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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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4 Ways to Be a Force for Good in the World

4 Ways to Be a Force for Good in the World | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You're in a position to do more good than you think, starting right inside your own company.

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You are in a unique position to affect many lives--lives that you don't even know you impact. When you treat an employee with respect and kindness, you are empowering her to parent her children with respect, or to be a little kinder to her spouse or neighbor.

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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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Attitude is Everything - TIME

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Attitude is Everything
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When it comes to hiring people, attitude matters, so look for job applicants with a positive attitude. And be sure to develop it in yourself and your organization too.

Via Phil C. Solomon
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Leadership training consultant Mark Murphy tracked 20,000 new hires at Fortune 500 companies and found that nearly half of them failed within the first 18 months on the job. An overwhelming 89 percent of those failures stemmed from “attitudinal reasons,” he found.

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How To Succeed: 1 Critical Lesson From Those Who Failed - Forbes

How To Succeed: 1 Critical Lesson From Those Who Failed - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Some people and companies succeed, only to sabotage themselves. How to avoid this fate. (Talkin' leadership: How To Succeed: 1 Critical Lesson From Those Who Failed: Why is it that some compani...
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 When you’re focused on how to grow and improve, your mindset is one of curiosity.  You’re willing to try new things, look like a fool, take in feedback.  Others experience you as being open and transparent; they want to help and support you, they like being part of your team.  And you’re able to respond appropriately to changing circumstances, recognize the importance of new information. You evolve.

When you focus on avoiding loss, you shut down – mentally, emotionally, even spiritually.  Your energy goes into defending your actions and maintaining the status quo.  Others experience you as being rigid, difficult, defensive; they want to limit their interactions with you or avoid you all together. It’s almost impossible for you to respond appropriately to new circumstances: most of your attention is taken up with the impulse toward self-protection. You stop evolving.

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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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Depressed Owl Says

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Depressed Owl SaysDEPRESSED OWL SAYS – WHOOOOOOOOOOO Gives a s**t.

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Ever have one of those days? 

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3 Steps to a New, Happier You - Delivering Happiness

3 Steps to a New, Happier You - Delivering Happiness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Delivering Happiness - 3 Steps to a New, Happier You delivering happiness, book, happiness, delivering, at work, zappos, Tony Hsieh, business, corporate culture, entrepreneur

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For all of us, we must understand our core needs before we can create a life that will make us happy. If you’ve tried switching jobs to be happier, you know it doesn’t work. You have to work on your attitude, habits, and focus. Without this foundation you will never feel the success that you know is possible. The best way to design an amazing life is to have a few rules in place. This article presents three that are worth taking to heart.

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3 Indispensable Tips for Leaders Under 30 - Forbes

3 Indispensable Tips for Leaders Under 30 - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Annmarie Neal, the former Chief Talent Officer of Cisco Systems and author of the forthcoming Leading from the Edge (ASTD Press, 2013), has guided a lot of careers.

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Regardless of your age, everyone would benefit form building a Board of Advisors-- 4-5 people you respect who will hold up a mirror and be provocative and insightful about who you are, what you want, and how you’re going to get it.

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How to Make Sure that Your Conversations Communicate Successfully - Lifehack

How to Make Sure that Your Conversations Communicate Successfully - Lifehack | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People sure love to talk, but what they don't love so much is to converse; to dialog; to actually communicate successfully.

Via Greg Ferguson
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Listening without preconditions is a habit that is not instinctual—It must be formed. If you are only listening so as to refute their statements or to redirect the flow, you miss out on a powerful part of conversation.

Like many worthwhile habits, listening might be hard at the beginning. You will likely have to exercise some self-control, and you might have to remind yourself of your objective to interact. Like anything else, however, if you just commit to some consistency in listening, it will become easier and easier until it is natural for you.

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Management may not be everyone's style: Here is how a bad boss is born - The Economic Times

Management may not be everyone's style: Here is how a bad boss is born - The Economic Times | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Poor managers can cause good employees to leave and, ultimately, can seriously reduce productivity in a workplace.

Via Julie Gauthier
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Many newly minted leaders rarely stop to think about the enormous time commitment and learning curve as they transition from successful individual contributor to manager of a group of diverse people. They often fail to consider the demands of an expanding work schedule; the complexities of hiring, training, supervising and firing workers; or the needs to develop a vision and a tactical strategy, to create budgets or to be accountable for others' productivity.

The lesson is this: When offered a management position, talk to your future boss, to the person you'd be replacing, to team members and to anyone else who can tell you what the job entails. Assess your strengths and limitations by scrutinizing your performance reviews and asking your boss, mentors and trusted colleagues for feedback.

Reflect on your motivations, then ask yourself these questions: Do I enjoy working with people, helping them to grow and to become successful? Do I handle uncertainty well, and do I mind making decisions without knowing the entire picture? Do I communicate well, in good times and bad? Do I have the time to take this on? If your answers are yes, then you could well have the makings of a good boss.

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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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The Power of Validation in Life and Leadership!

The Power of Validation in Life and Leadership! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There is one aspect of communication that is vitally important in all relationships; marriage, parenting, managing, leading, selling, customer service...you name it. I don't claim to be a relations...
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There is great power in validating other people’s thoughts, feelings and ideas. You can REACH FORWARD to becoming better at life and leadership by learning to validate others in meaningful conversations. Your relationships will be healthier, happier, and more fulfilling.

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The New Way to Win Super Bowls: Leadership Lessons of the NFL's Cutting ... - TIME

The New Way to Win Super Bowls: Leadership Lessons of the NFL's Cutting ... - TIME | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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The New Way to Win Super Bowls: Leadership Lessons of the NFL's Cutting ...
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In football, as in life, bonuses and punishments no longer suffice. So how do you get peak performance? How do you get people to play (and work) hard? How do you get people to go to bed before curfew? How do you build the solidarity that wins a game or accomplish any difficult task? As power shifts to individuals, leadership itself must shift with it. As we all embrace our new roles as 21st-century leaders, we can all learn some valuable lessons from the NFL's cutting-edge leaders.

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Michael Useem's Rule for Success: Let Others Lead

Michael Useem's Rule for Success: Let Others Lead | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A Wharton professor discusses the key role of resilience in leadership.
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Leadership is a team sport. You need to build leadership through the ranks, by empowering people to independently make good decisions. You can't do that if you don't make clear what your vision.

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10 Things Extraordinary People Say Every Day

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They're small things, but each has the power to dramatically change someone's day. Including yours. (RT @raehanbobby: #Mustread #leadership article!
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Want to make a huge difference in someone's life? Here are things you should say every day to your employees, colleagues, family members, friends, and everyone you care about.

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20 Seconds of Courage: Change is Going to Come - Delivering Happiness

20 Seconds of Courage: Change is Going to Come - Delivering Happiness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Delivering Happiness - 20 Seconds of Courage: Change is Going to Come delivering happiness, book, happiness, delivering, at work, zappos, Tony Hsieh, business, corporate culture, entrepreneur...

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Fear of the unknown is a powerful force in our lives, as so, to a degree, is fear of failure. The decision to move on to something new can be made even more difficult when one is faced with leaving a position of security, where their work is respected and they are seen as successful. Along with both of these is the fear of how others will perceive us. What will our friends, family and co-workers think of our decision? These are all fears that must be faced, even in the best of scenarios when one is considering changing jobs, and overcoming the inertia created by these fears can be no small feat.

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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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Monday Morning Leadership Lessons from Super Bowl XLVII ...

Monday Morning Leadership Lessons from Super Bowl XLVII ... | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Super Bowl shows what million-dollar players and coaches are truly made of when the stakes matter most,” says leadership coach Stephen Miles, founder and CEO of The Miles Group . “The Ravens-49ers game in ...
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“The Ravens-49ers game in particular offers business leaders some great lessons – especially since with today’s social media, business is transacted in almost an equally public arena. Companies may not have Beyoncé at their shareholder meetings, but important business decisions – good ones and bad – are more keenly scrutinized by investors, media, and consumers than ever before.”

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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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My Greatest Fear Is That I'm Ordinary

My Greatest Fear Is That I'm Ordinary | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The only way to become unremarkable is to believe that you are. ("ordinary, mediocrity, mundane, norm.. vs. Great, Awesome, Exciting, Remarkable.." its a wake-up call, perhaps.....
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The only way to become unremarkable is to believe that you are. To give in to your fear. To hang your sword and turn away from the battle. In Don Quixote’s own words: “I know who I am and who I may be, if I choose.”

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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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Strong Leaders Engage

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What does it take to be a strong leader? Engaging with others, involving others in how a business operates and taking on board their views - that's leadership strength. Continue reading → (Strong Leaders Engage - How strong a leader are you?

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So what is strong leadership all about?

Is it being strong to not listen to what others are telling you and simply go along with your own ideas and decisions based on very little information? Is it strong leadership to over-talk everyone at meetings just because the culture you have created means that they have to listen to you because you are the boss? Are you a strong leader if you blame others for not delivering work in the way that you expected them to despite the fact that they were never involved in the development? Well, to some this may be just what strong leadership is all about – taking decisions, having the authority and taking responsibility for outcomes. Maybe. Or is it something else? 

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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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How To Solve Problems By Doing Nothing - Delivering Happiness

How To Solve Problems By Doing Nothing - Delivering Happiness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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It turns out doing nothing, that is, giving yourself and your brain a vacation is the key to achieving many of our breakthrough Mark Beeham, known as one of the fathers of the neuroscience research into insight, found that we actually solve 60% of complex problems with the ‘aha’ phenomenon. Rock explains in a post on psychologytoday.com why mental vacations help us solve problems:

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A rested mind isn’t stuck on the wrong answers.

A quiet mind notices subtle signals.

A happy mind is an open mind.

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Mediocre Me - Leading in a More Excellent Way

Mediocre Me - Leading in a More Excellent Way | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

"     Have you abandoned taking tangible steps in the direction of your dreams? Have you settled for leading a life far smaller and narrower than you’re capable of living? If you answered no and are currently doing something to stretch your abilities and explore the full extent of your capabilities, congratulations--you are in a small, select group of people who choose to lead their lives in a more excellent way.

     What specifically do I mean by leading your life in a more excellent way?  It’s simple. I’m saying you recognize the quality of your life is determined largely by the quality of your thoughts. Think small, live small. Choose to be average and the one thing that’s virtually guaranteed is that you will achieve your goal every time.

     However, if you chose to expand your view of the potential role you can play in the world, everything changes. Instead of being content taking the path of least resistance and accepting mediocrity as the norm, you are intent to become the best version of yourself possible by leading your life characterized by such terms as relevant, significant, and dare I say, excellent."

       <<Read More at the MediocreMe.com Blog!>>

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     Remember, if you are content only to see the negative implications instead of positive possibilities of what could be if you risked pursuing your dreams, you won’t get very far in life. But if you are intent on leading your life in a more excellent way, to give your best to whatever you’re doing and caring enough to ensure the value you deliver to your surroundings is greater than others expect, you are well on your way to living the life you’ve always wanted.

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Leadership Success is No Longer Measured by Money or Power - Forbes

Leadership Success is No Longer Measured by Money or Power - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What is leadership success? Is it money, promotions, happiness, raising a family, changing the world, or advancing your industry or community?

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Your journey to leadership success starts with figuring out what matters most to you and then doing something to advance that goal every day. It’s about focusing on the body of work that you are creating and making sure that it represents your leadership style and the outcomes you seek.

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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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9 Things That Will Give You A Leadership Edge and Results | Leadership, Sales & Life

9 Things That Will Give You A Leadership Edge and Results | Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Everyone is in the leadership business. Everyone can lead if they choose to. Everyone can develop leadership skills and be a better leader.
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Everyone that chooses to lead can develop leadership skills if you have the passion and desire to do so.  If not, follow.  But you have to lead yourself.  So, no matter what you choose, some aspect of leadership applies.

Leading is about becoming a better person.  Everyday.  Applying yourself regardless of where you came from.  It’s about the relationship between those who lead and those who choose to follow.

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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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Be a More Gracious Leader: 12 Ways

Be a More Gracious Leader: 12 Ways | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People follow strong leaders with drive and ambition. But these 12 actions of grace will make you a leader worthy of following.

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Here are 12 leadership qualities paired with their gracious counterparts. I'll leave it to you to find the combination that works in your world so others can perceive and respect you as a gracious individual.Today's business environment demands people to step up and be aggressive, strong leaders, in order to get ahead and drive their companies and careers forward. In that powerful march to success sometimes there is so much focus on being strong and assertive, people forget the human side.

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What Social Media Teaches Us About Leadership

What Social Media Teaches Us About Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I am really struck at the moment with how frequently leadership is cried out for in the media.
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Leadership is not about the rhetoric, the eloquent speeches that can be quoted endlessly, the cries to battle that bring tears to the eyes or the charismatic personality. When we cry out for leadership we are looking for someone that we can trust, someone that we can have a relationship with, someone who will listen to us and someone we believe is looking out for us.

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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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6 Lessons From America's Comeback Kid -- Detroit, MI - Forbes

6 Lessons From America's Comeback Kid -- Detroit, MI - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Rocky Balboa (Photo credit: Wikipedia) If Rocky Balboa taught us anything, it’s that America loves rooting for the underdog.
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If Rocky Balboa punched meat carcasses to get in fighting shape, you can get off the couch and make it happen. Throw punches like the underdog and you might just take a lesson from America’s Comeback Kid – the ever-surprising, chameleon of a city, Detroit.

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Servant First, Leader Second

Servant First, Leader Second | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
More people talk about servant leadership than really understand it--or have the humility to practice it. When is the last time you acted as a servant to your team?
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Servant leaders are not afraid to share the power. They want their teams to make independent decisions and keep moving forward until they feel they need assistance. As leaders, our job is to encourage and support team members in order to help them unleash their full potential. Let them do their jobs. They most likely can do it better than you. That’s why you hired them, right?

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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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