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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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Talking It Out: The New Conversation-centered Leadership, by Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz

Talking It Out: The New Conversation-centered Leadership, by Alan S. Berson and Richard G. Stieglitz | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Every year, hundreds of thousands of new graduates enter the business world, eager to climb the corporate ladder.
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In the face of pressing deadlines and the need to demonstrate immediate results, too many executives fail to invest the necessary time in leadership conversations.

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Listen to Serve: Servant Leadership and the Practice of Effective Listening | Robert K. Greenleaf

Listen to Serve: Servant Leadership and the Practice of Effective Listening | Robert K. Greenleaf | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @gvnngvnn: Listen to Serve: Servant Leadership and the Practice of Effective Listening http://t.co/kRTnW2m0EI thanks to @greenleafcenter
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Servant leadership reminds us of the importance of listening, and the practice of mindfulness. Listening allows us to look within ourselves and become aware of the barriers that inhibit our ability to listen effectively. It helps us discern information that leads to understanding, rather than judgment, which in turn leads to derision. We all have personal biases and prejudices even if we’d like to believe otherwise. Listening helps us serve by exposing prejudices that filter select words, warp messages, and prevent us from considering another point of view

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Manifest Against Mediocrity

Manifest Against Mediocrity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Come join the movement against mediocrity and pursue a life of greatness, abundance, and happiness. Step aside mediocrity, we've got it from here.... (Why do so many people quit on their dreams?
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Mediocrity is living in fear when there’s a whole world out there to be explored.

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10 Powerful Body Language Tips for your next Presentation

To Learn more about Presentations go to: http://soappresentations.com/free-downloads/ (10 Powerful Body Language Tips for your Next Presentation http://t.co/a4O129LSmn #leadership)...
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Great advice. 

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Sasquatch Leadership

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"Leaders are visible at times of crisis, invisible at times of success."  -Mohana Janam After stumbling across this quote recently...began to think of how accurately that describes the truly great ...
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Leaders who lack access and visibility create frustration…for the organization and those they lead.  And even beyond frustration…leadership disappearing acts fail to convey and create a safe and trusting environment within the organization.

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Why Transparency Is Always The Best Leadership Policy - Forbes

Why Transparency Is Always The Best Leadership Policy - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why Transparency Is Always The Best Leadership Policy
Forbes
Spin and I are good friends.
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Here are 10 simple reasons why transparency is always the best leadership policy.

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Hitting Rock Bottom, 3 Lessons Learned from Below - Self Stairway

Hitting Rock Bottom, 3 Lessons Learned from Below - Self Stairway | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lessons learned from hitting rock bottom and how becoming a better person is possible from the pit.
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Every person has a time in his or her life where everything seems to just go to shit. There may be a giant build up that ignites from one catalyst or they slowly sink into it as if they’re in quicksand. You eventually go to what is known as “Rock Bottom.” The good news is that you can come out on the other end a much better person if you are self-reflective.

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The 4 Pillars Of Stable Leadership

The 4 Pillars Of Stable Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Stable leaders model a level of constancy and consistency that individuals, teams, and organizations so desperately need, but often find missing.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Roger Francis, Bobby Dillard
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A lack of stability harms culture, stifles productivity, erodes trust, and makes it extremely difficult to retain top talent. Instability can also be a harbinger of bigger problems. The passing of time will usually reveal unstable leaders also tend to be lacking in several other areas.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 1, 2013 6:14 AM

Nice piece from Mike Myatt.

Rim Riahi's curator insight, July 3, 2013 1:40 AM

Stable #leaders model a level of constancy and consistency that individuals, #teams, and #organizations so desperately need, but often find missing.

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The 5 Ways to Spot an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

The 5 Ways to Spot an Emotionally Intelligent Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Research has shown us that more than 90 percent of top leadership performers have a high amount of emotional intelligence, or EI.

Via Garth Sanginiti
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High EQ leaders Understand that people work better when they feel appreciated and are always looking for ways to show give positive feedback and rewards for a job well done. They are also Secure in their own abilities, are not threatened by those under them and actively seek to help others work to the best of their capabilities and rise up the organization.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 1, 2013 7:47 PM

"The higher up the ladder that leaders are, the more people they impact and their EI becomes increasingly important. The person at the top sets the atmosphere that permeates the organization, including the emotional temperature."

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Keep Your Leaders Positive or Face Losing

Keep Your Leaders Positive or Face Losing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rmurxfN-o9k This coach was smart enough to realize what might happen if one of the most influential people on his team started to give up.... (This video is awesome.
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This coach was smart enough to realize what might happen if one of the most influential people on his team started to give up.

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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...


Via Garth Sanginiti
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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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11 Habits You Need to Give-Up to Be Happy

11 Habits You Need to Give-Up to Be Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Are your habits and routines sucking up your happiness?

Oftentimes we unknowingly hold on to little, obsessive habits that cause us a great deal of stress and unhappiness.  Even when we feel that something is wrong, we fail to seek the changes we need to make and instead cling to what’s not working, simply because it’s what we’re accustomed to.

It’s time to make a change.  It’s time to give up the habits that no longer serve your well-being and embrace the positive changes you need to be happy. Today is the perfect day to give up…

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How to Engage Stakeholders - Leadership Thoughts

How to Engage Stakeholders - Leadership Thoughts | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In this posts on stakeholder management we take a quick look at ineffective top management involvement and support and show you how to engage stakeholders.
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Management commitment is about motivating and leading by example. Consequently, genuine management commitment is essential for every project―if management do not support project management best practices openly and demonstrably or they are not fully committed to the proposed business change it is unlikely that their staff will take on that responsibility.

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Esta Lessing, CBAP®'s curator insight, December 29, 2013 11:12 PM

Although written for PMs, we as Business Analysts do this just as often and it is just as important! Do you always do proper stakeholder analysis prior to starting a Requirements Plan?

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Reflex

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Wanna be a good leader? Stop. There are countless stories, articles, books etc available on leadership (now there's +1) yet many if not all are focused on the leader in action. Let's thin...
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Reflective leadership is a higher model. It calls for confidence in one's approach even as the team members and on-lookers wish for the familiar frenzied activity of their past experience.

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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | 3 Ways Anyone Can Boost Team Performance

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | 3 Ways Anyone Can Boost Team Performance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
While you may be thinking the culture can only really be affected (for better or for worse) by the CEO or at least the C-suite leaders in an organization, think again.
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There is a direct link between culture and performance. While you may be thinking the culture can only really be affected (for better or for worse) by the CEO or at least the C-suite leaders in an organization, think again.  Regardless of your level in an organization you have the power to impact the culture for the better.  In doing so you are likely to not only create a better place to work, but also boost performance.

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Leadership Lessons From Gettysburg

Leadership Lessons From Gettysburg | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A century and a half ago, military leaders on both sides of the U.S. Civil War faced some of their toughest challenges in what became the decisive battle. What leadership lessons does history have for you?
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Gettysburg marked the war's turning point, and the battle has been the subject of as much study as any conflict in U.S. military history. More recently, it's been used as a study of leadership, especially leadership in business.

In honor of the 150th anniversary, here are four such lessons, based primarily on the actions of three of the military leaders: Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, Union Gen. George Meade, and Col. Joshua Chamberlain, whose stand at Little Round Top helped turn the tide of the battle that turned the tide of the war.

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Jazz-Inspired Leadership: Change Observer: Design Observer

Jazz-Inspired Leadership: Change Observer: Design Observer | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Organizations most responsive to change are often the ones that replace the orchestral model with a new one — the jazz combo.
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Faced with inevitable change, effective managers plan carefully as they lead their organizations through uncharted territory, like a conductor directing an orchestra in perfect harmony. But change does not always lend itself to the careful precision of well-rehearsed orchestration. 

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The emergence of a new generation of business innovators

The emergence of a new generation of business innovators | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

When you look at the environmental and social challenges we face, it's often tough to stay optimistic. The worst predictions of climate science are coming true. Resource scarcity – especially water – is a major threat to business and the economy. Worker conditions around the world, like those that lead to the unfathomable tragedies in Bangladesh, can seem like intractable problems. And the political system that we need to tackle big issues is mostly broken.


Via Peter Verschuere, Tania Kowritski, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

When you look at the environmental and social challenges we face, it's often tough to stay optimistic. The worst predictions of climate science are coming true. Resource scarcity – especially water – is a major threat to business and the economy. Worker conditions around the world, like those that lead to the unfathomable tragedies in Bangladesh, can seem like intractable problems. And the political system that we need to tackle big issues is mostly broken.

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Josie's curator insight, July 1, 2013 9:14 AM

Oh My! What Innovations! :)))) Please read and be inspired and support too!

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Transformational Leadership Has Positive Effects on Employee Well-Being

A transformational leadership style—valued for stimulating innovation and worker performance—is also associated with increased well-being among employees, reports a study in the July Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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"A transformational leadership style, which conveys a sense of trust and meaningfulness and individually challenges and develops employees, could lead to greater employee well-being," according to the new research by Christine Jacobs of University of Cologne and colleagues.

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Graham Wilson's curator insight, July 2, 2013 4:44 AM

Ensure people feel great improves results - simple really!!

Tom Hood's curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:32 AM

Transformational eadership and increased employee well-being. Four traits of transformational leaders are: 1) leading by example, 2) making employees feel they are contributing to a common goal, 3) providing intellectual stimulation, and 4) giving positive feedback for good performance. 

Natalie Savage's curator insight, July 9, 2013 7:55 PM

Yes, it is all about leadership.

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Choosing to Make a Positive Difference - General Leadership

Choosing to Make a Positive Difference - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What opportunities might have you missed today to build value into someone’s life? More importantly, what opportunities exist right in front of you to do something that could brighten someone’s day or lightens someone load?

Via Garth Sanginiti
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We all possess the ability to build value in others lives...

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, July 1, 2013 8:19 PM

It's all about choice..."Kelley lives in Texas and builds custom swimming pools for a living. Well, most of the time, anyway. With the economy putting a significant dent in his business and drain on his pocketbook, he has had to moonlight recently."

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4 Signs Your Leadership Isn't Working

4 Signs Your Leadership Isn't Working | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There are ALWAYS warning signs. It hardly ever comes as a complete surprise. Team members begin backing away. Meetings lose energy and focus. Complaints rise. Morale falls. Then one day it becomes ...
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Here are 4 warning signs that your leadership isn’t working

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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.
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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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