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Developing leadership principles - Washington Post

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Developing leadership principles
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Tom Fox is a guest writer of the Washington Post's Federal Coach blog and vice president for leadership and innovation at the Partnership for Public Service.
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In a world of never-ending challenges and unpredictable events, federal leaders would be wise to spend some time defining the central elements of their leadership approach. You know that the rapids are coming, so you should chart your course carefully right now to help ensure success.

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Pope Benedict: Leadership Lesson for People in Power - Forbes

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Pope Benedict: Leadership Lesson for People in Power
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A leader who steps down is one who puts the organization ahead of him or herself.
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Leaders of every institution should pay heed To Pope Benedicts bold move. For example, what if Joe Paterno at Penn State had retired, as many had wanted him to do so a decade before he did? Perhaps the predatory ways of Jerry Sandusky would have been uncovered earlier; but even if they had not, Paterno would have demonstrated that he put the institution of Penn State and its football program ahead of his own self-aggrandizing desire to remain at the helm.

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Army vet receiving Medal of Honor for leadership during Afghanistan fight - Fox News

Army vet receiving Medal of Honor for leadership during Afghanistan fight - Fox News | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Army vet receiving Medal of Honor for leadership during Afghanistan fight
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President Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor to an Army veteran for his courageous leadership during a day-long firefight in Afghanistan.
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For all the definitions and views on leadership that exist, I'd offer it boils down to one simple statement: You know leadership when you see it...and we certainly see it in this young Amercian hero who today was rightfully awarded our nations most prestigious honor.  Read his compelling story and experience leadership in its most inspiring form.

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Star Employees: Connect With Larger Goals, Collaborate with Teams

Star Employees: Connect With Larger Goals, Collaborate with Teams | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How CEOs can coach star employees to great performance by establishing collaborative teams and helping them connect with larger goals. (Don’t coach your stars into mediocrity.
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You want each person at your company to perform to the highest level. You also want team members to work together as one. There is an inherent tension in those two goals, argues Mark de Rond, and companies would do well to address it head-on. Check it out.

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The Leadership Approach That Could Save Your Company (And The Economy) - Forbes

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The Leadership Approach That Could Save Your Company (And The Economy)
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Historically, most senior leadership teams have focused primarily on doing one or both of these two things: 1) beating the competition, 2) making more money.
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Certainly the best leaders I work with, and for whom I have the most respect, think more about the customer than the competition, more about breaking new ground than inching up profits. This article does a nice job of laying out the benefits of keeping service to others your primary aim.

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Handle Change Like a Yoga Master

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Change is inevitable. Some choose to battle it unnecessarily. Here are five tips sure to help you embrace change with serenity.

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If there is one thing that is consistent in life it's that change will come frequently and unpredictably. Whether it's the direction of your business, the economy or your personal life, change is really the only thing you can depend upon. But managing change effectively can give you a competitive advantage in business and in life. Here are five expert tips to help you be a change master.

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Blue Sky Change's curator insight, December 17, 2012 2:34 AM

Most people work hard to create stability in their lives only to find that much is out of their control. No need to beat yourself up about it. As the old Yiddish proverb says: Man plans, God laughs. Business is at its best when it is progressive and disruptive. Why not welcome the disruption? Following these tips will allow you to incorporate change management as a stable shelter in the chaos of today's world. 

Tyler's curator insight, December 30, 2012 8:16 PM

My thoughts: this is a fantastic article. Stress reduction is something that many people seek help with, as stress is a constant for all people. Over the past few years I have looked into various methods to reduce stress and improve health, and yoga has been the most commonly mentioned throughout the internet and the people I talk to. When I did mixed martial arts, I often talked with my coach about yoga, for he had started doing it while I was still there. He swears by it. He said that it was quite possibly the best thing that he had ever done, he leaves feeling completely relaxed... as if he were a new man. I will surely be looking into yoga for some help with my stress. Thank you again for the post!

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Matthew May, on the Art of Adding by Taking Away

Matthew May, on the Art of Adding by Taking Away | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The author of “The Laws of Subtraction” says that success often comes from knowing what to leave out of a project or situation.

Via The Strategist Group, David Hain
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Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once shared that “To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day." He continues, adding how "Profit comes from what is there, usefulness from what is not there.” His point? Often, less is more. 

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Three essential elements of corporate storytelling

Three essential elements of corporate storytelling | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Storytelling is a powerful business tool.  I was reminded of this during my visit last week to the January meeting of the Ohio State Council of SHRM.  Although I was there as an invited guest speaker, I certainly feel like … Continue reading →...

Via David Hain
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Using stories as a tool can benefit organizations to incorporate others into an organization’s culture, its practices, and as a way to share information.  When using storytelling in an organization, there are three elements that can ensure we are being as effective as possible:

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Today's Challenge: I Don't Have Senior Leadership Support

Today's Challenge: I Don't Have Senior Leadership Support | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For those of you new to this site, each Friday, I write a post to speak to a question I've received from a leader somewhere in the world. The series is entitled Today's Challenge. Today's question deals with a very common ...
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As this insightful post reminds us, we don’t have to wait for senior leader support to lead the change we want to see occur in our surroundings. Check it out. 

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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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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.

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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

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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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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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Letting Go of the 12 Behaviors Holding You Back

Letting Go of the 12 Behaviors Holding You Back | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
12 Behaviors that always hold leaders back: Avoiding. Avoiding is the path to mediocrity. Copying others and losing you. Copying others is useful when it aligns with your strengths. When it doesn't...
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Which negative behavior is most damaging and why? Check out this list and see which (if any) resonate with you.

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A trustworthy method for the new thought leadership model

A trustworthy method for the new thought leadership model | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
From other research we already know that thought leadership has been playing an increasingly important role in short-listing decisions, but it's always been expressed in positive terms, along the lines of “If a firm has written a ...
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Expressing authentic opinion online can also be a valuable use of your time whether you’re the boss or an employee. The time you invest in sharing what you think – a post you write or a comment you leave as you join someone else’s conversation -  can provide a powerful and credible demonstration of your knowledge and opinion about a topic and your willingness and ability to engage with others in discussing it.

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3 Tech Trends That Can Damage Your Leadership | Inc.com

3 tech trends that can damage your leadership: http://t.co/yCMIOPdU via @inc
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Used wisely, technology provides a vast array of great tools for leaders, enhancing their communications and ability to think and lead creatively. Used unthinkingly, however, technology can have the opposite effect--deadening a leader's ability to be effective and curtailing the impact of otherwise great leaders.

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Finding Real Leadership Power

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Humility is real power, arrogance façade. 15 Ways to be an arrogant leader: Rush. “Important” people don’t have enough time. Look serious. The more important you are the more serious you look. Deta...
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Saint Augustine once shared "Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility." Timeless words about where real leadership success begins.

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Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder and you probably succeed

Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder and you probably succeed | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The conventional view that extroverts make the best leaders has one teensy flaw: It’s probably not true.
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Spend a day with any leader in any organization, and you’ll quickly discover that the person you’re shadowing, whatever his or her official title or formal position, is actually in sales. These leaders are often pitching customers and clients, of course. But they’re also persuading employees, convincing suppliers, sweet-talking funders or cajoling a board. At the core of their exalted work is a less glamorous truth: Leaders sell.

So what kind of personality makes the best salesperson — and therefore, presumably, the most effective leader? Check out this insightful article for an unexpected answer to that question.

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Why innovation is so hard

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Most business leaders don’t understand what makes innovation so different from everything else they do at work - and they haven’t adjusted their behavior to accommodate these differences.


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Chances are, innovation doesn't work where you work -- or only works some of the time, mostly in spite of your organization's system and processes. Why? Because you don't understand what makes the innovation game so different from everything else you do at work -- and you haven't adjusted your playbook to accommodate these differences.

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Five Leadership Lessons From Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy - Forbes

Five Leadership Lessons From Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy has a lot of lessons that can be applied to building and leading your organization. Here are five of them.
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"Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy has a lot of lessons that can be applied to building and leading your organization. Here are five of them."
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Because I Said So is Not Leadership — Break The Frame

Because I Said So is Not Leadership — Break The Frame | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders, dump the “because I said so!” The job of leadership is to motivate, inspire and engage, not belittle, push, nag or demand to get work done.
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If you’re a leader that has said “because I said so” a time or two, the next time you’re tempted to say it, stop yourself.  Turn it into a “because I know that you’re going to do your best” or “because I’m counting on you.”  Trust me, it will make a huge difference.

Engage me in “why” and I’ll go the extra mile.  Coerce me, and you won’t come close to getting Mary best effort.

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The 'Dark Side' Of Leadership: The Impact Of A Bad Boss Can Go Viral Though The Office - Forbes

The impact Of A Bad Boss Can Go Viral - Forbes http://t.co/F2Of2D2v Create greater collaboration with our workshops http://t.co/kKpi8C2p
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The authors of this study report thier findings on what they call this “dark side of leadership.” The phenomenon known as abusive supervision (aka, having a bully boss) is one of the more dysfunctional types of leadership, but it’s one that’s gaining more attention as a very real problem in the workplace.

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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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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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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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