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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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Putting the "T" Back in Self-Control - General Leadership

Putting the "T" Back in Self-Control - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Without self-control, you’ll eventually stop liking who you are. Don’t gamble with your influence. Commit to being a role model worth following.
John Michel's insight:

Admittedly, self-control, otherwise known as temperance, is not popular in today’s culture. I would offer it has become counter-cultural. In fact, much of our society appears to prefer pursuing self-gratification over exercising self-discipline. It’s never been easier to become so self-absorbed that we lose sight of what really matters.


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Control Is for Beginners

Control Is for Beginners | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practice improvising, and learn to let go. (Control Is for Beginners - @HarvardBiz http://t.co/KpvD1g6e8K #leadership)
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Spontaneity and relinquishing control provide enormous advantages, even if it takes a certain kind of non-practice to feel comfortable with it. 

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The Value of Meaningful Work | Switch and Shift

The Value of Meaningful Work | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @tedcoine: The Value of Meaningful Work http://t.co/1dAhyzYqG6 #leadership #humanbiz
John Michel's insight:

Meaning at work is when employees can see how their work benefits customers, society, and themselves. It is the connection from me (the employee) to the company’s mission that must be purposefully cultivated. This is a shared responsibility between the manager and employee.

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Personal Leadership: It's All About the People, Stupid!

Personal Leadership: It's All About the People, Stupid! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Many leaders just want to tell their people the goal, and then expect them to just go out and create amazing success without any guidance, coaching, managing, or ...leading. Leadership is all about the people one leads.
John Michel's insight:

Part of being a great leader is to master the art of valuing the people you work with, while at the same time holding them accountable for the results. By creating a culture where people are valued, we can be more effective in achieving desired results.

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Innovation: The Most Important and Overused Word in America - Wired

Innovation: The Most Important and Overused Word in America - Wired | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Innovation: The Most Important and Overused Word in America
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Innovation has become the buzzword of the decade in the worlds of business and education.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
John Michel's insight:

Innovation has become the new buzzword, but its overuse and generalization has caused more instances of eye rolling than actual innovation. To get the results we need, the focus should shift from the term to the skills and behaviors that are needed. The word “innovation” is not important. To paraphrase a famous innovator from literature, “innovation by any other name, is just as innovative.”

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, November 16, 2013 11:50 AM

"...we need people to possess a series of thinking skills and behavioral traits that result in their ability to discover, develop, and test ideas and solutions that will result in positive changes not only their prospective fields but also in their daily lives. Therefore, innovation should not be discussed as a specific term but as a series of skills and behaviors that a person must possess to be innovative."

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7 Powerful Habits of Happier Relationships

7 Powerful Habits of Happier Relationships | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama Happiness in life can come from many things. From how meaningful you find your work to be. From a hobby you can get lost in for hours.
John Michel's insight:

A big part of the happiness also comes from the relationships in our lives. And from how we cultivate them and let them grow.

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The 20 People Skills You Need To Succeed At Work - Forbes

The 20 People Skills You Need To Succeed At Work - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The 20 People Skills You Need To Succeed At Work Forbes Having good people skills means maximizing effective and productive human interaction to everyone's benefit, says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible...

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John Michel's insight:

Nowadays many of us live in two worlds, the real and digital one. Make sure that your people skills are consistent across both.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 16, 2013 10:04 AM

Here are 20 “people skills” and attributes you’ll need to succeed at work.

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The Toughest Leadership Job Of All (It's Not What You Think)

The Toughest Leadership Job Of All (It's Not What You Think) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Brilliant as he was, Steve Jobs couldn't have managed his way out of a paper bag at a great university; corporate CEOs thus have something to learn from higher education.
John Michel's insight:

Being an effective university president involves much more diplomacy and persuasion and vision-selling. Yes, you are beholden to a board. But you have to lead through collaboration and cajoling, not control.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 16, 2013 4:01 AM

The ultimate herding cats leadership challenge?

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what comes first: employee engagement or great work?

what comes first: employee engagement or great work? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you’re managing a team you might wonder what comes first: engaged and personally invested employees or productive, great work? Is an employee doing gre

Via Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

When you recognize great work several things happen. First, your other employees understand the standards they are being held to for their own production. Second, the recognized employee is re-engaged to perform at an even higher level. Third, you’re creating an environment that cheers on all employees, promising them the work they do is meaningful and worthy of notice.

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Stuart Wilkinson's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:22 AM

We all like to be appreciated when we do well, but how many of us fail  to show our own appreciation to our own teams when they do well?

Graeme Reid's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:08 PM

How to create a virtuous cycle of engagement.

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Afghanistan's air force on road to independence

Afghanistan's air force on road to independence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON – Afghanistan's young air force has nearly tripled the number of casualty evacuation missions it has flown this year, coalition officials say, a critical step in efforts to get the country's...
John Michel's insight:

Afghanistan's formidable mountains and lack of improved roads makes mobility difficult and allows the Taliban to find sanctuary in remote areas. Air mobility allows Afghan forces to reach those areas quickly. Afghanistan's air force has also dramatically increased the amount of cargo and personnel it is capable of carrying, achieving near self-sufficiency.

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Research: Cubicles Are the Absolute Worst

Research: Cubicles Are the Absolute Worst | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A new study confirms that we hate our open offices -- and that they don't even help us collaborate.
John Michel's insight:

Good stuff...although I don't think we needed an exhaustive study to conclude cubicles are BaDong (bad and wrong). 

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Moving Innovation From an Outcome to an Enabler - Conspire: A @Mindjet Publication

Moving Innovation From an Outcome to an Enabler - Conspire: A @Mindjet Publication | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The call for organisations to build innovation initiatives is becoming deafening, and it's not something anyone can afford to get wrong. (If innovation is your last stop, where will you go from there?

Via Richard Andrews
John Michel's insight:

Don’t just seek out ideas because you’re constantly being pushed to innovate. Don’t panic. Take a step back, identify where innovation is needed, map out a strategic foundation, and then demand that your people ideate with a clear target in their sights. Innovation is no longer a luxury – it’s become a necessity that you cannot afford to get wrong.

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10 Relationship Tips Everyone Forgets

10 Relationship Tips Everyone Forgets | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Remember, even the healthiest relationships have small flaws.  Being too black and white about the quality and health of a relationship spells trouble.  Accept the fact that there will always be difficulties present, but you can still focus on the good.  Instead of constantly looking for signs of what’s not working in your relationship, what you need to do is look for signs of what is, and then use this as a solid foundation to build upon.

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The 5 Types of Power in Leadership

The 5 Types of Power in Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Power means many different things to different people. For some, power is seen as corrupt. For others, the more power they have, the more successful they feel.
John Michel's insight:

It has been shown that when employees in an organization associate the leadership’s power with expert or referent power, they are more engaged, more devoted to the organization and their role within it. Employees are also more willing to go the extra mile to reach organizational goals. 

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Making the C-Suite More Human | Switch and Shift

Making the C-Suite More Human | Switch and Shift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @tedcoine: Making the C-Suite More Human http://t.co/E9FRbNG4NZ #leadership #humanbiz
John Michel's insight:

If corporations don’t start allowing people to be themselves, men and women, to recognize the need for multi-dimensional human beings, then they will not be able to sustain success.  Innovation and growth come from seeing, hearing, creating new and different perspectives – which means people with diverse backgrounds, ages, experiences, languages, ideas, and yes, genders. 

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7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Don't Do

7 Things Great Entrepreneurs Don't Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What separates real entrepreneurs from the pack? A little tough love for the entrepreneurial generation. (Great entrepreneurs don't follow the status quo ...
John Michel's insight:

Most importantly, real entrepreneurs don’t call themselves entrepreneurs. They don’t do what everyone else is doing. They don’t follow the status quo, conventional wisdom or popular fads. They carve their own unique path. They’re leaders of their own destiny. That’s what drives them. And that’s why they succeed.




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3 Ways Leaders Learn, Develop and Grow - George Ambler

3 Ways Leaders Learn, Develop and Grow - George Ambler | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership determines an enterprise and team's level of effectiveness. The more you seek to achieve the greater the demand for leadership. Hence the reason for the huge need for leaders during these fast changing times.
John Michel's insight:

Leaders need to learn and grow continuously. The 70:20:10 model can be applied to our own personal development as leaders. Effective leaders use these three elements to enhance their leadership skills.

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George Casey to Cornell MBAs: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

George Casey to Cornell MBAs: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
General Casey speaks at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (3 Qualities of Leadership - George Casey to Cornell MBAs: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone via @BW http://t.co/OTlJOM2sDy)...
John Michel's insight:

Leaders with strong values build strong organizations, and those values form the basis of the leader’s character. Character is most important in the leader. People trust leaders with strong character, and that trust is the glue that binds an organization together.

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Don't Feed The Monkeys! 3 Ways To Help People Solve Their Own Problems

Don't Feed The Monkeys! 3 Ways To Help People Solve Their Own Problems | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In my early days as a manager I used to love to feed monkeys. "Monkeys" are the problems, issues, or challenges your employees bring you that somehow become your responsibility to manage and solve....

Via Mike Klintworth
John Michel's insight:

Great insights to help you lead responsibly. 

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 16, 2013 11:12 AM

If you don’t develop your employees’ competence and commitment in their job, they will always have to come to you to solve their problems.

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The Simplest Way to Express Gratitude - General Leadership

The Simplest Way to Express Gratitude - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I love the story of the young man with the bandaged hand who approached the clerk at the post office. “Sir, could you please address this post card for me?” The clerk, happy to help, agreed to write the message on the card.
John Michel's insight:

One of the primary reasons a written thank you works is that it has lasting value.  It can be read, reread, and shared with family or friends. While a verbal comment can often express the same sentiments, a handwritten thank you touches us in ways that are proven to make us want to reciprocate.

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Happiness at work: Why money isn't the only thing that matters

Happiness at work: Why money isn't the only thing that matters | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman explains how we can make ourselves smarter, happier, and more productive by building on our social intuition.

Via Sandeep Gautam
John Michel's insight:

One study has found that employees were willing to give up almost $30,000 in yearly salary to be recognized for high praise at work.

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Margarita Tarragona's curator insight, November 15, 2013 5:24 PM

Interesante artículo sobre las bases neurológicas de nuestra necesidad de conectarnos emocionalmente con los demás.

Katie O's curator insight, November 19, 2013 4:03 PM

Emotional Compensation is just as important as Financial Compensation.  

 

EC + FC = TC

When you are looking for work, enusre to think TC.

Belkacem Nabout's curator insight, November 21, 2013 1:45 PM
Produits Universaliss Bank....Produits Universaliss Laboratory
http://www.universaliss.net/leader/trader/mpfr/belkacem1173  ;
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What is Positive Psychology? What is it NOT?

What is Positive Psychology? What is it NOT? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Positive psychology is the study of what constitutes excellence in individuals, communities and workplaces. It incorporates the study of productivity, resilience, motivation, emotions, strengths, team dynamics and more.


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When you build on your natural talents, rather than always fixing weaknesses, you will be more successful, fulfilled and happy. 

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Four Ingredients For A Winning Company Culture

Four Ingredients For A Winning Company Culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Every business owner believes he has a company people love to work for. But how do you actually create a winning culture?
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What perks do you offer that help keep employees motivated at your company?


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Make Hope a Habit - General Leadership

Make Hope a Habit - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence!

Helen Keller
 
A famous 50-year-long study of nuns produced a remarkable finding.
John Michel's insight:

It’s been said that hope is the first of our “emergency” virtues. Specifically, hope is a virtue that keeps us going through difficulties. It is a life raft we cling to when all seems lost.


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:09 AM

Thanks for a great article John Michel on an incredibly relevant and often overlooked area, HOPE.  

 

Here is one of my favorite sections of the post on what HOPE is:

 

Of course, this does not imply hope is a denial of reality. Nor is it an elixir to cure all of our ills. We can, after all, hope for a job, for success for our family, for recovery from illness, for a better, safer world. But hope certainly comes with no guarantees.


Rather, hope is, in the words of author and activist Joan Chittister,


“…a series of small actions that transforms darkness into light. It is putting one foot in front of the other when we can find no reason to do so at all.”


Hope then, is what we have when we have no sure answers but still expect a better end.


It is hope which allows us to overcome hurdles we could not otherwise endure and, in doing so, moves us into a space where healing and growth can begin to occur.


John Michel's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:57 AM

It’s been said that hope is the first of our “emergency” virtues. Specifically, hope is a virtue that keeps us going through difficulties. It is a life raft we cling to when all seems lost.


Andrew Man's curator insight, November 16, 2013 5:03 AM

Hope is what keeps our flame burning

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The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision Making

The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision Making | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Bet on process rather than luck or inspiration.

Via Anne Leong
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Big-stakes decisions are just that — big. When they go awry, it is typically because the organization has fallen victim to one or more of these failures. Avoiding them won’t guarantee you success — but it will greatly increase the chance of a better decision.

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