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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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Which of These 4 Types of Managers Are You?

Which of These 4 Types of Managers Are You? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The impact that different personality types have on leadership style.

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Which of These 4 Types of Managers Are You?

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Why Nice is the New Black

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People remember nice. So how do you make it part of your brand? (Why Nice is the New Black http://t.co/VZuoLmqi2r #leadership #smallbusiness)
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Responding to a connection and reaching out are good first steps in building an online reputation for niceness.  Once you make those connections, keep them up by doing the following:

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How to Spot a Great Leader in Four Easy Steps

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Leadership can be an incredibly hard concept to define and an even harder quality to learn.
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Not all of us can be leaders, and there are plenty of people who are happy not to be, but it would be foolish to think that leadership is an easy skill to master. The really top people in any field, whether it be business, politics or sport, are constantly examining their performance and most important of all looking at ways to improve and keep standards high.

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What Is Leadership?

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Google the word “leadership”- go ahead, I’ll wait… I did as I wrote this post, and my search returned 312 million results. Amazon carries more than 100,000 titles on the topic, with more arriving a...
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Leadership (like it’s cousinstewardship, for example) isn’t a role but a process – specifically a process of influence; meaning those you choose to lead must also choose to be led — and choose you, in particular, to lead them.

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Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail - Peter Bregman ...

Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail - Peter Bregman ... | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
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The only way to teach courage is to require it of people. To offer them opportunities to draw from the courage they already have. To give them opportunities to step into real situations they find uncomfortable and truly take the time to connect with the sensations that come with that.

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Leadership Technique: Channel Your Inner Idiot

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An under-appreciated aspect of strong leadership is getting over stage-fright, acting silly, and creating laughter. ("We happen to be blessed with a very talented creative director named Jason Armour.
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Find the creative talents in your organization, let them dress you up, let loose a little bit, and have some fun.
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21 Habits Of Supremely Happy People

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Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.

Via Oriana Tickell
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The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe bad events will last a long time, will undermine everything they do, and are their own fault. The optimists, who are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world, think about misfortune in the opposite way. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case. The optimists believe defeat is not their fault: Circumstances, bad luck, or other people brought it about. Such people are unfazed by defeat. Confronted by a bad situation, they perceive it as a challenge and try harder.
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Oriana Tickell's curator insight, September 16, 2013 1:09 PM

One of my favourites is "surround yourself with other happy people", so if you are one of my happy friends, let me know!!!!

Dr Sarah Allen's curator insight, November 17, 2013 6:52 PM

It is as simple as it sounds: just trying to be happy can boost your emotional well-being, according to two studies recently published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. Those who actively tried to feel happier in the studies reported the highest level of positive moods, making a case for thinking yourself happy. Probably not enough if you are moderately to severly depressed but worth a try if you just need a happiness boost.

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Appreciating Diversity and Differences Builds Effective Teams

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One key to developing strong and effective teams is the… (Appreciating #Diversity and Differences Builds Effective Teams http://t.co/jPl5byL98X via @switchandshift #teamwork #leadership)...
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Some of us move fast, talk quickly, and make spontaneous decisions. Others are more deliberate and prefer to process information before making a decision. Still others are people-oriented, or perhaps more task-oriented. Some are more analytical and detail-oriented while others tend to be big-picture thinkers. Teams that include a range of behavior styles tend to excel.

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To Be a Great Leader, Be a Builder

To Be a Great Leader, Be a Builder | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For a team that goes above and beyond the requirements, you need to build a strong foundation. ("Building" is the leadership action word for great leaders. Focus on building bridges, connections, confidence.
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Engaging leaders are builders--builders of people and of results. To become an engaging leader, you should constantly be building connections and confidence in your team members. Accomplish this, and you'll see an increase in effort and satisfaction levels among employees. Here's how. 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:34 PM

Thanks John Michel for sharing ... a great article.

 

I would offer the following for everyone's thoughtful consideration.

 

Do great leaders merely build connections, or do they build something more profound?  I contend that great leaders build bonds that transcend mere connections and relationships -- which serve as the connective tissue of the organization (internally, to the strategic environment, and to customers).  So what's the difference ... connections can easily be broken, while bonds require commitment and loyalty -- and thus are resilient and persistent.

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Leadership: 4 Ways to Act With Integrity And Humility

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There are so many facets to being a good leader. I think that in order to be a good leader, it is important to act with Integrity and Humility in all that you do. You have to remind yourself that s...
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Humility is recognizing that some ideas will come from other people. It is being able to admit when you make a mistake. It is also learning from the mistakes of others. It is your moral compass.

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How the Cult of Shareholder Value Wrecked American Business

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When businesses focus only on making shareholders richer, the economy is worse off. A change in mindset inside firms is needed.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
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As the economy improves and the baby boom generation retires, companies that have reputations as ruthless maximizers of short-term profits will find themselves on the losing end of the global competition for talent. In an era of plentiful capital, it will be skills, knowledge, creativity and experience that will be in short supply, with those who have it setting the norms of corporate behavior.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 15, 2013 10:59 AM

Read also Steve Denning's blog post on Forbes: Washington Post Joins Foes Of 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

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Some great scoops today Kenneth, thanks!
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Hidden Qualities Of Leadership

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As a leader do you regularly demonstrate empathy, kindness, and commitment in ways that encourage your followers, those people with whom you have a positive (Hidden Qualities Of Leadership - http://t.co/1975NNYTFm)...
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Leaders today have qualities we would not necessarily associate with leadership strategies even though we have always been drawn to follow those who had them. One of these qualities is empathy, a genuine appreciation and understanding of the values of others.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, September 16, 2013 9:25 AM

add your insight...

As a leader do you regularly demonstrate empathy, kindness, and commitment in ways that encourage your followers, those people with whom you have a positive productive relationship that allows you and them to accomplish the goals of the organization and the individuals themselves?

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The "Instant Referendum" That's Undermining Your Leadership

The more controversial your decisions, the more influential the judgments about them will be.
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Poker players worldwide understand the admonition that if you can’t spot the fish at the table in the first half hour, then you’re the fish. In the socially mediated enterprise, leaders who aren’t really aware of their internal referenda aren’t really leading.

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8 Ways To Overcome Your Leadership Blind Spots

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To be a successful leader or entrepreneur, we need to become intimate not only with our strengths but also with our blind spots, those aspects of our personality that can derail us.
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When we're in a leadership position, our blind spots can cause a great deal of damage, not only to our career but to the people who depend on us. How can you avoid this potential pitfall for yourself and your business? These eight tips can help.

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SAPVoice: 'Bad' Leadership Advice Now 'Good': Learn To Fail, Serve, and Just Say No

SAPVoice: 'Bad' Leadership Advice Now 'Good': Learn To Fail, Serve, and Just Say No | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Efficiency has been replaced by effectiveness.  Organizations have awoken to an era of social business, customer centricity, and new ideas of what constitutes a leader.
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Saying you embrace failure is like saying you think weakness is sexy. But many modern organizations are coming around to this idea that failure equates to pushing the envelope and trying unique ideas that were previously suppressed. 

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Five Leadership Lessons From Cirque Du Soleil

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Cirque du Soleil shows have been my favorite ever since I saw their first show in Asia, about 15 years back.  Their shows always have something magical and theatrical about them and invokes your se...
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A leader is no different from the performers at Cirque Du Soleil. As a leader, you need to combine your skills into a single repertoire from which you trust, lead and inspire your team and people around you.  As a leader, you need to push beyond your comfort level, believe in yourself and your team and pave the way forward.

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Three Things Great Leaders Know About Their Personal Intentions

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One of the keys to leadership success involves having something to aim for, something that inspires both you and others to reach and achieve your common goals. We often hear this outcome focus des...
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Here are three things great leaders know about – and do – when it comes to their personal intentions.

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Status Quo Leadership

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'Status quo leadership' is about carefully keeping everything neat and as it is. It is about doing anything not to upset the way things are and nothing to change them. A leader who does this is pra...
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The most obvious sign of a status quo leader is one who is always defensive about things being changed.

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Make (Wise) Fundamental Choices - General Leadership

Make (Wise) Fundamental Choices - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you willing to surrender indifference and lead the change that needs to happen in your surroundings by making wise fundamental choices? Why not get started today?
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We live in a country where we have the freedom to make choices in everything we do. What a blessing. The problem is that all too often we make many of these choices unconsciously and as a result, hinder our own ability to accomplish our goals or fully pursue our dreams. Especially when we find ourselves facing sustained resistance or encountering daunting circumstances.


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Matthew Fritz's curator insight, September 17, 2013 3:48 AM

We live in a country where we have the freedom to make choices in everything we do. What a blessing. The problem is that all too often we make many of these choices unconsciously and as a result, hinder our own ability to accomplish our goals or fully pursue our dreams. Especially when we find ourselves facing sustained resistance or encountering daunting circumstances.

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Re-Train Your Brain to Overcome "Microwave Mentality"

Re-Train Your Brain to Overcome "Microwave Mentality" | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you're looking for results in your business or personal life and feeling frustrated that it's taking too long, perhaps you need to drop the microwave mentality. Remember: anything that's worth something takes time.

Via Luis Valdes
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Have you fallen prey to the "microwave mentality?" 

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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, September 17, 2013 8:51 AM

This is classic...re-train your brain to be more sane....really!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 17, 2013 11:47 AM

A microwave mentality is a good way of putting it.

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Return On Morale

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I spend a lot of time observing the effect that morale … (One of my proudest posts: Return On #Morale http://t.co/rdZC9x4JZk #leadership #humanbiz)
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The age of top-down organizational spin control is over. The members of your community control your message now. What are they saying about working for you?

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7 Reasons Your Team Thinks You're a Terrible Leader

7 Reasons Your Team Thinks You're a Terrible Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you’re in any kind of leadership position, chances are you don’t go into work every day telling yourself, “I’m going to be the worst boss I can possibly be. Yes!
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You may be discouraged that your team doesn’t hold you in high regard. It may make you angry. It may surprise you. But however you’re feeling, you need to push it aside and figure out what has gone wrong.


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10 Ways to Motivate Anyone

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Understand the unique brain and personality types of your employees to keep them invested in work. You'll see amazing results.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Content Fan, Bobby Dillard
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Theretherefore is no cookie-cutter approach to motivating your people. What inspires one person may leave the next cold. When you understand an employee's thinking and behavioral preferences, you'll be able to maximize his or her enthusiasm. This will help you get your workforce aligned and moving in the same direction, and you'll see incredible returns.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 16, 2013 3:52 AM

As Covey said, 'seek first to understand...'

MyKLogica's curator insight, September 16, 2013 2:28 PM

Different profiles need different ways of motivation: Ten tips to it.

 

Más que "Diez maneras de motivar a las personas", lo llamaría, más o menos "Diez claves de motivación para diez perfiles diferentes".

 

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, October 13, 2013 10:04 AM

If you have a slacker who consistently does less than everyone else but seems to get away with it, this can dampen the motivation of everyone else.

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The Thing About Authenticity...

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The thing about authenticity…we can’t always put it in words, but we definitely know it and sense it when we are around someone who has it... A story was shared with me recently about a leader who ...

Via Richard Andrews
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When we hide behind something that we aren’t…the only people we are fooling is ourself.  We may think the “mask” hides us, but it is just a facade, a thin veneer that fades over time.

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Four Leadership Lessons From Ender's Game - Forbes

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Four Leadership Lessons From Ender's Game
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Ender's Game was first written in 1985, proceeded to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards (science fiction's highest honors), and has remained popular ever since.
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As leaders in our own organizations, it’s easy to be tempted to be the leader. To keep things like a “well-oiled machine” where nothing is out of place and everything plays out according to the vision of the person at the top. But while those types of well-disciplined organizations can thrive for awhile, they start to crumble quickly when conditions on the ground change.

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