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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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Eleven Ways To Create Real Employee Engagement From Ground Up

Eleven Ways To Create Real Employee Engagement From Ground Up | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson, Sandeep Gautam
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We learned early on that our growth and success depended on our employees: how hard they worked, the ideas they had, how committed they were when times got tough, the types of relationships they formed with customers, and so much more. Keeping our employees inspired and happy, and honestly acknowledging how much we appreciated their loyalty and efforts, were some of our top priorities as business owners.


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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, November 26, 2013 1:58 AM

fantastic advice all throughout!

Michael Spurlin's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:32 AM

11 wasy that we can make an impact at work, no matter where we are in the organization.

John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, November 26, 2013 11:13 AM

Senior managers often say that it is their people who matter most; then demonstrate the opposite by their behaviour! So here are some helpful tips to make sure you are really engaging your people where it matters!

 

Remember ... work is the thing you do, it is not the place you go to!

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How Sharing Other People's Content Makes You an Irresistible Job Candidate

How Sharing Other People's Content Makes You an Irresistible Job Candidate | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Creating your own content isn't the only way to get noticed. Becoming a go-to curator of quality information for your industry can also earn you a spot on a hiring manager's hit...

Via Ilkka Olander, Aki Puustinen
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So many people talk about themselves on social media. You’ll stand out if you get off the soapbox and instead offer helpful, valuable information, giving props to whoever created it.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 26, 2013 12:12 AM

As someone who attempts to do just this - connecting people and ideas - I was delighted to know I may still be in demand, even if I don't want another job!

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How A Culture of Appreciation Develops Engaged and Loyal Employees

How A Culture of Appreciation Develops Engaged and Loyal Employees | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you look forward to going to work?Do you feel value… (RT @tedcoine: How A Culture of Appreciation Develops Engaged and Loyal Employees http://t.co/LHYnOe8Tk1 #leadership #humanbiz // Great Ideas)...
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When you actively appreciate and take an interest in the qualities, characteristics, and work of the people around you, you develop a culture where people love to work, are fully engaged, and where your customers and clients enjoy doing business with you.

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7 Reasons to Stop Proving Yourself to Everyone Else

7 Reasons to Stop Proving Yourself to Everyone Else | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Sometimes we try to show the world we are flawless in hopes that we will be liked and accepted by everyone, but we can’t please everyone and we shouldn’t try.  The beauty of us lies in our vulnerability, our complex emotions, and our authentic imperfections.  When we embrace who we are and decide to be authentic, instead of who we think others want us to be, we open ourselves up to real relationships, real happiness, and real success.

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Live the Golden Rule - General Leadership

Live the Golden Rule - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Ask yourself how your home, workplace, worship space and community might be more invigorated and inspired if you made The Golden Rule less a slick slogan and more an intentional lifestyle choice. I suspect you will love answer.
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The Golden Rule is a positive command to show love proactively and it is so effective because it challenges us to use empathy – moral imagination – to put ourselves in others’ shoes. It’s a simple but profoundly powerful way of thinking about our role in the world that compels us to act toward others as we would want them to act toward us.


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3 Reasons You Should Ask Your Team More Questions

3 Reasons You Should Ask Your Team More Questions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Posted in Leadership DevelopmentIt’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that when you ask a question, it makes you look weak, but good leaders don’t let the appearance of strength get in the way of actual strength.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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Managers who hope to be innovators need to collect information from a wide variety of sources, and that doesn’t just mean a wide variety of corporate magazines. It means talking to your “underlings” and seeing things from their perspective. It means looking for ideas in the most unlikely of places.

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Marc Traverson's curator insight, November 25, 2013 5:48 AM

C'est un apparent paradoxe : pour créer de l'intelligence et de la cohésion dans un collectif, il ne suffit pas au manager de déléguer et d'organiser le travail. En questionnant son équipe, en lui demandant un avis ou une préconisation, le manager fait exister le collectif en tant que tel. Il oblige l'ensemble des équipiers à se concerter, à réfléchir ensemble, bref à collaborer. C'est une logique apprenante qui est visée.

 

Conclusion : en tant que manager, sur quoi voudriez-vous connaître l'avis de votre équipe ? Et : êtes-vous prêt à entendre sincèrement ce qui vous reviendra ? Car avant de poser une question, c'est-à-dire de "donner la parole", il importe d'annoncer la manière dont on se saisira de ce qui émergera de ce processus ! Questionner est aussi un apprentissage pour soi.

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Abnormal Leadership - Joseph Lalonde

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Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Jesus. All three were great leaders. Two created stellar companies. One created a movement that has spanned 2,000 years. What else did these three leaders have in common?
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Be willing to step outside the normal boundaries of leadership. Look for new and innovative ways to lead.

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3 Types of Leaders Who Never Succeed

3 Types of Leaders Who Never Succeed | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you rise again and again to the very edge of success, only to fall back down? You may be guilty of one of these leadership styles.

Via Mike Klintworth
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Leadership isn't a solitary occupation. By definition, a leader leads others. 

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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 24, 2013 12:33 PM

There are a lot of hyphenated leaders: the Wanna-be leaders, Always-on leaders, Glory-grabbing leaders. But there's none so heartbreaking to work with as a Never-Gonna-Get-There leader. This is someone who rises again and again to the very edge of success, only, as in some twisted version of chutes and ladders, to fall back solely as a result of their own subconscious, success-restricting traits.

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10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People

10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Creative people are humble and proud. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted. Creative people are rebellious and conservative...

Via Mike Klintworth
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Creativity is the common theme that drives both entrepreneurs and artists alike. But creative people are often also paradoxical.



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Mike Klintworth's curator insight, November 24, 2013 12:15 PM

Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make due with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.

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8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day--And How To Avoid Them

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day--And How To Avoid Them | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The swimmers body illusion and other ways our brains play tricks on us.

Via Katherine Bryant, Create Wise Leader
John Michel's insight:

Great insights on how our tricky. Brains try and get the best of us. 

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Katherine Bryant's curator insight, November 22, 2013 5:10 PM

A great reminder that we need to challenge ourselves often to prevent these common common thinking errors from restricting us. 

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Learning to Say "No" Is Part of Success

Learning to Say "No" Is Part of Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You've gotten ahead by saying "yes." But now that you've got momentum, it's time to prioritize.
John Michel's insight:

 As we succeed, a key challenge becomes prioritizing the many opportunities that present themselves. We often try to do this without saying “no” definitively—we still want to keep our options open. Inevitably, though, this results in a lack of clarity and overcommitment, and we wind up disappointing people, exhausting ourselves, or simply failing.

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What you Must Know When Transitioning to a Leadership Role

What you Must Know When Transitioning to a Leadership Role | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Define Expectations

How would you like to interact and communicate with your team and peers, how do they prefer it? What's the company culture and how can you set standards and procedures that clearly define your expectations to your team and peers?
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Check out this powerful infographic pointing out the key attributes of successful lsenior leaders...and the skills gap that exists between desired competence and existing capability. 

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John Wade: pragmatic support for law firm leaders's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:08 AM

Great success for aspiring and newly promoted leaders

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How top companies develop star leaders - CBS News

How top companies develop star leaders - CBS News | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What companies that consistently turn out great executives have in common (Hint: it's not an executive coach)

Via Bobby Dillard
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These days, everyone's looking for quick and easy prescriptive answers to everything. When it comes to becoming one of those rare companies that turns out star executive talent year in, year out, that sort of quick fix mentality will fail every time. Leadership development takes a huge commitment and investment of precious executive time and capital resources. If you think you can just hire an executive coach and make everything wonderful, forget it.

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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more.
John Michel's insight:

Whether it’s a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are “in it for the long haul”. They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. 

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The Secret to Staying Motivated (and Motivating Other People)

The Secret to Staying Motivated (and Motivating Other People) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We all need motivation, and at times, we all need to motivate others. The secret is not an external force, but an internal superpower: inspiration.

 

By Jesse Jacobs


Via Ivo Nový, Alessandro Rea, Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

How do you create inspiration within yourself or your company? It comes from doing something that matters, and knowing that you’re a part of something bigger than yourself.

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Ivo Nový's curator insight, November 24, 2013 11:15 AM

Inspiration is the fire that wells within. When you’re inspired, you’re filled with life. You don’t need an alarm clock to wake up; you wake up before the alarm ready to dive into a new day. When you’re inspired, you don’t need to be told what to do at work; you’re already thinking of ways to make your work even better.

Bridget Hardy-Everett's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:56 AM

Be Motivated and Motivate, Pass Inspiration On!

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Eight Clear Signs It's Time To Make A Leadership Change

Eight Clear Signs It's Time To Make A Leadership Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I was recently invited to meet with an organization whose leadership wasted my time. An established, well-known company wanted to form a partnership with my organization.
John Michel's insight:

Mature leaders have a great feel – a sixth sense of the pulse – for what’s going on around them and as such they are expert decision makers.  They can anticipate crisis and manage change before circumstances force their hand. 

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[New Post] What If You Work for a Bad Leader?

[New Post] What If You Work for a Bad Leader? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Outstanding insights on how to effectively deal with bad bosses. 

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The Leadership Legacy of Kennedy and Lincoln - Huffington Post (blog)

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The Leadership Legacy of Kennedy and Lincoln
Huffington Post (blog)
These two events, both marked by unfulfilled lives and the specter of what might have been, offer us an opportunity to reflect on what so many admired in both men: leadership.
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What we need today, more than anything else, are visionary leaders who can inspire us to greatness and also ensure we get there. We need leaders who are willing to stand up, drive the debate, and commit our fellow citizens to action. We need leaders "to do this and other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."

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3 ways to change toxic tendencies at work - Fortune Management

3 ways to change toxic tendencies at work - Fortune Management | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Most offices are filled with workplace chatter that reinforces the idea that people can’t be trusted with autonomy. How to eliminate such negative talk.

Via george_reed, Bobby Dillard
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All employees would rather work in a sludge-free environment -- and every workplace would benefit from eradicating such talk. It would also free people from antiquated policies and standards, and give everyone the headroom to make their best contribution, in their own way.

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The Golden Rules For Creating Thoughtful Thought Leadership

The Golden Rules For Creating Thoughtful Thought Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Thought leadership isn't just for individuals. Here's how your business can use thought leadership to shape people's perception of your company and...
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Successful thought leadership does not arrive with a published idea linked to a hope that someone will recognize brilliance and sweep your firm from obscurity into industry prominence. Establishing a firm or an individual as a thought leader requires consistent, diligent effort. Thought leadership is cumulative.

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People Don't Leave Companies -- They Leave Leaders!

People Don't Leave Companies -- They Leave Leaders! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A "company" is just a legal entity. A "business" is a collection of desks and computers. No one resigns because of that.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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The  #1 reason for workplace stress...burnout...and ultimately, resignation: bosses. 

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, November 24, 2013 12:15 PM

This is a searing look at the cause of people leaving organizations.  It puts a lot of emphasis on the responsibility of leadership.

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Leadership grows when you become a better giver.

Leadership grows when you become a better giver. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders are givers. By giving, you trigger a universal law as powerful as gravity life gives to the giver, and takes from the taker. As a leader, the only way to get what you want is by helping eno...
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Giver leaders are successful because they naturally see people as bloomers and consistently seek to unleash their full human potential. They contribute and help others without seeking anything in return.

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Tap into Your Talent

Tap into Your Talent | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There were once a brother and sister who were each give…
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Each of us is born with talents that we are free to share or to hide. When we liberally share our best selves with others, we foster growth, enhance happiness and promote posterity. And as a result, the world literally becomes a different place. 

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John Michel's curator insight, November 24, 2013 10:16 PM

How well are you using your talents? 

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Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation

Google Reveals Its 9 Principles of Innovation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Want to know what's in Google's secret sauce? Chief social evangelist Gopi Kallayil dishes out the tech giant's success recipe.

Via Maya Mathias
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Ever wonder what gives one of the worlds most successful companies it's edge? Here is a great article on how Google keeps elevating the bar on its performance. 

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, November 23, 2013 3:49 PM

Some good insights into the inner workings of an innovative enterprise.  I cover these & others in more detail in my book 'Unleash Your InnoMojo' http://bit.ly/innomojobk

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Why Knowledge is Not Power

Why Knowledge is Not Power | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
  Yes, I said it. Contrary to everything you’ve ever be…
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Employees at the bottom must possess the same information as those at the top. Doing so allows senior leaders to focus on what they should be doing—leading—and keeps their focus on the business rather than onyour business.

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