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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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3 Everyday Leadership Lessons for Managers

3 Everyday Leadership Lessons for Managers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A note from Switch and Shift’s editor: Leadership lesso… (RT @ThoughtPartner: 3 Everyday Leadership Lessons for Managers http://t.co/5FfirfSpUl via @shawmu)...
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Notice exceptional leadership when it happens around you. No matter where it happens. No matter who is doing the leading. Appreciate it. Praise it. Celebrate it. Do so explicitly. Our ability to affirm an act of everyday leadership elevates the quality of life for all of us.

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5 Puzzling Leadership Practices And Paradoxes Inspired By Billionaires - Forbes

5 Puzzling Leadership Practices And Paradoxes Inspired By Billionaires - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
5 Puzzling Leadership Practices And Paradoxes Inspired By Billionaires
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But what struck me besides the quality of the discussions onstage were the attendees themselves and the dynamic of the group in general.
John Michel's insight:

leadership is an inherently human process; not binary, but rather an interplay and practice of intentional calibrations which, like human behavior itself, reflect a dynamic blend of paradoxes and perceptions. Successful leadership depends on how we manage these paradoxes. Here are just a few.

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10 Things Starbucks Can Teach Us About Leadership and Business

10 Things Starbucks Can Teach Us About Leadership and Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
» 10 Things Starbucks Can Teach Us About Leadership and Business | "…on the shoulder of giants." (10 Things Starbucks Can Teach Us About Leadership and Business via @DanVForbes http://t.co/OLOL47vxNo)...
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Outstanding advice...whether you drink coffee or not. 

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3 Key Leadership Tips From Twitter CEO Dick Costolo

3 Key Leadership Tips From Twitter CEO Dick Costolo | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took the stage at Disrupt on Monday, but not to talk about Twitter. Instead, he offered up leadership advice.
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Sound advice on leading an early stage business...or any business for that matter.

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How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don't

How To Train Your Brain To See What Others Don't | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Charles Darwin had one of the greatest "aha!" moments in all of history when writing his magnum opus On The Origin of Species.

Via Wise Leader™, Aki Puustinen
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5 simple ways to enjoy more "Aha" moments in life.

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Shut Up and Listen (And Other Advice for First-Time Leaders)

Shut Up and Listen (And Other Advice for First-Time Leaders) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Being thrust into a leadership position for the first time can seem daunting. Here's how to begin your new role on the right foot.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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eing entrusted with a leadership role in your workplace requires a shift in mindset. Leaders cannot afford to compartmentalize like the worker. They must simultaneously juggle the long- and short-term while inspiring those around them to do great work.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 9, 2013 10:09 AM

Excerpt from article:


Unless you’re a solo freelancer, chances are you will eventually be thrust into a leadership position. As creatives, we must embrace this challenge and not shy away form it, as a fear of being a leader can subconsciously hold us back from advancing in our career. 

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:16 PM

This article gives great advice and it's not too late in the school year-- or your career-- to take it!

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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. (True transformational leadership. Traits I admire and possess.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach, Bobby Dillard
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Whatever your persuasive need, here are 7 things that the most persuasive people consistently do:

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Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's curator insight, September 1, 2013 11:14 AM

The interesting thing is that persuasive people are not known for always getting their way.  They do however know how to influence, and don't allow their emotions to get in the way of achieving a goal.

 

The article discusses 7; however, below are the top 4 that I completely agree with and my take:

 

 

- Persuasive people listen, and listen, and listen (they sincerely listen to understand, and remain open to better ideas

 

- Persuasive people are purposeful.  They do start with the end in mind, and are clear on what success looks like and the goal

 

- Persuasive people know when to stay quiet.  They are not Yes, But people

 

- Persuasive people know how to connect.  This to me is so important, because they know how to skillfully adapt their message to get the best out of them and others in a way that they are able to genuinely connect

 

Take a read, and please give us your insight on what else should be on the list!

 

Make it a great day!

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10 Leaders Changing The Content Landscape

10 Leaders Changing The Content Landscape | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It?s difficult to stay ahead of the curve in the world of content. The barriers can be so low that they attract people making noise about new trends ? not the thought leaders we need to learn from.

Via The People Development Network
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Here’s a list of leaders who will help you weed through that information and get a bead on where the world of content is headed.

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10 Quotes All Entrepreneurs Should Memorize

10 Quotes All Entrepreneurs Should Memorize | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Life can be tough. As my mother used to wryly remind me, “No one gets out alive.” We all have plenty of less-than-perfect moments. Not even the most gifted, telegenic and charming people
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You cannot control everything, buy you can control how you deal with setbacks. However stressful failure can be, if you consistently pick yourself up and get back on the horse, you’ve passed the real test of leadership.


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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 8, 2013 8:42 PM

Rescooping ... a fresh set of great leadership quotes.

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The Community of Leaders » Want To Grow As A Leader? Step Into Your Boss’s Shoes.

The Community of Leaders » Want To Grow As A Leader? Step Into Your Boss’s Shoes. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Sound advice worth heeding. 

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4 Ways To Build Leaders, Not Followers

4 Ways To Build Leaders, Not Followers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Is your leadership style creating leaders or just encouraging followers? Here are some tips on how to encourage your employees to live up to their potential. (RT @Inc: Is your leadership style creating leaders or just encouraging followers?
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Poorly led leaders will choose one of two doors--they will leave or they will become weaker in order to survive. Here are some tips to ensure that you are building strong leaders and not just followers:

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Why We Need More (Women) Leaders

Why We Need More (Women) Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Because we need more leaders, full stop. (RT @TatjanaKudla: Great article on leadership!
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We need more leaders at every level in every kind of organization — businesses, government, schools, neighborhood and professional associations, unions, religious entities, and charitable institutions.

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Results vs. Relationships - Finding Your Balance on the Leadership Seesaw

Results vs. Relationships - Finding Your Balance on the Leadership Seesaw | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As a child, riding a seesaw was fun, wasn’t it? Well, except when you didn’t have equal weight on both sides—then it was just out of balance and someone got stuck in mid-air. This bears the questio...
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You cannot become a better leader by reading books and going to workshops. These are great ways to learn but when it comes down to actual growth, you have to change your behaviors; there is no other way.

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Richard Branson on Leadership Lessons from the Unflappable Steve Jobs

Richard Branson on Leadership Lessons from the Unflappable Steve Jobs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Get a handful of successful entrepreneurs around a table and you'll learn some valuable leadership lessons. Here's what Virgin's CEO has...
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The belief that you can always do better is something that sets great entrepreneurs apart, and helps drive them toward future successes. Creators are never fully satisfied. They can always do better.



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Leadership words that need to be banned. Forever. - StrategyDriven

Leadership words that need to be banned. Forever. - StrategyDriven | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Pabulum leadership words really bug me – but not as bad as they may bug you if they’re uttered by your leader.
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Do you use more Group one or Group two words as a leader? 

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Author Chris Brady's Blog: Leadership is an Inside Job

Author Chris Brady's Blog: Leadership is an Inside Job | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"I need someone to make me do what I know I need to do," said one, "I need someone to motivate me," said another, "I could do more if you would just hold me accountable like a boss," said still...
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Leaders are not pushed from without, they are driven from within. Are you internally driven?

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Are You A Half-Hearted Kamikaze? Be Committed!

Are You A Half-Hearted Kamikaze? Be Committed! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The world is filled with half-hearted kamikazes. We need people who understand commitment, not involvement, is key to leading a life of true significance.
John Michel's insight:

Are you someone who routinely keeps their commitments? 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 9, 2013 11:19 PM

Rescooping.

 

When it comes to leadership, you're either "all in" or you're not in at all.  Your subordinates will follow your lead regarding commitment to the purpose of the organization -- they will only be as committed as you are. 

 

So are you truly "all in" with regards to leading your organization?

Chris Brown's curator insight, September 19, 2013 3:22 PM

Too many half-hearted kamikazes.  The three suggestions are great and the statement just before the suggestions is spot on!  These are simple suggestions that are challenging to implement.

Don't over commit

Agree on a simple, straight forward plan

 

 

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The Two Biggest Distractions – And What to Do About Them

The Two Biggest Distractions – And What to Do About Them | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Distractions are the enemy of focus. Being able to keep your focus amidst the daily din of distraction makes you better able to use whatever talents you need to apply – whether making a

Via Bobby Dillard
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Distractions are the enemy of focus. Being able to keep your focus amidst the daily din of distraction makes you better able to use whatever talents you need to apply – whether making a business plan or a cheese soufflé. The more prone to distraction, the worse we do.

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How to Differentiate Great Leaders from Good Leaders

How to Differentiate Great Leaders from Good Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“ Recently, I attended a memorial service for Dennis Dammerman, a retired GE executive and one of the very first people I interviewed with at GE 30 years ago. He was a mentor and friend to me and a”


Via Chad Manske, Peter Francis, Bobby Dillard
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Great insights from one of the best companies in the world. 

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David Hain's curator insight, September 9, 2013 5:15 AM

Excellent article.  By chance it arrived on the same day as a tweetchat invitation to join 2 people whose work I also admire.  For those interested:

 

You are invited to join the #LeadWithGiants  Tweetchat exclusively on Twitter every Monday at 7:00pm ET.  This week's topic : Good To Great with @DanVForbes and @TShnall. More info at http://www.leadwithgiants.com/leadwithgiants/

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The Secret To Forming Super Productive Habits

The Secret To Forming Super Productive Habits | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If we don't know how habits work we'll never develop better ones. Let's get to it. ("Taking small actions tricks your brain.

Via Richard Andrews
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We can recognize that our actions today will shape who were are tomorrow: an insight that helps set ready-to-realize intentions, like learning a skill, switching careers, or landing your dream job.

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Are You a Collaborative Leader?

Are You a Collaborative Leader? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Brilliant HBR article about Collaborative Leadership. Must read.
- http://t.co/ot4zx2Szbr
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A great read on the immense value of promoting collaboration. 

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The Best Career Advice You'll Hear, Perhaps Ever

The Best Career Advice You'll Hear, Perhaps Ever | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I grew up in a small town in the middle of Nowhere, Idaho. Though my family always encouraged me to pursue what I was good at, I fell victim to small thinking over and over again growing up. It was
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I agree...you? 

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The Most Important Negotiation in Your Life

The Most Important Negotiation in Your Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's the one you have with yourself.
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If you're like most people, when you think about negotiation, you picture people talking to "the other side." Whether they're pitching to a customer in an office, brokering a peace deal at Camp David, or arguing over curfew at the kitchen table, negotiators are people trying to persuade other people of their point of view. It turns out that is only half the story. 

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10 Times You Don't Need Leadership

10 Times You Don't Need Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You don't need leadership if there is no risk involved. You don't need leadership to maintain status quo. You don't need leadership if it doesn't involve change. You don't need leadership if you already have all the answers.
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Hard to argue these statements...

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5 Leadership Tips For Introverts

5 Leadership Tips For Introverts | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Most of the time, the business world is no place for shy folk. Here's how introverts can use their unique strengths to excel.
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Today, your physical presence is only part of your brand as a leader.


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