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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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CHIPS Articles: Air Force Brig. Gen John E. Michel - Encouraging Innovation, Empowerment, Trust and Collaboration

CHIPS Articles: Air Force Brig. Gen John E. Michel - Encouraging Innovation, Empowerment, Trust and Collaboration | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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I believe the best leaders and most effective organizations intentionally help people rediscover all they are capable of being and doing. This is why USTRANSCOM is investing so much energy in the area of cultural transformation, teaching such programs as Emotional Intelligence, Effective Communication and Critical Thinking. We understand we are a customer-centric organization, we exist to serve others, and as such, we need to make intentional investments in training that helps people raise the bar on their personal and professional performance.


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Should Leaders Go on Vacation?

Should Leaders Go on Vacation? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When former auto executive Lee Iaccoca titled a book, "Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" he was decrying the sorry state of leadership, not asking about particular places. Currently, the question is more literal and immediate: Where have all the...

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The things that leaders choose to do on vacation are an important part of the message they send and one way that their constituencies read their character. Consistency with values is important. That's why politicians who say they want to protect the environment, for example, are better off hiking through national forests than drinking on the sundecks of yachts with foreign lobbyists. If a leader is urging austerity or trying to get a new labor contract, then indulging in obvious luxuries is clearly the wrong thing at the wrong time. Leaders don't have the luxury of a sharp boundary between their public actions and their private lives. Leaders are always on.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:13 AM

(From the article): Going off to have fun can be hard work. But a little forethought can go a long way. So instead of getting sand in your smartphone by trying to multi-task on the beach, use the time to reflect on how to reinvent vacations for a global mobile era.

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Social Intelligence Competencies Predict Transformational Leadership Style and Effectiveness

Social Intelligence Competencies Predict Transformational Leadership Style and Effectiveness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I’ve asked my colleague, Richard E.Boyatzis, PhD, Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University, to write a series of articles on the value of the Emotional and Social (Social Intelligence Competencies Predict Transformational...
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“Most of us know we would rather work with a leader that engages us, values us and treats us with respect. Yet some scholars still question whether or not emotional and social intelligence matters in leadership effectiveness. Over the past 10 years, numerous studies have been published and even more are continuing to emerge showing just this effect. EI and SI do matter a great deal in producing leadership effectiveness.

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Why Not Having Goals is a Recipe for Mediocrity

Why Not Having Goals is a Recipe for Mediocrity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you have goals? Do you write them down? Or do you simply go through each day as if it were its own? Goals are important to lay the path to success and to lift you above ordinary. If you don't se...
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If you simply go through the daily motions, you risk not being able to see beyond today.

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How Great Leaders Communicate

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What you say and write matters, but how you say it, how you relate and genuinely connect with people, is what separates great leaders from the pack.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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There’s a big problem with our communication-happy world. We put a premium on frequency and content while sacrificing something perhaps more important: the delivery. Of course what you say and write matters, but how you say it, how you relate to people, is what separates great leaders from the pack.



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Ajish Kumar's comment, July 22, 2013 4:52 AM
good article. Sometimes, we ignore what other wants to hear. Need to practice more.
Ajish Kumar's curator insight, July 22, 2013 4:53 AM

Good one for those who are looking for leadership role.

 
Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, July 31, 2013 2:18 PM

Excellent tips! 

 

It seems as though we have more and more technology to share information, and we are connecting less and less.

 

We have to constantly remind ourselves the importance in Disconnecting from our technology to truly and genuinely Connect with our people.

 

What tips do you have to stay connected?

 

Make it a great day!

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Give the Perfect Elevator Pitch

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Can you tell what you do in a compelling way? Believe it or not, most people can't. Here's how to do it efficiently and effectively.
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Everyone needs a simple and compelling way to explain what they do. It's the key to successfully prospecting networking events, chance meetings and parties for new business. But unfortunately the way most people explain themselves comes off self indulgent and boring resulting in wasted conversations and fruitless encounters.


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What is the Cost of Intercultural Silence?

What is the Cost of Intercultural Silence? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

In a previous post I talked about the mistakes we make when we listen, so now I want to address how we listen to silence.


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In a recent Economist Intelligence Unit report, Competing Across Borders, 49% of the 572 executives interviewed said that intercultural communication problems had resulted in a financial setback or loss. I would welcome a statistic on what percentage of these problems was simply due to silence and how that silence was interpreted by people from various cultures. I am convinced that silence can cause the kinds of barriers that the report indicates are being erected every day, due to ignoring the need for an intercultural communication strategy on the part of these international companies.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, July 13, 2013 2:15 PM
Are u able to stay silent?
Johnna Hayes's curator insight, July 14, 2013 5:54 PM

We  think about how others may receive our words, but our silences may say just as much...knowing what those silences may mean to others can make a difference.

Mark P's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:40 PM

Critical and often missing piece of socio-cultural understanding - listening to silence is a first step in the process, understanding and adapting to its meaning is a critical component of any successful international business strategy.

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Best Practice? Who Says?

Best Practice? Who Says? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
History is a funny thing. For one reason or another, it keeps repeating itself. Despite the fact that world knowledge is accelerating – it’s doubling at the rate of about once per year – many have ...

Via Warren Norton, David Hain
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Despite the fact that world knowledge is accelerating – it’s doubling at the rate of about once per year – many have forgotten to put on their “thinking caps.”

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Warren Norton's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:28 AM

The topic of 'Best Practice' has been a bugbear of mine for years.  As I see it, those using Best Practice, are following somone else.  The questions arise, "Does their BP suit our culture, style and needs?", "If we model ourselves on them will we ever be better than them?" and "What happens if they keep getting better - won't we always be following?".

David Hain's curator insight, July 13, 2013 8:11 AM

Lot of sense here...I always think "good practice" is better, if we have to use the term.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:19 PM

Best practice is best practice in one context, but not all. It provide some insight but we need to figure out what applies and what does not in a new context. Education, for example, uses the best practice principle and it is a mess.

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7 Pieces of Offbeat Advice I Wish I Knew Sooner

7 Pieces of Offbeat Advice I Wish I Knew Sooner | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Regardless of your age or stature, life is always filled with unanswered questions.  It is the courage to ask these questions and adventurously seek the answers that continues to give life meaning.  Have patience with everything that remains unresolved in your heart.  Try to love the unanswered questions themselves.  Do not demand all the answers; they cannot be given to you because you have to live through them.  It is a matter of experiencing everything.  Only when you do will you gradually, perhaps without even noticing it, find yourself arriving at the answers you seek. 


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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 16, 2013 7:29 PM

"If you do what you have always done, you will get the same results you have been getting.  If you want to stunt your growth and feel stuck in the same place forever, keep making excuses.  If, on the other hand, you want to stop feeling trapped, you have to start doing things that make you uncomfortable, things you aren’t very good at.  You have to streeeetch yourself."

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Rethinking the Work of Leadership

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What are you doing to escape the limits of top-down power structures? (RT @HarvardBiz: Rethinking the Work of Leadership http://t.co/o94SiWIjRW)
John Michel's insight:

Leadership isn't a 9-5 job — it's communal, it's holistic and it's accretive. It's time to abandon the long-held notion that the "leader" knows all and should decide everything. A fancy title doesn't put you above others — it puts you in their service.

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Curiosity: The always-in-style leadership skill

Curiosity: The always-in-style leadership skill | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
No matter how you define it, there’s a growing agreement that curiosity is a vital (and too frequently missing) ingredient in today’s workplace. (Something I personally value in a person.
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Depending upon whom you ask, curiosity is defined as a competency, skill, quality, or emotion. It’s the capacity to demonstrate keen interest, an inquisitiveness spirit, an eager drive to understand, and an appetite for experimentation. No matter how you define it, there’s a growing agreement that curiosity is a vital (and too frequently missing) ingredient in today’s workplace. There’s also agreement that it’s gaining attention and a prominent seat at the leadership table.

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3 Leadership Lessons From Asiana Crash | The Da...

3 Leadership Lessons From Asiana Crash | The Da... | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you look closely, there are certainly lessons you can learn from this horrible tragedy.
John Michel's insight:

One of the most common causes of business failure is when leaders, in one way or another, discourage people from speaking their minds, especially on important matters. CEOs who hire and listen to yes-men who sugarcoat the truth and tell them what they want to hear are doomed to fail, sooner or later.

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Igniting Passionate Performance

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How do you ignite passionate performance and get the best from everyone? Lee Colan, PhD outlines how to engage heart and mind.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Consider this: About 70% of customers’ buying decisions are based on positive human interactions with sales staff. Add to this the fact that 83% of the U.S. gross domestic product comes from services and information which are created and delivered by people. The bottom line is that people buy from people, not companies. So, your people – and the performance they deliver – are the defining competitive advantage for your organization.

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Five reasons to make your leadership style more open

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What's the key to strong leadership? It's a question that an entire sub-genre of management literature has tried to answer. For most people, though, vulnerability isn't part of the equation.
Social work researcher Dr Brene Brown begs to differ.

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John Michel's insight:

"Being vulnerable, being real, being open is scary; it feels dangerous and it feels unsafe, but it doesn't feel anywhere near as dangerous as standing on the outside, wondering what would have happened if I showed up."

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Leaders, Choose Your Words Wisely

Leaders, Choose Your Words Wisely | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
At a critical moment, a few words can make a big difference. (Leaders, Choose Your Words Wisely - @HarvardBiz http://t.co/76dTc48fd7 #leadership)
John Michel's insight:

Even a brief interaction can change the way people think about themselves, their leaders, and the future. Each of those many connections you make has the potential to become a high point or a low point in someone's day. Each is a chance to transform an ordinary moment into a touchpoint.

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11 Leadership Lessons From Jazz Musicians

11 Leadership Lessons From Jazz Musicians | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Jazz musicians are agile and dynamic. They are gracious--but not shy. Here's what you can take from the stage to the board room.
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Just as you'd learn a great deal from a trusted advisor, so too can non-traditional sources help you to expand your knowledge base. Jazz musicians are agile and dynamic, carrying their group's song and themes through the diversified landscape to the end. Here are some powerful takeaways I've picked up along the way from incredible musician leaders--let these lessons shine at your business, and your cube will get a lot swankier.

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How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety

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Exercise leads to the creation of excitable brain cells, but it also creates neurons that can quiet parts of the brain and counter everyday stress, new research in mice shows.

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In an eye-opening demonstration of nature’s ingenuity, researchers at Princeton University recently discovered that exercise creates vibrant new brain cells — and then shuts them down when they shouldn’t be in action.

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Leadership Secrets from Successful CEOs

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How you lead is a reflection of your own strengths and weaknesses. Four CEOs share their top leadership strategies.
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There's no one right way to be a good leader. One style of leadership might work well in one company, but not in another. Ultimately, leadership styles are a personal reflection of each individual leader. They are, in a sense, a reflection of each person's inner genius. With that in mind, I recently spoke with some successful CEOs--each of whom belongs to the Young Presidents’ Organization--to describe their most successful leadership strategies.

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What ‘March Of The Penguins’ Taught Me About Success & Risk | CEO.com

What ‘March Of The Penguins’ Taught Me About Success & Risk | CEO.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Some very insightful, unexpected lessons from this classic film. 

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The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe

The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Jon Negroni spent one year untangling the secret world hidden deep within Pixar films. What he found was a universe to which every Pixar character connects.

Via The Digital Rocking Chair, Aki Puustinen
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Interesting insight. 

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, July 13, 2013 12:16 AM

Wow! Everything Pixar, a giant transmedia storyworld?! You can see why it took Jon Negroni a year to research this. What do you think?

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Avoid the Deadly Temptations that Derail Innovators

Avoid the Deadly Temptations that Derail Innovators | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Any promising new initiative — a stand-alone business venture or an innovation in an established organization — hits roadblocks and unexpected obstacles. Recently I've advised entrepreneurs and innovators about a different, seemingly better, dilemma: pop-up opportunities that look like short cuts to success. Too often, these turn out to be deadly temptations.


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Any promising new initiative — a stand-alone business venture or an innovation in an established organization — hits roadblocks and unexpected obstacles. Recently I've advised entrepreneurs and innovators about a different, seemingly better, dilemma: pop-up opportunities that look like short cuts to success. Too often, these turn out to be deadly temptations.

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Take These Leadership Skills From the Boxing Ring

Take These Leadership Skills From the Boxing Ring | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In five years of boxing, I've discovered benefits beyond the physical ones from my trainer, Eric Daniels. Here's what to take back to the boardroom from the gym.

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It's critical that leaders neither get too high on the sweet smell of success nor laid too low by the misery of defeat. By drawing on muscle memory from previous experiences, a leader can maintain an even keel during the most intense moments.



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Three Myths About Your Strengths

Three Myths About Your Strengths | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
They're not causing your weaknesses.
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One of the most dramatic changes in leadership development in the last decade has been the shift in focus from correcting weaknesses to identifying and expanding on strengths. As this movement continues to catch hold, three myths have emerged that deserve to be dispelled.

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Good leadership means knowing how to change your self

IN the last several decades, it's become an almost axiomatic truism that you should accept yourself as you are; that you should love yourself unconditionally.  That's not quite true, as it turns ou...
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IN the last several decades, it’s become an almost axiomatic truism that you should accept yourself as you are; that you should love yourself unconditionally.  That’s not quite true, as it turns out.

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Promoting Change Where it Matters Most: In Ourselves - General Leadership

Promoting Change Where it Matters Most: In Ourselves - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leading is choosing to accept responsibility & taking the initiative to promote the change we want to see—one opportunity at a time.
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Out of all the definitions of leadership I’ve encountered; all the books on leadership I’ve read; and all the courses, programs, and seminars on leadership I’ve attended; the simplicity of these words perhaps captures it best. Leading is choosing to accept responsibility and taking the initiative to promote the change we want to see—one opportunity at a time.

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