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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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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.
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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.


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Stubborn People That Don’t Get It

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 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
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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.

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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!

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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:


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

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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!
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Innovation: Leadership Is Always The Key - Forbes

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Innovation: Leadership Is Always The Key
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The problem arises when we ask: “Is the primary cause of innovation leadership or systems?” For good or ill, our answer to this very simple question will inform our priorities and our focus.
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If your organization is struggling with innovation, or if you are slow in your development of a transformative culture, or if you just can’t seem to get momentum, energy and commitment from your teams . . . there may be a simple reason: You are focusing on systems and processes rather than on the development and nurturing of powerful individual leaders.  And if that’s true, you are almost certain to fail in creating innovation.

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Mediocre Me - Got Purpose? Leadership as a Form of Purposeful Expression

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   A personal purpose statement is a simple, yet important step in aligning our attitudes with our actions. It’s what puts steel in our spine when we find ourselves facing choices that are inconvenient, uncomfortable, or just plain unsettling. It’s what gives us the strength to persevere when doubts are high and confidence is low. And it serves as a compass we can count on to lead us through the twists and turns of life in a way that protects us from ending up far from our desired destination. 

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When Stress Strikes: 10 Questions To Help You Take Better Care of Yourself

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Self-care is the basis for our well-being. And when stress strikes, we especially need to attend to our emotional, physical and spiritual needs and practice nourishing, healthy habits.
But, for many of us, that’s exactly when our self-care dips.

Via The People Development Network, David Hain
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When you’re facing a difficult situation or any kind of stressor, it helps to know exactly what and who will bring you the most comfort and let you express your feelings healthfully and safely.

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3 Keys To Making Your Company a Customer Magnet

3 Keys To Making Your Company a Customer Magnet | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you really want your company to become a customer-delight machine...it will take more than slogans.
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If you really want to build an organization where extreme customer satisfaction is on the top of everyone’s list, you can’t mandate it: you have to do the hard but critical organization-wide work of making it easyrewarding and normal for every employee to behave that way every day. And then you can all take a well-earned break to count your embarrassingly large profits.


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How do you build a culture of innovation?

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How does a successful company maintain a climate in which new ideas and risk-taking are encouraged? In this video from Yale Insights Tim Brown, CEO of the design consultancy IDEO, describes how he thinks about innovation and why empathy is an important part of the equation.  


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
John Michel's insight:

In markets characterized by rapid change and a ceaseless quest for the faster, better way to operate, one of the most prized corporate attributes is innovation. But many of the natural byproducts of corporate success—hierarchy, routinization, the elimination of risk—can stifle innovation.

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Melissa St Hill's curator insight, June 13, 2013 9:29 AM

This is a great video on innovation and remaining consistent in growing an organisation with a culture that is highly innovative

Christopher Yeh's curator insight, June 13, 2013 12:23 PM

"Building blocks" for an innovative culture  includes hard-to-measure characteristics such as values, behavior, and climate. "An innovative climate," the authors write, "cultivates engagement and enthusiasm, challenges people to take risks within a safe environment, fosters learning, and encourages independent thinking."

John Michel's curator insight, June 16, 2013 9:17 PM

In markets characterized by rapid change and a ceaseless quest for the faster, better way to operate, one of the most prized corporate attributes is innovation. But many of the natural byproducts of corporate success—hierarchy, routinization, the elimination of risk—can stifle innovation.

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Understanding human behaviour: taking a more complex approach

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Large-scale surveys are useful but if we are serious about changing behaviours, we must use every tool to understand human complexity

Via Paul Cash
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Recent advances in behavioural economics, cognitive neuroscience, network theory and social psychology more generally have overturned our common sense understanding of human behaviour. The rational, autonomous, self-aware agent acting in his own self-interest according to static preferences has faded as we realise that behaviour is largely irrational, unconscious and driven by external contexts. Ladies and gentleman, Homo economicus has left the building.

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7 Leadership Lessons Inspired By Nelson Mandela - Huffington Post

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7 Leadership Lessons Inspired By Nelson Mandela
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Every time I think of Nelson Mandela, the great South African leader, the first thought in my mind is we need more like him.
John Michel's insight:

Leadership is hard to define, mostly because it means different things to different people. We know it requires knowledge, strength and compassion. We expect leaders to be fair, to share our values and provide direction. That to me is what leaders like Mr. Mandela represent.

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Your Top Job Is Creating a Culture

Your Top Job Is Creating a Culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Serial entrepreneur Norm Brodsky knows firsthand that your leadership style and ability to create a great company culture can make or break a business.
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More proof that culture creation is a leaders primary job. 

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Eight Surprising Rules That Will Get You The Job

Eight Surprising Rules That Will Get You The Job | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Bill Ellermeyer: Stop working on your résumé and quit looking for a job. At 76 years old, Bill Ellermeyer is an elder statesman of the job search world. He founded an Irvine, Calif.
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Great advice on how to pursue a new opportunity. 

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Every Entrepreneur's Personal Manifesto

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Every entrepreneur needs to have a personal manifesto. This is a public declaration of the company’s intentions and commitments. Here what they should include: 1. We will always bring our full resources to bear.
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Every entrepreneur needs to have a personal manifesto. This is a public declaration of the company’s intentions and commitments. Here what they should include:


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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!

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

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What Clients Look For In Their Creative Leadership - Forbes

What Clients Look For In Their Creative Leadership - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What Clients Look For In Their Creative Leadership Forbes When I began this column, I talked about How To Get More Out Of Your Creative Leadership, discussing the importance of a strong relationship between creative leadership and senior marketing...
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Superb insights on what others look for in creative leaders.

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Mediocre Me - The Heart to Lead

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     If you pause and think about it, many of the troubles we experience in life occur because we don’t act in accordance with our values. Rather, we allow ourselves to be distracted or dissuaded from doing what we know to be right by such unreliable sources such as culture (“everyone else is doing it”), tradition (“we’ve always done it this way”), reason (“this seemed the logical thing to do”), or emotion (“it just felt right”).

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6 Simple Habits That Will Help You To Take Consistent Action Towards What You Want

6 Simple Habits That Will Help You To Take Consistent Action Towards What You Want | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by Shermeee (license). .“Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
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Simple insights to hel you take consistent action In the direction of your goals.

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Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence | MindShift

Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence | MindShift | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The science of learning can offer some surprising and useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people.

Via Sandeep Gautam, David Hain
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As with anything to do with our idiosyncratic and unpredictable species, there is still a lot of art involved in teaching and learning. But the science of learning can offer some surprising and
useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people. And so: Eight Ways Of Looking At Intelligence.

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How To Make Performance Reviews Relevant

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Many managers see annual performance reviews as nothing more than an empty, bureaucratic exercise forced on them by HR.
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Putting your best effort into performance appraisals will result in benefits exponential to the time spent during the process. How do you do this?


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Power and Influence - Huffington Post

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Power and Influence
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Emotional IQ: Self-awareness and self-management. Collaborative IQ: Ability to build mutually beneficial relationships with others. Innovative IQ: Making the future health and success of ...
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However, power and leadership are being redefined. No longer are we comfortable equating leadership with force, and power with dominance. In forward-thinking corporations, power is shifting from I-centric to We-centric, and this shift requires a commitment and a plan of action.

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Lessons in Business Leadership From the NBA Finals - Entrepreneur

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Lessons in Business Leadership From the NBA Finals
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Great leaders usually don't just fall into their success.
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Great leaders usually don't just fall into their success. Entrepreneurs and business owners must acquire and develop over time the skills necessary to guide his or her team in the right direction.



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Future Forum Cheat Sheet: 3 Ways To Become A More Effective Leader - Forbes

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The only way we can create the impact we want is by giving everyone a seat at the table. Addie Thompson (@adelinemt) shares tips for more effective leadership.
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If we are serious about making a difference the world, we must allow others to not only recognize their contributions to a cause, but also give them permission to take the initiative.

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Picture This: It's the Key to Your Success

Picture This: It's the Key to Your Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
My experience is that when the picture of what we want to do, or where we want to go, is not clear we have a tendency to stay where we are or defend the status quo – or even point out why other elements won’t let us move forward.
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Pictures and visions may be the most powerful tool the human mind uses to decide whether we can or we can’t.

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Four Ways to Capture Your Audience

Four Ways to Capture Your Audience | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You’ve just been introduced, the crowd is clapping, and you’re heading up to the podium. For hours, they’ve been PowerPointed to death, and now it’s nearly lunch.
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You’ve just been introduced, the crowd is clapping, and you’re heading up to the podium. For hours, they’ve been PowerPointed to death, and now it’s nearly lunch. You’ve only got a moment to make an impression – how do you capture your audience?

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