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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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101 Tips on How to Become More Creative

101 Tips on How to Become More Creative | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tips to change your usual mental thinking patterns.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Aki Puustinen
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Enjoy these practical tips on how to change your usual mental thinking patterns.

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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Fred 2.0 – Leadership in Action

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Fred 2.0 – Leadership in Action | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
#ListenLearnSucceed "The Fred philosophy... It’s a battle against mediocrity" http://t.co/QRiLS9S6j0
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Fred 2.0 is about a specific way of approaching life and business. It’s an attitude that extends far beyond customer service. It comes from within and says I will do extraordinary things because that’s who I am. It’s not a feeling—it’s who you are. It is not dependent on the performance of anyone else.

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You're Probably Wrong About How Others Really See You

You're Probably Wrong About How Others Really See You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Listen to what people in the outside world are telling you, because they're probably right.
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You may think you already know how others view you — as a skilled communicator, or an incisive numbers guy, or a manager who always brings out the best in her team. But then again, you might be surprised. One modest, self-deprecating executive was shocked to learn, after engaging an executive coach who examined his professional relationships, that his habit of interrupting people led his colleagues to perceive him as arrogant and haughty — almost the exactly opposite of the truth.

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5 Ideas to Accelerate Leadership Development

5 Ideas to Accelerate Leadership Development | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Quick Leadership Development: speed doesn t kill when it comes to molding new managers (5 Ideas to Accelerate Leadership Development http://t.co/p3m8vKhFga)...
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While we all learn and develop at our own pace, don’t let the corporate calendar and performance evaluation cycle slow you or your high potentials down. Here are five ideas to help you move opportunities along at a faster pace, and a polite reminder that nothing is free. You’re on the hook for coaching every step of the way.

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10 Things Really Amazing Employees Do

10 Things Really Amazing Employees Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here are ten traits that any great employer should recognize and reward instantly.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Every once in a while special employees come along that just really seem to get it. They drive the entire company forward in ways that were unimaginable. Advancement and reward is never an issue for these rock stars because they understand the power of cause and effect, and only a worthy company can retain them and afford them.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:49 PM

good tips on what you as an employer can do to keep them doing amazing work!

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Claim Your Freedom at Work

Claim Your Freedom at Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
No matter what your role, it's likely that you have great freedom to define how you accomplish your responsibilities.

Via Merdrignac Soizic
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You may not have much latitude to define the kinds of tasks you do at work. But no matter what your role, it's likely that you have great freedom to define how you accomplish your assigned responsibilities. It's up to you to find those opportunities and make the most of them.

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30 Beautiful Things Happening Now

30 Beautiful Things Happening Now | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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A short reminder of athethe wonderful things around us...

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6 Steps to Live Fearless and Free

6 Steps to Live Fearless and Free | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Fear is a universal experience - read the story!


Via David Hain
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You have the power to free yourself from the mental prison that fear creates. Anything worth having is worth working for, and you deserve to live fearless and free.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 5, 2013 12:37 PM

From Terri's must read blog...

 

'Last weekend, I had the privilege of delivering my first ever keynote speech for the Hay House I Can Do It—IGNITE! conference. I was excited and nervous but ready.

As a therapist, I share stories, sometimes my own, if I believe it will help a client or illustrate a point. But standing in front of 2,500 people and being live streamed around the world to many many more people while sharing my actual life story was a totally new experience and made me feel vulnerable in a way that surprised me.

So many people came up to me after my talk to say they felt like I was talking directly to them and/or about them. It reinforced how much more alike than different we humans are.'

 

 

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Quick Tips for Managing Introverted Employees

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Five ways to understand and create a better work environment for staff with this personality type. For a bit humor on MBTI personality types: http://goo.gl/kd8FU


Via Scott Span, MSOD, Wise Leader™
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Most businesses will have a combination of two personality types. Extroverts are people who get their energy from external sources like meetings and interactions with others. Introverts, on the other hand, recharge from time by themselves to think and


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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:14 AM

Do you manage with personality in mind? For a bit humor on MBTI personality types: http://goo.gl/kd8FU

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Traits of a Servant Leader: Moral Authority | The Purpose of Leadership

Traits of a Servant Leader: Moral Authority | The Purpose of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
we are talking about Moral Authority. This topic begs a definition if we are to have a meaningful conversation.
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If we think about the most historic, influential leaders of our times, we see the connection to moral authority immediately. We see that they are servant leaders. For example, Nelson Mandela, who dreamed of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of the people of South Africa.1 Did he have personal convictions? Did his behavior line up with those convictions? Was his life persuasive?

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Valuing Employees: Money is Important, But Recognition Is the Key

Valuing Employees: Money is Important, But Recognition Is the Key | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Who in your organization has the most direct impact on how your customers perceive the company? This, of course, varies by industry, but it’s rarely ever your senior executives.

Via Merdrignac Soizic
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Valuing employees requires us to:

  1. Realize the critically important role those in customer-facing roles play.
  2. Look for ways to reinforce for these employees how and why their efforts are important.
  3. Value these contributions by recognizing and rewarding employees when they demonstrate excellent customer service and other key values of the organization.
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Top 5 Most Important Leadership Traits

Top 5 Most Important Leadership Traits | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Whether you are responsible for a thousand employees or just starting an online business with a few friends, you need to know how to be a leader. In the business world, and in life in general, ther...
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The quality of leadership has a strong influence on a company’s ultimate outcome. While every company is different, there are certain general qualities that every leader should have.

While this is certainly not a comprehensive list, it may be a good place to start.

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Leadership lessons from an orchestra conductor

Leadership lessons from an orchestra conductor | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Roshan Thiran points out that leadership lessons can be learnt from how a conductor controls his orchestra.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Conducting an orchestra can be a model for team management, according to Itay Talgam, the authority on orchestra and leadership. At the World Economic Forum at Davos, Talgam postulated that through understanding the working methods of great conductors, you can learn “principles to lead.”

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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's curator insight, March 30, 2013 2:13 PM

New insights in to the old metaphor of leader as conductor.

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The Most Important Decision You Make to Motivate Your Employees

The Most Important Decision You Make to Motivate Your Employees | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to motivate your employees. (As a leader, your success depends on the quality of the leaders you develop. http://t.co/g3IbBtYF31 #leadership)
John Michel's insight:

Depending on the study you read, anywhere from 66% – 77% of American employees are disengaged…doing far less than their best work.

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Don't Let Your Strengths Become Your Weaknesses

Don't Let Your Strengths Become Your Weaknesses | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Overdoing it is just as ineffective as underdoing it.
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It is neglectful if not irresponsible to emphasize strengths without warning leaders that the stronger the strength, the greater the danger of taking it too far. Toning down overused strengths requires a different approach from the skill development needed to improve upon a weakness, where the challenge is adding to a repertoire with basic skill building. Getting a strength under control is about refining a skill you already have. It requires learning to be more selective about what situations call for that strength and calibrating how much is enough, versus too much.

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The Most Important Leadership Quality for CEOs? Creativity

The Most Important Leadership Quality for CEOs? Creativity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
by Austin Carr | Shared from Fast CompanyFor CEOs, creativity is now the most important leadership quality for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking, according to a new study by IBM.
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For CEOs, creativity is now the most important leadership quality for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking, according to a new study by IBM. The study is the largest known sample of one-on-one CEO interviews, with over 1,500 corporate heads and public sector leaders across 60 nations and 33 industries polled on what drives them in managing their companies in today's world.

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10 Habits You Must Quit to Be Happy

10 Habits You Must Quit to Be Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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When you quit doing the wrong things, you make more room for the things that make you happy.  So starting today, why not choose to be the architect of your reality...one positive, more effective choice at a time.


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Employee Motivation – Why It Matters

Employee Motivation – Why It Matters | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of my clients recently asked me, “Why are you so in…

Via Merdrignac Soizic
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All employees, from today’s new hires to the most seasoned top execs, long for a more fulfilling work experience than they have.

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A Leader’s Most Dangerous Thought

A Leader’s Most Dangerous Thought | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“I deserve” thinking threatens our ability to lead. It diminishes our influence because it takes us out of the community; out of the narrative. We no longer lead for the cause but only as a means to serve ourselves. Side effects include distrust, cynicism, the wrong kind competition and isolated thinking. Good leadership creates connections and avoids points of disconnect.

 

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Leadership is demanding. It takes a personal toll and if we are not careful, we can begin to make it about us. It’s not a difficult position to rationalize.

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Leadership: Set Your Priorities, Find Your Balance | Lolly Daskal

Leadership: Set Your Priorities, Find Your Balance | Lolly Daskal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A heart-based leader is one who knows pause the urgent in order to accomplish the vital, creating leader balance. http://t.co/ANhVRVaTje
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As leaders we must understand that our actions express our priorities. When we allow our ambition to take over, we can sometimes lose sight of what matters.

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Herding Cats ― Leadership Thoughts

Herding Cats ― Leadership Thoughts | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Herding Cats is a popular advertisement that is often used to illustrate complexity of managing business change. We think it's about people and destination.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Strong leaders must have drive and determination. But they must also conduct themselves with uncompromising integrity and honesty. This is what herding cats is about.

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4 Leadership Skills That Hobbies Help Build

4 Leadership Skills That Hobbies Help Build | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
To be a better in business, spend some time outside of the office cultivating personal interests.
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When executive coach Stacia Pierce works with business leaders, one of the first things she does is encourage them to find a hobby. Whether it's developing a reading regimen or getting them out on a fishing boat, she helps her clients make time for the things they love outside of work. While many entrepreneurs argue that they don't have time, Pierce says hobbies actually make people better at running their companies in four key areas.


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Measure (and Reward) Ethical Behavior

Measure (and Reward) Ethical Behavior | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You measure employee performance and sales. But you're forgetting to measure what matters most to overall success: ethical behavior.

Via Merdrignac Soizic
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As quality guru W. Edwards Deming reportedly said, "You can expect what you inspect." Or put slightly differently, in business, you get what youinspect, not what you expect.

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Leadership Lessons from a Cracked Pot

Leadership Lessons from a Cracked Pot | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A woman carried 2 pots to gather water every day. One worked perfectly while the other leaked through a crack. But it was the cracked pot which helped the most.

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A wonderful leadership parable...enjoy!

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The Rutgers Basketball Fiasco: Leadership, Responsibility and ...

The Rutgers Basketball Fiasco: Leadership, Responsibility and ... | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Rutgers Basketball Fiasco: Leadership, Responsibility and Accountability April 4 2013. If you follow sports or even just the news in general, you've likely seen the video of Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice shoving his players, ...
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If you’re in a leadership role long enough, you’re going to face situations when your accountability demands that you take action. Here are three questions to ask to determine what to do next:

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