Mediocre Me
Follow
Find
85.8K views | +121 today
Mediocre Me
Mediocre Me - How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel You from Ordinary to Extraordinary! (A Book by John Michel - Copyright 2013)
Curated by John Michel
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by John Michel from Good News For A Change
Scoop.it!

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.

Via Corrine Manuel, Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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).
John Michel's insight:

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.”


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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.


more...
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.

Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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...
John Michel's insight:

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? 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from Coaching Leaders
Scoop.it!

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
John Michel's insight:

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."

more...
Rescooped by John Michel from The Daily Leadership Scoop
Scoop.it!

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
John Michel's insight:

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

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

5 Ways to Meet the Right People

5 Ways to Meet the Right People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
John Michel's insight:

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.


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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...
John Michel's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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.
John Michel's insight:

Five keys for effective leadership:


more...
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,

Rescooped by John Michel from Digital Delights - Digital Tribes
Scoop.it!

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
John Michel's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

The Cognitive Bias Keeping Us from Innovating

The Cognitive Bias Keeping Us from Innovating | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
John Michel's insight:

Companies often struggle to develop breakthrough products because they are hobbled by Functional Fixedness. Technologists, engineers, and designers not only have their own expertise, they have their own way of applying their expertise. Ironically, the more success they've had with their approach to a solution, the harder it is to imagine a different one.


more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from Coaching Leaders
Scoop.it!

Stubborn People That Don’t Get It

Stubborn People That Don’t Get It | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

 My friend Steve is a smart guy. He is a hard-driving business man and he is always coming up with new models for new businesses.

 

Recently Steve and I were talking about people who just don’t see to get it.  It was then that he knocked me over with this statement:

“The people that don’t get it; they don’t get that they don’t get it.”

 

If you are lucky, someone mentors or coaches you through your blind spot and you stop hitting your thumb with a hammer.


Via David Hain
John Michel's insight:

When you repeatedly make a mistake in how you lead, how you build relationships, how you close a sale or whatever the case may be, it is the thumb and hammer effect.

more...
David Hain's curator insight, June 13, 2013 4:49 PM

If your only tool is a hammer, you will tend to see everything as a nail!

Rescooped by John Michel from Change Leadership Watch
Scoop.it!

Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture | McKinsey & Company

Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture | McKinsey & Company | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By encouraging employees to both seek and provide help, rewarding givers, and screening out takers, companies can reap significant and lasting benefits. A McKinsey Quarterly article.


After the tragic events of 9/11, a team of Harvard psychologists quietly “invaded” the US intelligence system. The team, led by Richard Hackman, wanted to determine what makes intelligence units effective. By surveying, interviewing, and observing hundreds of analysts across 64 different intelligence groups, the researchers ranked those units from best to worst.



[They discovered], after parsing the data, that the most important factor wasn’t on their list.


The single strongest predictor of group effectiveness was the amount of help that analysts gave to each other.


Evidence from studies led by Indiana University’s Philip Podsakoff demonstrates that the frequency with which employees help one another predicts

  • sales revenues in pharmaceutical units and retail stores;
  • profits, costs, and customer service in banks;
  • creativity in consulting and engineering firms;
  • productivity in paper mills;
  • and revenues, operating efficiency, customer satisfaction, and performance quality in restaurants.


See the related post by Deb:


<Will be posted shortly>



Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
John Michel's insight:

When it comes to giver cultures, the role-modeling lesson here is a powerful one: if you want it, go and give it.

more...
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, June 13, 2013 1:36 PM

This is a brilliant work by Adam Grant that may be part of the answer to the fragile nature of systems in organizations.  

Givers, Matchers (predominate in most organizations, think "silos") and Takers are key terms to understand why some cultures are high performance and others struggle just to be average.  Takers may also describe those leaders and cultures that eventually become a casuality of the normal organizational decline.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, June 13, 2013 5:10 PM
Thanks John! So evidently true. Now if we can only fully implement it!
Rescooped by John Michel from Good News For A Change
Scoop.it!

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
John Michel's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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.
John Michel's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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).
John Michel's insight:

What skills can the Magic 8 Ball teach us to enable us to break through the information logjam to develop meaningful answers?


more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from Business change
Scoop.it!

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.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from Positive Change
Scoop.it!

Work-Life "Balance" Isn't the Point

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

Via Romi Royé
John Michel's insight:

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.

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

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

Rescooped by John Michel from Coaching Leaders
Scoop.it!

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."

Via David Hain
John Michel's insight:

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?

more...
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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.
John Michel's insight:

A very interesting (if not somewhat unnerving) proposition.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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.
John Michel's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

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.
John Michel's insight:

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from Coaching Leaders
Scoop.it!

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
John Michel's insight:

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.

more...
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?

Rescooped by John Michel from The Daily Leadership Scoop
Scoop.it!

How to Save Money and Still Keep Your Employees Happy

How to Save Money and Still Keep Your Employees Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As any boss will know, there’s a fine line between being frugal and tight-fisted.

Via Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

From simple mood enhancers to long-term perks, by increasing happiness levels, work satisfaction and productivity, you could even end up making more money in the long run. Here are a few handy hints and tips on how!

more...
No comment yet.
Suggested by Vincent Nguyen
Scoop.it!

How to Be Confident, Meet People, and Influence Others - Self Stairway

How to Be Confident, Meet People, and Influence Others - Self Stairway | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to be confident, the truth behind what people think when you talk to them, and how you can influence the way they perceive you through confidence.
John Michel's insight:

straightIn straight up insights on how to improve your ability to connect with others.

more...
No comment yet.