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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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Why Some Innovative Leaders Get Exceptional Results

Why Some Innovative Leaders Get Exceptional Results | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How is it that only a few business leaders and entrepreneurs seem to drive exceptional results and disruptive innovation in this rapidly changing market economy (marketquake)? These few seem more adept at executing market and technology turns, not just incremental evolution. They consistently take bold steps to stay ahead of [...]

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Here are ten processes that drive the disruptive innovations that entrepreneurs and startups all dream about:

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Gerald Hinteregger's curator insight, March 20, 6:23 AM

Auch hier steht wieder das Thema Vertrauen und Integrität an erster Stelle. Ohne das GEHT ES NICHT. Zumindest nicht auf Dauer.

Efficienarta's curator insight, March 24, 4:35 AM

Actions not words! (My old school motto)

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Revealing The Secret To Successful Leadership

Revealing The Secret To Successful Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn about the one thing successful leaders do that more of us need to do in leading our teams and organizations.
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The secret to successful leadership is not any one thing. Rather, it’s an intricate, myriad web of interconnected behaviours, competencies and actions that leaders need to employ consistently over the course of their leadership. Elements which will not only serve to define their leadership, but which will help to illustrate the raison d’être behind why we do what we do.

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7 Trade Secrets To How Creative People Constantly Stay Innovative | Elite Daily

7 Trade Secrets To How Creative People Constantly Stay Innovative | Elite Daily | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Creativity is basically innovation; there really is minimal difference.

Via Wade Mitzel
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Because our lives cause a lot of noise, it can be very difficult to allow the mind to generate ideas, especially good ones. The most innovative and creative individuals all have ways of calming their minds and focusing on the task at hand. Only with calmness and focus can you reach your full creative and innovative potential.

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The Overwhelmed Employee

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Now is the time to think holistically about your company’s work environment and consider what you can do to create passion, engagement, and commitment. It may be “the issue” we face in business over the next few years.

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Sushma Sharma's curator insight, March 17, 1:18 AM

Much needed

Paul Cadario's curator insight, March 17, 2:39 PM

A global problem for organizations

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4 Behaviors You Never Want to See in a Leader - Entrepreneur

4 Behaviors You Never Want to See in a Leader - Entrepreneur | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Entrepreneur 4 Behaviors You Never Want to See in a Leader Entrepreneur We all have our own perceptions of what “effective” leadership looks like, so trying to define what is right to hundreds or thousands of people would be an effort in futility...
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 Leaders are expected to comport themselves professionally, and that means having the self- and social-awareness to know when to put up, shut up or blow up.

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Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Why Good Managers Are So Rare | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Gallup data shows they have a combination of hard-to-teach traits.

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If great managers seem scarce, it’s because the talent required to be one is rare. In the following article, Gallup shares that great managers possess certain specific talents. Well worth checking out.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 14, 2:59 AM

Gallup’s research reveals that about one in ten people possess all the necessary traits to be a great manager.

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8 Things You Should Never Give Up for a Relationship

8 Things You Should Never Give Up for a Relationship | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Never let anyone or anything get in the way of your joy.  Live a life that sizzles and pops and makes you laugh out loud every day.  Because you don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that your life is a collection of meetings and “someday’s” and errands and receipts and empty promises.


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Yes, You Do Have Time To Mentor--Here's How To Make The Most Of It

Yes, You Do Have Time To Mentor--Here's How To Make The Most Of It | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Mentoring is a way to be smart about investing in your future. Here's how to fit it into your busy life.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Mentoring takes place in all kinds of situations--at work and in the rest of life. Make time for it and it will come back to reward you down the line.

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The Real Thing Holding You Back From Innovation - Fast Company

The Real Thing Holding You Back From Innovation - Fast Company | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Not long ago, I spoke to a group of CIOs from large companies on the topic of innovation.


Via Stuart Goode, Gary Bamford, Bobby Dillard
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As frustrating as it can be to have people do something different from what you tell them, it can have an even bigger negative effect on your ability to lead. As people realize that what you tell them is not a good predictor of what they really ought to be doing, they stop listening. Then, you have to put in a lot of effort to reestablish trust.

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Stuart Goode's curator insight, February 19, 5:38 AM

The articles correct, we all talk about needing innovation but when it comes to it, the innovative idea is never supported

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28 Ways to Uncomplicate Your Relationships

28 Ways to Uncomplicate Your Relationships | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living

Via Peter Shanks
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The more you judge, the less you see and love.  It’s easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them – their present and their past – but you’d be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 8, 6:30 AM

If success in life depends on relationships, we need to recognise that where they are not right, only we can do something about it.

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How the Best Places to Work are Nailing Employee Engagement

How the Best Places to Work are Nailing Employee Engagement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Research shows four out of 10 workers are disengaged globally. In the U.S., the situation is worse. According to the latest State of the American Workplace Report, 70 percent of U.S. workers don’t like their job, creating an environment where many workers are emotionally disconnected from their workplace and less [...]

Via Kevin Watson
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Having the right engagement practices powered by understanding the drivers most meaningful to employees can work towards creating a more motivated and high-performing workforce. Committing to an intentional culture that’s open, transparent, and enables employees to thrive is important for retaining top performers.

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Feeling Burned Out? The One Change That Could Fix Everything

Feeling Burned Out? The One Change That Could Fix Everything | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What do Steve Jobs, Bob Dylan, and Plato all have in common? Apart from being some of the most influential people in history, all of them thought of...
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The Sandbox Manifesto

The Sandbox Manifesto | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Live the manifesto as these kids in the sandbox do. Play is the work. We work better, we play stronger, and we dream bigger when we know we this.The success of our students, communities, and organizations is waiting at the edge of the sandbox.
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Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership ... - Forbes

Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership ... - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Return On Self-Awareness: Research Validates The Bottom Line Of Leadership ...
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The phrase nosce teipsum, know thyself, has been a classic theme throughout history.
John Michel's insight:

 Self-awareness is the most crucial developmental breakthrough for accelerating personal leadership growth and authenticity.  Learning to pause to build self-awareness is an evolving process critical to leader success. 

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 19, 8:03 AM

(From the article): 

  It is extremely valuable to know ourselves in order to leverage our potentialities:
 

We need to know our strengths to assert them in the appropriate circumstances;We need to know our vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and distressing emotions, to check them and to prevent asserting them inappropriately and in non-value creating ways;When we are not self-aware, people around us have a better sense of our strengths and weaknesses than we do, and we lose credibility;When we are self-aware, we are more in touch with reality; people trust and respect us more.

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How to Build a Culture of Innovation by Killing Mediocrity Pt. 1

How to Build a Culture of Innovation by Killing Mediocrity Pt. 1 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Innovation Suffocates in a Culture of Mediocrity: How to breathe life into company culture to compete for the futureIdeas are a dime a dozen. Everyone seems to have one or more.
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Risk management is no longer an executive’s leverage. While risk should always be considered, they’re guardrails in the end. Governance, legal, and decision-making as it exists was defined for an era of business that is gone or ephemeral. Creativity, ingenuity, and inspiration are to be celebrated moving forward. The hardest part is recognizing that the culture that lives today is actually stifling breakthroughs.

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Workzone: Good leadership key to loving your job - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Workzone: Good leadership key to loving your job - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Workzone: Good leadership key to loving your job
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"In most cases, it's because of the leader," said Jim Concelman, vice president of leadership for Development Dimensions International in Scott.
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Companies with low employee engagement face the very real risk of losing their most valuable employees, literally or figuratively.



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Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question

Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is the Wrong Question | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Are leaders born or made?  When I pose this question to executives or HR professionals, the vast majority say that leaders are made; that is, leadership is something one can learn. Yet researchers have found traits, such as extraversion and intelligence, which differentiate leaders from others.  This seems to imply that we can identify future leaders by looking at their traits – but we must be cautious when drawing such conclusions.


Via Roger Francis
John Michel's insight:

Leaders make themselves. Leaders know that leadership starts with simple traits. How thoroughly we develop those traits is the journey we called leadership. 

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 16, 9:08 AM

(From the article) So are leaders born or made?  What is this question really asking?  If it is asking whether someone will emerge as a leader among a group of peers, then those types of leaders are born.  But if it is asking whether someone will perform effectively in a leadership position, then that is dependent on the context, the type of job, and the person’s ability to develop leadership skills. This cannot be predicted by their traits.

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Leadership Lessons for Mr. Putin - Forbes

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This article is by David Kline, a journalist in Portland, Oregon, who was the first American to report on the anti-Soviet resistance war in Afghanistan.
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Militarily, it is true (for now) that the Ukraine’s armed forces cannot stop Russian troops from asserting their power anywhere they wish to do so in Ukrainian territory. But power is not the same thing as control, which is something Mr. Putin should have learned from Afghanistan.

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10 Simple Things You Can Be Grateful for Even When Times are Tough

10 Simple Things You Can Be Grateful for Even When Times are Tough | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Some
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Have you paused to count your Blessings today? 

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Angie Mc's curator insight, March 13, 11:23 PM

Sweet, personal account of gratitude.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 14, 1:15 PM

It seems easier to complain than accept what we have with gratitude. This is an excellent article in pointing out was to life the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, March 18, 2:15 PM

Good stuff!

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8 Ways to Say No Without Hurting Your Image

8 Ways to Say No Without Hurting Your Image | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you want something done, ask a busy person. The old saying rings true, but it also spells doom for that busy person. When you develop a reputation for being responsive and generous, an ever

Via Amy Melendez
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Being a giver is not about saying yes to all of the people all of the time to all of the requests. It’s about saying yes to some of the people (generous givers and “matchers” who aim for quid pro quo, but not necessarily the selfish takers) some of the time (when it won’t compromise your own goals and ambitions) to some of the requests (when you have resources or skills that are uniquely relevant).

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Amy Melendez's curator insight, March 13, 12:46 AM

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” Warren Buffet

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The #1 Leadership Rule For Employee Motivation - Forbes

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The #1 Leadership Rule For Employee Motivation
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The case for giving employees autonomy in how to carry out their work has been backed up for half a century by psychological and management research. It may surprise you just how strong the case is—until you look in the mirror and think about what you would require to do great work face to face with customers every day.

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9 Ways To Share Your Strategic Thinking Skills With Your Team

9 Ways To Share Your Strategic Thinking Skills With Your Team | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You already have the tools you need to help your team succeed--your strategic thinking skills. Here's how to put them to use.

Via Judy Knight, Wise Leader™, Aki Puustinen
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The words you use are tools that will shape your organization. So think carefully about the vocabulary you use because it shapes the reality in which your people think.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 8, 6:19 AM

"As Jessica Amortegui, director of global talent development at VMware told us, “The formal top-down approach where strategy is rolled down to execute no longer works in this [fast-paced] environment." She believes a more flexible philosophy that allows companies to pivot quickly as conditions change is emerging. Executives can provide a guideline for what "true north" is, but it is up to each business to define a strategic path to get there."

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How To Be A Better Leader By Rewiring Your Brain - Inc.com

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How To Be A Better Leader By Rewiring Your Brain
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Controlling the way your brain responds to emotions isn't as complicated as it sounds. A psychologist explains the steps that will change your behavior.

Via Rami Kantari, Bob Cowper, Wise Leader™, Jose Luis Anzizar, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

 Your time is a profound gift to someone else. The act of giving also helps you improve your optimism and outlook."

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 9, 7:32 PM

Or put more simplistically - Think before you act.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 10, 8:43 AM

Better Leader...Great one

Nacho Vega's curator insight, March 10, 4:12 PM

"Emotional Intelligence (EQ), the ability to recognize, understand, and control your own and others' emotions." Do you want to know more... just follow this link!

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[New Post] 3 Forces That Shape Character

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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, March 5, 6:10 AM

Choose wisely !

Vittorio Grieco's curator insight, March 5, 11:01 AM
1. IDENTITY THE HABIT YOU’D LIKE TO TRANSFORM AND SET THE INTENTION.2. OBSERVE WHAT THE OLD HABIT OR PATHWAY IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE.3. SHIFT YOUR FOCUS.4. USE YOUR IMAGINATION.5. INTERRUPT YOUR THOUGHTS AND PATTERNS WHEN THEY ARISE.6. USE AVERSION THERAPY.7.  CREATE A SPECIFIC PLAN AND CHOOSE WHAT TO DO INSTEAD.8. TRANSFORM THE OBSTACLES.9. CONNECT WITH YOUR HIGHER SOURCE FOR INSPIRATION AND SUPPORT.10. TRANSFORM AND MAKE THE SHIFT.
MyKLogica's curator insight, March 6, 9:34 AM

#Leadership #Liderazgo


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10 Leadership Lessons From U.S. Commanding General John E. Michel

10 Leadership Lessons From U.S. Commanding General John E. Michel | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Brigadier General John E. Michel is the Commanding General, NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan; NATO Training Mission/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan; and Commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to...
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Ten lessons for change leaders...be it on the battlefield, classroom or in the boardroom. 

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buket's curator insight, March 2, 12:41 PM

Ten lessons for change leaders...be it on the battlefield, classroom or in the boardroom. 

"Make lifelong learning something you believe in and invest in. "