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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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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.

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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

The True Goal of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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.

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12 Lies People Love to Tell You

12 Lies People Love to Tell You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Over the years you’ve developed a set of beliefs based on what others have told you.  The problem is, many of these people weren’t telling the truth.  They were merely repeating the little, seemingly innocent lies someone else once told them. 

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Leadership is Challenging

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Leadership can be challenging. It is challenging to recognize your own leadership. We do not become leaders by magic. There is no automatic process, no external sign to tell you that you are a lead...
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The leaders we remember convince us that we can do more than we think we can. They challenge our understanding of what is possible and what is not. They show us that we have strength beyond what we had imagined.

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Lesson From FDR: Character Is Revealed - Forbes

Lesson From FDR: Character Is Revealed - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lesson From FDR: Character Is Revealed Forbes Tobin says while many of those who knew Franklin best including wife Eleanor note that FDR's struggle to recover and rehabilitate himself challenged Roosevelt to become a different person Tobin...
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Character for leaders is more than thinking good thoughts; it is acting on them especially in times of extreme hardship.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 3, 2013 4:09 AM

There is no dawn without the darkness!

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Fed up? 3 leadership strategies to fix any problem - CBS News

Fed up? 3 leadership strategies to fix any problem - CBS News | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Good managers turn complications and complaints into stimulus for positive action (Fed up?
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Strong leaders consider the odds but do not let them overwhelm them.

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5 Ways To Refresh Your Leadership Style

5 Ways To Refresh Your Leadership Style | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Most leaders in today’s workplace could use a fresh start.
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To assure that you stay on the right track, here are five ways to refresh your leadership style before you begin to lose momentum in your career:

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10 New Year's Resolutions for the Servant Leader - Great Leaders Serve

10 New Year's Resolutions for the Servant Leader - Great Leaders Serve | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As this year winds down, I’m preoccupied with the question of how I can be more effective next year. My historical method, and the process I’ve started for 2014, has been to create a plan – complete with goals, strategies and tactics.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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What's on your New Years resolution list? If your unsure, here are some insightful options.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, December 2, 2013 8:01 AM

Every once in a while I get to stand on my soap box here at Whole Brain Leadership.  Mark Miller's work has been pivitol in my own learning over the past few years.  Be sure to check out his book, The Heart of Leadership.  He's donating100% of proceeds of that book to charity.  Good stuff.

Terri Goldson's curator insight, December 26, 2013 9:12 PM

Get ready for 2014 and beyond...no limits!

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7 Leadership Lessons I Learned From Losing To Auburn

7 Leadership Lessons I Learned From Losing To Auburn | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Recently, I experienced the single most exciting sporting event of my 32 years.  I was at the Alabama vs. Auburn game & it was epic.  Auburn beat Alabama in a crazy last play with one second le... (Getting beat by Auburn...
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Insightful (and practical) lessons on shat we can all learn from a  disappointing loss...in football and life.

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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

6 Steps For Turning Your Business Drive to Personal Thrive | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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 e.MILE Community
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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Happiness Means Creativity: One Company's Bet On Positive Psychology

Happiness Means Creativity: One Company's Bet On Positive Psychology | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via motel168 lifestyle
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Build happiness and well-being among staff and an organization will benefit from a more emotionally intelligent workforce: people who not only understand their own and other people’s emotions but can more effectively manage their own and other people’s emotions, too.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 4, 2013 6:44 AM

"When times are tough, there can be a tendency to focus most on what needs improving. What I’ve been trying to do is create a more positive framework for feedback within the agency--taking time to ask what’s good that’s been achieved today and to recognize and bolster employees and colleagues," Russ Lidstone, CEO, Havas Worldwide

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Motivation Monday - "Everyone Has A Story"

Motivation Monday - "Everyone Has A Story" | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story – Patrick Rothfuss Think about your current leadership role for a moment.
John Michel's insight:

The story that you build in your own mind is central to who you are and in turn, how others see you.

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What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't

What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Six research-based strategies to help you overcome barriers to success

Via ozziegontang, Bobby Dillard
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Six tips to work smarter, not harder.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:21 PM

Melanie's article is a good reminder of things that many of us forget or neglect

ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:28 PM

Mens sana in corpore sano.  You don't have a vision, the vision has you.  Be accountable. People choose problems they can't solve rather than choices or decisions they do not want to make. Reading the work of Lee Thayer brings much of this into focus especially his first book: Leadership: Thinking Being Doing.  How I think influences who I am, who I am influences what I do. What I do create my habits. And in the end, as in the beginning, my habits create me.  Get right the thinking and the practice of life-long learning and being more competent each day and I may have a chance to "Take a message to Garcia."

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Bite An Elephant – Next Level Leadership {Mark Miller}

Bite An Elephant – Next Level Leadership {Mark Miller} | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The team I serve on at Chick-fil-A recently completed a leadership talent review. The purpose of this exercise was to calibrate our views on current and emerging leaders, identify gaps in our leadership pipeline and create ...
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Are you a next level leader? 

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Belva Jennings's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:52 PM

Click on the URL to get the article.  It aligns pretty well with our view of what leadership looks like for all employees.

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Real leadership begins with one’s self - like Pope Francis

Real leadership begins with one’s self - like Pope Francis | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
America has an ample number of leaders, in the workplace and in politics. But unfortunately, what many of these leaders are actually doing is “leadIng.You'll note the capital “I.” That’s not a typo.




Via David Hain, Don Cloud
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You will be a more effective leader if you place your own self-interests aside. People will work harder for you. Loyalty will increase. You don’t need an academic study to prove that – just think of the bosses, coaches, even parents, who have led you and helped you reach a better place.


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David Hain's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:24 AM

"Author Chris Lowney has observed the behavior of the first Jesuit pope and used him as a case study in effective leadership. In his new book, “Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads,” Lowney writes of Francis’ first days as pope: “We were not watching someone trying to act like a pope. We were watching a person unafraid to be who he was.”


Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2013/11/28/3146724/real-leadership-begins-with-ones.html#storylink=cpy
Angie Mc's curator insight, December 2, 2013 10:13 AM

Courage to be real, to be your best self.

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How Rude! Workplace Incivility Could Destroy Your Company

How Rude! Workplace Incivility Could Destroy Your Company | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A whopping 26 percent of employees have left a job because of impolite or abrasive coworkers. In other words, you mother was right -- manners are important.
What does bad office behavior look like?

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How civil is your workplace? 

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