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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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Pick One: Real Misery or Fake Happiness?

Pick One: Real Misery or Fake Happiness? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why happiness may be our most important goal after all

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In a survey of over 10,000 respondents from all over the world, researchers found that happiness is one of people’s most important—if not the most important—goal.

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8 Places Happy People Find Peace

8 Places Happy People Find Peace | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Somewhere between the love in your heart and thoughts in your mind is a happy, peaceful place.  You will find it promptly when you look in the following places:

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The thoughtLEADERS Blog

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The thoughtLEADERS Blog covers leadership, communications, strategy and operations. All posts are practical and applicable to help you apply the methods we teach.
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As leaders, we’re often in a position where our opinions and criticism carry great weight and those perspectives can positively and negatively affect the lives of those around us.  Unfortunately we’re not always careful with our criticism nor are we mindful of the corresponding responsibilities that go along with our words.

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Amos pushes for more diversity in leadership - Marine Corps Times

Amos pushes for more diversity in leadership - Marine Corps Times | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Amos pushes for more diversity in leadership Marine Corps Times In the paper, released March 26, Amos said the Marine Corps has failed, despite the creation of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission in 2009, to reflect the diversity of the...
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A new white paper issued by Commandant Gen. Jim Amos outlines an aggressive campaign to make the senior officers’ ranks more diverse in race and gender.

In the paper, released March 26, Amos said the Marine Corps has failed, despite the creation of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission in 2009, to reflect the diversity of the Marine Corps enlisted force, or the country as a whole, among its senior officers.

“I have concluded it is imperative that the Corps take a fresh approach to diversity, one that reflects our reputation for performance and leadership,” Amos wrote.

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On Leadership and the Knucklehearted Leader

On Leadership and the Knucklehearted Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
To be the most influential leader you can be, you must know your people and what drives them. (@tomschulte Values drive decisions. Decisions drive behaviors.
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For anyone who is responsible for getting things done through other people, one of the most important things to remember is that you are getting things doneTHROUGH OTHER PEOPLE. This means that to be effective with living breathing people, you have to be considerate of what drives them.

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5 for Leadership (3/30/13)

5 for Leadership (3/30/13) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here are five great posts on leadership from the blogosphere this past week. Take some time to click and learn!
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Here is a fresh 5. This week there is content on avoiding mediocrity, authentic leadership, following while leading, some great leadership and life quotes, and evidence for Easter. Enjoy!


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The Top 4 Attributes Every Leader Should Embody

The Top 4 Attributes Every Leader Should Embody | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As leaders we set the example of what ideal is to those we are leading. When people look at us, they are seeing the template of what is expected of them. With that said, we need to be the template we want to see reproduced.

Via Richard Andrews, David Hain
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Sometimes leaders get to stand in the lime light, marching forward in a triumphant pursuit of excellence and performance. Sometimes leadership requires standing in the shadows to support those closest to you.

Leadership is about influence and accomplishing tasks while utilizing the gifts of those you lead. This should look in part, as if the leader is serving those around them.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 30, 2013 4:56 AM

Latest blogathon article from Froede Heimann

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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Six Ways to See the World through New Lenses—and Lead More Effectively

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Six Ways to See the World through New Lenses—and Lead More Effectively | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Six Ways to See the World through New Lenses and Lead More Effectively http://t.co/1lVJ0T3AtV #leadership #values #CEO
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In their book From Smart to Wise, Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou state that wise leadership succeeds where smart leadership cannot. Wise leadership isn’t about how smart you are. It’s about “transcending it and gaining a broader perspective.” Importantly, “That perspective enables us to rein in our smartness and harness it to serve a larger purpose in an ethical and appropriate manner.” Here, the authors share how to develop that perspective:

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Column: Leadership and the Real-World Risks of Innovation

Column: Leadership and the Real-World Risks of Innovation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The terms transformation and innovation are imbued with a sense of solving old intractable problems and modernizing old, tired processes to produce better outcomes through better and smarter means -- and that's a tall order.
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Innovation. Good. Machiavellian. Bad. Niccolò Machiavelli is both revered and reviled for The Prince, his posthumously published treatise on practical politics. Even given his infamous reputation, the 16th-century Italian political theorist got the core challenge of innovation exactly right:
“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries … and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.”

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The Leadership Pendulum

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Becoming aware of options and choices in leadership dilemmas. Reconciling two options that seem mutually exclusive.
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Dilemmas are part of a leader’s routine. Should you follow your own gut feeling or should you listen to what others say? Should you offer the market what you want to sell or should you offer what the market says it wants? Should you tell your team members what to do or should you allow them to make their own decisions?

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The Most Common Leadership Model - And Why It's Broken

The Most Common Leadership Model - And Why It's Broken | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When organizations’ hire, develop, and promote leaders using a competency-based model, they’re unwittingly incubating failure.

Via The e.MILE Community
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If you want to create a true culture of leadership, it’s necessary to actually lead. Smart thinking and acting must start to take precedence over soaring rhetoric. It takes more than paying lip service to a few soft skills on a performance scorecard to get the job done. It will take a cultural shift in actually understanding, recognizing and rewarding what we say we value. The bottom line is this – the people who spend the most time complaining about the lack of talent are the ones who don’t recognize talent to begin with – don’t be that person.

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The Delicate Art of Giving Feedback

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Be sparing with criticism and generous with praise.

Via David Hain
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To be an effective manager, you need to be skilled at giving out both praise and criticism. While praise is easy to give, it is far more challenging and unpleasant to criticize your employees. Yet the practice of management requires you to occasionally show employees where they need to improve. Thus, it is vital for managers to learn how and when to give negative feedback.

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7 Reasons You Struggle with Happiness

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It’s important to make someone happy, and it’s important to start with yourself.  But before your level of contentment can improve, your choices and actions must improve.

If you’ve been struggling to find happiness there’s a good chance…


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Be Happier: 10 Things to Stop Doing Right Now

Be Happier: 10 Things to Stop Doing Right Now | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Sometimes the route to happiness depends more on what you don't do.

Via Romi Royé
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Simple steps to enhance your happiness and build greater value into your surroundings. 

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The Power of Small Stories

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Small Stories can be powerful tools for developing and highlighting organisational culture. Don't try to suppress gossip, use it and make the most of it.

Via Richard Andrews, David Hain
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Small Stories are flying round every organization every minute of every day. Like mosquitoes over a lake in summer they get everywhere: in the corridors, the restrooms, the stockroom and the kitchen. They hover around the photocopier and the water cooler, they get under the door and through the smallest gap in the window. They settle for just an instant on some exposed skin and, almost unnoticed, they give a little bite. One bite’s no problem, but over time there’s one more then another; Ten, twenty, and they start to have a real impact!

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David Hain's curator insight, March 31, 2013 5:53 AM

Nice tcontribution to the @toddbnielsen blogathon from @RichardAndrews_!

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Leadership and the Janitor - On Patrol

Leadership and the Janitor - On Patrol | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When William J. Crawford joined the staff of the U.S. Air Force Academy, it was in an unassuming role -- as a janitor. Little did the cadets know, a hero walked among them.
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A fantastic, must-read story that should remind us all to never "judge a book by its cover" (especially as it relates to people).


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David Hain's curator insight, March 31, 2013 5:47 AM

Terrific story! Thanks John.

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career: The 10 Worst Communication Mistakes For Your Career 12-14

career: The 10 Worst Communication Mistakes For Your Career 12-14 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“How do you signal, you’re leadership material?” “You don’t get a shot at being a leader unless you signal right.” http://t.co/YAleUB9Yxa
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According to a new year-long study of over 4,000 college-educated professionals and 268 senior executives, conducted by CTI and in partnership with Marie Claire  magazine, you must be viewed as a leader in order to get promoted into top jobs. That takes “executive presence,” which is defined as having gravitas, excellent communication skills and a polished appearance.

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The Posture of a Leader – Origins of Lead Change Part 8

The Posture of a Leader – Origins of Lead Change Part 8 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In Tribes, Godin talks subtly about the transition in leadership from autocrat to servant. The section is titled The Posture of a Leader. He lists a ser...
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Have you decided to do everything you can? What would happen if you took responsibility to change everything you could in a particular relationship or situation. What types of reactions would you get? Where can you take responsibility today and stop complaining about “them” or “those people”? There is no “they”.

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We Need Heroes: Seven Transformational Leadership Virtues

We Need Heroes: Seven Transformational Leadership Virtues | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How Milton Hershey embodied the seven virtues of transformational leadership.
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To some, the idea of a hero is passé.  A cynical workforce has seen their benefits cut, jobs outsourced, and firms and factories closed whilst those most culpable for these failures have been rewarded.  For many, integrity is relative.  One company I worked with believed “excessive honesty” was a detriment that limited an employee’s upward potential.  One performance review derided an employee for “Complicating business decisions with excessive ethics.”  Are the days of “Voluntary Virtue” gone?  Don’t people do the right thing just because it’s the right thing to do?  In Machiavellian terms, do the ends justify the means? 
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6 Reasons Someone Wishes They Were You

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How often do you pause to appreciate your life?  How often do you stop dead in your tracks and think, “Goodness, I have it pretty darn good”?

Even when life is far from perfect, it’s important to keep things in perspective.  Many people in this world wish they had what you have.  Here’s why:

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At Age 25 Mark Cuban Learned Lessons About Leadership That Changed His Life - Forbes

At Age 25 Mark Cuban Learned Lessons About Leadership That Changed His Life - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Mark Cuban owes his career to two men who tried to stanch his initiative--and proved its importance in the process.
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A great story about persistence, passion and the will to forge forward when others want to hold you down. Enjoy! 

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Leadership Rule No. 1: Epitomize Your Company Culture

Leadership Rule No. 1: Epitomize Your Company Culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Only one thing is universal about company culture: You can't delegate it. (Leadership Rule No.
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The definition of company culture varies dramatically from leader to leader.  Some see it as the extent to which employees are engaged in their work.  Others view it as how well the company has defined--and employees live according to--core values.  Yet others describe it as the feeling you get when you walk through the front door and into the lobby.  Maybe it's a combination of all of those things.  Either way, all three definitions (and any others) are a direct reflection of the personality of the leader.

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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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5 Most Destructive Phrases in Business

5 Most Destructive Phrases in Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
To be a better business leader, you need to avoid these five destructive phrases like the plague.
How often have you been in a productive business meeting only to have it come to a grinding halt because of something someone said?

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How often have you been in a productive business meeting only to have it come to a grinding halt because of something someone said? It happens all the time. A negative comment or a pessimistic concern can not only bring down morale, it can derail an entire strategy. I am convinced that there is no limit to what a team can accomplish if they were to eliminate these five destructive phrases.

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The 21 Principles of Persuasion

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Via Daniel Watson, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, David Hain
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How is it that certain people are so incredibly persuasive? Can we all harness those skills?  After  studying the most influential political, social, business and religious leaders, the author offers 21 critical lessons we can all use to persuade others.  
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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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Randi Thompson's curator insight, March 29, 2013 8:50 AM

How can you persuade people to participate in the posts you share?

Denyse Drummond-Dunn's curator insight, March 30, 2013 12:26 PM

Great article that puts persuasion into context. It is about being helpful to people who could make use of what you have to sell.

Edna Campos's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:35 PM

Geniales insights...

 

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[New Post] How to Solve Almost Any Problem (Hopefully)

[New Post] How to Solve Almost Any Problem (Hopefully) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Whether you want to lose weight, improve your marriage, heal your body, find a job, or get a promotion, this five-part approach provides a way to make it happen.

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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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