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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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5 Secrets To Better Employee Engagement

5 Secrets To Better Employee Engagement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Bring together your people and your brand and make meaningful progress toward better employee engagement.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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CEOs have always known their brand is a driver of customer acquisition, loyalty, and business growth. Today, they’re also learning that the company’s brand can provide employees with a sense of purpose and identity and serve as a source of both inspiration and action.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, April 3, 2014 11:22 PM

"Anyone who has been on a Southwest flight can attest to the smiles, spirit, and fun. This is because employees live the Southwest values: servant’s heart, warrior spirit, and fun-loving attitude."

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The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 2, 2014 1:43 PM

We talked about this point this morning. First impressions are critical and we do not get do overs.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:20 AM

you choose the experieces you share with others ...all YOU

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16 Leadership Lessons from a Four Star General

16 Leadership Lessons from a Four Star General | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"We like to equate leaders with values we admire, but the two can be separate and distinct."

Via Anne Leong
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Great insights from an accomplished, talented, bold leader.

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On Leadership & Forgiveness

On Leadership & Forgiveness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This week on Leading Beyond the Status Quo we explored a critical and very difficult leadership trait to master; forgiveness. It was truly an honor to...
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Good leadership requires us to avoid our initial reactions when someone does us wrong.  To lead positive change when dealing with someone who has insulted, excluded or belittled us, we need to drum up the courage to rise above the other action and explain to that person why their behavior is detrimental to the success of the team. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 31, 2014 1:56 PM

Asking forgiveness is a difficult process even when we ask someone we trust.

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The Worst Mistake America's CEOs Make

The Worst Mistake America's CEOs Make | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Too many leaders stink at asking the right questions. Make sure you're not one of them.

Via Anne Leong, Pascale Mousset, David Hain
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Countless breakthroughs, innovations and businesses have started from a single out-of-the-box question.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:37 PM

Questioning and listening to the answers are such important skills.

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The New Principles of Leadership

The New Principles of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We’re all aware that there are leadership principles that have been true since the dawn of time and that will continue to be valid in tomorrow’s business environment.
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No matter who you are or what you do, you can anticipate. Therefore, don’t wait for your future to unfold randomly, only to end up in a place you don’t want to be. Instead, identify the certainties that await you, pinpoint the looming disruptions, and go outside your industry to devise tomorrow’s solutions today. Look at what you can do rather than what you can’t, and you’ll emerge as a timeless leader who always succeeds.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:41 AM

Totally agree with this scoop General @JohnEMichel!  I love the phrase that says, when opportunity knocks, its too late to prepare.   


At times we focus on what we can't change from the status quo instead of focusing on what we can learn from it.  


Great post on how anticipation can help us lead through this difficult process!


~Make the future more visible

~Identify trends

~Look outside your field for solutions!  


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"Shona Ba Shona" 438th AEW AFN Commercial

"Shona Ba Shona" 438th AEW AFN Commercial | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan has the task of building a sustainable Afghan Air Force. The advisors mentor in over sixty separate career fields, over one hundred ninety specialties bringing the professionalism and personal touches to the mission. This is an AFN commercial for this wing and the mission.
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Our most recent video release of our teams mission to build am independent Afghan Air Force. Enjoy! 

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William Rowell's curator insight, March 27, 2014 2:49 PM

It has been a pleasure and distinct privilege to serve in NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan/438th Air Expeditionary Wing for the last 13 months...we have tackled a number of difficult challenges in many areas, and we have been blessed to witness dramatic growth in the professionalism, capability, and viability of the Afghan Air Force. Shona Ba Shona

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Why It's So Hard to Turn Fickle Millennials Into Leaders

Why It's So Hard to Turn Fickle Millennials Into Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In an era of job hopping and fast rises, how do you turn young talent into leadership? (RT @Inc: What makes young stars quit?

Via Academy, Roger Francis
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Organizations need to shift the mindset of what a good manager does away from merely hitting departmental goals--which rely on talent consumption (or, put less kindly, talent hoarding)--to graduating employees into better positions--or talent production. That shift would serve to give companies a better sense for their managers' talent development skills while giving young talent the opportunity to grow.

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Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels

Successful Organizations Need Leaders At All Levels | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Anybody who has ever watched interviews with managers or coaches of professional sports teams will have heard plenty of discussion of the need for leaders throughout the team. The same thinking is also increasingly a preoccupation of business people. Indeed, the need for “leaders at all levels” is one of [...]

Via Anne Leong, Wise Leader™
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According to a recent Deloitte study, “Today’s market environment places a premium on speed, flexibility and the ability to lead in uncertain situations. At the same time, the flattening of organizations has created an explosion in demand for leadership skills at every level.” The question for you is, how well are you doing in recruiting, training and retaining the right leaders?

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Joyce Layman's curator insight, March 25, 2014 9:23 AM

“Senior executives should create a culture that broadens the opportunity for leaders to develop in new ways,” writes the Deloitte team. “This means putting potential leaders in positions that stretch them beyond their current skill sets, and continuously coaching and supporting leaders so they can build their capabilities as rapidly as possible.”

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How to Be a Better Coach, According to Neuroscience

How to Be a Better Coach, According to Neuroscience | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A new study finds that great coaches don't focus on finding and fixing their team's weaknesses. They do this instead.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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Traditionally, coaching has largely been about identifying areas in need of improvement and supporting folks as they work towards better performance. But according to the latest science, there's actually a more effective way to go about it. 

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, March 22, 2014 10:25 AM

Positive coaching vs. issue-oriented aaproach

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Every Leader Must Be A Change Agent Or Face Extinction - Forbes

Every Leader Must Be A Change Agent Or Face Extinction - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Every Leader Must Be A Change Agent Or Face Extinction
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In a workplace infused with top down, hierarchical, departmental silos, change management is the new requirement for leadership success.

Via Mike Klintworth
John Michel's insight:

Change management is no longer a term that denotes only operational improvements, cost efficiencies and process reengineering.    Change management has become a much bigger, more interwoven part of the overall business fabric – an embedded leadership requirement that plays into everything that we do, every day, and how we go about getting things done, regardless of hierarchy or rank.   In the end, every leader must be a change agent.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 24, 2014 7:41 PM
Every leader must be a change agent.
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The Simple Secrets That Make People Fascinating

The Simple Secrets That Make People Fascinating | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Whether you want to be a star in your field or make your product irresistibly interesting, being fascinating is about standing out from the crowd--and...

Via Bobby Dillard
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TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE WHO YOU ARE; YOU HAVE TO BECOME MORE OF WHO YOU ARE.

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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 23, 2014 1:24 AM

Seven checks, I think.

 

And yet I still can't seem to draw enough of you folks in to work with the reality that is in front of you.

 

What gives?

 

Think about it.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 26, 2014 1:10 AM

No need to be famous or so to be fascinating, patterns to the brands that seem to fascinate consumers most, such as:


  1. A brand shows power
  2. It demonstrates passion
  3. It has mystique
  4. It offers prestige
  5. It gives alarm
  6. It has rebellion
  7. or it evokes trust.
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Leadership - Making the Connection - Huffington Post (blog)

Leadership - Making the Connection - Huffington Post (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership - Making the Connection
Huffington Post (blog)
Over the last three years, I have noticed something interesting about leaders who have participated in a program I offer through the Lean Enterprise Institute called Transformation Leadership.
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If you model making these trusting and respectful connections with your people, you will create an environment of trust which will enable your organization to "come alive".

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Spring Cleaning For Your Leadership - Forbes

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Spring Cleaning For Your Leadership
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Why not take the time to spring clean our own leadership? The natural order of our world is constant change – the change of seasons, the changing of the tides.
John Michel's insight:

The natural order of our world is constant change – the change of seasons, the changing of the tides.  Yet, most of us resist change, keeping us stuck in leadership behaviors that no longer serve us.  Time for us to participate in that change with our leadership.

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Leadership and authenticity: Being the 'real you' at work

Leadership and authenticity: Being the 'real you' at work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Leaders who are seen as authentic inspire the most loyalty, but what does being ‘authentic’ really mean? Pepi Sappal explores this complex and often misunderstood area of leadership, and looks at how to balance personality with professionalism


Via Roger Francis, Wise Leader™
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There are many definitions within management and business literature of authentic leadership but, as a rule, authentic leaders tend to be genuine, transparent and trustworthy, display a strong moral code and can be counted on to keep their word.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 2, 2014 6:39 AM

Useful exploration of a critical positive leadership characteristic.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:37 PM

Authenticity starts with self awareness.  And self awareness is about understanding how you react and how your behaviour can affect others.

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How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To

How To Create A Workplace People Love Coming To | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

od Glassdoor recently announced their sixth annual Employees' Choice Awards, which uses employee ratings to determine the top 50 places to work. Here's...


Via Sandeep Gautam
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The best employers have leaders in place who are accessible to their employees and are leading their organizations with clear, articulated direction for growth. The nature of leadership involves sometimes making tough decisions, and the leaders of top organizations earn employees’ respect by making the right decisions, even if they are unpopular.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:20 AM

Key to engagement and enhanced productivity...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 9, 2014 8:31 PM

People do matter and feel they are heard when they go to a place they love to go to. When this happens, they trust people they work with.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 28, 2014 1:34 PM

For the first 15 years of my teaching career, I loved to go to work. It actually was not work. For the last 5-7 years, I had to make sure that the bosses I worked for did not deny me the love of what I did. Healthy relationships are at the heart of work. It is rarely about money and perks.

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The Cold, Hard Truth: You're Overwhelmed Because You Want to Be

The Cold, Hard Truth: You're Overwhelmed Because You Want to Be | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A new book rounds up simple but profound wisdom on how to stop feeling frantically overscheduled.Why are professional Americans so incredibly busy -- and so overwhelmed by this busyness?

Via Luciana Viter, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

Are you as busy as you think you are? 

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Sabine Henrichfreise's curator insight, March 31, 2014 11:26 AM

We always attract what we complain about ...

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Real Leadership Means Owning Your Disasters - Inc.com

Real Leadership Means Owning Your Disasters - Inc.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Real Leadership Means Owning Your Disasters Inc.com A study Leader-Chivée coauthored in 2010 with the Center for Talent Innovation examined "the intangibles of leadership"--the ways in which CEOs show their leadership capabilities and their power...


Via Matthew Fritz
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If you're a leader, your job is to take ownership of everything your company does--good, bad, and ugly.

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Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear

Great Leaders Build A Culture of Courage In A Climate Of Fear | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Allan Shaw, Dean J. Fusto, Bobby Dillard, AlGonzalezinfo
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When employees feel that their contribution is truly valued, they are challenged to experiment, and they can constructively express their opinions (however different), it triggers greater ownership of their own success as well as their commitment to the larger organizational mission.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 27, 2014 11:59 PM

It makes sense. Those three bubbles are similar to what I am proposing in my dissertation for education

Ledcome's curator insight, March 28, 2014 6:15 AM

This graphic is captures a key characteristic of leadership...

david o'connor's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:12 AM

This is a really great post.

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9 Ways To Handle Work Stress Like A Soldier

9 Ways To Handle Work Stress Like A Soldier | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great leadership seems easy when things are good and everybody's happy. When times grow tough, however, a leader's true colors are revealed.

Ten years ago, a group of U.S. soldiers tasted combat for the first time in Sadr City, Iraq.
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Courage doesn't mean the absence of fear, and of course being a leader certainly doesn't mean charging ahead blindly in the face of adversity. It does mean you can't allow your fear to become contagious. Your team needs to believe you're in control of yourself, if they're to have confidence that you can make smart decisions in tough times.

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Lessons From Lincoln: 5 Leadership Tips History And Science Agree On - TIME

Lessons From Lincoln: 5 Leadership Tips History And Science Agree On - TIME | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lessons From Lincoln: 5 Leadership Tips History And Science Agree On
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Into Thin Air · It's Mary Barra's GM Now. What made him such an extraordinary leader? And does modern research back up his methods?

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If you’re a leader as Lincoln was, you need to know what studies show inspires team morale. And the answer is great stories:

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 26, 2014 7:20 PM

Some great lessons  from a great man.

daniel peled's curator insight, April 12, 2014 10:09 AM

טיפים למנהיגות מצליחה, כאלה שכולם מסכימים להם

Connie Hamilton Ed.S.'s curator insight, April 12, 2014 11:52 PM

Basic reminders on leadership traits that stand the test of time.

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From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: An Interview with General John E. Michel

From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: An Interview with General John E. Michel | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Dr. Jordan Schaul interviews distinguished Brigadier General John E. Michel for National Geographic News Watch. Eyewitness War on the National Geographic Channel “follows the men and women of the armed forces through the chaos of battle with real-life, first-person footage. ” The show features “dangerous missions and the perils of war through the eyes of our…
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8 Ways to Become a Better Boss

8 Ways to Become a Better Boss | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
No one intends to be a bad boss. Some just don't know any better. Here are 10 tips that will help any boss improve.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Being a boss isn't complicated, but it does require some focused thought and attention to be amazing. And since many people are putting their faith in you, don't you owe it to them to be your best for their sake?  Well, here are 8 tips to help you reach your full boss potential.

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6 Simple Habits To Keep You Consistently Happy Every Day

6 Simple Habits To Keep You Consistently Happy Every Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Buffer CEO and founder Joel Gascoigne tells us the secret to his happiness regime.

Via Bobby Dillard
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How's your daily happiness working working? 

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Pat Headley's curator insight, March 23, 2014 2:33 PM

6 Simple Habits To Keep You Consistently Happy Every Day

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Why Old Leaders Drive Young Leaders Crazy

Why Old Leaders Drive Young Leaders Crazy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it




Via F. Thunus, David Hain, Bobby Dillard
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Old leaders are so busy clinging to what they have that can’t reach for what could be. New ideas are threats not opportunities. Young leaders lose passion when old leaders say, “We’ve always done it that way. Old leaders don’t realize the devastation of destroying youthful energy.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 21, 2014 7:03 AM

Is your 25 years experience real? Or is it one year, repeated 25 times?

donhornsby's curator insight, March 21, 2014 7:14 AM

Young leaders look down their noses at old leaders and think, “Stop being set in your ways. Fear controls you!”