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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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8 Ways to Conquer Your Leadership Blind Spots

8 Ways to Conquer Your Leadership Blind Spots | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You don't know this, but there are some serious blind spots in your leadership skills. These 8 tips will help you see them clearly, and conquer them for good.
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To be a successful leader or entrepreneur, we need to become intimate not only with our strengths but also with our blind spots, those aspects of our personality that can derail us. John C. Maxwell defines a blind spot as “an area in the lives of people in which they continually do not see themselves or their situation realistically.

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If You're Confident About Competence, Admit Your Flaws

If You're Confident About Competence, Admit Your Flaws | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Admitting your weaknesses actually bolsters others' faith in you.

Via Wise Leader™
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The notion that admitting flaws enhances impression management efficacy is not mere conjecture. Psychological research on ingratiation conducted by Edward E. Jones (and colleagues) at Duke University proved that self-presentations referencing negative attributes, shortcomings, or flaws, was far more effective at creating favorable first impressions than those that were limited to listing personal strengths and achievements.

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How The Best Managers Balance Hope With Realism - Forbes

How The Best Managers Balance Hope With Realism - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The best managers don't believe everybody's bad..but they don't believe everybody's great, either.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Sometimes managing others well is a little like Goldilocks and The Three Bears: it’s all about finding that place that’s not too hot/hard/big, and not too cold/soft/small – but just right.

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4 Leadership Qualities That Need Follow-Through

4 Leadership Qualities That Need Follow-Through | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by georgia.kral There are a lot of “qualities” of effective leadership that are discussed, yet important elements are left out that leave these qu...
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There are a lot of “qualities” of effective leadership that are discussed, yet important elements are left out that leave these qualities lacking.  When I think of what I want to see in leaders, and what I do my best to aspire towards, I try to think of certain qualities and the corresponding actions that make them whole.  Here are a few below.

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9 Leadership Tips Anyone Can Use Immediately - Leadership, Sales & Life

9 Leadership Tips Anyone Can Use Immediately - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here are 9 leadership tips that can be applied to your organization. These leadership tips are the pillars of leadership. They are universal to everyone.
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Here are 9 leadership tips you can use right away.   Review these with your team.  Discuss them during staff meetings.  Discuss how each one relates to the organization.  How can they make you better leaders?  Look for examples where you can apply each one and how it makes a difference.

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3 Trends in Leadership We Can't Afford to Ignore

3 Trends in Leadership We Can't Afford to Ignore | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I'm not a "futurist" -- although I've always thought that would be a great job.
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Sustainability, virtualization, and crisis continuity are things people talk about often, but, with some notable exceptions, tend to remain rote, reactive or status quo among most organizations. Worse, they are under-served topics in leader education and development worldwide. Yet as the saying goes, they will not be ignored, and will demand greater share of mind and wallet for leaders in the years immediately ahead.

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Seeking Help in the Shadow of a Doubt

Seeking Help in the Shadow of a Doubt | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For organizations to prosper, leaders and employees need to seek help and information from people who have vastly different points of view.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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For organizations to prosper, leaders and employees need to seek help and information from people who have vastly different points of view. As Berkeley psychologist Charlan Nemeth sums up three decades of research: "Minority viewpoints are important, not because they tend to prevail but because they stimulate divergent attention and thought. As a result, even when they are wrong they contribute to the detection of novel solutions and decisions that, on balance, are qualitatively better."

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, April 9, 2013 5:33 AM
See also this previously scooped story from The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/magazine/is-giving-the-secret-to-getting-ahead.html + Adam's article from HBR in April 2013: http://hbr.org/2013/04/in-the-company-of-givers-and-takers
Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, April 9, 2013 3:39 PM
Also McKinsey Quarterly published this article today: https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Givers_take_all_The_hidden_dimension_of_corporate_culture_3076
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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.

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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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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Adaptable Leadership Traits May be Hard-Wired | Psych Central News

Adaptable Leadership Traits May be Hard-Wired | Psych Central News | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A study of U.S. Army officers suggests that effective leaders' brains may be physically wired to lead, a discovery that could improve selection and training.
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Emerging research, published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology, reports that leaders who were found to be more adaptable and complex in psychological studies appear to have brains that function differently from those of less adaptable leaders.

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What Are the Differences Between Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight? - Lifehack

What Are the Differences Between Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight? - Lifehack | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Knowledge, Wisdom and Insight may sound like synonyms, but they are not. They have some very real differences in the essence of their meanings and their applications in our life.

Via Wise Leader™
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Knowledge, Wisdom, and Insight may sound like synonyms, but they are not. Though they all refer to the mind and an accumulation of thoughts and experiences, they have some very real differences in the essence of their meanings and their applications in our life.

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Leadership: People Pleaser | Lolly Daskal

Leadership: People Pleaser | Lolly Daskal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you a people pleaser? http://t.co/gvXHH068S5 @LollyDaskal #leadership
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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 Pleasern. A person who spends a lot of energy pleasing others.

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Why Small Businesses Need Great Leadership - TanveerNaseer.com

Why Small Businesses Need Great Leadership - TanveerNaseer.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn why great leadership is a must for small businesses and what qualities business owners should look for in a great leader for their company.
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Great leadership is a necessity for any business that is striving for great success,especially during trying times. Without leadership that is effective, it’s nearly impossible for businesses to grow and expand, as is necessary in an ever-changing market.

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7 Things Confident Leaders Don't Do

7 Things Confident Leaders Don't Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In a world full of wannabe entrepreneurs and leaders, don't try to be what you're not.

Via Amy Melendez, Wise Leader™
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If you've been around long enough, you begin to realize that success is just as much about what you don't do as what you do. Any CEO, entrepreneur, or venture capitalist will tell you that lack of focus is one of their most insidious enemies.

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5 Ways to Step Forward When You’re Scared to Death

5 Ways to Step Forward When You’re Scared to Death | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Fear is the most powerful single factor that deprives you of being able to achieve your full potential.  You experience it most often as a result of your own thoughts and emotional visions, rather than actual real world causes.  In other words, you become fearful of a fantasy – something that doesn’t exist.

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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 …

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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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

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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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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