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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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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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7 Destructive Thought Habits That Can Hold You Back From Living a Happier Life

7 Destructive Thought Habits That Can Hold You Back From Living a Happier Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by Mitya Kuznetsov (license). .”The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein Your thoughts and mind are truly powerful.
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Your thoughts and mind are truly powerful. A change or a positive habit when it comes to your thinking can make a world of difference.

But on the other hand, getting stuck in the same old thought habit can be that one thing that cripples you, paralyses you, causes much suffering and gets you stuck instead of getting you to move forward towards a happier and more positive life.


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Leadership In The Military | Malcolm Out Loud

Leadership In The Military | Malcolm Out Loud | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership In The Military | Malcolm Out Loud http://t.co/DvVefjpffj #OutLoud
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For those that do qualify, the military is about discipline, wisdom and leadership. Through rigorous training and experience, some of the greatest leaders in American history have emerged. Here are some of the more memorable lessons and famous words on leadership… from those who have walked the talk.


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The End of Competitive Advantage

The End of Competitive Advantage | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Virtually all strategy frameworks and tools in use today are based on a single dominant idea: that the purpose of strategy is to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. This idea is strategy’s most fundamental concept. It’s every company’s holy grail. And it’s no longer relevant for more and more companies...


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Wise Leader™
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In the Creative Economy, where the quest is to find the next opportunity, “companies are getting better at figuring out what people really need and will pay for, at designing better experiences, and at wresting new efficiencies from existing assets.”

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Tom Hood's comment, June 4, 2013 9:35 AM
I love Rita's work and this is a great read. Her big idea that competitive advantage is fleeting is on point. The way she recommends dealing with it to become systematic about innovation and she offers a "playbook" framework. I agree with Christopher's caution about not changing for change's sake. Thanks!
Suchitra Mishra's curator insight, July 1, 2013 11:42 PM

Brilliant insights. Need to read this before reviewing/creating your organizational strategy

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:48 AM

Steve Denning discusses this intriguing new book called 'The End of Competitive Advantage'. According to the author Rita Gunther McGrath, all our current ideas about strategy and competitive advantage are based on the 'old economy'. The 'Creative Economy', however, requires a different strategy approach.


For example, "one of the biggest changes is “to stop thinking of within-industry competition as the most significant competitive threat. (..) Today, competition can come from anywhere. Now entire product lines—whole markets—could be destroyed almost overnight as customers defect in droves by “big bang disruption."

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8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees

8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Forget good to great. Here's what makes a great employee remarkable.

Via Paul Cash
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Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers... they possess a wide range of easily-defined—but hard to find—qualities. A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a major impact on performance.

Here are eight qualities of remarkable employees:

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Believe in Yourself - Believe the Best in Yourself

Believe in Yourself - Believe the Best in Yourself | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you believe in yourself and give your best, you are a champion—simply for having given your best possible performance in that moment.
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As I’ve discovered so many times in my own life, self-doubt is a challenging adversary. When it’s loose, it devours confidence, strips logic and reason from our mind, and steals happiness from our heart. In return, it leaves us feeling fearful, insecure and questioning our abilities. And perhaps worst of all, it seems as though the more you fight your self-doubt, the more it fights back.

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Why leadership and ethics are the next big thing - AlanRudnick.org

Why leadership and ethics are the next big thing - AlanRudnick.org | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn how and why business schools are leading the way in the call to leadership and ethics.
John Michel's insight:

The MBA, the recent standard of middle to upper business/organizational management, is beginning to see changes – hopefully for the better.  Most programs teach students how to run a company or business, but few teach how to lead people… a more complete concept.

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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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Ten Ways that Organizations Kill Innovation

Ten Ways that Organizations Kill Innovation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here are ten common
inhibitors that can dampen an organization's ability to innovate effectively.
For each one, think about the extent to which it applies to your firm.
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Here are ten common inhibitors that can dampen an organization’s ability to innovate effectively


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Enough with the lame leadership training conferences - Washington Post

Enough with the lame leadership training conferences - Washington Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Enough with the lame leadership training conferences Washington Post The Internal Revenue Service is already facing scrutiny for targeting conservative groups, a revelation that has added to the White House's headaches and become a scandal feast...
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And if you want to teach leadership, you don’t need art. You don’t need magicians, orbicycles, or mind readers or clowns. Give people the chance to learn and grow by working on big important, agency-wide issues with the best leaders in the organization. Give them time to volunteer their skills to local nonprofits run by great people. To teach leadership, you simply need to give people hands-on opportunities to do it themselves and, better yet, people who can set an example.

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4 Powerful Truths YOU Should Know

4 Powerful Truths YOU Should Know | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Smole reflections to brighten your day. 

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Time to Scrap Performance Appraisals?

Time to Scrap Performance Appraisals? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Times have changed. More and more companies have decided to radically change (read "scrap" or "re-engineer") their performance appraisal process.

Via HR Trend Institute, David Hain
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Organization structures have changed and companies need to be more agile.  We have a shortage of key talent and the keys to success now focus on regular alignment, coaching, creating passion and engagement, and continuous employee development.

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Trumans's curator insight, June 2, 2013 7:34 PM

We have moved to a One Page Talent Management process - thanks Mark Effron!

Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, June 4, 2013 4:32 PM

Yes, it is time....

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Can This One Greek Word Improve Your Work And Life? - Fast Company

Can This One Greek Word Improve Your Work And Life? - Fast Company | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Fast Company
Can This One Greek Word Improve Your Work And Life?

Via carol k, Wise Leader™
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The notion of the “good life” can be viewed as the human quest for meaning, a formidable challenge that involves both making a living and making a life that really matters, that has significance.

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3 Leadership Lessons From Tumblr’s David Karp

3 Leadership Lessons From Tumblr’s David Karp | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn how the 26-year-old founder navigated the challenges of growing the business in the early days.
John Michel's insight:

The MBA, the recent standard of middle to upper business/organizational management, is beginning to see changes – hopefully for the better.  Most programs teach students how to run a company or business, but few teach how to lead people… a more complete concept.

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