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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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16 Employee Idea Killers Your Management Team Could Be Committing

16 Employee Idea Killers Your Management Team Could Be Committing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Suppose you are part of your organization’s management team. The organization is trying to encourage an employee idea program so employees will come up with possibilities to improve your prospects,...

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Are you guilty of any of these?

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 18, 2013 5:27 AM

Good Scoop David!  These ones got my attention:

 

Employee Idea Killers

 

~The management team does not share information about the organization to allow employees to generate strategic ideas.

 

~No one openly requests employees share their expertise and insights.

 

~Requiring all employees to participate in the program.

 

~Not explaining the impact employees can have on the organization with their participation.~Hanging up a suggestion box – either physical or virtual – and expecting the rest to take care of itself.

 

 

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5 Things YOU Should Be an Expert At

5 Things YOU Should Be an Expert At | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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A great reminder to never forget to pay attention to what matters most...

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Great Leaders Communicate in the Positive - Life Science Leader

Great Leaders Communicate in the Positive - Life Science Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
 By Eric Shaffer Being, thinking, and communicating in the positive take time and effort and are an absolute must for all leaders. Imagine you a...

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Being, thinking, and communicating in the positive take time and effort and are an absolute must for all leaders.

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Ananya Das's comment, May 18, 2013 11:08 PM
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Just starting out on Scoop - Let's see what we can do

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I think leaders have an obligation to lead unto light, and create more leaders - the only way to do that is by being positive. Here is a great example of a man who managed to incorporate this into his professional life http://sco.lt/63H8lN
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The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center

The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Understanding the characteristics of effective teams gives you have a target to shoot for and better prepares you to support your team’s development. Our research revealed these six benchmarks:

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In 1996, 51% of US employees were reported to be members of team.  By 2006, it had increased to 84%. As our world becomes more complex, the need for teams will continue to grow. Understanding the characteristics of effective teams gives you a target to shoot for and better prepares you to support your team’s development.

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Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 17, 2013 6:47 AM

These benchmarks are achievable when supported by effective leadership.

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10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about talent, only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected talent departures.
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When examining the talent at any organization look at the culture, not the rhetoric – look at the results, not the commentary about potential. Despite some of the delusional perspective in the corner office, when we interview their employees, here’s what they tell us:


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Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple - Forbes

Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple Forbes Examine at any category leader and you'll quickly realize what put them at the head of the class to begin with – leadership who valued innovation, and all the good things it affords...
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The best leaders understand that usual and customary are not necessarily synonymous with healthy and thriving. The real key to innovative thinking begins with an open mind – recognition that those who think differently aren’t inferior, nor are they a threat. An open mind is a sign of confidence, which allows leaders to recognize diversity of opinion leads to better thinking, better discovery, and better outcomes.

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Top 10 Leadership Lessons from the Villains We Love to Hate - exploreB2B

Top 10 Leadership Lessons from the Villains We Love to Hate - exploreB2B | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
1.     Identify Your Goal and Stay Focused. Gollum wanted his “Precious.” He didn’t let anyone deter him from staying the course and retrieving the ring-to-rule-them-all. Evil sorcerers, orcs, ...
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We love to hate these guys, but we gotta admit it. They really know what it takes to be effective leaders.

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2 Keys To Action Oriented Leadership - Leadership, Sales & Life

2 Keys To Action Oriented Leadership - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders need to take action and apply what they've learned. If you don't or can't apply what you've learned then you can't transform your skills. ("Do it and fail. Then redo it and fail again. Adjust.
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The only way transformation happens is to act, to do. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish. Maybe you’ve studied about fitness and read all kinds of articles from several different magazines. Until you put into practice what you’ve learned, you won’t transform your fitness.  You may learn a lot, but your fitness won’t improve until you act.

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How to Move Away from the Victim Mentality

How to Move Away from the Victim Mentality | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.” John W.
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Do you think of yourself as a victim, as someone with little or no control or power? Do you slip back into a familiar headspace where you feel sorry for yourself and where you feel like someone – or the whole world – is against you?


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6 Things You Control That Are Impacting Your Job Performance

6 Things You Control That Are Impacting Your Job Performance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn to change the those things that are zapping your productivity.

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Here are six of the most common ways you might be holding yourself back at work without realizing it.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 6, 2013 8:20 AM
Basic things but well presented. Where do you fit in terms of managing these?
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 6, 2013 8:20 AM
Basic things but well presented. Where do you fit in terms of managing these?
Melissa St Hill's curator insight, June 10, 2013 10:52 AM

This article is absolutely great and has some very valid points!

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It’s the small things that make a leader great | SmartBlogs

It’s the small things that make a leader great | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How unfortunate that our popular ideas of what a good leader should be are so often grandiose. Through current media, television and movies, we expect perf

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Brave, courageous, bigger-than-life leaders are fascinating. But it’s the small, everyday acts that make a leader great.

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Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 16, 2013 4:17 PM

It's the little things that matter most in any walk of life

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Leadership Tips for Organizational Integrity - Huffington Post (blog)

Leadership Tips for Organizational Integrity - Huffington Post (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Tips for Organizational Integrity
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There are never coincidences, but there certainly are synchronized events that validate an environment -- for the good and bad. Take the news about Bloomberg LP and the IRS.
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An organization's culture reflects executive management's tone, with the organization's actions following executive management's instructions -- stated or implied. Companies wishing to steer clear of the headline-grabbing cultural and operational issues the IRS and Bloomberg LP are now dealing with are well served to:

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The Heart of Innovation: 12 Ways to Make Bad Decisions

The Heart of Innovation: 12 Ways to Make Bad Decisions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions (Heart of Innovation: 12 Ways to Make Bad Decisions http://t.co/i2t3DZsTeW #Leadership)...
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What follows is an elaboration of the 12 common phenomena that contribute to flawed decision making.

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How To Make Happiness Last

How To Make Happiness Last | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The good news: You can train your mind to think about what's going right (as opposed to what's going wrong) and in so doing, create a lasting habit that will boost your positive emotions.

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To increase the frequency of positive emotions, you need to train your brain to focus on them, rather than succumb to habitual negativity hunting. And like any muscle, you've got to use it -- or lose it.

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Steve Jobs, Nate Silver, And Pablo Picasso: Why The Most Creative People Are Generalists

Steve Jobs, Nate Silver, And Pablo Picasso: Why The Most Creative People Are Generalists | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The compelling case for why a breadth of knowledge and a depth of expertise spur innovation.

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Innovations often come when disciplines meet: Look at video games, iPhones, or hip-hop. This is the power of the intersection: Since new ideas are combinations of old ideas, you want to have as diverse a reservoir as possible.

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3 Tips To Navigate A Leadership Crossroads - Forbes

3 Tips To Navigate A Leadership Crossroads - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
3 Tips To Navigate A Leadership Crossroads
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Judith E. Glaser (@CreatingWE) and Lori Polachek (@LPolachek1) offer advice to business leaders at a fork in the road. Effective leaders shoulder a lot of responsibility.
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Healthy relationships serve to release oxytocin, another hormone and neurotransmitter. Unlike cortisol, which closes neural pathways, oxytocin opens up the networks in our executive brain, or prefrontal cortex. Cortisol enables leaders to successfully manage the expectations, motivations and efforts of all stakeholders and to co-create optimal solutions. That allows teams to experiment with new ways of doing business—and to grow together.

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How Culture Shapes the Office

How Culture Shapes the Office | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.

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An insightful look into global culture dynamics. 

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How Warren Buffett And Joel Osteen Conquered Their Terrifying Fear Of Public Speaking

How Warren Buffett And Joel Osteen Conquered Their Terrifying Fear Of Public Speaking | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Don’t let your nerves get in the way of achieving your full potential. Take bold steps today to bring them under control so they enhance—and not harm—your career.
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The best leaders understand that usual and customary are not necessarily synonymous with healthy and thriving. The real key to innovative thinking begins with an open mind – recognition that those who think differently aren’t inferior, nor are they a threat. An open mind is a sign of confidence, which allows leaders to recognize diversity of opinion leads to better thinking, better discovery, and better outcomes.

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Want a Leadership Culture? Try This.

Want a Leadership Culture?  Try This. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A leader once said to me “Alan, I’m a leader in my company, but I don’t know what’s expected of me.” A closer look at that organization revealed a fe... (Want a Leadership Culture? Try This.
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An organization with a leadership culture is full of leaders who can answer the basic question “what kind of leadership is expected from me, and how do I do it?”  This is because that organization defined leadership, got the word out through leadership champions, and taught its leaders how to self-develop.

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The Multitasking Myth - Leadership Thoughts

The Multitasking Myth - Leadership Thoughts | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In this post we consider the multitasking myth and explore the reasons behind multitasking. Instead of doing more things badly let's do one thing well!
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When multitasking we fail to give people our full attention. This is bad manners and often leads to misunderstanding.

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No One Likes to Be Changed

No One Likes to Be Changed | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
So set a goal, and let the team figure out how to adapt.
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The real secret to successful change, therefore, is not to change people at all. Let them figure out how to solve their own problems, and they'll do the rest.

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Iron Man for CEO? | SmartBlogs

Iron Man for CEO? | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I just saw "Iron Man 3" with my family, and it was a good time. Bad guys. Good guys. Destruction. Even humble pie big enough to go around. As I enjoyed the

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The secret sauce that people so desperately seek in their leaders is nothing more than emotional intelligence.

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Leadership Innovation 2.0

Leadership Innovation 2.0 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Economic unrest, changing market conditions and tough competition mean companies have to change their approach to leadership and equip leaders to get by in a new business environment.


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As technology changes traditional ways of organising employee collaboration, new opportunities will arise for leaders. In the future, the most important leadership task will be to support employees’ self-determination and creative opportunities for expression.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 16, 2013 5:46 PM

We need to do more than just get by. That is part of the problem.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, May 17, 2013 1:37 AM
Thanks for your comments, Ivon and John. Best, Kenneth
Peg Gillard's curator insight, May 18, 2013 5:47 AM

As our culture changes, so too must our leadership.

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Making Friends with Fear - General Leadership

Making Friends with Fear - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Fear places us in a box of our own making.

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Fear places us in a box of our own making. It lulls us into spending so much time and energy focusing on what we don’t want to happen that we forget pushing outside our comfort zones is the only way we can ever hope to grow into our potential.


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Getting Real About Leadership - Thin Difference

Getting Real About Leadership - Thin Difference | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learning about leadership is different than doing leadership in the workplace. By leading, leadership gets real with these unconventional principles.
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There are some differences between the leadership theories and ideals that you learn in college or graduate school and the actual practice of leading in the workplace.

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