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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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Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace

Forgiveness: The Least Understood Leadership Trait In The Workplace | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Kevin Watson
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Today, people think for themselves, especially in the entrepreneurial arena.  Less really is more when it comes to building extraordinary organizations.  Give people a dream that they can wrap their head and heart around, get out of the way, and let them run!

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The 12 building blocks of impactful leadership

The 12 building blocks of impactful leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Via Anne Leong
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A good leader is a good communicator. The leader must deliver constant, clear messages to the team and to the company. He recommended that leaders deliver those messages in person whenever possible—whether the news is good or bad.

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How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work - HBR

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work - HBR | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Start by changing your mindset.

Via Chad Manske
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Difficult conversations — whether you’re telling a client the project is delayed or presiding over an unenthusiastic performance review — are an inevitable part of management. How should you prepare for this kind of discussion? How do you find the right words in the moment? And, how can you manage the exchange so that it goes as smoothly as possible?

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Chad Manske's curator insight, January 11, 2015 12:16 AM

Many people dread, and even avoid having difficult conversations with employees who may not be living up to their potential.  These tips may help organize your thoughts as you approach how to have these necessary discussions.

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Be a High Performer (Not a Workaholic) in 2015

Be a High Performer (Not a Workaholic) in 2015 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
High performers succeed. Workaholics burn out. Which are you?

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Great insights on how to maximize positive performance. 

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Is Your Management Style Scaring Your Employees?

Is Your Management Style Scaring Your Employees? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You may think you're being direct, but you may be terrorizing your employees. Read on to understand the difference between being direct and running a ruthless regime.

Via george_reed
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As a business owner, leader, or manager, it's important to be able to step into a place of neutrality.Being neutral is not the same as being "direct" or detached. Many times, detachment and so-called "directness" comes from a place of holding our anger back, or trying to keep our frustration in check. If this is the case, you will come across as judgmental and punishing.

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george_reed's curator insight, January 7, 2015 6:45 PM

Toxic leaders rarely self-identify. They often have good intentions, from their perspective, but do not perceive that they are negatively impacting others in the process.

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10 Killer Habits that will Improve Your Leadership

10 Killer Habits that will Improve Your Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
With the new year just around the corner, you may be ready to wipe the slate clean and take the ...

Via Anne Leong
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Are you ready to improve your leadership skills? Adopting some or all of these traits could be a step in the right direction

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12 Leadership Lessons From Special Operations To Apply For The New Year

12 Leadership Lessons From Special Operations To Apply For The New Year | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong
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Practical insights to elevate your leadership...in war or at work. 

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 31, 2014 8:21 AM

Love these tips form Navy Seals mindset. 

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New Leaders 'Need To Leave Their Comfort Zones'

New Leaders 'Need To Leave Their Comfort Zones' | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
With the tenth series of the BBC’s reality television show The Apprentice concluded and a winner duly found, we can once again reflect on the picture provided of business as a jungle, full of driven, highly competitive people with an attitude to teamwork that few sportsmen would recognise. Presiding over [...]

Via Anne Leong
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 There are four key characteristics that differentiate leaders who thrive in today’s fast-changing business environment:

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How to Change Your Life in Just 2 Minutes a Day: 10 Quick Habits

How to Change Your Life in Just 2 Minutes a Day: 10 Quick Habits | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu “The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.” Madame Mari

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
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Making a positive change in your life does not have to be about making a huge leap.

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Hervé Odet's curator insight, January 2, 2015 3:48 AM

Heureuse année 2015 à vous, bonne lecture, Hervé Odet, Cabinet Baud

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20 Leadership Experts Share Their Single Best Tip

20 Leadership Experts Share Their Single Best Tip | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Trust what these professionals say about good leadership. They are experts on the topic.


Via Mike Klintworth
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Good leaders all have one thing in common: They know how to seek advice. It's a bit like parenting. No one who raises a child for the first time understands the job perfectly. You have to keep learning and growing. These experts know the drill. They've written about their experiences in leadership, spoken in front of mass audiences, and honed their skills over many years. Here are their single best tips, exclusive just to this list.

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How to Become the Most Compelling Person You Will Ever Know

How to Become the Most Compelling Person You Will Ever Know | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Feel as though you're just marking time instead of making your mark? Here's how to step up your game and start making a memorable difference for those around you.
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Common sense advice from a great leader. 

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6 Stories of Super Successes Who Overcame Failure

6 Stories of Super Successes Who Overcame Failure | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
They're perfect examples of why failure should never stop you from following your vision.

Via Anne Leong, Pascale Mousset
John Michel's insight:

Learn from your mistakes, reflect and accept the failure, but revisit your passion and keep pursuing your goals no matter what. 

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Glenn Mallo's curator insight, December 10, 2014 10:50 AM

Terrific addition to story of Abe Lincoln.  Great reminder of first time learning how to ride a bike and fell down... http://www.slate.com/articles/business/how_failure_breeds_success/2014/05/abraham_lincoln_failure_at_50_why_the_myth_is_so_persistent_and_powerful.html

Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 10, 2014 8:33 PM

Overcome the cynics, look past the critics , picks fightvwith adversity...great read on people who made their dreams possible by knocking over setbacks.

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How IBM Brings Ideas Forward From Its Teams

How IBM Brings Ideas Forward From Its Teams | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via David Hain
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Getting the best work out of a team isn’t about silencing the loudest person. It’s about getting everyone involved to explore every angle, bring all ideas to the surface and collaborate on a path forward.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 8, 2014 4:10 AM

To collaborate effectively, focus on two things: getting everyone to contribute and letting everyone’s contribution be heard. ~ IBM

Robyn Haydon's curator insight, December 11, 2014 2:19 AM

Great advice from IBM for anyone brainstorming with their teams: "When you give voice to more people, the best ideas win, not (just) the loudest ones."

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Honest Hearts Produce Honest Leaders

Honest Hearts Produce Honest Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Honest leaders are memorable. They keep check on themselves, demonstrate sincerity, lead by their values, and are ruled by their principles.

Via Anne Leong
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Honesty is more complex than just not lying—it’s a commitment to knowing and understanding the truth, speaking the truth, and leading from the truth. 

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7 Tips For Great Storytelling As A Leader

7 Tips For Great Storytelling As A Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tell better storiesand leave your audience wanting to hear morewith these tips on tale-spinning.

Via Kasia Hein-Peters
John Michel's insight:

We tell ourselves stories about why we do what we do; about why we act the way we act; about what we said and why we said it; about how something should be done or not done. The stories that go on in our head prove positively that stories are a natural mode of communication.

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25 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed

25 Ways to Stop Feeling Overworked and Overwhelmed | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Practical considerations for anyone to consider in order to get the most out of life. 

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Leading with grace

Leading with grace | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Newcomers in leadership positions often feel as if they’re wearing clothes that don’t quite fit.


Via Mike Klintworth
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To lead with grace requires knowing who you are, which allows you to inspire people to help you move the organization toward its goals. And at first glance, it would be easy to conclude that women are better naturally equipped than men with the skills to lead with grace. After all, years of social science research has shown that girls’ early socialization focuses on ‘taking care of others’ and ‘learning one’s identity through relationship with others’. But data reveals this is not the case. 

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Helping Others Know You As A Leader: 3 Ways to Get Started

Helping Others Know You As A Leader: 3 Ways to Get Started | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to build a connection between yourself and others is to share information about yourself—who you are, where you’re from, your influences, etc. Being vulnerable and sharing a li...

Via Anne Leong
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As a leader, you have the opportunity to set the tone for the type of relationship you want to have with your people. Don’t make it a guessing game. Encourage open, trustful relationships with others by sharing your leadership point of view.

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Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy - HBR

Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy - HBR | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Techniques to help you hear, process, and respond.

Via Anne Leong
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The ability and willingness to listen with empathy is often what sets a leader apart.  Hearing words is not adequate; the leader truly needs to work at understanding the position and perspective of the others involved in the conversation. 

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M.C. Bohley's curator insight, January 5, 2015 2:20 PM

Short, sweet and to the point!

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Behavior Multipliers: Four Factors That Can Lead to Success - Lifehacker

Behavior Multipliers: Four Factors That Can Lead to Success - Lifehacker | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Mike Klintworth
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Our constant quest to achieve more and work faster results is a trap. We get so obsessed with the goal that we forget to consider the factors that can help our hinder our success. Here are four behavior multipliers that can help you along the way toward your goals.

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What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys

What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

““All the money in the world, all the research and development resources in the world aren’t really worth a hoot, without innovative leadership. Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders,” said Forbes Contributor Henry Doss in his recent post...”


Via Richard Andrews, Roger Francis, Mika Auramo, Aki Puustinen
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In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the Zenger Folkman organization described what we believe is a somewhat unique study to answer the question of what successful leaders do to create more innovative teams.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 22, 2014 12:44 AM

Learn these and then live these:-)

 

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Why Tough Love Leadership Works - Forbes

Why Tough Love Leadership Works - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Teachings of the Far East explain the concept of yin/yang. In order to achieve balance, and ultimately success, we need to have oppositional forces present and equal.


Via Mike Klintworth
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 If people know you have their best interest in mind, they won’t question your motives when you make a suggestion or provide direct feedback. Instead, they’ll embrace it.

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The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss

The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Edwin Rutsch, Create Wise Leader
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Emma Seppala, associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, says compassionate workplaces are not only good for employees' mental and physical health, but for a company’s bottom line.

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Why Leadership Should Be Hard

Why Leadership Should Be Hard | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An examination into the realities of leadership in today's organizations and why it should be hard to lead our teams and organizations.

Via donhornsby
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Leadership can no longer be viewed as another rung up the career ladder, as something that is positionally ascribed because of the role we play in our organization. Instead, we need to view leadership for what it is – a calling to inspire, enable and motivate those around us to believe we can do things better; we can make things better than they are today.

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donhornsby's curator insight, December 10, 2014 8:35 AM

(From the article): Leadership can no longer be viewed as another rung up the career ladder, as something that is positionally ascribed because of the role we play in our organization. Instead, we need to view leadership for what it is – a calling to inspire, enable and motivate those around us to believe we can do things better; we can make things better than they are today.

 

We need leaders who recognize that to engage people in the work they do requires the willingness to truly listen and understand the realities of those under their care. Of what it is that would make people feel like they’re making a difference – that what they do matters and is meaningful – and then connecting that to the greater purpose that defines our organization.

Gust MEES's curator insight, December 10, 2014 11:23 AM

An examination into the realities of leadership in today's organizations and why it should be hard to lead our teams and organizations.


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Mediocrity or Greatness? That is the Question. - Entrepreneur

Mediocrity or Greatness? That is the Question. - Entrepreneur | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A clear vision and devotion to the people a business affects are the hallmarks of the best companies.
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In whatever industry you choose, if you can create amazing experiences with your whole network of people your business connects with, you will build a great company that delivers exceptional financial returns.

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