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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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Millenials Will Soon Rule the World: But How Will They Lead?

Millenials Will Soon Rule the World: But How Will They Lead? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In the last few years there has been a lot of research on Millenials and how they're different. But a new topic has now come up in many of my conversations with HR and business executives: What are their leadership style and how will they lead?
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The answer to this question is important. Your ability to attract, develop, and retain young leaders will make or break your company in the coming years.

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Leadership is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Leadership is a Marathon, Not a Sprint | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Two of the most noted races in the track and field world are the 100 meter dash and the marathon. They are on opposite ends of the length spectrum – a sprint of 100 meters and a long trek of 42,195...
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Our job as a leader is to keep the big picture in mind at all times. If you drive your car looking just past the hood, your driving will be erratic, over-reactive and dangerous. So too for the leaders-as-sprinters. When we look too closely we over-react, we shift our focus too often, and this can be dangerous.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 13, 2013 4:04 AM

Absolutely, as long as they have a devastating change of pace!

Don Cloud's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:38 AM

Sounds perspective.  Leaders understand long term vision of the organization and focus on what's important over the long term.  Over the long term, a leader can invest and build trust, capacity, and momentum towards that vision and unleash the talent and ideas of your people ... whereas sprinting will only get you around the first lap.

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Afghan Air Force Shows Promise Despite Challenges

Afghan Air Force Shows Promise Despite Challenges | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
While most coalition units in Afghanistan focus on drawing down, Air Force Brig. Gen. John Michel has a command that's growing.
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"We're literally building an air force, not just from the ground up but from the inside out," Michel said.

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How to Improve Your Self-Esteem: 12 Powerful Tips

How to Improve Your Self-Esteem: 12 Powerful Tips | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson Nothing is more important than how you feel and think about yourself.
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A high opinion about yourself and who you are and what you do and basically a love for yourself is also one of the things that people often miss or have too little of in today’s society.
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Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Neither, actually.
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Which are you, nice or tough? 

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Hope, The Motivation of Learning - The John Maxwell Company

Hope, The Motivation of Learning - The John Maxwell Company | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

By John C. Maxwell.
August 30, 2013

Not long ago I was signing books after speaking to a large crowd at a convention center. Whenever I speak, I try to make myself available to sign books, shake hands, and chat with people. This particular day the line was long, and I was signing as quickly as I could to try to get to everyone waiting.

A lady stepped up and handed me a book to sign, and she said, “For the last eight years I have been reading your books and listening to your teaching. You have given to me a wonderful gift, and I am grateful.”

I stopped writing and for a moment I wondered what that gift might be. Was it the simplicity of my teaching? Practicality? Humor? I was curious, so I asked, “What is the wonderful gift I have given you?”

“Hope.” She continued, “Whenever I read your books or listen to you, I leave with hope. Thank you.”

 


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Hope is a beautiful thing. It shines brightest when the hour is darkest. Hope sings when all melodies are gone. It believes when the evidence is limited. Hope gives to us even when we have little or nothing left. It is one of the most precious things we have in life.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:52 AM

The blend of hope and faith is essential to learning and community.

donhornsby's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:17 PM

Hope is a beautiful thing. It shines brightest when the hour is darkest. Hope sings when all melodies are gone. It believes when the evidence is limited. Hope gives to us even when we have little or nothing left. It is one of the most precious things we have in life.

 

Hope is inspiring. It gives us the motivation for living and learning. I say that for several reasons:

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, September 11, 2013 5:52 PM

Fantastic post Amy.  I could not agree more with all the great comments and the article.  

 

I would add that hope is a great weapon when battling the demons of self-doubt! 

 

 

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The Pope On The Phone: A Leadership Lesson - Forbes

The Pope On The Phone: A Leadership Lesson - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Pope On The Phone: A Leadership Lesson
Forbes
That's a mantra that Pope Francis is following. As reported in the New York Times, the Jesuit Pope is making waves again with his informality.
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We humans are meant to connect personally. It is important to see how people receive a message, even if it’s interpreting intonations over the phone. Using

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Keeping Your Integrity As A Leader

Keeping Your Integrity As A Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Integrity is a core ingredient of successful leadership and business.  In fact, it's a core ingredient of an honest and successful life.  What is integrity?  Integrity is defined as the adherence t...
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Integrity = non negotiable 

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10 Ways to Gain Fame for Being a Good Person

10 Ways to Gain Fame for Being a Good Person | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Lift others up.  Treat people with respect.  Be positive.  Be true to your values.  Do your best.  Do things that bring you in contact with your passions.  Take care of yourself, your family, and your friends.   Be the person that makes others feel special.  Be known for your kindness and honesty.

This is how you gain admiration and fame for being a good person…


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2 Critical Factors in Creating Meaningful Work

2 Critical Factors in Creating Meaningful Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Regular readers know my passion about the confluence of employee engagement, meaningful work, and recognition.

Via David Hain
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Research proves meaningful work is a primary aspect employee motivation and engagement. But who’s responsible for ensuring work is meaningful? And what, exactly, is meaningful work anyway?

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Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's the most valuable attribute we're not teaching our high-potentials. (A good reminder for all kinds of leadership.
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The attribute of humility seems to be neglected in leadership development programs. And to the extent it is considered by managers rising through the ranks, it is often misunderstood. How can we change this?

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Have You Made the Shift to Collaborative Leadership?

Have You Made the Shift to Collaborative Leadership? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
To sustain competitive advantage in the fast changing and interconnected economy of today requires collaborative leadership.
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To sustain competitive advantage in the fast changing and interconnected economy of today  requires collaborative leadership. Globally enterprises are challenged to become more innovative, agile and adaptable in response to the changing customer expectations.

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You've Been Fired: Now What?

You've Been Fired: Now What? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Time for an attitude adjustment.
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Even in the best of times, the vast majority of organizations do a poor job of giving people constructive feedback, and companies are even less inclined to provide useful feedback when showing someone the door. Still, think carefully about the messages you have received, however oblique, to see if you can identify issues you need to be alert to. 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 10, 2013 10:35 PM

Rescooping ... thanks for sharing.

 

A tip for any leader who has accepted a new leadership position.  On day one, pretend that you are your boss and fire yourself.  Then ask yourself, what do I need to do to earn this leadership position back ... from the perspective of both your people and your boss.  Chances are, that's what you should be doing as a leader anyway.

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What I Appreciate Most About Your Leadership - Let's Grow Leaders

What I Appreciate Most About Your Leadership - Let's Grow Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What do you appreciate most about each member of your team.  Have you told them? The other night I heard a fantastic leadership best practice.
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A simple, smart exercise to do with your team.
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KarinEvolve's curator insight, September 13, 2013 12:52 PM

This is an exercise that can be valuable or it can have unintended consequences. Teams are best served using this exercise if they have already done some work and dealt with the 'elephant in the room' phenomena. Don't force appreciation unless you are fully cognizant of what might be happening. Appreciative inquiry and Appreciative sharing are helpful tools if used appropriately. Be aware of the Band Aid effect!

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7 Ways Your Leadership Is Falling Short via @15five

7 Ways Your Leadership Is Falling Short via @15five | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @15Five: ICYMI: 7 Ways Your Leadership Is Falling Short http://t.co/oO6xEf3eXE by @AneseCavanaugh #leadership
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You didn’t get to where you are today without some really good effective leadership skills … Though maybe you did, thanks to the leadership skills of others. We can’t forget the shoulders of the giants we’ve stood on to get where we are.

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Leadership for the future: diversity, creativity and co-creation

Leadership for the future: diversity, creativity and co-creation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Values-led leaders help create emotionally and mentally healthy organisations, where business goals are met without sacrificing personal values (Leadership for the future: Diversity, creativity & co-creation http://t.co/YTxM2LTE3Y)...
John Michel's insight:

Ensuring successful adaptation against a backdrop of increasing uncertainty and complexity means leadership becomes less about directive structured approaches seeking predictable outcomes and more about empowering others to make effective and timely decisions.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, September 12, 2013 3:36 PM

Dealing with and facing uncertainty is indeed the norm for the future. We need to be ready...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:31 PM

"Leadership of the future is less about the theory of an idealised leadership model and more about the practical ability to navigate a journey of authenticity and inspiration; energising and equipping oneself and others to make the right choices for the situation at hand."

 

First, we need leadership and leaders in humane nature. What we have now are a lot of managers. Second, combine the notions of leadership and management into one complex called managerial leadership per Peter Vaill.

MyKLogica's curator insight, September 18, 2013 10:21 AM

Esperanzador encontrar artículos como este en un periódico como The Guardian, sobre el giro que el liderazgo y la empresa han de tomar, líderes referentes y empresas que recuperan su función social.

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What's the Status of Your Relationship With Innovation?

What's the Status of Your Relationship With Innovation? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This short quiz can gauge how committed your company really is.
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But just talking about innovation doesn't mean a company is really serious about it, or is approaching it in a way that has as a reasonable chance of success.

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Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying

Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Use these as a north star to help guide your actions in the days that follow toward an even more fulfilling life. Although we can veer off the path, when we notice the star, we can always come back to it.

Via Sandeep Gautam
John Michel's insight:

Take a moment to look back once again at these five regrets people have had and see where you can begin integrating these more into your life starting today.

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David Hain's curator insight, September 12, 2013 2:40 AM

Powerful and worth reading -  or re-reading if you have seen it before!

Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, September 17, 2013 5:19 PM

It's actually quite helpful to know in advance what sorts of regrets to avoid in the future, when it is too late to do anything about it.

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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.
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Do you have someone you trust who will challenge you? 

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A 9/11 Tribute from Kabul, Afghanistan - General Leadership

A 9/11 Tribute from Kabul, Afghanistan - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Bless the memories of those lost & continue to protect those who are active participants in promoting democracy, freedom and justice across our globe.
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A glimpse into today's 9/11 ceremony at our camp in Kabul, Afghanistan 

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HR Magazine - Organisations not confident about leadership capability, Harvard Business Publishing finds

HR Magazine - Organisations not confident about leadership capability, Harvard Business Publishing finds | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Organisations not confident about leadership capability, Harvard Business Publishing finds: HR Magazine
... http://t.co/VtxZB9oRwv
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Only 32% of executives believe their organisations have the right leadership talent and skills to achieve their strategic goals, according to research from Harvard Business Publishing.


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The One Belief That Is Holding Back Your Career

The One Belief That Is Holding Back Your Career | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your job is not your job.Your job is not what you do, but the goal you pursue.Yet most professionals I know limit their careers believing that their job is what they do. When I ask them, “What

Via Bobby Dillard
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Human action is behavior with a purpose. A person acts because she wants to bring about a future she desires, a future she believes will not come to pass without her effort.

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10 Skills That Will Land You a Top Job in 2013

10 Skills That Will Land You a Top Job in 2013 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The jobs market is looking up, particularly in the US and UK where unemployment figures are progressing to an all time low since the 2008 economic...

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These top 10 skills are said to be the most in-demand by top recruiters in 2013. Whilst some of them involve technical ability, the most important from this list are skills that anyone can acquire with practice i.e. decision making, listening and critical thinking.

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Donald Trump's Face Tells the Story of Power-Based Leadership

Donald Trump's Face Tells the Story of Power-Based Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Donald Trump is the epitome of power-based leadership. Therefore, "The Donald" makes for an excellent study on the personal effects of power-based leadership.
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What's the Point of Creativity?

What's the Point of Creativity? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Creativity cannot be divorced from the real needs of real people.
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What's your purpose for pursuing creativity? Are you doing it out of a desire to improve people's lives and transform their sense of what possibilities life itself has to offer?

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