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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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Collaborate with a Loved One Without Ruining Your Relationship

Collaborate with a Loved One Without Ruining Your Relationship | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It can be done.
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Ultimately, collaborating successfully with a loved one comes down to following this basic rule for any people who want to both work effectively together and maintain a strong relationship: From the very beginning, figure out a process for leveraging each other’s strengths, compensating for each other’s weaknesses, and cooperating in a spirit of respectful kindness.

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The Incarnational Principle of Leadership

The Incarnational Principle of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The incarnation is the Christian teaching that God became man. This teaching is beginning to have an enormous impact on my practice of leadership.
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If you are going to be an effective leader, you must be able to enter into your followers’ world. In fact, if you are going to influence anyone for anything—whether it is your boss, your employees, a client, your spouse, or even your kids—you are going to have to get really good at incarnational leadership.



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Choose to Pursue Your Heart's Desire - General Leadership

Choose to Pursue Your Heart's Desire - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Ask yourself how things in your life would be different if you chose to follow your heart's desire? We can show you how -- no yellow-brick road required!
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Is your great leading you in the direction of your dreams and desires? 

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Mary Big Mountain's curator insight, September 22, 2013 3:27 PM

As Confucius said,

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!"

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The New Age Of Disruption

The New Age Of Disruption | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Old notions of change management no longer work because it is not assets we need to leverage, but networks.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, HR Trend Institute, Gary Bamford, David Hain
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Building large, powerful institutions no longer provides any protection from disruption because technology has undermined many of the advantages we used to associate with scale.  Communities, even if not formally organized, can collaborate and even synchronize their behavior.

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Jose Carlos Favero's comment, September 26, 2013 11:16 PM
We must also consider gen-c, the new age of knowledge workers who are shaping the future of business. here's an article I wrote regarding gen c http://kminaction.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/the-future-of-km-understanding-c-generation/
Pascale Mousset's comment, September 27, 2013 3:34 AM
Thanks very much for your so good article Jose Carlos Favero about KM management and the C-generation. I scoopIt ;)
Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:50 AM

right!

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There Is No TEAM Without "I"

There Is No TEAM Without "I" | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I crack up every time I hear the old saw, “There is no … (There Is No TEAM Without "I" http://t.co/rfKEVUzgwi  ; #humanbiz #leadership #instigator #entrepreneur RT @tedcoine)...
John Michel's insight:

Any successful endeavor you’ve ever heard of started with one utterly indispensible person: the “Instigator”. Without this “I” on your team, nothing will  happen.

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The More Things Change, the More Our Objections to Change Stay the Same

The More Things Change, the More Our Objections to Change Stay the Same | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Five ways to make real progress. (So true : "The signature of mediocrity is...
John Michel's insight:

The job of the change agent is not just to surface high-minded ideas. It is to summon a sense of urgency inside and outside the organization, and to turn that urgency into action.

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7 Things Fear has Stolen from You

7 Things Fear has Stolen from You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Although fear can feel overwhelming, and defeats more people than any other force in the world, it’s not as powerful as it seems.  Fear is only as deep as your mind allows.  You are still in control.  The key is to acknowledge your fear and directly address it.  You must step right up and confront it face to face.  This tactic robs fear of its power, instead of fear robbing YOU of…


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David Hain's curator insight, September 20, 2013 11:27 AM

We only have 4 basic feelingsto dwal with from birth - mad, sad, glad and scared. Good article on managing the one that doesn't rhyme!

Carol Sherriff's curator insight, September 21, 2013 5:12 PM

Good insight on how you can manage fear

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5 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Lead

5 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Lead | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership is about more than the person at the top. Here's how to get all of your employees to take on leadership roles. (RT @AMAnet: 5 Ways to Encourage Your Employees to Lead.
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Every organization needs a great leader charting the course--but you must have leaders within your company as well. Some of today’s most effective businesses encourage every one of their employees to take on leadership roles in their organizations. When employees throughout a business become leaders, decisions are made more quickly, customers are happier and tremendous amounts of time, energy and money can be saved. Here’s how.

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Go Ahead: Ask Your Employees If They're Happy

Go Ahead: Ask Your Employees If They're Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It can boost their satisfaction and performance.
John Michel's insight:

Despite the dismal statistics on workplace engagement, there are many enlightened leaders who do one simple thing: They ask their employees how they feel. When they do so, they receive priceless information that helps them retain their best employees and optimize their productivity.


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10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People

10 Paradoxical Traits Of Creative People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Creative people are humble and proud. Creative people tend to be both extroverted and introverted. Creative people are rebellious and conservative...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
John Michel's insight:

Creativity is the common theme that drives both entrepreneurs and artists alike. But creative people are often also paradoxical.

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Defense.gov News Article: Afghan Air Force Flourishing, ISAF Official Says

Defense.gov News Article: Afghan Air Force Flourishing, ISAF Official Says | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Air Force Brig. Gen. John Michel leads NATO Air Training Command Afghanistan, the organization charged with training the Afghan air force. He is here this week attending an Air Force conference, and spoke to American Forces Press Service about the Afghan air capability that he maintains no longer is fledgling, but rather is flourishing.

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Anatomy Of The World’s Top-Performing CEOs (Infographic) | CEO.com

Anatomy Of The World’s Top-Performing CEOs (Infographic) | CEO.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The key insight here is the diversity of #leadership #entrepreneurs and lack of women: http://t.co/NPC9X0Q8ho
John Michel's insight:

What do Jeff Bezos, Meg Whitman and Steve Jobs have in common? According to a Harvard Business study released earlier this year, they are among the world’s 100 best-performing chief executives of all time.

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The dark side of leadership: Five reasons power corrupts

The dark side of leadership: Five reasons power corrupts | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Psychology research has provided some interesting insights into why certain people in power behave the way they do, but if you are working for a megalomaniac, there are steps you can take to deal with the situation.
John Michel's insight:

Florida State University professor Jon Maner found that when people were given power, they thought they were more attractive than they really were. They also misconstrued innocuous comments as come-ons.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, September 18, 2013 4:57 PM

Fascinating piece.  This spirit of entitlement, as I call it, has led to many downfalls in military leadership over the last decade.  Do yourself a favor and self-check on these reasons.

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8 Things You Should NOT Do to Get Ahead

8 Things You Should NOT Do to Get Ahead | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Sometimes we find ourselves running in place, struggling to get ahead simply because we confuse effort with achievement.  If you’ve been feeling like you missed a door somewhere and have thus been heading in the wrong direction, it’s likely that you got caught up in this sort of confusion. The good news is, no matter how long you have traveled in the wrong direction, you always have the choice to turn around.  So make that choice today.  Promise yourself that you will NOT…

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The One Thing You Can Control as Founder and CEO: You

The One Thing You Can Control as Founder and CEO: You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Today’s topic is very near and dear to my heart because it’s all about me. Well, not me, specifically, but me, the Founder and CEO. (@zappos Your leadership has been an inspiration. Thank you.
John Michel's insight:

Good advice for current or future CEOs.

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Defining Leadership: 8 Ways to Be a Great Leader

Defining Leadership: 8 Ways to Be a Great Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being a leader isn't the same as being the boss. The best leaders both inspire and listen to their followers. Here are 8 ways to define leadership.
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Which one of these eight definitions resonate with you most? 

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How the science of behaviour change can help with sustainability

How the science of behaviour change can help with sustainability | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Les Robinson shares his tips on how the science of behaviour change can help to make sustainability initiatives more effective

Via Virtual Global Coaching, Bobby Dillard, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

It's a delusion we can change peoples' behaviours. Instead, people change their own behaviours. Our role is to create an enabling environment and provide opportunities for people to become inspired by what their peers have achieved. When we offer people a chance to take a step closer to the lives, businesses or farms they dream about (and we make that change feel safe) then they'll do the changing for us.

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Harry Cannon's curator insight, August 18, 2013 4:54 PM

In a nutshell - less lecturing and more listening.

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Recognize Intrapreneurs Before They Leave

Recognize Intrapreneurs Before They Leave | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Six patterns of great corporate innovators.
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Intrapreneurs can transform an organization more quickly and effectively than others because they are self‐motivated free thinkers, masters at navigating around bureaucratic and political inertia.


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Defense.gov News Article: ISAF Air Training Commander Describes ‘Delicate Balance’

Defense.gov News Article: ISAF Air Training Commander Describes ‘Delicate Balance’ | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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The commander of NATO’s Air Training Command Afghanistan admits that he has a public perception problem: while polls show Americans have largely dismissed the war in Afghanistan as an effort that’s winding down, his mission is ramping up in size and complexity and in the number of obstacles encountered.

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Inspired Innovation: 3 Effective Leadership Principles

Inspired Innovation: 3 Effective Leadership Principles | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What is effective leadership principles? To be a great leader you need to think outside the box and enhance and recognize leadership skills in your business.
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The worst kinds of leaders are the ones that do not take input from subordinates. The best kinds of leaders are the ones that encourage input from subordinates and then use that input to make the workplace better.

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The Right Innovation Mindset Can Take You from Idea to Impact

The Right Innovation Mindset Can Take You from Idea to Impact | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Think different, act different, and achieve extraordinary success.
John Michel's insight:

Innovation execution is neither innovation nor execution but its own strange beast. When tamed, however, it can be a source of enormous strength, lasting differentiation, and sustained success.


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The Good and Bad Habits of Smart People | Visual.ly

The Good and Bad Habits of Smart People | Visual.ly | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This infographic provides a deeper look into the good and bad habits of smart people.

Via David Hain, Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

Very intriguing infographic...enjoy! 

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David Hain's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:35 PM

This explained a lot to me - more bad habits than good!

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, September 19, 2013 2:10 PM

Yow!   

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The 3 Characteristics of Tomorrow's Leaders

The 3 Characteristics of Tomorrow's Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I've talked previously here about the huge opportunity and disruption that the emergence of the tech-savvy digitally native 'Generation Y' into the workplace.As Jack Welch, one of the most celebrated (#leadership #millenials - The 3 Characteristics...
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Gen Y will make up half of the workforce within a decade but what hasn't really been discussed before is the evolution - or perhaps it will be a revolution - of Gen Y beyond the wider workplace and into the boardroom as leaders in their own right.


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It's Not The CEO, It's The Leadership Strategy That Matters.

It's Not The CEO, It's The Leadership Strategy That Matters. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Let's face it.  CEOs come and go. But leadership, if developed in a comprehensive way, endures.
John Michel's insight:

Let’s face it.  CEOs come and go. But leadership, if developed in a comprehensive way, endures.


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Eight Leadership lessons from the round the world yacht race – Ashridge People – Business Blog

Eight Leadership lessons from the round the world yacht race – Ashridge People – Business Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Eight Leadership lessons from the round the world yacht race- how should you lead in turbulant times? http://t.co/Y6kHq5HHBQ
John Michel's insight:

By developing trust in the capability of the team, more energy can be spent on focusing on what is important for the overall performance of the organisation.

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