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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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Rethinking the Work of Leadership

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In 1973, Peter Drucker stated in his book Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, “Management is not culture-free, that is, part of the world of nature. It is a social function. It is, ther...
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If you’re lonely at the top, it’s time to start recognizing and amplifying the contribution of those around you.

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Emotional Agility

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 In our complex, fast-changing knowledge economy, this ability to manage one’s thoughts and feelings is essential to business success. Effective leaders don’t buy into or try to suppress their inner experiences. Instead they approach them in a mindful, values-driven, and productive way—developing emotional agility.

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giloop's curator insight, October 16, 2013 3:30 PM

Très bon article, je suis un adepte du act on your values

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Speaking of Leadership Part Three - 5 Messages that Matter from Storyline

Speaking of Leadership Part Three - 5 Messages that Matter from Storyline | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We are part of a bigger story. Recently I attended the Storyline Conference in Nashville, TN lead by Don Miller, author of the best-selling book, "Blue Like Jazz". I'm not going to recap the entire...
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As leaders what if we really tapped into that out of a heart of service? Just going all out to help people find out what they are capable of. It might just knock your socks off…and theirs too….and your family’s socks…and your customers socks…and your shareholders socks…well you get the picture, socks everywhere.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:56 PM

We all have a story, but more importantly, leaders help bring their people's stories together in a shared journey ... a shared purpose ... and a shared experience.  After all, the power of stories lays in the telling and the sharing.

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Unshackled Leadership - BLOG - The Golden Rule of Leadership

Unshackled Leadership - BLOG - The Golden Rule of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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 Think about what you want and give it to others.  This simple Golden Rule of Leadership will make a huge impact in your life, both at work and at home.  

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Why You Should Question the Status Quo - Huffington Post

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Why You Should Question the Status Quo
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Evil dictatorships are being toppled, and governments are being embarrassingly exposed.
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If you're worried about what happens when people see your work, don't be. Critics are everywhere, and finding somebody to point out your mistakes is easy. There'll always be someone telling you how to improve, and what you're doing wrong. Everyone believes they can edit your work, offer feedback and criticize, but a life of criticism and cynicism is dull and tired. A dedication to ideas, creation, design and sharing your work is not.

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The Honest Shift to Change Leadership

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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 Roger Francis
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An “honest assessment of where we are” can be even more of a catalyst to creating meaningful change, than a clear picture of the future.

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5 Signs You're Expecting More From Employees Than They Can Give

5 Signs You're Expecting More From Employees Than They Can Give | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Entitled leaders often make the worst managers and bosses. Here are five entitlement traps to avoid when running your own business.

Via Bobby Dillard
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In life, you see what you're focused on, find what you're looking for and get back what you give out. Entitlement on the leader's part fuels entitlement on the part of employees. Put out the kind of effort and attitude you expect from others and you'll be far more rewarded at the end of the day.



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donhornsby's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:17 AM

(From the article): In life, you see what you're focused on, find what you're looking for and get back what you give out. Entitlement on the leader's part fuels entitlement on the part of employees. Put out the kind of effort and attitude you expect from others and you'll be far more rewarded at the end of the day.


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What Is The Most Important Thing You Have Learned About Leadership? - Forbes

What Is The Most Important Thing You Have Learned About Leadership? - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What Is The Most Important Thing You Have Learned About Leadership?
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As a leader, you can inspire and motivate your team to tremendous effect by communicating a vision in a clear, straight-forward way.
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What you do is so much more important than what you say. As a leader, you should be the hardest worker, the most well-prepared, and the one willing to do all the things no one else wants to do.

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The real value of introspection | SmartBlogs SmartBlogs

The real value of introspection | SmartBlogs SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Truly insightful leadership article by the amazing @LollyDaskal The real value of introspection http://t.co/q2fxTxDVBg #leadfromwithin
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Most leaders tend to be oriented toward action, and from that mindset it’s easy to think that time spent reflecting about themselves as time wasted. But nothing could be further from the truth. Knowing yourself, having awareness of yourself, is as essential to leadership as breathing is to being human.

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The Cornerstone of Authentic Leadership - Leadership Development

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Relationships are one of the cornerstones of authentic leadership, badging these as “soft skills” simply isn't tenable any longer.
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Human relationships are one of the most fertile, challenging and rewarding arenas for growth and development of self-awareness. Being aware of and actively improving relationships both inside and external to the workplace is the cornerstone of great leadership. Not only must relationships be evaluated and given attention and effort, they must be appreciated for the learning opportunities which they hold.

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The Secret To Happiness in Leadership (And The ...

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Any idea what the key to happiness is? The answer is surprisingly simple. Low expectations. Someone told me that years ago (wish I could remember who), and for the most part, I think it's a simple ...
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How well are you managing expectations? 

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Leadership People Skills: Achieve Vision With Values vs Ultimatums - Kate Nasser

Leadership People Skills: Achieve Vision With Values vs Ultimatums - Kate Nasser | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership people skills engage employees to realize the vision. They build commitment. What threatens them & what builds them? The People Skills Coach™.
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Leadership people skills aren’t fluff! They are the expression of values vs. ultimatums. They respect, honor, and engage people to realize the vision. 

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David Hain's curator insight, October 14, 2013 2:04 AM

Change comes from the heart, an article about the best way to engage that.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 14, 2013 8:52 PM

Better leadership better, better results, period. Any manager or executive that feels leadership people skills are fluff, is not a leader. 

 

Wonderful content here from thought leader Kate Nasser.  

 

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We applaud leaders with strong clear vision. We applaud them if they can communicate it in a way that respects, engages, and influences others vs. browbeating them.

 

We disengage from leaders with poor leadership people skills no matter how incredible the vision. The vision then slows, fades, or dies altogether.

 

Les Howard's curator insight, October 15, 2013 6:46 AM

Important points as to what makes an effective leader.

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Empower Your Employees and They Will Power Your Brand

Empower Your Employees and They Will Power Your Brand | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
  In today's world, with the average job length of appr… (RT @tedcoine: Empower Your Employees and They Will Power Your Brand http://t.co/DgAApV5dpj #leadership #CEO #NACDBLC)...
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If we want our companies to prosper in the digital age, we have to be more proactive in attracting and nurturing good employees. That means we have to start thinking more about connecting with them as human beings and advocates, and stop thinking of them in terms of costs and liabilities. In short, if you build them up, support them and add value to their lives, the relationships you build with your employees will pay dividends well beyond the value of their salaries.

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Smart leadership: The Power of Questions – A (Japanese) Story

Smart leadership: The Power of Questions – A (Japanese) Story | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Guest Post by KEITH COATS  (First posted on MARCH 12, 2013 in Keith's blog: TomorrowToday)“You can eat an apple,” I said, and gave him the green fruit.It was as if he had seen an apple for the firs...
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Smart leaders ask good questions. Smart leaders know that not all questions should be answered. Smart leaders know the transforming power of ‘open-ended’ questions – and are not afraid to ask them.

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Be Yourself, but Carefully

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Authenticity begins with self-awareness: knowing who you are—your values, emotions, and competencies—and how you’re perceived by others. Only then can you know what to reveal and when.

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Leadership and the Bottom Line

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A ton has been written over the years on recognizing and rewarding employees. I’m not going to revisit that. We’ve all been there, done that. What I’m going to talk about in this post is some perso...
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A great story of the power of treating others welhome no matter where you serve. 

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Leadership is Making Better Mistakes

Leadership is Making Better Mistakes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The leaders who inspire me bring out the best in the people around them. Leadership is not about perfect people surrounding themselves with other perfect people, marching in lockstep toward exceedi...
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Leadership is not about perfect people surrounding themselves with other perfect people, marching in lockstep toward exceeding their goals. Leadership is about people making mistakes together, learning lessons, then making better mistakes.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:58 PM

Thanks for sharing ... had never thought of it this way, but looking back, this is so true!

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Medal of Honor recipient shows bravery, tenderness

Medal of Honor recipient shows bravery, tenderness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Newly unearthed video shows Army Capt.Will Swenson in action helping save his comrade's lives in Afghanistan (RT @telisayancy: #leadership in action #swenson #mustwatch Medal of Honor recipient shows bravery, tenderness
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Enough said...awesome.

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Simplify Your Life - 5 Ways

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The term simple living tends to conjure up thoughts of simple pleasures and a break from the rush of life. But getting from full capacity to a more simple life is more pragmatic than just slowing down.

Via craig daniels, Bobby Dillard
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Looking to simplify? Here is great read on how to get started. 

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craig daniels's curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:08 PM

What if someone offered you 5 proven ways to simplify your life, would you stop what your doing and listen to what she has to say? Or would you walk away?


I'm betting you'd take a moment to listen and want to find out how you might simplify your hectic life.


Here are the 5 ways to start you on the path of less tense thoughts and muscles.


1. Declutter and organize your life
2. Unplug from your electronics
3. Control you finances
4. Don't take things personally
5. Share your talents


Yep, that's the list and if you want to know more just click the picture or the title and Cristin Frank will expand on the list with some good common sense.

David Hain's curator insight, October 16, 2013 11:08 AM

Aaaahhh...!

AnnC's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:20 PM

seeking balance?

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Great Ideas Have the X factor

Great Ideas Have the X factor | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Everybody knows the television show where a jury looks for talent with the X factor, that “certain something" that makes for star quality.

Via The e.MILE Community, David Hain
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As innovators, we are also in search of ideas with the X factor. But when do our ideas have it? Which criteria must an idea meet to get star quality?

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The Lessons Of Shame | Lolly Daskal

The Lessons Of Shame | Lolly Daskal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @LollyDaskal: NEW: Lessons Of Shame http://t.co/8aKH164npd #leadfromwithin #leadership
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Shame fosters the belief that we are to blame, and that we are utterly powerless in our circumstances. Identifying our shame helps us take responsibility for our mistakes without believing we are the mistake.One must learn to be kind and compassionate towards themselves and to have a heart for their own imperfections.

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Two Key Tips for Your #SocialMedia Strategy

Two Key Tips for Your #SocialMedia Strategy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
  Companies of all descriptions are making the one of t… (RT @MarketMyShow: Why Great Leadership Is The Best Predictor of Social Media Success http://t.co/rJGnjZnD58 #marketing)...
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When your company is thriving in the social arena, that’s because your leadership is steering your culture in the right direction. When your brand takes a very public beating via social? Your leadership is not caring well for your culture.

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5 Myths Of Leadership - Monster.com

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5 Myths Of Leadership http://t.co/Qgw5UGLOUV
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Anyone can excel at anything if they truly put their mind to it. Leadership is a skill, not a genetic disposition. Enough said.

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35 Shareworthy Leadership Quotes to Inspire - PARADE

35 Shareworthy Leadership Quotes to Inspire - PARADE | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
35 Shareworthy Leadership Quotes to Inspire
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We all need a little leadership inspiration every now and then.
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Great leadership quotes to inspire you to continue to lead well 

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Leadership: What is The Essence of Building Trust

Leadership: What is The Essence of Building Trust | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being able to build trust is regarded as a crucial element of successful leadership. Especially in today’s globalized business world with its high rate of change and its cross-cultural challenges. ...
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Successful leaders understand that building trust depends heavily on establishing trustworthiness in the behavior and actions of everybody involved. Starting with their trustworthiness as a leader.

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