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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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The Top 10 Things Amazing Leaders Do

The Top 10 Things Amazing Leaders Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

To help you Lead Without a Title, I’ve distilled 10 of the most valuable and practical insights on leadership that I’ve taught to our global corporate clients like Starbucks, IBM, Nike, GE and FedEx. These ideas have helped them do some great things. My deep wish is that they deliver the same results for you. - 


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No arguing this great advice. 

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12 Things That Effective Leaders Actually Do

12 Things That Effective Leaders Actually Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Based on a study of 15 top execs. (12 Things That Effective Leaders Actually Do http://t.co/MI6IY1iN9T via @zite #leadership)
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A great summary of one of John Kotters insightful studies. 

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The End of Gossip

The End of Gossip | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image source Leadership is relational. Plans and programs shrivel compared to the relationships you create, nurture, or tolerate. Organizations are only as strong as the relationships that hold the...
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Do you routinely build people up with your words or tear them down? 

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Finding SELF and telling your STORY | Self Leadership blog

Finding SELF and telling your STORY | Self Leadership blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Finding self sounds like a strange past time, and yet it is essential if we are to grow and, or to lead. Finding self: We are not nouns, we are verbs. (RT @headheartbrain: This is a very good article.
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Telling a story is an apt metaphor for finding self because, self is not a thing, fixed in time, but a process that unfolds just like a story.

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Six Ways Leadership Starts with You - Branding Specialist Chris Westfall

Six Ways Leadership Starts with You - Branding Specialist Chris Westfall | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership comes from the top, but it starts with the team. Here's what employees can do to cultivate leadership within the organization. (Seen this yet?
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There are skills and leadership characteristics that many employees possess, which—if recognized by the wise boss—can help everyone to develop greater leadership skills

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Incredible Movies To Inspire Leaders & Teams

Incredible Movies To Inspire Leaders & Teams | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you want find fresh inspiration for your leadership, life and team then you will love this post featuring 15 of the most amazing and inspiring movies ever...As we watch a certain movies they seem (Incredible #Movies To Inspire Leaders & Teams.
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If you want find fresh inspiration for your leadership, life and team then you will love this post featuring 15 of the most amazing and inspiring movies ever...

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Finding leaders starts by listening

Finding leaders starts by listening | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If I had a bigger napkin I would have written this:The Less Simple Formula for Assessing Leadership = Identify the Problem, Find a Solution, Develop a Workable Plan, Inspire Others, Deliver the (My own simple #leadership equation....awareness +...
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Remember, The best people in any job, regardless of their age or level, can visualize the problem they’re facing and figure out a way to solve it.

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7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander

7 Tough Leadership Lessons From A Navy SEAL Commander | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Taking tactics from the war room to the boardroom.
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Superb advice from our Navy Forces teammates we can all benefit from.

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Where Wise Leadership And Wise Negotiation Converge - Forbes

Where Wise Leadership And Wise Negotiation Converge - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Where Wise Leadership And Wise Negotiation Converge Forbes In his book From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom (Jossey-Bass, 2013), leadership scholar and author Prasad Kaipa says emotional control is also a critical factor for wise...
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Are you clear on your "noble purpose?"

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10 Ways Happy People Prioritize Their To-Do Lists

10 Ways Happy People Prioritize Their To-Do Lists | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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To sustain happiness, we must focus our attention on the right things, in the right ways.  Every growing human being (that means all of us) has resource constraints: limited time and energy.  It is critical that we spend our resources effectively.


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How to Stop Procrastinating: 7 Timeless Tips

How to Stop Procrastinating: 7 Timeless Tips | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by tbondolfi (license).“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” Spanish Proverb “How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.” Martin Luther “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb One of the most...
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How consistent are you in accomplishing your goals and objectives. 

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The 13 Lessons You Need to Learn in Your 20's to Discover Yourself

The 13 Lessons You Need to Learn in Your 20's to Discover Yourself | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
From failure after failure KFM presents to you the 13 lessons you need to learn in your 20s to discover yourself. Save yourself the pain and simply read on. (Talent without effort ensures mediocrity.
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Avoid the complacent and safe life. Give yourself the opportunity to grow by taking risk. If you don’t try you will not truly discover yourself.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 22, 2013 11:32 AM

There are some excellent ideas here and I think we are in some trouble.

Lynnette Van Dyke's comment, August 23, 2013 8:50 AM
This is important for all generations but particularly important for the Y generation for whom they predict so many types of job changes! Know thyself...!
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Are you really leading, or are you just taking a walk?

Are you really leading, or are you just taking a walk? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “It’s lonely at the top” associated with leadership. But is isolated leadership really effective? I don’t think so. In fact, I believe that, “He that thinketh he l...
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Losing touch with your people is a huge leadership landmine. It will damage your credibility and destroy your influence. How do you avoid losing touch?

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Don Cloud's curator insight, August 21, 2013 6:25 AM

Rescooping ... good article.  Reminds me of the quote about military command ... "To Command is to Serve, nothing more and nothing less" ~Andre Malraux.  Real leaders "walk the walk" and don't just "talk the talk" ... followers can spot a genuine leader by their actions.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 21, 2013 8:59 PM

Leadership requires actions consistent with words.  "The most effective leaders stay connected to their people. This gives them the greatest amount of influence, and allows the leader and the team to achieve their big-picture goals together."

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11 Ways That Active Listening Can Help Your Relationships

11 Ways That Active Listening Can Help Your Relationships | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Put active listening together with empathy to improve your relationships ..

 

To become an effective communicator, you need to learn to listen just as much as you need to learn to speak. Unfortunately, most people focus more on the speaking than they do on the listening. Whether in a one-on-one conversation or a group meeting or classroom, focusing on what others are saying allows you to present yourself more effectively. When you listen correctly, you also learn more.

 

Being an actively empathic listener means, then, that you not only make sure you're actively paying attention but that you let the speaker you know you are. You ask questions when you're not clear on what the other person is communicating, you try to infer what the person is feeling, and you let the person know that you remember what he or she actually said.  

 

by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.


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Wise words about how to more effectively put your ears to work for you. 

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Carma Lisa Arrendell's curator insight, November 24, 2013 3:28 PM

Communication is vital in all of our relationships. I believe many times a misunderstanding occurrs when are ready to respond to another before they are even through sharing. This article brings out three good points. Sensing, Processing, and Responding. I would like to add the significance of validating before responding.

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15 Seconds to a Better Presentation

15 Seconds to a Better Presentation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
These four simple rules will help ensure that your audience sits up and pays attention.

Via Marty Koenig
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Outstanding advice to help speaker improve their connection to their audience. 

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judicoms Associate's curator insight, August 27, 2013 7:33 AM

add your insight...an eye opener

 
Antonio Pastor Serrano's curator insight, August 31, 2013 4:18 PM

Importante una buena presentación ¿ con un público atento ? .

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Leadership: The Art of Storytelling & Influence

Leadership: The Art of Storytelling & Influence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Storytelling is not just a tool for speakers to help captivate audiences and win rock star fans. It’s embedded in company mission statements, chorused by recruiters and belted out in everyday work tasks.
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Great points on the power of storytelling at work. 

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 24, 2013 10:02 AM

"It [storytelling] can be used to draw out employee engagement, strengthen teams and ensure timely execution of projects. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most overlooked career tools that has a huge impact on individual and company success."

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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The real gender issue isn't a lack of qualified women, but a surplus of unqualified men. (A great article that asks the right questions: What does leadership actually mean?
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 There is now compelling scientific evidence for the notion that women are more likely to adopt more effective leadership strategies than do men. Most notably, in a comprehensive review of studies, Alice Eagly and colleagues showed that female managers are more likely to elicit respect and pride from their followers, communicate their vision effectively, empower and mentor subordinates, and approach problem-solving in a more flexible and creative way (all characteristics of "transformational leadership"), as well as fairly reward direct reports.

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5 Leadership Tips for Introverts

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The author of The Introverted Leader explains how to turn solitary tendencies into business strengths.
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Smart tips on how introverts can use their influence wisely and comfortably. 

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Leadership Is Stewardship

Leadership Is Stewardship | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Stop. Breathe. Deeply. Exhale. Hold still. Listen for y… (Leadership Is Stewardship http://t.co/4tceAdfSTa via @tedcoine)
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Leadership is stewardship of the people, the work environment, and the levers a manager oversees to successfully guide her team to fulfill its purpose in line with the larger purpose toward which the team works.

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The Big Lesson About Leadership From Steve Jobs

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Image via CrunchBase A great deal has been written about the co-founder of Apple Computer in the aftermath of his passing.
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The key to successful leadership? Identify the distinctive strengths you possess.  Find ways to magnify them and lead with them. They will make you into a truly extraordinary leader.

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Leadership Lessons From The Movie "42"

Leadership Lessons From The Movie "42" | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Life offers the strangest twists and turns for some of us. Some of these challenges agonizes you, tortures you and you are left wondering what did you do wrong? Why "me"? I've always considered lif...
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We are humans and yes do get affected by the way people treat us or by others attitude. However by taking an antagonistic or negative attitude you could be creating more hardship. Recognize your emotions, prop yourself up with the support of your own positive mindset or with the help of friends, if necessary.

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Arianna Huffington On Fearless And Unconventional Leadership

Arianna Huffington On Fearless And Unconventional Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief of Huffington Post, calls for the need to redefine success to not only include money and power, but also the "third metric," which includes well-being, wisdom, and our ability to wonder and to give...
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Spot on perpective...Fearless leadership is the ability to change the rules, even if they’re controversial.

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Leadership, Trust & Emotional Capital: What's Love Got To Do With It?

Leadership, Trust & Emotional Capital: What's Love Got To Do With It? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
New neuroscience research shows love is key for success in business because caring drives trust – which creates loyalty. Here's why & how.
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Love in the workplace can be as simple as setting aside time to engage in deep listening. It means setting aside time where there are no interruptions and listening to what the other person has to say, without interruption and without jumping in with whatever you want to say. It involves being empathetic and listening beyond the words.

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David Hain's curator insight, August 22, 2013 1:40 PM

Makes perfect sense to me!

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10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece

10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Years ago, I picked up a pearl of wisdom from coaching great, John Wooden.  Make each day your masterpiece!  Living at that level is a powerful and challenging concept.  Most of us fall short and i...
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The riddle of a leadership masterpiece is the hands of others reveal our artistry.  Therefore, we must make their performance and growth our daily focus.  How much time do we really spend helping, leading and developing others? That’s an important question because it reveals our priorities.

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10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece | N2Growth Blog

10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece | N2Growth Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The riddle of a leadership masterpiece is the hands of others reveal our artistry. By: Brian Layer (New from #N2Growth 10 Ways To Make Each Day A Leadership Masterpiece: The riddle of a leadership m...
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How might things be different if everyone tried their best to make everyday a masterpiece? 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:46 PM

Rescooping -- thanks John Michel for finding this article ... so simple, all of us can do it. 

 

Every day is a blessing an opportunity to make things just a little bit better -- now repeat 24/7/365 and imagine for a moment the impact that can have on all the people around us!