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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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Building a culture of entrepreneurs

Building a culture of entrepreneurs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @BizCommando: [WashPost Leadrshp] On Leadership: Building a culture of entrepreneurs http://t.co/AyWYbICPbW
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Being resilient is very much necessary in the context of the federal government. Developing a culture of resiliency requires two traits. First, the people really need to believe in the cause and always maintain an essential optimism about the product of their work. Second, the leader needs to be able to tune out some of the dimensions of the noise that they can’t control.

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Which Leadership Approach Are You Taking Today? - Tim Elmore

Which Leadership Approach Are You Taking Today? - Tim Elmore | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In a day marked by scarcity in our minds and pocketbooks, I see leaders taking one of three approaches to running point in their organizations.
John Michel's insight:

Leaders are not always the smartest people in the room. They may not be the most talented people either. They may not even be the person with the best idea at any given moment. But they certainly are the ones who act on the best idea. They have courage for the ones who are smart or talented, but are too afraid to act.

- See more at: http://growingleaders.com/blog/leadership-approach-taking-today/#sthash.AgHvh9oN.dpuf

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Four Lessons From the Best Bosses I Ever Had

Four Lessons From the Best Bosses I Ever Had | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Having a great boss shouldn't be such an unusual experience.

Via Anne Leong
John Michel's insight:

When you find great talent, do what you need to in order to encourage and support them. Treat them justly and do what’s right for them and the organization over what’s right for you personally. Give them opportunities to excel and succeed and air cover if they fail. Be willing to take “personal” risks for the right employee.

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50 Quotes to Help You Let Go and Live

50 Quotes to Help You Let Go and Live | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Letting go doesn’t mean you don’t care about someone or something anymore; it’s just realizing that the only thing you truly have control over is yourself, right here, right now.  It’s a necessary process of adapting to the ever-changing realities of life – leaving behind the past to make way for the present.

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5 Ways New Employees Reveal They're Exceptional

5 Ways New Employees Reveal They're Exceptional | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
5 ways to show you are exceptional #entrepreneur #hr #leadership http://t.co/vDeFACqNgp
John Michel's insight:

People drive results. Skills can be learned. Competence can be developed. Great companies can become badass companies, but only by focusing on the one thing that makes the world go round: relationships.

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American troops in Afghanistan unfazed by talks of longer commitment

American troops in Afghanistan unfazed by talks of longer commitment | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
KABUL, Afghanistan — As American and Afghan officials continue to negotiate an agreement that would keep American troops on the ground in Afghanistan for years to come, Tech. Sgt.
John Michel's insight:

I'm so very proud of my teammates working hard to build the Afghan Air Force. 

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The Luck Factor in Great Decisions

The Luck Factor in Great Decisions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Would Bill Gates have been so successful if the flip of the coin hadn't came up heads for him in three critical decisions?

Via Anne Leong
John Michel's insight:

For better or worse, the intelligence, values, and needs of whomever you interact with impact your success as much as your own resources. Throw in external circumstances that are beyond your control and it’s obvious that your destiny isn’t entirely in your hands. Understand this and you act differently, knowing that your own skill will be tested by how well you play the cards you are dealt.

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Five steps to find (and keep) young stars

Five steps to find (and keep) young stars | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

As hiring picks up, discovering and nurturing talent is ever more crucial. (Are You Using these 5 Steps to Hiring The Best?


Via Alain Platevoet
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Some interesting insights on how todays companies are smartly competing for talent. 

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3 Lessons From Ford on Why Company Culture Really Does Matter

3 Lessons From Ford on Why Company Culture Really Does Matter | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The 2008 recession was shocking to many for many reasons, not least of which was the failure or near failure of very large companies that had become institutions in the minds of many.


Via Kip Michael Kelly, Mike Klintworth
John Michel's insight:

Should your company and industry find itself in a similar position as Ford and the U.S. auto industry, how would your organization weather the storm? What would sustain you and support both individuals and the company as a whole to succeed even in the toughest of business environments?

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 20, 2013 1:25 AM

It has to be about more than a single person — it truly has to be about the business.

Terence R. Egan's curator insight, November 22, 2013 7:35 AM

 

[KEY POINTS]

 

Ford's components of success

 

- One Company / One Team

We’re all in this together, working towards the same goal.

 

- Behaviors matter in everyone

The same fundamental behaviors that drive our success are required from all Ford employees.

 

- Success is easier when personal and company values align

Your personal work style may not mesh (fit) with how we work at Ford. There’s no value judgment, but you’ll be more successful in another organization.

 

Noticing good work, and recognizing it

 

(Ford has) a process and system in place to encourage and support ... (everyone) to notice the good work of others in line the core values.

 

With everyone (involved), the desired behaviors become much better understood, (modelled and normalized).

 

(We can) then easily track the desired behaviors (and provide) additional intervention and training as needed.

 

[In this key area of implementation, the information is scant.]  

 

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How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline

How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Since 2000, Microsoft has lost its lead—and its mojo. With the tech giant’s future in question, Kurt Eichenwald computes how bad C.E.O. Steve Ballmer has been for business. (When mediocrity becomes the accepted norm, excellence dies a painful death.
John Michel's insight:

The story of Microsoft’s lost decade could serve as a business-school case study on the pitfalls of success. For what began as a lean competition machine led by young visionaries of unparalleled talent has mutated into something bloated and bureaucracy-laden, with an internal culture that unintentionally rewards managers who strangle innovative ideas that might threaten the established order of things.

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Dempsey Addresses US CEOs on Challenges of Leadership - Department of Defense

Dempsey Addresses US CEOs on Challenges of Leadership - Department of Defense | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Dempsey Addresses US CEOs on Challenges of Leadership
Department of Defense
Dempsey was interviewed by John Bussey, the newspaper's assistant managing editor and executive business editor, and discussed leadership and national security topics.
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Good words from the nations top military leader. 

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Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership

Why Trust is the New Core of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Not long ago, most discussions of leadership were about leaders – their personality traits, how to identify and groom those with ‘leadership potential,’ and what were the skills that leaders employed.
John Michel's insight:

Leadership development is not dead, but it does need reformulating.  The scale is different, for one thing; the new world needs many more leadership-capable people than did the old world. And the teaching of trust needs to be defined.

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Why We No Longer Need HR Departments

Why We No Longer Need HR Departments | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The time has come for HR (Human Resources) departments to call it a day. HR departments often portray themselves as a valued business partner for management and staff alike. However, how can anyone
John Michel's insight:

Do you agree? I vote, yes...it's time for a change of name and focus. 

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Your 3-step crisis management plan Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy

Your 3-step crisis management plan Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As Henry Kissinger famously said, There cannot be a crisis today; my schedule is already full!
John Michel's insight:

 Every organization must not only prepare for crises but also consider that a crisis may be an opportunity to become an even better, stronger, more effective team.  Successful leaders seek to inoculate their organizations in advance, empower the organization during the crisis, and learn from the crisis after the fact.  

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The Simplest Way To Know What Everyone's Doing At Work

The Simplest Way To Know What Everyone's Doing At Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In the modern--often remote--workplace sharing work is essential to an efficient and collaborative team. Writing is the simple powerful tool that can...
John Michel's insight:

One of the biggest challenges of knowledge work is its lack of visibility. Getting a clear picture of what’s going on in a collection of minds, including your own, is much more difficult than seeing the visible progress of constructing a house or assembling a physical product. And when you can’t see what you’re building together as a company, it takes extra time, effort, and work to manage problems, progress, and processes.

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30 Ways to Present a New Idea

30 Ways to Present a New Idea | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Most new ideas don’t lead to new successful products or services. Six out of seven new concepts never reach the market. Lack of support at top management is an important explanation.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

Several very good, out-of-the-box ideas on how to spur innovation. 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 21, 2013 2:29 AM

I highly recommend Gijs van Wulfen's book: The Innovation Expedition


You can follow Gijs on Twitter here: @gijsvanwulfen

usman's curator insight, November 23, 2013 3:09 AM

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The Focused Leader

The Focused Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"Attention is the basis of the most essential of leadership skills." http://t.co/2Z17G7UZnD @DanielGolemanEI http://t.co/kheRIC3WF3
John Michel's insight:

The link between attention and excellence remains hidden most of the time. Yet attention is the basis of the most essential of leadership skills—emotional, organizational, and strategic intelligence. And never has it been under greater assault.

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Managing a Multigenerational Workforce - Leadership Heart Coaching

Managing a Multigenerational Workforce - Leadership Heart Coaching | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Is your team firing on all cylinders? If you are managing a multigenerational workforce, odds are they may not be. (RT @leadershipheart: Is your team firing on all cylinders?
John Michel's insight:

Regardless of employee or employer, each person brings a perspective to the organization based upon his or her generational subculture.

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Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life

Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Research finds that a sense of belonging increases meaningfulness of life.

Via Roy Sheneman, PhD, Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

Along with feeling like we belong, coherence in our environment also promotes meaning. When we experience things that don’t make sense, we feel life has less meaning.

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Creating Perfect Solitude for Creative Focus

Creating Perfect Solitude for Creative Focus | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Alone time unlocks our creativity. Five simple steps for carving out the headspace to focus and do your best work.

Via craig daniels, Bobby Dillard
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Great advice on how to maximize your productivity and liberate your imagination. 

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What JFK learned -- and taught -- about leadership - CNN

What JFK learned -- and taught -- about leadership - CNN | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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What JFK learned -- and taught -- about leadership
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(CNN) -- I vividly recall those 13 days in the fall of 1962, watching President John F. Kennedy on our black and white television in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
John Michel's insight:

Kennedy learned that in order to succeed, he must create a culture of candor among his inner circle, that he needed the confidence to hear their truths, and his team in turn the courage and freedom to speak those truths. This remains today a lesson that far too few presidents -- or CEOs -- since Kennedy have embraced.

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LRW Blog | Drain Your "Shark Tank" - LRW Blog

LRW Blog | Drain Your "Shark Tank" - LRW Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
From potentially innovative to actually innovative: how we did it in 2 years. (Without calling for #innovation within your company, you could be messaging employees that the status quo is enough.
John Michel's insight:

How's your shark tank. Full, or drained? 

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8 Leadership Lessons From Nelson Mandela | The Leadership Hub

8 Leadership Lessons From Nelson Mandela | The Leadership Hub | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s inspiring others to move beyond it. Mandela was often afraid during his time underground, during the Rivonia trial that led to his imprisonment, during his time on Robben Island.
John Michel's insight:

Although this has circulated before, it remains one of the most inspiring leadership lists I've ever Encountered. Enjoy. 

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Tweetable Leadership -- Too Many Characters Equals Rigidity - Forbes

Tweetable Leadership -- Too Many Characters Equals Rigidity - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tweetable Leadership -- Too Many Characters Equals Rigidity
Forbes
If you have a choice in selecting talent, which candidate would you pick?
John Michel's insight:

Agility is required on every front from product development, customer expectations, inspiring others, understanding the marketplace and overall organizational growth.  If you look through one exclusive lens you probably will manage others well but it is unlikely that you will be viewed as a leader who creates transformative change. 

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2014: A “New” War for Talent

2014: A “New” War for Talent | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In 1997, Ed Michaels, Helen Handfield-Jones, Beth Axelrod of McKinsey & Company wrote a book entitled: The War For Talent.The book depicted a battle for talent during the dotcom era.However, going...
John Michel's insight:

A recent study of outperforming leaders determined that two leadership constructs define a level of readiness, or reveal the lack of it. These are leadership maturity and learning agility. How do you measure up in these two areas? 

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