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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 Things a Great Leader Would Never Say

3 Things a Great Leader Would Never Say | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Great leadership is hard. Very occasionally, it's pretty simple-- like just not saying dumb things.

 

In the spirit of simple leadership, I give you my personal top three dumb things leaders shouldn't say. No doubt your mileage will vary:


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Are these three phases in your leadership lexicon? 

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John Michel's curator insight, September 5, 2013 11:55 PM

Simple ways to keep yourself from saying something you'll one day regret.

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When Leadership Means Wielding a Toilet Brush

When Leadership Means Wielding a Toilet Brush | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Beth and Emir at a community health screening fair hosted at Jakarta by Garuda and GE earlier this monthHow far would you go to show to your team what’s important? Would you clean the toilets?
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What's your equivelant of the toilet brush? 

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How Entrepreneurs Think Differently and You Should Too

How Entrepreneurs Think Differently and You Should Too | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Execution is everything in entrepreneurship. But often your state of mind -- or perhaps more accurately, how you think -- will help determine what products...

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Thinking like an entrepreneur requires a unique approach to the world and a mindset to help view the world as limitless in its possibilities for improvement, change and, ultimately, innovation. How entrepreneurial are you? 

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Angela Heath's curator insight, October 10, 2013 11:28 AM

This confirms it....I think like an entrepreneurs...how about you?

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Work-Life Balance Versus Flow

Work-Life Balance Versus Flow | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There’s something we here at Switch and Shift discuss f… (RT @tedcoine: Work-Life Balance Versus Flow http://t.co/6JSJe5FvDR #humanbiz #leadership)
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How's your work/life balance? 

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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 2, 2013 10:31 AM

Rescooping.  Agree wholeheartedly with this concept of "flow"!

 

People do not achieve their greatest potential by living "balanced" lives ... "balance" is a boldface lie. 

 

Olympic athletes don't live balanced lives ... neither do great generals ... nor world changing scientists and engineers ... nor world transforming leaders like Martin Luther King Junior or Abraham Lincoln or Mahatma Gandhi. 

 

What's the conventional wisdom say ... that it takes over 10,000 hours of committment, blood, sweat, and tears to become a master at any given task (olympic athlete, chess grandmaster, artist, leader) -- "balance" will never get anyone to that "10,000 hours."

 

These exceptional people live their lives out-of-balance (on purpose) but their lives were also very clearly and purposefully aligned with their passions and their convictions and their individual purpose/calling.  Whether it's Mark Phelps swimming hours every single day to Einstein pondering the fabric of the universe to MLK's dream -- they all clearly demonstrate this concept of flow.

 

So what is your purpose?  What is your passions?  What is your "why"?  And how have you aligned the flow in your life in pursuit of this happiness?

Patricia D. Sadar - Leadership Strength Coach's comment, September 2, 2013 11:02 AM
Thanks Don ... I needed this today!!!
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On Creative Leadership | Smashing Magazine

On Creative Leadership | Smashing Magazine | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This article talks about creative leadership and what it means to balance finesse and creative leadership when it comes to managing a team of creatives.

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If imagination is the playground, then inspiration is the gravity that pulls you down the slide, bounces you on the seesaw or propels you on the swing. Without inspiration, imagination is as pointless as a slide in outer space. It’s the powerful force behind creation.

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Maximum Leadership: Looking Upward

Maximum Leadership: Looking Upward | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Step by step: Refine your vision and guide your team toward accomplishing it.
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Strong leaders unite their people behind a common goal. If you clearly, consistently and constantly share your vision, it will spread to those around you. Andrew Carnegie said, “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.” Dare to envision a future that causes you and your team to wake up every day fueled by passion and inspired by a meaningful mission.

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8 Things Unhappy People Refuse to Admit

8 Things Unhappy People Refuse to Admit | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Everyone experiences an unhappy mood on occasion, but there is a big difference between experiencing a temporary bout of unhappiness and living a habitually unhappy life.  That’s what chronically unhappy people do.  And although many of these people are afraid to admit it, a vast majority of their unhappiness stems from their own beliefs and behaviors.


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Building an Accountable Organization: CEO Leadership Advice

Building an Accountable Organization: CEO Leadership Advice | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
CEO Patrick Lencioni says leaders who don't insist on accountability are selfish -- and not helping their companies grow.
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The less likely you [the leader] are to confront people, the more you will be called on to do it by subordinates who aren’t willing to do the dirty work for you.

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8 Ways To Improve Your Attitude

8 Ways To Improve Your Attitude - #leadership #business http://t.co/spYIJ69c8w
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If you truly want to be successful, your number one task should be to create and maintain a positive attitude. When you've got an attitude of optimism, expectancy and enthusiasm, opportunities grow, and problems shrink.

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12 Leadership Qualities Of An Often Overlooked President

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I’m a big fan of author and historian David McCullough. His writing has a way of transporting me back in time like few other authors can. Recently I have been immersing myself in his account of America’s second president John Adams.
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John Adams was a leader from whom we all have much to learn. The following list contains 12 qualities that made him a great man, a great leader, and a great example we should all strive to emulate:

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How To Gain Leadership Inspiration From A Person vs. A Title @DebbieLaskeyMBA #bealeader - #bealeader

How To Gain Leadership Inspiration From A Person vs. A Title @DebbieLaskeyMBA #bealeader - #bealeader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We all get leadership inspiration from somewhere. There is no shortage of people if we look back through history. You might be inspired by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, or John F.
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For someone to be an effective leader, he or she must be extraordinary at the core of his or her spirit – capable of overcoming extreme odds, capable of seeing much more than a quick fix to a fleeting crisis and, above all, capable of inspiring followers to join together to achieve a common goal or aspire to become better individuals.

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IT'S ALL ABOUT PEOPLE: Forward-Looking #3

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Leadership Character Trait 3
IT'S ALL ABOUT PEOPLE: Forward-Looking #3 http://t.co/JPReGraa2I
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Leadership is a forward-thinking sport.  Effective leaders think of the next year to ten years, not next month’s profit and loss spreadsheet. 
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Four Essentials of Strength-Based Leadership - Forbes

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Four Essentials of Strength-Based Leadership
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It is in human nature to look for negative in everything first. Most of the stories on the news are negative (after all, they draw the most attention).
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Leadership means encouraging people to live up to their fullest potential and find the path they love. That, and only that, will create a strong culture and sustainable levels of innovation.

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The Power of Servant LeadershipLeader's Beacon | Leader's Beacon

The Power of Servant LeadershipLeader's Beacon | Leader's Beacon | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
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Servant leadership can transform your life and your business. Here are three simple insights to bring it into focus. 

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The Risks of Leadership

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One of the greatest challenges to being an effective leader is the ability to make difficult decisions with a limited amount of information. Even with sophisticated projections, making decisions about the future always involves an element of risk.
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How do you communicate your commitment to your team and your mission in your business? 

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Dealing with Ambiguity: The New Business Imperative

Dealing with Ambiguity: The New Business Imperative | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Every day that passes we need to deal with an increasing amount of ambiguity. Ambiguity creates complexity and means decision making is difficult. Ambiguity creates uncertainty and stress. However, to be successful in business today you need to be good at dealing with ambiguity. How well do you deal with it?

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Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, September 1, 2013 6:55 PM

Yes...definitely essential for business owners to become skilled at dealing with many faceted projects and products...how are you coping?

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, September 4, 2013 4:09 PM

This is exactly what you will learn when immersing yourself into Personal Leadership (PL). Definitely not easy but worth a try!

Bryce Wettstein's curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:37 PM

This is a great article about how to deal with ambiguity in a business. It gives a few tips on different ways to cope with uncertainty and to aid with decision-making during those stressful times. It also talks about not being afraid to be wrong, and that when you are wrong, first fix the problem and then frame it as a learning opportunity instead of dwelling on the negative. Especially important is #8 which speaks on "gut feelings" and how to listen to them.

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Meetings that Inspire Vibrancy and Vitality

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This post from @leadershipfreak truly represents the way I lead. Look forward #HRockstars to lead and be uplifted by you!


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Great advice on how to transform lifeless meetings into wellsprings of productivity. 

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Leadership Lesson from Obama and the Syria “Red Line” - Patheos (blog)

Leadership Lesson from Obama and the Syria “Red Line” - Patheos (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Fiscal Times
Leadership Lesson from Obama and the Syria “Red Line”
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I've seen it a lot from teachers, parents (myself included), and leaders of all sorts.
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Anytime a leader unnecessarily issues an ultimatum, especially one that can be easily and visibly tested, he/she is taking a high-risk path that will likely test their credibility as a leader.

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Blog: Regulating our way to Mediocrity

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Blog: Regulating our way to Mediocrity http://t.co/hGfXsyePrD
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A sad (but true) commentary.
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Don Cloud's curator insight, September 1, 2013 9:50 AM

Rescooping.   As Benjamin Franklin said, "when you are done changing, you‘re done."

 

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Inspired Leadership -- an Honest WHY - Huffington Post

Inspired Leadership -- an Honest WHY - Huffington Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Inspired Leadership -- an Honest WHY
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People love to send me the link to Simon Sinek's recent TED talk, discussing how great leaders inspire action. Simon says, "Start with WHY," so people do (I blame that on his first name).
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Here's a list of some of the insidious, self-serving WHY's that often operate at that gut-level and sabotage a leader's ability to inspire:

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Personality Doesn't Determine Leadership Ability

Personality Doesn't Determine Leadership Ability | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Introvert? Extrovert? Doesn't matter. The good news is, neither personality type really matters when it comes to managing people.
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Is your personlity helping or hindering your leadership efforts? 

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How to Become a Great Leader

How to Become a Great Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership is a hot topic and will always be one. We seem to linger in a perpetual leadership vacuum. Today's Presidents and CEOs, generals and coaches, don't stand in comparison with the great (Is this the Soul of Leadership?
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 If you aspire to be a great leader, the first requirement is that you look and listen, so that you can find out the true needs that a situation demands to be fulfilled. There are seven such needs:

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Leadership: Being Liked vs. Being Effective - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO

Leadership: Being Liked vs. Being Effective - Millennial CEO | Millennial CEO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It is great to want to be liked. But in leadership it is more effective to pursue results while focusing on being a good human. (Good article: Would you prefer being liked or being effective?
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It is great to be liked, but if you want to lead you have to balance your popularity with accomplishment.   

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7 Leadership Lies You Need to Stop Believing

7 Leadership Lies You Need to Stop Believing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Don't believe everything you hear about what it means to be a great leader. Here are seven myths debunked.
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Do you believe in any Of these? 

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4 Practical Tips for Being a Better Thought Leader

4 Practical Tips for Being a Better Thought Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Unfortunately thought leadership is not as easily quantifiable as other demand generation metrics like revenue, sales, or leads. But here's how to get a handle on it. (4 Tips for attaining thought leadership.
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Cultivating thought leadership can have a significant long-term payoff, as in time it elevates your brand at scale. Check out these great tips on maximizing your effectiveness as a thought leader. 


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