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Be exceptional | Happy Monday Blog

Be exceptional | Happy Monday Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

If we don’t have the courage and conviction to risk failure and do work that is brave and unique, we will never be exceptional.

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Standing out is a good thing because exceptional is what the market now demands. Take advantage of that.

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The New Leadership is Horizontal, Not Vertical | Trusted Advisor

The New Leadership is Horizontal, Not Vertical | Trusted Advisor | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Several decades ago, when "leadership" became a Big Thing, it was heavily personality-based.
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Vertical leadership, like command and control, largely goes one way – from top down. But horizontal leadership is best practiced through trust, and trust is bi-lateral; you have to be good at trusting, and at being trusted. “Leader” is not a permanent attribute – it is a mindset/skill-set/role that is played at a given time by a given person, who the next day must play, equally well, the role of follower.

Which means, in today’s world, we each have to behave as leaders, or we simply don’t succeed. This is not New Age pablum-talk; it is a meaningful statement. In a networked, connected world, the skills of playing nicely together in the sandbox – horizontal leadership – cannot be squandered on an elite “high-potential” group; they have to be broadly taught. The concept of leadership development needs democratizing.

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Leadership Re-Imagined - Why the lessons of the Past Are Not Enough!

Leadership Re-Imagined - Why the lessons of the Past Are Not Enough! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The article offers 3 new leadership tenets that should underpin the architecture of any leadership development program. (Leadership Re-Imagined - Why the lessons of the Past Are Not Enough!
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The traditional barriers to entry in nearly every industry have fallen. Even brilliantly innovative ideas, products, and services - no longer secure a company’s competitive advantage. This is the reality of information diffusion and global commoditization. The new competitive edge is neither a product nor a service; it is the people who make them. While innovations can be replicated …innovators cannot.

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What Makes Teams Smarter? More Women, says Harvard Business Review - Forbes

What Makes Teams Smarter?  More Women, says Harvard Business Review - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For how many years have we been hearing that men are better suited for powerful, high-pressure, high-stakes leadership positions because women are (What Makes Teams Smarter?
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What Makes A Team Smarter?  More Women, an article in this month’s issue of Harvard Business Review, reports that cutting-edge research on group behavior shows that the collective intelligence of work teams rise when more female members are added.  Professors Anita Woolley and Thomas Malone discovered that  a group’s collective IQ has more to do with team dynamics than the sum of the brainpower of its members.

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2 Kinds of Leadership: Are You a Steve Jobs or a Jack Welch?

2 Kinds of Leadership: Are You a Steve Jobs or a Jack Welch? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Shared from Inc. | by Mehdi MaghsoodniaDetermine your leadership style and you can figure out the best way to approach change.Great leaders are hard to come by, and they often seem to have more differences than similarities.
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Determine your leadership style and you can figure out the best way to approach change.

Great leaders are hard to come by, and they often seem to have more differences than similarities. Some are smooth; some are gruff. Some are aggressive; some excel at politicking.

That said, there are really just two basic types of leaders. There are incremental leaders, who maintain the stability of an organization and allow things to develop and grow over time. Then there are disruptive leaders, leaders who work to break down the fundamental structure of things in order to create major, noticeable change.

Both types of leadership can lead to success. Don’t stress yourself out comparing them; it’s beside the point. What is the point, then? Figuring out what type of leader you are will help inform both how you run your company, and ultimately, how your company will impact the world.
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Leadership: Moderation Doesn't Mean Mediocrity - Kate Nasser

Leadership: Moderation Doesn't Mean Mediocrity - Kate Nasser | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People Skills Excellence for Leadership, Customer Service, Teamwork, and Employee Engagement. 908.595.1515 USA (TY @brainy_kelly @beyourwholeself Ooo - love it RT @KateNasser Never Confuse Moderation for Mediocrity.
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Leaders, when you think of success does the word moderation quickly come to mind? Or do you see moderation as mediocrity and a quick path to the sidelines? Actually, they are quite different — almost opposites. Mediocrity is the ordinary, unremarkable, and unexceptional.

Moderation is exceptional judgment and restraint that guides all to success by avoiding the brink of disaster. It is the insights and critically timed shifts that maintain balance as we push ahead.

What does it matter? Beliefs drive actions and believing success comes only from extremes can drive our success right off the edge.

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Groupon CEO Fired: Shows Last Great Act of Leadership - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO

Groupon CEO Fired: Shows Last Great Act of Leadership - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This week Groupon CEO Andrew Mason was fired for the company's woeful performance. On his way out he showed his leadership one final time!
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This is one of the best examples of authentic leadership I've ever seen. The former Groupon CEO did something that so few leaders do...being gracious, humble, and exceedingly kind in the midst of personal failure. I highly recommend you read his departure letter in this post.

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The Power of Resilience | Clear Vision Development Group

The Power of Resilience | Clear Vision Development Group | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
New Blog Post: The Power of Resilience http://t.co/L6ndsPFAUo #leadership #business #leadwithgiants
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In leadership, we have all kinds of situations we encounter which require an abundance of resilience. It has a power we can draw on to energize us in the face of adversity.  Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes.

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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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Mastering Leadership Relationships

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People look to leaders when things aren't working. Not working: In less than three years, nearly 300 of Campbell Soup Company’s 350 global leaders had either left on their own or were asked to leav...
John Michel's insight:

Dont be fooled, leading successfully means you have to be willing to strike the delicate balance between "tough" and "tender."

In the 20th century we all thought that treating people as valued employees with a “one-size-fits-all” approach. The dominate manners was “business is everything.” Today, we know the key to elevating performance is to treat people as valued individuals first (then valued employees).

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Five Signs You are a Self-Aware Leader - Dr. Mark Tobin's Blog for Performance Excellence

Five Signs You are a Self-Aware Leader - Dr. Mark Tobin's Blog for Performance Excellence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Years ago, a CEO I was working with said to me "You know, no one gets to be a CEO without an ego." What struck me about his comment was that I experienced him as one of the lowest ego CEOs I have ever worked with.
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Great organizations and teams that deliver consistent results are most often led by leaders with high self-awareness. Here are five signs you're on the road to being a self-aware leader.

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The 3 Leadership Behaviors That Make Your Employees Feel Fulfilled

The 3 Leadership Behaviors That Make Your Employees Feel Fulfilled | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The secrets to motivating and inspiring your employees aren't as difficult as you think.
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Engaged workplace. Positive, employee-friendly culture. Individualized reward system. You've heard all of these catch-phrases before when it comes to finding out how to make your employees truly feel inspired at work. But what does it all mean?

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Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Leaders | Leadership Journal

Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective Leaders | Leadership Journal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Time-tested practices to ensure complete and utter failure.
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A great new perspective on the type of thinking that will sabotage your leadership every one.
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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
John Michel's insight:

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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Leading Virtual Teams Effectively

Leading Virtual Teams Effectively | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leading virtual teams effectively requires you to embrace two new leadership paradigms that may feel counter-intuitive. But without them, miscommunication and poor performance could reign.
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One of the things we all tend to do in situations we’re uncomfortable in is to limit the degrees to which things can fail. So we control more and release freedom less. This puts us, we think, in a stronger leadership position.

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Mediocre Me - Hitmen in our Midst (redux)

Mediocre Me - Hitmen in our Midst (redux) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Mediocre Me - Blog - Book a Speaker Guest, Leadership Speaking
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   A thousand years ago, in the early part of the eleventh century, a rebellious Shiite Muslim sect called the Nizari seized control of a mountaintop castle in Teheran, the capital of modern day Iran.  This was the first in what would turn into a series of attacks this group carried out against political leaders of the Islamic world. Using their weapon of choice, the dagger, these men employed deceptive tactics to murder princes, scholars, crusaders, and anyone else who didn’t share their agenda. And while their loyalty to others could never be ensured, their dedication to achieving their own selfish goals was never questioned. 

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10 Life Quotes and Tips to Help You Smile

10 Life Quotes and Tips to Help You Smile | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Just a few famous quotes and personal thoughts on living the happiest, most fulfilling life possible.

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7 Reasons You’re Not as Successful as You Could Be

7 Reasons You’re Not as Successful as You Could Be | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Feeling down about your forward progress lately?  Do you feel like you’re running in place?  Need some motivation and tough love to help you reinvigorate your success rate?  Well, here you go – seven reasons you’re not the great success story you could be:

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'Dear Employee/Employer: Be Social or Be Irrelevant

'Dear Employee/Employer: Be Social or Be Irrelevant | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If, as a job candidate, you haven't built up your personal online brand -- accomplishments and most importantly beliefs and values -- you risk becoming irrelevant to any forward-looking employer regardless of your domain expertise.
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By the end of this decade, the millennial generation will comprise over 75 percent of the workforce. That future workforce is mobile, social and hyper-connected, with a deep desire for a real-time understanding of events. If, as a job candidate, you haven't built up your personal online brand -- accomplishments and most importantly beliefs and values -- you risk becoming irrelevant to any forward-looking employer regardless of your domain expertise.

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Humility in Leadership: Myths, Fears, and Truths

Humility in Leadership: Myths, Fears, and Truths | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Humble leadership is not what you expect. Being a humble leader, can make you more effective in leading and building trust.
John Michel's insight:

Change involves owning your own fears for they can either create myths or extend themselves. What common fear-based myths, stop your growth to humility in leadership?

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The Grateful Lead

The Grateful Lead | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This article elaborates the aspects and benefits of grateful leadership (I meant to put this link it just to make it easier...!
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Today let’s pause to think of all those meaningful moments,  profound people and  life lessons that have saved us and inspired us and empowered us, and let’s… be grateful.

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The #1 Shift to Move from Management to Leadership - Forbes

The #1 Shift to Move from Management to Leadership - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Cloudy Afternoon Shot (Photo credit: Swami Stream) Converting complexity to clarity may be the most critical competency to move us from management effectiveness to leadership excellence.
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One of the key developmental shifts for moving from management effectiveness to leadership excellence is moving from the transactive and the hyperactive to the transformative by increasing the amount of high-quality pause and reflection, inside and out. If a situation is straightforward and requires action, not reflection, prolonged pause is not appropriate. If we find ourselves in this hypoactive state—dallying a little too long in pause—we need to push ourselves out of pause, or what may be hesitation, by telling ourselves, “Just make the best decision you can, and move on!”

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Interview with General John Michel on the David Webb Show, SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 (2/28/2013)

Excellent interview with General John Michel on the David Webb Show, SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 aired nationally on 28 February 2013.

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8 Dangerous Things We Teach Each Other

8 Dangerous Things We Teach Each Other | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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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.

Here are eight dangerous pieces of advice you may have learned:

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The 10 Triumphs That Lead To Great Leadership | TerryStarbucker.com

The 10 Triumphs That Lead To Great Leadership | TerryStarbucker.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How do you know when your leadership is making a difference? As we move forward on our leadership journeys, there are lots of clues out there that can let us know how we’re doing, but there are 10 in particular that you should focus on.
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As we move forward on our leadership journeys, there are lots of clues out there that can let us know how we’re doing, but there are 10 in particular that you should focus on.

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10 Lies Disorganized People Like to Tell

10 Lies Disorganized People Like to Tell | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Disorganized people leave a wake of non-productivity in their path. They impact not only themselves, but entire teams around them. And yet, disorganized individuals love to deny their disorganizati...

Via Julie Gauthier
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Disorganized people leave a wake of non-productivity in their path.

They impact not only themselves, but entire teams around them.

And yet, disorganized individuals love to deny their disorganization.

They will say almost anything to cover their lack of getting things done.

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