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How To Bounce Back Stronger After You Blow It At Work

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Eight years ago, when I was just starting my coaching practice, I was thrilled to win a large, lucrative contract with an international advertising agency.

Via David Hain
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Whether you blew your big presentation, failed to land the account that you had “in the bag,” or got passed over for a promotion, you know what disappointment feels like. It sucks--it sucks our energy, our confidence, and our dreams. Disappointment itself has many cousins in the family of negative emotions (anger, fear, sadness) but it also has a unique formula, as highlighted by author Chip Conley is his New York Times best-selling book,Emotional Equations: disappointment equals expectations, minus reality.

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Leadership is Making Better Mistakes

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Some people believe that we become leaders by avoiding mistakes. Leaders are somehow able to predict the future, to see around corners and find our path forward. They become leaders by not making m...

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Some people believe that we become leaders by avoiding mistakes. Leaders are somehow able to predict the future, to see around corners and find our path forward. They become leaders by not making mistakes, and then lead us forward past any potential errors.

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Mediocre Me - The Enemy Inside

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     The Great Wall of China was built over a 2,200 year period. It was started in the 5th century BC and was not completed until early in the 17th century AD.  This amazing structure was originally designed to protect the various reigning dynasties of the era from raids by outside invaders and for hundreds of years stood as a symbol of strength and resolve. To this day, the Great Wall remains the world's longest man-made structure, stretching over a formidable 3,948 miles.

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How To Suck at Marketing

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A great post on how NOT to market. Enjoy!

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David Ednie's curator insight, March 8, 2013 6:56 PM

The ultimate list of what not to do in Marketing in tomorrow's constantly connected world

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Executive Coaching from Prince Hal

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Increasing numbers of companies are using the plays of Shakespeare as templates for change. The dilemmas of ancient Kings and Princes provide a fresh perspective on the challenges facing CEOs in the 21st century.  Henry V is a case study in leadership and how to create loyalty. The Tempest a template on how to manage change without destroying the very thing you are trying to create. Julius Caesar an object lesson in how not to build a team.

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10 Things Every Leader Should Challenge - Forbes

10 Things Every Leader Should Challenge - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
News Flash - innovation, growth and development cannot occur by pretending we live in a world that has long since passed us by. Leading in the 21st Century affords no safe haven for 20th Century thinkers.
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News Flash – innovation, growth and development cannot occur by pretending we live in a world that has since passed us by. Leading in the 21st Century affords no safe haven for 20th Century thinkers. Old, static, institutionalized thinking will gate the pace of forward progress faster than just about anything. If you want to expose yourself as an out of touch, dated leader, keep trying to address today’s issues and opportunities with yesterday’s thinking.

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8 Dangerous Things We Teach Each Other

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Be aware of the implied and menacing lessons society teaches.  To truly thrive in this world you’re going to have to unlearn and disregard some of the ludicrous advice people reflexively pass along to each other.

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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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Are Accountants and CFOs Killing Innovation?

Are Accountants and CFOs Killing Innovation? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

What can you do when penny-pinchers get in the way of your disruptive ideas to make necessary, often disruptive, changes in your company?


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For big corporations – regardless of industry – making disruptive changes isn’t a question of money: many have substantial budgets and can ride out the disruption. It’s a question of mindset and how you position the innovative disruption on the balance sheet– and that can be the downfall.


INSEAD Associate Professor of Accounting and Control, Gilles Hilary, in a research paper entitled “Does Accounting Conservatism Impede Corporate Innovation?”,  makes the case that firms with a greater degree of accounting conservatism are less innovative because of, among other things,  the requisite accounting practice of immediately provisioning for future losses.

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Tom Hood's comment, March 31, 2013 8:47 AM
I have to weigh in here... I have to disagree with the stereotypes of penny-pinchers and bean-counters for the roils of CFOs. Actually our research shows just the opposite as many CFOs are taking a much more value-added and strategic approach. They are partnering with the CEO and business units and acting as trusted advisors and analysts to help them make "informed" innovative choices and avoid those "bet the company risks" that have destroyed so many organizations. That said, Professor Gregersen makes some great points about how CFOs can be creative problem-solvers and support innovation with some new skills (we emphasize collaboration and synthesis and communication (especially the ability to make your thinking visible to others). Overall a useful and insightful look after I got over the opening salvo :)
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When It All Seems to Be Falling Apart

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The word “crisis” in Chinese is formed with the characters for “danger” and “opportunity.” A crisis presents traumatic disruption or threat, but it also presents a unique opportunity for growth.
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The severity of a crisis or challenge is determined not necessarily by the traumatic situation or event, but by your reaction to it.

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8 Things You Should Fight for Every Day

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Because everything in life worth having is worth fighting for…

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Mediocre Me - Fainting Goats

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     Goats are interesting creatures.  But those afflicted with myotonia congenital are especially fascinating.

     I suspect you are likely unfamiliar with the medical term, but you may well have seen the videos. The so-called “fainting goats” are an internet sensation. When frightened or startled, these goats don’t run away.  They simply seize up and fall over. It’s a genetic condition that is generally harmless to goats living in captivity and humorous for their owners. But it’s conversely a potentially lethal malady for goats living among predators.

  . . . Read more on the "Mediocre Me" Blog at http://www.MediocreMe.com!

 

 

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Reaching your full positive potential as a leader isn’t easy. And it’s made all the more daunting when you are thrust into positions requiring you to venture outside your comfort zone. But let me be clear. Decisiveness is the key to achieving results, especially in the face of complexity or uncertainty. Weigh the information available and then use your best judgment to choose among the possibilities, recognizing that by your willingness to make a decision you’re fulfilling your fundamental responsibilities as a leader. 

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Why Companies Need To Constantly Build Their 'Survival Mode' Skills

Why Companies Need To Constantly Build Their 'Survival Mode' Skills | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Not just when things get tough.(Why Companies Need To Constantly Build Their 'Survival Mode' Skills http://t.co/UvZDPMGV3l via @bi_contributors #resilience #leadership)...
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Turbulent markets bring opportunity and risk; companies need to call on all their resources to navigate such uncharted waters successfully. What matters, however, is that each individual believes that these issues — values, purpose, boldness, imagination, and others — are important, and interprets them in his or her own personal way. In fact, the most significant lesson for any business leader is to know that, while structures, procedures, processes, and systems can all be improved, the true source of resilience is people.

People are the reason companies succeed. Get that right, and you’ll weather any storm that comes your way.

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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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6 Things You Should Love About Your Life

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This moment will be part of your story someday.  It’s not right or wrong.  It’s not perfect.  It just is – a blank canvas – a completely unrestricted space that you can use as you please.  To laugh.  To get rambunctious.  To muse.  To create.  To express your freedom to be as you are.

You have to live each moment consciously in your own way, design your own truth, and then share it with others.  It’s a process of growth you gradually realize as an individual.  You can’t acquire it from others; you can only share it once you’ve created it.  You have to break out of your shell and do things.  Do what moves you.  Be who you are.  Explore life’s mysteries until you figure out what matters most to 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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The Truth About the Office Wallflower

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He never speaks up in group meetings and cringes when invited to after-work happy hours. What's the problem? Maybe it's you.
Introverts could be the secret weapon to your success--if you know how to work with them.

Via The People Development Network, David Hain
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Introverts could be the secret weapon to your success--if you know how to work with them.

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10 Little Habits that Steal Your Happiness

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You ultimately become what you repeatedly do.  If your habits aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you.  Here are a few examples of the latter that will steal your happiness if you let them:

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5 Ways to Boost Your Willpower

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Tips to help you gain the strength to focus and achieve your goals.

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Think of the last time you struggled to focus on a boring or difficult task. Your wandering attention probably felt like it was outside your control, as if you suddenly lost the ability to focus and didn't know how to regain it. We all feel that way sometimes.

Even in those moments, when you feel like you're fighting against your own instincts, you can stop procrastinating and get focused. You just need to recharge your willpower.

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Leadership: The Killer App That Almost Everyone Overlooks

Leadership: The Killer App That Almost Everyone Overlooks | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Because a truly successful venture is rarely a one-person show, your ability to get the right people on your team -- and doing their best work -- is possibly the most critical, and often overlooked, skill an entrepreneur can have.
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Most of us are unconscious about how we show up as leaders. Early on, we learn from our culture -- parents, teachers, early bosses, the TV -- how to lead and then we play that out in our lives and businesses. Unfortunately, it takes just a moment of reflection (think about the office, or the U.S. Congress) to realize that we're not exactly surrounded by great examples of leadership worth emulating.

So, it's valuable to spend some time considering this unique skill called 'leadership.'

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What Makes a Great Leader?

What Makes a Great Leader? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Editor-in-chief Amy Cosper on the many aspects of leadership.
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Great leaders do many things, but perhaps their most telling characteristic is a natural and authentic ability to inspire excellence while maintaining strength and a modicum of humility. These are the people who will lead you to success--in the battlefield or in the boardroom. The true reflection of a leader's ability is measured not only in a company's bottom line, but also in the success and empowerment of each individual.

///////////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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Warren Buffett: 7 New Bits of Wisdom for Your Life - Forbes

Warren Buffett: 7 New Bits of Wisdom for Your Life - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Warren Buffett speaking to a group of students from the Kansas University School of Business (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Disclaimer: Warren Buffett is the person I try (largely unsuccessfully) to emulate the most.
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Every year, Warren Buffett writes a shareholder letter explaining his rationale, the company’s yearly performance, and what people should expect at the Berkshire annual meeting (aptly dubbed the “Woodstock of Capitalism”). Every year, it’s packed with insights, pithy sayings, and genuine wisdom. This year’s letter is no different. Here are my highlights and takeaways, as well as a few ways you can implement his strategies in your life.

//////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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Marketing Transformation: 3 Leadership Skills You Need To Succeed - Forbes

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Forbes Marketing Transformation: 3 Leadership Skills You Need To Succeed Forbes Caren and Brigitte argue that today's CMO must move beyond brand-building and “voice of the customer” to become strategic leaders who carry the weight of delivering...
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As organizations seek to differentiate themselves, Marketing has taken on a more prominent role in many organizations. Simple advertising campaigns and tactical approaches to gain new customers are no longer enough. CMOs see the need to define the vision and path to real marketing transformation.

Why? Because business innovation cycles have sped up. Communication happens across the globe in milliseconds  Customers expect real-time service and support. All while the global, political and economic landscapes have become more complex.  As a result, CMOs need new skills.

//////////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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13 Thoughts for Discouraged Leaders

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It ain’t all rainbows and unicorns.

 

After the YouTube clip ends, after the conference is over, after the teambuilding session–there’s this other thing that happens. Real life leadership.

 

And it’s exhausting. Tiring. Long hours. The certainty that almost any decision you make will not be perfectly agreeable to at least somebody. Cranky bosses. Crappy work environments. It could be any number of things or combination of things, but there are times when you just get discouraged, and I don’t think there’s any shame in that. It’s a normal part of being human, yes?

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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You’re not some robot that doesn’t have feelings or emotions or needs or whatever. Now some of us may act like robots sometimes, but even then, underneath it all, there’s a beating heart. Almost all of us have been and/or are discouraged. It’s OK. It’s normal. But let’s push into that discouragement a little bit. Better yet, let’s push back a little bit. Here are some reminders for the discouraged leaders among us:

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4 Games That Leaders Play

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Childhood games are fun for kids, but when leaders play games instead of really leading it's not fun for anybody.

Via Julie Gauthier
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Are you a true leader, or are you a game player? Some leaders are examples to follow, others are examples to avoid. Bad leaders play games with their people.  Good leaders inspire and lead the way.

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17 Ways to Be Happier at Work

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It's not difficult to experience more joy at work. You just need to know the rules.
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17 simple ways to improve your satisfaction at work.

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The Key to Being a Creative Leader?

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When we feel secure in our new position, it can free us to take bolder, more innovative action.

Via Julie Gauthier
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Many of us spend years toiling away in obscurity before our hard work and talent begin to receive real recognition. Those years working in the rank-and-file of a design firm or a fashion house (or in your sixth floor walk up studio, surviving on Ramen noodles and hope) can be richly creative. You develop your own vision, you practically burst with fresh ideas, and you eagerly await the day when you will have the power to do things you want to do, your way. Hope you have a blessed day, John 

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Good Managers Listen. Great Managers Ask Questions. - Forbes

Good Managers Listen. Great Managers Ask Questions. - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Most managers, though, are not natural born listeners . It’s an acquired skill that is enabled by another critical managerial behavior – asking questions. (Challenge the status quo-reframe problems "Good Managers Listen.
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Corporate culture borrows a lot from the military. It is structured hierarchically like the military, not laterally like a sport team or an orchestra, for example. So, it’s no wonder that most corporations adopt a rigid top-down style of communications.

However, a key skill of managers is actually the ability to talk less and listen more. Leaders who seek advice from underlings, even very junior staff, make better, more informed decisions. Colonels and Generals, whether in the military or marketing, are often so far removed from the line of engagement that, withoutlistening to front line personnel, their decisions are made in a vacuum.

Most managers, though, are not natural born listeners . It’s an acquired skill that is enabled by another critical managerial behavior – asking questions.

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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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