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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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Can You Overdo People Skills?

Can You Overdo People Skills? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lessons from one revered American president who might have been too soft.

Via David Hain
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How do you prevent your valuable people skills from turning into a liability? For one, wake up to the fact that that very aptitude puts you at risk of misapplying it. Realize too that the more heavily you rely on those skills and the more deeply you believe in them, the graver the risk. Second, wake up to the value of the antithesis of a strong people orientation — tough-mindedness about people. Finally, be able to imagine that the height of people skill is to combine these seeming polar opposites — to take needed tough actions in a constructive, respectful way.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 6, 2013 12:37 PM

Useful question - maybe we all need a coach...

Amy Melendez's curator insight, June 6, 2013 1:39 PM

Very interesting perspective.

 

From the article: "The first hazard is that caring leaders tend not to be direct, especially when there's a conflict. They might avoid talking with the other person altogether; or soft-pedal the message to the point where the person walks out of the room blissfully unaware of the seriousness of the problem. The hazard is augmented when leaders rationalize, usually by telling themselves, "I don't want to make anyone upset." They'd like to believe they are being protective of the other person, when in fact they're protecting themselves."

 

 

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The De-Machoing of Great Leadership

The De-Machoing of Great Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you an autocrat like Jack Welch or a nurturer like Tony Hsieh? Here's how leadership has evolved over the last 30 years.

Via Pavel Barta, Amy Melendez, Wise Leader™
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We are witness to the emergence of a more people centric approach to leading...and I personally could not be more thankful for it.

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Pavel Barta's curator insight, June 5, 2013 10:59 AM

The world is changing in front of our eyes ...The end of industrial era?

David Hain's comment, June 6, 2013 3:08 PM
Right on!!
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The Boomer-Millennial Workplace Clash: Is it Real?

The Boomer-Millennial Workplace Clash: Is it Real? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

If you haven’t disclosed the details of a drinking binge, blasted music from your cubicle, or taken a mid-meeting nap at work recently, then you’re in better shape than many of the employees at a Fortune 500 healthcare company, where lately some business unit managers have asked the HR department for help teaching what they refer to as Millennial workplace etiquette.

 

In fact, they are asking for books, training programs, videos, anything to orient Millennial employees to the norms and culture of an organization.

On the heels of Time magazine’s controversial recent cover story by Joel Stein, which referred to Millennials as lazy, entitled, and selfish, it’s important to consider how that characterization, whether true or unfairly conjured from stereotypes, plays into workplace dynamics.


Via Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor, Zars Media
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Excellent advice on engaging your millennial workforce.

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Mike Milazzo's curator insight, June 6, 2013 6:49 PM

What do you think?

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3 Things You Can Start Doing Today to Build Your Self-Confidence

3 Things You Can Start Doing Today to Build Your Self-Confidence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by mark sebastian (license)..“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it...
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Excellent advice on how to increase your confidence. 

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Melody Mitchell's curator insight, June 5, 2013 9:25 PM

Excellent article and well-timed as confidence is the discussion focus for the June 2013 Female First Friday!

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Quantum Leap Forward or Back? The Next Global Leadership Conundrum - Forbes

Quantum Leap Forward or Back? The Next Global Leadership Conundrum - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Quantum Leap Forward or Back? The Next Global Leadership Conundrum
Forbes
Paul Laudicina, Chairman Emeritus Emeritus, A.T.
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The need for CEOs to think globally and at the same time to resist the temptation or the compulsion, to act and to think short term and intra-border when all these dynamics should compel one to think and look medium to long term and cross-border imposes a tremendous conflict and paradoxical challenge. 

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The Confirmation Bias: Why It’s Hard to Change Your Mind

The Confirmation Bias: Why It’s Hard to Change Your Mind | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People search for information that confirms their view of the world and ignore what doesn’t fit.

Via Philippe Vallat, Les Howard, Wise Leader™
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Trying to be just a little bit more open is part of the challenge that the confirmation bias sets us. Can we entertain those doubts for just a little longer? Can we even let the facts sway us and perform that most fantastical of feats: changing our minds?

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mentors (SSIR)

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mentors (SSIR) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to make the most of being a mentor.

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Outsanding advice on how to make the most of mentoring opportunities.

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6 Steps to a Smarter Start-Up

6 Steps to a Smarter Start-Up | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Innovation is about turning ideas into reality, says Frog Design's Doreen Lorenzo, but not every company has the right DNA.
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Simple steps to keep your organization fresh and energizing. 

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Why Tim Cook's "Level 5 Leadership" Might Not Be Enough To Secure Apple's ... - Forbes

Why Tim Cook's "Level 5 Leadership" Might Not Be Enough To Secure Apple's ... - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why Tim Cook's "Level 5 Leadership" Might Not Be Enough To Secure Apple's ...
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To prevail in the current environment, Cook will need to combine his low-key, but effective management style with at least one of the following three elements:

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R. Alliance: Blog - The Leadership Let Down

R. Alliance: Blog - The Leadership Let Down | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders behaving badly should be a disappointment to everyone they lead.
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Leaders, your actions affect not only your own performance, but that of your team and organization, so you have a choice. You have to decide if you lead with only yourself in mind and risk letting down the people around you. Or choose to lead for those who follow you and risk being a role model to your wayward peers.

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In Performance Appraisals, Make Context Count

In Performance Appraisals, Make Context Count | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
People don't work in a vacuum.
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Organizations could achieve greater accuracy in evaluating employee performance by considering both the person and the situation. However, this is rarely done

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Why You Should Groom Successors at All Levels

Why You Should Groom Successors at All Levels | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Develop talent internally, and you'll have suitable candidates who can fill slots, whenever they open up. Start now.

Via Bobby Dillard
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 The healthiest companies are always characterized by organic talent development.

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How To Spot A Good Opportunity

How To Spot A Good Opportunity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
To be a successful entrepreneur -- or really, a successful anything -- you need to be able to recognize an opportunity when you see one. Specifically, you need to be able to identify a problem or gap, and come up with an innovative solution.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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To be a successful entrepreneur -- or really, a successful anything -- you need to be able to recognize an opportunity when you see one. Specifically, you need to be able to identify a problem or gap, and come up with an innovative solution. (Of course you also need to be able to execute that solution, but without spotting the opportunity in the first place, you aren't going anywhere.)

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 3, 2013 8:21 AM

Be focused and motivated by the possibility of gains rather than being driven by fear of failures!

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The Wrong People Drain the Right People

The Wrong People Drain the Right People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Barry Deutsch, David Hain
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There are a lot of things you can’t control as you build a great company – the macroeconomy, government regulation and intervention, competitive pressures. But hiring isn’t one of them. By keeping the deck stacked against hiring mediocre employees and conducting tough interviews with an eye towards hiring the best people – and not just filling seats – your startup can succeed, where so many others have failed. The success you create is a direct result of the team you build. So build a great team. The rest will come in time.

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Barry Deutsch's curator insight, June 6, 2013 1:09 PM

In an interesting article published by Michael Ferranti, he indicated:


"The wrong people always drain the right people, because the right people care and can’t let it go when everyone isn’t pulling their weight. Interventions (that’s a polite way of saying “firings”) are sometimes necessary to remove the wrong people, but in hiring like in health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So how do you create strong teams through hiring?"



One of the things I've noticed in working with thousands of entrepreneurial companies, is that weak players or toxic players on the team cause the best employees to leave.


Do you have folks in your organization that repel your best employees? Is it time for a check-up in this area?


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http://www.impacthiringsolutions.com/blog

 

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David Hain's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:09 PM

Nice take...

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Bonding creates high-performing teams

Bonding creates high-performing teams | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The emotional intelligence model can be looked at in terms of what it means to be intelligent about emotions, which is being self-aware, knowing your own feelings, and why you feel that way."

 

Read more here:  http://linkd.in/13HrNFB


Via Charney Coaching & Consulting, David Hain
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Wise advice from a wise man. 

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Linda Allen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 1:17 PM

Wise begeats wisdom for all of us. 

Deborah Long's curator insight, June 7, 2013 12:22 AM

Characteristics of high performing teams that work well together.

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 14, 2013 10:57 AM

True...true...

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Intelligence Is Overrated: What You Really Need To Succeed

Intelligence Is Overrated: What You Really Need To Succeed | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Albert Einstein’s was estimated at 160, Madonna’s is 140, and John F.

Via Zars Media
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Yes, it is certainly good to be an intelligent, rational thinker and have a high IQ; this is an important asset. But you must realize that it is not enough. Your IQ will help you personally, but EQ, MQ, and BQ will benefit everyone around you as well. If you can master the complexities of these unique and often under-rated forms of intelligence, research tells us you will achieve greater success and be regarded as more professionally competent and capable.

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5 Ways to Avoid the Biggest Regrets of Dying

5 Ways to Avoid the Biggest Regrets of Dying | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Death comes to all of us at some point.  Have you thought about how you would feel when the time comes for you to die?  Have you considered if you would have any regrets about how you led your life?

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Strategic Planning Process (Infographic)

Strategic Planning Process (Infographic) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Walks viewers through the strategic planning process and details important parts of a strategic plan.


Via paulgreen, AlGonzalezinfo
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A great picture illustrating the value (and path) of strategic planning.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 5, 2013 12:51 PM

Love this infographic  ~ 

 

"Tactics are the day-to-day and week-to-week actions we take to implement our strategies, meet our objectives and accomplish our goals" 

 

 

David Hain's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:30 AM

Useful picture...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 6, 2013 6:57 PM

This is an effective infographic.

 

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The John Maxwell Company

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RT @jeromemikulich: Procrastinating, or practicing good timing? | #Leadership @3CordMarketing http://t.co/rSrcGJaE4F
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American entrepreneur Victor Kiam said, “Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin.” And it’s true that putting off a decision long enough can often make the decision irrelevant. The situation changes and the opportunity disappears.

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6 Leadership Tips from Jim Collins

6 Leadership Tips from Jim Collins | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Though it has been more than 25 years, the leadership lessons I learned from Jim Collins remain pivotal to my life. Ordinarily, as Huck Finn might say, I don’t take much stock in “tips.” Human beings prefer the concrete to the abstract...
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Successful people triage their precious time by concentrating on critical tasks while stoically ignoring the rest. In short, you must learn to say “no” to be successful.

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3 Things You Don't Really Need to Be a Great Leader

3 Things You Don't Really Need to Be a Great Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Sometimes the things you think you need will lead you down the wrong path. Here's what you need to know.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Three ways not to fall in the mediocrity trap.

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12 Most Regal Leadership Tips from Elizabeth I

12 Most Regal Leadership Tips from Elizabeth I | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Carol Ann Stanger crowns the 12 Most Regal Leadership Tips from Elizabeth I.
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Elizabeth’s reign changed the landscape of England, Europe, and in some ways the world. Great leadership lessons stand the test of time. Elizabeth I remains a popular figure in modern culture and continues to be held up as a great leader.

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Faced With Overload, a Need to Find Focus - NYTimes.com

Faced With Overload, a Need to Find Focus - NYTimes.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How do you spend the 1st 90 minutes of your day? You might be doing it wrong! http://t.co/6tLnnBgqJB #leadership #business
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Performing at a sustainably high level in a world of relentlessly rising complexity requires that we manage not just our time but also our energy – not just how many hours we work, but when we work, on what and how we feel along the way.

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How to Dispel Distrust at Work

How to Dispel Distrust at Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A few key rituals can help your company move from uncertainty to understanding.
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Tips on how to train our brains to trust others.

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Richard Branson on Self-Awareness for Leadership Growth

Richard Branson on Self-Awareness for Leadership Growth | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being more self-aware will help you improve as a leader. Virgin's CEO discusses how and why you can do this.
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How are the people on your team, with their particular skills and talents, shaping your company and making it different from others? What's special about your product or service? How is your company helping your community and environment? 


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