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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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How To Succeed In Your First 90 Days As CEO | CEO.com

How To Succeed In Your First 90 Days As CEO | CEO.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to succeed in your first 90 days as CEO http://t.co/LdBWSaGdXh #success #leadership
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Great advice even if you're not a CEO.

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7 Questions You Are Too Scared to Ask

7 Questions You Are Too Scared to Ask | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Are you regularly askinyourself the right questions? 

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Building a Better Story - General Leadership

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"Build a Better Story" is the first installment in “The Sunday Sound bite,” brief insights I share weekly with the diverse team I serve with in Afghanistan.
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A rare collective the ongoing efforts to build a viable Afghan Air Force.

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Why Laziness Is A Key Leadership Tool

Why Laziness Is A Key Leadership Tool | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What is it that calm, cool, and collected managers do that their harried, run-off-their-feet colleagues haven’t figured out yet?

Peter Drucker, management guru, said, “Action without planning is...
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Are you working harder than you need too? 

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Data-Driven Leadership Is Your Organization\'s Future

Data-Driven Leadership Is Your Organization\'s Future | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Organizations skilled in data analysis optimize marketing and sales results like a well-oiled machine.
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There is no refuting the power of wisely integrating data analytics into your leadership repertoire...

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Make Your Work More Meaningful

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Great managers know how to infuse work with meaning. But why wait for them to do it?
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Yet more proof that meaning, matters! 

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In Praise of Laziness

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There is a never-ending supply of business gurus telling us how we can, and must, do more. But what is clear is that office workers are on a treadmill of pointless activity. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
John Michel's insight:

Can I get a resounding "Amen" for less time leaning in and mo time leaning back? Sign me up more more "masterful inactivity!" Genius article...a must read. 

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Amy Ragsdale's curator insight, August 16, 2013 7:07 PM

From the Article: "It is high time that we tried a different strategy—not “leaning in” but “leaning back”. There is a distinguished history of leadership thinking in the lean-back tradition. Lord Melbourne, Queen Victoria’s favourite prime minister, extolled the virtues of “masterful inactivity”. Herbert Asquith embraced a policy of “wait and see” when he had the job. Ronald Reagan also believed in not overdoing things: “It’s true hard work never killed anybody,” he said, “but I figure, why take the chance?”. This tradition has been buried in a morass of meetings and messages. We need to revive it before we schedule ourselves to death."

 

"In the early 1990s Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist, asked 275 creative types if he could interview them for a book he was writing. A third did not bother to reply at all and another third refused to take part. Peter Drucker, a management guru, summed up the mood of the refuseniks: “One of the secrets of productivity is to have a very big waste-paper basket to take care of all invitations such as yours.” Creative people’s most important resource is their time—particularly big chunks of uninterrupted time—and their biggest enemies are those who try to nibble away at it with e-mails or meetings. Indeed, creative people may be at their most productive when, to the manager’s untutored eye, they appear to be doing nothing."

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 17, 2013 4:50 AM

Tell me more about it...:-))) like it... not easy to follow though...

Christel Binnie's curator insight, August 17, 2013 6:04 PM

Thought-provoking quote in the article: "Office workers are on a treadmill of pointless activity."

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The Eight-Minute Test That Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a ...

The Eight-Minute Test That Can Reveal Your Effectiveness as a ... | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
But as a first step that you can do on your own, we've developed an abbreviated self-assessment which you can take here. That will give you some sense of what your leadership skills may be and how they compare to others, ...
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A great assessment of your leadership strengths, enjoy! 

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RECOVER! The Will to Get Up, Stand Strong and Move Onward

RECOVER! The Will to Get Up, Stand Strong and Move Onward | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Recovery begins from the darkest moment.” Sir John Major Life can hand us measureable shares of obstacles, exhaustive moments and setbacks. I’ve lea...

Via Bobby Dillard
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A great perspective on the value of enduring setbacks in our lives. 

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Truly Human Leadership: Why You Should Value Your People - Forbes

Truly Human Leadership: Why You Should Value Your People - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Truly Human Leadership: Why You Should Value Your People Forbes In the book, Mackey outlines four principles by which some of America's most successful and highly regarded companies operate: higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious...
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It seems very difficult for an organization to manage change effectively without a certain level of buy-in from its employees. That buy-in is easier achieved if employees feel valued, empowered and needed.

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6 Things You Will Regret About Today

6 Things You Will Regret About Today | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Live for what’s right.  Live for what you believe in.  Live for what’s important to you.  Live for the people you love, and never forget to tell them how much they mean to you.  Realize that today you’re lucky because you still have a chance.  So stop for a moment and think.  Whatever you still need to do, start doing it now.  There are only so many todays left.

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A Leader's Primary Task: Guide Attention

A Leader's Primary Task: Guide Attention | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The news this week that RIM, the maker of the Blackberry, may be looking for a buyer shows once again that how leaders guide attention can make or break a company.The term “strategy” can

Via Create Wise Leader
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The best leaders sense when and where to shift the collective focus, getting it there at the right time – for example, to capitalize on an emerging trend.

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Choose Mentors Over Mistakes | i2i Leadership

Choose Mentors Over Mistakes | i2i Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Choose Mentors Over Mistakes ... “You either learn from mentors or you learn from mistakes.
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If you are a leader, you have a choice. You can either learn from mentors or learn from mistakes. It will be a lot less painful if you will choose the mentors.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, August 14, 2013 3:06 PM

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I'd like to think of this not as a choice but a quiver with two good arrows.  Why not learn from both?!  Those who don't learn from their (unintended) mistakes are doomed to repeat them!

Don Cloud's curator insight, August 15, 2013 6:43 AM

Mentors can help you learn, grow, and succeed and to avoid mistakes.  At the same time, they can help you learn from your mistakes/failures ... to help you see opportunities you might not have thought of.  Mistakes/failures/setbacks are not 100% avoidable but a good mentor can help you persevere despite frustration.  Finally, as you move forward, don't forget to be that mentor who helps others ... just as your mentors helped you.

Don Cloud's comment, August 18, 2013 10:55 PM
The truth is, I think we do learn from both ... but to take it a step further, we learn from our mentors, we learn from our mistakes, and we should be smart enough to learn from the mistakes of others as well.
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The Regifting Of Leadership

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Real, authentic leadership is founded in the idea of regifting…


Via donhornsby, Don Cloud
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As a leader, are you a regifter? 

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:38 AM

What a nice article on leadership! 

 

I am a regifter and I am proud of it:)

 

Make ti a great day!

Chad Manske's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:49 AM

As an active leader, if you are not working to build up the leaders behind you and are merely a hoarder of leadership insights, how can you then continue to grow?  Regifting, or paying it forward, will give you more satisfaction than you can measure!

Cruise Line Class's comment, August 19, 2013 4:56 PM
Chad, I completely agree with you!!!
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10 Powerful Quotes From The Steve Jobs Movie And What They Teach Us About Leadership

10 Powerful Quotes From The Steve Jobs Movie And What They Teach Us About Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Ten quotes from the biopic about Steve Jobs that will help you in your career.
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Is everything you do as great as it could be? This could very well be the most important question you ask yourself as a leader. Your customers deserve nothing less. Don’t just make it; make it great.

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Simpler Daily Work: 13 Smart Habits That Will Help You

Simpler Daily Work: 13 Smart Habits That Will Help You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein “Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of...
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The daily work we do – in school, at work or in a business – can easily become overwhelming, ineffective and suck the energy and joy out of what we are doing unless, of course, we do something to prevent that from happening. Here are some thoughts to consider.


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Don Cloud's curator insight, August 18, 2013 11:00 PM

Rescooping ... very helpful tips for everyone!

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Top 25 Quotes To Discover The Leader In You - Forbes

Top 25 Quotes To Discover The Leader In You - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Top 25 Quotes To Discover The Leader In You
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I was inspired by author Dave Kerpen's recent article that shared his top 25 leadership quotes. As he aptly noted, great quotes inspire us to change, to grow, and to become our best selves.
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Superb insights into becoming an even more likable (and successful) leader. Enjoy! 

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Born to Matter - General Leadership

Born to Matter - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You were born to matter, so make a positive difference in your surroundings. You never know, the ripple effect of your actions could last for generations!
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Have you ever wondered how the world would be different if everyone truly believed they mattered? 

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What Leads to Success?

What Leads to Success? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
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Simple, powerful, spoon on advice! 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 16, 2013 6:29 AM

This infographic is a destillation of Richard St. John's book: "8 to be Great."


See also Richard's TED Talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success.html + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOl0v54DaXo&feature=player_embedded



1. Passion
-> Get out there and explore many paths
-> Pursue your passion, not money and fame


2. Work
-> Success does not come easy
-> We overvalue talent and undervalue hard work


3. Focus
-> Spend an intense amount of time focused on the one activity you really love
-> Worry about your interest, not your ability


4. Push
-> If you have self-doubt, you are not alone
-> Don't get too comfortable


5. Ideas
-> Make mental connection between diverse things
-> The best way to have a great idea is to have a lot of ideas


6. Improve
-> Practice to constantly improve yourself and what you do
-> Meet the minimum standards on your weaknesses and move on


7. Serve
-> Ask, "Who do you serve?" and "What value do you serve them?"
-> Listen to others and serve them something they appreciate


8. Persist
-> To succeed a lot, it helps to fail a lot
-> Being criticized is a sign you are on your way to success


Read also Adam Grants book: Give and Take. Adam talks about why  success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. In other words: your reciprocity style matters.


Estelblau's curator insight, August 16, 2013 12:08 PM

Via iPamba

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 16, 2013 3:35 PM

A very good infographic is presented.

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15 Ways to Spread Kindness in Your World Today

15 Ways to Spread Kindness in Your World Today | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” Henry James “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” Confucius Kindness is often a pretty simple...
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Little things we all can choose to do to brighten others day...

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8 Things You Forgot to Be Grateful For

8 Things You Forgot to Be Grateful For | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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YOU are one of a kind.  You are lucky enough to have something that makes you different from everyone else.  Embrace your individuality.  Self-worth comes from one thing: thinking that you are worthy.  So appreciate what it feels like underneath your own skin.  You are amazing just the way you are.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 17, 2013 4:31 PM

Great list for gratitude practicioners. 

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The most productive act of leadership? Email less. : RSA blogs

The most productive act of leadership? Email less. : RSA blogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The main finding that struck me is that people in leadership positions in organisations appear to set the trend for how much email is sent and how well it is used and that rather than changing such behaviour by dictat, it might ...
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Some emails are good because we choose not to send them, but perhaps our most productive emails are the ones we choose not to write at all.

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Why do we follow? 5 Important Leadership Traits

Why do we follow? 5 Important Leadership Traits | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What makes us latch on to a leader? Why do we follow their ideas, presentations, tweets, and/or conversations? I always enjoy learning about a variety of topics related to educational technology, p...
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Leaders instill trust in those that work for them. They get things done when they say they’re going to. There isn’t really a “back burner” to put things on. We trust in our leaders to provide us with the tools, resources, and time to do our jobs to the best of our ability.

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A Close Look at What CEOs Really Think About Employee Engagement

A Close Look at What CEOs Really Think About Employee Engagement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered what your CEO really thinks about employee engagement? Many of us have, and new research from the UK's Ashridge Business School provides some answers. The study found …

Via Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach, David Hain
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The study found CEOs had a pretty good idea of what employee engagement is and what it could do for their organizations. They view engagement as a strategic narrative (and ongoing dialogue) within their organizations that creates emotional connections and purpose for employees. Their view of the end result is a culture where people choose to give the very best of themselves at work.

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Susan Bagyura, High Performance Coach's curator insight, August 15, 2013 10:52 AM

This is a great article! The biggest gap is between 'knowing' and 'doing'.  I know it can be scary for a leader to put themselves in a vulnerable position by exposing themselves in ways they've never done before, BUT that's the only way they will gain the benefits such as employee engagement.  Another point to make is the people that don't resonant with the new behaviors will find their way out of the organization -- and that's a good thing.  

 

Knowing what to do and how to do it are 2 different things. This is an ideal time for a leader to work with a coach to get support, accountability and strategize potential conflicts as they implement new behaviors and ways of being.

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Attitude is Everything: Leadership Lessons from Dad and Softball

Attitude is Everything: Leadership Lessons from Dad and Softball | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Everywhere we turn, we're bombarded with messages about how to improve ourselves. Sign up for this program or service (and part with some hard-earned cash), and in no time at all, we'll be new and improved!
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A wonderful story illustrating the power of possessing a positive attitude.

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