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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 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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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 People Development Network
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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

7 Reasons You Struggle with Happiness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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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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The One Leadership Trait That Separates Superachievers From Underperformers - Forbes

The One Leadership Trait That Separates Superachievers From Underperformers - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Research shows that (The One Leadership Trait That Separates Superachievers From Underperformers - Forbes http://t.co/Xf7mwPY3sC)
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I can always get better. Those five words told me everything I needed to know. Successful people who have mastered a particular skill are never satisfied with the status quo. They always see room for improvement. Tiger Woods regained his no.1 ranking this week because he believes he can always get better, even after he wins a tournament! Woods once woke up at 2:30 a.m. on the morning of a round and worked on just one aspect of his swing in front of a mirror for four straight hours. He’s known on tour as the last guy to leave the putting green when the sun goes down.

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Build a Diverse Group of Friends

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To grow as a person, it's important to go beyond our "comfort zone" of people and seek relationships with those who are wildly different from us.

Via Sharrock, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, David Hain, Create Wise Leader
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A lot of us repeat the cliche that “opposites attract,” but psychology research tells a different story. We’re much more likely to build relationships with people who are similar to us than people who are different from us.

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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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Sharrock's curator insight, March 27, 2013 11:38 AM

Excellent instruction from the article, "Be interested in people in general. Everyone has their own stories and peculiarities. When you approach everyone with the intent to get to know them and understand them, you’ll often find that most people are pretty damn awesome in their own way."

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:47 PM

We need to be open minded and move beyond what is comfortable. It is on those boundaries real innovation occurs.

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The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz

The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts (RT @Nash: The greatest address I've read: The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership http://t.co/wlxrIbatJo)...
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Leadership is what you are here to learn—the qualities of character and mind that will make you fit to command a platoon, and beyond that, perhaps, a company, a battalion, or, if you leave the military, a corporation, a foundation, a department of government. Solitude is what you have the least of here, especially as plebes. You don’t even have privacy, the opportunity simply to be physically alone, never mind solitude, the ability to be alone with your thoughts. And yet I submit to you that solitude is one of the most important necessities of true leadership. This lecture will be an attempt to explain why.

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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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You lead by virtue of who you are. - Forbes

You lead by virtue of who you are. - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Former South African President Nelson Mandela Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) Millions of dollars are spent annually on developing leaders in organizations. Look up ‘Leadership’ on Google and you will get nearly 200 million results.
John Michel's insight:

While we can devour book after book on leadership, attend training programs, or take online courses to intellectually learn the many ‘must have’ leadership skills, it’s only when we really take ownership of the impact we have on others, and our own power to affect change, that we can truly become a great 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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Leadership: Beyond Compare

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It’s easy to go through life looking over your shoulder. You may wonder why he has it so good, why she is so successful. You may feel envy or resentment, wishing you had what they have, assuming that what they have is what you need.
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It’s easy to go through life looking over your shoulder. You may wonder why he has it so good, why she is so successful. You may feel envy or resentment, wishing you had what they have, assuming that what they have is what you need.

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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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Five Practices to Enhance Your Problem-Solving Mindset

Five Practices to Enhance Your Problem-Solving Mindset | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A growth mindset also means we need a problem-solving one. Solving problems is what makes us a better leader, team member, and citizen.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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As Steven Snyder points out in Leadership and the Art of Struggle, having a growth mindset is essential as we navigate through leadership challenges. It keeps us optimistic as well as wanting to learn more and enhance the way we do things.

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6 Reasons Someone Wishes They Were You

6 Reasons Someone Wishes They Were You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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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?

Via The People Development Network
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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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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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3 Types of Leaders Who Never Succeed

3 Types of Leaders Who Never Succeed | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you rise again and again to the very edge of success, only to fall back down? You may be guilty of one of these leadership styles.
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There are a lot of hyphenated leaders: the Wanna-be leaders, Always-on leaders, Glory-grabbing leaders. But there's none so heartbreaking to work with as a Never-Gonna-Get-There leader. This is someone who rises again and again to the very edge of success, only, as in some twisted version of chutes and ladders, to fall back solely as a result of their own subconscious, success-restricting traits.

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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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Dr. Amen's Blog | EMPATHY VARIES BY AGE AND GENDER

Dr. Amen's Blog | EMPATHY VARIES BY AGE AND GENDER | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

After looking at nearly 80,000 brain SPECT scans over the last twenty-two years, one thing is abundantly clear, the male and female brain are very different.   It was this fascinating difference that led me to write my new book in which I outline six ways the female brain is more capable than the male’s. 

 

Given these differences it’s not surprising that a recent study of more than 75,000 adults showed women are more empathic than men.


Via Edwin Rutsch, David Hain, Create Wise Leader
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Empathy is the ability to recognize and share other people’s experiences, or the ability to put yourself in another’s position and feel what they feel and it is one the key strengths of the female brain.

Another article that looked at empathy was entitled:  “What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women.”  The article reported on a study in which teams were given a number of tasks involving brainstorming, decision-making, and problem solving. Teams were given collective intelligence scores based on their performance.

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Debra Manchester's curator insight, June 16, 2013 2:33 PM

A good reminder that we are not all alike.

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Thinking about How I Think

Thinking about How I Think | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A prospective client asked me to come talk with a few board members about how I think about transformative change and how I might help their organization work through some significant short-term an...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Anne-Laure Delpech, David Hain
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People are the organization. Not systems, not functions, not technology, not the building or the program. People. If you want to make big change, people must be involved and ultimately want to make it. That principle alone speaks volumes about how an organization should approach organizational change efforts.

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christine koehler's comment, March 29, 2013 7:25 AM
Yes, it's a good tool, that can be integrated to many others and that enable to ask powerful questions.
Tom Hood's curator insight, March 29, 2013 8:25 AM

Some great insights in this article for me, reaffirmations and reinforcement of principles around leading change and innovation.

 

Change is about people, not organizations or systems. Organizations are really about People. I use the term Return on People.

 

Transformation is about creation and destruction. I say transformation is creating what isn't rather than improving what is.

 

Paradox and the ability to hold onto completely opposite ideas (also from Jim Collins and the power of AND versus OR).

 

What do you think?

Orianne Corman's comment, April 3, 2013 5:43 AM
Hello Tom, for me it's very interesting to connect opposite ideas, it's the soil of creativity.
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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: 5 Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the "Mediocre Me" Mindset

RT @LollyDaskal: Another Great Read: 5 Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the "Mediocre Me" Mindset http://t.co/Pq47qlwRKW By @leadershipnow
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Mediocrity is simply a choice we make every day. If we feel like we’re running in place, there is a good chance we are tolerating things we shouldn’t be. The question before us all then is, are we willing to resist settling and risk pursuing excellence as our preferred way of being in the world?

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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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Follow / Unfollow – Making Relationships Work

Follow / Unfollow – Making Relationships Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In business and life, there are people we associate with and build relationships with. The key questions are: Who do we follow, and Who do we unfollow?

Via Bobby Dillard
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Since the beginning of time, individuals have been in relationships. From good to bad, and everything in between, relationships have lifted people up as well as held them down. Relationships are a tricky thing. We want them badly. We discard them quickly. We pursue them with all our heart. We run away from them with all our slyness.

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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 12 habits of highly collaborative organizations | TechRepublic

The 12 habits of highly collaborative organizations | TechRepublic | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here are twelve collaboration patterns or “principles” that successful organizations follow.

Via Jacqui Hogan, Create Wise Leader
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Did you know that there are more possible moves in a game of chess then there are atoms in the entire universe and seconds that have elapsed since the big bang?  In fact, chess can be a virtually endless game.  If that’s the case then how do chess masters emerge?  What’s the point of trying to study something if the moves are endless?  Any good chess player will tell you that one of the keys to success is the ability to recognize patterns and situations to help you identify what the best next move is.

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Jacqui Hogan's curator insight, March 27, 2013 11:15 AM

Some great suggestions on collaboration