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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 10 Most Important Questions To Ask Before A Job Interview - In Photos: The 10 Most Important Questions To Ask Before A Job Interview

The 10 Most Important Questions To Ask Before A Job Interview - In Photos: The 10 Most Important Questions To Ask Before A Job Interview | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
'I think the biggest mistake people make [in interviews] is not preparing enough--thinking they can 'wing it'--or assuming that they're already on track for a hire,' says Monster.com's Charles Purdy.
John Michel's insight:

Good advice to how to effectively prep for am interview.


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Get Rid of the Performance Review!

Get Rid of the Performance Review! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Performance reviews supposedly enlighten subordinates about what they should be doing better. But instead, they destroy morale, kill teamwork and hurt the bottom line.

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

The alternative to one-side-accountable, boss-administered/subordinate-received performance reviews is two-side, reciprocally accountable, performance previews.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 13, 2013 8:34 PM

Very interesting read.  

george_reed's curator insight, June 16, 2013 5:44 PM

I don't think I've ever had a performance review that was particularly motivating for me, whether it was glowing or not.

Robin Martin's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:11 PM

Oh how true this is...I have my review tomorrow! Ugh.

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The Sound Of Your Leadership

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“Great leadership is like great music…it draws you in…stays with you.  Leaving an imprint that lingers on…”

Via donhornsby
John Michel's insight:

No matter how much you learn…leadership will always remain a journey.  A journey of becoming…learning and leading.  A never ending cycle.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Constantly working to master your craft…

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:37 PM

(From the article): No matter how much you learn…leadership will always remain a journey.  A journey of becoming…learning and leading.  A never ending cycle.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Learn and lead.  Constantly working to master your craft…

Melissa St Hill's curator insight, June 12, 2013 3:52 AM
Great motivation for the morning
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5 Most Effective Ways to Sell Change

5 Most Effective Ways to Sell Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Change can scare a lot of people, but in today’s workplace – managing change is what keeps people relevant. Being held accountable for managing change and making things better in your work is the new normal.
John Michel's insight:

Effectively selling change demands a strategy embracing the following five essential components that serve as the foundation for successful change management and change leadership.


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Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers

Five Ways Leaders Turns Doubters into Doers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

 Part of being a leader is managing change. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.”


Via donhornsby, Amy Melendez
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Part of being a leader is managing change. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” Innovation has always been what makes good businesses great. And innovation does not happen without change and risk. Great leaders know this. Great leaders turn “I can’t work from home anymore,” into “I’m part of company that is preparing for greatness.” Here are five ways to turn your doubters into doers:

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:12 AM

(From the article): Innovation has always been what makes good businesses great. And innovation does not happen without change and risk. Great leaders know this. Great leaders turn “I can’t work from home anymore,” into “I’m part of company that is preparing for greatness.” Here are five ways to turn your doubters into doers:

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Why So Many "Experts" Are Terrible Speakers: Top 5 Public Speaking Mistakes

Why So Many "Experts" Are Terrible Speakers: Top 5 Public Speaking Mistakes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As a frequent speaker at live and online conferences and events, I’m in the company of hundreds of folks each year who are top authors, experts and consultants.  In many cases, these are thought leaders who perform public speaking as...
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Excellent advice to help you maximize your speaking opportunities. 

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Stop Blaming Others

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One of the most transformational moments in my FBI career happened in a hallway with  dim lights that made the muddy government brown carpet look like beach silt.

Via David Hain, Jose Luis Anzizar, Amy Melendez
John Michel's insight:

we spend our time blaming others, we have no time to look at ourselves. Blaming others prevents us from learning about ourselves. When something isn’t our fault, there’s no reason to do anything differently. Which means we will inevitably make the same mistake in the future. And that will lead to more blame . . .

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David Hain's curator insight, June 11, 2013 1:12 AM

Blaming others - never works, but so many people live in a 'blame culture'...

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Why Employees Stay (and Why They Go)

Why Employees Stay (and Why They Go) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What makes employees stay for the long haul when they can get higher pay by jumping around? The answer may surprise you.
John Michel's insight:

Every company has a culture, but on top of that culture is the DNA of the employees that are drawn to it. If you've got a group of employees who 1) are drawn to your company and what you do for the same reasons, and 2) have a shared understanding of your vision and know how their roles affect that, then you're doing something right. And it's these kind of employees that are usually in it for the long haul.

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Are you a creative person?

Are you a creative person? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Karin Sebelin
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I agree with a solid 10 of the 12...you? 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 10, 2013 7:40 AM

Liking this Infographic!

Karin Sebelin's comment, June 10, 2013 7:43 AM
Indeed? Wonderful Al.. thank you .. best regards!
Robin Martin's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:10 PM

Ah yes. How true! I can say I fit all of these except for #12! Being an introvert, I actually enjoy being alone! Not always, but as a norm.

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3 Motivational Mind Tricks Designed To Power Progress

3 Motivational Mind Tricks Designed To Power Progress | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What building a Lego figurine frequenting coffee shops and deliberate practice teach us about completing the task at handhappily.

Via Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

Understanding how we react to progress is crucial to capitalizing on its power to motivate and engage us with our work. Ignoring it costs day after day of losing steam, running to and fro with carrots and sticks, and losing interest from what feels like an endless run in a hamster wheel.

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Leadership

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What leadership REALLY feels like http://t.co/mRwglrPWf0
John Michel's insight:

The real challenge of leadership is making everything look under control even if in reality, it's all just organized chaos.

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Philani Nyatsanza's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:40 PM

A priviledge filled with great resposnibilities, high expectations, high speed,great imagination, innovation and little or no contentment with status qou

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What Leaders Know About Creating An Innovative Culture: A Case Study

What Leaders Know About Creating An Innovative Culture: A Case Study | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Iron Man is a fictional superhero.

A.G. Lafley, the former chairman and CEO of P&G, is a real one.
John Michel's insight:

From Edison to Jobs to Winfrey, pioneering innovators know how to enroll a team that creates and then supports big ideas. They have learned to create organizations that literally pull great ideas through the ranks instead of empowering people to straight-arm them.


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Give, Not Take: Why Delighting Customers Is So Profitable

Give, Not Take: Why Delighting Customers Is So Profitable | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why Delighting Customers Is Hugely Profitable: Review of Adam Grant's new book, Give And Take (Penguin)
John Michel's insight:

Although we often stereotype givers as chumps and doormats, they turn out to be surprisingly successful. In fact, Grant shows, givers not only dominate the bottom of the success ladder. They also dominate the top.


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Your Next Business Challenge: Solve a Problem Shared by Many

Your Next Business Challenge: Solve a Problem Shared by Many | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People get jobs by solving someone’s problem. People build businesses with systemic ways to solve a problem shared by many others
John Michel's insight:

People get jobs by solving someone’s problem. People build businesses with systemic ways to solve a problem shared by many others. Just knowing about a problem is not enough. You have to fix it. And, if you can build a repeatable way to fix it, then you can build a business.


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10 Small Habits of Less Stressed People

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Image by KevinLallier (license). “Unnatural work produces too much stress.” Bhagavad Gita “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J.
John Michel's insight:

Keeping the stress away in life isn’t just about the big decisions and challenges like the career, your most important relationships, money and health. It is also to a large degree about what you do each day and week. Those small habits that you may forget about or neglect that when added up make a huge difference.

Here are 10 of them that are having a wonderful impact in my life and have had a very positive effect for many people.

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Exercising Leadership Skills: 5 Tips for Working Out Your Brain

Exercising Leadership Skills: 5 Tips for  Working Out Your Brain | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Graphic and content quoted from LifeSpan Fitness!


Via AlGonzalezinfo
John Michel's insight:

The better your ability to think clearly, analyze options, and remember details, the better you will be able to lead. This ability applies whether you are leading an established team, your family, or starting a new business.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 11, 2013 9:10 PM

This is my first of a series of articles connecting fitness and exercise to our ability to lead.  As a bodybuilder and leadership practioner, I am loving the opportunity to connect these dots!!!

 

From the article:

 

Exercise can improve your brain function!


Studies conducted have provided insight into the effect exercising has on improving the function of our brains.

 

While improving the way our body breaks down and uses the healthier, more nutritious food we are consuming, the brain also enjoys various other benefits.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:12 AM

It's true, working out makes us better leaders by helping our brains!

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5 Reasons Leaders Become Followers

5 Reasons Leaders Become Followers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It?s hard to distinguish the leaders from the followers these days.  So many leaders are playing it safe, holding themselves, their teams and their organizations back because they choose to follow instead of lead.   Leadership is about taking...

Via The People Development Network
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Leadership is about taking risks, seeing opportunities others don’t see, unleashing your passion, being entrepreneurial, working with a generous purpose and strengthening the promise of a better workplace culture. 

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Russ Bergeman's curator insight, June 13, 2013 10:17 AM

Are you leading or following? The name plate on your door, label on your parking place, and title in the footer of your emails are meaningless unless you are being intentional and action focused in your organizational role.

 

This article has some good insight into some traps that people in positions of leadership fall into, which causes them to become followers.

 

One of the signs the author identifies as an indicator of a leader becoming a follower is when they begin to “deflect accountability”. This becomes evident in all aspects of how a leader communicates – from emails, to formal correspondence, and especially in verbal word choice and tone. When a leader, or anyone for that matter, begins to sound like a victim it is a slippery slope that leads to becoming a follower. When a leader takes on a victim mentality, in the form of passive aggressiveness or simply blaming things that are “out of their control”, can be extremely detrimental to an organization.

 

In my work with teams and individuals within organizations of all sizes I find that accountability is one of the key factors of success. When leaders model accountability, and team members are provided the tools to encourage individual and group accountability, teams succeed! But this is only possible when teams are built on a solid foundation that encourages cohesion through trust and communication.

http://www.theemployersedge.com

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 1, 2013 1:27 PM

It is okay for leaders to sometimes follow, but they must do this in service of  their goals and purposes. If they are following because they don't have a clear understanding of where to go, then they have abdicated their leadership role.

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10 Lessons I Learned from Sara Blakely That You Won't Hear in Business School

10 Lessons I Learned from Sara Blakely That You Won't Hear in Business School | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Sara Blakely, the superstar entrepreneur, budding billionaire, and Founder of Spanx, shares 10 surprising lessons for knock-your-socks-off success.
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Sara Blakely’s story shows us what’s possible when we believe, when we’re resourceful beyond measure, and when our passion and commitment to something outside ourselves brings us to a calling.
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5 Things to Do When You Feel Insecure

5 Things to Do When You Feel Insecure | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

"German psychoanalyst Eric Fromm said, “The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.”

Everyone I have ever known — I take that back — every likableperson I have ever known in this world has admitted to periods of sheer insecurity. They looked at themselves from the perspective of someone else — perhaps a person with no appreciation of their talents, personality traits, abilities—and judged themselves unfairly according to the perverted view."


Via The People Development Network, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

If we are honest with ourselves we can all think of instances we have experienced insecurity...good advice on how to work through it. 

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David Hain's curator insight, June 11, 2013 7:16 AM

Happens to us all - some great advice her about how to deal with it...

Les Howard's curator insight, June 11, 2013 10:51 AM

Ah yes ...

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What can General Motors CEO Daniel Akerson teach you about leadership? - Washington Business Journal (blog)

What can General Motors CEO Daniel Akerson teach you about leadership?
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For one, the power of asking smart questions...

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How to Reduce 'Infant Entrepreneur Mortality'

How to Reduce 'Infant Entrepreneur Mortality' | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Stop obsessing over high-growth, VC-backed startups. Let's teach the other 99% to succeed.

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
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Everybody talks about the role small businesses play in growing economies and creating jobs. However, as it stands, in America alone, 600,000 businesses die in the vine every year. This colossal infant entrepreneur mortality is a product of colossal levels of ignorance about how to build and sustain businesses.

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9 Warning Signs You’re in Bad Company

9 Warning Signs You’re in Bad Company | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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A big part of who you become in life has to do with who you choose to surround yourself with.  Sometimes luck controls who walks into your life, but you decide who you let stay, who you pursue, and who you let walk back out. Ultimately, you should surround yourself with people who make you a better person and let go of those who don’t.  Here are some warning signs you’re in the presence of the latter:


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How platitudes undermine your credibility as a leader

How platitudes undermine your credibility as a leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The leadership space is peculiarly susceptible to platitudes.
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The leadership space is peculiarly susceptible to platitudes. Leaders can use them without thinking, however, they can easily be perceived as content-free statements and a substitute for thinking.

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A Little Less Measuring And A Little More Doing

A Little Less Measuring And A Little More Doing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tug of War! (Photo credit: Scott Ableman) Another day, another poll from Gallup on employee engagement or in this case employee disengagement.
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 It’s startling to think that 52% of workers admit to being disengaged at work and 18% consider themselves to be actively disengaged in their jobs.

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The 6 Reasons You Haven't Been Promoted

The 6 Reasons You Haven't Been Promoted | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When someone I mentor or advise talks to me about their desire for a promotion, they share a lot of frustration. They’re frustrated that they aren't being rewarded for their efforts.
John Michel's insight:

In order to finally get the promotion you want, you have to first understand why you haven’t yet. Here are six possible reasons why you didn’t get the promotion.


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