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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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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?

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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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My Boss is a Jerk! Three Reasons Why Leaders Succeed and Bosses Fail

My Boss is a Jerk! Three Reasons Why Leaders Succeed and Bosses Fail | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you an exceptional leader or a terrible boss? We all know that every leader is a boss, but not every boss is a leader.  We can break down the fundamental differences between a boss and a true leader in terms of opposites.

Via The People Development Network
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We all know that every leader is a boss, but not every boss is a leader.  We can break down the fundamental differences between a boss and a true leader in terms of opposites. Do you talk, or listen? Do you demand, or motivate? If you are a boss, you are followed because of authority. If you are a leader, you are followed because of respect and admiration.

Exceptional leadership begins with a positive view of people and ends with remarkable accomplishments. Consider the differences between a boss and a leader in the following areas.

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Why Passion Is Not Enough...You Need This, Too

Why Passion Is Not Enough...You Need This, Too | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I just read a wonderful post here on Forbes: Dan Schwabel's interview of Chris Guillebeau.

Via The People Development Network
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The thing that tends to go missing from discussions of passion is skill. You can be hugely, deeply, unwaveringly committed to something – but if you’re not good at it (and can’t get good at it, either due to lack of native ability or an unwillingness to put in the work required to attain mastery, or both)…you won’t be able to create anything viable

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10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's - Forbes

10 Leadership Lessons I Wish I Learned In My 20's - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
All of us would do well with a second bite at the apple, another chance to go back and do it all over again.  Our mistakes, as much as our successes, define us and can help steer us forward today.
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All of us would do well with a second bite at the apple, another chance to go back and do it all over again.  Our mistakes, as much as our successes, define us and can help steer us forward today

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The Tyranny of Mediocrity

The Tyranny of Mediocrity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein      The dictionary aptly defines mediocrity as “moderate to inferior in quality.“  Derived from the ...
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Why am I so hard on mediocrity, you ask? Because mediocrity is the parent of accepting less than our best and the close cousin of relativism. You know what I’m talking about. The way of thinking that leads us to accept that “we’re not the fastest, but we’re not the slowest.” “Our service is adequate, but we’re better than most.” “We’re holding our own, content with not being last in our industry.” “I’m an adequate boss, spouse, or parent, I’m certainly not the worst.”

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Avoiding Bad Advice From Your Colleagues

Avoiding Bad Advice From Your Colleagues | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Tips on how to ignore, reject, or only pretend to follow terrible guidance. Not all advice is good. Some is outdated, out of context, impractical, even malicious.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, donhornsby
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Don't get caught up in the pressure or drama of a moment. The key to making smart decisions about whether a piece of advice is useful or not is to step back and make a dispassionate cost-benefit analysis, in consultation with people you trust.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 7, 2013 7:40 AM

(From the article): Seek out a champion. The best antidote to bad advice is a trustworthy, decent, supportive, shrewd, and politically powerful mentor. Ideally, your dissertation adviser or your tenure-track mentor would not only give good advice but intervene or deflect the bad variety. When someone else offers a suggestion that seems to be a waste of your time or energy, your champion should be someone who will say, "Don't worry; I'll handle it," and then does.

 

That said, the best advisers, while defending their protégés, don't become ersatz helicopter parents. Years ago, a senior scholar I very much respected told me to remember, when dealing with my own doctoral students, that "you can't and shouldn't drag them across the finish line."

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Uniting Spirituality And Leadership For The Sake Of Employee Engagement | Mark C. Crowley – Lead From The Heart

Uniting Spirituality And Leadership For The Sake Of Employee Engagement | Mark C. Crowley – Lead From The Heart | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Wise Leader™
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Somewhere along the way, we were taught that people in leadership roles are inherently more important than other employees.  The tired notion that managers are overlords to “subordinates” drives this point home

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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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6 Reasons You Aren’t Dead Yet

6 Reasons You Aren’t Dead Yet | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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What’s most important is to remember that, regardless of our specific situation, there’s always hope to be found.  While we’re alive there’s always something meaningful left to experience and appreciate.  Here are some thoughts on what we all still have to live for…

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What are the most important things great leaders do?

What are the most important things great leaders do? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A clear picture does emerge however, that many leaders are spending time focusing on the wrong things.read more

Via The People Development Network
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John P. Kotter, a foremost management guru, conducted research into the daily work life of effective leaders. He concluded that the most effectives leaders did not spend the majority of time in long scheduled meetings, but rather in many brief and opportunistic spontaneous meetings , often informal in nature, to continually gauge the “temperature” and feeling of what was happening. Kotter also found that highly successful senior leaders rely on indirect influence with employees, compared to middle managers, who rely more on the authority of their position to effect control and change.

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Art of Managing: The Power of a Well-Placed “No”

Art of Managing: The Power of a Well-Placed “No” | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“No” is one of the most powerful and under-utilized terms in your management vocabulary. Here are ten situations where "No" might be the absolute right call.

Via The People Development Network, David Hain
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“No” is one of the most powerful and under-utilized terms in your management vocabulary. Here are ten situations where “No” might be the absolute right call.

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Why Baby Boomers and Millennials Make Great Teams

Why Baby Boomers and Millennials Make Great Teams | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The differing communication style of these two generations can prove to be an asset — if managed correctly.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Much has been written stereotyping both the millennial and baby-boomer generations, but the real insight lies in how they work together – if given the right environment.

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The differing communication style of these two generations can prove to be an asset — if managed correctly.

 
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30 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

30 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Many of us attempt to measure our happiness based on the duration of certain favorable experiences in our lives.  The longer a favorable experience lasts, the happier we think we’ll be.  But the truth is, life is simply a string of small, independent moments that are always changing.  Thus, a few minutes well spent here and there can make a big difference in what we get out of life in the long-term.

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The Rules of Engagement: 3 Tips to Hook your Social Media Audience

The Rules of Engagement: 3 Tips to Hook your Social Media Audience | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Keep reading for a few ideas about how to make your audience care about what you have to say while enticing them to respond to your posts. After all, social media efforts aren’t nearly as powerful if they’re mostly one-sided conversations.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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As you become more comfortable with social media you’ll discover it only takes a few minutes per day to generate content that resonates with users. However, you can’t stop there. It’s also necessary to monitor your pages and respond back to comments or compliments that you receive.

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