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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 Fears You Will Regret Never Facing

9 Fears You Will Regret Never Facing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Ultimately, you can choose to let your past define you and confine you, or you can choose to learn, grow, and leave it behind you.  Just like the seasons, you have the ability to change.  In many ways, you already have.


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Google's eight key behaviors shared by high-scoring managers #Leadership

Google's eight key behaviors shared by high-scoring managers #Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Technology giant Google has always been known for its inspiring workplaces which are geared towards  fostering creativity.
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Outstanding insights on how Google identifies and grows its leaders. 

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Build Up Your Leadership Stamina - Joseph Lalonde

Build Up Your Leadership Stamina - Joseph Lalonde | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's easy to get tired when we haven't built our stamina. Leaders are no different. Fight off leadership fatigue by building your stamina with these 3 ideas

Via Bobby Dillard
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Complete the small leadership responsibilities with excellence. Do it repeatedly. Get used to the feeling of responsibility.

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Tips for Building Self-Trust - The Foundation of Leadership

Tips for Building Self-Trust - The Foundation of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you trust yourself? Are you trusted by others?

Via David Hain
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Don’t be afraid to show others who you are. It is strength to show your vulnerabilities, not a weakness.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 6, 2013 3:16 AM
The bottom line: If want to be trusted, learn to trust yourself first. 
Angie Mc's curator insight, December 6, 2013 5:21 PM

Encouragement for dauntless self acceptance.

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Stop watching your workers

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Recent research from Harvard Business School finds that employees are more productive when they're not so closely watched by managers. (Never underestimate the value of trust in #leadership. Does maximum transparency equal optimal transparency?
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When workers have enough autonomy to experiment, fail and share ideas outside the watchful eye of their managers, they could very well develop and perfect tools that make them more productive, not less.

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3 Leadership Must Do's for 2014 - Fox Business

3 Leadership Must Do's for 2014 - Fox Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
3 Leadership Must Do's for 2014
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2014 Marks The Tipping Point for Inclusive Leadership: Leaders must not only be accessible to their customers – but employees as well.
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In 2014, Leaders must not only be accessible to their customers – but employees as well. They must accommodate the “involvement” needs of a more diverse and highly participative workforce, particularly Gen Y.  

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Hiring MBAs? You Should Be Looking at NCOs

Hiring MBAs? You Should Be Looking at NCOs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

This article is by Col. David Sutherland (Ret.), who commanded a combat brigade in Iraq, has served as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and is co-founder and chairman of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans...


Via Mike Klintworth, Matthew Fritz
John Michel's insight:

NCO's bring a host of proven skills to the workforce...integrity, persistence, creativity and committment, to name but a few. A smart bet to hire in my book. 

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, December 5, 2013 11:29 AM
NCOs know how to problem-solve, under deadlines and often in the throes of crises. They have managed large teams of varying ages and skills while ensuring that multi-million dollar equipment stays in fighting order.
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Saving Gotham: 5 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Batkid

Saving Gotham: 5 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Batkid | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The next time your organization is faced with the opportunity or necessity to fundamentally renew itself, look for ways to create a vision — or a simple idea — that appeals to your people’s emotions as well as their logic.
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Your people will join you only if you can tap into their collective sense of values and purpose.

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6 Steps For Turning Your Business Drive to Personal Thrive

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Our lives are the sum of the choices we make. - Albert …
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In a world obsessed with building fortunes, achieving titles and acquiring trophies, it is easy to become confused about what really matters. 

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Want HR to Matter? Start with the CEO.

Want HR to Matter? Start with the CEO. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If the CEO isn't accountable for a company's people and culture, who is? (Via @Inc --> A CEO can limit HR to mediocrity, or require that HR soars.
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HR is a reflection of how a CEO sees his/her role in leading the organization’s people and Culture.

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Why You Need to Create Enthusiasts in Your Organization

Why You Need to Create Enthusiasts in Your Organization | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The term employee doesn’t fit the workplace anymore. Le…
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Today organizations need enthusiasts. They are people who show up prepared and encouraged by work that brings meaning to their life. 

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What to Do When You Fear Your Leadership Is Failing

What to Do When You Fear Your Leadership Is Failing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's one of the hard facts about leadership: no one ever tells you how to fail. Here's my own checklist, built, I assure you, on the solid ground of much and frequent leadership failure.

Via The People Development Network
John Michel's insight:

Times of crisis, when you face imminent, impending failure -- even, sometimes, when you face certain failure -- are the crucible of leadership. It’s here, at these times, that your trueleadership mettle will be tested.

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Valentine Chapus's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:13 AM

you too can get another chance !

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A Call For Civility In Leadership

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A Call For Civility In Leadership http://t.co/3tua4gcxRu via @DJThistle
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Every day has its priorities, its focus. We have to put in the time and make a difference. As leaders, our ability to cultivate relationship and be mindful of our manners is critical to our success. The question is not just how we balance our lives but how we value our relationships. We make the choice to choose civility in every decision and interaction that we take daily. It’s up to us as leaders to choose wisely.

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The Leadership Myth That's Holding You Back

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 Our concept of leadership is fundamentally flawed, says author and organizational consultant Steven Snyder. “There is myth…that it’s possible to be a perfect leader.


Via David Hain
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The mark of a good leader isn’t avoiding trying times; that’s simply not realistic. Instead, what differentiated extraordinary leaders was how they learned and grew from their ordeal.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 7, 2013 2:41 AM

We all struggle - but some of us don't learn and grow from it...

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7 Steps To Market Definition

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No business can be all things to all customers, especially a small business. Here's how to find a niche to set up your company for success.

Via Martin (Marty) Smith
John Michel's insight:

A great article reminding us all that Smaller is bigger in business, and smaller is not all over the map; it's highly focused.

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 6, 2013 10:40 PM

There is power in focus and it makes it easier for the consumers to identify you company with the one thing you do best. Consumers are so overwhelmed with messages that having a clear message about what your company does helps you to stand out#brand#influence#marketing

Jeremy Barton's curator insight, December 10, 2013 5:25 AM

No business can be all things to all customers, especially a small business. Here's how to find a niche to set up your company for success.

Kimberley Vico's curator insight, February 11, 2014 7:40 PM

Essentials to find a niche for your success.... follow the 7 steps!

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Schools improve when leaders stop rationalizing mediocrity | WashingtonExaminer.com

Schools improve when leaders stop rationalizing mediocrity | WashingtonExaminer.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If the superintendents of failing school districts were as adept at fixing schools as they are at making excuses for their poor performance, America would have the best education system in the world.
John Michel's insight:

The problems in American education are across the board, with every kind of student doing poorly when compared to students in other industrialized countries. For the first time in history, countries like Poland and Ireland are educating their children better than the United States.

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The Three Questions That Lead Us Towards Gratitude

The Three Questions That Lead Us Towards Gratitude | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In this upcoming season, when our families will gather and we're reminded how much our relationships matter, have we taken the time to think about, and thank, those who have helped us along the way in our business?

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

Most of us live under the illusion we can make it happen by ourselves, that we are independent, and we need no one. But our heart knows the truth -- we have always been connected, we have always been together. In response, we need to stop and thank those who have made the time for us.

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Your Leadership Legacy: Live It Now

Your Leadership Legacy: Live It Now | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Forget about leaving your legacy. Here is a story to inspire you to live it, starting now. (Your Leadership Legacy: Live It Now: Forget about leaving your legacy. Here is a story to inspire you to live...
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The life we live today affects the generations to come. We were meant to give away our lives, so focus on living your legacy instead of worrying about leaving your legacy. If you do, you will define yourself and others by an inspired life..

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David Hain's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:51 AM

On the day we lost a shining light who left a globally massive legacy, this post seems apposite.

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Late Leader Nelson Mandela's 5 Most Innovative Moments

Late Leader Nelson Mandela's 5 Most Innovative Moments | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Remembering the man who pivoted an entire country.
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With the passing of Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela at age 95 on Thursday, one of the world's icons is lost. But his legacy of leadership remains. Here, we present five of the South African leader's most innovative moments.


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Make yourself a "to become" list | SmartBlogs

Make yourself a "to become" list | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders need to constantly develop themselves as human beings. There is so much external change for them to adapt to that the need to be intentional about (Nice idea. Make yourself a "to become" list.

Via David Hain, AlGonzalezinfo
John Michel's insight:

Your behavior affects those around you. How you conduct yourself is essential to influencing, managing change, fostering teamwork, and developing others. So as you conceive your leadership development plan, think in terms of the behaviors you need to take on or change.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:24 AM

What do you need to become to be a better leader?  Great idea from Mary Jo Asmus.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, December 5, 2013 5:29 AM

Wisdom of the ages...  Great scoop David!

Todd Alan Cudaback's curator insight, December 6, 2013 12:16 PM

Ahh!!! Now this is a great idea. As we near the new year and we bury the goal list that we created last year. Consider a TO BE LIST. The details are in this article

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On Leadership: Character is Power

On Leadership: Character is Power | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
  Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. ~ Abraham Lincoln Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only ...
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Leadership is a privilege given by those who follow.  

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The True Goal of Leadership

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If you think that leadership is about taking action and getting things done, you're wrong.Many pe...
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In the classic "The Art of War," the author Sun Tzu expresses wu wei by pointing out that great generals are reserved, calm and detached, rather than hotheads or busybodies. The same thing is true for all great leaders.

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http://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/risk-knocks-at-the-door-will-you-answer-it/

http://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/risk-knocks-at-the-door-will-you-answer-it/ | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @LollyDaskal: If Risk Knocks At The Door. Will You Answer It? http://t.co/Vdpkb9LJu7 #change #leadership #leadfromwithin #leadchange
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When we don’t allow risk in we allow fear to reside within us. But if we live with the knowledge that risk can be our constant companion, then when it comes knocking we can welcome it as a friend in spite of our fears.

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The Three Habits of Highly Effective Demotivators

The Three Habits of Highly Effective Demotivators | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Surefire tips for stamping out morale and making sure you get the least out of your employees....

 


Via Anne Leong, WorldsView Academy, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Bobby Dillard
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If you seek to undermine your employees—or people in your division or your unit––these three practices will help guarantee your success.

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Executive Coaching: Bringing Out Greater Leadership

Executive Coaching: Bringing Out Greater Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Everyone has had the experience of being a follower. Everyone. Because from the time you were a tiny toddler you were a follower of the adults around you.
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A good article designed to remind us of the value of others in helping us overcome our fear of being fabulous 

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David Hain's curator insight, December 4, 2013 5:31 AM

We all need a sounding board, most of us need to be challenged and everyone benefits from the perspsctive of others about their talents.