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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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That Was Awkward - Leading | Michael Nichols

That Was Awkward - Leading | Michael Nichols | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you're going to lead - there are going to be awkward moments. Not just some of the time - most of the time. And it will be worth it! (RT @MichaelENichols: Intentional leadership is about desperation.
John Michel's insight:

Effective leaders place the success of others, the team, and the organization above their own well-being. Often at great personal cost.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, January 2, 11:48 AM

Leadership and change -- you cannot have one without the other.  Get comfortable being uncomfortable and chart a new course for 2014!

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Why Leaders are like Farmers

Why Leaders are like Farmers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership is like farming. Leaders sow into the lives of others, and over time and with cultivation, there is a harvest . . . a reaping of results.
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Leaders sow their values into the lives of others through expressing attitudes, words, and actions. At work, home or in the community, think about the impact individuals can have on you, your business or organization.

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Servant Leadership - Elevates Performance

Servant Leadership - Elevates Performance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Servant leadership is an age-old concept, a term used to suggest that a leader’s primary role is to serve others, especially employees.
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Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.

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6 Ways to Speak Well to Your Loved Ones

6 Ways to Speak Well to Your Loved Ones | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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At a time in history when we are communicating more rapidly than ever – via texts, tweets and email volleys, one after the next – it seems there is hardly anyone among us who couldn’t use some tips to facilitate more heartfelt communication for our in-person interactions with the people we care about most. Here are some ideas to get you started. 

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How your boss shapes your brain

How your boss shapes your brain | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It is a frightening thought, isn’t it? The person who pays you, who rules your workplace, can also reach inside your head and twiddle your neurons.

Via David Hain, Jose Luis Yañez, Bobby Dillard
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Overbearing bosses will produce workers whose only aim is to cover their own backsides and they will be more prone to ill health.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 14, 2013 2:08 AM

We all need to work out how to manage our boss - or we can't manage our followers...

Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 24, 3:12 PM

It is how bad cultures arise in the workplace - a boss with mis-placed values creates ''a lack of creativity, defensiveness, blaming, a lack of wanting to take responsibility and a lack of collaboration''.

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Phil Jackson's 11 Principles of Leadership

Phil Jackson's 11 Principles of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Few people would be more qualified to talk about leadership than Phil Jackson in the sports arena. Jackson is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the NBA clenching 11 champions...
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As leaders, If we place too many restrictions on people, they’ll spend an inordinate amount of time trying to buck the system. People need a certain degree of structure in their lives, but they also require enough latitude to express themselves creatively.


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The High Price Of Aloof Leadership - Forbes

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The High Price Of Aloof Leadership
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business-group There's a common belief about leaders' necessity to maintain a distance between themselves and the rest of the organization.
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 Leaders with warm, close relationships with their subordinates are consistently seen in a much more positive light by all of their colleagues. 

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Managing Hearts: Pope Francis' Radical Leadership Style - Forbes

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Managing Hearts: Pope Francis' Radical Leadership Style
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Onetime nightclub bouncer and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had quite a year in 2013, rising from relative obscurity to Time's Person of the Year in his new role as Pope Francis.
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Any new pope will get attention and get people talking. Francis has shown a particular ability to actually move people in new and better directions. That is the true definition of leadership, a term which is too often used to describe mere power rather than the good things that power should produce.

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10 Things to Do Every Workday

10 Things to Do Every Workday | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This list will help you get stuff done in and out of the office. (Read These 10 Things to Do Every Workday #leadership http://t.co/p9pPtpxLAf)
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Smart, simple tips to help you improve as a person each and every day. 

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In Leadership...Less Is More - #bealeader

In Leadership...Less Is More - #bealeader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership won’t help you chase a bigger office or title. Leadership won’t be impressed by the size of your bank account. Leadership doesn’t know...
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Leadership shows up when you give yourself away.


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Switch and Shift’s Top 11 Guest Posts of 2013 | Switch and Shift

Switch and Shift’s Top 11 Guest Posts of 2013 | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Shawn, Mark, Beth, and I have hosted well over 100 brilliant guest contributors in the past year alone. The quality of their writing, their status as thought-leaders in the field of business leadership or beyond… it’s truly humbling.
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Outstanding articles from a host of talented sources. A special shout out to my friend and teammate (and top guest post of 2013) Matt Fritz. Enjoy! 

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Leadership traits and lessons from the silver screen

Leadership traits and lessons from the silver screen | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The key traits that make up a successful leader have been seen on the silver screen. We look at the top 10 leadership skills and how they’ve been reflected in some of cinema’s greatest characters...
John Michel's insight:

What makes a successful leader? It’s a question that’s been debated at great length: people have tried to decipher which traits history’s greatest leaders shared. Some think it was personality: others put it down to specific abilities and skills. In a piece for Entrepreneur magazine, organisational psychologist and leadership specialist Dr David G. Javitch shares how every good leader has 10 characteristics and views that drive him or her.

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Top 12 Posts From The League of Extraordinary Thinkers, 2013 | Switch and Shift

Top 12 Posts From The League of Extraordinary Thinkers, 2013 | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you want a flavor for what is at the core of Switch and Shift’s thought leadership, this is the post for you.
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It is a privilege to be included in this extraordinary team. Thank you. 

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Don't Fall In To These Leadership Traps In 2014 - Forbes

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Don't Fall In To These Leadership Traps In 2014
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I have been a proponent of the importance of leaders developing strengths as a means to improve toward excellence.
John Michel's insight:

Each of us needs to excel by leveraging our natural strengths and abilities. Peter Drucker pointed this out in The Effective Executive over 40 years ago, and that body of work continues to evolve today. But we also need to be mindful of avoiding these leadership traps. Your success will be determined by it!

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Making Your Business Values Valuable | Switch and Shift

Making Your Business Values Valuable | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For values to be useful, they need to guide me in making decisions, or impact the way I behave to my colleagues or my customers, or help me focus my attention.
John Michel's insight:

Human business is rife with “values.” What we need is to figure out what is truly “valued” in human business, and integrate that into our cultures.

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10 Ways to Stop Treating Yourself

10 Ways to Stop Treating Yourself | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Happiness is the result of personal choice and effort.  You fight for happiness, strive for it, switch careers, build relationships, and sometimes even reinvent your lifestyle entirely as you uncover it.  Why?  Because you have to actively participate in the manifestations of your own joys and good fortunes – they are not ready-made for the taking; they are available for the making.

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Leading with Love - General Leadership

Leading with Love - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The effect of love in our lives then, is what keeps us moving forward. It’s what helps us grow from both the joyful and the painful circumstances encountered in this journey called life.
John Michel's insight:

The effect of love in our lives then, is what keeps us moving forward. It’s what helps us grow from both the joyful and the painful circumstances encountered in this journey called life. It’s what allows us to muster the personal power to not give up, even when circumstances would compel us to do otherwise. 

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Leadership Termites

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For the first six years after we moved into our current residence, my family enjoyed juicy, yellow loquat fruits from the tree that grew with abundance in our backyard. We would patiently anticipat...

Via Bobby Dillard, luigi vico
John Michel's insight:

We are all created uniquely different. There is no one-size-fits-it-all strategy to working with people. The highest level of disrespect of any human being is to box them into a mold you deem fit for them.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 28, 2013 12:05 PM

This has three key points: mistrust, disingenuous practice, and ignoring the inner being of the other. These are important and when violated trust, integrity, and passion are hard to rekindle and re-earn.

Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, December 28, 2013 9:07 PM

From article : 

 “Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ~Albert Camus

 
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Choose to Pursue Your Heart's Desire - General Leadership

Choose to Pursue Your Heart's Desire - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Ask yourself how things in your life would be different if you chose to follow your heart's desire? We can show you how -- no yellow-brick road required!
John Michel's insight:

The willingness to change remains one of humanity’s oldest dilemmas and, as such, has given birth to the major sciences whose texts now fill the world’s libraries. Business managers seek to harness the power of change to maximize value for their shareholders. Marketers seek to understand what prompts one to change from Coke to Pepsi, Nike to Reebok. Psychiatrists and psychologists have developed thousands upon thousands of theories on what practices, therapies, and remedies can best help people navigate change and achieve new levels of wholeness and happiness.

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7 Things You Should Expect From Your Leaders In 2014 - Forbes

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7 Things You Should Expect From Your Leaders In 2014
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leadership-in-2014 Employees expect a lot from their leaders and when they don't get what they expect they begin to lose trust and respect for their leader.
John Michel's insight:

It’s easy for leaders to get lost in the spotlight of their leadership roles and lose sight of the increased performance demands and political pressures that go with the responsibility.   Leadership is all about people and if leaders begin to lose touch with those they lead – they will become disconnected with the requirements of the business and the marketplace in which they compete. 

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20 Positive Ways to Confront Poor Performance

20 Positive Ways to Confront Poor Performance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Lousy leaders whine about mediocrity but can’t or won’t have tough conversations. Excellence is a function of confronting performance issues.

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10 Gifts You Deserve to Give Yourself

10 Gifts You Deserve to Give Yourself | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living (RT @pdiscoveryuk: Inspire #Leadership: 10 Gifts You Deserve to Give Yourself http://t.co/lLZ13cP7w2 @marcandangel)...
John Michel's insight:

The greatest and most gratifying experiences in life cannot be seen or touched.  They must be felt with the heart from the inside out.  There’s nothing more inspiring than the complexity and beauty of human, heartfelt feelings. 

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A Christmas Battlefield Miracle - General Leadership

A Christmas Battlefield Miracle - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Never underestimate the power of small acts of kindness and consideration to transform “no man’s land” into “every man’s land.” Choose to act as if what you do makes a difference.
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Choose to be a force for good in your surroundings. Risk reaching out in some meaningful way to those around you.

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Chery Gegelman's curator insight, December 25, 2013 10:12 PM

I've heard parts of this story before - but never with all of this detail.

 

Amazing story that may move you to tears imagining what is possible when we find a connection that is bigger than ourselves  - even with people we consider to be the enemy!  

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12 Qualities of Remarkably Courageous People

12 Qualities of Remarkably Courageous People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Courage isn't just a willingness to confront pain or fear. Courage, like character, also involves doing the right thing when no one is watching... or will ever know what you've done.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Most people try to achieve the achievable; that’s why most goals and targets are incremental rather than massive or even inconceivable.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, December 25, 2013 5:36 AM

May the New Year be full of opportunities that call for courage in the face of adversity and challenges in order to test the metal of our leaders and forge them in fire so that they might change the world.

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Want To Be A Better Leader? Try This In 2014

Want To Be A Better Leader? Try This In 2014 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Refuel your mind, body, and soul and 2014 will be your best year yet. (RT @Inc: Are you going to work on your leadership skills in 2014?
John Michel's insight:

Most leaders forget that their lifestyle sets the precedent for their company's culture. If you value quantity over quality, your team over family, or work over everything else, your team is going to feel stressed and deliver unimaginative work.

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