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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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15 Warning Signs You’re Working for the Wrong Leader

15 Warning Signs You’re Working for the Wrong Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
No structure? No plan? No encouragement? A good boss should lead and lead well, but sometimes you're just following the wrong leader...here's how to tell.

Via Roger Francis
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In life, there are leaders, and there are followers. If you’re not leading, you need to figure out who you’re following. Take a look at your leader and be honest, because if they match too many of these traits, you’re following the wrong leader. Be careful when judging, however, because it’s always possible the problem is actually you.

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12 Rituals Happy, Successful People Practice Every Day

12 Rituals Happy, Successful People Practice Every Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 12, 5:10 PM

I would retain judgement alongside encouragement. The key to judgement is being aware of the biases we hold and the way they colour the world we perceive.

 

This is incredibly important for teachers and others in pedagogic relationships. The influence we have on students is lasting.

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Laugh Often to Live Well | Brain Blogger

Laugh Often to Live Well | Brain Blogger | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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You have heard it time and again – laughter is the best medicine. Humor and mirth offer a multitude of preventive and healing effects and a new study is offering more evidence that laughter has quantifiable benefits for the brain.

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Bobby Dillard's curator insight, May 10, 1:54 PM

You have heard it time and again – laughter is the best medicine. Humor and mirth offer a multitude of preventive and healing effects and a new study is offering more evidence that laughter has quantifiable benefits for the brain.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 10, 5:42 PM

Children laugh up to 300 times a day and adults an average of 5 times a day. If school were fun and enjoyable for children and adults, perhaps we would laugh more.

Fatima Formariz's curator insight, May 23, 5:49 AM

Laughter has healing effects, easy medecine.

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Motivational Leadership by Example

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There is a difference between simply being a leader of a team and being a motivator of a team.  Leaders who are not role models for their employees are not completely fulfilling their jobs as leaders.  Set an example for your employees so they strive for excellence within themselves and within your organization.  Your staff and organization will succeed if you lead them with a positive example.

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6 Strong Signs it’s Time to Let Go

6 Strong Signs it’s Time to Let Go | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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4 Reasons Your Ideal Career Path is Wrong

4 Reasons Your Ideal Career Path is Wrong | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I'm going to tell you something you probably don’t want to hear. Are you ready?Your ideal career path is wrong.Now, before you start second guessing yourself, consider this: Do you plan on keeping

Via Bobby Dillard
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When you look into your future, remember there is no cookie-cutter version of your career. Unless it's your plan to stick with the same job for the next 40 years, you'll need to embrace change. However, if you’re like most professionals these days, you can expect to stay in the same job for about four years.


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David Hain's curator insight, May 8, 12:05 AM

Look at life as a series of gigs that build skills, networks and values - don't expect a job for life!

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10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence

10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Leaders must take more time to stop, reflect and assess their own thinking, capabilities and aptitudes.  They must evaluate how their leadership brand is being perceived by others and whether or not it has grown tired and requires a tune-up.    Leaders must take pause and reach out to those before them who have already lived the situations they are about to experience themselves – and embrace these perspectives as nuggets of wisdom in preparation for what lies ahead of them.

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Progressive training's curator insight, May 9, 6:21 AM

10 Timeless Leadership Lessons to Help Expand Your Influence

 

#leadership #management #business

donhornsby's curator insight, May 22, 6:14 AM

Leaders must take more time to stop, reflect and assess their own thinking, capabilities and aptitudes. 

 

 

(From the article): As leaders, you must begin to look beyond the obvious and open your eyes to see the opportunities previous unseen.   Leadership requires you to have circular vision and when you begin to grow complacent, you only see the obvious details before you – rather than those they lie around, beneath and beyond what you seek.  In fact, your mindset becomes stagnate because you are not stretching your perspectives enough to see more than you want to.

 

When you fall into this trap, it’s time to reshuffle the deck, and map out the internal and external factors that are influencing your thinking. You must begin to identify areas that can be improved –  such as relationships, workshop culture, networking, how you are investing in yourself (or lack thereof), etc.

 

It’s not experience, but rather opportunity that is the true mother of success.   Be more mindful about how you manage opportunity before it begins to manage you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 22, 7:41 AM

The first lesson is a good place to begin. We become so busy we do not look up and from side-to-side. Leaders need to be present and aware of what is happening and not happening. They need to be aware of who is best served to take the reins in a given situation.

 

In School, leadership and management should be intertwined. Quite often, I found that the latter was used almost exclusively and leadership did not exist.

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Don't Make These 9 Deadly Leadership Mistakes

You want to do the right things, but a big part of your success also hinges on avoiding the wrong things. To be a great boss, avoid these 9 common traps.
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Being a leader isn't easy, and not every decision you make is going to be a good one. But you can be a more effective leader if you avoid the most common mistakes that bosses make. The good news is that, with just a little bit of work and attention, these mistakes can be avoided and your company can thrive as a result. So avoid these 9 deadly leadership mistakes at all cost.

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18 Reasons to Give Up Trying to Live Up to Everyone’s Expectations

18 Reasons to Give Up Trying to Live Up to Everyone’s Expectations | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Become a Company That Questions Everything

Become a Company That Questions Everything | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Four ways to build a culture of inquiry.
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 Today’s business leaders should take on the role of “being ‘chief question-asker’ for their organization.

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7 Ways To Knock An Hour Off Your Work Day

7 Ways To Knock An Hour Off Your Work Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We all wish there were more hours in the day. Start using the time you have more wisely and see how much you can accomplish in less time.

Via David Hain
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Building the life you want is largely about having the guts to do it. Unless you inhabit a world of scheduled shifts and time cards, you can just leave an hour earlier--even if your boss is still there. Who knows, maybe she wants the office to herself for a while and is annoyed that everyone is hanging around!

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David Hain's curator insight, April 29, 7:49 AM

Some simple and very practical time saving ideas here.

HR_Hardball's curator insight, April 30, 8:02 AM

Always interested in less work, more time....#lifehacks

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3 Innovative Methods to Battle Leadership Blind Spots

3 Innovative Methods to Battle Leadership Blind Spots | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The concept of not knowing what you don't know has gotten its fair share of attention. Here are three practices that can lead to crucial discoveries.
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Business leaders are blind to the questions they should be asking for two reasons.

1. In most organizations, you get promoted not for asking questions but for providing answers. You advance by voicing the glib sound bites, not the edgy hypotheticals.

2. Once you ascend to the CEO seat, there are barriers precluding your interaction with anyone who might nag you with those hypotheticals.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 26, 11:23 PM

Why asking better questions is often more important than finding answers...

Beth Kanter's curator insight, April 27, 7:35 PM

"The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question." Peter Drucker, The Practice of Management (1954)



3. Set aside time every day to sit, think, and write down better questions--about yourself and your organization. Gregersen's 4-24 Project is an attempt to start a movement among leaders to ask better questions. Specifically, Gregersen is urging leaders to take four minutes every day to write out all the questions they have about anything personal or professional.

While there are potential business ROIs in the activity--including, but not limited to, articulating disruptive questions for your company--there are also personal benefits. First and foremost, there's the meditative practice of simply sitting and thinking. For at least four minutes a day, you will (ostensibly) remove your mind from your immediate to-do list, and think only of questions. On more stressful days, these questions will, of course, pertain to your to-do list, as opposed to long-term, big-picture, high-concept thoughts. But even then, you'll at least gain the benefit of venting. 

Over time, says Gregersen, you'll be able to do what Christensen did as an HBS student: Review your lists of questions, and notice the patterns. 


Dave Wood's curator insight, April 28, 12:09 AM

As a coach you get to ask the disruptive questions that uncover leadership  blind spots.  Some key ideas here which can be enhanced by visually recording your coaching sessions.

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6 Easy-to-Steal Rituals of Extremely Successful People

6 Easy-to-Steal Rituals of Extremely Successful People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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20 Tiny Thoughts Crushing Your Biggest Dreams

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3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People

3 Strategies for Dealing With Toxic People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, you can't change them. But you can change the way you interact with them.

Via Stepped Leader, Bobby Dillard, Pascale Mousset
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Remove the truly difficult people--in life and in business. As an entrepreneur, don't be so focused on the bottom line that you let a bully run amok amongst your staff. Here are some tips to help guard you against the negative effect of toxic people.

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The Differences Between Successful People and Unsuccessful People

The Differences Between Successful People and Unsuccessful People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I received a postcard in the mail from the CEO of Petra Coach, the creator of Align Software and a fellow member of Entrepreneurs Organization. I've never met him, but Andy Bailey and

Via Vimal Rai, Pascale Mousset
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Being present, asking the right questions, and listening to what your customers, employees, suppliers, and investors have to tell you creates an invaluable feedback loop for your performance as a leader and for the organization as a whole.  Do it consistently and others will follow with astounding results.

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Vimal Rai's curator insight, May 9, 12:41 AM

So, so, so important. Can't stress that enough.

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The Delicate Art Of Managing Both Your Boss And Your Employees

The Delicate Art Of Managing Both Your Boss And Your Employees | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The best leaders are able to manage their employees while adapting to the needs of those higher up on the management hierarchy. Here are six ways to manage up and down at the same time.


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 The most effective leaders are adept at integrating the demands of managing up and down. They are able to remain effective team leaders while adapting to the needs of those higher up on the management hierarchy. 

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Make Your Team Feel Powerful

Make Your Team Feel Powerful | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Increased control leads to higher engagement.
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This is the Personality Trait That Most Often Predicts Success

This is the Personality Trait That Most Often Predicts Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Research shows that being conscientious will help you succeed in the long run.

Via Kevin Watson
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Tough says that people who test high in conscientiousness get better grades in school and college, commit fewer crimes, and stay married longer.

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The New Employee ... Partner in Purpose?

The New Employee ... Partner in Purpose? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Comes a time in everyone's life to move on. Whether it's from a relationship, job or life itself.Sometimes it's easy. Sometimes not. I've done it recently myself and find it to be a wonderful breath

Via Bobby Dillard
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Give employees the right skills, abilities and time to gain complete dominion over their job. Allow them to go off the farm and continually learn about new things, new ways to do their job. This works, with one small caveat. The person has to be motivated and an auto-didact. Have the energy and gumption to teach themselves on their own time - and enjoy it.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 3, 4:30 PM

Complexity and autonomy are important in all workplaces and particularly in education. Teachers need to feel they have space to move easily in their teaching.

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How to Be a Better Leader? Love Being a Follower

How to Be a Better Leader? Love Being a Follower | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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In order to be a  truly great leader in this new world, you need to have a real and profound appreciation for followers and their power, as well as the willingness to take the follower role when the time is right. Which can be tricky if you’re too invested in the idea of being "the leader."

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Deborah Orlowski, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 10, 11:15 AM

In a sense, this is a riff on the "Servant Leadership" concept. 

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 10, 10:31 PM

follow and lead on a need basis!

DaleLatham's curator insight, June 12, 7:02 AM

The video says it all.  Dance like no one is watching....

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Shona Ba Shona, 438th AEW AFN Commercial One Minute Version

Shona Ba Shona, 438th AEW AFN Commercial One Minute Version | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The 438th Air Expeditionary Wing/NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan has the task of building a sustainable Afghan Air Force. The advisors mentor in over sixty separate career fields, over one hundred ninety specialties bringing the professionalism and personal touches to the mission. This is an AFN commercial for this wing and the mission.
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What to Do When Your Managers Don't Trust Each Other

What to Do When Your Managers Don't Trust Each Other | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You need to put an end to any office intrigue and backbiting--now. Here's where to start.
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How to Simplify Your Life in 5 Minutes a Day

How to Simplify Your Life in 5 Minutes a Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The situation for many of us is that life is fast and full of opportunity. The complication is we think we have to do everything. The implication of this is that we make a millimeter progress in a

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We can Chose to simplify. We can learn to recognize what is essential and eliminate nonessentials. If we do this then we can operate at a higher point of contribution. this great article provides five simple ways to simplify your life so you can focus on what is most essential.

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Great Leadership Comes Down To One Thing - Forbes

Great Leadership Comes Down To One Thing - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great Leadership Comes Down To One Thing
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If we agree leadership is an organization's competitive advantage, there is a salient formula to allow us to understand, and I believe predict which leaders will be successful.

Via Mike Klintworth
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It’s easy to attract like-minded people.  They fuel us and give a sense of belonging.  This after all is a basic human need.  A sense of inclusion is a drive that many share.  If though inclusion is equated with sameness then just like in high school, you have the cool group and then the not so hip.  The liability of the cool group is the risk of absence of diversity.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 26, 5:26 AM

Agile leaders who build relationships both internal and externally create and foster an exciting culture that people love to perform in and come to work in...good read.