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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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How to Avoid "What-Could-Have-Been" Leadership Remorse

How to Avoid "What-Could-Have-Been" Leadership Remorse | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What would happen if you went too far?

I watched my son dodge waves at the beach this chilly winter morning. He’d watch a wave come in, let it get within a metre or so of him, and then he’d ru...
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The fastest way to learn something is to experience it, mess it up, and go again.Just as a pendulum swings past the centre line many times before finding equilibrium, the best way for you to build your leadership skills is by taking things too far.  You need to make mistakes. You need to aim for Personal Bests.You need to challenge your limits.

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Successful Business Strategy Is Built on Uncomfortable Choices

Successful Business Strategy Is Built on Uncomfortable Choices | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The “strategy as addition” mentality is persistent, despite it’s lack of effectiveness. It persists because the reality of strategy is much harder to engage with. At its core, strategy is about choice. Strategic planning is about looking at trends in the environment, as well as past results, and making deliberate choices about what activities to begin, what activities to continue, and what activities must be ceased.

These choices are hard to make. No one wants to stare down a fork in the road at two unknown paths and be forced to choose. No one wants to be the one blamed for making the wrong choice.


Via David Hain
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Not choosing is a choice – it’s a choice for the status quo. It’s a choice that says, even though the environment has changed, we choose to pursue the same activities but set our sales goals a little higher.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, August 9, 2013 7:44 AM

Excellent scoop David.  I completely agree with John Michel's insight and here is one of my favorite sections:

 

The “strategy as addition” mentality is persistent, despite it’s lack of effectiveness. It persists because the reality of strategy is much harder to engage with.

 

At its core, strategy is about choice.

 

Strategic planning is about looking at trends in the environment, as well as past results, and making deliberate choices about what activities to begin, what activities to continue, and what activities must be ceased.

 

These choices are hard to make. No one wants to stare down a fork in the road at two unknown paths and be forced to choose. No one wants to be the one blamed for making the wrong choice.

 

But not choosing is a choice – it’s a choice for the status quo. It’s a choice that says, even though the environment has changed, we choose to pursue the same activities but set our sales goals a little higher. That choice may be a comfortable one to make, but it’s outcome is as unknown as the other possible paths.

Amy Melendez's comment, August 9, 2013 10:04 AM
Excellent article. "Strategy as choice is uncomfortable – which is probably why discomfort is the key signal that you and your team are truly engaged in strategic planning."
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 9, 2013 12:54 PM

Frequently, we look for the comfortable and real change often means discomfort.

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How to Admit When You're Wrong

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It's an important leadership skill that you are likely overlooking. Here are five essential facets of a successful apology.


Via Jenny Ebermann, Wise Leader™
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One key to successful innovation often goes overlooked: the ability to admit when you're wrong. As a leader, owning your mistakes is your greatest opportunity to learn and grow. Admitting fault in the right way can make your company stronger and your employees much more comfortable with failure.

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5 Things You Don’t Really Believe About Leadership

5 Things You Don’t Really Believe About Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I have a friend who often says, "The things we do are what we really believe. Everything else is just talk." You would think with all our t...
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You would think with all our talk about leadership there would be few ideas left to explore. But the truth is, no matter how many posts you write, books you read, or conferences you attend there will always be a separation between what you say you believe and those actions you take to support those beliefs. That’s why we keep reading, keep writing, and keep searching. We need to be reminded. We look for inspiration.

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Leadership Lessons from the San Francisco Plane Crash

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Just because team members are experienced, does not mean the team will automatically succeed.
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No Relationship, No Leadership

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Have you ever heard the saying "It's lonely at the top?" It's been said so often that some people in leadership positions actually believe that it should be lonely at the top. Nothing could be...
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If you don’t have regular, daily conversations with the people you lead it could well be that you’re lacking real relationships with them. When a relationship isn’t present it becomes very hard for a leader to demonstrate that they care for and value the people they lead.

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Leadership Through The Power Of Posture | Motivational Memo Blog

Leadership Through The Power Of Posture | Motivational Memo Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
via @PeterGJSinclair Leadership Through The Power Of Posture Post written by Peter G. James Sinclair. There have bee http://t.co/KnWEPGgjVu
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People in our world are looking for leadership. So don’t be pushed around. Stand up – filled with the power of posture – and you will find others following you. They will respect you for your integrity, the clarity of the boundaries you have created, and for your strength of character.

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Your Moral Compass: The Key to Leadership

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There are lots of smart people out there–people with high IQs who seem to absorb vast amounts of information and who are capable of regurgitating just the right politically correct statements that ...

Via The People Development Network
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When the senior leaders of an organization have poorly functioning moral compasses this presents an extremely serious threat to its existence. In the public sector a department won’t shut down, yet it is citizens and taxpayers who pay the price in the end.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:04 AM

Leadership is more about the compass than the map!

Johann Gauthier's curator insight, July 24, 2013 3:13 PM

Get your moral compass and let's go!

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Is the Sword of Damocles Hanging Over Your Head!? | Dale Carnegie Blog

Is the Sword of Damocles Hanging Over Your Head!? | Dale Carnegie Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

You can’t become a great leader by avoiding risk.  Damocles would agree.

 

To be a leader is to act, and to act is to take risks. Think about it. Is it possible to separate leading from risk-taking? A leader puts it on the line repeatedly, continually making the decisions that determine how the organization will succeed by addressing issues, solving problems, adapting and innovating.  They explain, teach, persuade, and get it done.  All of those involve action and action involves risks.


Via Bobby Dillard, David Hain
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To be a leader is to act, and to act is to take risks. Think about it. Is it possible to separate leading from risk-taking? A leader puts it on the line repeatedly, continually making the decisions that determine how the organization will succeed by addressing issues, solving problems, adapting and innovating.  They explain, teach, persuade, and get it done.  All of those involve action and action involves risks.

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Joy! A Key Ingredient for Leadership Success

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I’ve been reading a lot about joy lately.  I’m happy and joyful already, but I’m intrigued by the idea of expanding that in my life. As a coach, I’ve really enjoyed reading 40 Days to a Joy-Filled ...

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It’s important for all of us, regardless of work status, position or title to recognize and appreciate the benefits of having a joyful attitude and perspective.  Mind you, it doesn’t mean we all have to be extraverted or charismatic, but we do benefit from acknowledging what we have to be both joyful and grateful for.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 18, 2013 6:58 AM

Great read to start the day and keep facing challenges with a joyful attitude. 

 

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From a leadership perspective, it’s worth noting that joyful people are more successful.  Research findings support this.  In addition (and likely in tandem,) happy people are different – in a good way – because they just do things differently, based on their more joyful perspective.

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5 Ways To Form Authentic Connections At Work

5 Ways To Form Authentic Connections At Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Relationship counselors would tell you that in order to make the most of your personal connections, you need to foster a human, authentic relationship with your friends and loved ones.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Bobby Dillard
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Relationship counselors would tell you that in order to make the most of your personal connections, you need to foster a human, authentic relationship with your friends and loved ones. Why stop at home or in your social circle? For your teams to function at their highest potential, their leadership (that’s you) needs to be equally human and authentic. By extending trust, through a display of a variety of traits, you’ll earn their trust. With that in mind, strive to improve on your ability to be…

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James Allen's curator insight, July 21, 2013 9:33 PM

This is a short, insightful article that helps restate the importance of strong relationship building in and outside of the office.  

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5 Keys of Dealing with Workplace Conflict

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image credit: DN Nation Here’s the thing - leadership and conflict go hand-in-hand. Leadership is a full-contact sport, and if you cannot or will not address conflict in a healthy, productive fashion, you should not be in a leadership role.
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How many times over the years have you witnessed otherwise savvy professionals self-destruct because they wouldn’t engage out of a fear of conflict? Putting one’s head in the sand and hoping that conflict will pass you by is not the most effective methodology for problem solving. Conflict rarely resolves itself – in fact, conflict normally escalates if not dealt with proactively and properly. It is not at all uncommon to see what might have been a non-event manifest itself into a monumental problem if not resolved early on.

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Leigh Fisher's curator insight, October 21, 2013 11:18 AM

In this article, they talk about the five ways to deal with conflict in a workplace. The five ways to deal with conflict were to define acceptable behavior, hit the conflict head-on, understand the What’s In It For Me factor, the importance factor and view conflict as opportunity.  In class we learned about how to deal with conflict and even though the examples we learned in class were not exactly like these, both had similar views on how to be a leader and deal with conflict in your area of work. 

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Disengaged Employees ? Do Something About It - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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Disengaged Employees ? Do Something About It
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Understand the basics of positive psychology and engagement research.

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New data on employee engagement is in, and it's downright discouraging. As this post by HBR's Gretchen Gavett noted, Gallup's research shows that engagement among US workers is holding steady at a scant 30%. This means seven out of ten people are either "checked out", or actively hostile toward their employers. Seven out of ten.

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How To Handle Conflict In Leadership - Joseph Lalonde

How To Handle Conflict In Leadership - Joseph Lalonde | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Conflicts arise in every relationship. Whether it’s conflict with your spouse, conflict with a friend, or conflict with a team member. Anger will arise. You’ll want to air your frustrations. You’ll want to kill the relationships.

Via David Hain
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Gossip is toxic. It’ll eat away at you and destroy your image. Gossiping makes you look petty. Gossiping is ugly. Gossiping is an easy out.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 19, 2013 6:33 AM

The Germabs say "Put the fish on the table".  Others say "Name the elephant in the room".   Whichever animal you choose, don't let things fester.  Good advice here...

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Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill

Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The difference between winners and losers how they handle losing. No one can completely avoid troubles and potential pitfalls are everywhere, so the real skill is the resilience to climb out of the hole and bounce back.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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For anyone who wants to get beyond adversity or start over rather than give up, America is the Land of Second Chances. According to Jon Huntsman, former US Ambassador to China, getting back on our feet is an American strength widely admired in China. And everywhere, rapid recovery from natural disasters is increasingly a key to a robust economy. Entrepreneurs and innovators must be willing to fail and try again. The point isn't to learn to fail, it is to learn to bounce back.

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Annette Swann's comment, July 19, 2013 8:17 PM
Nice article by Rosemary Kanter - I like to reframe the idea that sustained resilience not only helps you bounce back, but it also helps you 'bounce forward'
LETP's curator insight, July 28, 2013 11:34 PM

How can we teach our students to be resilient in this highly digitised world? 

Maureen Orey's curator insight, August 14, 2013 1:17 AM

A great thought leader really captures the essence of the importance of resilience!

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Today's Challenge: Creating A Culture of Accountability - Great Leaders Serve

Today's Challenge: Creating A Culture of Accountability - Great Leaders Serve | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Last week, I asked you to send me your leadership challenges. Thanks for the response! Although I’ve received enough for many, many weeks of blog posts, I encourage you to continue to send them my way.
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Here are four specific things you can do to begin creating a culture of accountability…

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Phillip Heath's curator insight, July 21, 2013 5:20 AM

To act or to be still.... That's the question

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Leaders: How do you say Hello? | N2Growth Blog

Leaders: How do you say Hello? | N2Growth Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When you begin a leadership position, you only get one opportunity to say hello. By: Brian Layer (@mikemyatt Leaders: How do you say Hello?
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Hello is one of those words where a change in pitch changes definition.  It can be a warm invitation to a new relationship or a cold indication that you’re too busy to talk.  When you begin a leadership position, you only get one opportunity to say hello and most leaders, overwhelmed with their new responsibilities, say hello in the wrong pitch: “Nice to meet you but I’m too busy to talk.”


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Nelson Mandela's Life and Leadership - Video - TIME.com

Nelson Mandela's Life and Leadership - Video - TIME.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
More than 30 years after his release from prison, a look at the career of the world's great hero.
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A superb summary of the positive impact of a larger than life leader...enjoy! 

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How to Think Like a Leader

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By Jack and Suzy WelchToo often, people who are promoted to their first leadership position miss the point.
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Being a leader changes everything. Before you are a leader, success is all about you. It’s about your performance. Your contributions. It’s about raising your hand, getting called on, and delivering the right answer.

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The Ten Commandments of Handling Conflict - by John C. Maxwell

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“I love mankind - it’s people I can’t stand.” Charlie Brown, in Charles Schulz’ timeless comic strip, “Peanuts”

Charlie Brown had a point: relationships with other human beings are wonderful – in theory. In reality, they can be difficult and messy. But nothing determines our success in life as much as our ability to work with other people.

And nothing is more messy in relationships than dealing with conflict. But I believe there are both constructive and destructive ways to approach it. Here are my top ten responses:


Via Amy Melendez
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othing is more messy in relationships than dealing with conflict. But I believe there are both constructive and destructive ways to approach it. Here are my top ten responses:

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Conscious Leadership Reminds Us: We Are All the Same | Sustainable Brands

Conscious Leadership Reminds Us: We Are All the Same | Sustainable Brands | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Last year, aspiring artist Jonathan Harris visited Bhutan to learn about why this country is so imbued with happiness. Bhutan is noted for measuring its Gross Happiness Product, rather than what we do in western cultures, which is to measure our Gross National Product. This model cares more about social and spiritual well-being than financial well-being. Jonathan's project, Balloons for Bhutan, documents his effort to capture “a portrait of happiness in the last Himalayan kingdom.


Via David Hain
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Leaders within business with a global consciousness tend to do a number of things:

  1. Reach out to others with kindness
  2. Search for common ground in conflict
  3. Assume the positive intentions of others and therefore rarely react — instead they respond thoughtfully

Seed win-win solutions

  1. Focus on the needs of the whole system
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David Hain's curator insight, July 18, 2013 3:57 AM

"The stories that Jonathan heard and shares with us could have been told in any country in the world and when we hear them we are reminded of our shared humanity. They help cultivate a global consciousness — the awareness that we are all one and must contribute positively to our commonly shared planet."

 

We are all connected!

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Creating An Intergenerational Mindset from Dan Oestreich

Creating An Intergenerational Mindset from Dan Oestreich | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you know how to get to know someone different than yourself? This is a key question to answer to gain an intergenerational mindset.

Via Johann Gauthier, David Hain
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Very thought provoking insights...a great read! 

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Johann Gauthier's curator insight, July 18, 2013 12:15 AM

What a great thought-provoking post from Dan Oestreich initially shared by Hoda Maalouf on the LeadWithGiants Facebook community.  A must-read for any leader manage a culturally diverse workplace.  Very powerful.  Bravo.

David Hain's curator insight, July 18, 2013 4:07 AM

Excellent article.

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How to Make Happiness a Habit

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I’m not one who believes you can be happy all the time, but I have learned you can be happy much of the time. And that’s not something that depends on how your day is going or how others treat you—it depends on what you do on a regular basis.

Via Ariana Amorim, Bobby Dillard
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So what habits make you happy? Try doing these on a daily basis, and see if you get the same results:

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Vicky Stanton's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:43 AM

We all have the ability to choose and how events and situations make us feel is down to our own choice. This is a great article sharing some tips on how to just take some time to share, feel and be with your thoughts.

Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 19, 2013 12:36 PM

How to make happiness a habit. 

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, September 2, 2013 6:44 AM
No better way to start a brand new month! Be happy!
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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Kindness and Leadership

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Kindness and Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Jon Mertz shares thoughts on Kindness and Leadership and how Millennials are exemplifying both.
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Being kind does not mean weakness. Many times, kindness takes effort. We go out of our way to lend a hand, offer an empathetic ear, or say an encouraging word. Giving comes from a strength inside, along with a strength in backbone. At times, the kindest thing we can do is to deliver an honest message or a firm insight of why someone is not on the right path.

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8 Life Quotes and Tips to Make You Think

8 Life Quotes and Tips to Make You Think | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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I love thought-provoking quotes – seemingly simple, yet interestingly profound phrases that have the power to get our minds thinking straight.  That’s what this short post is about.  Below I have listed eight of my favorite thought-provoking quotes, along with my interpretation and outlook on each one.  I hope you enjoy thinking about them as much as I do.

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