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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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9 Good Signs You’re in the Right Relationship

9 Good Signs You’re in the Right Relationship | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Chris R Stricklin's curator insight, February 15, 2014 11:39 PM

This says it all...

"And remember, relationships are rarely 50/50 at any given instant in time.  You can’t always feel 100%, or a full 50% of a relationship’s whole – life is simply too unpredictable for that.  So on the days when you can only give 20%, the other person must give 80%, and vice versa.  It’s never been about balancing steady in the middle; healthy relationships are about two people who are willing to make adjustments for each other in real time as needed, and give more when the other person can’t help but give a little less."

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Timeless Leadership Lessons From a Young George Washington - Forbes

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Timeless Leadership Lessons From a Young George Washington Forbes What emerged is a complex portrait of leadership, revealing some of the many elements that formed Washington's character and his deliberate effort to be a new type of leader for a...
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 The leadership lessons of the young George Washington are more than relevant today. They speak directly to a new generation of young people who aspire to lead our communities and our country.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2014 1:26 PM

As I read the article, it was clear that George Washington was a servant-leader. Taking no pay despite the financial hardship is a place to begin. There are timeless elements to his leadership style and etiquette.

Matthew M. Caruso CMSgt, USAF's curator insight, February 15, 2014 6:46 PM

Reading about George Washington always motivates me to study and reflect on my own leadership style and approach to see if I am off course.   He was simply an amazing human being. Given the very tough and tenuous circumstances he and the other founding fathers were under, he was still able to keep an almost defeated Army and later a fledging nation on course and successful.  All of us should strive to be more like him in how we go about our work and deal with each other and how we treat our people.  This is an excellent short article.

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How to Build a Culture of Accountability

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A workplace where everyone behaves responsibly is a huge asset. Here's how to create it.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Perhaps the best way to create a standup organization is to lead by example. Make sure employees understand what you expect of them, and that you're holding yourself to the same high standard. Follow through on your promises, own up to your mistakes, and give feedback even when it isn't easy.

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, February 14, 2014 3:22 AM

Talk the talk, walk the walk ...... easier when smaller :)

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Strategy Before Tactics

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Once you nail the strategy part you can confidently go to work on strategy with tactics, but you can't have one without the other.

Via Gary Bamford, Pascale Mousset
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Most business owners think marketing and immediately think email, copy, Facebook and promotions – you know, tactics. Heck, most marketers do the same thing...but the real path to success lies in placing strategy before tactics. 

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The Latest from Mark Miller: Bite an Elephant Today

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Learn to harness the power of "micro moves" to elevate performance and maximize effectiveness 

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Dan Biles's curator insight, February 12, 2014 9:21 AM

Small, consistent  progress and eventually even the biggest projects can be accomplished.

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Let Love Inspire Your Leadership - Forbes

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Let Love Inspire Your Leadership
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Valentine's Day is coming up, which means that love is in the air. Unfortunately, it's not in the air, or culture, or anywhere else at too many companies. Which is not only a shame, it's very shortsighted.
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It’s easy to roll our eyes at the power of love in the workplace, to be cynical, to dismiss all this stuff as touchy-feely nonsense, fine in theory perhaps but of little practical use. Big mistake!

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TheSoulfulEMU's curator insight, February 11, 2014 11:11 PM

"Leading with love is a winning leadership and employee engagement strategy on many levels."

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The Only Interview Question That Matters

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This single question provides the depth and breadth of insight needed to reach a fast, unanimous Hire/Don't Hire decision.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Don't spend time asking clever interview questions; instead, spend time learning to get the answer to just this one question. Then ask it again and begin to connect the dots. After you hire a few people this way, you'll also call it the most important interview question of all time.

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Dan Biles's curator insight, February 10, 2014 12:31 PM
I have used this or a variation for years with excellent results: "Don't spend time asking clever interview questions; instead, spend time learning to get the answer to just this one question."
Bev Stevens's curator insight, February 11, 2014 12:13 PM

Interesting approach incorporating the Behavioural Based interview format.

Lee Jones's curator insight, February 13, 2014 9:36 AM

Insightful article on unique line of questioning to get to know how people work and what they value in their work.

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5 secrets to getting employees to change - Pittsburgh Business Times

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5 secrets to getting employees to change
Pittsburgh Business Times
Laura Stack helps leaders turn strategy into performance.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Find ways to appeal to and trigger positive emotional responses in your employees. Although we like to think otherwise, emotion controls most people much more than logic does.

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Are You Guilty of Being a Good Leader?

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As I meet with clients throughout the year, I’m often reminded of an important truth: there are many superb leaders around the world who are building enduring organizations.But you will never hear (Are You Guilty of Being a Good Leader?


Via Alain Platevoet
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As leaders, the toughest calls we have to make many times involve cutting people loose from the organization. At the same time, talent is the most important asset that organizations have. If you continue to employ under-performers or those who don’t fit the culture, then you will lose the confidence of your high performers.

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How to Overcome a Fear of Failure

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Acceptance, adjustment, and adaptation are critical to overcoming obstacles.

Via Bobby Dillard
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What is the best way to overcome a fear of failure? Cultivate the confidence to be able to embrace failing and to learn how to pivot when things don’t go your way.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 9, 2014 6:28 PM

Fear is a natural thing to feel when doing something new, but resilience and flexibility will help minimise the chances of failure.

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3 Ways to Kill Your Leadership Cred

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Winning the respect of your team is a slow, careful process. Losing it, however, takes mere minutes. (RT @Inc: Winning the respect of others is a slow, careful process. Losing it takes mere minutes.
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Knowing what you're doing and being well-versed in your area of expertise will get you off to a good start in building respect from your team. But you also need to avoid these common mistakes that will kill your credibility--fast:

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5 Principles for Building Better Partnerships

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Nobody succeeds in a silo. To survive and ultimately thrive we must effectively create partnerships with many around us.
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No matter how successful you are, you won’t continue on that golden path if you stop anticipating what’s next, which is a job too big to do on your own. You need to surround yourself with forward thinkers. Make sure your people are ready for changes, even the most unprecedented challenges.

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Study: Less war improves mental health of soldiers

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Via Luis Valdes
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The imminent end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan has triggered some of the highest morale and lowest levels of mental illness among deployed U.S. soldiers in years, according to an Army mental health study released Monday.

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Leadership lessons from the Olympics - Washington Post (blog)

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Washington Post (blog)
Leadership lessons from the Olympics
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Looking at the Olympics through this leadership lens, I see the connection with federal managers.
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A federal leader’s actions or inaction will create a reputation — one likely to affect employees’ perceptions and, more importantly, their performance.

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8 Tips For Collaborative Leadership - Forbes

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8 Tips For Collaborative Leadership
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As a result, leaders need to rely more than ever on the intelligence and resourcefulness of their staff. Collaboration is not a “nice to have” organizational philosophy.

Via João Greno Brogueira, Roger Francis
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Trust is the belief or confidence that one party has in the reliability, integrity and honesty of another party. It is the expectation that the faith one places in someone else will be honored. It is also the glue that holds together any group.

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5 Easy Ways to Minimize Employee Turnover

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Via Daniel Watson
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Employee turnover or employee churn rates have started to grow like never before. Technology has brought us all these new benefits and easy solutions but it also brought major challenges. This is one of these challenges for HR specialists, who are desperately trying to find new ways of retaining and engaging their talent.

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InflatableCostumes's curator insight, February 14, 2014 1:57 AM

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Catherine Ferrand's curator insight, February 15, 2014 7:44 AM

Excellent article about reducing the level of turnover.

Tooliers's curator insight, February 20, 2014 9:53 AM

thanks @gethppy

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Timeless Leadership - Huffington Post

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Timeless Leadership
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The last weekend of December I found myself in Beijing.
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Over 1,300 years have passed since Taizong ruled, but his leadership lessons are timeless. The attributes and characteristics he displayed can be easily applied to any modern day leader, hopefully with the same results.

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Should Office Culture Change To Accommodate Introverts?

Should Office Culture Change To Accommodate Introverts? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In a world designed for extroverts, quiet types are misunderstood as unambitious. Should the introverts change, or should their environment? (RT @FastCoLead: Should introverts change, or should their environment?

Via Richard Andrews
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Studies show one out of every two or three people are introverts; but in the business world, a quiet personality can easily be mistaken for someone who lacks enthusiasm or ambition while those with boisterous personalities are seen as engaged go-getters.

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The Only Interview Question That Matters

The Only Interview Question That Matters | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This single question provides the depth and breadth of insight needed to reach a fast, unanimous Hire/Don't Hire decision.

Via Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

Don't spend time asking clever interview questions; instead, spend time learning to get the answer to just this one question. Then ask it again and begin to connect the dots. After you hire a few people this way, you'll also call it the most important interview question of all time.

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Dan Biles's curator insight, February 10, 2014 12:31 PM
I have used this or a variation for years with excellent results: "Don't spend time asking clever interview questions; instead, spend time learning to get the answer to just this one question."
Bev Stevens's curator insight, February 11, 2014 12:13 PM

Interesting approach incorporating the Behavioural Based interview format.

Lee Jones's curator insight, February 13, 2014 9:36 AM

Insightful article on unique line of questioning to get to know how people work and what they value in their work.

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The Importance of Finding (And Facing) Your Weaknesses

The Importance of Finding (And Facing) Your Weaknesses | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
No one is perfect. Understanding exactly where you need more work can help you get ahead. Here's how to get a greater measure of self-awareness when...

Via Bobby Dillard
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No one is superman or superwoman. We’re not perfect. But you can look at certain areas as something you want to improve and bring to the next level. Then, it’s a gift instead of an indictment that zaps your confidence and you can embrace it.

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How to Handle Common Leadership Mistakes?

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Leaders make mistakes and there are common leadership mistakes. Leaders embrace their mistakes and learn from them. This is what leadership is all about.

Via Anne Leong
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Almost all leaders have good intentions in leading people in an organization. Their priority is to get good results and build a good relationship with their team members. But sometimes there are instances that happen against our desired plans. Sometimes the outcome is different from what we’ve expected.


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Madhav Sharma's curator insight, February 9, 2014 7:36 PM

A good read. As humans, we are not born with instruction, therefore as we go along we learn from our mistakes. being rough on a person if he/she makes a mistake, kills creativity, innovation, pro-activness, rather focusing on person, if we focus on what went wrong and what could have been avoided and how we could do things differently and share with others would be a good leadership quality.

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Why Your CEO Just Doesn't Get It

Why Your CEO Just Doesn't Get It | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Quality leadership or a lack thereof is easy to spot if you know what to look for.
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The reality is the talent leaders attract, the teams they build, the culture they create, the vision they cast, and the results they achieve will always be closely tied to what they value.  Put simply, leaders deserve the outcomes they create.

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Positive Change: Yesterday Is Interesting But Irrelevant - General Leadership

Positive Change: Yesterday Is Interesting But Irrelevant - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Embrace new ideas and question the assumptions which define your business model. Positive change must be a concept of employment considered early and often.
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3 Ways To Be An Effective Self-Leader - Fast Company

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Fast Company
3 Ways To Be An Effective Self-Leader
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I had to re-examine the concepts of self-leadership recently when I spent a year improving my health with the help of my good friend, fitness expert Tim Kearin.
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Everyone uses different types of power in their lives and work. To be an effective self-leader, you need to know the nature of your unique strengths--your points of power. Position power, the type that may come to mind first, is only one kind of power base.

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3 Speaking Tricks You've Got to Try

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These tips will help you craft a presentation that you can deliver with confidence, no matter how great your fear of public speaking.

Via Jenny Ebermann, Pascale Mousset
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Cramming every bit of information into a speech should never be the objective. So besides going over the main points, be sure to repeat yourself, constantly.

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Nelly Renard's curator insight, February 6, 2014 2:52 AM

KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) ! Si vous faites le compte des présentations auxquelles vous avez assisté, on est bien loin des 3 points par slide ...

Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 10, 2014 7:42 PM

Some good advice for making a presentation.  The best advice is keep it simple and remember that you are telling a story not downloading information.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, February 16, 2014 1:36 AM

Always good to remember...


Here is one of the four:


Keep it Simple 

Every speech should be distilled to the simplest points so your audience will be able to retain the information. "When you see someone with 100 different bullet points on the slide," that's boring, says Holman. "Follow the rule of threes ... a simple grouping of things is much more powerful."