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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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Mark Hyman, MD: 5 Ways To Never Be Stressed Again

Mark Hyman, MD: 5 Ways To Never Be Stressed Again | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The operative word here about stress is that it is a perception, also known as a thought or point of view. There are objective stressors, to be sure. But how these affect us determines our body's stress response.

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Stress is a thought. That's it. No more, no less. If that's true, then we have complete control over stress, because it's not something that happens to us but something that happens in us.

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Entrepreneurs Face Serious Communication Barriers

Entrepreneurs Face Serious Communication Barriers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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Founders have to communicate their ideas and products to investors, business partners, and the rest of the team. Then, hopefully, come customers, distribution channels, and going public or merging with an attractive buy-out candidate. Communication is not just talking, but also listening, writing, body language, and “actions speak louder than words.”

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 8, 2013 9:16 AM


Business owners sometimes forget that talking is not communication, and as a consequence, often experience high levels of frustration when others don't get the message and fail to act as expected.


in addition to the message content, communication also involves body language, listening, writing and acting in alignment with the the expected outcomes to be delivered, and whilst complex, effective communication skills can be developed.


This excellent article, suggests that business owners need to understand and overcome the communication barriers faced by the targets of their communication, and it identifies seven categories of barriers that must be overcome to ensure effectiveness in message delivery.

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100 Stress-busters » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge

100 Stress-busters » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Simple ways to reduce stress. 

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, July 8, 2013 11:43 AM

Leadership can be very stressful! I often say to clients ~ "Managers really earn their money, when times are tough; rarely when times are plain sailing!" So ghere are some great tips from Irene Becker to relieve that stress! My personal favourite - draw on humour and laugh a lot!

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The Secret To Startup Success: Your People

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People are everything to a startup. But don't just settle for work horses, advises Danny Boice -- a balanced team has to innovate, not just hustle.

Via The People Development Network
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Great people will make or break your startup. But bad hiring decisions (and believe me, I’ve made a few) can be detrimental to the core of your business. The key to having a successful, soulful company is hiring passionate communicators who are truly dedicated to helping your startup grow. Here’s how to find them.

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6 Ways Mentors Elevate Your Career

6 Ways Mentors Elevate Your Career | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Experienced and credible mentors can get you where you want to go.
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Most people still equate intelligence to academia, the power your brain has to process and remember information and your ability to draw conclusions from fact and data. But it is painfully obvious that there is much more to intelligence than just raw IQ.


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How Successful People Think

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I love to give the following puzzle to new team members at our companies, Likeable Media and Likeable Local:Using four straight lines and never taking your finger off of your screen, connect all nine

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Successful people think outside of the box.

Successful people don't just see problems, they see opportunities. They don't just see obstacles, they see solutions. And when they don't see solutions right away, successful people get creative to find solutions.


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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 8, 2013 9:57 AM

"Successful people don't just see problems, they see opportunities. They don't just see obstacles, they see solutions. And when they don't see solutions right away, successful people get creative to find solutions."

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BornTwoLead

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Empowering Leaders One Hero at a Time (Top 10 Barriers to Excellent Leadership New blog at http://t.co/gyHetnnWZ7)
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Leadership is not a natural trait, something inherited like the color of eyes or hair. Actually, leadership is skill that can be studied, learned, and perfected by practice. - See more at: http://www.borntwolead.com/top-ten-barriers-to-excellent-leadership/#more-3412

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5 Motivators for Today’s Employee and Infographic

5 Motivators for Today’s Employee and Infographic | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Motivators for employees today need to reflect the chan… (RT @tedcoine: 5 Motivators for Today’s Employee and Infographic | Switch and Shift http://t.co/fTMJ11owgt #leadership #management)...
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Managers can turn to the work employees do or want to do to motivate peak performance. Individualize work assignments to coincide with employees’ strengths, interests, career aspirations, or development goals.

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Why Storytelling Can Make The Difference Between Successful And Failed Leadership

Why Storytelling Can Make The Difference Between Successful And Failed Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Storytelling is more than a nice-to-have. It's a necessity.

Via Kevin Watson, David Hain, Bobby Dillard
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Connecting with another human being is one of the highest forms of social being for us humans.  At the heart of it is good storytelling.  When I’m telling you a story, and you’re engaged in it, you match your brain waves to mine.  And in fact, if I’m telling you a story with a familiar structure, your brain actually anticipates what I’m going to say next.  The point is that that’s good for both parties.  We want to be in sync with other people.  It’s how we communicate well with others and it’s why good storytelling is so powerful.  That feeling of synchronization is a profoundly satisfying one.  We want to hear stories, especially ones where we can guess what’s going to happen next, a split second before we’re told.

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7 Effective Ways Happy People Think

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Practical Tips for Productive Living
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So many people live within the confines of unhappy situations and yet refuse to take the initiative to change their circumstances.  They are conditioned to believe that the only choice is the current choice because it’s the life they know.  Their comfort zone blinds them from the truth – that nothing is more damaging to the human spirit than a mind that resists progress and change.


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You Make Better Decisions If You “See” Your Senior Self

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Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Many people feel disconnected from the individuals they’ll be in the future and, as a result, discount rewards that would later benefit them. But brief exposure to aged images of the self can change that behavior.

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Connect, Then Lead

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Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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When we judge others—especially our leaders—we look first at two characteristics: how lovable they are (their warmth, communion, or trustworthiness) and how fearsome they are (their strength, agency, or competence). Although there is some disagreement about the proper labels for the traits, researchers agree that they are the two primary dimensions of social judgment.

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Infographic: The Socratic questioning process ...

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Via Dennis T OConnor, juandoming, Aki Puustinen
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A superb summary of this all important process. 

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Overarcher's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:55 AM

socratic questioning in pictures, love it!

Maria Persson's comment, July 11, 2013 6:15 PM
My daily life at work and play so often involves Socratic questioning - I never get bored and constantly on a learning curve! Thanks for sharing this great resource!
Margarita Parra's comment, July 22, 2013 10:01 PM
There is an approach to solving a problem, by Guy Brousseau. It looks much like this process.And it works!
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How Leaders Can Create a Culture of Feedback

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Creating a culture of feedback is vital to any organization. Giving and receiving feedback is something every leader should be comfortable with. To be an influential leader requires that you be gen...

Via John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA
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Feedback sessions can be small opportunities for development and exploring more of the talent existing in our organization.

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, July 8, 2013 5:21 PM

Leaders thrive on and regularly provide feedback ~ it is a major tool in your repertoire ... and without it you are going nowhere with any certainty!

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Leadership Skills: Forgiveness and Feedback - aboutleaders.com

Leadership Skills: Forgiveness and Feedback - aboutleaders.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The costly conflict that assumptions can lead to when we don’t have the courage and leadership skills to verify those assumptions or provide honoring feedback to others. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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order to forgive someone that has done us wrong, we must consider essential aspects of that person that are invisible to us unless we obtain a heart at peace.  This will enable us to see the other person with our heart and help us rise above the action that has hurt us.   I know this is not easy, but leadership seldom is. 

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:24 PM

"In order to forgive someone that has done us wrong, we must consider essential aspects of that person that are invisible to us unless we obtain a heart at peace.  This will enable us to see the other person with our heart and help us rise above the action that has hurt us.   I know this is not easy, but leadership seldom is."

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:07 PM

Connects to servant-leadership and Jungian pyschology.

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

Do you forgive?

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Stop Worrying about Your Weaknesses

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Little Johnny comes home one day, looks down at his feet, and gives you his report card. You smile at him as you open it up and look inside. Then your smile disappears when you see the F in math....

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Another reminder that investing in strengths is a far better bet than dwelling on weaknesses. 

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, July 8, 2013 2:44 AM

Focusing and developing strengths always pays!

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» Mindful Parenting: The Lessons of a Broken Shovel - Mindful Parenting

» Mindful Parenting: The Lessons of a Broken Shovel - Mindful Parenting | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @couplewise: Mindful Parenting: The Lessons of a Broken Shovel http://t.co/StS38yE3rx @PsychCentral #psychology

Via Luis Valdes
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We—every single one of us—spend so much of our lives remembering or regretting the past, or worrying about or planning for the future. (I sent my husband out to play fetch with our daughter in the water because I was too anxious about her being so far out, even though I could certainly keep her safe. As a result, I wasn’t able to enjoy the shovel game with her.) Contrary to popular belief, mindfulness is not about finding the joy in every moment, and mindful parenting isn’t about being the perfect parent. It’s about learning to refocus our attention, time and again, even when waves might slap us in the face and knock us off our center.

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Forget Business School: Why An Emotional Education Is Indispensible

Forget Business School: Why An Emotional Education Is Indispensible | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Where is the HBS for emotional intelligence? (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Most people still equate intelligence to academia, the power your brain has to process and remember information and your ability to draw conclusions from fact and data.
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Most people still equate intelligence to academia, the power your brain has to process and remember information and your ability to draw conclusions from fact and data. But it is painfully obvious that there is much more to intelligence than just raw IQ.


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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 8, 2013 12:16 PM

"Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, understand, use, manage and control emotions. This not only comprises our own emotions but also those of others, including their motivations and desires."

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Mentor: Get one. Be one.

Mentor: Get one. Be one. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I just finished a mentoring session tonight and as always, I feel as if I learned more than I advised. The old adage holds true, "To teach is to learn twice."  Mentoring is an ancient practice, and...

Via Gust MEES, Aki Puustinen
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There is an unspoken covenant between the mentor and the student. I am going to share with you all that I know. You will apply it, add to it, and pass it on to someone else. The mentor doesn’t hold back.  The student doesn’t shirk.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, July 7, 2013 5:48 PM

 

Mentoring in this age of social networking may occur to a degree through blog posts, articles, wikis, tweets, status updates, Skype video calls, websites, online videos, and emails, and that is a great start, but I am encouraging something more; a common time where a master unveils his secrets to a student privately.


Two people agreeing to set aside an hour each week or so, to the advancement of the craft and the individual.


===> Could be done through Twitter also to a wide group of willing to learn persons... <===



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How to Let Go: 5 Essential Tips

How to Let Go: 5 Essential Tips | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I often write about finding lightness in life. It can come from an unhurried but effective day at work. It can come from uncluttering and simplifying your home.
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Learning to let go of something in your past, of something that is just an unimportant distraction or of trying to control what you cannot control can free up huge amounts of the energy and the time you have to use for something better and more fulfilling.


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On Leadership and Leading in the Present Moment

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“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now”  ~ Martin Luther King Dr. King’s statement about the “fierce urgency of now”, extracted from his famous “I H...
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Great leaders are always looking for ways to innovate that involve extensible pilots and good ideas from their people. The resulting change management is much more powerful and durable when the innovation comes from within.

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How to Get Employees to Think Like an Owner

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If your business is going to grow, you need employees who can think like an owner. Here are a few techniques to make that happen.

Via Mark Taylor, ozziegontang, Bobby Dillard
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One of the great challenges in running a fast-growth company is aligning your company's vision, mission, value, and culture with the daily activities of the business. It is vital, however, as the growth of your company is in part dictated by how quickly you can transfer these values from the mind of the owner to everyone else.

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, June 23, 2013 7:56 AM

Here are some great ideas on leading employees from what we call in Tribal Leadership, Stage Two, to the next higher stage of development.

ozziegontang's curator insight, June 29, 2013 1:54 AM

From Fellow Vistage Chair, Mark Taylor

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7 Habits of Highly Sustainable Leaders

7 Habits of Highly Sustainable Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Build your Brain to Lead - Learn how to build your brain to last for the long haul.

Via John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA, Roy Sheneman, PhD, David Hain
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An informal survey of 150 senior managers who attended my last Sustainable Leaders Strategy workshop revealed the biggest challenge they faced was “having too much to do in too little time with fewer resources than ever before.”  The speed with which business must get done today is light years faster than even 15 or 20 years ago.  In many industries (technology), change happens too quickly and if you only strive to keep up, you will be out of business faster than you can say “Buck Rogers.”     

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, June 12, 2013 5:43 PM

Loved this post, especially #2! I also agree with Robert Allen, my brain was definitely designed to have ideas not hold them!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 6, 2013 12:32 PM

I liked points 2 and 3. People who are serial single-taskers are better listeners because they know when to listen. It is their only task in that moment.

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 7, 2013 10:05 PM

"There are only 24 hours in a day and you cannot create “more time” in a day.  The solution for most senior managers is to work longer and harder to get the job done.  The only problem with that solution is that it is a recipe for burn out.  What if you broke the rules and shifted your beliefs to recognize this truth:  Time is a limited resource & Energy is an infinitely unlimited resource.  You cannot create more time.  You can, however, create more energy by taking control not only of your time, but where your attention is within that time frame."

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Becoming a Better Judge of People

Becoming a Better Judge of People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Ten questions to help you understand the
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In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars?

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BE: Selfless - Influence Change - General Leadership

BE: Selfless - Influence Change - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Let’s take our Founding Fathers’ wise advice and each commit to doing something in our own spheres of influence to promote the positive change we so desperately yearn to see?
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To many of us, happiness means no more than the pursuit of wealth and status as embodied in such things as where we live, what we drive, how we look, what we wear, and how much we can accumulate for ourselves. Sadly, none of this is even close to what the citizen leaders who founded our nation had in mind at our country’s inception when they spoke of our fundamental rights as American citizens.

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