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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 Value of Vision Series - Mike Myatt - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center

The Value of Vision Series - Mike Myatt - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your customers don’t care what you put on paper, but they care immensely about whether or not a company’s vision is reflected in a fulfilled brand promise.

Via David Hain
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Some leaders clearly have poor vision – their most polished skill seems to be running into brick walls. Other leaders simply possess adequate vision – they avoid the obvious speed bumps, but fail to stand out from the crowd. Then there are those leaders who possess legendary vision – the rare few who can see around corners. What you may not realize is that everyone can learn to see around corners, and it’s not as hard as you think.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 2013 9:11 AM

"Businesses don’t have vision issues – they have leadership issues. Simply holding a leadership title/position doesn’t make a person a leader. Let me be as blunt as I can… leadership decoupled from vision is nothing short of a farce. Vision isn’t just ethereal hocus-pocus; it’s the core manifestation of an organization’s values. Vision is what gives a company its forward leaning bias and constantly propels the enterprise beyond the status quo."


Great angle on vision from Mike Myatt via Jesse Lynn Stoner's greart series on vision - all articles highly recommended!

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Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail

Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You can't just learn about communication. You have to do it. (Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail http://t.co/zx14LNnaek)
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Emotional courage means standing apart from others without separating yourself from them. It means speaking up when others are silent. And remaining steadfast, grounded, and measured in the face of uncertainty. It means responding productively to political opposition — maybe even bad-faith backstabbing — without getting sidetracked, distracted, or losing your focus. And staying in the discomfort of a colleague's anger without shutting off or becoming defensive.

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5 Essential Tips for Women Leaders

5 Essential Tips for Women Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Women are constantly redefining their roles in today’s world.

Via David Hain
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Women are constantly redefining their roles in today’s world. With the challenges faced, women are striving to excel in an environment that has not adapted as quickly to change. Women are becoming a driving force in many fields. According to Forbes there are five essential tips for women looking to become leaders.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:42 AM

Not just for women, altough I understand why it was written with this  slant.

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MOORE LEADERSHIP & PEAK PERFORMANCE: LOCKER ROOM LEADERSHIP...The Tale Of A Coach's Son

MOORE LEADERSHIP & PEAK PERFORMANCE: LOCKER ROOM LEADERSHIP...The Tale Of A Coach's Son | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tips and traits of great #coaches...Locker Room #Leadership "The Tale Of A Coach's Son" http://t.co/YtTKuGi74H #MooreThoughts
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Everyday is a challenge for leaders. They are always swimming up stream, fighting mediocrity and average thinking. They have to inspire people to overcome their human nature and desire for comfort before excellence and they know this starts with them.

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Five weeeeeeeeird tips for great meetings

Five weeeeeeeeird tips for great meetings | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

- See more at: http://positivesharing.com/2007/02/five-weeeeeeeeird-tips-for-great-meetings/#sthash.Fg5M8xnR.dpuf


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If you really want open, fun, creative, participative meetings we need to go beyond the standard advice and venture into slightly-weird-land. Here are five easy ways to do it.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:36 AM

Good ideas for more engaging and creative meetings.  

 

From the article:

 

So if you have a two-hour meeting starting at 1PM, include these breaks:


1 PM: Meeting starts


1:30 PM: Two-minute creative break


2 PM: Five minute break


2:30 PM: Two-minute creative break


3 PM: Meeting ends

 

 

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Do You Look Like A Liar When You're Telling The Truth?

Do You Look Like A Liar When You're Telling The Truth? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Body language is the management of time, space, gestures, facial expression, eye contact, stance, posture, and paralinguistics – how say what say.

Via The People Development Network, David Hain
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Body language is the management of time, space, gestures, facial expression, eye contact, stance, posture, and paralinguistics – how say what say. When your body language is out of alignment with your  verbal message, most people will believe what they see and not what you say. When being candid, there are two crucial body language signals to keep in mind:

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An Empathy Video That Asks You To Stand in Someone Else's Shoes

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If you could stand in someone else's shoes... Hear what they hear. See what they see. Feel what they feel. Would you treat them differently? A video that speaks to the connections we all need.

Via Garth Sanginiti
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When we relate to those around us by understanding their back stories and their circumstances, we improve the way we work, the way we live, the way we take care of one another, the way we relate going forward and, as Martin Luther King Jr. would say, building the "beloved community" that edifies us all.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 9, 2013 10:15 PM

Great video that reminds us so often what we see of the people we encounter every day is just the tip of iceberg.  Demonstrating empathy is a great way to lead and way to build positive relationships with people.

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Timeless Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg

Timeless Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I recently hosted a group of outstanding leaders from Intuit on a tour of Gettysburg.
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Superb lessons we can all benefit from following.

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How Social Media is Changing Leadership - Business 2 Community

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How Social Media is Changing Leadership - Business 2 Community http://t.co/WKnfBvFk7r
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If you have taken the plunge into social media in your organization, make sure you pay attention to the ripples and undercurrents that might emerge related to your culture and operations. The more proactive you can be in shifting your leadership and management practices to become more open, trustworthy, generative, and courageous, the more effective you’ll be in the shift to social media. It’s not just your marketing tactics that you need to bring into the 21st century–it’s your culture. 

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Leadership Lessons From The Harvard of Europe

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VideoA 2011 survey of the global Fortune 500 shows that more CEOs have graduated from Harvard University than any other institution.
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A compelling reminder that firms are increasingly led through influence rather than hierarchy, with the ability to motivate others the key to leadership effectiveness.


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Leading Like Nelson Mandela

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Linda Hill, Harvard Business School professor, shares her memories of meeting the leaders of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement, and what she learned from them. (brilliant truth #leadership RT @umairh: Great stuff.
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A superb glimpse into the life of one of the worlds greatest leaders. 

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Nine Observations on Leadership From North America’s Highest Peak - Xconomy

Nine Observations on Leadership From North America’s Highest Peak - Xconomy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People are always striving to develop their leadership skills, or to find a leader worth following.
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People are always striving to develop their leadership skills, or to find a leader worth following. But sometimes the trick is recognizing when you’re in the presence of strong leadership, and learning from it.

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Innovate or Perish. It’s the New Business Reality. Is Your Company Ready?

Innovate or Perish. It’s the New Business Reality. Is Your Company Ready? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Innovation isn’t a natural mindset for most leaders—or for the companies they work for—but the good news is that innovation can be learned.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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As technology and globalization continue to change the business world at record-breaking rates, companies have to focus on innovation to have the greatest chance of survival. And now that research shows that innovation can be learned, there’s never been a better time to invest in training that supports innovative thinking in business leaders.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 8, 2013 4:13 PM

recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future. And without innovative leadership, the results can be catastrophic. Think Blockbuster. Eastman Kodak. Hostess Brands.

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Why A Friendly Reconnection Can Boost Your Career

Why A Friendly Reconnection Can Boost Your Career | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Thinking of purging your Facebook friends Think twice: Research shows that the people you used to know can be surprisingly excellent to you.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Strong ties are the people that you know well; weak ties, not so well. Strong ties are great because they will help you move out of your apartment, but the thing is that you probably share the same contacts and knowledge as they do. Weak ties, on the other hand, have connections and understanding that you don't have--so be good to them and they might help you find a job (or a date). But the third kind, the dormant, is one you might overlook.

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Values driven leadership – is it the solution?

Values driven leadership – is it the solution? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do our leadership values need to change and to be more explicit? Is value driven leadership the answer? (Values driven leadership - is it the solution?
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The values of leaders have always been important and highly effective leaders have tended to be the people whose actions have been closely aligned with their claimed value set. The information age has meant it is much more difficult to appear to be something you are not. I think many leaders are now ‘living’ their real values and the mismatch with their ‘ideal values’ is clearly exposed.

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Leading Yourself First

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Creating a high-performance team is a leadership journey that starts with self-leadership (Leading Yourself First - our new #leadership blog for @ASTD @ASTDWorkForce.

Via David Hain
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Creating a high-performance team is a leadership journey that starts with self-leadership. Begin by answering the question, “Why do you want to lead?” Is it because of status—having a prestigious title? To make more money? To be in control or have power? For the “perks” of management? 

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David Hain's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:47 AM

Start at home!

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One Question that Will Save You from Failure

One Question that Will Save You from Failure | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Whatever your striving for validation looks like, you are not alone.  Renowned social psychology researcher Albert Bandura showed that we’re constantly comparing ourselves against others and making decisions accordingly. This is a smart strategy from an evolutionary perspective – fitting in is a good way to survive.

But we’re no longer trying simply to survive.  The luxury and curse of our era is that we can do virtually anything we want with our lives.

And in this world of possibility, you are leaving your greatest potential unfulfilled by letting others define what success means for you.


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The Einstein Theory of Public Speaking

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If you’ve ever spoken to a large audience, you know the challenge: how to calibrate the message and delivery so that your talk hits the sweet spot of being simple but not too simple.Marcus Ryu, ("Have you heard memorable expressions or insights...

Via The People Development Network
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the next time you have to speak to a large group, be sure to nail the basics (because not everyone does): read the room, master your material, and speak with passion. And remember to keep it simple, because the super-smart people you’re speaking to somehow become less smart as the room fills up

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Are You Choosing to Be Average?

Are You Choosing to Be Average? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We all like to think we are special. Better than others. Doing better work. Excelling beyond our peers. Yet, by definition, most people are average. Are you choosing to be average? Average is What ...

Via Alice Trollope, Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

Life is too short to be average.

Ask yourself if you are settling for the same as everyone else.

Choose to be more. Choose to be something better. Choose to be above average.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:54 AM

Nobody is average at everything.  Find your above average and build on it.

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, July 10, 2013 8:07 AM

Are you?

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, August 6, 2013 10:54 AM

Life is too short to be average.

Ask yourself if you are settling for the same as everyone else.

Choose to be more. Choose to be something better. Choose to be above average.

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3 Lessons for CEOs in Deploying Military Leadership Principles | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine

3 Lessons for CEOs in Deploying Military Leadership Principles | ChiefExecutive.net | Chief Executive Magazine | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
3 Lessons for CEOs in Deploying Military Leadership Principles. #CEO #Leadership http://t.co/ZSfyZROrLP
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The wise or would-be-wise take whatever lessons learned from the military and run to markets. From history we learn that no two leaders are alike and that we can learn from their successes and failures. 

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3 Myths About Creativity

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Do you think of yourself as creative?  Or do you think you missed that gene?  You admire others who paint or sculpt or write or create, but it’s not for you.  Or maybe you remember a teacher encouraging you as a child, but that was long ago and you no longer think you’re very innovative.

 

"David B. Goldstein and Otto Kroeger argue that everyone is creative.  In their new book Creative You, they give readers the opportunity to understand their creative potential.

 

 


Via Douglas Eby, Bobby Dillard
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Do you think of yourself as creative?  Or do you think you missed that gene?  You admire others who paint or sculpt or write or create, but it’s not for you.  Or maybe you remember a teacher encouraging you as a child, but that was long ago and you no longer think you’re very innovative.

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Douglas Eby's curator insight, July 9, 2013 12:30 PM

Book: Creative You: Using Your Personality Type to Thrive
http://t.co/C9g6zFFRPU

 

One of my related posts: Myths Of Creativity in Business http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/05/myths-of-creativity-in-business/

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Five Ways Leaders Help Others Belong, Not Just Fit In

Five Ways Leaders Help Others Belong, Not Just Fit In | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There's a big difference between fitting in and belonging. In fact, fitting in can be one of the biggest barriers to belonging, says researcher and author Brené Brown. Fitting in is about assessing...

Via The People Development Network
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Creating a sense of belonging for people requires that leaders be engaged. It means investing time and energy to understand what’s going on with their people, their hopes and dreams, their fears and insecurities. Fostering belonging is about humanizing the workplace and creating a safe space where people can be vulnerable, real and authentic.

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Russ Bergeman's curator insight, July 9, 2013 11:07 AM

This is a great piece that describes the challenge that many organizations deal with on a daily basis – the difference between employees fitting in and truly belonging. The most productive employees, those who are engaged, feel a sense of belonging, not just fitting in.

 

Although leaders can play a role in developing a culture of engagement, it really starts with the hiring process. I am a major proponent of implementing a scientifically and validated assessment tool (e.g., ProfileXT) to help on-board the “right” people who will have a more natural fit within the organization.

 

It may seem relatively easy for people to “adapt” in order to execute in a job or career. But, eventually, this will catch up with employees and show up in their overall work performance. When an organization hires people who will culturally belong leaders have more time to concentrate on other high payoff activities.

 

To learn more about the ProfileXT and it use for on-boarding, promoting, team-building, etc., visit - http://theemployersedge.com/assessment or contact me – russ@theemployersedge.com.

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5 Unique Ways to Forgive and Let Go

5 Unique Ways to Forgive and Let Go | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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There is great value in every act of forgiveness.  You can forgive yourself, you can forgive others, and you can forgive even when you don’t know exactly who to forgive, because forgiveness is not about who is to blame or who is at fault.  It is about letting go, completely and permanently within yourself.


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Humility – or how important do you take yourself? | Wisdom for Future Leaders

Humility – or how important do you take yourself? | Wisdom for Future Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

When we learn to say more often “We” instead of “I” and respect other people’s stories as much as our own, we have made a great step towards a new awareness.


Via Bobby Dillard
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Dropping our self-importance and replacing it through humility leads to inner silence. We are able to see the world with clear eyes. And we see ourselves more clearly as we are. We no longer compare to others and we see others as equal. Humble people don’t see the own success as most important. They help others to become successful, too.

 

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Renee Baribeau's curator insight, July 5, 2013 12:32 PM

This is an important question. Have we become so self important now that we have a platform for our egos?

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 8, 2013 5:25 PM

Humility and humus share a common root.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:30 PM

HUMILITY IS THE PATH TO FREEDOM!

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How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lead people to their better selves.

Via Create Wise Leader
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We're in the midst of a Great Dereliction — a historic failure of leadership, precisely when we need it most. Hence it's difficult, looking around, to even remember what leadership is. We're surrounded by people who are expert at winning — elections, deals, titles, bonuses, bailouts, profit. And often, we're told: they're the ones we should look up to — because it's the spoils and loot that really matter.

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Ariane Koelman's curator insight, July 9, 2013 2:35 AM

Leadership: un acte d'amour dans un monde incertain

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, July 9, 2013 12:20 PM

Are you a wannabe?