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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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How to Avoid Burnout: Getting Things Done Efficiently - Self Stairway

How to Avoid Burnout: Getting Things Done Efficiently - Self Stairway | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to avoid burnout, start working efficiently, and start getting great results.
John Michel's insight:

You’re always going to want to get the best results possible in the least amount of time. It’s only natural. You’re human. But don’t get this mindset confused with efficiency. It’s not the same. In fact, you’re probably doing a lot of things with an inefficient approach.




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Contributor Blog: Don't Break Your Promise to Yourself

Contributor Blog: Don't Break Your Promise to Yourself | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

It’s likely we’ve all encountered people in our lives who don’t do what they say they will. They break plans. They extend deadlines. They disappoint. Usually, the first time they “flake” on an appointment or promise, leniency is granted. Doug Conant provides us with great advice to commit to us and follow through. That's what great leaders do!


Via Johann Gauthier
John Michel's insight:

Do you want to be a leader who waits around for events to become dire enough to spark a change? Or do you want to be the dedicated leader who actively strives for excellence, who shows up for themselves, and is committed to change? If you seek to be the dedicated leader – focus on what you want badly enough and follow through. 

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The 3 Biggest Mistakes Leaders Make Which Diminishes Their Credibility

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The post The 3 Biggest Mistakes Leaders Make Which Diminishes Their Credibility appeared first on LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT.

Via The e.MILE Community
John Michel's insight:

There is nothing wrong with a leader who is competitive, results orientated, commercially driven, or profits orientated. But if their drive isn’t coupled with a genuine desire to make a meaningful difference; to help others; to contribute to the community, or to honour others, then no matter how successful, their credibility as a leader will  be diminished, even if only a little. Like it or not, our nature is to contribute. If a leader doesn’t embrace that drive within us, then the team whether they are consciously aware of it or not, will hold back with their loyalty and commitment.

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What's the difference between leadership and management?

What's the difference between leadership and management? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
While management and leadership are distinct concepts, there is a natural overlap between the skills they require. Rebecca Ratcliffe explores (Interesting! RT @GuardianCareers What's the difference between #leadership and #management?
John Michel's insight:

Mentoring and formal training can help employees make the most of opportunities to use leadership skills, according to research by the Chartered Management Institute. It reports that 90% of members who have completed a management and leadership qualification found the experience improved their performance at work. There was also a "ripple effect", with 81% of those surveyed passing on their knowledge to colleagues.

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David DeSantis's curator insight, March 16, 5:47 PM

John Kotter articulates the difference very well.

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5 Points for Your Empathy Arsenal

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The arguments you need to explain why empathy is a key to life-long learning.

Via Garth Sanginiti, Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

Around the world, hundreds of social entrepreneurs are employing a variety of innovative techniques designed to cultivate empathy skills. Those techniques include everything from literature and storytelling, to imaginative play for preschoolers (and indeed, play period), to exercises designed tobuild social fitness.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 4, 2013 6:17 PM

"Chances are you don’t have hours and hours to pore through every successive study on the ways in which empathy impacts a teacher’s ability to teach, a student’s ability to learn, and the ability of both to thrive in a rapidly changing world. So we’ve put together a cheat sheet to help you make the case, whether you’re a teacher urging your principal to prioritize play, or a parent deciding what kind of education you really want for your child."

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The Two Most Important Words

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The 2 Most Important Words http://t.co/900L0kjjbI Harvard Business Review #recognition #leadership #management #ceo
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Most people come to work every day aiming to do a good job (even if my one bad boss didn’t believe that). And most people—and, as a result, most organizations—actually do pretty well. What should they get in return? Cosmetics entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash put it this way: “There are two things people want more than sex and money: recognition and praise.”


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Three Critical Innovation Roles: Broker, Role Model, Risk-Taker

Three Critical Innovation Roles:  Broker, Role Model, Risk-Taker | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Innovation comes from informal key leadership roles. Brokers, Role Models and Risk-takers are the engine of innovation cultures.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, AlGonzalezinfo, Amy Melendez
John Michel's insight:

 The greatest threat to innovation is an information silo.  Free and open information exchange and conversation is the fuel that drives innovation in organizations; but all too often, information is walled off in divisions, functional areas, or geographies.

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Robin Martin's comment, August 6, 2013 10:39 AM
Thanks for sharing!
Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 10, 2013 6:14 AM

"You won’t find these functions described in job descriptions, nor will you find someone with a title like “risk-taker.”  You won’t find these roles being incentivized, or formally evaluated or even recognized, as a rule.   Like many aspects of an innovation culture, they happen – serendipitously – or they don’t.  And because the roles are elusive and difficult to measure, they can go unappreciated and unnoticed.  And then they gradually fade away.

 

But if you look hard in your organization, trust your own judgment, and use your best observational skills, you can find, nurture, and acknowledge these key individuals and keep their critical skill sets alive . . . and growing."

Pascal Hoguet's curator insight, August 12, 2013 12:13 PM

Des rôles clés, facteurs de succès pour favoriser l'innovation dans une organisation.

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Leadership lessons from a cowboy named Rooster and a horse named Clyde « Purpose Unlimited

Leadership lessons from a cowboy named Rooster and a horse named Clyde « Purpose Unlimited | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Jim Whitt provokes people... on purpose. Jim is an unapologetic people provoker. For more than 20 years as a consultant, writer, and speaker, he has provoked people and organizations to reach their full potential.
John Michel's insight:

If you hold a leadership position of any kind you share the responsibility for developing and maintaining the company’s culture. The culture defines what behavior is expected and what behavior will not be tolerated.

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Is Your Heart in The Right Place? | Lolly Daskal

Is Your Heart in The Right Place? | Lolly Daskal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @LollyDaskal: Is Your Heart In The Right Place http://t.co/HY9qZmcmrD from @Lollydaskal #leadfromwithin #leadership #biz #smbiz #leadcha…
John Michel's insight:

To find meaning we must begin to understand how to attain it. If we want to be better leaders, do better work, enjoy better relationships and make our mark wherever we go, we must start with the basics. We begin with ourselves, with trusting the heart enough to regain control of the mind and quieting the mind to make room for the heart.

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What Does Post-Bureaucratic Leadership Look Like? - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

What Does Post-Bureaucratic Leadership Look Like? - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What Does Post-Bureaucratic Leadership Look Like?
John Michel's insight:

As traditional hierarchies get supplanted by networked, or "social" organizations, leadership will become less a function of "where you sit," than of "what you can do." Any company that strives to build a leadership advantage will need more than a celebrity CEO and a corporate university that serves up tasty educational morsels to the "high potentials." It will need an organizational model that gives everyone the chance to lead if they're capable; and a talent development model that helps everyone to become capable.

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The single best way to develop leaders: Throw them in! | Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting | Change Begins With Me

The single best way to develop leaders: Throw them in! | Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting | Change Begins With Me | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Accepting change and challenges helps to develop strong leadership. (RT @RyanSetter: Awesome post from @GianaConsulting - The single best way to develop leaders: Throw them in!
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The Brcue Wilkenson quote in this article is spot on! 

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Does Your Business Leadership Style Rely on Fear? - Forbes

Does Your Business Leadership Style Rely on Fear? - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Does Your Business Leadership Style Rely on Fear?
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Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.

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John Michel's insight:

All entrepreneurs have to take risks and provide leadership to succeed, but driving yourself and your team with fear is not the answer. The best leadership is providing real motivation from the work itself, and the drive to build something lasting. Fear has no role in either of these.

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Smart strategies to avoid a bad hire

Smart strategies to avoid a bad hire | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Experts weigh in on making sure the newest addition to your team is a perfect match (RT @KelloggExecEd: Top execs weigh in on how to hire the right fit http://t.co/qRPZ0w3eug. Perfect your leadership...
John Michel's insight:

The US Department of Labor currently estimates that the average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30% of the individual’s first-year potential earnings. That means a single bad hire with an annual income of $50,000 can equal a potential $15,000 loss for the employer,” Holmes wrote.

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Seek Experiences That Positively Reshape Your Brain

Seek Experiences That Positively Reshape Your Brain | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I often hear people say, "I'm the kind of person who…" or, "I'm not a people person.” These seemingly off-the-cuff comments suggest they’re resigned to not changing

Via Romi Royé
John Michel's insight:

Recent research indicates that just two hours of engaging in a video game can actually structurally change your brain. That underscores how extraordinarily dynamic our brains are, constantly being shaped this way and that way. Most of the time we're not aware of how our brains are being shaped by the forces around us.

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6 Secrets Of Super Productive To-Do Lists

6 Secrets Of Super Productive To-Do Lists | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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John Michel's insight:

Every to-do should include a verb--otherwise you won't do it.

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Marie-Brigitte Souci's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:40 PM

This is so true, the humble To-Do-List is one of the pivotal make or break day, week and month. It synchronises and organises your mind and helps you to prioritise all events in a timely and effective manner. #BrigitteSouci.

Donald Clark's curator insight, August 24, 2013 6:28 AM

To-do lists need to be effective, actionable, and stress reducing., This article offers up six secrets to help any business owner to become more productive every day.

Robert Jackson's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:02 PM

This advice is pretty much essential reading for busy people.  Well worth a moment ot two to read!

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7 things really persuasive people do

7 things really persuasive people do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Sometimes you absolutely have to make your point. Here are 7 tips on how to do it effectively with style and grace.

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Whatever your persuasive need, here are 7 things that the most persuasive people consistently do:

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Teamwork: Making Apologies Worthy of Acceptance - Kate Nasser

Teamwork: Making Apologies Worthy of Acceptance - Kate Nasser | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People Skills Excellence for Leadership, Customer Service, Teamwork, and Employee Engagement. 908.595.1515 USA

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Some struggle with apologizing because they think it publicizes their weakness and faults. They think it is humiliating and diminishes potential success. However it’s important not to confuse humility with humiliation. The straightforward apology and remedy when needed is the perfect chance to build trust in yourself and a reputation of true greatness. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 4, 2013 4:49 PM

Kate Nasser is a role model that leads by example.  

 

From the article:

 

Checklist step: In a quiet moment, list out the names of all your teammates. If possible, put his/her picture next to each name.


Write down 2 positive traits and 1 unique trait for each. Share this information in natural conversation when you witness these traits.


When people are both respected and appreciated for who they are, they can also hear your sincere apologies in tough times.


- See more at: http://katenasser.com/teamwork-making-apologies-worthy-of-acceptance-sorryprofessional-people-skills/#sthash.2FHYuf8B.dpuf

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The Anatomy of a Leader

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Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but the anatomy of a leader isn’t different. Leaders are human beings first – and while all of these body parts are important to all of us as humans, to leaders they perform these important additional roles.

Via Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

There is no perfect leader; leaders truly come in all shapes and sizes. Doctors know the same about their patients, yet they still study anatomy – to understand the basic workings of body parts, their roles and how they function together. While the bodies are different, the anatomy is the same. Similarly, though the style, approach and specific skills of leaders are different, the anatomy is the same.

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10 Surprising Techniques to Jump Start Your Creativity

10 Surprising Techniques to Jump Start Your Creativity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Have you experienced writer’s block, suffered through a dry spell or had your creativity completely flat line? 

 

No matter what profession you’re in or where you are in life, there will be times when your ability to create something new hits the wall. Any and all creative juices that were once flowing dry up and you find yourself struggling to create something… just anything.

 


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John Michel's insight:

No matter what profession you’re in or where you are in life, there will be times when your ability to create something new hits the wall. Any and all creative juices that were once flowing dry up and you find yourself struggling to create something… just anything. 

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Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders

Three Differences Between Managers and Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Stop thinking about your tasks and start talking about your vision. (Are you a manager or a leader? #leadership http://t.co/a2AsTw1qvv)
John Michel's insight:

In India, M.K. Gandhi inspired millions of people to fight for their rights, and he walked shoulder to shoulder with them so India could achieve independence in 1947. His vision became everyone's dream and ensured that the country's push for independence was unstoppable. The world needs leaders like him who can think beyond problems, have a vision, and inspire people to convert challenges into opportunities, a step at a time.

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What's Your Style of Leadership: The Big - Loud One, The Trendy One, or The Child...

What's Your Style of Leadership: The Big - Loud One, The Trendy One, or The Child... | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership is a lot like bowling; t takes style, and the ability to change style to have leadership success.
John Michel's insight:

Leadership is a lot like bowling, it takes… style. You need to be able to identify your style, and adjust for each situation.

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7 Negative People You Need to Ignore

7 Negative People You Need to Ignore | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Sadly, some people are so entrenched in seeing the negative side of things that they leave zero room for positive things to grow.  People like this inhabit our families, work environments and social circles.  It can be emotionally draining just being around them, and you must be careful because their negative attitudes and opinions are venomous and contagious.  Negativity perpetuates itself, breeds dissatisfaction and clutters the mind.  And when the mind is cluttered with negativity, happiness is hard to come by.


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Amy Melendez's curator insight, August 3, 2013 9:01 PM

From the article: "When people undermine your dreams, predict your doom, criticize you, and generally resist the truth about who you are, remember, they’re telling you their own sad story, not yours.  They’re dumping their own doubts into the air.  Ignore them.

 

If the person doing this is you (your inner critic), try giving up all the thoughts and contemplations that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, for the rest of the day.  See how doing that changes your life.  You don’t need these negative thoughts.  All they have ever given you is a false self that suffers for no reason."

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3 Ways EQ Enhances Leadership.

3 Ways EQ Enhances Leadership. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn 3 ways to enhance your corporate leadership skills by developing your EQ. (3 Ways EQ Enhances Leadership. http://t.co/3Kt3yiMQ5R)
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Have you ever presented a proposal at a department meeting, only to have it unceremoniously shot down by your boss? If so, the experience probably didn’t fill you with confidence or the desire to give your proposal another try. However, if at the same meeting, your boss had patiently listened to your presentation, made notes, and politely offered constructive criticism, you most likely would have felt respected and encouraged to give your proposal an even better shot. 

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The Lost Art of Walking Around

The Lost Art of Walking Around | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Management by walking around (MBWA) was popular many years ago. It still works. But, what is the role of technology in this management practice.

Via Kevin Watson
John Michel's insight:

Spreadsheets and reports are important. Businesses aren’t going to ditch them. But somehow, managers have to find time to connect with their teams. If they don’t, that disconnect will impact the bottom-line. Those kinds of disconnects manifest themselves in poor communications, sacrifices in quality, decreased morale and sloppy customer service.

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6 Principles to Help Young Leaders lead Older People

6 Principles to Help Young Leaders lead Older People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Principles to help young leaders effectively lead people older than they are.

Via Amy Melendez
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For some older people, having a younger supervisor will be no big deal; for others it will be earth shattering. Be mindful of their mindset. Be extremely careful not to elevate yourself or devalue them. Perhaps they wanted the job you’ve now been given. Help them adjust to the new reality. Always look for ways to legitimately honor their contributions to the team and organization.

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