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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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Seeing Possibilities

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You are today where your thoughts have brought you & you will be tomorrow where your thoughts will lead you. Engage in the future when seeing possibilities.
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What if we chose to risk leaning into our fears instead of remaining paralyzed by them? What if more of us chose to no longer allow the forces of negativity to discourage us from demonstrating a better way of leading our lives right where we are? How, you ask? Consider:

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:23 AM

I can see that when people are awlays being exposed to negative thoughts and information, they tend to make bad choices due to their negative thoughts, affecting the way he or she lead their life. This cause people to feel demoralised , which will also affect the way they think.Thus, it is important to think positive, and see the brighter side of life. This will allow people to strive towards their goal, and have their desired outcome. I think attitude plays a important role in the way we think. i wonder why do people not think the positive side of life.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:59 AM

After reading this article, I realized that positive attitude is needed to determine the life we're living in and also the possibilities that we can achieve. Many people may be affected in their life due to the negative thoughts and attitude that they have, if they had positive attitude in all the things they do, they would live a better life and discover things that they might have never discovered before. These positive attitude and thoughts leads to finding even more possibilities and lead us to the right path onto our future.

Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:09 AM

From this article, i realise that with the right attitude, we can come up with all different kind of outcome in some situations. If your attitude is positive for everything, everything might just turn out the way that you want it. However if you have a negative attitude, things will not go the way you want it to and it might get even worse. Thus, i wonder why some people dont think with a positive attitude.

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How Not to Be Alone

How Not to Be Alone | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Technology may make it easier to communicate electronically, but more difficult to do so emotionally.

Via ThinDifference, donhornsby
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We live in a world made up more of story than stuff. We are creatures of memory more than reminders, of love more than likes. Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be messy, and painful, and almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die.

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ThinDifference's curator insight, June 10, 2013 7:31 AM

An essential perspective on taking the least traveled communcation path....

donhornsby's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:05 AM

An insightful piece on how technology is changing how we are connecting with others.

 

(From the article): It is harder to intervene than not to, but it is vastly harder to choose to do either than to retreat into the scrolling names of one’s contact list, or whatever one’s favorite iDistraction happens to be. Technology celebrates connectedness, but encourages retreat. The phone didn’t make me avoid the human connection, but it did make ignoring her easier in that moment, and more likely, by comfortably encouraging me to forget my choice to do so. My daily use of technological communication has been shaping me into someone more likely to forget others. The flow of water carves rock, a little bit at a time. And our personhood is carved, too, by the flow of our habits.

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Is your leadership strategy to prevaricate, or iterate?

Is your leadership strategy to prevaricate, or iterate? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Is your leadership strategy the pursuit of the perfect solution.
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In leadership you are expected to initiate change? How can you do this if you deliberate over every decision. How can you achieve this goal if you analyse and analyse, but don’t test and test? How many iterations to make a lightbulb? Roughly 9,999.
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My Sister's cancer - A Lesson In Commitment

My Sister's cancer - A Lesson In Commitment | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As I reflect on my sister's illness, I draw strength and inspiration from her living example of commitment ("My Sister Has Cancer" - a personal reflection on the #leadership lesson she offers me, as she starts her journey
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Committed people like your role model just seem to have their heads and hearts in the right place. They keep their priorities straight. They stay focused on what’s important. They know, inherently, that what they believe must drive how they behave – and how they behave ultimately determines the character they possess, the reputation they enjoy, and the legacy they leave.

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Do You Use Intel Or Intuition? The Psychology Of Tough Decisions - Fast Company

Do You Use Intel Or Intuition? The Psychology Of Tough Decisions - Fast Company | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Do You Use Intel Or Intuition? The Psychology Of Tough Decisions
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The Psychology Of Tough Decisions. Let's face it, when forced to make a difficult call, we often just go with our gut.

Via ThinDifference, David Hain
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Emotions are woven into all decision-making processes in many ways in which we are not conscious. Leaders who see themselves as making decisions in a purely rational manner could be setting themselves--and their organizations--up for potential disaster because they may end up believing that they are right when they are wrong. However, you can gain control over some of these emotions by becoming more aware of their source and more analytical and fact-based in your approach. And you’ll feel a lot surer in your gut.

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, June 10, 2013 10:14 AM

Just beware that intuition is the true intuition, and not the intuition of experts (or System 1 according to Kahneman)

James Aird's curator insight, June 11, 2013 4:53 AM

Good tip:

"Have a pre-mortem. Imagine you have made a decision and it’s failed.
List all the reasons why it happened. This keeps you from avoiding anyone or anything that challenges your narrative about the competency of your decisions and instead dealing with potential pitfalls before they happen"

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How Technology Is Changing The Way Organizations Learn

How Technology Is Changing The Way Organizations Learn | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Managers, rather than focusing on building skills to recognize patterns and take action, will need to focus on designing the curricula.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, HR Trend Institute, David Hain
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The function of organizations in the industrial age was to direct work.  The function of organizations in the algorithmic age will be to focus passion and purpose.

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Lumax Producties's curator insight, June 10, 2013 1:56 AM

Interessant artikel over de manier waarom leren en werken aan het veranderen in is.

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Survey Suggests Most Executives Are In Over Their Heads

Survey Suggests Most Executives Are In Over Their Heads | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A new survey conducted by global management consulting firm Booz & Co. shows that a striking majority of corporate leaders are not able to keep their priorities straight.
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A new survey conducted by global management consulting firm Booz & Co. shows that a striking majority of corporate leaders are not able to keep their priorities straight. They are also pursuing strategies they don’t believe in, and many of their strategies fail to build on the things their companies are especially good at, compared with competitors. It’s like everything that can go wrong already has gone wrong for them.


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David Hain's curator insight, June 9, 2013 2:05 AM

Fascinating!

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 9, 2013 8:32 AM

Very interesteing concept shared here about coherence ~ the fit between value creation for customers, its capabilities, and its products and services.  Thanks David.

 

From the article ~

 

How can companies be more successful and executives less frustrated? They need to find what Booz calls “coherence.” That means a fit between the way a company creates value for customers, its capabilities and its products and services. Not surprisingly, at coherent firms, 57% of survey-takers said they enjoyed above-industry-average revenue growth. At firms that were rated “incoherent,” only 18% reported growth above the industry average, and 36% of that group reported growth below the industry average.

Booz has run this study before. Last year it got similar results, though this year was even worse.  For instance, last year 53% of managers didn’t feel their company’s strategy would lead to success. That’s a poor showing, but not as bad as this year’s 64%.

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 10, 2013 10:36 AM

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5 entrepreneur lessons from the playground

5 entrepreneur lessons from the playground | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We can learn so much by observing kids on a playground (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) As George Bernard Shaw once said, "youth is wasted on the young", but why not learn from younger generation.
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As George Bernard Shaw once said, “youth is wasted on the young”, but why not learn from younger generation. Following are five lessons I’ve relearned by observing how kids interact.


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Leadership Strength and Vulnerability

Leadership Strength and Vulnerability | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
My first boss was a military man. He had grown up in a proud military family, some of whom had served in the Confederacy during the Civil War. When duty...

Via Professor Jill Jameson, juandoming
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The role of leader is an important one. A leader has to be conscious of the impression he or she is making. First and foremost a leader has to be a positive role model of integrity. But there is a balance that has to be struck; people don’t want to be led by a leader who is performing in a role all the time. We want a leader to uphold ideals and values, but we also want a leader to be real.

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6 Things Optimists Do Differently

6 Things Optimists Do Differently | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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People who carry an optimistic outlook are typically healthier and more productive than their pessimistic peers.  They catch fewer colds, cope better with life’s daily struggles, and may even live longer due to reduced levels of stress.

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Start-up of You, Visual Summary

In commemoration of a year in print, we present the Startup of You in visual summary. The last year has continued to demonstrate how work and careers need a ne

Via AlGonzalezinfo
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Absolutely phenomenal presentation...a must view!

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Fred Zimny's comment, June 8, 2013 7:34 AM
Excellent and inspiring. Probably on my top-10 book list 2013
malek's curator insight, June 8, 2013 8:04 AM

A real inspiration

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 8, 2013 9:41 AM

This is a very long presentation.

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Teaching Kids Peacemaking Skills

Teaching Kids Peacemaking Skills | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Peace First is working to create a kinder, gentler tomorrow by teaching our kids right today.

Via David Hain
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From dance lessons to SAT prep, we think about everything our kids need in their toolboxes for success. Let's make a similar commitment to instilling and modeling the basic building blocks of peacemaking. There's nothing simpler—and nothing more important.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 7, 2013 7:41 PM

The four points are spot on. What we need are opportunities to authentically bring them to life.

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Benjamin Zander - Components of the Ideal Self /Personal Vision


Via Pavel Barta, Amy Melendez
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A worthwhile watch. 

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Pavel Barta's comment, June 1, 2013 2:01 AM
We all need to harness the power of the rule number 6 ... What is it? - Do not take yourself too seriously. I have seen many inspirational videos but this one really stands out, my favourite one indeed.
Amy Melendez's comment, June 7, 2013 12:55 PM
"How Fascinating!!" Brilliant!
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6 tips on business networking | Careers & HR | Executive | Financial Post

6 tips on business networking | Careers & HR | Executive | Financial Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There's more to networking than shaking hands and exchanging business cards

Via TechinBiz, Dan Forbes, Bobby Dillard
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While networking is often used to generate referrals and leads for new business, it’s also extremely useful for finding a new job, discovering possible new hires, improving basic business practices, or changing career paths altogether.

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CATHLEEN SLONE's curator insight, June 11, 2013 10:01 AM

There’s an old adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know #innov8u #careers #networking #jobs #mobility

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Five little rules for lean thought leadership | Scoop.it Blog

Five little rules for lean thought leadership | Scoop.it Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Don't think of thought leadership as rocket science — think of it as rocket fuel. Positioning yourself, your team, and your company as top thinkers in a given space is an effective way to build credibility and grow your brand.
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Don’t think of thought leadership as rocket science — think of it as rocket fuel. Positioning yourself, your team, and your company as top thinkers in a given space is an effective way to build credibility and grow your brand.

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The Ship Goes Down With the Captain

The Ship Goes Down With the Captain | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Carnival Cruise Lines' fire-at-sea and botched rescue mission provide a case study in the multiplier effect of anemic leadership in crisis situations.
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When crisis hits, here are two rules that all leaders--even CEOs of surprisingly resilient cruise lines--would be smart to heed:

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HR Magazine - Innovation key to retaining skilled workers, report finds

HR Magazine - Innovation key to retaining skilled workers, report finds | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"The idea of innovation clearly sparks the imagination of today's professionals" - Byrne Mulrooney http://t.co/svM0MZh7GD #fdrinnovators

Via Eric Vanetti, David Hain
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The study confirmed that in today's competitive market, innovation can turn the head of the happiest employee. Two thirds of employees said they would leave a role if they were targeted with a job that offered more innovative benefits, while 55% would leave a role they are happy in if approached in a particularly innovative way.

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Radical Listening – 6 Strategies For Deeper Connections - Goodlife Zen

Radical Listening – 6 Strategies For Deeper Connections - Goodlife Zen | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

"Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much. -Robert Greenleaf

 

In a recent post, we talked about why you might be undervaluing your listening skills, and how that’s costing you.

In this post, I’ll share some helpful techniques to improve your listening ability.

But before you keep reading, check yourself: how important is listening to you, really?"


Via Brad Abbott, David Hain
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One of the biggest reasons people don’t listen is that they don’t think it’s important. Unless you decide listening matters for your life, you probably won’t be willing to do the hard work that this post is going to ask of you.

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Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 9, 2013 3:44 PM

Listen and learn ~ great things happen when you hear the message ~ http://www.lifestyle-online.co.uk/blog/2013/02/listen-and-learn/

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Are You A Good Fit 3 Interview Questions

Are You A Good Fit 3 Interview Questions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
3 effective interview questions http://t.co/tuaBSWzBDm @Achievers @razorsuleman #TChat #leadership #workplace
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Like dating, hiring a new employee can be a stressful but rewarding process. Before you find a perfect match, you may meet tons of qualified people. And like a first date, interviewing is essential to evaluate a candidate’s qualifications and experience. But as you plan your interview strategy, don’t forget about chemistry.

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What You Reveal About Yourself By How You Mark Your Territory

What You Reveal About Yourself By How You Mark Your Territory | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Want to know how you are inadvertently displaying your personality, beliefs and more by what you display in your car, home and office? Like to recognize your biggest blind spots in how others view you?
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We see some things about ourselves very clearly, such as recognizing our level of optimism, pessimism and self-esteem.  Yet, we are biased by our craving to be liked. Thus we’re heavily invested in believing in our traits such as intelligence, attractiveness, body language so they become our blind spots. 

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6 Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Your Company - Business 2 Community

6 Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Your Company - Business 2 Community | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

You can’t force creativity, but the right setting will put your team in the right frame of mind to find imaginative solutions. Here are six ideas to help cultivate creativity in your company:


Via Bobby Dillard
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There are plenty of roadblocks your team will have to overcome to breakthrough in your industry; the company’s work environment shouldn’t be one of them. Reimagine what “work” should look like, and you’ll be surprised at the impact it will have on your team’s energy and creativity. The best takeaway for your employees? They won’t be boxed in by rigid rules and can focus on building the next game-changing feature instead.



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10 Small Ways to Make This The Happiest Summer of Your Life

10 Small Ways to Make This The Happiest Summer of Your Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer… Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Summer is finally...
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Wonderful wisdom to bleep in mind to mind to get the most out of your summer.

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The No. 1 Way to Kill Productivity

The No. 1 Way to Kill Productivity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

It's safe to say most people are addicted to meetings. It doesn't quite make sense, especially from a boss's perspective. Meetings are expensive. The hours your employees spend in meetings are hours when they're not working.

 


Via Barb Jemmott, donhornsby
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The Centre for Economics and Business Research reported that office workers spend an average of four hours per week in meetings. These same workers reported feeling like half of that time is wasted. Additionally, aSalary.com survey reported 47 percent of workers say meetings are the No. 1 time-waster at the office.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 8, 2013 6:05 AM

A helpful look at meetings - and how to make them more productive.

 

(From the article): The Centre for Economics and Business Research reported that office workers spend an average of four hours per week in meetings. These same workers reported feeling like half of that time is wasted. Additionally, a Salary.com survey reported 47 percent of workers say meetings are the No. 1 time-waster at the office.

 

Obviously, not all meetings are unnecessary and unproductive. I spoke with project management and productivity expert Tony Wong to find out how to transform meetings and increase productivity. Here are his tips:

David Hain's curator insight, June 8, 2013 6:49 AM

Meetings, bloody meetings!

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Confused about leadership - World Magazine

Confused about leadership - World Magazine | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Confused about leadership
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Young men aged 18-22 lined up to get their first military haircut, sweating from the Annapolis heat and humidity.
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Our nation is confused about what “leadership” is. Our schools don’t teach it, because they’ve never been taught. Good teachers know it by instinct and have more trouble with their principals and politically correct policy, than with difficult students. Our press doesn’t report it because they detest it and wouldn’t recognize it if they saw it. Our politicians have replaced it with dramatic skills, pragmatism, and pandering. Successful businesses and operational military units reflect it because good leadership works. Our families want for it.

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9 ways to empower employees to be leaders | SmartBlogs

9 ways to empower employees to be leaders | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It can be difficult to manage a team of people. Often, day-to-day tasks become priority, and encouraging innovation and leadership can take a backseat. So

Via Wise Leader™
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Great insights on how you can create conditions for employees to be their best.

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