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

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

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The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe

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

Via The Digital Rocking Chair, Aki Puustinen
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Interesting insight. 

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

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

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Avoid the Deadly Temptations that Derail Innovators

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

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


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

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Take These Leadership Skills From the Boxing Ring

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

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



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Three Myths About Your Strengths

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

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Good leadership means knowing how to change your self

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

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

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

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How Employee Engagement Drives Growth

How Employee Engagement Drives Growth | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

t's great when companies try to improve employee engagement and even better when they measure it. Measurement is the first step companies must take before they can implement meaningful actions to improve engagement. But if they don't measure the right things in the right way, those actions won't matter -- and they won't have a measurable impact on business outcomes or the bottom line.


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It's great when companies try to improve employee engagement and even better when they measure it. Measurement is the first step companies must take before they can implement meaningful actions to improve engagement. But if they don't measure the right things in the right way, those actions won't matter -- and they won't have a measurable impact on business outcomes or the bottom line.

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5 Reasons Your Top Employee Isn't Happy

5 Reasons Your Top Employee Isn't Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Not sure why your top performer is unhappy? Check out what the most brilliant (yet difficult) employees hate about company culture. (#1 reason top performers leave organizations they love?
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Here are the top five reasons high-performing maverick employees go ballistic, how to spot them, and what to do about it:

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Where Is Your Leadership Laboratory?

Where Is Your Leadership Laboratory? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."  -Thomas A. Edison When you hear scientist, what image instantly pops into your mind...
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  Much like scientists, leaders are responsible for leading the way into the future.  Experimenting.  Discovering.  Innovating.  Creating.  Conceiving a better way forward.

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3 Questions to Get Your Business Unstuck

3 Questions to Get Your Business Unstuck | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it




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Running a business can come with a lot of problems, and sometimes, things just aren't working right. You may have a recurring problem in your business or an uptick in mistakes or problems. You may feel unsure of what's coming next or how to get out of the rut that seems to have deepened around you.



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Te L - Us Business Solutions's curator insight, July 12, 2013 8:20 PM

Great article for Entrepreneurs 

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Should Leaders Share Their Personal Stories? | Terri Klass Consulting

Should Leaders Share Their Personal Stories? | Terri Klass Consulting | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Growing up, I was taught to keep my personal life private. haring our personal trials and discoveries with the people around us helps make us authentic leaders.

Via Kevin Watson
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Leadership is sharing the lessons we learned: Whether our experiences are personal or business related, we gain invaluable insights by living through them. We might have done things well but recognize we could have handled something in a better way. 

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5 Safe Decisions That Aren't So Safe

5 Safe Decisions That Aren't So Safe | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I’ve found safe decisions rarely are. Great leaders possess the courage to not only seek out the right decision, but they also understand the importance of giving others permission to do the same.

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We need leaders who want others to do better and be better. What we don’t need is more leaders who hide in safe harbors. Leaders don’t get paid to make safe decisions; they get paid to make the right decision.

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Doris Palomino's curator insight, July 11, 2013 7:14 PM

I found that there are three main issues to keep in mind for great leaders: (1) Doing the right thing, (2) not compromising your values, and (3) taking decisions when you have to do it. These situations are handled by leaders in order to foster great organizations. It reminds me about watching the forest and not only the tree.

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What is the Cost of Intercultural Silence?

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Best Practice? Who Says?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Pieces of Offbeat Advice I Wish I Knew Sooner

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


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

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

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Rethinking the Work of Leadership

Rethinking the Work of Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What are you doing to escape the limits of top-down power structures? (RT @HarvardBiz: Rethinking the Work of Leadership http://t.co/o94SiWIjRW)
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Leadership isn't a 9-5 job — it's communal, it's holistic and it's accretive. It's time to abandon the long-held notion that the "leader" knows all and should decide everything. A fancy title doesn't put you above others — it puts you in their service.

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Curiosity: The always-in-style leadership skill

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

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

3 Leadership Lessons From Asiana Crash | The Da... | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you look closely, there are certainly lessons you can learn from this horrible tragedy.
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One of the most common causes of business failure is when leaders, in one way or another, discourage people from speaking their minds, especially on important matters. CEOs who hire and listen to yes-men who sugarcoat the truth and tell them what they want to hear are doomed to fail, sooner or later.

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Igniting Passionate Performance

Igniting Passionate Performance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How do you ignite passionate performance and get the best from everyone? Lee Colan, PhD outlines how to engage heart and mind.

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

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The Five Declarations of Leadership

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Cowardly leaders love hiding in the dark. But, the best we can do is stumble when the lights are out. Declarations shine light in darkness. The five light-giving declarations of leadership: Declare...

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Cowardly leaders love hiding in the dark. But, the best we can do is stumble when the lights are out.

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3 Things You Must Manage Well In Order To Lead Well

3 Things You Must Manage Well In Order To Lead Well | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We all want to lead well. There's a lot of talk about leadership, and rightly so. We often quote John Maxwell on this blog, who says that: everything rises and falls on leadership." I believe that'...
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But we often forget, or at least minimize, the place of good management. Good leadership requires good management. And it starts with you and me effectively managing ourselves.

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How Latinos Have Changed U.S. Business Culture

How Latinos Have Changed U.S. Business Culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In ways big and small, argues one author, Latino culture is leaving its mark on the way people do business in the U.S.

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An excellent, insightful Article. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:10 PM

Interesting take on 4 ways Latinos have influenced business in America. 

 

Here is #2:

 

2. We're less rigid.

"We're all a little more relaxed around doing business," Dabbah says. "Even in the way we dress to go to work. When I came here 20 years ago, the dress code was much more formal than it is now."

 

She also says business conduct in general is more flexible than it used to be. "Flexibility is something Latinos have brought into this country, and I see how much more flexible people in business are now than they were 20 or even 10 years ago."

 

For instance, she says, rather than letting stringent deadlines stress an entire company or team beyond its capacity, businesses today are more likely to try and relax the deadline so that people can re-energize.

 

"I'm not saying these changes are all due to Latinos, but it's a reflection of how one culture influences another," she says.

David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:52 AM

Way to go, Al!

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Cultivating a Culture of 'The Best Ideas Win'

Cultivating a Culture of 'The Best Ideas Win' | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Vala Afshar, CMO of Enterasys Networks, on enabling social sharing.

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"One way to create a culture of sharing, Afshar notes, is to make sure company executives are unabashed about disclosing their daily exploits--especially during business hours."

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Empathy: The Missing Link to Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems

Empathy: The Missing Link to Solving the World's Most Pressing Problems | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

But never has empathy been so important. We live in an unprecedented era of accelerated and unpredictable change. I completely agree with Rifkin that "the empathic evolution of the human race and the profound ways it has shaped our development... will likely decide our fate as a species."

 

I wonder whether I can single out the development of empathy as the most important issue that underscores all other issues in the World Economic Forum's Survey on the Global Agenda? I would love to hear global leaders discuss that topic! And now, how to reframe my assignment to my Columbia MBAs?

Pamela Hartigan

Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saїd Business School, University of Oxford


Via Edwin Rutsch, David Hain, Create Wise Leader
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Bill Drayton, the pioneering founder of Ashoka that identifies entrepreneurs with "pattern changing" ideas to transform unsatisfactory systems and practices, has been emphasizing for years that the key to unlocking the solutions to many of society's ills lies in the development of empathy.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:47 PM

Underestimated.

ThinDifference's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:25 AM

"Empathy conjures up active engagement -- the willingness of an observer to become part of another's experience, to share the feeling of that experience."

God Is.'s curator insight, July 13, 2013 11:16 AM

What would Jesus do?