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What the best jazz musicians and business brains have in common

What the best jazz musicians and business brains have in common | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Successful leaders do what jazz musicians do: they improvise.

Via Maya Mathias, David Hain
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(CNN) -- How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Successful leaders do what jazz musicians do: they improvise.

They invent novel responses and take calculated risks without a scripted plan or a safety net. They negotiate with each other as they proceed, and they don't dwell on mistakes or stifle each other's ideas.

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, March 13, 2013 3:42 PM

I'm a trained theatrical improviser, and use improv skills in my leadership and innovation training.  Love how this article summarizes how improv can make you a better leader for today's turbulent business climate.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 14, 2013 3:52 PM

Improv.  The art of teaching, as well.  

 

" To foster innovation, leaders hedge against the trap of "too much consensus." The underlying assumption is that when people disagree, they're both right. Thus, such organizations tolerate and encourage dissent and debate."



Ariana Amorim's curator insight, March 15, 2013 9:34 AM

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Talents of best jazz musicians are applicable to business people

The best in their field need to be expert improvisers

Balancing free expression and rules is another important skill

'Hit a groove' and work in teams to get the best from individuals

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When a leadership opportunity knocks, are you ready? | SmartBlogs

When a leadership opportunity knocks, are you ready? | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you ready to take your leadership game to a higher level? If your answer is, “Yes! I’m in!” congratulations. Taking ownership of your desire for imp

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Are you ready to take your leadership game to a higher level?

If your answer is, “Yes! I’m in!” congratulations. Taking ownership of your desire for improved leadership skills is an important first step. Next up: you must convince others that you’ve got what it takes play on a bigger field. Be it through a promotion or bidding for a high-visibility project, it’s not enough to feel prepared on the inside – you need to visibly demonstrate your readiness to lead at a more sophisticated level.

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3 Leadership Skills That Trump All Others

3 Leadership Skills That Trump All Others | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership doesn't necessarily come from being the best at your trade. These three skills can make all the difference.

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Leadership doesn't necessarily come from being the best at your trade. These three skills can make all the difference.

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How to Do More of What You Love and Less of What You Don’t

How to Do More of What You Love and Less of What You Don’t | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you have a long-term delegation strategy? This is the secret to moving more into “the zone” and getting out of those activities you don’t enjoy or don’t do well.

Via Bobby Dillard
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When we operate in our strengths zone, we are happy and productive. The quality of ourwork goes up, and we increasmyopic impact. Equally important, we leave space for our team members to make their greatest contributions.

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Brigadier General 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 blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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The Vulnerable Leader

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Leading is not easy. Growing as a leader even less so. How do you know if you are showing vulnerability or being a door mat? Learn to decipher what vulnerability is or is not as a leader.

Via Richard Andrews
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Leadership is not easy. In fact, if you are doing it right, it is downright difficult.  Learning to lead is an ongoing process that evolves with you.  Many skills and talents are molded together to create the leader you are today.  Your personality and the experience you have had either as a leader or with the leaders around you will definitely contribute to who you are as a leader.  We are clearly influenced by leaders and their actions, whether directly or in the media – a great leveler when it comes to viewing leaders as they truly are.

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Lauran Star's curator insight, March 12, 2013 6:50 AM

Have you progressed in your leadership development so that you know it is okay to be vulnerable?

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The Four I's Of Affective Leadership

“The legacy we leave behind is more than the impression created by our impact…rather it is found in the still depths of the imprint we leave on those we connect with…and how we determine to fill th...
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“The legacy we leave behind is more than the impression created by our impact…rather it is found in the still depths of the imprint we leave on those we connect with…and how we determine to fill those still depths.” We have been led to believe that leadership is Influence.  And very well it is.  It is that…and much, much more.

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Tom Hood's curator insight, March 12, 2013 4:14 AM

The legacy we leave behind is more than the impression created by our impact…rather it is found in the still depths of the imprint we leave on those we connect with...

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Great Leaders Serve - Storms, Icebergs and Leadership

Great Leaders Serve - Storms, Icebergs and Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As I've suggested for many years, the iceberg is a great metaphor for leadership… the 10% above the waterline represents the skills of the leader and the 90% below the water represents the character of the leader.
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Here’s something to consider, could the iceberg as a metaphor for leadership extend to the way leaders are formed? What role do storms play in our formation? There are several ways I believe storms shape our leadership.

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A Myth That Thwarts Leadership

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The notion of leading without a title has gained ground, yet past interpretations of what being a leader means, continues to have a tight grip in many organizations.
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A leader is someone who takes action to make a difference where they work or live in service of a commitment to something that contributes to others.  In the framework of Random Acts of Leadership™ that means speaking up, stepping up or standing up in service of your commitments.

It is only when we start to consider leadership at the level of action that we can begin to observe the simple yet potent acts of leadership that are committed everyday by people at all levels in organizations and all roles in life.

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7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset

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Practical Tips for Productive Living
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An effective mindset is one that makes the best use of available resources – your time, energy and efforts – and uses them to create positive change.  It’s not about trying to do everything and be everything; it’s making the very best of what you have while enjoying the process of living.

Here are seven effective traits and behaviors of such a mindset:

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Role of Trust in Keeping Talent from Leaving

Role of Trust in Keeping Talent from Leaving | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Organizations bleeding talent is a fixable problem. Before we can look at how to fix the problem, let’s look at some of the causes. Breaking Trust The problem has been triggered and exacerbated by ...

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Organizations bleeding talent is a fixable problem. Before we can look at how to fix the problem, let’s look at some of the causes.

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Smart Leaders and the Power of Collaboration - Forbes

Smart Leaders and the Power of Collaboration - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Collaboration is the keystone of leadership success. Don’t believe me?  Google 

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Collaboration isn’t about being best friends, or even necessarily liking everyone you’re working with. It is about putting all and any baggage aside, bringing your best self to the table, and focusing on the common goal.

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How To Bounce Back Stronger After You Blow It At Work

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Eight years ago, when I was just starting my coaching practice, I was thrilled to win a large, lucrative contract with an international advertising agency.

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Whether you blew your big presentation, failed to land the account that you had “in the bag,” or got passed over for a promotion, you know what disappointment feels like. It sucks--it sucks our energy, our confidence, and our dreams. Disappointment itself has many cousins in the family of negative emotions (anger, fear, sadness) but it also has a unique formula, as highlighted by author Chip Conley is his New York Times best-selling book,Emotional Equations: disappointment equals expectations, minus reality.

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Leadership is Making Better Mistakes

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Some people believe that we become leaders by avoiding mistakes. Leaders are somehow able to predict the future, to see around corners and find our path forward. They become leaders by not making m...

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Some people believe that we become leaders by avoiding mistakes. Leaders are somehow able to predict the future, to see around corners and find our path forward. They become leaders by not making mistakes, and then lead us forward past any potential errors.

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The Anatomy of an Apology

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Today’s guest post is by Deirdre Breakenridge.
The words “I’m sorry” can be very powerful and carry great meaning.
However, if you don’t have three important elements in your apology, your words may sound hollow.

Via Fernanda Grimaldi, Amy Melendez, AlGonzalezinfo, David Hain
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The words “I’m sorry” can be very powerful and carry great meaning.

However, if you don’t have three important elements in your apology, your words may sound hollow. They might also tarnish your reputation, and, quite possibly, end a valuable relationship.

Just stating, “I apologize” or “I’m sorry” is not enough today.


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 13, 2013 3:53 PM

from the aricle:

 

Start with the Anatomy of the ApologyRegardless of the different levels of negative situations and crisis escalation, it’s always best to start with the anatomy of the apology. As you check your tone/ intent and delivery method, and then decide how you will act on your promises, you have more of an opportunity to use social media to your advantage.

Lydia Gracia's curator insight, March 15, 2013 1:50 AM

Deirdre Breakenridge  nos habla del contenido de una disculpa

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Ten Ways Ordinary People Became Good Leaders, part one

Ten Ways Ordinary People Became Good Leaders, part one | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The literature on leadership can be discouraging. After reading multiple case studies, theories, and biographies, one can be left with the impression that good leadership is next to impossible. It ...
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The literature on leadership can be discouraging. After reading multiple case studies, theories, and biographies, one can be left with the impression that good leadership is next to impossible. It is limited to those who have the attributes of Superman without the aversion to kryptonite.

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Never Sacrifice Values for Growth

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If your company's values don't inform everything you do--and everything your employees do--you won't be doing it for long.

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Loyalty. Integrity. Honor. Perseverance. Humility. Without these guiding values, the Navy SEALs would not exist. Likewise, in business, your principles and values should be so ingrained in your actions that without them, your company would cease to exist.

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Brigadier General 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 blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Assumptions Limit Possibilities. Which Ones Are Limiting You? - Forbes

Assumptions Limit Possibilities. Which Ones Are Limiting You? - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
  Heavier-than-air flying machines are an impossibility. The human body can't run a mile in under 4 minutes. Women are too emotional to be leaders. The sun revolves around the earth (which is flat). Telephones are only for talking and listening.
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Sometimes when we think outside the box, we get it wrong. Sometimes when we take risks, we fail. What matters most is that we work to embody the kind of courage that stirs the spirit and inspires us to think bigger about what is possible, and inspires others to do the same.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown tatus 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 blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Smart leadership: The Power of Questions – A (Japanese) Story. | TomorrowToday

Smart leadership: The Power of Questions – A (Japanese) Story. | TomorrowToday | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Smart leadership: The Power of Questions – A (Japanese) Story.–TomorrowToday http://t.co/kPgF4UdF7c
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Smart leaders ask good questions. Smart leaders know that not all questions should be answered. Smart leaders know the transforming power of ‘open-ended’ questions – and are not afraid to ask them.

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30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself

30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Remember today, for it is the beginning.
Today marks the start of a brave new future.
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Living With Less. A Lot Less.

Living With Less. A Lot Less. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The many things I consumed ended up consuming me.

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We live in a world of surfeit stuff, of big-box stores and 24-hour online shopping opportunities. Members of every socioeconomic bracket can and do deluge themselves with products.

There isn’t any indication that any of these things makes anyone any happier; in fact it seems the reverse may be true.

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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 blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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David Ednie's curator insight, March 11, 2013 2:40 AM

Eliminate useless stress in your life by getting rid of inessential clutter in your life

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7 Surprising Ways To Motivate Millennial Workers - Forbes

7 Surprising Ways To Motivate Millennial Workers - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By 2020, millennials will comprise nearly half of the U.S. workforce. Experts offer 7 easy tips to get the most out of them.
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There are an estimated 80 million young Americans who belong to the so-called millennial generation, roughly ages 18 to 35. By next year, they are expected to comprise 36% of the U.S. workforce, and by 2020, millennials will be nearly half of all workers.


While millennials are the most educated and culturally diverse of any generation before them, they’re also notorious job-hoppers who dislike bureaucracy and distrust traditional hierarchies—leaving many business leaders scratching their heads. What motivates this rising cohort? How do you keep them engaged, earn their trust and get the most out them? Leadership and millennial experts weighed in with a few surprising—and surprisingly easy—ways to inspire millennial workers.

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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 blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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6 Ways to Get Noticed

6 Ways to Get Noticed | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Effective self-promotion lies somewhere between being a wallflower and a flaming narcissist. Find the sweet spot with these tips.

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Self-promotion can be a slippery slope. We teeter between talking too little about ourselves or coming across as a flaming narcissist. Somewhere in the middle is the sweet spot--the subtle art of promoting yourself that invites others to take notice. Here are some tips on how to get to that sweet spot.

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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 blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com

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The Importance of Integrity in Leadership

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In today's world, we often look for faster ways of getting things done.  The magic of technology makes this possible.  And, there are all kinds of ways to cut through processes when they start gett...
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Good leadership relies on our ability to live our lives with courage, strength of character and honesty. It is harder to do than talk about but without it, leaders can’t thrive for any length of time regardless of how skilled they may be otherwise.

There have been many prominent leaders who have risen to great heights only to fall with a severe thud because they have acted solely out of self-interest.  Sadly and frustratingly, there is a lot of evidence of this.

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5 Reasons Leadership Falls Flat | The Daily Leadership Scoop

5 Reasons Leadership Falls Flat | The Daily Leadership Scoop | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Although these errors are surprisingly common, they're easily overcome. Here's how.
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You can read a dozen books on leadership and attend just as many leadership seminars, but your employees won't follow your lead if you make any of these five common errors:

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The Truth About the Office Wallflower

The Truth About the Office Wallflower | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
He never speaks up in group meetings and cringes when invited to after-work happy hours. What's the problem? Maybe it's you.
Introverts could be the secret weapon to your success--if you know how to work with them.

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Introverts could be the secret weapon to your success--if you know how to work with them.

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