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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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Will Your Leadership Improvements Stick?

Will Your Leadership Improvements Stick? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An interactive tool helps measure how effectively you're turning training into action. (RT @HarvardBiz: Will Your Leadership Improvements Stick?
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Debate rages about how much of what is taught in leadership courses actually transfers to leadership practice. Some have suggested that knowledge transfer is as low as 10%. Other studies show the number closer to 60%.

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Jeff Bezos's Top 10 Leadership Lessons

Jeff Bezos's Top 10 Leadership Lessons | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
see photosEmile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesClick for full photo gallery: Jeff Bezos This story appears in the April 23, 2012 issue of FORBES magazine, accompanying the cover story, Inside Amazon's Idea Machine.
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With the passing of Steve JobsJeff Bezos is now tech’s leading philosopher-CEO. His advice ranges from what to read (give the Declaration of Independence a shot) to how to deal with stress (“Laugh a lot”). Mostly, though, Bezos sticks to business


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Gayle King On Success: Grow Up And Figure It Out

Gayle King On Success: Grow Up And Figure It Out | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
With aspirations of becoming a child psychologist, Gayle King, a self-described “nosy kid,” found her true passion thanks to a local TV newsroom job during college. “I was hooked from day one,” she recalls.
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Great wisdom in this interview...enjoy! 

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6 Must-Have Skills for Leading from the Middle | Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership

6 Must-Have Skills for Leading from the Middle | Leading Effectively: Official Blog of the Center for Creative Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

If you are a mid-to-senior level manager – a leader of managers - you lead in what CCL calls “the middle zone.” You operate up and down the organizational hierarchy, as well as across functions and silos. To achieve results, you must effectively manage people and processes.

Middle-zone roles can also be some of the most difficult. Leaders who live and work in the middle often grapple with competing business priorities, competing vested interests and competing centers of influence and power. They feel pressure from above and blame from below. Influencing peers, navigating partnerships and finessing politics are also on the daily agenda.

So, how can you adjust and thrive in the middle zone?  Here are six crucial skills to master.


Via Ron McIntyre, Wise Leader™, David Hain
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Middle-zone roles can also be some of the most difficult. Leaders who live and work in the middle often grapple with competing business priorities, competing vested interests and competing centers of influence and power. They feel pressure from above and blame from below. Influencing peers, navigating partnerships and finessing politics are also on the daily agenda.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 3, 2013 4:16 AM

Excellent stuff for the many people stuck in the middle of a matrix!

donhornsby's curator insight, July 3, 2013 5:03 AM

Together, these six leadership competencies give leaders a roadmap for navigating the twists, turns and complexities of life in the middle zone.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 2013 8:06 AM

The communication point is critical. It involves deep listening and being fully present.

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We All Need Friends at Work

We All Need Friends at Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Promoting camaraderie does great things for engagement. (Latest on HBR: We All Need Friends at Work http://t.co/W3S3ZRBsj9 #leadership)
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Research shows that workers are happier in their jobs when they have friendships with co-workers. Employees report that when they have friends at work, their job is more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile, and satisfying. Gallup found that close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50% and people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work.

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11 Habits You Need to Give-Up to Be Happy

11 Habits You Need to Give-Up to Be Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Are your habits and routines sucking up your happiness?

Oftentimes we unknowingly hold on to little, obsessive habits that cause us a great deal of stress and unhappiness.  Even when we feel that something is wrong, we fail to seek the changes we need to make and instead cling to what’s not working, simply because it’s what we’re accustomed to.

It’s time to make a change.  It’s time to give up the habits that no longer serve your well-being and embrace the positive changes you need to be happy. Today is the perfect day to give up…

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How to Engage Stakeholders - Leadership Thoughts

How to Engage Stakeholders - Leadership Thoughts | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In this posts on stakeholder management we take a quick look at ineffective top management involvement and support and show you how to engage stakeholders.
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Management commitment is about motivating and leading by example. Consequently, genuine management commitment is essential for every project―if management do not support project management best practices openly and demonstrably or they are not fully committed to the proposed business change it is unlikely that their staff will take on that responsibility.

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Esta Lessing, CBAP®'s curator insight, December 29, 2013 8:12 PM

Although written for PMs, we as Business Analysts do this just as often and it is just as important! Do you always do proper stakeholder analysis prior to starting a Requirements Plan?

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Reflex

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Wanna be a good leader? Stop. There are countless stories, articles, books etc available on leadership (now there's +1) yet many if not all are focused on the leader in action. Let's thin...
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Reflective leadership is a higher model. It calls for confidence in one's approach even as the team members and on-lookers wish for the familiar frenzied activity of their past experience.

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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | 3 Ways Anyone Can Boost Team Performance

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | 3 Ways Anyone Can Boost Team Performance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
While you may be thinking the culture can only really be affected (for better or for worse) by the CEO or at least the C-suite leaders in an organization, think again.
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There is a direct link between culture and performance. While you may be thinking the culture can only really be affected (for better or for worse) by the CEO or at least the C-suite leaders in an organization, think again.  Regardless of your level in an organization you have the power to impact the culture for the better.  In doing so you are likely to not only create a better place to work, but also boost performance.

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Leadership Lessons From Gettysburg

Leadership Lessons From Gettysburg | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A century and a half ago, military leaders on both sides of the U.S. Civil War faced some of their toughest challenges in what became the decisive battle. What leadership lessons does history have for you?
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Gettysburg marked the war's turning point, and the battle has been the subject of as much study as any conflict in U.S. military history. More recently, it's been used as a study of leadership, especially leadership in business.

In honor of the 150th anniversary, here are four such lessons, based primarily on the actions of three of the military leaders: Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, Union Gen. George Meade, and Col. Joshua Chamberlain, whose stand at Little Round Top helped turn the tide of the battle that turned the tide of the war.

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Jazz-Inspired Leadership: Change Observer: Design Observer

Jazz-Inspired Leadership: Change Observer: Design Observer | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Organizations most responsive to change are often the ones that replace the orchestral model with a new one — the jazz combo.
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Faced with inevitable change, effective managers plan carefully as they lead their organizations through uncharted territory, like a conductor directing an orchestra in perfect harmony. But change does not always lend itself to the careful precision of well-rehearsed orchestration. 

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The emergence of a new generation of business innovators

The emergence of a new generation of business innovators | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

When you look at the environmental and social challenges we face, it's often tough to stay optimistic. The worst predictions of climate science are coming true. Resource scarcity – especially water – is a major threat to business and the economy. Worker conditions around the world, like those that lead to the unfathomable tragedies in Bangladesh, can seem like intractable problems. And the political system that we need to tackle big issues is mostly broken.


Via Peter Verschuere, Tania Kowritski, David Hain
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When you look at the environmental and social challenges we face, it's often tough to stay optimistic. The worst predictions of climate science are coming true. Resource scarcity – especially water – is a major threat to business and the economy. Worker conditions around the world, like those that lead to the unfathomable tragedies in Bangladesh, can seem like intractable problems. And the political system that we need to tackle big issues is mostly broken.

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Josie's curator insight, July 1, 2013 6:14 AM

Oh My! What Innovations! :)))) Please read and be inspired and support too!

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Transformational Leadership Has Positive Effects on Employee Well-Being

A transformational leadership style—valued for stimulating innovation and worker performance—is also associated with increased well-being among employees, reports a study in the July Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official...

Via Susan Bainbridge
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"A transformational leadership style, which conveys a sense of trust and meaningfulness and individually challenges and develops employees, could lead to greater employee well-being," according to the new research by Christine Jacobs of University of Cologne and colleagues.

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Graham Wilson's curator insight, July 2, 2013 1:44 AM

Ensure people feel great improves results - simple really!!

Tom Hood's curator insight, July 2, 2013 5:32 AM

Transformational eadership and increased employee well-being. Four traits of transformational leaders are: 1) leading by example, 2) making employees feel they are contributing to a common goal, 3) providing intellectual stimulation, and 4) giving positive feedback for good performance. 

Natalie Savage's curator insight, July 9, 2013 4:55 PM

Yes, it is all about leadership.

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A Declaration Of Independence For Millions Of Entrepreneurs

A Declaration Of Independence For Millions Of Entrepreneurs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We are endowed by Adam Smith with the right the to change the world.
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The unanimous Declaration of 27 million entrepreneurs in America,


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Creating A First Impression: Are You Strong? Or Trustworthy?

Creating A First Impression: Are You Strong? Or Trustworthy? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great leaders aren't in a rush to project strength, says Harvard Prof. Amy Cuddy. The top priority: building trust.
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In a new piece in Harvard Business Review, “Connect, Then Lead,” Prof. Cuddy and two coauthors argue that anyone who projects strength before establishing trust risks creating a climate of fear. In that case, everything starts to go wrong. Creativity suffers. Problem-solving withers. Employees get stuck and disengage. A culture of wariness sets in, where people spend more time looking out for their own safety than trying to build success with others.


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How to Master Both Sides of Creativity

How to Master Both Sides of Creativity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
To be a successful creative, you need to be not only a good generator, but also a good evaluator.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Promotion focus causes you to have a more exploratory information-processing style and greater comfort with risk, which facilitate creativity. The promotion-focused worry less about every idea being perfect or even feasible, so they are open to more possibilities.

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How to create the perfect team.

How to create the perfect team. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

What is the number one difference between the average companies and the great companies?

 

They have teams that care and respect each other. They watch each other’s back and push each other to achieve results together that they couldn't do on their own.  Sounds fantastic but how do you make this happen?


Via donhornsby
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During the course of our lives there's one question that we ask more times than any other. That question is "why?" We all have an innate desire to seek meaning in everything. Make sure the team doesn't come to work wondering what the point of being there is. Everyone should be able to go home at night and explain to their partners not just what they do but why.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 3, 2013 5:21 AM

One of the most effective ways to create an elite team is a simple one that is -make people smile. You can spend hours putting together scientifically researched team building exercises but no one has designed a session that is more effective than people having fun together.

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Talking It Out: The New Conversation-centered Leadership, by Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz

Talking It Out: The New Conversation-centered Leadership, by Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Every year, hundreds of thousands of new graduates enter the business world, eager to climb the corporate ladder.
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In the face of pressing deadlines and the need to demonstrate immediate results, too many executives fail to invest the necessary time in leadership conversations.

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Listen to Serve: Servant Leadership and the Practice of Effective Listening | Robert K. Greenleaf

Listen to Serve: Servant Leadership and the Practice of Effective Listening | Robert K. Greenleaf | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @gvnngvnn: Listen to Serve: Servant Leadership and the Practice of Effective Listening http://t.co/kRTnW2m0EI thanks to @greenleafcenter
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Servant leadership reminds us of the importance of listening, and the practice of mindfulness. Listening allows us to look within ourselves and become aware of the barriers that inhibit our ability to listen effectively. It helps us discern information that leads to understanding, rather than judgment, which in turn leads to derision. We all have personal biases and prejudices even if we’d like to believe otherwise. Listening helps us serve by exposing prejudices that filter select words, warp messages, and prevent us from considering another point of view

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Manifest Against Mediocrity

Manifest Against Mediocrity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Come join the movement against mediocrity and pursue a life of greatness, abundance, and happiness. Step aside mediocrity, we've got it from here.... (Why do so many people quit on their dreams?
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Mediocrity is living in fear when there’s a whole world out there to be explored.

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10 Powerful Body Language Tips for your next Presentation

To Learn more about Presentations go to: http://soappresentations.com/free-downloads/ (10 Powerful Body Language Tips for your Next Presentation http://t.co/a4O129LSmn #leadership)...
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Great advice. 

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Sasquatch Leadership

Sasquatch Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"Leaders are visible at times of crisis, invisible at times of success."  -Mohana Janam After stumbling across this quote recently...began to think of how accurately that describes the truly great ...
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Leaders who lack access and visibility create frustration…for the organization and those they lead.  And even beyond frustration…leadership disappearing acts fail to convey and create a safe and trusting environment within the organization.

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Why Transparency Is Always The Best Leadership Policy - Forbes

Why Transparency Is Always The Best Leadership Policy - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why Transparency Is Always The Best Leadership Policy
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Spin and I are good friends.
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Here are 10 simple reasons why transparency is always the best leadership policy.

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Hitting Rock Bottom, 3 Lessons Learned from Below - Self Stairway

Hitting Rock Bottom, 3 Lessons Learned from Below - Self Stairway | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lessons learned from hitting rock bottom and how becoming a better person is possible from the pit.
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Every person has a time in his or her life where everything seems to just go to shit. There may be a giant build up that ignites from one catalyst or they slowly sink into it as if they’re in quicksand. You eventually go to what is known as “Rock Bottom.” The good news is that you can come out on the other end a much better person if you are self-reflective.

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The 4 Pillars Of Stable Leadership

The 4 Pillars Of Stable Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Stable leaders model a level of constancy and consistency that individuals, teams, and organizations so desperately need, but often find missing.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Roger Francis, Bobby Dillard
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A lack of stability harms culture, stifles productivity, erodes trust, and makes it extremely difficult to retain top talent. Instability can also be a harbinger of bigger problems. The passing of time will usually reveal unstable leaders also tend to be lacking in several other areas.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 1, 2013 3:14 AM

Nice piece from Mike Myatt.

Rim Riahi's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:40 PM

Stable #leaders model a level of constancy and consistency that individuals, #teams, and #organizations so desperately need, but often find missing.