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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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Today's Challenge: Measuring Leadership - Great Leaders Serve

Today's Challenge: Measuring Leadership - Great Leaders Serve | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Measurement is essential if you’d like to create a leadership culture. Don’t waste too much time looking for a single metric. (RT @LeadersServe: Measurement is essential if you’d like to create a leadership culture.
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A reminder of the power of metrics to leaders.

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Leadership Lessons (Seriously) From The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders - Forbes

Leadership Lessons (Seriously) From The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Lessons (Seriously) From The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
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To help prepare myself for the upcoming NFL season (lol), I recently watched an episode of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
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Unexpected leadership insights from an unexpected source...the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. 

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The Plague Of The Pessimist Leader: 8 Tips To Make You More Optimistic Today

The Plague Of The Pessimist Leader: 8 Tips To Make You More Optimistic Today | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you a pessimistic leader? There is hope.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Leaders who feel their pessimism motivates employees to work harder will find it very hard to reach difficult goals. The workplace already has too many cynics and doubters. Leaders need to create a hopeful environment that inspires employees to do the impossible. These eight behaviors will change your workplace environment and help others see you as a more optimistic leader.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 6, 2013 6:48 AM

Leaders exude eternal optimism, especially when faced with daunting challenges and problems.  But to clarify, it's not enough just to have a positive attitude -- it's more about shaping perspective and guiding people on what they can do to turn around a bad situation.  It's replacing hopelessness after getting knocked down with how to take the hit and then stand back up and fight.  It is in mobilizing positive action and direction that optimistic leadership works.

Bryce Wettstein's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:18 PM

This article highlights the benefits of being an optimistic leader in terms of overall happiness and motivation within the workplace. Optimistic leaders tend to receive better production and morale from their employees. This article highlights some tips for becoming or improving optimistic leadership. Their is a great graphical representation of overall leadership effectivenss in relation to optimism perceived by others near the bottom of the article.

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The One Reason Why We Still Insist on Honesty - General Leadership

The One Reason Why We Still Insist on Honesty - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Honesty is not an event— it is saying what we believe to be true and owning it when we fall short. It is a choice that becomes our character.
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Honesty is not an event— it is saying what we believe to be true, doing what we say we will do and owning it when we fall short. It is a choice that becomes our character.
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From a mule comes a leadership lesson - Tallahassee Democrat (blog)

From a mule comes a leadership lesson - Tallahassee Democrat (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
From a mule comes a leadership lesson
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There is an old tale about a farmer who had a son. On this farm, they used mules to carry their produce to market.
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A simple story with an insightful message. Enjoy. 

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8 Life And Leadership Lessons From Arianna Huffington - Forbes

8 Life And Leadership Lessons From Arianna Huffington - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Arianna Huffington is often described as authentic, intelligent, and humble female leader. Several weeks ago I’ve had a chance to hear Arianna speak to a large audience at HubSpot’s INBOUND conference, as well as a pleasure of talking to her afterwards, and I can tell you that this description of Arianna couldn’t be more accurate. We discussed success, work and life balance, and wise leadership. Below are some of the leadership and life lessons she talked about that stood out for me.


Via Jose Luis Anzizar, Bobby Dillard
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We need to become wiser about what/who we let rule our lives and take charge of our own success. But before we do, we need to make sure we have our own very clear definition of what “success” truly is. What’s your definition?

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The Soldiers & the Schoolteachers: An Unlikely Coalition Committed to Liberating Genius in America

The Soldiers & the Schoolteachers: An Unlikely Coalition Committed to Liberating Genius in America | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Together, as an unlikely coalition of soldiers and schoolteachers, politicians and pastors, and business leaders and bankers we can lead the change we want to see--beginning right now.
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Our natural genius will not emerge by accident. It must be intentional. If we are to grow into the fullness of the person we are capable of being, we must be willing to respectfully rebel against the sheltered life, and get busy creating the future we want...for ourselves, for our communities, for our companies, for our nation, and above all, for our children.

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Are You Ready for a Promotion to Leadership?

Are You Ready for a Promotion to Leadership? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Getting promoted can be very complicated. It's not only about how well you have performed against your current job, but it involves the future needs of the team, the perspectives of your colleagues, (Are You Ready for a Promotion to Leadership?
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Getting promoted can be very complicated. It's not only about how well you have performed against your current job, but it involves the future needs of the team, the perspectives of your colleagues, and how your company views your potential as a leader.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 3, 2013 8:09 PM

Rescooping ... great questions ... I'd add two more:

 

6) Do you choose to be their leader?

 

7) Do you want to be the leader that will guide them out of difficult times and failures ... and wanting to push them forward in their careers during times of success?

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Make Time for the Work That Matters

Make Time for the Work That Matters | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @Leadershipwatch: Make Time for the Work That Matters - Harvard Business Review @HarvardBiz http://t.co/PbQBRraPRi #leadership
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By simply asking yourself to rethink and shift the balance of your work, you can free up nearly a fifth of your time—an average of one full day a week—and focus on more worthwhile tasks with the hours  saved.

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Four Questions Every Leader Must Ask Themselves

Four Questions Every Leader Must Ask Themselves | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership focus is usually on bottom-line, team morale, vision, and mission. But there are few things you have to ask yourself to gain perspective on where you are as an organization.
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Four simple questions that can help you better understand where your organization really stands. 

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6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership

6 Exercises To Strengthen Compassionate Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Want loyal dedicated and passionate employees Be a loyal dedicated and passionate boss. Here are some tools to develop well-being in your workplace...
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When you use compassionate communication in your conversations, something quite surprising occurs: both your brain and the brain of the person you're talking to begin to align themselves with each other. This special bond is a phenomenon referred to as "neural resonance," and in this enhanced state of mutual attunement, two people can accomplish remarkable things together.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:46 PM

Rescooping ... thanks!  A great article.  Emotional intelligence is not something that a leader "has" ... it's something that a leader does together with those that he/she leads.

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Retention Rates and Mediocrity: A Match Made in Heaven

Retention Rates and Mediocrity: A Match Made in Heaven | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The tears welled up and were pushed back.  Five minutes later, the same thing.  Over and over, for about 30 minutes, this repeated. Never overflowing, but always threatening like the summer sky tha...
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Are you intent to be better or content to just get by? Interesting question, indeed. 

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Can Neuroscience Teach Us To Make Better Decisions?

Can Neuroscience Teach Us To Make Better Decisions? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Day in and day out, we make decisions--some tough, some trivial, some good, some bad. And as Yale University neurobiologist Dr.


Via Luis Valdes
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Great food for thought on how to improve your decision making skills. 

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Ken Donaldson's curator insight, September 2, 2013 1:08 PM

Neuroscience, emotional intelligent and just being smarted and wiser in our decisions.

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LeadLearner: Light Switch Leadership

LeadLearner: Light Switch Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"Our actions, words and attitudes either stifle or stimulate growth."
Light Switch #Leadership http://t.co/rTSMauMGPz via @zite
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Whether we like it or not, leaders are constantly flipping the switch on or off. Our actions, words and attitudes are either flipping the switch on or flipping the switch off for every light bulb in our building. We are either stifling or stimulating growth. 

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Treat Your Employees Like Customers

Treat Your Employees Like Customers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Individual employees bring their own strengths and weaknesses to a company. It is the responsibility of managers and supervisors to recognize how to capitalize the potential of each employee, so to...

Via Amy Melendez
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Individual employees bring their own strengths and weaknesses to a company. It is the responsibility of managers and supervisors to recognize how to capitalize the potential of each employee, so to maximize results and outcomes. Some companies hire employees to fill a position without understanding the actual and often hidden talents and possibilities they bring to their employers. Others make it a point to manage their individuals as the assets they actually are. The great leaders understood how to utilize and harness the strength of the people they employed.

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8 Good Morning Questions that Create Happiness

8 Good Morning Questions that Create Happiness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Real happiness and success comes from the quality of your attitude, your relationships, and the emotions you experience each day.  That’s where the questions below come in.  Ask yourself these questions every morning and I absolutely guarantee that your days will get happier and more prolific over time:

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7 Leadership Lies You Need to Stop Believing | Entrepreneur Magazine

7 Leadership Lies You Need to Stop Believing | Entrepreneur Magazine | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We live in an age that seeks quick fixes and easy answers. Sometimes leaders abdicate their thinking to others and accept prevailing wisdom, which is often an oxymoron.
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Leadership is about making things better, and the best organisations teach everyone to take responsibility for leading.

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New research: The most powerful way to praise people - Online Management Training

New research: The most powerful way to praise people - Online Management Training | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A recent study looked into what types of employee recognition have the greatest impact. Surprisingly, simply highlighting a job well done had less impact than other methods of praise.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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When we praise others on their progress, we remind them that they’re advancing. And, perhaps even more important, that we – their leaders – actually noticed. - See more at: 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, September 4, 2013 6:40 AM

If you want effective and engaged employees make sure they are able to make daily progress towards the goals dear to their heart.

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Leadership by Example

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In connected leadership, people can be both teachers and learners. Therefore neither training programs, nor coaching are enough. Leadership by example becomes the key.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Yet more great proof of the power of positive role modeling.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 5, 2013 6:44 AM

Excerpt from article:


Leadership training usually does not work. It seems that leadership coaching and mentoring is not that effective either.


We need to integrate learning into our work in order to deal with the increasing complexity of knowledge work.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 5, 2013 1:11 PM

Leading by example is a great old idea whether that involves using technology or traditional means. Here's an article to remind everyone how well leading by example works.

Marlon Waithe's curator insight, September 9, 2013 9:12 PM

I chose this because article because leadership by example is very important in regards to ethics and morals stance.

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5 Things You Should Know About Letting Go

5 Things You Should Know About Letting Go | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Even after you let go, the past is still part of who you are.  Every one of us lives in the present and makes choices based on some part of the past.  This fact is simply unavoidable.  You are only able to read these words right now because of your past.  Your brain relates past experiences (or learned knowledge) to these words.

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5 Models of Behaviour for Great Leadership | CornerStone Dynamics

5 Models of Behaviour for Great Leadership | CornerStone Dynamics | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn the top 5 behaviours great leaders demonstrate and you can copy. Learn to go from good to great leadership and positively impact the people around you.
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Being a great leader is as much about the journey as it is about the destination (the vision). Being a leader is an honour. It’s a skill set that must be taught and constantly perfected. Seeking improvement and feedback is imperative for growth. So, if you’re a leader or want to become a leader, follow these models of behaviour and you’ll be well on your way to inspiring and motivating others through your great leadership.

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Leadership Knows Its Limitations

Leadership Knows Its Limitations | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
No one is excellent at everything. Leaders know their limitations. Leaders know what they do well, better than anyone else. Great leaders surround themselves with people who do different things wel...
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Leaders know their limitations. Leaders know what they do well, better than anyone else. Great leaders surround themselves with people who do different things well.

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6 Leadership Lessons Learned On A 'Backroads' Bike Trip

6 Leadership Lessons Learned On A 'Backroads' Bike Trip | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An image of a bike tour from backroads.com As previously noted at Forbes, luxury bike tours can be the best vacation ever. Having just returned from a Backroads bike trip, I now see why. It was outstanding.
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You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make it a good one. Time spent preparing an initial display of effective expertise is time well spent.

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60 Ways To Make Life Simple Again

60 Ways To Make Life Simple Again | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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When we were young life was easier, right?  I know sometimes it seems that way.  But the truth is life still is easy.  It always will be.  The only difference is we’re older, and the older we get, the more we complicate things for ourselves. All the more reasons to lean into some of these simple steps to simplify life...starting today. 


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David Hain's curator insight, September 2, 2013 3:19 AM

Going to try some of these...

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Have the Courage to Stand Out - General Leadership

Have the Courage to Stand Out - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Have the Courage to Stand Out
“Anyone can achieve their full potential…but the path we follow is always of our own choosing.”
Martin Heidegger
One of my favorite stories as a child is the story of David and Goliath.
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An interesting twist on a timeless tale...enjoy. 

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Don Cloud's comment, September 2, 2013 10:17 AM
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Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!

John Michel's curator insight, September 2, 2013 3:14 PM

A fresh look at a classic story. Enjoy!