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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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The One Thing Successful People Never Do

The One Thing Successful People Never Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Success comes in all shapes and colours. You can be successful in your job and career but you can equally be successful in your marriage, at sports or a hobby. Whatever success you are after there is

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Success comes in all shapes and colours. You can be successful in your job and career but you can equally be successful in your marriage, at sports or a hobby. Whatever success you are after there is one thing all radically successful people have in common: Their ferocious drive and hunger for success makes them never give up.

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Mental Illness and Leadership

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In times of crisis, mentally ill leaders—including Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill—can see what others don't. Adapted from A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness by Nassir Ghaemi.
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When times are good and the ship of state only needs to sail straight, mentally healthy people function well as political leaders. But in times of crisis and tumult, those who are mentally abnormal, even ill, become the greatest leaders. We might call this the Inverse Law of Sanity.

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Leadership Lessons From Jeff Bezos - Business 2 Community

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Entrepreneur/leadership Lessons From Amazon founder Jeff Bezos by @joshuavjohn http://t.co/SBycqadvaA vía @B2Community
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The key to Amazon’s success? Founder Jeff Bezos. His unique managing style has spurred company evolution and innovation since its birth. Here are just five key insights any business leader can take away from Amazon’s rise from retail website to Internet juggernaut.

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Want To Collaborate Better? Work In A Circle

Want To Collaborate Better? Work In A Circle | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your environment greatly influences your working disposition. Gather 'round to hear how.

Via Wise Leader™, Luciana Viter, David Hain
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Recent research from two Canadian business schools suggests: If people are sitting in a circle, they're more apt to cooperate, while if they're arranged into rows, they'll become more independent and cutthroat--more of a free-Lancelot, if you would.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 15, 2013 12:37 PM

This makes sense. This way there are no sides.

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Feel and Grow Rich: 5 Ways to Learn Empathy - Let's Grow Leaders

Feel and Grow Rich: 5 Ways to Learn Empathy - Let's Grow Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
 The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me. Oprah Winfrey Great leaders are empathetic.  

 

Great leaders are empathetic.  Tomorrows jobs will require even more empathy.  Forbes writer, George Anders calls it the The Number 1 job skill in 2020 and The Soft Skill that Pays 100K +.  So go get great at empathy.  You’ll be a better leader, and make more money.  Wait, how do you do that?  There’s growing evidence empathy can be learned.

 5 Ways to Get Better at Empathy

1.  Experience pain....

2. Collect and reflect: ....

3. Suspend judgement:....

4. Work on related EQ Skills.....

5. Practice  ....


Karin Hurt 


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Great leaders are empathetic.  Tomorrows jobs will require even more empathy.  Forbes writer, George Anders calls it the The Number 1 job skill in 2020 and The Soft Skill that Pays 100K +.  So go get great at empathy.  You’ll be a better leader, and make more money.  Wait, how do you do that?  There’s growing evidence empathy can be learned.

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Moving Beyond the Impacts of Destructive Workplaces

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Yogi Berra famously said, "It's déjà vu all over again.… (Moving Beyond the Impacts of Destructive Workplaces http://t.co/3I83oNvRA5 by @douglaslabier via @shawmu #EmployeeEngagement #leadership)...
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Let’s take a look at what the survey research reveals and what it suggests about the impact of organizations’ management and leadership. The most recent, a Gallup poll of more than 150,000 U.S. workers, found that “70 percent of American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.”

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Sharing Economy: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing Business

Sharing Economy: How Collaborative Consumption is Changing Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What smart leaders need to know about collaborative consumption, business-model disruption, and the sharing economy — and how the Millennial generation is changing business forever.
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“Forty years ago, even 20 years ago, a young person’s first thought, or even second or third thought, was certainly not to start a business. That was selling out — an idea that has rather tellingly disappeared from our vocabulary,” writes William Deresiewicz in the New York Times. “Today’s ideal social form is not the commune or the movement or even the individual creator as such; it’s the small business. Every artistic or moral aspiration — music, food, good works, what have you — is expressed in those terms. Call it Generation Sell.”

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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...

Via The People Development Network
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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.

 
Cruise Line Class'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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Getting Colleagues to Carry Their Weight

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When people come together in groups, there’s usually at least one member who slacks off. Whether you call it shirking or social loafing, it’s a major source of misery, and it prevents

Via Bobby Dillard
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When people come together in groups, there’s usually at least one member who slacks off. Whether you call it shirking or social loafing, it’s a major source of misery, and it prevents teams from achieving their potential.
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Jenna Silver's curator insight, September 23, 2013 10:54 PM

This article gives some tips on how to handle the situation when a colleague is slacking at work. 

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Why Being Social Makes You a Better Leader

Why Being Social Makes You a Better Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Start with relating to your people to get things done. The third in a seven-part series on leadership communication styles. (Why being social makes you a better leader. No.3 in a 7-part series on leadership communication.
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Relationships and social connectivity matter more than ever before for powerful leadership

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3 Vital Leadership Lessons I Learnt Flying a Fighter Jet

3 Vital Leadership Lessons I Learnt Flying a Fighter Jet | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I could feel the nerves rushing through my entire body when I woke up that morning. It was a mix of pure excitement and apprehension.
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In business we often jump straight to the action because we are excited and want to get on with things. Many companies fail to plan and communicate their mission and objectives well and then wonder why they are failing to deliver. I believe companies need a one-page mission plan that sits in front of everyone outlining the overall goal as well as the 'flight-path' with the key milestones that need to be delivered along the way.

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The Value of Vision Series - An Interview With Doug Conant

The Value of Vision Series - An Interview With Doug Conant | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

An organization needs an aspirational goal that is relevant and transformational and is about more than just “doing business every day.” Work has to be meaningful. A transcendent goal that people can connect with helps them stay engaged and motivated.

Vision itself is necessary, but it’s insufficient. The challenge for a leader is to craft an aspirational vision in a collaborative way with the organization, and also to craft a perspective of how to bring it to life in a tangible way – a path forward.


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An organization needs an aspirational goal that is relevant and transformational and is about more than just “doing business every day.” Work has to be meaningful. A transcendent goal that people can connect with helps them stay engaged and motivated.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 15, 2013 1:52 PM

Yet another great contribution to Jess Lyn Stoner's Vision series.  Well worth checking out the site and also reading tthe comments.

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A Successful 21st-Century Brand Has To Help Create Meaningful Lives

A Successful 21st-Century Brand Has To Help Create Meaningful Lives | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Unless you’re making a conscious decision to live off the grid, the vast majority of your day involves interacting with brands and their products.
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"People want lives that count, resonate, and matter in human terms--and it’s the failure to live that way that leads them to mistrust institutions, instead of respect, adore, and maybe even love them."

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Goodness to Greatness Leadership-Seven Steps » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge

Goodness to Greatness Leadership-Seven Steps » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @StnfrdLeadrship: RT @justcoachit A post and checklist of 7 critical #leadership commitments http://t.co/LulY8fSwWd
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A challenge that requires seven steps, seven commitmentsBusiness leadership, personal leadership and inter-personal leadership are all built upon an architecture that is simple but powerful. Here are the seven steps, the seven pillars, that create the architecture of leadership in a world, workplace and marketplace of intense volatility, change and crisis.

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9 Simple Ways of Building Resilience - General Leadership

9 Simple Ways of Building Resilience - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Building resilience is what allows you to keep your emotions from hijacking your good reason, equipping you to detach yourself from the immediacy of what’s occurring in order to gain a broader, positive perspective.
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Many of us know people who may not be famous, but who have shown great resolve and resilience in their lives. They may be our parents, friends or neighbors. Or they may be us. Exceptional leaders understand the potential for resilience lives in everyone and one of the best ways to develop it is to evaluate and affirm strengths and abilities. Other simple, yet profoundly powerful strategies can also be used to build individual and organizational resilience. Here are a few to consider when building resilience:
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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.

Via David Hain
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"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

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At a critical moment, a few words can make a big difference. (Leaders, Choose Your Words Wisely - @HarvardBiz http://t.co/76dTc48fd7 #leadership)
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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.

Via Wise Leader™
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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

Leadership Secrets from Successful CEOs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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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