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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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Shhh! The Top 5 Management Tools In The World

Shhh! The Top 5 Management Tools In The World | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Management tools, if they are used appropriately, can be powerful enablers of change and actions in companies. They can, for example, help define and execute the strategy, engage with customers and

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Management tools, if they are used appropriately, can be powerful enablers of change and actions in companies. They can, for example, help define and execute the strategy, engage with customers and employees and monitor performance.

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Change Your Life With This Simple Exercise

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Gratitude is a foundational strength. When you feel gratitude, a lot of other strengths can be built on top. For instance, the ability to love and be loved would be difficult, if not impossible, without gratitude.

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Gratitude is the thankful appreciation of things received, whether tangible or intangible. It helps us connect with something outside ourselves, often transcendent and larger than ourselves. I have been practicing a gratitude exercise, and you can do it too. It's very simple. Each night I reflect on my day. I recall three things I'm grateful for and write them in a gratitude journal. The things I'm grateful for are those amazing moments, wonderful conversations with friends and family, or even just watching birds or squirrels going about their business. It might be a moment of beauty that is striking or uplifting.

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Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 28, 2013 3:38 PM

Gratitude practice has changed my life. This is a great article on all of the ways it helps us become more resilient as it changes our perspective and our brains! 

Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, July 29, 2013 3:53 PM
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Very nice article (based on scientific reserch) about importance of gratitude. in addition to the mentioned excercises, I would also say:

- "use" other people like a mirror to understand who you are because when for instance you are angry with somebody, it's not the other person's fault but it is a way to feel what kind of emotions you have inside. if you accept to change perspective and start to say "which part of myself can I see through this person/situation?" Then you will rapidly evolve and you will have the key to give a different direction to Life!

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 29, 2013 7:15 PM

"Being grateful for people and things in my life makes me more aware of my own good fortune, and it helps rewire my brain to be more optimistic. If you are feeling down, how blue can you feel if you have a fat journal of things you are grateful for? Writing my gratitude journal keeps me mindful and aware of what's great in my life. I've noticed clients who have practiced this exercise are happier, far less stressed and get through their day with less difficulty than they used to."

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The Most Important Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn

The Most Important Leadership Skill You'll Ever Learn | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There's one thing that all leaders do well. It's not managing or even having great ideas.
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One of the precepts of Predictable Success is that being successful in business (in anything, really) is simple: just make--and implement--good decisionsEven simpler: just make one good decision (your next one). Then follow it by another. Then another. Then another. Simple, elegant, logical.

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3 Principles For Creating Team Harmony In Today's Fast-Paced Workplaces

3 Principles For Creating Team Harmony In Today's Fast-Paced Workplaces | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn about the three key principles leaders should adopt to ensure team harmony and cohesion in light of today's need for shorter team life spans and greater team fluidity.

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A leader’s ability to create a collaborative environment through open communication and mutual understanding is undoubtedly becoming a critical leadership skill in today’s faster-paced, increasingly interconnected world.

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Claudia DeSalvo's curator insight, July 22, 2013 4:02 PM

This article gives indepth principles on how to create harmony in the workplace.
The first principle seems logical enough.You have to understand before acting. You must truly understand that you are members of the same team and authority should not be an aspect misused.
Next up is the second principle; it's one that even children try to follow, which is build trust.I think consideration is key with this one. Trust won't grow if you don't think of the other person and try to get them on the same page as you.
The third principle sounded a bit confusing for me at first, since I couldn't draw many parallels between leading and following, but the details they provided made it clearer. In a team there are many leaders, and to work together harmoniously, they also have to be good followers.
I think using these principles together may create an unstoppable team.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 27, 2013 5:14 PM

Excellent Scoop Claudia, I totally agree with your comments on Trust!  It won't grow if we don't think about others and reach agreement, even when we have to agree to disagree and move forward with our plans!

 

When it comes to letting others lead, many supervisors struggle in the area of delegation and their authority "deceives" them into thinking they may know better than their staff members.  This can be dangerous as employees are hired because of their expertise in certain areas and they may know A LOT more than the supervisors.

 

Great supervisors are able to let their employees take the lead and support their efforts.  Of course, the supervisor still plays a huge role in overseeing all the components of the operation but should be willing to learn from the employees instead of imposing their way, especially when the staff member is more qualified.  

 

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Four things you need to stop believing about creativity

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Four things you need to stop believing about creativity 1. Creativity is left brain vs right brain The human brain works in a lot of mysterious ways, but we’re learning more about it every day. Part...

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Getting a group of people together in a room to formulate the solution to a problem sounds like magic to some. In the corporate realm brainstorming is a major player in how projects move forward.

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The Shifting Burden of Modern Leadership - Huffington Post Canada

The Shifting Burden of Modern Leadership - Huffington Post Canada | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Shifting Burden of Modern Leadership Huffington Post Canada "In my opinion, what should be nagging everyone in a leadership position is employee disengagement," said Nicole Lipkin, a Philadelphia-based organizational psychologists who works...
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"Leadership is hard. Being in charge or directing other people is rewarding but brutal, and if we're being completely honest, sometimes painfully annoying. However, our weapon, when it comes to evolving as a leader, is really a commitment to life-long self-awareness. Self-awareness begins with admitting that you are a fallible human." 

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People don’t leave companies. They leave leaders!

People don’t leave companies. They leave leaders! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I have employed thousands of people over the years. And every time one resigned, a little part of me died. (OK, I lie. I have actually danced a celebratory jig around my desk on the odd occasion, but that's another blog!

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Mostly, people don’t change jobs solely for money. They almost never resign on a whim, or in a fit of anger. They joined your company because they believed it right for them, and actually they want it to be right. Something, at some point, makes it wrong. And if you really take the time to dig into their real reasons for leaving – and you should – you will find that it’s not ‘the company’ they blame. It’s not the location, or the team, or the database or the air-conditioning.

It’s the leadership!


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Exceptional Leaders: Are They The Friend Or The Enemy?

Exceptional Leaders: Are They The Friend Or The Enemy? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In politics, business, religion, community, or in any other area of life leaders have struggled with the balance of being feared and loved. Do leaders who shut off their emotions and push others to get the work done have better results?

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Some people when they are put on a leadership position believe that their job is to hold people accountable, let people know when they mess up and keep people focused on the deliverables. They are demanding and set high standards. The problem is, demanding leaders have a 1.2% chance of being great leaders.

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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

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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

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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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Confidence, Excellence and Independence: Business Lessons From 4 Great Leaders

Confidence, Excellence and Independence: Business Lessons From 4 Great Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

What entrepreneurs can glean from some of the most influential people from the past and present.


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While we cannot control all our circumstances, what we can control is our response. And that's what makes a leader great: his or her decision to take responsibility in the midst of chaos.




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Federal agencies not doing enough to build next generation of leaders - Washington Post (blog)

Federal agencies not doing enough to build next generation of leaders - Washington Post (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Federal agencies not doing enough to build next generation of leaders
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In the workplace, succession planning exists to ensure there are individuals who can step in when turnover in leadership occurs.
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A new report from my the Partnership for Public Service, and McKinsey & Company examined the current state of talent development for the SES and found that agencies pay insufficient attention to identifying, developing, recruiting and selecting individuals for the SES—leaving our government’s bench all too weak.

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Grant Mulligans: A Wonderful Gift!

Grant Mulligans: A Wonderful Gift! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How often do you grant mulligans within your team? there a situation or a person you know who could benefit from your undeserved favor. . . today?
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How generous are you in granting mulligans? Is there a situation or a person you know who could benefit from your undeserved favor, today?

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How generous are you in granting mulligans to others? 

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39 Ways to Live, and Not Merely Exist, by Leo Babauta

39 Ways to Live, and Not Merely Exist, by Leo Babauta | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it...

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Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through the motions and having each day pass like the one before it.

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The Four Things That Kill a Relationship Stone Dead

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A recipe for divorce: criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. (RT @PsychologyNow: The Four Things That Kill a Relationship Stone Dead: A recipe for divorce: criticism, contem...

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For over 40 years the psychologist Professor John Gottman has been analysing relationships, both good and bad. He's followed couples across decades in many psychological studies to see what kinds of behaviours predict whether they would stay together in the long-term or were soon destined for the divorce court. Amongst the factors he identified, four have stood out, time and time again. When Gottman sees a couple's communication overrun with these, the chances are they will divorce in an average of around six years from their marriage.

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30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding Your Company Back - Forbes

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30 Outdated Leadership Practices Holding Your Company Back
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According to the American Society of Training and Development, U.S. businesses spend more than $170 Billion dollars annually on leadership-based curriculum.
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Far too many people in positions of leadership remain unwilling or unable to make the changes necessary to create a healthy thriving enterprise capable of enduring. These so-called leaders are lacking the character, the courage, or the ability to do the right thing. They cling to the status quo rather than subject themselves to the challenges of growth, development and change.

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Why Transparency Is Always the Best Leadership Policy

Why Transparency Is Always the Best Leadership Policy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

First and foremost, people want to do business with someone they trust.


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In case you may be (though I doubt you are!) seriously considering spinning financial results, or staff reductions (who invented the term “rightsizing” anyway?), or sales projections, or whatever suits your particular business needs at the moment, here are 10 simple reasons why transparency is always the best leadership policy.

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Three Must-Haves for Team Creativity

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What can a manager do to optimize team creativity? And what do they do commonly that squelches it? I spoke with Harvard’s Teresa Amabile for my Leadership: A Master Class video series about
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“One of the most important things managers can do is set clear goals for a project. Letting people know where it is they're going, and why it matters in the grand scheme of things. At the same time, managers need to give people some autonomy in what they're doing. 

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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

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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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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 26, 2013 10:09 AM
"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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