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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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Dumb Questions, Dumb Answers and Dumbed Down Decisions

Dumb Questions, Dumb Answers and Dumbed Down Decisions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Are you on automatic or conscious and in charge of your life and contributions? (Dumb Questions, Dumb Answers and Dumbed Down Decisions Dumb questions, dumb answers and how they impact your...


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It’s time to take control of the programming of negative automatic self-talk. Let your brain search its files for a more positive, constructive, and useful answer.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, June 29, 2013 12:37 PM
Article addresses impact of negative self-talk and provides some ideas on how to turn negative into positive self-talk. Remember, negative thoughts produce negative actions so we have to take every thought captive.
Darlene Karpaski's comment, July 1, 2013 7:36 PM
Being able to choose something new outside of past programming means being able to see with new eyes and hear with new ears. Changing around some of the people, places and things exposes you to different aspects of self that lie just below the surface of doing things the same way over and over.
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How to Hold Onto a Kid’s Natural Genius

How to Hold Onto a Kid’s Natural Genius | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In many schools, students are asked to shut down what makes them special in order to conform. But standing out is critical in this world.
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 “Very quickly in school we ask students to shut down what makes them special in order to conform. But standing out is critical in this world.”

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7 Traits Necessary for Building Thought Leadership Online - Jenise Fryatt Bio | Cvent

7 Traits Necessary for Building Thought Leadership Online - Jenise Fryatt Bio | Cvent | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Contrary to what many people think, you don't have to have all the
answers to become known as a leader within your content marketing
niche....
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Contrary to what many people think, you don't have to have all the answers to become known as a leader within your content marketing niche.

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Why the “Status Quo” is Dead and 3 Things You Need To Do About It | Sanborn and Associates

Why the “Status Quo” is Dead and 3 Things You Need To Do About It | Sanborn and Associates | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Staying the same is the fastest way to fall behind. Learn 3 things that you can do right now to overcome the mythical status quo.
John Michel's insight:
In a relative world, you either get better or you get worse. Period. The fact is that even if you stay the same, those around you are getting better and, thus,compared to your competition, you are getting worse. There is no “I made it this far so now I just have to maintain” or “It has always worked this way” mentality that will keep you successful.
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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:57 AM

As the host of Leading Beyond the Status Quo show, I love this post!  

 

1. Learn

There are few things in the world more powerful and important than designing a personal learning plan.  Working 8-5 daily provides an environment conducive for learning new strategies and techniques, but that is not enough. If you want to reach the levels that no one else will reach, you have to be willing to do the work that no one else will do.  In other words, you must be committed to learning inside and outside of your career path if you want to stay competitive.

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360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog: Why you Should Add Humor to your Leadership Toolbox

360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog: Why you Should Add Humor to your Leadership Toolbox | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
360 Feedback: A Leadership Blog: Why you Should Add Humor to your Leadership Toolbo... http://t.co/zrtHdFH4DI
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We talk often about innovationfeedback and engaging your employees. However, maybe one way to really make a difference at your work is to develop a sense of humor. In fact, humor might be the key to help you persevere no matter what life throws at you.

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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Leaders Under Construction

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | Leaders Under Construction | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Progress is inherently messy. Yet convention seems to pull for us to always look like we have it all together.
What if we didn’t have to “look good” all the time?

Via Kevin Watson
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Whenever you deviate from what has become “tried and true” for you, you are probably going to stumble a bit.  You will make mistakes.  You may even look bad to those around you on occasion.

Yet unless you actually extend yourself beyond your comfort zone into new ways of doing things or seize an opportunity that stretches you, meaningful and satisfying progress is not likely.

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BlessingWhite enews: Leadership Development vs. Employee Engagement

BlessingWhite enews: Leadership Development vs. Employee Engagement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Organisational development budgets are limited these days — companies are running lean on all fronts and training resources are as pared back as they have ever been. So it's important that every initiative counts.

Training leaders who are trying to do more with less often ask us which approaches will produce the best results: 1) Training the more senior ranks in the organisation to become better leaders or 2) Focusing on theengagement of the broader employee base?


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Effective leadership is engagement. Having leaders who can help cascade the vision and inspire others to exceptional performance is an equally important part of making engagement flourish in your team, your department, and your company.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 28, 2013 7:22 AM

Very interesting trends and discussion.

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Followership: the Corollary to Leadership

Followership: the Corollary to Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The world is focused on creating good leaders, but often overlooking an equally important factor: educating great followers. 


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Great leaders will not guarantee an optimal organization, but great followers will come close.  The best organizational leaders will come from the ranks of the followers.  Therefore, focus on creating great followers and great leaders will emerge.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, June 27, 2013 10:37 AM
Read this related blog post by Val Van Brocklin: Is 'great followership' the real secret to great leadership? (http://www.policeone.com/chiefs-sheriffs/articles/6283412-Is-great-followership-the-real-secret-to-great-leadership) + my article with Barbara Kellerman: http://sco.lt/79q6cr.
Angie Mc's curator insight, June 27, 2013 11:37 AM

The "followership" principles can be applied to the family dynamic, supporting each member to see their individual value as contributing to the betterment of the whole.

Chris R Stricklin's curator insight, February 11, 2014 9:13 AM

"Followership, like leadership, is a role and not a destination."

—    Michael McKinney

 

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10 Employee Engagement-Destroying Perceptions You Cannot Afford

10 Employee Engagement-Destroying Perceptions You Cannot Afford | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you want to improve employee engagement, boost employee morale, and maximize employee productivity, you cannot simply do the “right things.” It’s not enough to model best practices … (RT @EmplyEngagement: 10 #Employee Engagement-Destroying Perceptions...

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John Michel's insight:

The human brain is hard-wired to notice and remember negative things more effectively than positive. That’s because the brain is hard-wired for survival, and is basically designed for a bygone “caveman/cavewoman” era. When you consider this, it makes sense that the brain registers and remembers objects and events associated with negative emotions more effectively than those associated with positive emotions.

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Gene Shklover, PhD's curator insight, June 24, 2013 10:33 PM

nice list questions to ask your client :))

Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, June 27, 2013 10:00 PM

"Thus, when it comes to employee engagement, employee morale, and employee productivity, employers must recognize what they do that might be damaging employee engagement, morale, and productivity. Likewise, managers must know how to do the same at an individual level. Otherwise, the negatives will overshadow all the good practices you implement."

Michael_J_Stone's curator insight, June 28, 2013 8:31 AM

Is this your "wake up test?" How many of these perceptions can be heard in your building? It seems like everyone I have ever spoken to about their job has said at least one of these ten things. 

 

Which one of these will you act on? 

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Use storytelling to communicate your company's values

Use storytelling to communicate your company's values | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Storytelling can be a powerful tool when you want to communicate your company's values. Storytelling is what motivates and engages your employees - Torben Rick

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John Michel's insight:

Many corporate communication plans fail to convey something fundamental to a company’s operations: its values.

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David Ednie's curator insight, June 26, 2013 4:59 AM

Stories capture and transfer emotions and meaning. Stories remin and reinforce values, beliefs and behaviours. Are you using stories to tell your story?

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Leadership Without Presumption: Lessons From Eisenhower

Leadership Without Presumption: Lessons From Eisenhower | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Intellectuals scoffed at Eisenhower during his time in office. Now his leadership style seems like genius. (RT @Inc: Leadership without presumption: Lessons from Eisenhower.
John Michel's insight:

During the war years, Eisenhower earned his five stars because he proved to be a diligent, effective leader who could think strategically. After the war, Eisenhower became president of Columbia University and later, the 34th President of the United States. But Eisenhower didn’t achieve his leadership successes because he was particularly charismatic or because he was a brilliant orator with sweeping visions. He was a leader because he was adept at maneuvering within political circles. He preferred to move agendas forward and get things done rather than advance his own ego.

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6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader

6 Ways To Talk Like a Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your speech should advance your leadership, not undermine it.
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Effective leadership requires verbal discipline.

Leaders need to care about and practice the quality, specificity, and power of their language. Not enough of them do.

Communication is particularly crucial to entrepreneurs. A founder’s individual vision and presence is vital to his or her organization’s sense of itself and its direction. There are several ways a leader can immediately improve his or her language and communication.
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Nelson Mandela’s Legend: 7 Leadership Lessons

Nelson Mandela’s Legend: 7 Leadership Lessons | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We’re all aware that Nelson Mandela is critically ill in hospital and close to his passing.
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Seven profound lessons that CEOs and leaders can learn from the great Nelson “Madiba” Mandela.

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At Work: One size doesn't fit all on leadership - USA TODAY

At Work: One size doesn't fit all on leadership - USA TODAY | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
At Work: One size doesn't fit all on leadership
USA TODAY
COLUMN: Political, leadership skills aren't the same. Some of the complaints I hear: • He's cold as ice. • She doesn't delegate. • He only cares about short-term goals.
John Michel's insight:

So what is good leadership? It's not about muscle or might. It's not about title. It doesn't mean that your compassion for people or ambition to get things done overrides everything else.

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Protect Your Culture Not Your Ego - Leadership Thoughts

Protect Your Culture Not Your Ego - Leadership Thoughts | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to protect the culture of your home or business sensibly. Culture tips on balancing insulation against isolation of your business from the community.
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Protecting your culture is serious business. It takes a very short amount of time and just a pinch of apathy to send all your hard work into a tail-spin.

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How to Build a Winning Team

How to Build a Winning Team | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Winning is about leading your people in four very specific ways. By Jack and Suzy Welch. (Great article on leadership. http://t.co/DXSxWNOUZs)
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On winning teams, leaders spend the vast majority of their time lavishing love on top performers. Yes, love: rewarding them for every contribution, building their self-confidence so they have the guts to take on even greater challenges, and holding them up as a role model for others on the team. Similarly, on winning teams, leaders devote a lot of energy to middling performers, relentlessly coaching. And as for the do-nothings: leaders face into these individuals with a sense of reality, spending only the time to help them put together a résumé and find a job where they will be more successful.

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On Leadership and Living a Below Average Life

On Leadership and Living a Below Average Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
His mother dropped out in the 3rd grade and then married at age 13. When he was 18, his parents divorced. Growing up in a rough part of Detroit was no plus, either. In effect, he had nothing going ...
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We learn how to really live and truly lead at the extremes, and often that means extreme failure or disappointment.

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The imperative for Social Leadership

The imperative for Social Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The ability to use a computer, smartphone and tablet is essential to operate in today's workplace. The ability to negotiate, to set direction, influence and contract with others is also key. The wo...
John Michel's insight:

The Social Age requires social skillssocial capital: we have to understand the nature of the changing dynamics of employment, of the changing nature of authority, of the changing nature of technology and the impacts it has on trust, on integrity, on privacy and collaboration. For every upside, there is a risk.

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Everything You Think About Business Leadership Is Changing

Everything You Think About Business Leadership Is Changing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Quick. Picture a business leader.The one that traditionally comes to mind is that of a Jack-Welchian type “taking the hill,” “gaining share,” “beating the competition,

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Thus, the prototypical leader of the future will shift from the steely-eyed command-and-control type to one who is more open to feedback….one who specializes in communication, collaboration and co-ordination.

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Sushma Sharma's curator insight, June 28, 2013 8:26 PM

Great article on shift from control and command to be subordinating our ego to listening into customers . 

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7 Unconventional Ways to Build Your Confidence

7 Unconventional Ways to Build Your Confidence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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If you were able to maintain a level of self-confidence that no circumstance could shake, what would you be doing differently?  Just imagine the things you would accomplish if you were confident that you COULD.

This kind of confidence comes from positive self-imaging, and it is something that you can proactively build for yourself.  It doesn’t happen while you wait passively.  When you leave it up to external factors, you build your self-confidence on sandy ground.  What you need is a rock-solid foundation, and this only comes from building it from within.

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Deborah Long's curator insight, July 6, 2013 6:20 PM

Step outside your comfort zone to gain new insights and build your confidence.

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E is for Effective Time Management to Ensure Balance in Your Life

E is for Effective Time Management to Ensure Balance in Your Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn how to manage your time more effectively, find your balance and to live a more fulfilling life from Brigadier General Jim Vechery. Time Management
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Here are four simple steps you can take to help yourself manage time effectively. Think of the word TIME as a memory jogger:
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Resistance to change in organisations is not necessarily a problem

Resistance to change in organisations is not necessarily a problem | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Resistance to change in organisations is not necessarily a problem because it is to be expected.


Via the Change Samurai, David Hain
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In today’s business reality the level of complexity and the increased rate of change cause challenges for many leaders. Motivating people to change direction, building new strategies, transforming business models, and adopting new ways of collaboration. Quite a challenge!

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David Hain's curator insight, June 27, 2013 3:23 AM

These things will happen, because we're human -  but with better change leadership the dip is shorter and less painful...

Harry Cannon's curator insight, June 27, 2013 4:58 AM

Resistance to change is normal, and can tell you a lot about what you need to do. If you listen, that is.

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The Power of Failure

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The always quoteable Malcolm Gladwell tackles failure in this NEW essay from The New Yorker.


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"Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. In other words, we would not consciously engage upon tasks whose success clearly requires that creativity be forthcoming. Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be."

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, June 26, 2013 1:33 PM
Excerpt from the article: "Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. In other words, we would not consciously engage upon tasks whose success clearly requires that creativity be forthcoming. Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be."
Douglas E Castle's curator insight, June 26, 2013 6:05 PM

My failures have taught me far more than my successes.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 3, 2013 11:17 AM

I enjoy Gladwell's writing.

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The Gift Of Being Present - Lolly Daskal | Lolly Daskal

The Gift Of Being Present - Lolly Daskal | Lolly Daskal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @nicolejdeering: RT @LollyDaskal: New Post: The Gift Of Being Present http://t.co/pyye1TT47A #leadfromwithin #leadership #tchat
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Reduce life’s challenges by going deeper within yourself to receive the gifts of being present.

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6 Employee-First-Day Tips for the Boss

6 Employee-First-Day Tips for the Boss | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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With a crop of new grads and veteran job transfers ready to report for that first day at work, now is the time to ensure that your onboarding practices keep your new hire motivated and feeling excited about working for you.

These tips can help you succeed:




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Daniel Watson's curator insight, June 25, 2013 4:24 AM


As a business owner, the process of advertising, vetting, interviewing and recruiting a key new staff member can consume a lot of time, yet more time needs to be expended to ensure the success of the new employee.


One area many business owners fall down on, is not making enough time available on the employees first day to see them and make sure their introduction to the business is as good as it needs to be if the new employee is to feel welcome and valued.


This excellent article, strongly suggests the business owner needs to be an integral part of the day one of any new key employee, and it offers 6 tips that business owners can follow to get their on-boarding of a new employeee right.

Bond Beebe Accountants & Advisors's curator insight, June 25, 2013 8:19 AM

The first few weeks are crucial to the success of any new employee.  These steps are simple, but they will help you get your new hires off to a productive start.

hayden bridal shop's comment, June 26, 2013 1:35 AM
very good