seeing the glass half-full as …

Via Bobby Dillard
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As any astute HR professional knows, too much negativity is draining, deflating, and downright depressing in the workplace. But too much positivity can lead to denial, avoidance, and dangerous oversights. The key is to strike a healthy balance between needless catastrophizing and inflated confidence. What’s required, in other words, is true optimism, which is the measured capacity to step back and be objective, distill significance from positive and negative extremes, and steer what’s relevant into a promising future. Outlined below are the four general steps of optimism in action:

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Margaret Thatcher Showed What True Leadership Is - Forbes

Margaret Thatcher Showed What True Leadership Is - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This article is by Rodger Dean Duncan, a leadership consultant and executive coach and author of Change-Friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions Into Great Performance. “Being a leader is like being a lady.
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Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty about putting the needs of others ahead of your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting—welcoming—viewpoints different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with the behaviors you exhibit (sounds a lot like

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Personal Branding Is A Leadership Requirement, Not a Self-Promotion Campaign - Forbes

Personal Branding Is A Leadership Requirement, Not a Self-Promotion Campaign - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Developing your personal brand is essential for the advancement of your career and development as a leader.
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Personal branding, much like social media, is about making a full-time commitment to the journey of defining yourself as a leader and how this will shape the manner in which you will serve others.



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