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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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10 Qualities Every Leader of The Future Needs to Have

10 Qualities Every Leader of The Future Needs to Have | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Aggressive, result-driven leaders have long been considered the best entrepreneurs. But collaboration and communication are proving to be far more valuable these days.

Via The People Development Network, Alexis Assimacopoulos, Dean J. Fusto
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The closer everyone in the organization comes to achieving his or her singular potential, the more successful the business will be. Successful cultures encourage their employees to keep refreshing their toolkits, keep flexible, keep their stakes in the stream
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:06 PM

We are actually not doing away with command and control. We are embedding them differently and more subtly.

Doris Palomino's curator insight, October 30, 2013 3:51 PM

I believe that if you really wanna move from good to great in organizations, then you should really consider leaning on betas... ""Yet I am seeing increasing success from "beta" startup cultures where the emphasis is on collaboration, curation and communication". 

Mamta Sharma's curator insight, November 4, 2013 3:33 AM

leaders are not only born they can be created too!

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What Good Bosses Do

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With a title like “What Good Bosses Do”, I’m immediately positioned to create a comprehensive list of all the management and leadership actions of a good boss. I’m not going to do that. 


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Good bosses connect employees to enable them to do great work together.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:23 PM

Shawn Murphy on how to creat workplace optimism...

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, November 19, 2013 5:50 AM

Is there such a thing as a good boss? What can you do, to improve?

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Marine Corps leaders get ready to get personal

Marine Corps leaders get ready to get personal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A report on a new mentoring and leadership approach represents a big change for the Marines.
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The Marine Corps is overhauling its approach to mentoring by emphasizing a far more personal, engaged and relational style of leadership. Bravo! 

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, October 30, 2013 8:57 PM

Signifcant change in leadership approach for Marine Corps is sparking discussion.  "Marine Corps leaders will need to find a way to keep service members engaged after years of the adrenaline rush and the greater decision-making responsibility that the battlefield can produce. And they will need to find a way to instill a new type of discipline without disrespecting the Corps’ traditions or the junior members it stands to lose in the transition. There’s no reason good leaders can’t do both."

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Happiness, Flow, & Better Leadership | Globoforce Blog

Happiness, Flow, & Better Leadership | Globoforce Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A few tips from positive psychology on enabling employees to reach a state of flow to ensure happiness, productivity and engagement at work.
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Flow is, in a nutshell, what some might describe as “clicking” or “hitting your stride” or “firing on all cylinders.” It’s likely you’ve experienced it—if not at work, then perhaps while playing a sport or involved in something creative.

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People Skills for Leaders: 12 Essential Thoughts to Proficient #PeopleSkills - Kate Nasser

People Skills for Leaders: 12 Essential Thoughts to Proficient #PeopleSkills - Kate Nasser | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People skills are essential to leadership & team success yet often low priority for training. Get started w/ these 12 essentials fr The People Skills Coach™

Via Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roger Francis
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Thoughts drive behavior and create a chain of reactions. Hold these thoughts about people skills and build valuable bonds that strengthen results.


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donhornsby's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:52 AM

(From the article): Thoughts drive behavior and create a chain of reactions. Hold these thoughts about people skills and build valuable bonds that strengthen results.

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8 Things Extraordinary People Give to Others

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Practical Tips for Productive Living
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The difference between ordinary people and extraordinary people is the word “extra.”  As Anne Frank once said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”  Whenever you can, go out of your way and do something nice and unexpected for those around you, especially those who may never be able to repay you.  Be the “extra” in extraordinary.


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Why Leaders Fail

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Leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win one of one hundred copies of, The Heart of Leadership. *** Leadership is a matter of character before skill. In other words, it’s about who you a...
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Leaders who lack character don’t seek wisdom because they don’t need wisdom. They already know.

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Why and how leaders are different | SmartBlogs

Why and how leaders are different | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Mark Miller is vice president of organizational effectiveness for Chick-fil-A and the author of "The Heart of Leadership: Becoming a Leader People Want to (How leaders are different http://t.co/2mXYl0Wsnh...
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 Courage is where intention moves into action. Virtually every decision a leader makes requires some level of courage — strategy decisions, calendar decisions, people decisions, expansions and budget decisions. 

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5 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Outdated

5 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Outdated | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Many leaders in the workplace have lost their competitive edge. They lack the substance that is required to be an effective and sustainable leader.
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Leadership is all about taking risks and knowing when to take them.   If you don’t feel comfortable being uncomfortable  – courageous enough to see and seize opportunities that others don’t and do what others won’t – it is impossible to be  an effective leader.  

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Leadership Power: Grabbed or Granted?

Leadership Power: Grabbed or Granted? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It is hard to deny the connection between leadership and power. Depending on your experience and perspective, one or more likely came to mind when you read those two words together. Leaders have an...
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Power gained through belief, relationship, trust and confidence given leads to leadership by choice, not by compliance, and has a much better chance of lasting over the long haul.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:28 AM

Insightful article.  True leadership is not something taken or earned ... it is a gift first given by the leader and then regifted by followers in their willingness and inspiration to follow.

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The Irrelevance of Profit-Driven Leadership

The Irrelevance of Profit-Driven Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership is not a position.It is the totality of you… (RT @tedcoine: The Irrelevance of Profit-Driven Leadership http://t.co/ONQgfw4vGZ via @LeadrshpAdvisor)...
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Leadership is an honorable distinction. Not everyone shows it, but everyone is capable of it. Your leadership capability is rooted in your beliefs about people.

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Leading Right in the Wrong Ways - 5 Common Leadership Mistakes

Leading Right in the Wrong Ways - 5 Common Leadership Mistakes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Few leaders wake up in the morning and say to themselves, "I wonder how I can screw up today?" Most leaders have good intentions and earnestly try to lead in the right ways, but sometimes the actio...
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Most leaders have good intentions and want to lead right, but sometimes we go about it in the wrong ways. Take time to pause and think about your leadership behaviors before you jump into action. If you don’t, you might be causing more harm than good.

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The Invaluable Leadership Attribute of Compassion

The Invaluable Leadership Attribute of Compassion | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
  On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped its seco…
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The first rule of effective leadership is not to ask others to do what you yourself would not. So go first in helping others. Be generous in your willingness to do the little unexpected extras that communicate you are genuinely interested in serving their needs and not just having them satisfy yours.
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:02 AM

Thank you for such a great article John!   There are too many people that feel compassion is either a sign of weakness or is something we should share ONLY with our loved ones. 

 

Great to see that research indicates that managers that show compassion are leaders who develop loyalty, dedication and passion in others!

 

 

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Great Startup CEOs Are Servants, Not Kings - Forbes

Great Startup CEOs Are Servants, Not Kings - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Over the course of my investing career, the duds in my portfolios have been led by grandiose personalities. The guys at the helm of each of these companies have each acted like kings – putting their own interests first, staying at the center of attention, and talking a big game without a lot of follow-through, heads-down work.


Via Don Cloud, Bobby Dillard
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By allowing team members to reach their fullest potential, you’ve unleashed a power that you alone could never produce. 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 30, 2013 7:25 AM

As the world becomes ever more interconnected, the need for strong leaders is increasing and the difference between leaders and managers is becoming more pronounced.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:02 PM

The vision may begin with the CEO or it may not, but it has to have buy in at all levels and be shared.

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The Four Steps to Changing Employee Behavior - Tamer Partners Corporation

The Four Steps to Changing Employee Behavior - Tamer Partners Corporation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Blog (RT @TOPREPtpc: The Four Steps to Changing Employee Behavior - http://t.co/yASqbOXsmy #voc #leadership #customerservice)
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Are you customer driven? Do you leverage the voice of the customer in improving your employees? Are your customers working for you to reduce operational costs while improving employee performance? If not, Check out these four steps to promoting positive change in your surroundings. 

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Terence R. Egan's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:54 PM

 

[Key Points]

 

Step 1: Individual Discovery

 

Typically an assessment can be accomplished in 30 days through observation, or collaborative observations, to identify consistent patterns of employee behavior. This allows you to see the areas where an employee truly shines, their comfort zones, and also the gaps in performance.

 

Step 2: “Buy In”

 

... an employee must “Buy In” to the assessment before any real change can occur. When employees are assessed by their customers, they more readily accept the assessment, reducing subjectivity or perceptions that may arise in traditional observations or quality monitoring. The reality is that a customer has more credibility at assessing performance than any internal personal in an organization.

 

Step 3: Targeted Observation

 

Targeted Observation must occur to watch for any indications of improvement, while identifying any old habits that might resurface.

 

[Not much substance from the authors here, but philosophically "lovely".]

 

Step 4: Targeted Feedback

 

The manager will affirm the behavior by encouraging and acknowledging the successful steps toward improvement. Without successful, ongoing Targeted Feedback, you run the risk of the employee just settling in where nobody notices them.

 

Once a performance gap is resolved, customer driven employees then leverage their customers to identify the next challenge they can work on together.

 

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The Leader's Greatest Harvest

The Leader's Greatest Harvest | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Seeds are curious things—small, innocuous . . . overloo…
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True leadership, the type that succeeds in continually pushing the bounds of individual and organizational potential, is about promoting an environment where individual teammates are encouraged and empowered to grow for the good of the team and the Mission. When we make it a priority to plant the seeds for collective success, we create conditions for those around us to flourish and thrive—both personally and professionally.

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What are you for?

What are you for? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Ask someone what they believe in and you’ll likely hear… (What are you for? http://t.co/HATZkluiUh #humanbiz #leadership)
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personality types, it might be useful to think of optimism and pessimism as modes of thought, tools that fit certain tasks. For instance, if you want to appear super capable to a group that you're joining, should put on your optimist hat--since people regard confident people as more competent.

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How CEOs Can Use Quiet Influence to Get Results | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine

How CEOs Can Use Quiet Influence to Get Results | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @Mind_Tools: #Leadership for #introverts RT @ChiefExecGrp How CEOs Can Use Quiet Influence to Get Results http://t.co/fCJAciIz52
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 A great piece reminding us all how “quiet influence” can be a powerful way of making your case and leading your company forward. 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:11 AM

Interesting ... the leadership concept of quiet influence is worth considering and exploring further.

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5 Reasons CEOs Should Spend Time In The Trenches | CEO.com

5 Reasons CEOs Should Spend Time In The Trenches | CEO.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
5 Reasons CEOs Should Spend Time In The Trenches http://t.co/DOYdBLBGlS I agree @getAbstract , all parties win! #leadership
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As a leader at your company, you probably aren’t looking for more to add to your to-do list, but you should always be seeking ways to improve your leadership and your company. And while there are many benefits to working in and around management — like peer insight and guidance from mentors — the rest of your workforce has a lot to offer as well.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:56 AM

Spending time in the trenches fulfills one more important leadership task ... it provides the opportunity for rich two-way communication.

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Responsible Leadership In An Unforgiving World - Forbes

Responsible Leadership In An Unforgiving World - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Responsible Leadership In An Unforgiving World Forbes He encapsulated the results of his inquiry in a new book The Good Struggle: Responsible Leadership in an Unforgiving World, which deals head on with the growing management complexities in the...
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Insights on the three key focus areas of successful leaders from a HBS leadership expert.

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The Power Of “Not Now”: Leadership And Self-Containment - #bealeader

The Power Of “Not Now”: Leadership And Self-Containment - #bealeader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A couple I work with love to go out to dinner together, but rarely do they enjoy dinner as much they used to. This...
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The Power of “Not Now” is the key to effective leadership in our daily and social interactions, a tool that can help us avoid unnecessary suffering. How do we practice self-containment and cultivate the Power of “Not Now” in a culture that is hyper-focused on “Right Now!”? Check out this article for some tangible tips. 


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The Honest Shift To Change Leadership - Business 2 Community

The Honest Shift To Change Leadership - Business 2 Community | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Change can occur more naturally if we as leaders, teams, and individuals have an honest assessment of where we are and a clear picture of where we want to go.


Via Karl Wabst, David Hain
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Truth-telling is all about making it safe to have the conversations most people don’t believe they are allowed to have. It starts by embracing difficult realities with the same excitement and enthusiasm that you have for strengths and accomplishments.

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Karl Wabst's curator insight, October 27, 2013 4:37 PM

If you want to plan a route to a new destination, you must know where you are first. Perhaps this fundamental point is not as obvious to corporate management. Experts estimate that 70% of change initiatives fail.

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5 Fail-Safe Ways To Develop Resilience – The Clarion Call to Leadership!

5 Fail-Safe Ways To Develop Resilience – The Clarion Call to Leadership! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
#Leadership advice ~ 5 Fail-Safe Ways To Develop #Resilience http://t.co/RBPnj4oDbL
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Resilience is defined as the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity, threats, and significant sources of stress. Resilience is not something that is innate to some and not to others. Resilience is a trait that can be learned by everyone. It involves the ability to manage our thoughts, behaviors, and actions.

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Leadership Character... More Caught Than Taught - Great Leaders Serve

Leadership Character... More Caught Than Taught - Great Leaders Serve | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the benefits of launching a new book is the number of conversations and questions the process stimulates. Today, regarding The Heart of Leadership, the question is: How can I help my team develop leadership character?
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To develop leadership character is difficult but not impossible. It is a process that requires focused energy and time. Often, it will take months or years of investment to see the changes you desire.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 28, 2013 3:14 AM

Good insight from a great book.

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Broaden Your Perspective - GeneralLeadership.com

Broaden Your Perspective - GeneralLeadership.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You just might be surprised at what you discover when you make it a priority to routinely take a broader view of your situation. Broaden your Perspective!
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Don’t allow the natural fog and friction of your present circumstances to obscure your view of what is really happening around you. Make it a priority to pause from time to time and gain some perspective. Step away from the all-absorbing details in front of you, and reconnect to the bigger picture unfolding around you.

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, October 29, 2013 6:00 AM

"the ability to garner a broader perspective of our situation can prove to be a game changer"

Joe Boutte's comment, October 29, 2013 6:02 AM
Seeking higher ground is synonymous to creating a vision and having situational awareness. Both are key ingredients to leadership.
donhornsby's curator insight, October 29, 2013 8:02 AM

(From the article): Given the host of competing demands we have for our attention, the only we can we continually assess the best way forward is to make it a priority to assess if our present actions are actually contributing to achieving our future objectives. How can you help yourself adopt a broader perspective? Here is a starter list....