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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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Leadership Optimism: Dreaming, Denial, or Discovery? #Peopleskills - Kate Nasser

Leadership Optimism: Dreaming, Denial, or Discovery? #Peopleskills - Kate Nasser | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Optimism: Some see it as worthless dreaming. Others as denial of reality. Great leaders use optimism & realism! Insight The People Skills Coach™. (Leadership Optimism: Dreaming, Denial, or Discovery?
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When optimism shuts out reality, it gets the label of dreaming and denial. When combined with reality it moves everyone forward with discovery. Sounds simple, right? Well it’s not so black and white. As a leader, how do you keep optimism real without it reverting to negative, pessimistic, hopeless thinking?



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9 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happy

9 Things You Do NOT Need to Be Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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As adults we somehow grow into the belief that we need everything to be a certain way in order to find and appreciate moments of happiness.  But the truth is, to be happy we need much less than we think we need.  In fact, I believe one of the best feelings comes when you realize that you can be perfectly OK and happy without the things you once thought you needed.  And that’s precisely what this short article is about – the things you do NOT need to be happy:


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How To Change What Cannot Be Changed | Results Canada

How To Change What Cannot Be Changed | Results Canada | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to Change What Cannot Be Changed??
#Leadership
#Constructive Feedback http://t.co/owufFjtZog
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Managers owe it to the company and everybody in it not to tolerate poor performance. If you consistently choose unsuitable or under-performing staff, then perhaps you need to look in the mirror to find the solution.

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How to Become a Manager No One Will Work For

How to Become a Manager No One Will Work For | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This post was written by a friend of Ted… (RT @tedcoine: How to Become a #Manager No One Will Work For http://t.co/ci5crWXQDO #humanbiz #leadership)...
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Management advice often begins under the assumption managers already have a firm grip of the basic, obvious people-management skills. Your team, however, may have a different point of view.

Not mastering the basic skills often leads to plummeting morale and distrust among your team members. Master the following “Don’ts”, and you will become the manager no one wants to work for.

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Unity in Leadership Part 5: Humility Builds Unity

Unity in Leadership Part 5: Humility Builds Unity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Unity in Leadership Part 5: Humility Builds Unity http://t.co/WI0EurGnk7 via @credera
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Humility is thinking of oneself less. Putting the needs of others ahead of our own because we have the best interest of others in mind. These are the people you want on your team.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 15, 2013 10:20 PM

 Humility is thinking of oneself less. Putting the needs of others ahead of our own because we have the best interest of others in mind. These are the people you want on your team.

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Five Leadership Lessons From Taming Our Employee Circus - Forbes

Five Leadership Lessons From Taming Our Employee Circus - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Five Leadership Lessons From Taming Our Employee Circus
Forbes
Running an advertising agency like RocketXL is a lot like being a circus conductor, with many different types of people all under one tent.
John Michel's insight:

The trick with any business full of young creative people, is to keep them thinking like young and creative professionals, while also helping them to understand where to draw the line in the workplace.

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Learning from Steve Ballmer’s Leadership Mistakes

Learning from Steve Ballmer’s Leadership Mistakes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Steve Ballmer is set to retire, and his leadership mistakes may be many. Leadership lessons include key decisions on innovation and culture.
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Business and leadership success are about remembering that growth doesn’t come from stagnate performance. It comes from the push to increase the value of your brand and product to your market. Cash cows are your safety harness for the bottom line, but innovation is the key to your growth and expansion.

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5 Simple and Effective Leadership Tips for Introverts

5 Simple and Effective Leadership Tips for Introverts | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you prefer to lead by doing rather than saying and you tend to listen more than you speak, you'll love this article about leadership tips for introverts (RT @pdiscoveryuk: 5 Simple and Effective Leadership Tips for Introverts
John Michel's insight:

Introvert motivation = “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” -Gandhi" 

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Don Cloud's comment, September 15, 2013 2:51 PM
Nice quote ... thanks John Michel!
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Don't Lose Your High Performers

Don't Lose Your High Performers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You do all you can to hire right. But once you have your high performers, don't make these three mistakes, which will result in losing them. (Tough to see good folks go because of the dull + constant force of status quo.
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 Sometimes it takes a stunt to push people — and organizations — out of their comfort zones and on to lasting change.

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Every Leader Needs a Challenger in Chief

Every Leader Needs a Challenger in Chief | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Dissent, it turns out, has a significant value.

Via Roger Francis, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

Who's your challenger in Chief?

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:40 AM

Diversity of ideas is always valuable ... more importantly, fostering an environment where dissent is welcomed and discussed openly can open up new avenues of thought.

 

Only word of caution is that there's a difference between dissent and someone being disruptive/toxic to the team -- a leader understands the difference.

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10 Things Happy Couples Do Differently

10 Things Happy Couples Do Differently | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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It’s important to understand that love is not just about finding the right person, it’s about working with them to create the right relationship. 


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Feeling Good By Doing Good

Feeling Good By Doing Good | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The evidence shows that engagement, empowerment, and leading by example all produce more citizenship behavior from employees. You want your employees to be good citizens, because this extra effort at the individual level aggregates to enhanced performance of your business.


Via Karin Sebelin, Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

More proof it pays to be kind...and generous...and Good. 

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, September 13, 2013 3:59 AM

The next time you find yourself in a bad mood at work, consider getting up and helping someone with their work. Not only will it enhance productivity and your own social capital, it might also make you feel better! If you witness your employees in a down mood, find ways to get them helping others, or invite them to spend a little time helping you with something you are working on.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts here! Thank you!

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Talent Leadership – are CEOs at War?

Talent Leadership – are CEOs at War? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I get passionate when it comes to people. As CEO of a professional services firm, I naturally believe that there is no greater resource for competitive advantage than having the best people.
John Michel's insight:

Developing people has to be integrated with how you manage individuals in their day to day jobs as well as how you help them develop careers in the long term. In the past, people expected the firm to give them a job description and a career plan and they just followed it. Today, it is the other way around—they expect the firm to match their understanding of the job and their career aspirations.

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It's a downhill road to mediocrity.

It's a downhill road to mediocrity. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Have you ever slidden from a water chute?
Breaking your threshold of focus and self-control is exactly like that. Once you cut the rope, you loose yourself and boom suddenly you are in a pool of...
John Michel's insight:

A life without a mission or a purpose or a goal is worthless. You are not put on this planet to live a mediocre life hiding behind your fears and lethargy. You are here to be an example of how amazing humans can be. 

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4 Leadership Lessons From a Coach, a Dream and a Miracle

4 Leadership Lessons From a Coach, a Dream and a Miracle | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How the leadership principles of 1980 Olympics coach Herb Brooks can help you become a better leader.
John Michel's insight:

Superb insight from one of our countries moist inspiring sports moments. 

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The Jack Welch Leadership Crash Course

The Jack Welch Leadership Crash Course | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Jack Welch believes great leaders have a generosity gene that inspires them to help people grow. Here's the advice he generously shared with us about...
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The one characteristic great leaders share is that “they love to see people grow.” They have the "generosity gene." “The day you are afraid of them being better than you is the day you fail as a leader.”

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The key to leadership – not to be found in management books | Wrestling Possums

The key to leadership – not to be found in management books | Wrestling Possums | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The key to leadership, not to be found in management books http://t.co/cTftr1zA3N
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The Key To Leadership: Knowing When To Show Up


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Leadership Lessons For New Managers From An Old General

Leadership Lessons For New Managers From An Old General | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership lessons for new managers... from an old general. They can be of value, regardless of the business you're in.
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Timeless wisdom from one of the military's greatest leaders. 

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Salespeople

7 Habits of Highly Effective Salespeople | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The top sales performers have these activities in common. (7 Habits of Highly Effective Salespeople #leadership http://t.co/8ByqCvfze9)
John Michel's insight:

A staggering amount has been written on how to be a good salesperson. A lot of it is great, but there's an easy way to cut through the clutter. Here are seven simple activities that, in my experience, consistently separate high-performing salespeople from the rest. Whether you are selling your own product or are managing a sales team, these are the most effective things you can do to close more deals.

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How Transformational Leaders create a captivating vision

How Transformational Leaders create a captivating vision | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership transformation begins with a compelling vision. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a manager, a community leader and even a blogger- you must envision what the future will hold . A leader ...
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A key role of a transforming leader is the ability to clearly articulate a shared vision, values, and beliefs in exciting and enthusiastic ways. The passionate leader inspires followers, provides encouragement and enhances enthusiasm.

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3 Tech Trends That Can Damage Your Leadership

3 Tech Trends That Can Damage Your Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Technology provides a vast array of great tools for leaders. But if used unthinkingly, technology can have a terrible effect on your leadership abilities.
John Michel's insight:

Used wisely, technology provides a vast array of great tools for leaders, enhancing their communications and ability to think and lead creatively. Used unthinkingly, however, technology can have the opposite effect--deadening a leader's ability to be effective and curtailing the impact of otherwise great leaders.

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How I Got My Team To Fail More

How I Got My Team To Fail More | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Getting an old organization to embrace new risks.

Via Roger Francis, David Hain
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 Sometimes it takes a stunt to push people — and organizations — out of their comfort zones and on to lasting change.

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10 Characteristics Of Weak Leaders - Kumar Gauraw

10 Characteristics Of Weak Leaders - Kumar Gauraw | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Karin Sebelin
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Everybody has some influence and that indicates the depth of their leadership. But then, why is it that some leaders can mobilize nations, and others, who have all the wisdom, all the knowledge in the world, have no influence? 

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, September 14, 2013 7:15 AM

Read about the 10 most common characteristics of weak leaders in the article:

1.Weak Leaders Know It All
2.Weak Leaders Are Blind To Current Situation
3.Weak Leaders Avoid Rocking The Boat
4.Weak Leaders Motivate By Force
5.Weak Leaders Believe In Do-It-Yourself
6.Weak Leaders Do Not Listen To Those They Lead
7.Weak Leaders Hesitate To Take Action8.Weak Leaders Criticize And Complain
9.Weak Leaders Refuse To Take Responsibility
10.Weak Leaders Keep Changing Their Plans

Doris Palomino's curator insight, September 23, 2013 7:53 PM

"Leaders with a big ego and a Know-It-All attitude lead their teams in such a way that the people they lead are afraid of suggesting anything to them. If somebody musters the guts to suggest something, their recommendations are not considered or appreciated by the leader".

Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:55 PM

Nice reading

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How Important is Employee Satisfaction?

How Important is Employee Satisfaction? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In the world of business, there's no short supply of leadership. Almost everyone strives to become manager, team lead, or project leader. What real...

Via Kevin Watson
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It goes without saying that, as a company, you want to hire only the best people who will do the best possible job. However, everyone has different levels at which they work, and you do not want to be getting someone’s B or C level work, when you are really aiming for their A standard. And it has been proven time and again that one of the best ways to get someone’s best work is to make them comfortable and happy. A happy employee is a good employee.

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How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others)

How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world. Mary Gordon is a former kindergarten teacher who founded Roots of Empathy, an organization dedicated to teaching emotional literacy and promoting empathy in children. She was also one of the first Ashoka fellows.

Arianna Huffington



Via Edwin Rutsch
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Since Einstein, scientists have been trying to come up with the "theory of everything," which would explain our entire physical world by reconciling general relativity with quantum physics. In the study of our emotional world, there's no analogous theory of everything, but if there were, empathy and giving would be at the center of it. And modern science has overwhelmingly confirmed the wisdom of those early philosophers and religious traditions. Empathy, compassion, and giving -- which is simply empathy and compassion in action -- are the building blocks of our being. With them we flourish; without them we perish.

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