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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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Flipping the Leadership Mentality

Flipping the Leadership Mentality | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A learning revolution is taking place in the world today. The idea of the Flipped Classroom has widely swept the educational community. This idea places more emphasis on activity in the classroom i...
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A learning revolution is taking place in the world today. The idea of the Flipped Classroom has widely swept the educational community. This idea places more emphasis on activity in the classroom instead of lecture and places more value on real-time collaboration among students to complete tasks. Traditionally classes would only provide information during class and expect the students to absorb it as a one size fits all offering then complete the course work on their own time alone. This one size fits all model has proved to be ineffective for every learner and does not promote mastery of the curriculum.

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The Uses (and Abuses) of Influence

The Uses (and Abuses) of Influence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Moving people under conditions of uncertainty is difficult—the first thing they do is freeze. They’re scared of what they might lose. Therefore, it’s good to tell people what they will lose if they fail to move. Daniel Kahneman won a Nobel Prize for showing that if you’re trying to mobilize people under conditions of uncertainty, notions of loss are psychologically more powerful than notions of gain. Managers can take the wind in their faces and make it wind in their sails by speaking not just of what will be gained by moving but also of what will be lost or forgone if people fail to move.

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RESEARCH NEWS: The relationship between emotional and social intelligence and leadership effectiveness — Dr Graham Wilson MBACP FRSA – 'The Confidant'

RESEARCH NEWS: The relationship between emotional and social intelligence and leadership effectiveness — Dr Graham Wilson MBACP FRSA – 'The Confidant' | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Edit: RESEARCH NEWS: The relationship between emotional and social intelligence and leadership effectiveness http://t.co/XNB0WCNLOB #pruk
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Over the last decade or so, a number of studies have tended to confirm the intuitive expectation that people generally prefer to be engaged with their work, and so a leader who facilitates this is likely to be more effective. Thus a preference for transformational styles is a predictor for leadership effectiveness. However, beyond this, studies to date have been rather vague.
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3 Ways You're Derailing Your Employees' Productivity

3 Ways You're Derailing Your Employees' Productivity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Often times you are the the reason your team isn't getting as much done as you'd like. Here are three ways you might be unknowingly making them...
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You might be so caught up in your own stress that you don't realize you're causing your own employees stress on a daily basis. When your employees are stressed out, they are unproductive and ineffective.

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Richard Branson on Crafting Your Mission Statement

Richard Branson on Crafting Your Mission Statement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The CEO of Virgin shares how to cut the crap and make a mission statement that actually means something.
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Most mission statements are full of blah truisms and are anything but inspirational. A company's employees don't really need to be told that "The mission of XYZ Widgets is to make the best widgets in the world while providing excellent service." They must think, "As opposed to what? Making the worst widgets and offering the lousiest service?" Such statements show that management lacks imagination, and perhaps in some cases, direction.

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7 P’s in a Pod ~ The Seeds of Leadership

7 P’s in a Pod ~ The Seeds of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Welcome back to my blog, sorry to have been away so long since my last post. I’ve been quite busy in the Social Media arena and Google+ Communities, discussing and learning about Leadership. There ...

Via John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA, AlGonzalezinfo
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Without purpose a leader is lost; it means having a direction and destination. A leader has to set an objective, map out the best route and execute the plan. Most importantly, if your purpose is clear then your team will inevitably trust you and instinctively follow your lead.

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:12 AM

This is an excellent and interesting take on the elements of leadership from my Giant colleague Enzo Guardino!

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:36 AM

Excellent scoop John.  This one is especially helpful for me:

 

Patience ~ The saying “patience is a virtue” has a higher meaning for a leader. In today’s frantic and chaotic world, having patience can seem like a luxury you can’t afford.


Nonetheless, with proper planning, a good understanding of your team’s strengths and vulnerabilities, plus, having a clear idea of your goal can award you patience.


A task well done means it doesn’t have to be corrected or repeated and you can move on to the next one. Pause, refocus and apply your best efforts into single-tasking. Too many undertakings at once will only force you to rush, head first, right into a brick wall.


Rushing and pressuring your team only propagates confusion and mistakes. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Ricard Lloria's comment, July 22, 2013 7:41 AM
Great and excellent article Al. Have a great day!!
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How Criticism Creates Innovative Teams

How Criticism Creates Innovative Teams | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A little friction generates a spark.
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When ideas are still being developed or decisions still being considered, criticism and constructive conflict are vital to testing the value of the ideas and helping increase that value. Conflict is an indicator that diverse viewpoints are being considered and that the competition for ideas is still ongoing. During this competition, ideas are strengthened through further research, consideration or through the blending of different ideas into one stronger concept. By contrast, when everyone in a group always agrees, it can indicate that the group doesn't have very many ideas, or that they value agreement more than quality suggestions.

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The Hardest Word: Why Saying No Is Key To Your Long-Term Success

The Hardest Word: Why Saying No Is Key To Your Long-Term Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It was pretty much a typical Friday at Ogilvy Toronto. The whole creative department was crazy busy, when another big project dropped out of the sky. Scanning the stressed-out teams overdue for a decent weekend break, this was not the best news ever.
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How you deliver an unwelcome no is the difference between being the messenger they want to shoot and a person who’s appreciated for saving everyone from a bad decision. Painting a vivid picture of the consequences of saying yes can help open people’s eyes to the other side of the question. Make them feel the full weight of yes. (It’s a step most of us don’t think to take in the heat of the moment, but my art director could have stopped me cold with vivid description of C-minus designs limping into the client’s boardroom.) Then be part of the solution. If you have a different approach to the problem, share it. If you don’t, pitch in to figure it out.

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Happiness Tips: 6 Steps To A Success-Filled Life - Huffington Post

Happiness Tips: 6 Steps To A Success-Filled Life - Huffington Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Happiness Tips: 6 Steps To A Success-Filled Life Huffington Post As for the inevitable tasks you dread, they'll be more palatable if you focus on what you'll get out of them, notes Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., author of Your Ultimate Prescription for...

Via Brenda M. Bomgardner, Bobby Dillard
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Some strategies for success have been the same since Helen of Troy rose from mere pretty face to The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships: Never give up, have oodles of confidence, appear in a reality show (oh, wait, wrong century). But in these fast-paced, high-tech, self-promotional times, there are whole new tactics for acing life.

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Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Avoid Making People Lose Face

Cross-Cultural Leadership: How to Avoid Making People Lose Face | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Business leaders of multinational organizations are often confronted with cross-cultural differences. These differences can cause misunderstandings and awkward situations between people. Especially...
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Business leaders of multinational organizations are often confronted with cross-cultural differences. These differences can cause misunderstandings and awkward situations between people. Especially when people feel they are losing Face. Face  an Eastern concept most likened to the Western concept of respect and dignity. Making people feel they are losing Face occurs more easily than we might expect and can seriously damage relationships.

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The 4 Things All of Your Employees Should Be Learning on the Job

The 4 Things All of Your Employees Should Be Learning on the Job | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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It seems to me that the potential for developing high levels of employee engagement would be at its maximum at the time of hire and during the beginning parts of the employer-employee relationship.  Since a recent study by Corporate Executive Board revealed that employee performance can improve three times as much by learning on the job, rather than off, it would seem to make sense for employers to build training and education designed to encourage new employees to “bond” with the brand of the business, early on.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 20, 2013 9:02 AM


Small business owners can effectively improve the overall ongoing performance of their businesses, if they pay far more attention to how new employees are introduced into their business, and how the process of successfully integrating them into the existing business culture is handled.


Far to often, employee induction is a hit and miss affair where new employees get the quick look around and cursory introductions, before being thrown into the deep end to sink or swim.


This excellent article, suggests that even well thought out and implemented induction programs still miss the mark and that more effective process of on-boarding needs to become the norm, and it suggests four key things all employees should be taught as part of successfully on-boarding them.

monica núñez alvarez's curator insight, July 22, 2013 10:12 AM

Importante no dejar a la deriva el aprendizaje y la alineación de un nuevo colaborador con la historia, principios y misión de la organziación.

Sumaiya Banu's curator insight, August 20, 2013 3:01 AM

Employees spend a large part of their work hours trying to gather information regarding the company’s rules and regulations, leave policies, salary structure, benefits, claims, and expenses amongst others.

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The secret to managing a difficult conversation | Lisa Westbury

The secret to managing a difficult conversation | Lisa Westbury | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Use your emotional intelligence to manage difficult conversations http://t.co/HoV3vVFfrs


Via Garth Sanginiti
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We all have burning issues we know need to be discussed but are in some way dreading or are negatively charged. How well we manage them hinges on stopping and paying attention with honesty – to yourself, your conversation partner, and the environment you are in. To turn around a difficult conversation, you need to prepare, be aware, and respond in the moment. 

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 19, 2013 8:33 PM
"We all have burning issues we know need to be discussed but are in some way dreading or are negatively charged. How well we manage them hinges on stopping and paying attention with honesty – to yourself, your conversation partner, and the environment you are in. To turn around a difficult conversation, you need to prepare, be aware, and respond in the moment."
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Checking Your Mental Diet

Checking Your Mental Diet | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In order to create a great organizational attitude, you must begin with what you are thinking about most of the time, because that literally starts the chain reaction.

Via Bobby Dillard, David Hain
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the starting point for creating a great organizational attitude starts with what we are thinking about most of the time, because that literally starts the chain reaction.


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Annette Swann's curator insight, July 22, 2013 6:11 AM

What, Where and Who are you choosing to influence the quality of your thoughts (behaviours and actions)?

 

Annette Swann's comment, July 22, 2013 6:41 AM
"Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit, and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny” - Charles Reade
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Innovation Excellence | Leadership, not Process, is the Keystone of Innovation

Innovation Excellence | Leadership, not Process, is the Keystone of Innovation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
To think differently, act differently. For most, easier said than done. I’ve stressed this over and over again. Simply put, there are those that seek new thoughts before taking action.
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The “how” of innovation is what gets the most attention. But the real hard part, is just “getting started”. That is what leadership is about. No map? No problem. Let’s make one. It is no secret that the most innovative companies in the world don’t really have “a process” to talk about. What they do have, is a distinct culture.


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The Costs of Racial “Color Blindness”

The Costs of Racial “Color Blindness” | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Rather than avoiding race, smart companies deal with it head-on—and they recognize that “embracing diversity” means recognizing allraces, including the majority one, to avoid showing preference or creating a backlash. For example, Time Warner’s annual diversity summit isn’t just for people of color (or women)—it’s populated by white males, too. Talking about race can feel awkward, but over time more companies will discover that doing so is usually better than pretending it doesn’t exist.

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Use Catalytic Questioning to Solve Significant Problems

Use Catalytic Questioning to Solve Significant Problems | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Asking nothing but questions can unlock creativity.
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Catalytic Questioning ensures this essential leadership skill improves over time to unlock even better, more creative solutions. What you discover in this questioning quest might not only surprise you, but may also unearth an entirely new direction for your team, organization, or career.

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The No 1 Thing Successful People Always Do!

The No 1 Thing Successful People Always Do! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Well, we all want to be successful, right? Success is most commonly understood as making a lot of money or having a stellar career in business, sports or entertainment. However, success can equally
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So the overall lessons here are: Be comfortable making mistakes in your pursuit of success. Don’t be ashamed or put yourself down for making mistakes, but be sure you learn from them and you don't repeat them! And, of course, never give up perusing your dream (even if it means changing direction a few times along the way)!


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Praise Entrepreneurs, Not Cubicle Capitalists

Praise Entrepreneurs, Not Cubicle Capitalists | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The so-called
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Instead of rallying behind innovative entrepreneurs, we shower disproportionate reward on the "cubicle capitalists": the salary-heavy, mission-lite brazen careerists who hide behind ever-inflated titles and ascend the corporate ladder with pure personal gain in mind. 

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Ten tips: How to be a successful leader | Bdaily Business News

Ten tips: How to be a successful leader | Bdaily Business News | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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The best business leaders need to be firm, decisive, sympathetic and forward-thinking, and it can be hard to strike a balance. People often think that they will be good leaders, but for many senior managers it is often the one area where they are actually really bad. Effective leadership isn’t as easy as it looks and few of us are naturals. But effective leadership can be learned.
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Martina Preece's curator insight, July 23, 2013 5:56 AM

...a leader of people needs all these things;  a timely reminder and refresher of what is important in engaging and leading a team, and what we need to aim for to do it better

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:21 AM

Hot summer easy-reading reminder to the basics... you can read it anywhere on your smartphone (I myself am writing this on an iPhone...:-))))... during your holiday, in the 5-star all inclusive hotel or in your cottage in the country, in your yacht or on your sailboat...:-))) one or to point could even catch your attention in a new light... good swimming after reading it...:-)))

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, July 24, 2013 10:21 AM

Liderago para asesoras y equipos directivos.

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SAPVoice: Leadership Is All About Change And Adaptability

SAPVoice: Leadership Is All About Change And Adaptability | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Who we think of as "successful" changes as we mature.  When we were kids, it was typically about "fame" or "notoriety."  Film and pop stars had it all for us.  As we got our degrees and entered the workforce, we viewed "intelligence" as success.
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Are you doing the exact same thing, in the exact same way, you were 5 years ago?  How about 10 years ago?   The reasons why you aren’t is “change.”  We changed and adapted along the way – change in schooling, geography, organization, responsibility, personal, etc.  Every great leap forward in your career has been brought about by change.  There are obvious limits to the pace of change that is good for your career.  Constant, unending change is detrimental.  But, a change – even a jarring one – can force you to step out of your comfort zone and help you realize new skills within yourself.

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First Ranking Of Top 30 CEOs On Social Media

First Ranking Of Top 30 CEOs On Social Media | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

This is the first global ranking of CEOs on social media - the pioneers and early adopters. Their impact is prompting other CEOs to rethink their position on social media.


The link includes a handy chart of the top social media savvy leaders including:


Rank, Twitter Username, Followers, LinkedIn Influencer followers, Klout Score, Number of Tweets and "Our Take (CEO of Xinfu, Host of BBC World of CEOs.com.)

 


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
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It will be interesting to see how this picture changes over the next year. While Richard Branson is currently the undisputed CEO social champion nothing lasts forever on social media. He has a loyal following but even he sees wildly varying engagement levels depending on the quality of what he posts.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 20, 2013 4:19 PM

Included on the list:  

  • Rupert Murdock,  (media mogul)
  • Elon Musk (Tesla Motors CEO, also profiled in another of my ScoopIts regarding innovation & change) 
  • JeffImmelt, CEO of GE
  • Jack Welch (now at Jack Welch Management Institute), Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry and 
  • Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna


 ~  Deb

Manish Puranik's curator insight, July 21, 2013 1:20 AM

Our goal was to combine the best of both approaches, taking into account both quantitative and qualitative measures to determine the top 30 CEOs on social media.

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An Unexpected Act of Kindness From an Industry That Doesn't Care

An Unexpected Act of Kindness From an Industry That Doesn't Care | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you think airlines stopped caring about everyone but their elite-level "high value" passengers long ago, you'll want to hear Dick and Zoe Hannah's heartwarming story that — I've
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An amazing example of an organization living out its commitment to extmil mile service. Bravo Southwest! 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 20, 2013 4:35 PM

Ditto!  I wish they would fly where I live!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 21, 2013 1:39 AM

Southwest is an example of servant-leadership.

Cruise Line Class's comment, July 30, 2013 8:18 AM
Ivon, thank you sharing this article! A company that puts their customers first, shows how important they are, listens, and with heart gives that little extra.
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5 Ways to Get Everything You Truly Need

5 Ways to Get Everything You Truly Need | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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You can get almost everything in life you need if you simply help enough people around you get what they need.  The most prolific work is found in the challenge of helping someone who has less than you do.  It’s one of life’s great paradoxes; when you help others you end up benefiting as much if not more than those you have helped.

Life is a circle – what goes around, comes around eventually.  Since so many people are out to only help themselves, when you genuinely seek to help others succeed in getting what they need, they will notice your presence.  These people will in turn fight to help you succeed in getting everything you need.  What you need becomes what they want most.


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6 Things Happy People Never Do

6 Things Happy People Never Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Happy people do a lot of things.  They spend time expressing gratitude, cultivating optimism, practicing kindness, nurturing loving relationships, committing to meaningful goals, savoring life’s little pleasures, and so on and so forth.

But they NEVER…

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Engagement Encouraged at All Levels Ensures a Thriving Company

Engagement Encouraged at All Levels Ensures a Thriving Company | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

No matter how flat your organization is there will always be a vertical component. Front-line employees don’t have the same functional responsibilities as managers, who in turn don’t have the same functional responsibilities as executives. This is true in every organization, and it gives healthy boundaries as well as manages expectations.

These three groups – Executives, Managers, Individuals – have very different functional responsibilities and engagement fits very nicely into them. Just like you wouldn’t expect an individual to develop a 5-year strategy plan for the organization instead of an executive, there are aspects to engagement that should be assigned to the proper functional group.

If each of these groups assumes 3 areas of responsibility each to facilitate engagement, an organization will thrive.


Via David Hain
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No matter how flat your organization is there will always be a vertical component. Front-line employees don’t have the same functional responsibilities as managers, who in turn don’t have the same functional responsibilities as executives. This is true in every organization, and it gives healthy boundaries as well as manages expectations.

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