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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 Transformational Leaders Are Different | workplace MOJO

7 Ways Transformational Leaders Are Different | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Some leaders are…different. They have this certain something that resonates with us, and that certain something may be hard to describe and will likely vary from person to person. They’re not perfect, but somehow that’s part of their charm. They possess the ability to motivate people, but it’s often not in the traditional ways.

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Happiness Isn't Superficial, It's Vitally Important

Happiness Isn't Superficial, It's Vitally Important | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Happiness is increasingly being talked about and taken seriously at both national and international levels.

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The most risible criticism of all is that an education directed towards the discovery of happiness is superficial. Have the critics not read their Aristotle? One of our greatest priorities should be to help young people learn life skills and attitudes that are conducive to living a flourishing life and making a positive contribution to society; to help them discover that bringing happiness to others leads to a much deeper sense of fulfilment than any A grade or iphone ever could.

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6 Ways To Conquer Leadership Pressure - Forbes

6 Ways To Conquer Leadership Pressure - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How a leader deals with pressure will tell you much about who they are as a person. Their reaction to pressure will reveal the strength of their character and conviction, what and whom they value, and whether or not they can be trusted.

Via Create Wise Leader
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How a leader deals with pressure will tell you much about who they are as a person. Their reaction to pressure will reveal the strength of their character and conviction, what and whom they value, and whether or not they can be trusted. The reality is most people buckle under pressure. Only a few handle pressure well, and even fewer possess the qualities to be able to thrive on pressure.

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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: 4 Reasons We Struggle with Ethics

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: 4 Reasons We Struggle with Ethics | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Ethics is about who we are. Ethics is not so much about what is happening around us, it’s much more about what is going on inside of us. Understanding the difference is critical to being a person with good ethics. Ethics are not concerned about what we can do, but what we should do. Ethics align us to our purpose and our values no matter what is happening around us.

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Leadership is About Growing

Leadership is About Growing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership is about growing. Leaders grow, and they engender growth in others. Leaders grow. The experiences that motivate us the most as leaders are the times when we grow the most. We grow wiser ...
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The experiences that motivate us the most as leaders are the times when we grow the most. We grow wiser or more effective as we learn from our mistakes. We grow deeper as we gain more intimate appreciation for our truest selves. We grow into new responsibilities to meet new challenges, and we may grow complacent. We grow by working as well as we can, and we grow by spending time in reflection.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 4, 2013 2:47 AM

It took me a long time to realise that having a growth mindset was so important...it;'s so much more positive a motivator than the fear mindset it eventually replaced!

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Hardest Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn (and 9 Ways to Master It)

Hardest Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn (and 9 Ways to Master It) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Here's a lesson you won't learn on the fly. It takes practice and a real control of your ego. Check it out.


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Any great leader faces a multitude of challenges every day. Whether it's communicating strategy, helping people through change, holding on to excellence in the face of compromise, or just navigating the leadership environment, there is no shortage of development opportunities lurking in each day's schedule.

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Hardest Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn (and 9 Ways to Master It)
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5 tips to avoid being a micromanager | SmartBlogs

5 tips to avoid being a micromanager | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As a leader, letting go of the reins can be difficult. But when you think about it, who really likes being micromanaged? By nitpicking every step of a proj

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As a leader, letting go of the reins can be difficult. But when you think about it, who really likes being micromanaged? By nitpicking every step of a project, you’ll not only drive your employees a bit crazy, but you’ll cause yourself more stress in the process.

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9 Power Quotes for Times of Struggle

9 Power Quotes for Times of Struggle | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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There’s scarcely any happiness, passion or success without struggle.  Life is a constant climb, but the journey is rewarding and the view is great.  It’s just a matter of pushing forward when the going gets tough.

Here are nine power quotes and some additional tips to help inspire you when you need it most.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his new blog at www.GeneralLeadership.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com
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5 Trends You Will Want to Pay Attention to in 2013 - Forbes

5 Trends You Will Want to Pay Attention to in 2013 - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders are often easy to pick out from a crowd — they’re charismatic, driven people who simply stand out from the rest. However, there’s much more to leadership than taking charge and giving orders.
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Leaders are often easy to pick out from a crowd — they’re charismatic, driven people who simply stand out from the rest. However, there’s much more to leadership than taking charge and giving orders. The strategy involved in excellent leadership is tricky, and it’s always changing. To that end, here are a few up-and-coming trends to consider for your company in 2013.

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15 Traits of the Ideal Employee

15 Traits of the Ideal Employee | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When hiring for any size business, it's not what the candidates know today.  Information can always be taught.  The most intelligent companies hire on future success and heavily weigh personality when determining the most apt employees.

Via The People Development Network
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Regardless of industry, pay, age or sex, all ideal employees share some common traits.  These include, but are not limited to individuals who can be described as or possess the following:

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8 things future leaders should know - CNN.com

8 things future leaders should know - CNN.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What does it take to be a top business leader? Age-old qualities still apply but they will need to evolve in a changing world, experts say.

Via Kevin Watson, David Hain, Create Wise Leader
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What does it take to be a top business leader? Age-old qualities still apply but they will need to evolve in a changing world, say our experts. We spoke with Bob Gandossy, founder of the Top Companies for Leaders survey, and Ronald Heifetz, director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, for their take on what strategies a leader of the future should master.

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Earn Your Leadership Role Every Day

Earn Your Leadership Role Every Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Six ways to ensure you are worthy of the position you hold. (#sme consulting Earn Your Leadership Role Every Day: Six ways to ensure you are worthy of the position you hol...
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Many entrepreneurs and small-business owners struggle with the transition from being the “visionary with a business plan” to the role of manager-leader. If your business grows, however, you will inevitably reach this point, and you better be ready to step up the plate. You have the position, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have the skills. Business leadership, like leadership of any kind, needs to be worked at every day.

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25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions

25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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A question that makes you think is worth asking…

At the cusp of a new day, week, month, or year, most of us take a little time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future.  We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story.  This process of self reflection helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go.  It is pertinent to the organization and preservation of our dreams, goals and desires.


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Shine Your Light

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I just returned from a two-week visit to Shanghai China where I was fortunate to be able to visit five secondary schools teaching the British Columbia Graduation Program curriculum to grade 10 to 1...

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Most of us are in positions and relationships where you may be called upon to lead. You do not need to be CEO, you do not have to be head of a company or an organization. You do not have to be a boss. You can be you and you can lead whether you are a husband, father, friend or co-worker. No one can make you, but if you do want to make a difference, to change a life or to affirm your own life, maybe it is time for you to step out and step up and lead. But it is up to you.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 4, 2013 3:25 AM

Great article about leadership the world over!  Quote:-

 

"I believe that we all of us can make a difference and have a positive impact on others. The key is to believe that we can. As Kouzes and Posner share, “You don’t have to look up for leadership. You don’t have to look out for leadership. You only have to look inward. You have the potential to lead others.”

 

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Radicals & Visionaries: Invention vs. Innovation

Radicals & Visionaries: Invention vs. Innovation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Is it better to improve on existing ideas or to start from scratch?

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Are successful entrepreneurial concepts the product of nature or of nurture? Do they spring unformed from the minds of inventors, or are they carefully cultivated adaptations of preexisting notions?





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Maya Mathias's curator insight, April 4, 2013 1:41 AM

I agree with both camps, though I DO tend to be biased toward innovation.  It reminds me of the time I was a Biology major in university, when we debated the usefulness of pure vs. applied science.  What's your take?

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Leadership Gift Conflict Rule No. 1: Disagree More and Better | Christopher Avery's Leadership Gift Blog

Leadership Gift Conflict Rule No. 1: Disagree More and Better | Christopher Avery's Leadership Gift Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Christopher Avery, PhD, is an original thinker, mentor, and speaker on responsible leadership, teamwork and change, and the founder of the Leadership Gift (Leadership Gift Conflict Rule No.
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Professor Jerry Harvey* claims that people in organizations need less training in conflict management and more permission to disagree.

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A Tale of Two Ships

A Tale of Two Ships | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
On January 3, 1864, the Grafton, an English schooner piloted by Captain Thomas Musgrave, was destroyed by a hurricane that broke its anchor chains and sunk it on the rocky beach on the southern end...
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For all the talk today about the power of collaboration, flattening organizations, and valuing everyone’s strength and potential contribution, there are still many leaders who are hesitant to let go of the “command and control” mindset. You know the type. They are in charge, you’re not, and what they say goes. Everyone has their place in the hierarchy and theirs is at the top. After all, they’ve earned it. They’ve paid their dues, done their time, and now they get to issue orders.

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Morale-Lifting Secret: 5 Factors That Surpass 'Balance' Or Pay - Forbes

Morale-Lifting Secret: 5 Factors That Surpass 'Balance' Or Pay - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The secret to great employee engagement doesn't involve pay or work-life balance, says CultureAmp. Instead, strong leadership and the chance to make a difference is crucial. (Morale influenced greatly by exec.
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What does it take to build great morale?  CultureAmp, an Australian firm that analyzes employee engagement at dozens of companies, including some of  Silicon Valley’s young highfliers, has come up with some surprising answers.

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Edwin Tan's curator insight, April 9, 2013 1:27 PM

Sometimes the simple act of appreciation is what the employee craves more than a raise.

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Death to Bobble Head Leaders

Death to Bobble Head Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Bobble head leaders don’t say what they really think. They go with the flow to get ahead. Bobble heads don’t speak their mind they defend the company line. Leaders become a bobble heads to protect ...

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Bobble head leaders don’t say what they really think. They go with the flow to get ahead. Bobble heads don’t speak their mind they defend the company line.


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David Hain's curator insight, April 3, 2013 8:02 AM

Great post from @leadershipfreak (as usual!).  Well worth a few minutes to reflect on Dan's question "How can organisations create constructive dissent?"

 

If you don't encourgae this you may as well go work on your own!

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An Unshared Vision is Blindness

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The business world is a different animal than it was 20 or 30 years ago, and for the most part that’s a very good thing.

Via The People Development Network, David Hain
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As modern executives and owners create their mission and vision statements, it is plain to see that more and more are doing so with a sense of purpose beyond profits. Not that profits should be kicked to the wayside, of course. It is the profits that allow the business to survive, thrive, and fulfill that “other-than-profit” purpose.

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Self Awareness: the first step in your leadership journey

Self Awareness: the first step in your leadership journey | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What is Self Awareness? Self awareness is the ability to observe yourself as you go about your day-to-day life. It’s the invaluable knack of dispassionately monitoring your own mental, emotional an...
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Practicing self awareness has transformative potential for everyone – especially those who need to lead others. It’s so important because by examining your thoughts, as they happen, you can influence how you perceive the world. This makes self awareness the first step, not only in your leadership journey, but also in creating your own reality – rather than allowing life to create it for you.

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Leaderonomics - The Science of Building Leaders

Leaderonomics - The Science of Building Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to take the pain out of change and make it all happen. Access more great articles on leadership at... http://t.co/6f7WJVmXKL
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Bonding with employees may appear easy, but an astonishing 20% of people in organisations actually have no idea how to form positive emotional bonds.

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11 Reasons Why People Are Uncomfortable Leading

11 Reasons Why People Are Uncomfortable Leading | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here are 11 reasons people are uncomfortable leading.  Do any of these look familiar to you?  Are you comfortable where you are?  Get uncomfortable and lead.

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Here are 11 reasons people are uncomfortable leading.  Do any of these look familiar to you?  Are you comfortable where you are?  Get uncomfortable and lead.

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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, April 3, 2013 8:48 AM

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen". A weakness in leadership indicates the leader has not become comfortable with the uncomfortable. #energizedleader

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Leadership Lessons from The Story of Tom Rutledge

Leadership Lessons from The Story of Tom Rutledge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As successful leaders, managers, and employees we often have to do unpleasant tasks, or ones we don't want to do. The example of Tom Rutledge, helps us to do the right thing.
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Tom Rutledge is a somewhat hidden hero in the story of Charles Lindbergh’s historic non-stop flight of the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.  Tom Rutledge worked at Wright Aeronautical as an engine builder, starting in 1926. The story goes that when Tom first heard that he was assigned the task of building the engine for Charles Lindbergh he asked to be reassigned because he did not want to build an engine for someone he didn’t know.
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The Leaders Everywhere Challenge | MIX M-Prize

The Leaders Everywhere Challenge | MIX M-Prize | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Never before has leadership been so critical, and never before has it seemed in such short supply. That's why we're delighted to announce the Leaders Everywhere Challenge today.
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Never before has leadership been so critical, and never before has it seemed in such short supply. It takes extraordinary leadership to keep an organization relevant in a world of relentless change. It takes extraordinary leadership to navigate the complexities of global supply chains, industry ecosystems, and labyrinthine regulation. And it takes extraordinary leadership to unleash the human capabilities—initiative, imagination and passion—that fuel success in the “creative economy.”

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