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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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Alabama football coach Nick Saban on leadership: Are you impressing people or impacting them? - Washington Business Journal

Alabama football coach Nick Saban on leadership: Are you impressing people or impacting them? - Washington Business Journal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When I asked Nick Saban, the head coach of the University of Alabama’s Football team, how he is able to consistently win in the competitive sport that is college football, he shared with me eight points.
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Superb advice from a proven leader.

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Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 21, 2013 7:57 PM
Patricia, Awesome...glad you enjoyed it! You can also listen to us live the first Wednesday night of every month at 9:00 EDT on The David Webb Show, Sirius 125. We talk the 12 virtues of leadership and this month's show will be on honesty. Hope you can listen!
Cruise Line Class's comment, August 23, 2013 9:10 AM
Dear Garth.....I couldn't make it yesterday -- will definitely start listening. Thank you for letting me know!!!
Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 24, 2013 8:45 AM
HI Patricia...no worries! Next show isn't until 4 Sep (first Wed of every month). Hope you can make it!
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Leadership Teaches Us the Steps

Leadership Teaches Us the Steps | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership is about learning how to dance. Being a leader is not about making us all be the same. Leaders are not about measuring our efforts and getting rid of whoever does not measure up. Leaders...
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Leadership does not come from the top down; leadership comes from the inside out.

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Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:22 AM

The leaders who inspire me know themselves well.

They have taken the time and done the work to find their true selves. They are discovering their own core values, their own deepest desires, and sharing themselves with the people around them. They connect and relate to people around the values they share. They understand that they cannot do everything well themselves, that each of us makes a significant contribution.

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The Psychology of Workplace Leadership: Strong, Steady ...

The Psychology of Workplace Leadership: Strong, Steady ... | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Business psychology supports leading from a position of strength, but most people are blindly driven by liability--forcing hands when afraid, rashly redoing guideposts when outcomes bottom out, pointing out what doesn't work ...
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If you are a manager intent on making an impact, look to the strengths of your current department. You can build toward what you envision (and still catch the attention of others) by strong, steady transformation from where you are right now, rather than enacting drastic change.

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Can Leaders Build Trust? Leadership with Emotional Intelligence

Can Leaders Build Trust? Leadership with Emotional Intelligence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Is it possible to build trust? What does it take for a leader to increase trust in a team? It starts with basic emotional intelligence skills and values.

Via Oriana Tickell
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Another great reminder of the power of emotional intelligence. 

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Eliane Fierro's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:57 PM

Cómo desarrollas la confianza en tu equipo?

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The Jeff Bezos School of Long-Term Thinking | 99U

The Jeff Bezos School of Long-Term Thinking | 99U | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

by Sean Blanda

 

“If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people,” Bezos told Wired in 2011. “But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that.”

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"We can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term."-------

"In a nod to Bezos’ obsession with long-term thinking, 99U has combed through a dozen interviews and profiles on the CEO and pulled out a handful of his day-to-day habits that can help you keep an eye on the long term, just like Bezos."

 


Via Jim Lerman, Luciana Viter, David Hain
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A superb reminder at we can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 11, 2013 12:37 PM

Quite an informative piece on Bezos.

donhornsby's curator insight, August 11, 2013 4:59 PM

We can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term.

Fields Jackson, Jr's comment, August 12, 2013 2:16 PM
Great article
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The business case for doing good

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Illustration by the talented Jay Roeder This is a guest post by Andreana Drencheva, Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Work Psychology at Sheffield University – see her full bio at the end. E...

Via Romi Royé
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Individuals who believe that their organisation and their work do something good for others have more energy and experience more positive emotions and moods. They also spend more time, exert more effort, and persist in difficult, unpleasant, and challenging situations. They are more proactive and take on more personal initiatives to contribute to their organisation beyond their job duties.

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Where Are You on the Leadership Continuum?

Where Are You on the Leadership Continuum? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When you ask a hundred people to describe the perfect leader, you get the same answers over and over. Most people name typical qualities like “intelligent”, “decisive,” “ (Where Are You on the Leadership Continuum?
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Every leadership challenge calls for different strengths, and every leader’s strengths will attract different supporters. Knowing the mix of leadership qualities that appeal to you, and that you want to develop in yourself, will help you find the right people and the right path to growth and success.

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Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive

Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Storytelling is the most effective to way to get your point across. Here are some expert tips for doing it right.

Via Create Wise Leader
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10 tips for becoming a more effective storyteller at work:

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What Women Know about Leadership that Men Don't

What Women Know about Leadership that Men Don't | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great leadership begins with being a whole human being.
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For the most part, however, women, more than men, bring to leadership a more complete range of the qualities modern leaders need, including self-awareness, emotional attunement, humility and authenticity.

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Courage IS Leadership

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We expect a huge amount of leaders and leadership. We all struggle to even accurately what is leadership. But more often than not, when we see someone having a go, we all deride that person for their efforts from the comfort of our armchairs!
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We expect a huge amount of leaders and leadership. We all struggle to even accurately what is leadership. But more often than not, when we see someone having a go, we all deride that person for their efforts from the comfort of our armchairs!!

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Why Leaders Need Great Books — HBS Working Knowledge

Why Leaders Need Great Books — HBS Working Knowledge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How do leaders get to be leaders? HBS professor Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.'s remarkable course uses works of literature instead of case studies to teach leadership. Find out what’s on his reading list.
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How do leaders get to be leaders? HBS professor Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.'sremarkable course uses works of literature instead of case studies to teach leadership. Find out what’s on his reading list.


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Leadership Behavior: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Leadership Behavior: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We often do not think about it, however behavior is important: Behavior often determines how people act and react to you. Behavior is the outward manifestation of your courage and attitude. Behavio...
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As leaders, we should never forget how important our behavior is. Always remember ~ With great privilege comes great responsibility.

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The Leadership Chain - Inspiring better leaders for a better world

The Leadership Chain - Inspiring better leaders for a better world | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By Dr Keith Merron (5 Posts)THE CONSCIOUS LEADER. Merron helps organizations with bold visions achieve sustainable high performance and industry leadership.
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Each piece of research cannot stand on its own, and yet the totality of the research is both profound and compelling. It tells us there is, irrefutably, a direct linkage between a leader’s mindset and an organization and its results. It tells us, in effect, that the leader casts a wide shadow – she leaves an enormous impact in her wake, whether she is aware of it or not. In other words, the quality of the culture is a reflection of the consciousness of the leader. It is the leader’s shadow reflecting back the best and worst of whom he or she is as a leader.

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One Question You Should Ask Everyone You Meet

One Question You Should Ask Everyone You Meet | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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I don’t care what you do or what you own.  I just want to know who you are.  I want to know your uniqueness, the experiences you’ve had and the learnings you’ve gained.  I want to know your story.

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Chad Manske's curator insight, August 14, 2013 3:08 PM

"What is your story?"  That is the question, and it is a good one.  AF Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh is a firm believer in Airman sharing their stories.  With 7 billion people in the world their are a lot of stories to learn!

Cruise Line Class's comment, August 19, 2013 5:00 PM
Nice!
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Leadership Skill #1: Build Trust With Anyone

Leadership Skill #1: Build Trust With Anyone | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
So why make trust our leadership skill #1? Well, you can't work with anyone without trust.
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At first people think trust is about honesty and integrity but actually whether you trust someone is context-specific (trust someone to look after your kids?) and is based on an intuitive sense about another person which at first pass seems different for every person.

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How to Solve the Garbage Problem in Leadership | Leadership Freak

How to Solve the Garbage Problem in Leadership | Leadership Freak | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You insult your friends, colleagues, and your maker, when you neglect your abilities. But, worst of all, you insult yourself. Garbage is neglected; valuables cherished. Stop treating yourself like rubbish.
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You insult your friends, colleagues, and your maker, when you neglect your abilities. But, worst of all, you insult yourself. Garbage is neglected; valuables cherished. Stop treating yourself like rubbish. Develop your gift.
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Marine Corps Gazette Blog: Innovation and Lean Startups in the World’s Largest Bureaucracy: DEF2013

Marine Corps Gazette Blog: Innovation and Lean Startups in the World’s Largest Bureaucracy: DEF2013 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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In his 2011 work The Lean Startup, serial entrepreneur Eric Ries describes a method for successful entrepreneurship that stresses the importance of rapid iteration over extensive planning, adaptive learning over causal logic, and getting an idea into the hands of end users well before it is completely validated.  While this technique was considered innovative and ground breaking in the business world, Ries’s approach to problem solving should seem very familiar to Marine leaders. 

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Great Minds Think Alike...And That Is Exactly The Problem

Great Minds Think Alike...And That Is Exactly The Problem | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If most people in your company think alike, something is wrong

Via The People Development Network, David Hain
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If you and the people around you see the world in exactly the same way, then the ideas you are going to come up with are going to be remarkably similar. And that is'nt good.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 12, 2013 11:57 AM

Groupthink is contrary and is a barrier to creativity. I recently read a blog posting where the author suggested that groupthink was OK at times. He did not elaborate on when or why. He did suggest is was a matter of trust, blind trust for that matter, on the part of followers. This is a huge problem in our world today.

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Do We Only See What We Want To See? Experts Don't Notice A Gorilla In Their Midst...

Do We Only See What We Want To See? Experts Don't Notice A Gorilla In Their Midst... | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The visual cortex is a fantastical portion of the brain, and one which is enlarged in our species to the extent that we can use our eyes to make sense of the world around us in amazing detail.

Via Kevin Watson
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The idea that the brain lets us see a perhaps biased view of reality, and we see only what we expect to see is perhaps a sinister one, but it is perhaps a more potent mechanism of sensory noise filtration than was thought. In evolutionary terms, it is a waste of energy to pay attention to things which provide no relevant information, and so, more successful individuals are those who can selectively filter stimuli which provide information to enhance survival.

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Leadership is About Questions

Leadership is About Questions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Leaders who inspire appreciate and ask questions, and listen. They tend to ask “Why?” very often, along with “How could we do that?” about new ideas.


Via LouisaJRennie, Virginia Pavlovich, donhornsby, AlGonzalezinfo, Create Wise Leader
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Asking contains the power to engage people. Good questions bring people together with a common purpose and goal. When I tell you the answer I have decided is correct, it reinforces that I am in control. When I ask you an honest question, it creates the opportunity for us to work together to recognize how we both answer it.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:41 PM

Being able to ask questions requires good listening skills.  We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason...we should do twice as much listening as we do talking!  :)  In adition, "Asking contains the power to engage people. Good questions bring people together with a common purpose and goal. When I tell you the answer I have decided is correct, it reinforces that I am in control. When I ask you an honest question, it creates the opportunity for us to work together to recognize how we both answer it."

Eric Nolte's comment, August 21, 2013 3:12 PM
Another good listening skill I have been taught is to try and repeat what the speaker is saying while they are saying it. Again this helps focus you on what they are saying and not what you want to say when they are done.
Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 21, 2013 7:54 PM
Eric, great tip...thanks for sharing!
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Leadership Lesson: Believe in Yourself

Leadership Lesson: Believe in Yourself | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Today’s Leadership Lesson comes from John C. Maxwell:
"If you want your talent to be lifted to its highest level, then you don’t begin by focusing on your talent. You begin by harnessing the power of...
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If you expect to succeed, sure enough, you will. You will become on the outside what you believe on the inside. 

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Why companies hate geniuses

Why companies hate geniuses | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here's the cure for companies battling corporate mediocrity (Why companies hate geniuses http://t.co/EE9ubgGIdq via @CBSNews #leadership #tchat)
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Do you have geniuses in your employ -- people who are great at what they do, but make messes? If not, go get some. Create tribes where they can work together, innovative together, and learn from the market together. If not, let me know, so I can short your stock.

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Leaders CEOs Admire - And Why

Leaders CEOs Admire - And Why | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's clear that the role and expectations of leadership are changing—and with them the qualities needed to be a leader, according to a report on the latest global survey of CEOs commissioned annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the Big...
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It’s clear that the role and expectations of leadership are changing—and with them the qualities needed to be a leader, according to a report on the latestglobal survey of CEOs commissioned annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC), one of the Big Four global accounting firms.

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Risky business: Strategies to encourage employee risk-taking

Risky business: Strategies to encourage employee risk-taking | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Failure is getting considerable attention in leadership and management circles these days.
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Failure is getting considerable attention in leadership and management circles these days. Articles, books, and keynote speeches preach the value of mistakes and learning from failure. The current dialogue begins once the mistake or failure occurs and addresses how to leverage it for maximum return. But before any of this is possible, the employee must first take a risk.

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10 Tips to Develop Your Leadership Inclinations

10 Tips to Develop Your Leadership Inclinations | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What is your leadership inclination? Ample evidence suggests leadership skills can be learned, and there are attributes all good leaders have in common.
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As the saying goes, great leaders are born, not made. Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and Nelson Mandela may have had brains that were wired differently, according to a new study. In particular, they had more gray matter in the parts of their minds that control decision making and memory, which could account for their superior leadership skills.


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