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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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Seth Godin On Taking Risks And Challenging The Status Quo

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Seth Godin On Taking Risks And Challenging The Status Quo - http://t.co/fIM3cNDIhD via @sourcePEP
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Seth Godin advises individuals to “be curious,” “take appropriate risks” and fail, learning from each failure, changing “ingredients” until you find success. If you want to change the way you do business and live life- this is a must watch!
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Lorenzo del Marmol's curator insight, February 5, 2014 2:09 PM

In this video Seth Godin advises individuals to “be curious,” “take appropriate risks” and fail, learning from each failure, changing “ingredients” until you find success.  I'm already doing this and it's working.

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What Stands Between your Organization and a Perfect World?

What Stands Between your Organization and a Perfect World? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By: Brian Layer

Seeking perfection is the business of excellent organizations.  Like a
coach who helps you visualize victory prior to tip off, great leaders have
a way of describing what perfection looks like for their organization. 
This leadership is particularly important in large organizations where
managers waste so much energy protecting the status quo and avoiding
failure that there is little left for progress.  They become stuck, mired
in mediocrity.
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Seeking perfection is the business of excellent organizations.  Like a coach who helps you visualize victory prior to tip off, great leaders have a way of describing what perfection looks like for their organization.  This leadership is particularly important in large organizations where managers waste so much energy protecting the status quo and avoiding failure that there is little left for progress.  They become stuck, mired in mediocrity.

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5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader

5 Reasons You Should Smile More as a Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We may not think about it often, but smiling is a powerful leadership tool. A smile can help you accomplish five outcomes if you practice it consistently.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Smiling has numerous physical and psychological benefits, including relieving stress, lowering your blood pressure, and boosting your immune system. And it’s much cheaper and healthier than drugs.
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8 Superpowers You Didn't Know You Had

8 Superpowers You Didn't Know You Had | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By Heather Quinlan for YouBeauty.com Though you may sometimes forget they exist, you have incredible superpowers.
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Though you may sometimes forget they exist, you have incredible superpowers. If you choose to, you can use these powers and change your world, and maybe even impact the world around you. So dust off your cape and let's begin...


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The Latest from Mark Miller: Super Bowl XLVIII – Leadership Lessons from a Blowout

The Latest from Mark Miller:  Super Bowl XLVIII – Leadership Lessons from a Blowout | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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 Regardless of what you’re leading, you need talent. Don’t get trapped by your stereotypes when looking for talent. Are you looking for talent in unexpected places?

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Utilizing Your Natural Advantage | Switch and Shift

Utilizing Your Natural Advantage | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Science confirms guarding ourselves from taking things for granted makes us more willing to accept responsibility for others, less likely to judge the value of others based on their position or possessions, and more conscientious, more agreeable, more compassionate, and less envious and egotistical than non-grateful people. In other words, gratefulness positions us to model humanity operating at its peak, positive capacity.

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Ice-Cold Leadership Lessons from Super Bowl XLVIII - Fox Business

Ice-Cold Leadership Lessons from Super Bowl XLVIII - Fox Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Ice-Cold Leadership Lessons from Super Bowl XLVIII
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It's a condition that's grown all too familiar for much of the country in the past month.
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Whether you're preparing for a Super Bowl moment in your own career or more routine day-to-day leadership, unexpected new challenges are bound to appear, it's a fact in the game of life. By eliminating the negative and developing your positivity, flexibility and experience, you'll be ready to hit the field under any conditions.

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5 Easy Ways to Work Smarter, Not Longer

5 Easy Ways to Work Smarter, Not Longer | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Working insanely long hours is doing you more harm than good. It's time to distance yourself from the cult of overwork--here's how.

Via Bobby Dillard
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One of the hidden problems of overwork is that people often have put their entire sense of identity into the business or job. You end up working more and more because there's either not enough going on in your life or you're not recognizing its importance. Schedule time to keep yourself healthy, maintain important relationships, and follow passions that aren't related to your current venture.

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Angie Mc's curator insight, February 1, 2014 11:17 AM

The cult of overwork can zap people of their relationships, health, and other quality time needs. Work hard and choose to live a full, rich, varied life!

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5 Ways to Get Leadership Engaged in Your Employee Volunteer and Giving ... - Forbes

5 Ways to Get Leadership Engaged in Your Employee Volunteer and Giving ... - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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In a perfect world, employee volunteer and giving programs are inspired by the very top of the corporate food chain.
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If you want employees to make donations, lead by example.  Get approval for corporate matching – it does wonders to galvanize participation.   

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Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial -- "A Hero's Welcome"

Watch the Budweiser Super Bowl XLVIII commercial "A Hero's Welcome" where we helped make one soldier's homecoming unforgettable. #Salute a Hero at Budweiser....

Via Mike Klintworth
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A must watch short from Budweiser honoring the sacrifice of our Veterans...awesome! 

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William Rowell's curator insight, February 1, 2014 11:17 AM

A Hero's Welcome is inspirational and unforgettable...

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The Practice of Stillness

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Being still is tremendously difficult in our media-rich, always-on world. Noise crowds into every empty space. Here’s how to reclaim some interior margin.
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Doing nothing is being still, quieting your mind (and the cacophony of voices), and simply being. This is tremendously difficult in our media rich, always-on, over-communicated society. Noise crowds into every empty space, leaving us spiritually, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.


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Richard Branson on Self-Awareness for Leadership Growth

Richard Branson on Self-Awareness for Leadership Growth | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being more self-aware will help you improve as a leader. Virgin's CEO discusses how and why you can do this.

Via ThinDifference, Richard Andrews
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Wise words from one of the worlds most successful leaders, reminding us Self-awareness can help you to persevere as you carry out your plan.
 


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Melanie Greenberg's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:57 PM

Learning Mindful Self-Awareness can improve your leadership skills.

Andrea Costantine's curator insight, September 13, 2013 4:47 PM

Awareness is the key component to becoming a compassionate leader. 

Andrew Melville's curator insight, October 15, 2013 3:27 AM

Great story about self awareness and how to make mistakes and learn from them.

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Leadership As We Know It Has to Change

Leadership As We Know It Has to Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Supported by their community and the power of decentralized network, the new leaders navigate a world where curiosity, vision and adaptation are more necessary than convictions and authority.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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The leaders of tomorrow will have more common points with artists than technocratic leaders, thriving in open systems versus closed systems. Leaders are only a reflection of society and their values. The new leaders will represent the new priorities of the digital revolution.

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Carol Carter's curator insight, January 31, 2014 3:26 PM

Thoughtful article every MBA should read and fully digest. The only way to remain powerful, is to empower the people you are tasked to lead. This has always been true. Now it's crucial.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 1, 2014 6:30 PM

Leadership does have to change. What is interesting is that today, as I looked for dissertation materials on leadership, this idea of a leadership crisis is not new, Many authors and thinkers complained of the same thing in times past. The challenge might be the pace of change is so rapid it presents new challenges.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 24, 2014 10:36 AM

While I don't agree with the entire thought pattern here I do agree that Leaders reflect whats going on in our society. Leadership is going through one of its many changes over centuries of time. What once worked...won't tomorrow. Stay tuned....

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Leading as a Servant - Entrepreneur

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It's called Servant Leadership, and it can be applied in workplaces and homes.

Via Wade Mitzel
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Love, and leading with a servant’s heart, is something we must be committed to. It’s going to take humility to see lessons in the workforce that can help us improve rather than constantly trying to protect ourselves from anything that causes tension.



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 4, 2014 6:51 PM

When Robert Greenleaf first proposed servant-leadership, it was at a time when insitutions began to play an increasing role. They began to replace some of the communal ways things had been done. We are at a new intersection in time as the digital world emerges. Servant-leadership would be an important fit with its focus on mindfulness, being present, and faith in humans and something beyond us.

David Hain's curator insight, February 5, 2014 2:16 AM

Sustainable leadership comes from the heart as much as the head.

Amy Melendez's curator insight, March 11, 2014 4:01 PM

from the article:  "There is a better way. It’s called Servant Leadership, and it can be applied in workplaces and homes. It is an act of faith, best defined by coming alongside others, leading by example and helping the people around and under you. Using it allows you to go further in all areas of life, rather than pursuing positional leadership that dominates and dictates your employees."

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"..strong leaders move people to action.." - 6 Things Really Compelling Leaders Do

"..strong leaders move people to action.." - 6 Things Really Compelling Leaders Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Many leaders can inspire, but strong leaders move people to action. Here's what makes them special.

Via Anne Leong
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Examples of leadership both good and bad are all around whether you actually recognize which is which. But every once in a while, an amazing leader surfaces, one capable of moving people to action. This is not just a leader who gets people to think. This is a leader who is truly compelling, who can get people to change course and give of themselves.

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Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, February 6, 2014 5:21 AM

Every once in a while, an amazing leader surfaces, one capable of moving people to action. This is not just a leader who gets people to think. This is a leader who is truly compelling, who can get people to change course and give of themselves.

Luís Cochofel's curator insight, February 6, 2014 9:47 AM

My own reading lead me to this old, though steady,  thought:

Leadership is not exercised, it is granted!...

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, February 15, 2014 3:43 PM

Authors and other content creators/curators can take a leadership role in sharing their stories.

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6 Things Highly Effective Leaders Do Differently

6 Things Highly Effective Leaders Do Differently | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Becoming an effective leader is a character trait that can be observed and learned. Read how.

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Becoming an effective leader is a character trait that many people strive for. An effective leader helps their organization become more successful because of their effective leadership skills.

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9 Signs You’re Going to Die Happy

9 Signs You’re Going to Die Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our attention and gratitude.  How often do you pause to appreciate your life and everyone and everything in it?  How often do you stop dead in your tracks, just to take a deep breath and smile?

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8 Surefire Ways to Demotivate Your Employees

8 Surefire Ways to Demotivate Your Employees | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Read on for 8 key demotivators you'll want to make sure you avoid.

Via Garrett Nishino, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roger Francis
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The worst demotivator is micromanaging. Employees need to feel trusted and valued to succeed—and micromanaging communicates the opposite.

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3 Leadership Qualities every first time Leader must Master

3 Leadership Qualities every first time Leader must Master | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Gillian, David Hain, Roger Francis
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Most leadership experts agree that the most important role of a leader is to effectively communicate the organization’s mission and vision. Every member of your team should understand how his or her role plays a part in the bigger picture of the business. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to being an effective leader.

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David Hain's curator insight, February 2, 2014 2:08 AM

Step ahead of the game  by knowing these 3 game changers!  1st time leaders by @GillianDavies07. 

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» The Power of Forgiveness: Restoring Connection to Own Love & Healing - Neuroscience and Relationships

» The Power of Forgiveness: Restoring Connection to Own Love & Healing - Neuroscience and Relationships | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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Deep down, refusal to forgive is a yearning for empathy from the person who hurt us so we may restore our connection to our ability to heal and love, a desire for the other to deeply see, feel and recognize the pain they caused was hurtful, the action they took was wrong, and to take action to make amends.

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The Healthy Leader Model - Leaders Need To Keep Their Feet On The Ground While Seeking A Higher Purpose

The Healthy Leader Model - Leaders Need To Keep Their Feet On The Ground While Seeking A Higher Purpose | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It is hard to disagree with the view of the author and consultant Robert Rosen that this is “a very interesting time” for leaders, whether they are in business, politics or religion. As Rosen sees it, there are two big problems. The first is that the world is changing faster [...]

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Intersted in achieving healthy outcomes as a leader, netting a great market reputation, achieving  outstanding shareholder value and profitable growth, becoming a renowned magnet for talent and producing a positive impact in society? If so, check out this article. 

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Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:26 AM

El verdadero lider tiene los pies en la tierra. Como pidió Nietsche al hombre que supera la mediocridad: Brüder bleibt der Erde treu: Hermanos manteneros fieles la tierra - advirtiendo del riesgo de caer en esos ensueños ideológicos tan frecuentes, no sólo en religión, sino en Politica. Dónde, como vemos en el populismo kichner-camporista, si la realidad y el modelo divergen, quien cmetió el error fue la realidad.

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Seven Steps to Creating a Successful Innovation Framework

Seven Steps to Creating a Successful Innovation Framework | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Heidi Hattendorf, director of Innovation Development, Motorola Solutions takes a deep dive into how you can create an innovation framework at your company that will positively impact your business results and culture.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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The true test of any concept is how others ultimately grasp and accept it, and make it their own. Bringing the right people together in the beginning can mean a better chance for success in the end. That’s the power of the innovation framework and the network of innovation champions that support it.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, January 31, 2014 6:10 PM

Innovating at Motorola

Thomas2c's curator insight, February 4, 2014 6:25 AM

Don't forget about selling the idea such innovation effort is in alignment with company strategy. By definition innovation is pulling the boat a little bit aside from the initial route, and captain has to understand why to be able to sponsor the move.

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Finding Purpose | Leadership Coaching Blog Elements of Leadership

Finding Purpose | Leadership Coaching Blog Elements of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your purpose in life lies at the intersection of what you find most meaningful, what makes you happiest, and what you aspire to be the world’s best at.

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Your purpose in life lies at the intersection of what you find most meaningful, what makes you happiest, and what you aspire to be the world’s best at.

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Super Bowl Quarterback Face-Off: Who Has The Leadership Advantage?

Super Bowl Quarterback Face-Off: Who Has The Leadership Advantage? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Both Super Bowl quarterbacks have prepared themselves for this moment in very different ways, and each one plays the game different stylistically. The methods they use and the team dynamics we’ll see will be drastically different. One thing is certain - both quarterbacks are exceptional leaders, and they both have the potential to win for very different reasons. The test of their leadership styles is going to be in the stadium on Sunday.
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At the Super Bowl, talent is the price of admission, but these guys have also got character, preparedness, the trust of their teams, and the ability to handle playing under pressure. These guys really are the polar extremes of playing style, but they represent the highest levels of exceptional leadership and good management.

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15 Tips To Making Your One-On-Ones Worth Your While

15 Tips To Making Your One-On-Ones Worth Your While | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By M. Nora Bouchard How many times has your boss blown off your weekly one-on-one meeting? How many times have you done the same to a direct report? How can you create a one-on-one that no one wants to miss?

Via Mike Klintworth
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We have limited time to get our work done, let alone spending precious minutes communing with our bosses.  To make the most of your time with your boss or your direct reports, keep in mind the following:

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