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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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How To Bloom Where You're Planted In 2014

How To Bloom Where You're Planted In 2014 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There are reasons to stay put and make a good-faith effort to turn an ordinary situation into an extraordinary one, according to a recent study by David Sturt and the O.C. Tanner Institute.

Via Bobby Dillard
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"It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities." –Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner: 3 Leadership Rules

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner: 3 Leadership Rules | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Keeping a clear vision for your company's trajectory is hard, especially when you have two new users every second. Here's what Weiner does to stay on the right path.
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A great leader makes sure his or her team is always focused on its next goal, not its past accomplishments or failures.

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A Race Against Time | Switch and Shift

A Race Against Time | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Time has become more than a scarce resource; it has become a competitive weapon. Although you cannot increase time, it can be better and more effectively utilized.
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 Bloated bureaucracies stifle creativity, suppress ingenuity, slow down responsiveness, and crush aspirations. They put paperwork before people and create a thirst for power, leading to personal ambition over team gains.

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The Leadership Elements that Made Nelson Mandela an Icon

The Leadership Elements that Made Nelson Mandela an Icon | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The death of Nelson Mandela last week had millions of people around the world in mourning. Madiba's measured leadership skills were a huge reason why.
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We can all learn something from this short but powerful list. Enjoy! 

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The 6 Secrets Of America's Happiest Workplaces

The 6 Secrets Of America's Happiest Workplaces | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The employer ratings site Glassdoor just released their best places to work for 2014--and the results can make your office way better.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Just in.... Rather than showing a focus on perks, compensation, and other incentives, the best-rated workplaces had a range of intrinsic motivators, like challenging work, impact upon society, and an opportunity to work with brilliant colleagues.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:35 AM

Nailed down correctly the factors that make a workplace happy -

 

"Combing through the data, Willoughby and the Glassdoor team found a handful of themes emerged among the most beloved companies. They were:

Mission: a sense of purpose in coming into workCollegiality: working with awesome peopleChallenging work: being stimulated by the work to be done Meaningful advancement: the promise of growth Confidence in senior leaders: a sense of trust--and transparency--with management Perks: good pay, free food, a beer cart or two."
Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:54 PM

Six principles that make all the difference...

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5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here's five ways they think differently.

Via Marty Koenig
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Outstanding insights to help you  elevate your performance  and enhance your contribution  to those around you. 

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Brett.Ashley.Crawford's curator insight, December 11, 2013 3:59 PM

I like to think of it as "creative yet logical thinking that combats common sense" :-)

Nacho Vega's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:56 PM

Be #creative my friend!

Raymond Versteegh's curator insight, December 12, 2013 3:01 AM

As an avvid lifehacker I try to see connections where others don't. This scoop and its article I find a nice read and sparks my imagination . Ray

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7 Reasons Employees Don't Trust Their Leaders

7 Reasons Employees Don't Trust Their Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As the world mourns the loss of Nelsen Mandela and commemorates his greatness as a leader, we would do well to remember that one of the many hallmarks of his leadership was trust. The greatest leaders in the world gravitated toward Mr.

Via Anne Leong
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Here are seven early warning signs to look out for so you can course-correct when employees are having trouble trusting their leaders.

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Five Leadership Qualities Great Executives Must Have

Five Leadership Qualities Great Executives Must Have | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For reasons that aren’t exactly clear to me, there’s a powerful tendency to overcomplicate the whole notion of leadership: what it is, why it matters, and how it manifests itself.I’m not saying it’s (Five Leadership Qualities Great Executives Must...
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Great perspective that reminds us in many ways, the real challenge of leadership lies in the ability to push aside anything that’s not directly tied to setting a great strategy, executing upon it brilliantly, and putting terrific people in the right positions.

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Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work

Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Americans are less likely to say "thanks" on the job than anywhere else, which hurts productivity and happiness. That needs to change.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
John Michel's insight:

The science says we Americans need to overcome our aversion to gratitude on the job, and come to see it as just one more career skill we can cultivate alongside skills like communication, negotiation, and forgiveness. It’s something anyone can learn—from which everyone will benefit.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, December 8, 2013 3:10 PM

Positive psychology provides good solutions for employee engagement

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5 Ways To Rock Star HR Leadership

5 Ways To Rock Star HR Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the dirty little secrets of HR – Human Resources as a professional practice – is that it’s not always about the people and humanizing brands. Not really, anyway.
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Only by living fully in yourself will free you to think, and act, as an innovator.



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Five Things Leaders Should Do In December To Ensure Success In The New Year | Lead from the Heart

Five Things Leaders Should Do In December To Ensure Success In The New Year | Lead from the Heart | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @markccrowley: "5 Things Every Leader Must Do 2 Ensure Great #Success Next Year" #Leadership #CEO #Business #Sales http://t.co/5dp2vdorAZ
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If your goal is to lead your team to spectacular performance in 2014, here are five things you’ll be very wise to accomplish in December:


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Be Willing to Shake the Tree - General Leadership

Be Willing to Shake the Tree - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Resolve today to be a doer. Be willing to fight for truth, take on great challenges, risk failure and strive for growth. Don’t shy away from making mistakes. Choose to mirror Mandela and unsettle the status quo.
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Instead of mourning Mandela, I believe we would all be wise to mirror his positive example. Imagine how different the world would be if each of us emulated Mandela’s stated belief that“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”


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10 Loving Habits of the Happiest Couples | Psychology Today

10 Loving Habits of the Happiest Couples | Psychology Today | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“Things you can do to make life easier for your partner By Barton Goldsmith, Ph.D....”


Via Luis Valdes
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Doing life all by yourself can be hard work, and having a loving partner makes life a lot easier for you both. Here are some simple things you and your partner can do to help each other out.

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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, December 7, 2013 8:12 PM

10 Loving Habits of the Happiest Couples...

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The Leadership Lesson They Don't Teach In Business School But Should - Forbes

The Leadership Lesson They Don't Teach In Business School But Should - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Leadership Lesson They Don't Teach In Business School But Should
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Hacking Leadership I've always believed leadership exists to disrupt mediocrity, but I'm afraid in recent times many leaders are losing that battle.
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Too many leaders look alike, think alike and act alike. It’s almost as if courageous leadership has been bled out of many of those holding positions of leadership. Great numbers of leaders seem to have wandered off course and are badly in need a road map to help them regain their bearing.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 5, 2014 8:29 AM

Putting people first is the main thought here...

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Two Years of Failure

Two Years of Failure | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A little over two years ago, my assistant and I snuck into the office after hours and painted quotes of famous people’s thoughts about failure, from Winston Churchill (“Success is stumbling from (#Leadership - What we can learn from Failure?
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The idea of failure is often the elephant in the room that no one wants to mention.

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Why Leadership is Gratitude, Too

Why Leadership is Gratitude, Too | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The end of the year is an ideal time to take stock of your leadership -- and to offer thanks. (#business Why Leadership is Gratitude, Too - The end of the year is an ideal time to take stock of your leadership...
John Michel's insight:

There are always opportunities to make adjustments and improvements to your leadership. To grow as a leader you must engage in continual trial-and-error.  Be grateful for this engagement, for it confirms that you are present in the process.  

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Confrontation From A Fruit Fly’s Perspective - Advanced Vectors

Confrontation From A Fruit Fly’s Perspective - Advanced Vectors | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Take a lesson from the tiny fruit-fly and apply it to your interaction within your Team. Camouflage and deception cannot be allowed to become effective blockers to good communication.


Via Matthew Fritz
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Leaders find it necessary to confront poor behavior when it happens, if only to prevent poor modeling from becoming a repeatable trend within the Team.

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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:43 AM
Chances are you know a few G. Tridens in your life: people who have developed unique skills to confuse and intimidate Teammates, into a fight-or-flight mentality (with hopeful-focus on the latter). This is a learned behavior, borne of consequences and observed through modeling. Regardless of the inception, the resulting reaction helps the “human fly” to avoid confrontation and buzz-off to safer environments of their own choosing. Twitter: @fritzmt
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Encouraging Your Team To Share Their Problems

Encouraging Your Team To Share Their Problems | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Kevin Watson
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Many managers create an environment where challenges are not welcome, often stemming from a personal belief that asking for help is a sign of weakness. This leads to a culture that can severely weaken the efficacy of the team, as people invariably cover up mistakes. 
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The Loss of Leadership - Huffington Post (blog)

The Loss of Leadership - Huffington Post (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Loss of Leadership
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With the loss of Nelson Mandela, not only did we lose a great man, but we also lost one of the great modern examples of what leadership looks like.
John Michel's insight:

Leadership is a service. And service comes with sacrifice. The sacrifices one person is willing to make for the good of others can take many forms. The giving of one's time and energy is certainly a sacrifice. Unlike money, time and energy are nonredeemable. Once we spend it, there is no getting it back.

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7 Things Every Great Boss Should Do

7 Things Every Great Boss Should Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your company's success depends on your employees' performance. And that performance depends in large part on your commitment to modeling these seven virtues. (#Leadership, how do we create a lasting legacy and continued loyalty?
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Great bosses consistently inspire employees to perform well and remain loyal. Needless to say, those qualities play a major role in the long-term success of your business.

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10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work

10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success At Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If and when it's employed properly, humor can be a key to success at work. Here's how.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Humor creates an upbeat atmosphere that encourages interaction, brainstorming of new ideas, and a feeling that there are few risks in thinking outside the box. All that leads to greater productivity,

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, December 9, 2013 3:46 AM

Humour is indeed very important not only at work but everywhere else also!

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Terri Goldson's curator insight, December 31, 2013 1:23 AM

Do a great job, strive for excellence and have a great time doing it!

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4 Ways Great Customer Service Will Grow Your Business

4 Ways Great Customer Service Will Grow Your Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Here are four ways entrepreneurs can build customer service into the bedrock of your new company.

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malek's curator insight, December 9, 2013 8:11 AM

Don’t be afraid to experiment with community platforms to get conversation flowing about a new product or service, and you may be able to build a community of users that can answer customer inquiries on your behalf.

Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, December 10, 2013 10:01 PM

Without customers you have no business...so know what great customer service is to your customers...not you!

Kas Gadsden, MBA's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:01 PM

#customerservice

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Seth Godin | Act.Learn.Lead

Seth Godin | Act.Learn.Lead | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Posts about Seth Godin written by chrcowan ("We want to show up, we want to learn, and we want to inspire." http://t.co/Xm1KSbYsAK #leadership)
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An absolutely spot on essay that should shake you right out of your comfort zone. Awesome! 

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When it Comes to Leadership Everything Communicates - George Ambler

When it Comes to Leadership Everything Communicates - George Ambler | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Communication is critical for effective leadership. Without communication leaders are unable to share their vision, convince people to follow and to inspire the action that they want people to take.
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Leaders are constantly being observed and watched. All they say and all they do is constantly being analysed and interpreted. Everything a leader says and every action a leader takes is amplified, assessed and examined.

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Great Leaders Trust Themselves...And You

Great Leaders Trust Themselves...And You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders need others' trust. But it's equally important for them to trust themselves and those who work for them.

Via Mike Klintworth
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Leaders who trust both themselves and those around them really shine when something turns out badly. They acknowledge that it was their decision, they apologize well, they say what’s going to happen differently, and they move on.  

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, December 7, 2013 11:47 AM

Truly excellent leaders live in a very interesting sweet spot of trust: they have enough trust in themselves to totally commit to a point of view, a decision, a course of action. And they have enough trust in others to be open to hearing about and deeply considering alternative points of view, decisions, and courses of action.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, December 8, 2013 5:48 PM

You cannot have successful business relationships without trust.