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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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Coaching: Beyond the Sports Icon

Coaching: Beyond the Sports Icon | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Often, the sports metaphor doesn't work so well in business coaching. Here's why.
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If your responsibility is to lead, manage, and supervise people on a daily basis, the sports model of coaching isn’t necessarily going to get you there. It’s crucial that leaders coach, but not necessarily along the lines of a hard-nosed athletic director.

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Writing: Change Yourself, Change the World - Lifehack

Writing: Change Yourself, Change the World - Lifehack | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Writing lets you experience many beautiful things. Discover the ways it can change not only you, but the whole world you live in.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Personal growth implies changing things about yourself, whereas personal evolution implies radically accepting who you are and allowing changes to occur naturally.

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Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker

Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If spontaneity is something you need to work on, consider trying out some of these improvisation exercises to get your mind thinking more quickly and creatively.

Via Bobby Dillard
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We can’t completely plan out everything that happens in our lives. Instead a lot of the situations we find ourselves in we have to respond to spontaneously – which requires a certain amount of fast and creative thinking on the spot.


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Seven Paths to a Meaningful Life

Seven Paths to a Meaningful Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A giant in the field of social psychology draws on five decades of teaching and research to reveal the secrets of a fulfilling life to today's graduating seniors.

Via Brad Abbott, David Hain, Bobby Dillard
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Teachers who inspire their students are everyday heroes, who should be more treasured by our society, as should parents and guardians like you here today who have sacrificed much for the well-being and success of your longtime students.

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Smart Leaders Engage Tomorrow's Workforce

Smart Leaders Engage Tomorrow's Workforce | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I'm off to Chicago for #SHRM13 and am very excited to see everyone and for all the events. The topic most pressing on my mind today is the battle for young, emerging talent and how fierce the competition is these days in certain sectors.
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The great (not so) secret driver of Millennial (and every generation btw) engagement is emotion. In order to hook this free-spirited talent you need to win their hearts and souls, as well as their heads. Research has shown that emotional commitment is four times as strong as rational commitment (i.e. just a paycheck) in motivating stellar performance.

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6 Steps to Asking Effective Questions: Lessons from the Magic 8 Ball

6 Steps to Asking Effective Questions: Lessons from the Magic 8 Ball | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Magic 8 Ball® (Mattel Toys)(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Today’s data explosion is leading to decision implosion. What we crave for – what is needed - is the simplicity and clarity offered by the Magic 8 Ball® (Mattel Toys).
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What skills can the Magic 8 Ball teach us to enable us to break through the information logjam to develop meaningful answers?


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4 Ways Technology Is Transforming Business Strategy

4 Ways Technology Is Transforming Business Strategy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

In the future, we can expect technology cycles to continue to shorten, making planning cycles less and less realistic and tenable. History, it seems, ain’t what it used to be.


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Those who subscribe to the great man theory believe that history’s course is determined by the impact of highly capable individuals.  While many disagree, it’s hard to argue that talented individuals have not played a part.  However, by now it’s clear that intelligence has evolved, partly through the global networks mentioned above. While many still focus on great individuals, in fact, it’s the network not the nodes that create real change.  Teams, not stars.  Platforms, not brands. Movements, not messiahs.

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Work-Life "Balance" Isn't the Point

Work-Life "Balance" Isn't the Point | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Strive for work-life

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Climbing the organizational ladder often requires employees to work long hours and deal with difficult and complex issues. Some days on the job are likely fun and positive and other days are tension-filled and stressful. A common dilemma for many people is how they manage all of the competing demands in work and life and avoid letting any negative effects of work spill over into their personal lives.

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Emma Sue Prince's curator insight, June 17, 2013 5:46 AM

This is a great post on doing both effectively...

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Can We Learn From Bad Leaders?

Can We Learn From Bad Leaders? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
» Can We Learn From Bad Leaders? | "…on the shoulder of giants."

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Bad leadership produces bad results and a bad example to follow, even if only to learn what not to do.  We don’t study divorce to learn what makes marriages work; we don’t study addiction to discover the secrets to sobriety; why would we use bad leadership to show us what good leadership is supposed to do?

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Does Your Klout Score Determine Your Value? | Social Media Examiner

Does Your Klout Score Determine Your Value? | Social Media Examiner | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Return on Influence: Understand how you measure up on the social web and what that score means to your career or your business.
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A very interesting (if not somewhat unnerving) proposition.

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Take These Two Steps To Beat The Coming Shortage Of Leaders - Forbes

Take These Two Steps To Beat The Coming Shortage Of Leaders - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Take These Two Steps To Beat The Coming Shortage Of Leaders
Forbes
American companies are facing a major leadership crisis.
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The demand for quality leadership is expected to far outpace the supply in the coming years. And that means organizations are facing a leadership succession challenge bigger than ever before.

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Change: Sailing into Uncharted Waters - General Leadership

Change: Sailing into Uncharted Waters - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We are at our best when we choose to see change as an opportunity, not as an obstacle; to recognize it as a potential friend rather than a foe.
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The result of the now famous Battle of Trafalgar proved a major victory for the British forces that forever changed the way future naval engagements would be fought. And it was all made possible because of a leader who was willing able to overcome the allure of sticking with the status quo and develop an innovative solution to a perplexing problem.

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10 Ways You're Killing Your Credibility

10 Ways You're Killing Your Credibility | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Credibility is everything in the business world. It's hard to build but easy to destroy. And your success depends on it.

Via Steve Black, David Hain
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Credibility is a powerful thing, not just because it has so much impact on your future, but also because you have so much control over it. With rare exception, it's more or less in your hands. And here are the biggest pitfalls you need to avoid.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 14, 2013 8:55 AM

I experience dishonesty in many forms on a daily basis. It is like people think we do not know. The question is: why are they dishonest?

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5 Transitions Great Leaders Make That Average Leaders Don't - Forbes

5 Transitions Great Leaders Make That Average Leaders Don't - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
5 Transitions Great Leaders Make That Average Leaders Don't
Forbes
The secret to leadership is there aren't any real secrets. The best leaders have simply gone to school on improving their tradecraft.
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Some leaders hit their stride early in their career, others find their path later in life, and regrettably, far too many leaders never seem to get their footing. Great leaders discover pivot points and transitions that create a certain rhythm and balance, while average leaders tend to be somewhat tone deaf and awkward. We all recognize great leadership when we see it, but many fail to see what it is that actually makes the leader great. Following are 5 key transitions great leaders make that average leaders do not.

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Content Fan's comment, June 17, 2013 12:48 PM
Indeed, good point Philippe
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 17, 2013 6:48 PM

Thanks to John, David and Wise Leader!  Great scoop.

 

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Develop Awareness– Great leaders are self aware, organizationally aware, culturally aware, contextually aware, and emotionally aware. They value listening, engaging, observing, and learning over pontificating. They value sensitivity over insensitivity and humility over hubris. Leaders who come across as if they know everything haven’t fooled anyone – except themselves.

 
Doris Palomino's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:24 AM

The 5 key transitions the author proposes make you think about how great human beings we expect great leaders to be: (1) find purpose, (2) people first, (3) develop awareness, (4) shun complexity, and (5) get personal. And I could not agree more about the fact how many people assume the responsability to lead but only a few can do it well: "Average leaders spend time scaling processes, systems, and models – great leaders focus on scaling leadership".

 

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Personal Evolution Versus Personal Growth

Personal Evolution Versus Personal Growth | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Chris Akins writes a great post for CYT on the difference between personal growth and allowing yourself to evolve into who you truly are.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Personal growth implies changing things about yourself, whereas personal evolution implies radically accepting who you are and allowing changes to occur naturally.

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Embrace positive attitude to get life moving in the right direction - The Cairns Post

Embrace positive attitude to get life moving in the right direction - The Cairns Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Embrace positive attitude to get life moving in the right direction
The Cairns Post
MANY people feel that they can't get their lives moving in the right direction. If you embrace a positive attitude, you'll find it easier to get where you want to go.

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MANY people feel that they can't get their lives moving in the right direction. If you embrace a positive attitude, you'll find it easier to get where you want to go.

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14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends

14 Things Successful People Do On Weekends | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Ever wonder how successful people spend their weekends? Here are 14 things they do (or should be doing).
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Penelope Trunk, a career coach and author ofBrazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success, adds: “A highly successful person is very focused on what they want to be doing. The weekend and the week look very similar: They are focused on creating the life they want.”


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Homeless Man Turned Millionaire Offers The Best Advice I Ever Got

Homeless Man Turned Millionaire Offers The Best Advice I Ever Got | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The interview and simple advice that changed my life.
John Michel's insight:

The most inspiring leaders are those who don’t work at a job but pursue a calling. In doing so they inspire the rest of us to be our best selves and to match our skills with our passions.


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David Hain's curator insight, June 21, 2013 4:12 AM

Awesome story!

Melissa St Hill's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:45 AM

An amazing and truly inspirational read.

LuAnne Holder's curator insight, June 21, 2013 8:14 AM

Find what you love to do so much that you cannot wait for the sun to rise so you can do it again.

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5 Simple Ways to Not Be Overwhelmed and Drained by Your Work

5 Simple Ways to Not Be Overwhelmed and Drained by Your Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by TheeErin (license)..“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” Bertrand Russell “Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a...
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Maintaining a balance in life is perhaps harder today than ever. Demands in school or at work can push down on you. Information is flooding like a never-ending river into life. The opportunities to explore different things have never been so abundant.

If you don’t set limits and work in a balanced way you can become drained, overworked and in the end even burn out for quite some time.

So what can you do about this serious challenge? 

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Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition

Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Ambition drives people forward; relationships and community, by imposing limits, hold people back. Which is more important?


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
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In Canada and the United States, having frequent contact with neighbors was associated with higher levels of well-being, as was the feeling of truly belonging in a group. "If everyone in a community becomes more connected, the average level of subjective well-being would increase."

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3 Universal Leadership Lessons From Fatherhood

3 Universal Leadership Lessons From Fatherhood | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As I celebrate my younger daughter's graduation from kindergarten, I can't help but recognize how she's made me a better boss.

Via Bobby Dillard
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As social media becomes the norm, great leaders are increasingly embracing honest, open, transparent cultures.

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5 Ways to Meet the Right People

5 Ways to Meet the Right People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Positive relationships form the foundation of a happy, rewarding life.

If your time and energy is misspent on the wrong relationships, or on too many activities that force you to neglect your good relationships, you can end up in a tedious cycle of fleeting friendships, superficial romances that are as thrilling as they are meaningless, and a general sense of wondering why you always seem to be running in place, chasing affection.


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Looking For Leaders, Settling For Superheroes - Forbes

Looking For Leaders, Settling For Superheroes - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Looking For Leaders, Settling For Superheroes Forbes The last few months – for that matter, the last few years – have been a disheartening spectacle of ineffectual political leadership in the United States, where a constant barrage of political...
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Creative leaders, first and foremost, are formed because successful leaders understand who they are and what they contribute to the organization or to the greater society.

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5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style - Entrepreneur

5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style - Entrepreneur | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Entrepreneur
5 Keys to Inspiring Leadership, No Matter Your Style
Entrepreneur
Forget the stereotypical leadership image of a buttoned-up person in a gray suit hauling around a hefty briefcase. Today, standout leaders come in all shapes and sizes.
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Five keys for effective leadership:


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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 17, 2013 9:35 AM

Un reciente estudio realizado por una empresa consultora de NY indica que lo que realmente importa es que los líderes sean capaces de crear entusiasmo, capacitar a su gente, inspirar confianza y ser fuente de inspiración para la gente alrededor de ellos,

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6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation

6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Every company’s culture is inherently different. So when you’re cultivating innovation, you’re cultivating a unique system. Which means you have to be thoughtful about your approach. Whatever you do, it should align with the values of the company and with the company’s goals. And in each case, you have to make it easy and rewarding for the people whose roles and dynamics influence the very innovation culture you’re trying to cultivate.

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