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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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FOLLOWERSHIP: THE OTHER SIDE OF LEADERSHIP - Ivey Business Journal

FOLLOWERSHIP: THE OTHER SIDE OF LEADERSHIP - Ivey Business Journal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A veteran contributor to the Ivey Business Journal spells out his eight essential qualities to being a good follower, rather than a good leader, as it's essential, at times, to step back and let someone else take the reigns.
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 It stands to reason that if leadership is important to performance, followership must have something to do with it too.  But curiously, followership gets only a small fraction of the airtime that leadership does.

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Leading into Resistance

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Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated i...


Via Matthew Fritz
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Every great invention or creation of mankind has included a good dose of resistance. All the great social movements in history came into being through fierce resistance. It’s part of our world.

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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, November 29, 2013 9:20 AM
Leading "Up" is always a challenge--and one no leader goes looking for. Resistance is inevitable, but certainly not futile--it helps us to find our strengths and to identify our faults.
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Get Your Battle Plan Ready

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Let your passions set your priorities to create work that gets done -- and gets remembered.

Via Roger Francis
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No army would charge into battle without understanding the battlefront. It would be mass suicide. Yet, many of us do this daily with our work. While most people have a good sense of the tasks and projects they're accountable for, they haven't taken the time to consider what they really care about and how it will find form in their work. They are lost in the fog of war.

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The 4 Silent Killers of Your Business

The 4 Silent Killers of Your Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You may think your company looks great from the outside. But look for the warning signs inside that could put you out of business.

Via Roger Francis
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Are you aware of the silent killers in your organization? If not, here are several great tips on where to look. 

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9 Things Happy, Successful People Choose to Ignore

9 Things Happy, Successful People Choose to Ignore | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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What begins in your mind ends up in your life.  Think continually of the way you would like to be, let these thoughts drive your actions, and your reality will reliably catch up with your thinking.  

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The surprising leadership skill no MBA can teach

The surprising leadership skill no MBA can teach | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Values are often cast as poorer cousins to hard skills like strategy, but authentic leaders with the acute self-awareness and internal discipline required to withstand the siren song of the group are rare.
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How aware are you of your personal biases and this impact on your leadership? 

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Creative Leaders versus Authoritative Leaders

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This chart represents a summary of the kind of creative leadership that is rising -- and needed -- in the face of our increasing interconnectedness due to global economies, mobile devices, and social (RT @johnmaeda: Creative leadership thoughts mapped...
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Which form of leadership, creative or authoritative, best describes you? 

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Overcoming the 10 Dangers of Talent

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The 10 Dangers of being Talented: Relying on talent rather than hard work. Too much winging it. Assuming what’s easy for you is easy for others. Being a threat to bosses. Unwillingness to change or...

Via Mike Klintworth
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Talent is an opportunity to step up and work harder than anyone else.

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Be Seen as a Leader

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#LEADERSHIP: First impressions matter more than ever in today's #business world, and u can improve the ones u make. http://t.co/dX4x4tjPMN
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The attitude with which you enter a new group—something completely within your control—can help boost your chances of leading it.

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The Most Devastating Leadership Pitfall: Success

The Most Devastating Leadership Pitfall: Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Of all things, it isn’t failure but success that leaders should fear most.
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When success gives you just the right amount of evidence you need to reinforce your need to be special, your belief that the rules don’t apply to you, the notion that you can do no wrong, that’s when you’re in trouble.  

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On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Why Failure Can Be a Really Good Thing

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: Why Failure Can Be a Really Good Thing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Via @AnitaBruzzese Why Failure Can Be a Really Good Thing: “I failed in some subjects in exam, but... http://t.co/LWtVvSA5RR #leadership
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Consider this: Failure may just be the best thing that ever happened to you.

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Have the Courage to Stand Out - General Leadership

Have the Courage to Stand Out - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Anyone can achieve their full potential…but the path we follow is always of our own choosing.”
Martin Heidegger
One of my favorite stories as a child is the story of David and Goliath.
John Michel's insight:

Never forget, none of us were born to blend; we were all born to stand out. Are you consistently following the path of your own choosing?

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Choices and Consequences

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New: Choices and Consequences http://t.co/M8NBlkJVfy We are the sum of our choices. #LeadWithGiants #Leadership
John Michel's insight:

It pays to consider your choices well. Each decision you make in life brings with it certain outcomes.  If you make better decisions, you’ll get better outcomes.  That’s a simple truth.

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Debunking the Leadership Myth - General Leadership

Debunking the Leadership Myth - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit.”
Robert F. Tucker
In the spring of 1943, a B-17 bomber departed its base in England on a mission to bomb the German City of Kassel.
John Michel's insight:

Succeeding in today’s fast-paced, dynamic world, means we have to dispense the myths surrounding leadership. In these times of dynamic change, everyone needs to innovate, inspire and take responsibility for results. Everyone needs to be committed to giving their best to leading wherever they are planted.

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5 Reasons Leaders Must Dial-Down the Emergency Setting

5 Reasons Leaders Must Dial-Down the Emergency Setting | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @DougConant: Helpful & quick read > Why Leaders Should Dial-Down the 'Emergency' Setting http://t.co/Ap4MlhTL4c by @WScottCochrane #lead…

Via Mike Klintworth
John Michel's insight:

You’ll never eliminate emergencies from your organization, nor should you. When a genuine crisis hits, the leader must be able to sound a genuine call to arms and “up” the level of urgency. 

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 29, 2013 12:15 PM

The fact is, many leaders are adrenalin junkies; they get a rush when their organization is at DEFCON 1.

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Changing The Culture Of Rampant Dissatisfaction In The Workplace

Changing The Culture Of Rampant Dissatisfaction In The Workplace | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Americans are no strangers to labor and have a culture of few vacations and work rigorous schedules. Vacation, something 23% of the workforce isn’t privy to, is something most people seldom take and this is beginning to take a toll on the work force.

Via John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA
John Michel's insight:

Diminished productivity can cripple companies. However, there are solutions to this hellish workplace problem. Here are a few ways to keep happy employees satisfied and hopefully pull the others out of their misery.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, November 30, 2013 2:41 PM

Great infographic showing various impacts on the workforce and hence engagement.

Darius Douglass's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:33 PM

This is an example of a quality infographic,  informative, relevant and visual.

donhornsby's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:57 AM

Interesting infographic.

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What Top Talent Really Wants

What Top Talent Really Wants | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
  Today I’d like to share a post that you could say is …
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Absolately spot-on advice from my friend Ted Coine about the power of building your business around and with people power. A great reminder people are always more important than things. Enjoy! 

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Are You a Thankful Leader? - Great Leaders Serve

Are You a Thankful Leader? - Great Leaders Serve | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I’ve been thinking about my heart a lot lately. In part, due to the launch of my latest book, The Heart of Leadership. Also, because, as I shared in Monday’s post, I want to continue to grow in the year ahead.
John Michel's insight:

Do you leadership as a gift? If not, how might things be different if you started too, today? 

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Be Grace-Full

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  I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - onl…
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Does extending grace as a leader really matter, you may wonder? Without a doubt!  And not just on Thanksgiving. Enjoy! 

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Leadership and Legitimacy - Leadership, Sales & Life

Leadership and Legitimacy - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership and legitimacy go together. When people see individuals in a leadership position and they show legitimacy, they will be more likely to follow.
John Michel's insight:

The only thing constant today is change and the rate of change. But, people do like predictability. It’s comfortable. Are you a predictable leader or do you lead with the “flavor of the month”. Does each month or quarter elicit a new program or fad?

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Leadership Shows Gratitude

Leadership Shows Gratitude | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The leaders who inspire me say thank you very often. They thank the people who contribute insight and information that make it possible to achieve goals. They are grateful to people who go above an...
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Leadership is not about arriving first, out in front of a crowd of followers. Leadership is about recognizing how we all get there together.

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Leadership Flows from Followership

Leadership Flows from Followership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How good a leader are you? More importantly, how good a… (RT @MeghanMBiro: Leadership Flows from Followership http://t.co/593Bl3oBEQ via @shawmu - like this!
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When you support others who are leading, you make it more likely that they will cheer for you when it is your turn to lead.

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4 Leadership Lessons From The Hunger Games - Fox Business

4 Leadership Lessons From The Hunger Games - Fox Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
4 Leadership Lessons From The Hunger Games Fox Business But underlying this dark view of social institutions and humanity's capacity for violence are some strong messages about resistance, leadership and personal power—messages that are beneficial...
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Keen insights on leadership from America's most popular movie 

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Are You Worthy of Leadership?

Are You Worthy of Leadership? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There's a whole lot more to being worthy of leadership than merely being the company founder, or even the CEO. (Are You Worthy of Leadership?
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What matters is being the leader who focuses the fullest abilities of the team, inspires and guides individuals to new levels of insight and creativity, and unlocks the vast, untapped possibilities of a group’s shared purpose.  

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Thanksgiving: The Struggling Heart

Thanksgiving: The Struggling Heart | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In America this week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Many will spend the day with family, eating a scrumptious meal in the company of loved ones and celebrating with a grateful heart.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
John Michel's insight:

As human beings, we possess the desire to know ourselves and find meaning, but the truth is life is often difficult and the last thing we want is to be grateful.

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, November 26, 2013 8:07 AM

My wife and I just had a conversation this morning about being grateful, and how to explain it to young people.  Lolly Daskal does something even tougher, she puts gratefulness into a poetic frame to help adults understand its profound influence on us.  Good stuff for every leader to take with them this week.  Thanks Lolly.