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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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Letting Go: Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog

Letting Go: Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney | Talking Point | The Disney Institute Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If letting go is the imperative, what makes a team or organization (Letting Go: Leadership Lessons from Walt Disney http://t.co/hUzOQuAkCS
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The more a vision can be expressed in a vivid, imaginative way, the more it will motivate people to action in the present.

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How Mindfulness Supports Leadership Development

How Mindfulness Supports Leadership Development | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This article explains how mindfulness is related to developing new leadership capabilities.
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Awareness is the first step of change. And when people practice mindfulness, they are strengthening their ability to be aware. So if you want to develop your leadership abilities, or any new capabilities, first you must be able to observe yourself, to be mindful. Neuroscience shows us that while our default state is not mindful, we are able to develop this ability. And the more we practice being mindful, the better we get at it.

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, November 2, 2013 2:30 AM

Mindfulness helps build awareness and without awareness it is not possible to create change.  Welcome to the new world of leadership.

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Five Everyday Habits for Boosting Creativity

Five Everyday Habits for Boosting Creativity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The questions that people ask most about creativity is, how do you make it happen? I’m not sure if there are any scientifically proven ways to do that, but there are certainly things that can influence creativity. (Alcohol and hallucinogenic drugs come to mind, but that’s not particularly what I had in mind for this article.)

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Here are the 5 proven everyday habits for you to use to boost creativity:

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Five Ways to Turn Adversaries into Allies

Five Ways to Turn Adversaries into Allies | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Forget about strolling through life and ending with extraordinary impact. Leadership is never an accident. Influence is intentional and earned. Leaders intentionally have point B in mind. Bob Burg’...
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Forget about strolling through life and ending with extraordinary impact. Leadership is never an accident. Influence is intentional and earned.

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The Enemy Inside - Leading In Spite of Challenge

The Enemy Inside - Leading In Spite of Challenge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you have Teammates who undermine you? Hold them accountable. Be gracious. Be specific. But above all, be clear that abdicating responsibility will not be tolerated.
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The greatest disappointments we experience in our lives often come at the hands of those we depend on the most. Those we trust to live up to their responsibilities to do what they said they would do. These are the formal and informal leaders in our midst we are counting on to stay true to their word.


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David Hain's curator insight, November 1, 2013 4:04 AM

We all have to deal with the enemy within at times - how to do so by a top leader.

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A Tale of Two Leaders: Which Are You?

A Tale of Two Leaders: Which Are You? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
More than twenty years ago, I had an experience with two very different leaders. Those experiences have dramatically shaped my own view of leadership. In the end, they represent two very different styles, leading to two very different results.

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Which leader sounds more like you? 

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80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You?

80% Of Companies Don't Care About Company Culture--Do You? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Design Executive Officers certainly do. And the authors of the new book Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design believe they're the future of business. (Thnx @HelpingMeOut RT: Is corporate culture finally getting the attention it deserves?
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 Each crisis, each opportunity is a chance to examine the company culture. Perhaps it can provide immediate and clear guidance. Perhaps it fuels heated debates. Perhaps it is silent. If it’s been thoughtfully articulated and widely shared, the corporate culture finds a seat at every meeting.

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Prepare for Creative Tension or It May Undo Your Vision - Jesse Lyn Stoner

Prepare for Creative Tension or It May Undo Your Vision - Jesse Lyn Stoner | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The team was excited and energized. Their vision would lead to the breakthrough they had been looking for. But they weren't prepared for "creative tension."

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Creative tension enables you to be honest with yourself about your current situation and also keep your vision front and center at the same time …

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David Hain's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:29 AM

You don't get where you are going without a few roadblocks - keep your eye on the prize.

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The Creative Brain On Exercise

The Creative Brain On Exercise | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The physical state of our bodies can either serve or subvert the quest to create genius. We all know this intuitively. But with rare exceptions...
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For artists, entrepreneurs, and any other driven creators, exercise is a powerful tool in the quest to help transform the persistent uncertainty, fear, and anxiety that accompanies the quest to create from a source of suffering into something less toxic, then potentially even into fuel.


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The Power of Executive Candor

The Power of Executive Candor | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Candor is a powerful leadership tool. The power of words is demonstrated as a predictor of a company's success.
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Wise words reminding us that while no one can predict the future, we can create the future through our communications. 

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7 Reasons You Need a Network Perspective - CCL e-Newsletter October 2013

7 Reasons You Need a Network Perspective - CCL e-Newsletter October 2013 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Network perspective is a 21st-century leadership imperative. Learn what it is and why you need it. (Good advice seniors!!!
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Network perspective is the ability to look beyond formal, designated relationships and see the complex web of connections between people in and beyond your organization.

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RWhat other people think about you is NONE of your business!

RWhat other people think about you is NONE of your business! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As I often say, if everyone likes you, you might want to be concerned. When you follow your heart, you will make waves in this world.
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How people perceive you reveals more about them than it does about you. People will perceive you based on their own conditioning and filters. So don’t take it personally.

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The 4 Essential Traits Of 'Intrapreneurs'

The 4 Essential Traits Of 'Intrapreneurs' | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Intrapreneurs are the heroes of a business environment There’s been much discussion of late about the entrepreneurs within an organization—those highly valuable executives and team members who will perhaps never become a company...
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A company founded with an entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial emphasis becomes a magnet for more of the same. Employees recommend the company to others who share their values. Like breeds like, which is also to say that a company can’t conduct itself without integrity and still expect to find those traits upheld in its ranks. With time and experience, you will learn to ask the searching questions that will help you determine the true traits of the individuals you consider.


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Why Great CEOs Aren’t Always Great Leaders

Why Great CEOs Aren’t Always Great Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great CEOs are often people in a race to the future – t… (Why Great CEOs Aren’t Always Great Leaders by @JohnRichardBell http://t.co/bL26hjoo3Y via @shawmu #leadership)...
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Theoretically, the principles and personal characteristics that constitute great leadership should mirror those of greats CEOs – but not always. Here are 3 reasons why:

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Accepting Change: Be Leary of Luddites - General Leadership

Accepting Change: Be Leary of Luddites - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Will you make the choice and accept responsibility for seizing control and lean into change so you can grow into the best version of yourself?
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Know any Luddites of your own?

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The Go-To Person: What You Need To Become One

The Go-To Person: What You Need To Become One | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Work is no different than sports. You have your go-to people there too.  They have that “it” factor. They are the fixers who step up and do the dirty work. Under pressure, their peers turn to them to identify and implement solutions. They stand in front of customers, close deals, and hit deadlines. They possess that knack for simplifying, clarifying, synthesizing, and unifying. They carry a reputation for being the ones who stay calm, look out for others, and find a way to make things happen. In short, they are leaders.


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Being the winner sometimes means stepping back, accepting a lesser role, and playing to your strengths. You may only be able to control one small area, but you can set the pick or handle the grunt work that ultimately influences the outcome. Never forget: Sacrificing for someone else – knowing you may not get the credit – is often what real leadership is about.

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Wharton: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield | Anne Wainscott

Wharton: Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield | Anne Wainscott | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
@wharton The Writing Well: Wharton Exec Ed on what we can learn from battlefields of history: http://t.co/7WotqLytOh #education #history
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The vividness of learning about leadership breakdowns rather than leadership successes is helps us better understand our own styles of decision making and how to be better leaders with our own teams.

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Why You Should Talk Less and Do More

Why You Should Talk Less and Do More | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A prototype is worth a thousand words.Although memories of my early formal education have started to fade, I vividly recall two distinct types of learning experiences: brainwork and handwork. The (Talk less, do more.

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Shortening the distance between talking about an idea and prototyping it is key to becoming a successful design thinker. Ideas are of little use if they stay put as ideas. You can only assess their merits when you bring them to life and let others poke at them.

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Shortening the distance between talking about an idea and prototyping it is key to becoming a successful design thinker. Ideas are of little use if they stay put as ideas. You can only assess their merits when you bring them to life and let others poke at them.

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A Role Model Who Uses Small Gestures In a Big Way

A Role Model Who Uses Small Gestures In a Big Way | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A little over a year ago, I picked up a copy of Douglas Conant's Touchpoints. I could not help but smile as I read; here was a book that beautifully stated the essence of heart-based leadership, the principle on which my life's work is based.
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"How can I help?" Four simple words that hold immense power. Yet another great interview from Doug Conant. 

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7 things really persuasive people do

7 things really persuasive people do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Sometimes you absolutely have to make your point. Here are 7 tips on how to do it effectively with style and grace.

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Smart persuaders know that they don't have to win every little battle to win the war. They are more than willing to sacrifice when it helps the overall cause. They are ready to find the easiest path to yes.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 31, 2013 3:26 AM

Great tips on influence - thanks @LaRaeQuy!

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12 Most Appealing Boss Behaviors

12 Most Appealing Boss Behaviors | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Brad Shorr praises all the good bosses in the world with the 12 Most Appealing Boss Behaviors.

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Here are the 12 most appealing boss behaviors — behaviors appealing not only to a boss’s direct reports, but also to the bosses of the boss.

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Introvert Leadership: There’s More to Getting a Promotion than Great Results | Career Rocketeer - Career Search and Personal Branding Blog

Introvert Leadership: There’s More to Getting a Promotion than Great Results | Career Rocketeer - Career Search and Personal Branding Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Many of us introverts seem to think that to hunker down and deliver amazing results is enough. To make matters worse, when we see self-promotion or sucking up to the boss, we get self righteous about the dynamic, thinking we’re above it all.
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The person that creates the greatest value in the mind of the boss will get paid more and get the promotions more frequently...introvert or extrovert. 

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The Language Of Leadership - Lolly Daskal | Lolly Daskal

RT @LollyDaskal: RT @KimPope: The Language of Leadership http://t.co/xKGZW55Fwu From @LollyDaskal #leadfromwithin #leadership < Thanks Kim!
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Language is a system of communication; it is the critical link between the created present and the uncreated future, it is the glue that binds our reality into results.

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7 Traits That Distinguish Super Successful People From Ordinary Ones

7 Traits That Distinguish Super Successful People From Ordinary Ones | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How'd Richard Branson, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett do so well? They lived according to these seven strategic, wealth-building principles.
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Here are stories of seven of the most successful--and wealthiest--people in the world to illustrate each of those seven principles. 


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What Great Companies Know: Retention Is Critical For Real Success

What Great Companies Know: Retention Is Critical For Real Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The aftermath of 2008 economic downturn saw employee turnover plummet as most employees decided to hunker down in their jobs. Turnover went from 35.7 percent in 2007 to 23.6 percent in 2009, …

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Remember, even a speck of doubt in your employee’s mind during hiring can snowball into a big cause for leaving later. Have a plan. Otherwise you’ll always be hiring and dropping people.

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John Ludike's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:16 AM

Essential to design and integrate into overall organisation EVP, Leadership Brand etc.