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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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The single best way to develop leaders: Throw them in! | Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting | Change Begins With Me

The single best way to develop leaders: Throw them in! | Simply Understanding Blog by Giana Consulting | Change Begins With Me | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Accepting change and challenges helps to develop strong leadership. (RT @RyanSetter: Awesome post from @GianaConsulting - The single best way to develop leaders: Throw them in!
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The Brcue Wilkenson quote in this article is spot on! 

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Does Your Business Leadership Style Rely on Fear? - Forbes

Does Your Business Leadership Style Rely on Fear? - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Does Your Business Leadership Style Rely on Fear?
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Trying to be a business leader by instilling fear in your employees and partners is never a good approach, but it is particularly devastating in a startup.

Via Santosh Kumar Nair, Bobby Dillard
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All entrepreneurs have to take risks and provide leadership to succeed, but driving yourself and your team with fear is not the answer. The best leadership is providing real motivation from the work itself, and the drive to build something lasting. Fear has no role in either of these.

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Smart strategies to avoid a bad hire

Smart strategies to avoid a bad hire | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Experts weigh in on making sure the newest addition to your team is a perfect match (RT @KelloggExecEd: Top execs weigh in on how to hire the right fit http://t.co/qRPZ0w3eug. Perfect your leadership...
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The US Department of Labor currently estimates that the average cost of a bad hiring decision can equal 30% of the individual’s first-year potential earnings. That means a single bad hire with an annual income of $50,000 can equal a potential $15,000 loss for the employer,” Holmes wrote.

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Ravi Kathuria: Why innovate? How keeping the status quo may feel comfortable ... - Smart Business Network

Ravi Kathuria: Why innovate? How keeping the status quo may feel comfortable ... - Smart Business Network | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Smart Business Network
Ravi Kathuria: Why innovate? How keeping the status quo may feel comfortable ...
Smart Business Network
So many companies do perfectly fine by staying within the status quo.
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Whether we like it or not, the world around us is always changing. Innovation is about rejuvenation. No species on Earth would sustain itself if it stopped evolving. Business is no different. If you do not innovate and evolve, your best employees will be frustrated and will leave to work elsewhere.

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Leadership Lessons From A Baby Food Disruptor - Forbes

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Leadership Lessons From A Baby Food Disruptor
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Neil Grimmer is changing the way babies and toddlers eat.
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Consumers in the new economy are looking for brands that use the power of their business to better some social or environmental issue. Consumers are voting with their dollars because they want to see that public benefit.

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Leadership is Being Clear

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  Being clear is essential to leadership. Leaders make decisions, which are only as important as a leader's ability to communicate their decisions to other people. We are constantly reminding ...
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Part of the leadership challenge is that our minds are capable of thinking about so many different things, in so many different ways, at the same time. We gain analytical momentum, multitasking at the speed of thought. When you take into account our physical and our emotional processes, it is a very complex network of thoughts. It can be a challenge to translate our diverse mental activity into clear, concise language.

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What I Learned About Leadership Listening to the Nixon Tapes

What I Learned About Leadership Listening to the Nixon Tapes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here in DC, the local C-Span radio station has been playing the Nixon tapes in the evenings. I often drive to Alexandria in the evening to let my dog swim and spend some time by the river so I get about a half hour to listen.
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There’s a point in every leader’s life when they realize their legacy depends on them letting go of their egos and taking the opinions of their opposition seriously.

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Are these the three most powerful words a leader can say?

Are these the three most powerful words a leader can say? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When leadership is confused with the need to know everything it can lead to cultures of bluff where people feel it’s more important to give a response (including a wrong one) than acknowledge doubt.
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If we stopped automatically applauding answers but encouraged healthy (not debilitating) reflection and doubt we could create a very different workplace culture.

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Values: Live Them And Others Will Follow

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Standard of a Brigadier general (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It’s always good to connect with individuals whose values are tangible. You can almost sense the spirit of higher purpose stirring within them as they speak.
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Example is communicated through actions but also through words. The Marines have a tradition of storytelling; they call them “sea stories.” These stories, which begin in boot camp, are a means of passing along the values Marines hold dear – honor, duty, service. They can be funny; they can be sad. They are nearly always instructive and they help young Marines learn the tradition of those who came before them.

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Senior leader buy-in is fundamental to employee engagement

Senior leader buy-in is fundamental to employee engagement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If the C-suite are out, getting the cash to fuel engagement will be tough.

Via Kevin Watson
John Michel's insight:

Engagement, like happiness, can be a word that actually turns off a Chief Exec, board or senior director. Employee engagement needs to be positioned as being about an organisation’s people, the need and benefits of creating an environment where your people naturally, subconsciously go the extra mile and put themselves out for their customers, colleagues and ultimately the business. Talk your Chief Exec’s language and spell out the benefits in cold, hard financial stats.

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The Disconnect Between Leadership and HR - Branding Specialist Chris Westfall

The Disconnect Between Leadership and HR - Branding Specialist Chris Westfall | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There's a disconnect between leadership ad HR, as seen in these statistics from ManPower Group and Gallup international.
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Leadership is difficult in the face of uncertainty. And so is effective hiring.

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Why it's better to reveal than conceal during a crisis - The Globe and Mail

Why it's better to reveal than conceal during a crisis - The Globe and Mail | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @dmitchellppf: Why it's better to reveal than conceal during a crisis. http://t.co/rJbHrTzD3H #leadership #transparency #Australia
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It’s a short demonstration of leadership communication – only three minutes and seven seconds in all. But in a world where leaders caught in a crisis tend to obfuscate, the talk by Lieutenant-General David Morrison, chief of the Australian Army, is a remarkable antidote, a stirring message to his troops that has gone viral courtesy of YouTube.
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EVALUATING SUCCESS

EVALUATING SUCCESS | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Implementation is the mark of a great leader. It is an art that requires using the gifts of leadership, wisdom and discernment to make changes that will bring spiritual health and vitality. Yet in ...
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Leaders need to stay focused on people more than programs and process more than structure. Our goal is to march confidently into the future, not to stumble in organizational darkness. We want not to be movements representing what used to be, but mission starters designed to meet the future.
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The Lost Art of Walking Around

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Management by walking around (MBWA) was popular many years ago. It still works. But, what is the role of technology in this management practice.

Via Kevin Watson
John Michel's insight:

Spreadsheets and reports are important. Businesses aren’t going to ditch them. But somehow, managers have to find time to connect with their teams. If they don’t, that disconnect will impact the bottom-line. Those kinds of disconnects manifest themselves in poor communications, sacrifices in quality, decreased morale and sloppy customer service.

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6 Principles to Help Young Leaders lead Older People

6 Principles to Help Young Leaders lead Older People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Principles to help young leaders effectively lead people older than they are.

Via Amy Ragsdale
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For some older people, having a younger supervisor will be no big deal; for others it will be earth shattering. Be mindful of their mindset. Be extremely careful not to elevate yourself or devalue them. Perhaps they wanted the job you’ve now been given. Help them adjust to the new reality. Always look for ways to legitimately honor their contributions to the team and organization.

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25 Excuses You Must Drop to Be Happy

25 Excuses You Must Drop to Be Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Over the years, perhaps without your conscious knowledge, you have adopted some serious self-limiting beliefs that have secretly sabotaged your best efforts of personal growth.  If you pay close attention to your self-talk, these beliefs will reveal themselves in the form of excuses.  What you need to do is catch yourself in the act and replace these excuses with positive alternatives.


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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:56 PM

I like the insight and practicality of these suggestions.  We are never too old, there is nothing from our past, and there isn't any challenge or obstacle that can truly prevent us from making a difference in the world.  It comes down to what we choose to believe about our selves and how we show up in the world every day.  Choose wisely!

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Truth: The Lynchpin of Good Leadership

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Lying is one of those leadership qualities that can derail success, and shadow all the good qualities of a leadership.
John Michel's insight:

Leaders must tell the truth. There is absolutely no getting around this simple rule. The truth, when communicated regularly and in a timely fashion, is an essential play in a leader’s playbook, and results in an increase in morale and credibility.

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How To Be A Leader They'll Love - Forbes

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How To Be A Leader They'll Love
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When Kevin Allen started in the business world, the recipe for leadership was clear: “You had to talk tough and tell people what to do,” he recalls.
John Michel's insight:

The days of command-and-control are long gone: leadership is about the consent of the governed. “No one wants to have fingers snapped in their face...It’s about human worth.” To determine whether you’re truly a buoyant leader, look at “who does most of the talking: you or your people? Inspire your people, but let them develop [the plan for] how they will support your initiatives.”

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Lift Your Leadership With These Top CEO Secrets

Lift Your Leadership With These Top CEO Secrets | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I’d like to share and bring to life some of the most important secrets of the top CEOs in the world, so that you can incorporate them into your own leadership and that of your company:1.
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Top CEOs are able to spend no more than 30% in the day-to-day, as they have managed to build a results system which does not rely on them to be a limiting hub. To be able to achieve the same as a leader in your own career, you need to be able to gather exceptional people around you, as well as be ruthless towards those whose performance is consistently not up to scratch, or whose behaviors limit the team.

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Leadership: 5 Ways to Build & Sustain Battery Power

Leadership: 5 Ways to Build & Sustain Battery Power | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Human energy is a precious commodity.  It fuels creativity and  extraordinary accomplishment.  It is worthy of active consideration and is especially critical to good leadership.  This post from 20...
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In order for any organization to successfully fulfill its purpose and achieve its goals, it must learn to recognize, nurture, and manage its collective energy.   This means that everyone involved, including the leader, must take responsibility for not only the generation of human energy in the workplace, but also its ongoing replenishment.

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A manifesto for modern leadership - The Guardian

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A manifesto for modern leadership
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I do not expect to be inspired by a "mirror leader", simply looking for their reflection in the pipeline and promoting whichever mimic appeals to their unconscious biases.
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I do not expect to be inspired by a "mirror leader", simply looking for their reflection in the pipeline and promoting whichever mimic appeals to their unconscious biases. I also do not expect my leaders to be a reflection of what everyone else is doing – I want something different and dynamic. I  want a leader judged on their genuine qualities, not on whether they are simply male or female or any other biological characteristic that companies feel they have to promote. It should be obvious – the best candidate, who can come from everywhere.

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All That Is Right With Leadership - Huffington Post

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All That Is Right With Leadership
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He had spent his career of 32 years in the hotel industry. When I had the occasion to meet him, he was in the role of President of the Americas for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
John Michel's insight:

He represented all that is right with leadership.

In a day when we can give far too many examples of U.S. presidents who lie, world leaders who threaten, politicians who sext, generals who cheat, and company CEOs who steal shareholders' money, it is easy to be disillusioned with leadership. This alone makes it all the more important to name and honor the leaders who can serve as role models for the rest of us. 

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The Essence of Effective Hiring: 4 Steps to Improve Business Results.

The Essence of Effective Hiring: 4 Steps to Improve Business Results. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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If you find yourself managing too hard, chances are that the hiring process was too easy. It doesn't have to be that way. By focusing your efforts more effectively on the people equation, you can achieve results that can eliminate 80% of your problems.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:11 AM


A very common gripe of business owners, is that the staff they have require the expenditure of too much management time, in order to achieve the outcomes expected from the business.


Unfortunately, unless business owners review the level of attention they pay to the recruitment process, they will forever be stuck with spending at least eighty percent of their time managing people and their problems.


This excellent article, suggests that business owners need to revisit their attitudes and aptitudes towards recruitment, and it provides sound advice on how to hire right the first time and what needs to be done to reduce the time spent managing people to no more than twenty percent of management time.


Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, August 1, 2013 12:20 AM

How to find and keep great people is an essential part of business...check out these tips

 

Christiane Soto's curator insight, October 12, 2013 11:53 AM

Anytime a company is having difficulty in managing their workforce, the reason can usually be traced back to their hiring process 

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8 Ways to Grow Your Happiness by Letting Go

8 Ways to Grow Your Happiness by Letting Go | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Happiness in all walks of life is often more about stopping than starting. More about subtracting than adding. More about letting go than holding on. Consider, for example, what happens when you stop, subtract or let go of…
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5 Leadership Secrets Of Collaboration Success

5 Leadership Secrets Of Collaboration Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
To see what happens when people don’t work together, look no further than Washington, D.C. Instead of pooling their talents for a common goal and the common good, Congress is mired in gridlock, recrimination and petty squabbles.
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The fact is there is nothing more important to leadership and organizational success than collaboration. It exponentially increases the odds of amazing things happening. But it can be tough to achieve. Bringing people together and then igniting and nurturing a collaborative effort is a key test of leadership and workplace culture.
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