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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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Maximize the knowledge inside your organization | Articles | Leadership

Maximize the knowledge inside your organization | Articles | Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Sharing knowledge and making information accessible can enhance innovation, improve efficiency, and strengthen your long-term prospects for growth.
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To stay competitive these days, managing the knowledge your organization depends on is vital. Sharing knowledge and making information accessible can enhance innovation, improve efficiency, and strengthen your long-term prospects for growth. Just keep these pointers in mind:

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Creativity and the Future of Business: Why It’s No Surprise CEOs Rank Creativity as the #1 Leadership Quality | SmartStorming

Creativity and the Future of Business: Why It’s No Surprise CEOs Rank Creativity as the #1 Leadership Quality | SmartStorming | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @SmartStorming: Remember..."playing it safe" is the surest way to kill #innovation! #Creativity http://t.co/HNI2DZulSt
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In a recent, much-referenced study conducted by IBM Global Business Services, a group of over 1,500 CEOs in 60 nations and 33 industries agreed that “creativity” is now the most important leadership quality for success in business.

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Art Of Thinking Smart – 7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

Art Of Thinking Smart – 7 Things Really Persuasive People Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @ChangforHawaii: 7 Things Really #Persuasive People Do #entrepreneur #business #smallbiz #leadership http://t.co/i4KhsRJesP
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While many people don’t like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Often the most effective persuaders are your kids. Somehow they come by it naturally while you, the adult, has to work hard to find the persuasive path to success.

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Lolly Daskal: Lead From Within: Creating Refuge and Change

Lolly Daskal: Lead From Within: Creating Refuge and Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We all have the capacity to do great things in the world. Heart-based leadership frees you to achieve that greatness by fostering awareness of your own inner compass, allowing it to guide your response to the constant change.
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Being a heart-based leader helps us run our businesses better, creating little pockets of change that can grow and merge into a powerful force within the world. It increases our productivity, our effectiveness, and our connections with those around us. It transforms us into agile and resilient leaders, masters of creating and guiding high-performing, sustainable organizations.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, August 10, 2013 7:13 AM

So simple yet so profound ... be the kind of leader that you would want to follow ... the kind of leader that puts their people/employees/troops first ... the kind of leader that has a vision of the future worth shedding blood, sweat, and tears for ... the kind of leader that grows other leaders to reach that future.

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7 Questions to End Your Week With

7 Questions to End Your Week With | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Many of us go through our entire lives as total strangers to ourselves, simply because we never pause long enough for moments of self-inquiry.  We are so busy seeking answers to other people’s problems that we forget to ask questions for our own wellbeing.  Obviously, this isn’t wise. Wisdom, after all, is not about knowing all the answers every minute; it’s about asking the right questions.  In the long run, the simple questions you ask yourself on a regular basis will determine the type of person you become.


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The Summit Blog: Seven reasons why specifics matter

The Summit Blog: Seven reasons why specifics matter | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
7 reasons to be more specific http://t.co/UglgALbFKw @jimpolandcom #ceo #leadership #delegation #goals #stratplan #birthdaypresents #manager
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Plans don't come together and teams don't come together when the path to implementation has not been built.  There might be more than one path that will get you there, but if you want alignment, efficiency, effectiveness, etc. it's important to choose specific desired outcomes, accompanied by specific directions to move hands and feet to get there.  Don't send them out into the fog.

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Three Things Every Leader Should Do in a Meeting

Three Things Every Leader Should Do in a Meeting | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I previously discussed the importance of Scaling Your Leadership.
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 Instead of viewing meetings as an expense, think of them as an investment. I find effective leaders view meetings as an opportunity to advance the outcome, while strengthening themselves and the teams they lead.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 10, 2013 10:35 PM

Meetings are an inevitable fact of life.  If not managed properly, they can be a significant waste of time, promote inefficiencies, and kill productivity.  A few practical tips can help organizations make the investment in time worthwhile.

Cruise Line Class's comment, August 13, 2013 8:16 AM
I agree with you Garth! I certainly took some great gold nuggets from this article for my own meetings.
Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 13, 2013 7:49 PM
Thanks, Patricia! Look forward to hearing how the nuggets help out!
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If Your Leader Departs, Preserve the Company's Story First

If Your Leader Departs, Preserve the Company's Story First | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A company can survive losing a person. But it can't survive losing a narrative. (How to survive a leadership change http://t.co/8XcOQPqsaO)
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Mulally, undoubtedly a talented leader and manager, was the instrument of Ford's resurgence, for sure, but Ford's success is really about something deeper — a return to that central narrative that is so inspiring to millions of Americans: "Americans innovate. Americans take responsibility for their actions. Americans don't take handouts." It's not the person that inspires us, it's the narrative.

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Four Extreme Leadership Principles Of A Navy SEAL - Forbes

Four Extreme Leadership Principles Of A Navy SEAL - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Four Extreme Leadership Principles Of A Navy SEAL
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Have you ever felt like making a comparison between entrepreneurship and extreme competitive sports? If so, you're not the first.
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How are Navy SEALS like successful entrepreneurs? It turns out there are plenty of ways. For example, to be successful, you must fully commit and must fully believe in yourself. Ask yourself “What is the objective?” Then visualize it, believe it and achieve it. No excuses allowed.

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Ten Tips for Overcoming Discouragement

Ten Tips for Overcoming Discouragement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I hate bubbly people. They’re out of touch with themselves, others, and the world. Leaders who never feel discouraged are incomprehensible. Don’t trust anyone who’s always happy, excited, or please...

Via John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA
John Michel's insight:

Every leader fights a never ending battle for improvement, growth, excellence, and progress. It’s the “never ending” part that gets you down. Apart from intervention, discouragement sets in.

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, August 7, 2013 7:28 AM

Don't you just love Dan Rockwell's opening gambit, "I hate bubbly people!" In this post he explores succinctly the rreasons for discouragement and gives ten tips for overcoming them! This is excellent self-relfection material, so go for it!

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Can Bad Leaders Teach Good Leadership?

Can Bad Leaders Teach Good Leadership? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An interesting question I've often considered is 'Can we learn good leadership skills or traits from bad leaders?' Well, I recently read an article on this very topic from one of my favorite busine...
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Since leadership is about motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal, we can learn about the art of leadership from both bad and good leaders.  The kind of leader we are, depends on what and how we choose to implement what we’ve learned; and more importantly, what traits and skills we develop over time and choose to share with our teams – because they are the future leaders.

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Get To Know Your Fears - Lolly Daskal | Lolly Daskal

Get To Know Your Fears - Lolly Daskal | Lolly Daskal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @LollyDaskal: NEW POST: Get To Know Your Fears http://t.co/DmTl6gtAsZ #leadfromwithin #leadership #anxiety #fear #smbiz #biz #leaders #w…
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With an unstable world economy, increasing unemployment, and other important issues and concerns near and far, many of us, driven by the unknown, are triggered into feeling vague, overwhelming fears.

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6 Keys to Game-Changing Leadership | TerryStarbucker.com

6 Keys to Game-Changing Leadership | TerryStarbucker.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Morale is poor, turnover is high, and our performance has been dismal. Can you fix all this for us?” Leadership has its challenges, and there’s none more daunting than walking into a difficult “turn around” situation.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
John Michel's insight:

Leadership has its challenges, and there’s none more daunting than walking into a difficult “turn around” situation.

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:30 AM

They seem so obvious, but do you apply them all?

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Leadership: Some Thoughts About Greatness

Leadership: Some Thoughts About Greatness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Strong leadership is key to business success. A look at famous leaders throughout history in order to answer the question "What makes for a great leader?
John Michel's insight:

Of all the qualities needed for leadership, only one is indispensable: courage. Without it, all the others are more or less useless. Courage has been shown by all who we recognize as true leaders, from Alexander The Great to Margaret Thatcher. A leader must have the ability to take hard decisions and calculated risks. This rule applies at all levels and in all situations — in school, factory, boardroom or sporting arena, no less than on the battlefield or in the council chamber.

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How (And Why) To Stay Positive

How (And Why) To Stay Positive | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When faced with setbacks and challenges, we've all received the well-meaning advice to "stay positive." The greater the challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as Pollyannaish and unrealistic.
John Michel's insight:

When faced with setbacks and challenges, we’ve all received the well-meaning advice to “stay positive.” The greater the challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as Pollyannaish and unrealistic. It’s hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seems like nothing more than wishful thinking.

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6 Tips for Effective Leadership - Huffington Post

6 Tips for Effective Leadership - Huffington Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
6 Tips for Effective Leadership
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Leadership is a combination of practical skills and personal values that, when used together, create an atmosphere in which people feel valued and motivated to pursue a clear vision.
John Michel's insight:

There are a lot of leadership books on the market today. But one of the best indications of effective leadership is not just what is accomplished but how the people being led to those accomplishments view the leader and the process.

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How to Avoid Leadership Derailment - Businessweek

How to Avoid Leadership Derailment - Businessweek | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to Avoid Leadership Derailment
Businessweek
So much research and so many books have been written on supervision, management, and leadership, and yet research shows that 50 percent to 60 percent of managers fail.
John Michel's insight:

So much research and so many books have been written on supervision, management, and leadership, and yet research shows that 50 percent to 60 percent of managers fail. Every university has programs devoted to training leaders. Seminars are available everywhere, every day, and still one out of two (or more) will not deliver on expectations.

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The Common Misconceptions In Thought Leadership - Forbes

The Common Misconceptions In Thought Leadership - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Common Misconceptions In Thought Leadership Forbes With buzzwords like “thought leader” and “industry expert” floating around, it can be tough for a company or leader to determine where to get started in establishing themselves as a go-to brand...
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Building a brand online is not, nor will it ever be, an overnight process. By establishing yourself as an expert or thought leader in a natural, gradual way, you’ll prove that you deserve to be considered one.

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Three "I"s for Team Leadership

Three "I"s for Team Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You need more than your own two eyes to be great.In fact, there are three very important "I"s that are required for successful Team Leadership. Think of them as three dots that need connecting. Con...
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Sooner or later, most managers become aware of the fact that it is always the soft stuff that if really the hard stuff - and the interpersonal relationships and investment in becoming more involved in their lives and inspiring them to do the same for each other is always a challenge.

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Top 10 Underrated Leadership Traits

Top 10 Underrated Leadership Traits | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Every boss has room for improvement. Get started by analyzing which of these traits you might lack.
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One way to learn about the way you lead--and where you need to improve--is to look at your team. Is there a general sense of trust for each other? Do they regularly recognize each other's accomplishments? In all likelihood, what your team lacks is likely what you lack. Here are a few key traits you might be missing:

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Yes, Change IS Good For Us – It’s The Reality of Modern Leadership

Yes, Change IS Good For Us – It’s The Reality of Modern Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” — John D.
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Those on the front lines must be free to exercise their experience and good judgment without unreasonable hindrance, so they can keep us aligned not just with our organizational goals, but also with the changing reality of the modern business environment. Leaders must always be flexible, open, and encouraging of new ideas from those who have their ears to the ground.

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True Employee Engagement: Appreciate & Recognize - Kate Nasser

True Employee Engagement: Appreciate & Recognize - Kate Nasser | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People Skills Excellence for Leadership, Customer Service, Teamwork, and Employee Engagement. 908.595.1515 USA

Via AlGonzalezinfo
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Casual repetitive praise means little and does little for growth and success. Sincere frequent appreciation of effort and specific recognition of growth and achievement ignite and sustain success. 

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Dorothy M Neddermeyer, PhD's comment, August 28, 2013 9:50 PM
Garth: Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
Dorothy M Neddermeyer, PhD's comment, August 28, 2013 9:51 PM
Ivon: Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
Dorothy M Neddermeyer, PhD's comment, August 28, 2013 9:51 PM
John: Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
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How to Quit Like a BOSS

How to Quit Like a BOSS | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
My young friend Joey DiFrancesco became an internet celebrity by quitting his job with a marching-band fanfare. Joe won massive points for style with his creative resignation, and snagged four
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We can spend our lives playing it safe in our actions, our words and our online presence, following the mantra "Don't make enemies, no matter what" or we can sing our own song loudly and proudly under the guidance "The people who don't get you don't deserve you."

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What You Can Learn About Leadership From A Tough Guy Who Doesn't Say Much - Forbes

What You Can Learn About Leadership From A Tough Guy Who Doesn't Say Much - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What You Can Learn About Leadership From A Tough Guy Who Doesn't Say Much Forbes Introversion, according to Myers-Briggs assessment, is a style where people draw energy from inside of themselves rather than extroverts who draw it from others, is...
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Quiet leaders are effective communicators, in part because when they speak others listen. Employees and stakeholders sense that a leader of few words choses them carefully and when he does articulate the message they had better pay attention.

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Help Wanted: High Potential Leaders

Help Wanted: High Potential Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Survey examines how organizations are defining critical leadership skills for the future.

Via Kevin Watson
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Talk about a skills gap: According to a survey by the talent management solutions firm Right Management, the top concern for HR executives is the lack of high-potential leaders in today's workforce. Another pressing concern is an apparent shortage of talent at all levels.

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