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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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8 Traits of Grace Filled Leadership | Catalyst

8 Traits of Grace Filled Leadership | Catalyst | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Catalyst is the leadership filter for what's next in the church. Catalyst exists to ignite passion for Christ and develop the leadership potential of the next generation.
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In a world filled with heroes falling every week, we need better examples of leadership.  People who are concerned with changing hearts rather than merely modifying behavior or accomplishing tasks.

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How to Strengthen Weak Leadership

How to Strengthen Weak Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leave a comment on yesterday's post to become eligible for one of twenty-five FREE copies of, “The Catalyst Leader.” *** People-pleasing motivates weak leaders. Fear of people prevents weak leaders...

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People-pleasing motivates weak leaders. Fear of people prevents weak leaders from addressing tough issues before they escalate to crisis. Weak leaders inevitably weaken organizations.

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Esther M. Hermida's curator insight, July 25, 2013 5:09 PM

Great article.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 28, 2013 9:52 PM

"Strength emerges when organizational interests align with personal interests – the stronger the alignment the greater the strength.  Strength and courage elevate organizational interests. The day what’s best for you isn’t what’s best for your organization is the day maximum effectiveness ends."

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Want To Become A Best Entrepreneur? Then Follow Best People's Traits | Visionwiz

Want To Become A Best Entrepreneur? Then Follow Best People's Traits | Visionwiz | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Want To Become A Best Entrepreneur? Then Follow Best People's Traits


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At some point in their life, hopefully everyone strives to be the best in their chosen profession. Most people think that being the best requires more intelligence, more training, and more experience. In reality, in business or even in sports, the evidence is conclusive that it is as much about how you think, as what you do.

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How to disagree

How to disagree | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I had a young, new member of the leadership team I lead ask me, “What do you want me to do when I disagree with you?” You should also know he reported to me. ***** “If everyone is thinking alike, t...
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Vitality, innovation, even passion are born in controversy, contradiction and discomfort. Doing something that stands out requires you or your organization to stand out. Standing out means you’re fighting the current, going against the status quo, in a word, disagreeing.

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Anne-Laure Delpech's curator insight, July 26, 2013 9:51 AM

la citation de Patton est très juste et mérite à elle seule la lecture de l'article. 

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3 Reasons Your Team Is Underperforming « Predictable Success

3 Reasons Your Team Is Underperforming « Predictable Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great #leadership reminders- create space for excellence! 3 Reasons Your Team Is Underperforming http://t.co/vcNOoHMRsn via @zite
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As a leader, when you lose your way, so does your team. If you lapse back to the old routine of expecting little in the way of brilliance from others, and trying to make it all happen yourself, then guess what? Your team will let you - See more at: http://www.predictablesuccess.com/blog/3-reasons-your-team-is-underperforming/#sthash.n4ju0RD9.dpuf

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http://blog.achievers.com/2013/07/5-ways-assess-workplace-culture-fit

http://blog.achievers.com/2013/07/5-ways-assess-workplace-culture-fit | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @meghanmbiro: 5 Ways to Assess Culture Fit http://t.co/YS3vJK49e3 @Achievers #Leadership #TChat #HR
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One reason cultural fit has gained so much currency of late is because cultural itself has come to define many companies. Think of Google, Zappos, and Apple, to name just three popular brands – there are countless others who fit into this category. These are companies that live and breathe their distinctive, collaborative, hardworking yet casual cultures. Someone who only thrives in a button-down, conservative culture simply won’t be happy at these companies or thousands of others like them. A culture in the final analysis is about building unity, trust and identity – all key drivers of success.

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Sharing Economy: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing Business

Sharing Economy: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What smart leaders need to know about collaborative consumption, business-model disruption, and the sharing economy — and how the Millennial generation is changing business forever.
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Despite what you may have read in Time, the Millennials are not “lazy, entitled narcissists” seeking instant celebrity. They are born entrepreneurs who’ve grown up watching Google and Apple innovate at terrifying speed and thinking that business-model disruption is, quite simply, business. The founders of Facebook, Airbnb, Tumblr, and FlightCar are mostly Millennials, and they are successfully creating markets where none existed 10 or even five years ago. At this point, the question is not whether collaborative consumption will catch on (it’s already a way of life for a generation), but whether government regulation and taxation is powerful enough to quash it. 

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The Art of Creating a Community

The Art of Creating a Community | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Creating a community is the new hot trend that’s been around for decades, Google+ reinvented it with the launch of communities in January of this year. For me the concept of “community
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Whether you’re representing a brand or are an individual with a passion, communities are a way to connect with like-minded people.


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How a Leader's Behavior Affects Team Members

How a Leader's Behavior Affects Team Members | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders or managers have the unique potential to serve …

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Leaders or managers have the unique potential to serve as an energizing force within organizations today. With their position and collected experiences, they have the ability to influence not only what transpires within our work lives, but how we process those moments.

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Leaders' behaviors and the power of ripple effect ...

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If You're Always Giving Orders, You're Not a Great Leader

If You're Always Giving Orders, You're Not a Great Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The best leaders spend five times more time teaching with questions than telling people what to do. What's your ratio?

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The magic question/direaction ratio: 5-1

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Don't Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together

Don't Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The fears that keep managers from convening and making real decisions.
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Out of the many ways that managers get things done, one of the most underused is leveraging the power of "convening authority": the ability to bring people together to share information, build alignment, or solve problems. 


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7 Qualities Of A Truly Loyal Employee

7 Qualities Of A Truly Loyal Employee | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
First things first: Where employees are concerned, loyalty has nothing to do with blind obedience, or unthinking devotion, or length of tenure.Surprised? Think of it this way. Which employee displays
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Truly loyal employees are not just committed to helping their companies succeed; their loyalty is also displayed in other ways, some of them surprising.

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Leadership And The Periodic Table Of The Elements - Forbes

Leadership And The Periodic Table Of The Elements - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership And The Periodic Table Of The Elements
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The ongoing study of leadership occasionally yields a new discovery and there are experts in the field that contribute greatly to that effort.
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 No leadership competency is bad in and of itself. Further, most additional work on leadership behaviors either combines the components of these characteristics or to look at the minute particles that make them up. So take these leadership competencies and embed them in your models. Use them to develop great leaders. And where it is appropriate, feel free to add an element to your organizations periodic table

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The Most Courageous Act of Leadership

The Most Courageous Act of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The flying monkeys on the Wizard of Oz scared the crap out of me. But, flying monkeys are nothing compared to the terror of yielding. Yielding feels weak but it reflects courage, power, and heart. ...
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Yielding feels weak but it reflects courage, power, and heart. Anyone can fight. Great leaders yield.

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Six Habits of Highly Empathetic People

Six Habits of Highly Empathetic People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The 20th century was the Age of Introspection, when self-help and therapy culture encouraged us to believe that the best way to understand who we are and how to live was to look inside ourselves. But it left us gazing at our own navels. The 21st century should become the Age of Empathy, when we discover ourselves not simply through self-reflection, but by becoming interested in the lives of others. We need empathy to create a new kind of revolution. Not an old-fashioned revolution built on new laws, institutions, or policies, but a radical revolution in human relationships.


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If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s nowon the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists. But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives.

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Four key questions to help identify your organization's future leaders - Financial Post

Four key questions to help identify your organization's future leaders - Financial Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Financial Post Four key questions to help identify your organization's future leaders Financial Post ... with leadership potential.


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The leaders of tomorrow will not resemble the leaders of today.  Future leaders will be need new and different skills to operate in our increasingly globalized and decentralized world.

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"In an examination of 4,500 leaders from more than 300 organizations around the world, the study found the leadership qualities most in need of development were emotional self-awareness, coaching and mentoring, and inspirational leadership — the qualities most valued in more-modern, flattened organizational structures."
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authentic leadership for today’s workforce

authentic leadership for today’s workforce | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What makes a great leader? Inc.magazine’s  June cover story asserts that great leaders who get results exhibit seven key traits: empathy, vulnerability, (authentic leadership for today’s workforce http://t.co/BbkmOVw4Vc)...
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According to a keynote given at O.C. Tanner’s Executive Recognition Summit by Harvard Business School professor and bestselling author, Bill George, being a great leader comes from knowing what you stand for:

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Night Owls Smarter: A New Study Suggests That Late-To-Bed-Late-To-Rise Leads To Greater Workplace Success

Night Owls Smarter: A New Study Suggests That Late-To-Bed-Late-To-Rise Leads To Greater Workplace Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A new study suggests the early riser has only more time for mediocrity.
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A previous study conducted by the U.S. Air Force also showed later-risers superior in "lateral thinking," even when researchers tested them in early morning. A study by the University of Southampton further found that later-risers achieved larger mean incomes in addition to all of the trappings of the good life: a more comfortable home, access to a car, and less manual labor.

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8 Leadership Lessons We Learned from Tony Stark (aka: Iron Man) | The Savvy Intern by YouTern

8 Leadership Lessons We Learned from Tony Stark (aka: Iron Man) | The Savvy Intern by YouTern | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tony Stark is a leader in many senses of the word. Not only is he a genius, but also he runs Stark Industries (his father’s corporation) and fights crime as I...
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Leadership requires the ability to keep things light. For both stressful situations and everyday tasks, it is important for a leader to enjoy the job.

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How to Fix the Bad Employee Syndrome

How to Fix the Bad Employee Syndrome | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's about educating the bosses -- and about persistence.
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We've all wanted to please the boss. And if that sometimes means that we do something we think is stupid or misguided so be it — is it worth spending our social or political capital on making a fuss about just one small thing? Better to shrug and accept it and maybe build up some goodwill for when you really need it.

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If You Want Better Then Be Better

If You Want Better Then Be Better | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I would hazard a guess that every person on earth wants "better." They want to do better, have better, speak better, love better or just plain be better. It doesn't matter what race they are, ...

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Decide today that the “somebody” who “ought to do something” is you. Make a plan, set a goal and get after it! 

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Business problems? The Solution is Four Simple Steps Away

Business problems? The Solution is Four Simple Steps Away | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Simple steps to problem solving.

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Jordan Anderson- www.havefunandprofit.com's curator insight, July 24, 2013 11:20 PM

Check out this Four Simple Steps for Business Problems!

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How to Be Happy (or Miserable) at Work

How to Be Happy (or Miserable) at Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Everybody has beliefs about what events mean to them. In most cases, however, people assume those beliefs reflect objective reality and are therefore immutable Laws of Nature.

 

However, it's easy to observe that events mean different things to different people.


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Every time you feel unhappy about something that happens, step back and ask yourself: "What is the belief that is generating the negative feeling I'm experiencing?" Identifying the belief gives you power over the emotion. Here's an example.

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Innovation Isn't an Idea Problem

Innovation Isn't an Idea Problem | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your company is teeming with good ideas. But can you recognize them?
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When most organizations try to increase their innovation efforts, they always seem to start from the same assumption: "we need more ideas." They'll start talking about the need to "think outside the box" or "blue sky" thinking in order to find a few ideas that can turn into viable new products or systems. However, in most organizations, innovation isn't hampered by a lack of ideas, but rather a lack of noticing the good ideas already there.

It's not an idea problem; it's a recognition problem.


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12 Ways to Spot a High Achiever

12 Ways to Spot a High Achiever | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As part of my day job, I run a company that trains recruiters and hiring managers on how to attract, assess and hire top performers using Performance-based Hiring. To overcome the impact of first
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Wise hiring advice worth heeding.

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