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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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Great Leaders Serve - Hard Leadership

Great Leaders Serve - Hard Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Monday, I wrote about my recent trip to Africa. As I continue to reflect on that experience, I'm reminded of something I often forget. Some men and women have extremely hard leadership assignments. You may be one of those ...
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What constitutes a hard leadership assignment? I believe every leadership challenge can be placed on a continuum from mildly annoying to virtually impossible. The contributing factors can include everything from an unpopular vision to insufficient resources to an unsolvable problem.

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6 Contrarian Reasons Why You're Lucky to Be a Leader Today

6 Contrarian Reasons Why You're Lucky to Be a Leader Today | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Being a 21st century leader is a role not to be envied! Or is it?


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Nobody ever said that being a leader is simple. Certainly not in today’s world where changes seem to happen at the speed of light; where communication and collaboration are heavily impacted by new technologies; where management techniques from the past no longer appear to provide an adequate answer to the challenges of the future. Being a 21st century leader is a role not to be envied! Or is it?

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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 Hain's curator insight, March 27, 2013 7:00 AM

Leadership form a different angle!

Maya Mathias's curator insight, March 27, 2013 8:17 PM

A nice reframe on why leading today can be tremendously exciting and rewarding.

 

I've assembled a 6-part email report that delves into many of the issues cited in this article, plus a few more.  You can access it at http://thetrainedbusinesseye.com

Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 28, 2013 3:02 AM

Being a 21st century leader is a role not to be envied! Or is it?

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Easing Brain Fatigue With a Walk in the Park

Easing Brain Fatigue With a Walk in the Park | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Calm and focus can be restored by spending even a little time in green spaces, away from the jangle of city living, a new study employing portable brain wave measuring technology suggests.

Via Wise Leader™
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Scientists have known for some time that the human brain’s ability to stay calm and focused is limited and can be overwhelmed by the constant noise and hectic, jangling demands of city living, sometimes resulting in a condition informally known as brain fatigue.

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The Surprising Secret To Getting Your Emails Read

The Surprising Secret To Getting Your Emails Read | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Do you feel like you send your emails into a black hole? Let's get to the point: You need to start with the conclusion.

 

1. Start by writing what you think you are trying to say

2. Discover that the first few lines are wholehearted hogwash

3. Rejoice in your determination to write something well

4. Keep your hands on the keyboard, look for the conclusion when it appears

5. THEN move that conclusion to the top of the message

 

[Image: Flickr user Saxon]


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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E-mails are the most common document in the business world. Unfortunately, many e-mails are so poorly written that recipients must struggle to figure out why they're reading the e-mail and what they're supposed to do about it.

Here's a foolproof method to write e-mails that get the job done.

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9 Signs You’re A Leader | Joseph Lalonde

9 Signs You’re A Leader | Joseph Lalonde | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In this post I share 9 signs that you may be a leader. Do any of these ring true for you?

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The qualities of leaders can be very subtle. Look for it and you’ll find at least three or four that are present in your life.

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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 Hain's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:33 AM

For the many people I've come acros who don't believe they are leaders...

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8 Wake-Up Calls You Need to Receive

8 Wake-Up Calls You Need to Receive | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Here are eight wake-up calls for you – a few important lessons worth learning before it’s too late:

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Guest Post The Need For Positive Thinking

Guest Post The Need For Positive Thinking | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Need For More Positive Thinking http://t.co/XteVcKYX2F by @MrsRobinsonNJ #leadership #in
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We all know people who build their lives on the mountains of negativity: making an effort to hold people back; misrepresenting themselves both personally and professionally. I could go on for days with examples of reprehensible behavior. The world is not in short supply of negativity, but rather, in desperate need of meaningful, life-affirming optimism.

///////////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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7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own

7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Very few entrepreneurs, board members, or investors give much thought to leadership development. That's a huge mistake.
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Here are seven reasons (among many) that every founder and entrepreneurial CEO should actively develop their leadership, and a question about each.

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10 Not So Obvious Barriers to Effective Leadership

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Leadership is not an accomplishment you check off your … (10 Not So Obvious Barriers To Effective Leadership http://t.co/0dKnbx1PGD)
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Leadership is not an accomplishment you check off your daily to-dos. At the heart of leadership is the omnipresent, bold belief that influence, relationships, dialogue and faith in people call forward our best leadership abilities. Leadership is inspiring others to give their best effort despite what they believe to get things done.

///////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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Humility in Leadership: Myths, Fears, and Truths

Humility in Leadership: Myths, Fears, and Truths | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Humility in leadership conjures vivid images in leaders’ minds. The images seem to fall into opposite camps: indecisive wimpiness or non-arrogant self-confidence.
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Humility in leadership conjures vivid images in leaders’ minds. The images seem to fall into opposite camps: indecisive wimpiness or non-arrogant self-confidence.  It’s fair to say that if your image of humility in leadership is one of weakness… then you are not likely to strive for HUMILITY!

On the other hand if you see humility in leadership as the self-confident strength to lead others to shine, you are on your way or almost there.

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5 Lessons in Learning and Leadership - Forbes

5 Lessons in Learning and Leadership - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here in the Boston, Cambridge we are lucky, there’s a college around every corner. Harvard, M.I.T., Wellesley, Boston University, the list goes on and on.
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You can pave the road you travel with doubt and despair or hope and happiness. It’s your choice.  Either way, you will eventually arrive at the same destination.  The only question is:  Do you want to arrive there with a frown or a smile?


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Tom Hood's comment, March 26, 2013 7:31 AM
Very re-affirming of our L>C - your rate of learning needs to be greater than the rate of change and yes, even leaders... "So whether you’re a leader, manager, employee or freelancer, it’s time to start actively learning to maintain career momentum." And "Stay focused on two things: first, what will help you bolster your strengths, up your performance, and grow as a leader; and second, what excites you." See our video theBounce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0l4NXk_F2o
Tom Hood's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:32 AM

Very re-affirming of our L>C - your rate of learning needs to be greater than the rate of change and yes, even leaders... "So whether you’re a leader, manager, employee or freelancer, it’s time to start actively learning to maintain career momentum." And "Stay focused on two things: first, what will help you bolster your strengths, up your performance, and grow as a leader; and second, what excites you." See our video theBounce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0l4NXk_F2o

Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:49 AM

Here in the Boston, Cambridge we are lucky, there’s a college around every corner. Harvard, M.I.T., Wellesley, Boston University, the list goes on and on.

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One Question for All Complainers and Critics

One Question for All Complainers and Critics | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Get out of leadership if criticism and complaints keep you up at night. You’ll die from lack of sleep. The toughest criticism to handle is directed at a team mate or colleague, not you. Some “lovin...

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Get out of leadership if criticism and complaints keep you up at night. You’ll die from lack of sleep.

The toughest criticism to handle is directed at a team mate or colleague, not you. Some “loving” critic shares a “helpful” suggestion that tears down, points out inadequacy, or undermines credibility.

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8 Secrets to Eliminating Negativity

8 Secrets to Eliminating Negativity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One bad experience outweighs one good. A gallon of bad weighs more than a gallon of good. Setbacks nag; success whispers. You overemphasize what went wrong and minimize what went right. Down is eas...

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Negativity is like Velcro, you've got to learn how to tear away from it.

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Happy Birthday, Viktor Frankl: Timeless Wisdom on the Human Search for Meaning

Happy Birthday, Viktor Frankl: Timeless Wisdom on the Human Search for Meaning | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now!"

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Celebrated Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, born on March 26, 1905, remains best-known for his indispensable 1946 psychological memoir Man’s Search for Meaning(public library) — a meditation on what the gruesome experience of Auschwitz taught him about the primary purpose of life: the quest for meaning, which sustained those who survived.

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Break Out of the Leadership Comfort Zone

Break Out of the Leadership Comfort Zone | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Stuck in a rut, leaders are challenged to inspire their team to new levels of success. Here are six actions to take today to break out of the leadership comfort zone.

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Good news! You don’t need to be radical and move to the other side of the world to break out of your leadership comfort zone and move beyond the status quo.

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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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donhornsby's curator insight, March 27, 2013 5:53 AM

(From the article): Risk can be a scary word when we’re deeply entrenched in the comfort of the status quo.  As a leader, why should you foster innovation if you and your organization are successful today?  There are 100 companies right behind you and ready to undercut you on price for similar products and services.  Clients eyes glaze over after a while when the only differentiator is price.  Break out of the comfort zone and start with doing something different, not just making incremental improvements to today’s processes and products.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 27, 2013 5:54 AM

(From the article): Risk can be a scary word when we’re deeply entrenched in the comfort of the status quo.  As a leader, why should you foster innovation if you and your organization are successful today?  There are 100 companies right behind you and ready to undercut you on price for similar products and services.  Clients eyes glaze over after a while when the only differentiator is price.  Break out of the comfort zone and start with doing something different, not just making incremental improvements to today’s processes and products.

David Hain's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:55 AM

No gain without pain - trite but true!

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Prove You Matter: 5 Routes to Relevance

Prove You Matter: 5 Routes to Relevance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why some people seem integral to the plot, while others tend to be easily written out of the story? The answer is relevance—and it can be generated in several ways.

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Ever wonder why some people seem integral to the plot, while others tend to be easily written out of the story? The answer is relevance—and it can be generated in several ways. To be relevant is to grasp an invisible power, the power to influence, participate, and alter events. It’s the wind behind the sails of cultural movements, historical icons, and even creepy cults. Here are a few ways to make yourself, and your cause or company, relevant.

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6 Things That Paralyze Leaders

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5 things that paralyze leaders and keep them from being effective and producing positive results. Leaders who are paralyzed by fear don't make decisions.

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Do you find yourself paralyzed as a leader?  Wanting to lead and do great things.  Needing to impact people and the organization.  Make a difference.  Produce great results

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David Hain's curator insight, March 25, 2013 7:35 AM

What's holding you back?  Great question from @JohnBossong.

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The Magic of Leadership – Converting

The Magic of Leadership – Converting | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the magical aspect of leadership is the work of converting - thoughts to actions, plans to actions, actions to results.

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What drives success? It is a question that drives people to unwise jealousy. Other times, the answer leads people to a flurry of motion…. commotion really. It becomes a cloud of stirred up dust with no seeds planted in the fertile grounds of momentum and growth.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, February 28, 2013 9:56 AM

Let’s declare this the Year of Converting! Leaders need to convert more - thoughts to actions, actions to results, plans to milestones....

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Great Leaders Serve - Leadership Lessons from Kenya

Great Leaders Serve - Leadership Lessons from Kenya | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Lessons from Kenya. SHARE: Warning: file_get_contents() [function.file-get-contents]: http:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in ...
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What big dream are you waiting to pursue? What are you waiting for?

///////////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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Why the Best Leadership Decision Making Involves Very Few Decisions

Why the Best Leadership Decision Making Involves Very Few Decisions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Enabling your employees to take ownership of important decision is one of the most powerful parts of leadership decision making.
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Just because you’re the one sitting in the corner office doesn’t mean you should be the one with final say on each and every decision. In fact, it probably means you’re not qualified to make most of the decisions your company faces day in and day out. Which is why Dennis Bakke, co-founder of Imagine Schools, aims to make only one big decision per year.

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A lesson in leadership:

A lesson in leadership: | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Have you ever had a moment in life when you learned a lesson so valuable it became like a gift hidden in the attic and forgotten, only to be rediscovered years later to be enjoyed more than ever?
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Have you ever had a moment in life when you learned a lesson so valuable it became like a gift hidden in the attic and forgotten, only to be rediscovered years later to be enjoyed more than ever?

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You’re Not a Real Leader Until You Can Admit to Screwing Up

You’re Not a Real Leader Until You Can Admit to Screwing Up | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, said he and other managers didn’t do enough to challenge Facebook when he led the company. “I screwed up,” Schmidt said.

 

There is nothing more exciting for me to see someone fess up to making a mistake. For a leader to do that, it is just awesome.


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Leaders should embrace mistakes, not only for themselves but for their team as well. If you as the leader will admit you’re wrong, and then walk your team through a process of what you learned and what you would do differently, you will have raised your entire team to a new level.

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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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Kudos's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:28 AM

Yep :) There seems to be a theme in teh recent artcles. No Managemnet required, No fear. Hire good people. Have passion and focus. Sounds like how all good companies are created. Kudos to the entrepuenuers out there.

David Hain's curator insight, March 27, 2013 4:24 AM

Nobody learned to ride a bike without screwing up first - why should leadership be any different?

Tom Hood's curator insight, March 27, 2013 8:13 AM

Just saw General Petraeus speech where he opened and close iwth a heartfelt apology for his personal "failure". My most powerful learning experiences have been when I "screwed up", admitted it and learned from it. Our new mantra is Fail fast and fail forward when innovating.

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5 Characteristics of a Cutthroat Culture | workplace MOJO

5 Characteristics of a Cutthroat Culture | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @MattMonge: 5 Characteristics of a Cutthroat Culture | #WorkplaceMOJO http://t.co/xTkWnbmB1S via @mattmonge #leadership #tchat #bealeader
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Aggressive, cutthroat cultures make it far less likely that that will happen. People learn through their experiences — their perception of their part in the organization’s story. Those experiences tell them that the way to get ahead in that particular context — and maybe even the way to simply survive – is to consolidate power, compete to win at all costs, embrace egomania, criticize everybody and everything, and realize that nothing is ever, every good enough.

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10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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You can pave the road you travel with doubt and despair or hope and happiness. It’s your choice. Either way, you will eventually arrive at the same destination. The only question is: Do you want to arrive there with a frown or a smile?


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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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“Noblesse Oblige” is an old French phrase that literally translates as “nobility obligates.” It means that those who have power and authority, or who are privileged, rich or famous have a moral responsibility to display honorable, charitable, and exemplary behavior towards those less fortunate or to those dependent on them.

///////////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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