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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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6 Career-Killing Phrases to Quit Using Now

6 Career-Killing Phrases to Quit Using Now | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Whether you’re making an important presentation to clients or trying to motivate entry-level employees, what you say and how you say it carries weight. Here are 6 things not to say.

Via Bobby Dillard
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Whether making an important presentation to potential clients or trying to motivate a room full of entry-level employees, your words carry weight at work. This is especially true in an age of instant tweets, texts and social media streams. 


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Leaders Do. Together. | workplace MOJO

Leaders Do. Together. | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Countless organizations out there right now, while perhaps even appearing healthy and stable to those on the outside looking in, are dying on the inside. Morale is down. Infighting and politics are on the rise. Trust is lacking. Inefficiency isn’t. In short, it’s a hot mess.

So what’s to be done? Well, that would certainly depend on the group or organization, and what the specific symptoms are, but I think there’s at least one common denominator. These organizations need leaders, whether they have the fancy title or not, to step into the fray and become initiators of change.


Via John Lasschuit ®™, Ricard Lloria, David Hain
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If you’re a leader within a group or organization, whether officially recognized as one or not, start the shift. Lead. Encourage others to do the same. Get together with them. Talk about it. Recruit others to join you. Make a difference. What are you waiting for?

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Identify the Script Behind Your Emotional Hijacks

Identify the Script Behind Your Emotional Hijacks | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Emotional hijacks – this priming, this mechanism, which is usually so positive in evolution – can take us over. During these hijacks we can become very angry. When the dust settles we

Via Romi Royé
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Emotional hijacks – this priming, this mechanism, which is usually so positive in evolution – can take us over. During these hijacks we can become very angry. When the dust settles we often think, "Oh, why did I say that?"

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Straight from the heart | Progress

Straight from the heart | Progress | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Cover story sneak peek: Scott McCain shares his time-tested take on true leadership http://t.co/DvDpctPkNg
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"Strong leaders invariably have that skill set—the ability to tell meaningful stories that come from the heart or from experience. If it’s all data and facts, you’ll never be a strong leader. You must add a little brevity, a little humour, and a little bit of fun.”

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How to Save Someone's Emotional Life | Six Seconds

How to Save Someone's Emotional Life | Six Seconds | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How do you save an emotional life? When do you step in? How do you step in? What do you do? What do you say?

Via David Hain
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Intervening to save someone’s emotional life isn’t easy. And it is almost impossible when we don’t know what to do. The hard part is speaking up—without offending—about observations.  How to deliver a message without insult requires the utmost of tact—and a careful balancing of words and actions, in order to reduce social distance and solidify communication. 

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David Hain's curator insight, June 6, 2013 4:24 PM

Powerful post! 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 2013 6:47 PM

It is hard work. We tend to want to counsel or talk and judge at a time people need deep listening and a non-judgemental approach.

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Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: What Works in Schools Is Real Work

Gallup.com - The Gallup Blog: What Works in Schools Is Real Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via David Hain
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The best type of curriculum for preparing students for the workforce is one that focuses on real-world problem-solving. It sounds simple, but for the first time, we have clearly established a link between students learning 21st century skills and future work success.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 2013 6:48 PM

We need to make the skills students need available before they leave school. What will it take to succeed in adult life?

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Can Leaders be Heroes? - General Leadership

Can Leaders be Heroes? - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It is often stated that heroes are ordinary people that do extraordinary things in difficult situations. I offer leaders can be heroes simply by just doing the right things right the first time.
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How many times have we heard someone say to us or someone else, “You’re my hero” and we take it in a comical way? Often times we hear such things and brush them aside as playful banter, despite the fact these words are being delivered earnestly and sincerely.


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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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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, PhD'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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The Sharing Economy Comes Of Age

The Sharing Economy Comes Of Age | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

At London's LeWeb conference kicking off today there is much talk about the new consumer values: transparency participation and collaboration. The business of the future will do well to understand this movement.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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In the past year, 52% of Americans have rented, borrowed, or shared things they used to own, and 83% of people are willing to do it, despite the $22 billion self-storage industry and homes that have doubled in size (and disillusioned their owners when equity evaporated).

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Research: Video Games Make Teens Better Citizens | GamePolitics

Research: Video Games Make Teens Better Citizens | GamePolitics | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Besides learning ethical decision making from games, Sanford says that teens learn how to formulate strategies to win by themselves and in teams, and how to be a leader.

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How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation - MindShift (blog)

How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation - MindShift (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
MindShift (blog)
How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation
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The leaders of a school or school district play a big role in setting the culture and work environment for teachers.
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In addition to setting the tone for nimble and progressive teaching that’s geared towards what students need most, school leaders can also find ways to integrate technology in smart ways that work on the same goals. And they can help to remove roadblocks when necessary.

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Leadership skills from great business leaders

Leadership skills from great business leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership skills from great business leaders http://t.co/pUnCjGPVbx #leaders #L&D
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Sound advice front successful leaders.

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Jimmy Glenos's curator insight, June 7, 2013 9:26 AM

Fave quote: Richard Branson says, "listening to our staff – “your biggest brand advocates”  - and focusing on their needs, will help improve the customer experience and therefore business."

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The Third Decade of Emotional Intelligence - Six Seconds

The Third Decade of Emotional Intelligence - Six Seconds | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence was discovered in the 1990s. The value was proven in the 2000s. What will happen in this third decade with the science and practice of emotional intelligence?

Via David Hain
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More proof of the power of EQ in our lives.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 6, 2013 4:22 PM

Six seconds, three decades, infinite possibilities...

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 2013 6:49 PM

I still do not see much happening. Educators seem to be relying on quick fix and faddish approaches.

Pavel Barta's comment, June 7, 2013 5:07 AM
I worked at higher education in the past and now I am a full time MBA student - well ranked business school - but let me tell you. We still have a long way to go! ... lots of talk, but very little happening on the ground. So lets do something about it :-)
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Why Your Innovation Leadership Training Will Fail - Forbes

Why Your Innovation Leadership Training Will Fail - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why Your Innovation Leadership Training Will Fail
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If your organization is conducting innovation leadership training, the odds are it's failing.
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Do you feel a certain level of dissatisfaction with the outcomes of your innovation leadership, a certain unease about your approach to leadership training and development? If so, consider this question: Should you be thinking a little more about how you build systems, and a little less about how you develop individual leaders?  You might be surprised by what this article has to tell you.

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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 Ragsdale'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 Ragsdale, Create 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 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
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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, Create 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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