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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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Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic

Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Optimism isn't always automatic. Sometimes you must create it for yourself.

Via David Ednie
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Many people struggle to stay optimistic, especially in the workplace. After all, there are many reasons to be pessimistic: a difficult economy, global competition, a business ethos that seems to reward criminals and penalize truth-tellers. Nevertheless, your ability to succeed depends heavily on your ability to remain optimistic.  I'm not talking about seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. I'm talking about trusting your ability to cope, regardless of what life throws at you.

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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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Train your brain to deliver the mindset you need to succeed on life's journey toward the realisation of your goals. Would you take your hands off the wheel when you are driving on the freeway? 

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“I’m not a doctor but I did go to a leadership seminar last night”

“I’m not a doctor but I did go to a leadership seminar last night” | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Let’s imagine the following scene... You are sitting in the exam room with your feet dangling off the end of the sanitary-paper-covered, plastic couch admiring the jar of tongue depressors when in ...
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Leaders are organizational health practitioners. Organizations are living organisms. We can translate any problem our team brings to us into an opportunity to serve the entire body. To not only address the obvious symptoms but also to search for clues that may reveal underlying problems we can eradicate before they become a serious organizational health risk.

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Tony Schwartz: What Women Know About Leadership That Men Don't

Tony Schwartz: What Women Know About Leadership That Men Don't | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Empathy proved especially difficult for me whenever I felt vulnerable. My instinctive response was to protect myself, most often with aggression. I equated aggression with safety, and vulnerability with weakness.
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An effective modern leader requires a blend of intellectual qualities -- the ability to think analytically, strategically and creatively -- and emotional ones, including self-awareness, empathy, and humility. In short, great leadership begins with being a whole human being.

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Dear Daughter, I Want You To Fail

Dear Daughter, I Want You To Fail | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Even at 2, my daughter is wary of risk. I'm constantly encouraging her to jump, leap and tip over all she can. I want her to push her limits, to ride the edge, even if that means falling and failing. Yes, I want my daughter to fail.
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Parents want their children to be great and achieve their goals, but protecting them from failure only serves to make them mediocre -- willing to quit at the slightest obstacle. A life lived without failure is not success, it's mediocrity.

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5 Leadership Trees Every Leader Needs To Plant | Leadership, Sales & Life

5 Leadership Trees Every Leader Needs To Plant | Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You can't do anything about 20 years ago but you can start leading today. Start planting your next 20 years right now as you lead. These are 5 leadership trees every leader needs to plant.
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A Chinese proverb states “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is today.”  You can’t do anything about 20 years ago.

Today is different.  You can do something about today.   You can create the next 20 years. A good decision today (now) is better than a great decision later.  You just need to commit to it and drive forward.   Do something.   Start.  Until you decide the next 20 years can’t get started.

What tree can you plant today?

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7 Ways You Can Tap Into Your Inner Leader

7 Ways You Can Tap Into Your Inner Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being a leader doesn't mean managing people . You can lead yourself and even lead others without an official title. Instead of leadership falling on the shoulders of those with titles, what if each member ...
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Being a leader doesn't mean managing people. You can lead yourself and even lead others without an official title. Instead of leadership falling on the shoulders of those with titles, what if each member of the organization took on a leadership role? What if the power to inspire fell on each of us? What if you jumped on the self-leadership bus today?

Management expert and author Tom Peters has defined leadership as an ability to make people better than they believe they can be. As simple as this sounds, it's incredibly difficult to achieve--and you know this, because you have witnessed first-hand poor leadership. This is your chance to embrace your career development and take action to make you even better than you could imagine.

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Innovation Excellence | Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on

Innovation Excellence | Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Many would say if you’re in the leadership business, you’re also in the business of dealing with adversity. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing..
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Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

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5 Management, Marketing and Leadership Lessons Kids Could Teach CEOs

5 Management, Marketing and Leadership Lessons Kids Could Teach CEOs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
With age comes wisdom, or so we're told. The truth is, all of us can learn a lot from children -- and that goes double for CEOs.
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With age comes wisdom, or so we're told. The truth is, all of us can learn a lot from children -- and that goes double for CEOs. Experience counts for a lot, but so does a simple way of thinking, uncluttered problem-solving, and even basic, sensible kindness. And as any parent can confirm, toddlers are humanity's shrewdest negotiators! Here's what else kids have to teach us about the business world.

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12 Universal Skills You Need to Succeed at Anything

12 Universal Skills You Need to Succeed at Anything | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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There are a lot of skills you don’t need.  You can be happy and successful without knowing how to rebuild a car’s engine, program a web application, or replace drywall.  Sure, these are useful skills to have, but they aren’t absolutely necessary.

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Leadership by Example: How to Ignite this Quality in Your Life and Work

Leadership by Example: How to Ignite this Quality in Your Life and Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership by example can change everything. Learn how from the masters: Nelson Mandela, Frances Hesselbein, and Gandhi help us learn how to ignite this power today.
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Throughout the world, it is clear that our notions about LEADERSHIP are being turned upside down, questioned, revitalized and changed before our eyes. Like all renewal, the process may seem chaotic for some – but what is emerging has fresh fingerprints on it. 

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Avoiding Mediocrity: Do You Dare to Be Different? - Lifehack

Avoiding Mediocrity: Do You Dare to Be Different? - Lifehack | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity. Patti Wilson I don't know about you, but one of the things I'm afraid most in life is mediocrity. For
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I don’t know about you, but one of the things I’m afraid most in life is mediocrity. For me, life is too precious to be lived in mediocrity. Life is a golden opportunity, and we should use it as good as we can. Living in mediocrity means we do not use the opportunity as good as we should.

Unfortunately, many people are trapped in mediocrity. I believe one of the main reasons is they do not dare to be different. You need to be different if you want to be above the average. The question is:

Do you dare to be different?

This question might not be easy to answer, but how you answer it will make the difference between excellence and mediocrity. Here are some more specific questions to help you check yourself and take actions:

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12 Ways to Be the Leader Everyone Wants to Work For - Forbes

12 Ways to Be the Leader Everyone Wants to Work For - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It’s not easy being a manager these days.

Via Susan Bainbridge
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It’s not easy being a manager these days. You’re responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, coaching, modeling, engaging, monitoring, motivating, anticipating, prioritizing, planning, evaluating, clarifying, adapting, envisioning, directing, disciplining, reinforcing, reporting, recognizing, budgeting, and building alliances. And that’s all before lunch. And if you struggle with just one, your reports will say you’re over your head

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A great leader should ask themselves "Why would anyone want to follow me?" If you're not leading for the right reasons, no one will follow! This article shows 12 qualities often shared by great leaders.
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15 Classic Leadership Books That Every Business Owner Should Read

15 Classic Leadership Books That Every Business Owner Should Read | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Whether you are starting a Small Business or coaching a basketball team, you need to posess great skills in leadership. Leaders can either make or break a team or company.
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The enclosed list of leadership books provide a wide range often  insights you will find invaluable In your personal leadership journey.

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Leadership is Moving Outside Our Comfort Zone

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Leadership is not about being comfortable. Leaders bring out the best in the people around them. They help everyone exceed their own expectations; the people around them, and the people around thos...
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Leadership is not about being comfortable.

Leaders bring out the best in the people around them. They help everyone exceed their own expectations; the people around them, and the people around those people. Leaders inspire the members of their team, their fellow leaders, their clients and customers, their own mentors.

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A Three Point Plan for Injecting Leadership into Government - GovExec.com

A Three Point Plan for Injecting Leadership into Government - GovExec.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A Three Point Plan for Injecting Leadership into Government
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Government agencies are facing unprecedented challenges to do not just more with less, but to do much more with much less.
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A very good, quick read. Enjoy! 

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The Six Skills of the Perfect HR Professional

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Dave Ulich reveals the six sills of the pefect HR proessional in HR competency study from Ross School of Business. (6 most important competencies for sr HR leaders. Largest HR comp/leadership study ever.
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RESEARCH: Based on a global survey of 20,000 HR professionals, Ross School of Business has identified six key competencies that go to make up the perfect HR professional.


The research shows how well the current crop of HR executives is performing around the world against these six criteria, and highlights what they need to do to raise their game and increase their impact on business results. In this “exciting time for the profession”, the authors show that by focusing their own professional development on improving these competencies HR professionals will be able to “better help themselves and their organizations create value in an increasingly volatile and complex business environment”.

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Why "Argo" is a great leadership movie - CBS News

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Why "Argo" is a great leadership movie
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Why "Argo" is a great leadership movie. (MoneyWatch) Everyone loved "Argo," a great caper movie that manages to celebrate Hollywood and patriotism at the same time.
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Everyone loved "Argo," a great caper movie that manages to celebrate Hollywood and patriotism at the same time. It's terrific entertainment but one of the most striking features of the film, the moment at which the tension really begins to ratchet up, is telling. It's when Tony Mendez, the CIA operative, has to make a decision: Should he obey or disobey a direct order to abandon his plan to get six American State Department officials out of Iran?

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11 ways to build trust within your team | SmartBlogs

11 ways to build trust within your team | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This post is by Mike Henry, founding instigator of the Lead Change Group, where they’re instigating a leadership revolution.
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Trust is flexibility.  It allows you to achieve more than you ever thought you could.  Trust lubricates relationships and provides freedom of movement necessary for great team achievements.


Without trust, just like the moving parts of a car, your team will either break down or rust.  If you continue to attempt great achievements, friction between members will cause the team to overheat and lock up.  If you give in to the inertia, your team will simply coast until it stops and begins to rust.  Either way, achievements will just become too difficult.  At critical moments, someone won’t be available or misfortune will mysteriously occur.

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Escape the Leadership Pitfalls of Waiting for Perfection — Break The Frame

Escape the Leadership Pitfalls of Waiting for Perfection — Break The Frame | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders: If you are a recovering (or active!) perfectionist, set high standards for you and your team but avoid the trap of waiting for perfect. (What do you think one should wait for the "right time" or should take action?
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Leaders: We’re going to be waiting an awfully long time if we’re waiting for perfect.  As a fellow perfectionist, I know that I am always tempted to do more or practice more, or add more or analyze more.  Unfortunately, the drive for “more” is because I’m not always aware where the lines are drawn between good / great / exceptional.  A lot of effort goes into chasing the lines instead of being grounded in the desired outcome.

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Zero Dark Thirty: Driving to a Goal by Challenging the Status Quo

Zero Dark Thirty: Driving to a Goal by Challenging the Status Quo | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: With the Academy Awards drawing near, TLNT again asked some prominent thought leaders to write about their favorite movie from this past year with a HR or talent management … (This week at TLNT - Zero Dark Thirty: Driving to a Goal ...
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Zero Dark Thirty isn’t just about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Even if you haven’t seen this Best Picture-nominated film, you already know the climax of the story. But, you don’t know about Maya, a CIA operative who was obsessed with finding bin Laden to the exclusion of everything else. Zero Dark Thirty is her story, too.

I‘ve never ever seen a better “challenge the status quo” example from one individual force of nature. Maya relied on information, knowledge and conviction. She was a flawed heroine who was so obsessed with her goal that she almost lost herself in the end. But, she did what she set out to do.

Did the talent and organization around this quest make it easier or harder to accomplish her elusive goal? Well, it did both – probably much like in real life.

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4 Worthy Leadership Goals and 14 Things Leaders Should Do Now | Leadership, Sales & Life

4 Worthy Leadership Goals and 14 Things Leaders Should Do Now | Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders don't have to choose between pleasing people and people liking them. They can have both in they care enough and help people succeed. Their followers will decide.
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When people know you care and know that you want them to succeed rather than “watch” over them, they will buy in to YOU.

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Don't Give In To the Status Quo - Fox Business

Don't Give In To the Status Quo - Fox Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Don't Give In To the Status Quo
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By paying attention and being aware of what's really going on. Not just around us, but inside us. By looking in the mirror and being genuinely open to what we might find there.
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Ever wonder how some rich and powerful executives and political leaders can just throw it all away by committing fraud? Shouldn’t they know better?

Have you ever contemplated why it’s so hard for addicts to quit? Or why it takes so many years of psychotherapy for people to actually change their behavior?

Well, I’m no shrink, but I do know quite a bit about what it takes for people and organizations to change. And one thing I know is this: The motivation to change has to come from within. Sure, there’s a lot more to it than that, but that’s where it has to start. Inside you. We tend to live our lives more or less on autopilot until we start to feel that things aren’t going right. Even then, we’re only likely to make minor adjustments to our inertia. It’s only when things really go to hell that we enter crisis mode. That’s when we’re most receptive to real change.

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On Leadership, Ambition and Your Comfort Zone

On Leadership, Ambition and Your Comfort Zone | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As a leader, are you guilty of camping out in your personal comfort zone? Have you grown fat and happy in your daily routine? Have you decided to remain stuck in neutral? If so, I ask you this: "Do...
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As a leader, are you guilty of camping out in your personal comfort zone? Have you grown fat and happy in your daily routine? Have you decided to remain stuck in neutral? If so, ask yourself if you really want to bury your ambitions and accept a mediocre version of yourself?//////////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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Inside the Brains of Rebellious Leaders

Inside the Brains of Rebellious Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
True iconoclasts don't just happen upon a novel approach. Their brains are actually wired in a way that makes them more likely to take the road less...

Via Susan Bainbridge
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Mark Twain called them "corn-pone opinions." Take a path that veers from the norm, and you'll hear from a chorus of naysayers. "That'll never work." "Don't rock the boat." "That's impossible." (Of course, once your idea has been proven to work, they claim to have known it all along.)

Bucking the herd isn't easy for a species designed to conform, so it takes a certain mindset to be an outlier. "Most people's brains are just not wired to go against what everybody else is doing," says Gregory Berns, author of Iconoclast and a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta. Berns has taken an unorthodox path himself, exploring the roots of motivation and reward in ultramarathoners, sushi chefs and S&M enthusiasts. He argues that innovation occurs in brains that are adept at not just creative insights, but also at overriding the fears that come along with them--such as facing flak from the peanut gallery.

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28 Dignified Ways to Impress Everyone Around You

28 Dignified Ways to Impress Everyone Around You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Here are 28 dignified ways to impress everyone around you.  If you practice these tips on a regular basis, they won’t just impress others, they’ll help you become a better person too.

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