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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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Night Owls Smarter: A New Study Suggests That Late-To-Bed-Late-To-Rise Leads To Greater Workplace Success

Night Owls Smarter: A New Study Suggests That Late-To-Bed-Late-To-Rise Leads To Greater Workplace Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A new study suggests the early riser has only more time for mediocrity.
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A previous study conducted by the U.S. Air Force also showed later-risers superior in "lateral thinking," even when researchers tested them in early morning. A study by the University of Southampton further found that later-risers achieved larger mean incomes in addition to all of the trappings of the good life: a more comfortable home, access to a car, and less manual labor.

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8 Leadership Lessons We Learned from Tony Stark (aka: Iron Man) | The Savvy Intern by YouTern

8 Leadership Lessons We Learned from Tony Stark (aka: Iron Man) | The Savvy Intern by YouTern | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tony Stark is a leader in many senses of the word. Not only is he a genius, but also he runs Stark Industries (his father’s corporation) and fights crime as I...
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Leadership requires the ability to keep things light. For both stressful situations and everyday tasks, it is important for a leader to enjoy the job.

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How to Fix the Bad Employee Syndrome

How to Fix the Bad Employee Syndrome | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's about educating the bosses -- and about persistence.
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We've all wanted to please the boss. And if that sometimes means that we do something we think is stupid or misguided so be it — is it worth spending our social or political capital on making a fuss about just one small thing? Better to shrug and accept it and maybe build up some goodwill for when you really need it.

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If You Want Better Then Be Better

If You Want Better Then Be Better | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I would hazard a guess that every person on earth wants "better." They want to do better, have better, speak better, love better or just plain be better. It doesn't matter what race they are, ...

Via Bobby Dillard
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Decide today that the “somebody” who “ought to do something” is you. Make a plan, set a goal and get after it! 

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Business problems? The Solution is Four Simple Steps Away

Business problems? The Solution is Four Simple Steps Away | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Simple steps to problem solving.

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Check out this Four Simple Steps for Business Problems!

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How to Be Happy (or Miserable) at Work

How to Be Happy (or Miserable) at Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Everybody has beliefs about what events mean to them. In most cases, however, people assume those beliefs reflect objective reality and are therefore immutable Laws of Nature.

 

However, it's easy to observe that events mean different things to different people.


Via The People Development Network, Bobby Dillard
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Every time you feel unhappy about something that happens, step back and ask yourself: "What is the belief that is generating the negative feeling I'm experiencing?" Identifying the belief gives you power over the emotion. Here's an example.

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Innovation Isn't an Idea Problem

Innovation Isn't an Idea Problem | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your company is teeming with good ideas. But can you recognize them?
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When most organizations try to increase their innovation efforts, they always seem to start from the same assumption: "we need more ideas." They'll start talking about the need to "think outside the box" or "blue sky" thinking in order to find a few ideas that can turn into viable new products or systems. However, in most organizations, innovation isn't hampered by a lack of ideas, but rather a lack of noticing the good ideas already there.

It's not an idea problem; it's a recognition problem.


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12 Ways to Spot a High Achiever

12 Ways to Spot a High Achiever | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As part of my day job, I run a company that trains recruiters and hiring managers on how to attract, assess and hire top performers using Performance-based Hiring. To overcome the impact of first
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Wise hiring advice worth heeding.

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Lessons From The Leadership Underground

Lessons From The Leadership Underground | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For about 6 years I was the president of the elementary athletic association at my kid's school. The school couldn't afford to operate an after school sports program for the elementary kids, so the...
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We all want to make our organizations stronger. We should be doing what we can to learn from others successes and failures, so I hope we can all share these with one another across the board in a way that strengthens us all.

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10 Research-Backed Steps To Building A Great Team

10 Research-Backed Steps To Building A Great Team | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What does scientific research say about building a great team? Here are insights from numerous studies that can help you assemble a group of top performers.

Via Wise Leader™
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Research studies have shown the elements that go into making a productive group aren’t always obvious and often defy conventional wisdom.




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3 Lessons for Creating a Workplace Culture of Innovation

3 Lessons for Creating a Workplace Culture of Innovation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There’s a lot of bad advice in the business world, and even worse aphorisms. One I particularly abhor is “Failure is not an option.” Of course, in some situations, failure really is …

Via Roger Francis, Bobby Dillard
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If you have the luxury of working in a global or multi-national organization, what are you doing to draw ideas from everywhere and everyone? In domestic-only companies, what are you doing to draw ideas cross-functionally? Often, the most insightful ideas come from someone outside the usual realm who brings new eyes to the challenge.

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5 Ways Social Learning Communities Transform Culture And Leadership

5 Ways Social Learning Communities Transform Culture And Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

A client of mine is closing in on his 61st birthday - He's a baby boomer. He’s also embarking on an amazing career journey, leaving a sort-of safe corporate job to jump back into the start-up pool. Risky?


Via Alain Platevoet
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Online social learning communities are still young. They’re not completely proven. But if leaders ignore or wait to see what happens they’ll have missed the wave. Be present, be a leader, protect your social and workplace culture. And empower your employees to learn, participate and grow. Sponsor a community. Learn again, yourself, what it means to learn, and bring the whole organization with you. It will be quite a ride. Join in on the fun!

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Empathy at Work

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Practice empathy and improve your work and home life.

 

You may find this hard to believe, but I’ve never once in my life met a person whose goal it was to purposefully create a terrible user experience. Granted, that may have been the occasional outcome of some efforts, but I’m positive that was not the intention.

 

What these people may have been unintentionally leaving out was empathy. And ditching personal empathy is something that anyone who works with more than one person on a design project is susceptible to.

 

To be clear, this is not about the empathic design process; it’s about plain old empathy.


Via Edwin Rutsch, donhornsby, AlGonzalezinfo
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So how do you practice empathy? It’s really pretty simple. Put down your phone, your tablet, step away from your high-tech gadgets and go talk to people.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 23, 2013 9:35 AM

(From the article): So how do you practice empathy? It’s really pretty simple. Put down your phone, your tablet, step away from your high-tech gadgets and go talk to people.

 

At work, take a dedicated 10 – 20 minute break each day and walk around. Talk to someone different. Someone you may work closely with, but don’t really know. Ask them about their family, their hobbies, their pets, their car. At least one of those will spark a conversation.

 

At home, turn off Netflix, power down the Playstation, put down your Kindle and make a family meal where you sit down together and talk. And for heaven’s sake, don’t bring your phone to the table. Whatever it is you think will happen if that phone isn’t in your hand can seriously wait.

 

Ask your spouse, your children, your parents (whatever your family mix is) how their day was. And don’t tell them how your day was unless they ask. Make it about them. Really listen to what they’re saying. Do your best to discern between issues they’re just venting about and issues that you can provide help with.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:01 AM

Don Hornsby's insight is perfect.  I just tried this at work and it helps so much!

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:23 PM

"The problem is it’s easy not to be empathetic with people. It’s easy to be self-centered and focused on the end goal rather than the end user. It takes a lot less mental and emotional effort to look at a deadline and just churn out work so you can hit it."

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http://blog.achievers.com/2013/07/5-ways-assess-workplace-culture-fit

http://blog.achievers.com/2013/07/5-ways-assess-workplace-culture-fit | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @meghanmbiro: 5 Ways to Assess Culture Fit http://t.co/YS3vJK49e3 @Achievers #Leadership #TChat #HR
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One reason cultural fit has gained so much currency of late is because cultural itself has come to define many companies. Think of Google, Zappos, and Apple, to name just three popular brands – there are countless others who fit into this category. These are companies that live and breathe their distinctive, collaborative, hardworking yet casual cultures. Someone who only thrives in a button-down, conservative culture simply won’t be happy at these companies or thousands of others like them. A culture in the final analysis is about building unity, trust and identity – all key drivers of success.

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Sharing Economy: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing Business

Sharing Economy: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What smart leaders need to know about collaborative consumption, business-model disruption, and the sharing economy — and how the Millennial generation is changing business forever.
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Despite what you may have read in Time, the Millennials are not “lazy, entitled narcissists” seeking instant celebrity. They are born entrepreneurs who’ve grown up watching Google and Apple innovate at terrifying speed and thinking that business-model disruption is, quite simply, business. The founders of Facebook, Airbnb, Tumblr, and FlightCar are mostly Millennials, and they are successfully creating markets where none existed 10 or even five years ago. At this point, the question is not whether collaborative consumption will catch on (it’s already a way of life for a generation), but whether government regulation and taxation is powerful enough to quash it. 

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The Art of Creating a Community

The Art of Creating a Community | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Creating a community is the new hot trend that’s been around for decades, Google+ reinvented it with the launch of communities in January of this year. For me the concept of “community
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Whether you’re representing a brand or are an individual with a passion, communities are a way to connect with like-minded people.


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How a Leader's Behavior Affects Team Members

How a Leader's Behavior Affects Team Members | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders or managers have the unique potential to serve …

Via AnYes van Rhijn, Wise Leader™
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Leaders or managers have the unique potential to serve as an energizing force within organizations today. With their position and collected experiences, they have the ability to influence not only what transpires within our work lives, but how we process those moments.

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, July 24, 2013 3:18 AM

Leaders' behaviors and the power of ripple effect ...

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If You're Always Giving Orders, You're Not a Great Leader

If You're Always Giving Orders, You're Not a Great Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The best leaders spend five times more time teaching with questions than telling people what to do. What's your ratio?

Via The People Development Network
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The magic question/direaction ratio: 5-1

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Don't Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together

Don't Neglect Your Power to Bring People Together | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The fears that keep managers from convening and making real decisions.
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Out of the many ways that managers get things done, one of the most underused is leveraging the power of "convening authority": the ability to bring people together to share information, build alignment, or solve problems. 


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7 Qualities Of A Truly Loyal Employee

7 Qualities Of A Truly Loyal Employee | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
First things first: Where employees are concerned, loyalty has nothing to do with blind obedience, or unthinking devotion, or length of tenure.Surprised? Think of it this way. Which employee displays
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Truly loyal employees are not just committed to helping their companies succeed; their loyalty is also displayed in other ways, some of them surprising.

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Leadership And The Periodic Table Of The Elements - Forbes

Leadership And The Periodic Table Of The Elements - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership And The Periodic Table Of The Elements
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The ongoing study of leadership occasionally yields a new discovery and there are experts in the field that contribute greatly to that effort.
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 No leadership competency is bad in and of itself. Further, most additional work on leadership behaviors either combines the components of these characteristics or to look at the minute particles that make them up. So take these leadership competencies and embed them in your models. Use them to develop great leaders. And where it is appropriate, feel free to add an element to your organizations periodic table

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The Top 10 Reasons People Hate Their Job

The Top 10 Reasons People Hate Their Job | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Not everyone comes into work with the same level of engagement, motivation, and passion each day. But if more than a few of your employees are making a habit out of being tired, stressed, and

Via AlGonzalezinfo
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A recent study by Dale Carnegie Training showed that nearly three-quarters of employees aren’t fully engaged at their jobs. A lack of engagement could be a sign pointing to poor job satisfaction--and dissatisfied employees could be costing you more than you think.


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 23, 2013 3:28 PM

Interesting read.

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 2013 6:17 PM

The number one and two points are linked. Bosses have the capacity to suck the life out of you or affirm who you are in a healthy way. We have way too many of the former.

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Leadership Can Be Painful

Leadership Can Be Painful | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Some people experience leadership as a real pain.


I know women and men who are painfully afraid of doing the things that leaders do. They may be extremely uncomfortable speaking in public, or motivating people, or making difficult decisions.


Via Elysian Training, Bobby Dillard
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Pain can teach us many lessons, about the pain itself and about the conditions that cause it. We remember the pain we have suffered in the past, and work hard not to put ourselves in situations where it might be repeated.

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5 'S'ecrets Of Engaged Social Leadership

5 'S'ecrets Of Engaged Social Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Company to Keep (1) (Photo credit: Robert Bejil Photography) A software technology company I consult with is in the middle of a sea change, a shift from one workplace culture to another.
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Being a socially-engaged leader may not be an innate skill for many leaders, but it is increasingly necessary as the multi-generational workplace puts more strain on corporate cultures and social media is opening up channels to “what it’s really like to work at this company”


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Seth's Blog: Change the culture, change the world

Seth's Blog: Change the culture, change the world | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Plenty of marketing, particularly the marketing of social-change groups, focuses on educating people and getting them to make different (and better) decisions. But most actions aren't decisions at all.

Via Kevin Watson
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Powerful organizations and great brands got there by aligning with and accelerating tectonic cultural shifts, not by tweaking sales one at a time.

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