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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 Mentorship Program That Actually Works

Building a Mentorship Program That Actually Works | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Well-conceived and designed mentoring programs can have remarkable results; but like any business practice, you have to understand what you want to accomplish, and you have to measure results.

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 9, 2013 10:44 AM
These 6 steps are key to developing a solid mentoring program and will in-turn help your team members reach their full potential.
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To Be Better, Not Bitter

To Be Better, Not Bitter | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When I walked into my new FBI office, I was viewed as a curiosity more than anything else. In the 1980’s there weren’t that many female FBI agents; everyone was polite but distant.

Via Wade Mitzel
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Each one of us has a choice when faced with adversity and obstacles: we can either continue the negativity spiral or decide to move forward in other ways. Here are four suggestions:

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Why Leaders Should Embrace Being Wrong

Why Leaders Should Embrace Being Wrong | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Kathryn Schulz - PopTech 2010 - Camden, Maine (Photo credit: poptech) Especially in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, no business leader wants to be seen as mistaken, or misguided, or just plain wrong.
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In addition to fueling innovation, embracing error can also – paradoxically – help you prevent it. 

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Customer Relationships Now Drive Brand Perceptions

Customer Relationships Now Drive Brand Perceptions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Human Brand logo via knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu Brands are people first. Customers are people too, so customers tend to take their relationship with a brand personally.
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Today’s business market exists in the renaissance of relationships. Perception is reality, and businesses can no longer hide behind their brand.

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Why Is Resilience So Hard?

Why Is Resilience So Hard? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Three ways to build your skill.

Via Penny Baldwin French, Wise Leader™
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When facing a difficult or challenging situation, it is natural to fall out of balance. The most important first step is to recognize and acknowledge that you are off balance. Once you reach this awareness, you can consciously take action to regain your foothold by engaging in a set of grounding and centering practices, allowing you to channel your energy more adaptively and constructively.

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Powerful Lessons in Leadership – Don’t Fuss Over Spiller Milk

Powerful Lessons in Leadership – Don’t Fuss Over Spiller Milk | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Stories can contain powerful lessons in leadership. Here is a great leadership story that emphasizes the ability to effectively teach, paired with a generous amount of patience.
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Imperfections are important. Just as mistakes are. You only get to be good by learning from mistakes & you get to be real by being ok with being imperfect.



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The Only Rule You'll Ever Need - Inspiring better leaders for a better world

The Only Rule You'll Ever Need - Inspiring better leaders for a better world | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By Will Marre (26 Posts)Marre is the CEO of the REALeadership Alliance and co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center, which brought "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" to millions worldwide.There really is only one rule...
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There really is only one rule that matters. We could pretty much eliminate all our laws, end regulations, rules and every constraint on human behavior if we would all just do one thing. It’s a simple rule. It’s not hard to understand or even comply with. But… we don’t. At least not often.

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What Invisible Dragons Are Your Teammates Fighting? - #bealeader

What Invisible Dragons Are Your Teammates Fighting? - #bealeader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Every one of your teammates is fighting an invisible dragon. As a coach, it took me longer than I would like to admit to...

Via Don Cloud, Bobby Dillard
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Leadership occurs one conversation at a time.  Your interactions are an opportunity tostrengthen bonds and support each other with words of kindness and encouragement.

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How To Prevent Your Business From Becoming a Revolving Door | Talent Management

How To Prevent Your Business From Becoming a Revolving Door | Talent Management | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“Think of it as the golden rule of business: be good to your employees and they’ll be good to you - and to your organization.Unfortunately many companies fail (How To Prevent Your Business From Becoming a Revolving Door | Talent Management ”


Via Mike Klintworth
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Unfortunately many companies fail to understand what it really means to truly develop talent. And it’s not for lack of trying. In fact, it’s customary to see a company rolling out the red carpet to attract their field’s best and brightest. 


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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 8, 2013 9:42 AM
If you want to be a leader who leads great people, you have to get serious not just about attracting great talent, but about keeping it. Employing the six measures of creating employee engagement will help you get there.
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12 Spiritual Principles to Live By | Maria Shriver

12 Spiritual Principles to Live By | Maria Shriver | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Despite dyslexia, I went back to college and earned my Masters in psychology. Looking at me now, you’d think I’d been handed my accomplishments on a silver platter, but this is not the case. Everything I know about spirituality — these principles that I am about to share with you — were learned over time (usually through trial-and-error), but they’ve served me in good stead and will do the same for you, if you let them.

 

Here are the 12 Spiritual Principles I try to live by on a daily basis:


Via Lilly Calandrello, Greg Hill, The BioSync Team, Bobby Dillard
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The self-esteem that comes from reaching out and helping other people is invaluable. It gets you out of your own head and helps you not feel overwhelmed by problems or other concerns. It helps you feel connected.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:37 PM

Once you remove the payoff from the equation, you will find yourself catapulted to the next level of true selflessness, understanding that the reward for loving is love; the reward for being of service is being of service.

—Howard C. Samuels


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Why preserving the status quo in business is a wrong idea

Why preserving the status quo in business is a wrong idea | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why preserving the status quo in business is a wrong idea (Seen this?
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The best people and organizations in the world are constantly seeking to improve the status quo.

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9 Habits of Super Positive People

9 Habits of Super Positive People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Living a positive life is all about creating positive habits to help you focus on what truly matters.  This is the secret of super positive people.  Here are nine simple ideas to help you follow in their footsteps.

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3 Ways to Keep Your Creative Juices Flowing When You're Always Busy

3 Ways to Keep Your Creative Juices Flowing When You're Always Busy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“ It can be hard to exercise your brain's innovation muscles, but these three brain-boosting activities can help you no matter how busy you are.”


Via Anne Leong, D Oviedo, motel168 lifestyle
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It's possible to boost your brain power constantly and on-the-go, by incorporating brain-boosting and creativity increasing activities into your daily routine. Try these three activities to get started:



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A Submarine Captain On The Power Of Leadership Language

A Submarine Captain On The Power Of Leadership Language | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You think your office is a pressure cooker Try commanding a nuclearpowered warship.

Via Wade Mitzel
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Yet another compelling reminder of the power in our words.

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Wade Mitzel's curator insight, October 2, 2013 4:41 AM

The power of a leader's words...

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Five Ways to Become a Better Team Player

Five Ways to Become a Better Team Player | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you a team player? (Image credit: AFP via @daylife) Almost every employer these days is seeking “good team players” – but what does that actually mean?
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Great insights on becoming a more effective teammate. Enjoy! 

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The Perfect Resignation Letter

The Perfect Resignation Letter | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Fancy Frenchwood is a professional recruiter from Seattle.
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What’s the perfect resignation letter? The answer depends on the culture of the business you’re leaving. Always, remember the future ramifications of references, background checks, and the future costs of any bridges you burn.


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The Negative to Positive Emotion Transformation

The Negative to Positive Emotion Transformation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

We are emotional beings, this is what we are. Everything that happens in our life makes us feel some sort of emotion. Whether it’s the satisfaction from eating our morning breakfast, the anger from our daily commute to work, the challenge from working out at the gym, the joy from spending time with loved ones, the calmness from relaxing in a quiet place alone, or the sadness from dealing with some sort of loss, we feel emotion in everything we do and we will continue to do so for the rest of our life. Therefore if we are bound to feel emotions for the remainder of our life, why should we be stuck feeling negative emotions?


Via Ariana Amorim, Les Howard, David Hain
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Over the years that the English language has been developing, we have decided to create almost two times as many words describing negative emotions over positive ones. 

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, November 8, 2013 9:41 AM

"As you can see, your emotional state can quickly be altered just by simply changing the words used to describe such feelings. Although you will still be describing the emotions you’re feeling from the situation, you now will be feeling it in more of a positive light. 

I now challenge you to choose five of the words above you think you will use today and try to use the positive transformation version instead. I promise if you do this long enough the emotions you feel will become more positive. "

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, November 10, 2013 7:05 AM

Love this!

Alex Watson's curator insight, November 12, 2013 12:48 AM

Nice post. Its a nice exercise to attempt to reframe situations, especially where emotions can run high.

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Three Dimensional Leadership

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Leadership is more than something we do or a role we pl… (Three Dimensional Leadership http://t.co/YzeNXBomaI via @shawmu)
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We’re drawn to 3D leaders. They have a gravitational pull. Not because of their title or their panache but because of who they are and what they offer to us. They invite us to be part of a bigger story, as actors, not just observers.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, November 9, 2013 9:25 AM

A great framework for understanding and growing as a leader.  Are you a 3D leader?  If not, what can you do to "up your game" and unleash the leader you were meant to become.

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5 Leadership Themes Every CEO Should Know

5 Leadership Themes Every CEO Should Know | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A leader's best insurance policy against wasting time o… (RT 5 Leadership Themes Every CEO Should Know.
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Managing leadership time successfully requires leaders to make progress on realizing the multiple levels of their agendas simultaneously.

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Six Drucker Questions that Simplify a Complex Age

Six Drucker Questions that Simplify a Complex Age | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

In 1981, Peter Drucker delivered a lecture at New York University titled “Managing the Increasing Complexity of Large Organizations.” Drawing on lessons from the auto industry, banking and beyond, he offered provocative prescriptions for coping in a world in which “the real challenge is to decide what you are doing” in the face of tremendous “technological change or market change.”

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Pascale Mousset
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Powerful insights from the worlds greatest management thinker.

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» 4 Perils of Being a Perfectionist - Inside Out

» 4 Perils of Being a Perfectionist - Inside Out | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you wish you were perfect? Be careful what you wish for. (4 Perils of Being a Perfectionist http://t.co/b3rRi1244z PsychCentral #psychology)

Via Luis Valdes
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It seems like being a perfectionist should lead to perfection, but so often the opposite is true. Rather than the success and serenity the perfectionist pictures, here are just a few of the difficulties that plague the perfectionist.

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The Surprising Secret to Finding Mentors

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The dark side of leadership is worse when you feel alone. Leaders face frustration, disappointment, confusion, doubt, stress, fear, and more. Hopelessness defeats leaders unless they replenish stre...
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The dark side of leadership is worse when you feel alone. Leaders face frustration, disappointment, confusion, doubt, stress, fear, and more. Hopelessness defeats leaders unless they replenish strength and find direction.

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8 Great Strategies for Change Agent Success

8 Great Strategies for Change Agent Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Last week, I led a workshop about what it takes to be a change agent – one of my favorite topics – for an audience of Bay Area women executives and corporate attorneys. We had a lively discussion about the joys and journeys of change agents and by the end of the session, we’d come up with a few important best practices for successful change agents.


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Superb insights on how to equip ourselves to lean into change. 

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9 Rules for Turning Endings into New Beginnings

9 Rules for Turning Endings into New Beginnings | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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 There’s a big difference between giving up and starting over in the right direction.  And there are three little words that can release you from your past regrets and guide you forward to a positive new beginning.  These words are: “From now on…”

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Study Underscores Health, Wellness and Career Benefits of Volunteering

Study Underscores Health, Wellness and Career Benefits of Volunteering | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“If you work with volunteers—or if are one yourself—you may not be surprised by a report from UnitedHealth Group indicating that people who spend some time giving back to their communities tend to be healthier than those who don’t.”


Via Garth Sanginiti
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Yet another great illustration of the positive power in serving others...for everyone involved. 

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:53 PM
"Companies that encourage and sponsor volunteer activities are also likely to engender goodwill and loyalty among employees. And of the employed volunteers in the survey who volunteered through their workplace, 81% agreed that volunteering together strengthens relationships among colleagues."