Mediocre Me
89.3K views | +0 today
Follow
Mediocre Me
Mediocre Me - How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel You from Ordinary to Extraordinary! (A Book by John Michel - Copyright 2013)
Curated by John Michel
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

How to Separate the Winners from the Spinners

How to Separate the Winners from the Spinners | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Push job candidates out of their comfort zone to find out who they really are.
John Michel's insight:


Every employer can tell stories about an applicant who sounded like an A-player at the interview but ended up a dud once at work. Good candidates prepare, of course, but rehearsed interview answers can make it hard to separate the winners from the spinners.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from Positive Change
Scoop.it!

Effective CEOs Lead With Their Ears

Effective CEOs Lead With Their Ears | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Through conversation and dialogue rather than the typical communications cascade, this company helps employees understand the market opportunity, identify with it, and accelerate the company’s success.

Via Romi Royé
John Michel's insight:

A good lesson about the power of co creation in driving positive change. 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from The Pursuit of Happiness
Scoop.it!

7 Limiting Beliefs of Unhappy People - by Dumb Little Man

7 Limiting Beliefs of Unhappy People - by Dumb Little Man | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Your life is a garden and these negative beliefs are like weeds. If you allow it, they will take over and destroy your life. So begin weeding them out of your mind today and make room for joy to take root and grow.


Via Peter Shanks
John Michel's insight:

Negative beliefs act like a filter. They change the way you experience people and events, and over time, they chip away at your sense of self.

more...
Peter Shanks's curator insight, May 23, 2013 9:51 AM

A bit trite in places, but still worth a read

Dean Lynch's curator insight, May 23, 2013 4:29 PM

Being happy is a decision that you can make right now. If you are not sure, fake it first and you will soon be naturally happy.

Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

How to Not Care Too Much About What People May Think of You

How to Not Care Too Much About What People May Think of You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by VinothChandar (license). .“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Aristotle What other people think and say about you and what you do can hold you back in life.
John Michel's insight:

Caring about what other people think about what you do in a healthy way can help you to gain valuable feedback and keep you grounded. But caring too much about what people may say or think if you do something can keep you in the same old rut, unable to move forward and to live the life you truly want to live.


more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from #BetterLeadership
Scoop.it!

5 Leadership Skills Small-Business Owners Must Have

5 Leadership Skills Small-Business Owners Must Have | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The absence of leadership in a business creates a lot of frustration and challenges, from employee-management issues, to financial issues, to client

Via AlGonzalezinfo
John Michel's insight:

The absence of leadership in a business creates a lot of frustration and challenges, from employee-management issues, to financial issues, to client issues. In my work with small-business owners, I notice that once business owners get into the mindset of “I’m a leader,” a lot starts to fall in place.

more...
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 1, 2013 11:03 AM

Totally agree with this article.  Well written and very relevant to small business owners as well as managers. 

 

From the article:

 

The absence of leadership in a business creates a lot of frustration and challenges, from employee-management issues, to financial issues, to client issues. In my work with small-business owners, I notice that once business owners get into the mindset of “I’m a leader,” a lot starts to fall in place.

 

 

But this mindset is just the start – there are many skills that small-business owners need to have to lead their business successfully.

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, June 3, 2013 12:51 PM

I would add...self-awareness and the ability to admit when you've made a mistake.

Rescooped by John Michel from Wise Leadership
Scoop.it!

Businesses With A Strong Sense Of Purpose Are More Successful

Businesses With A Strong Sense Of Purpose Are More Successful | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You may have already sensed that companies with a clear sense of purpose do better than those without one.

Via Bobby Dillard, Create Wise Leader
John Michel's insight:

You may have already sensed that companies with a clear sense of purpose do better than those without one. A new study from Deloitte confirms it: organizations that focus their energies beyond pure profit do better than those without a "culture of purpose." And yet, the survey also reveals that most executives and employees think that businesses aren’t doing enough to create this kind of culture.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

21 Quotes from Henry Ford on Business, Leadership and Life - Forbes

21 Quotes from Henry Ford on Business, Leadership and Life - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
21 Quotes from Henry Ford on Business, Leadership and Life Forbes I knew, before starting to write this post, what we all know about Henry Ford: founder of Ford Motor Ford MotorCompany, seminal proponent of mass production in the form of the...
John Michel's insight:

21 great insights form one of the worlds most successful leaders. Enjoy! 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

The Power of Gratitude: 5 Simple Tips That Will Help You

The Power of Gratitude: 5 Simple Tips That Will Help You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Maybe the simplest and most effortless habit for living a happier life is to take one or a few minutes every day to focus on what is already here and that you can be grateful for in your life. It
John Michel's insight:

Maybe the simplest and most effortless habit for living a happier life is to take one or a few minutes every day to focus on what is already here and that you can be grateful for in your life.

more...
Sophie Fleming's curator insight, June 6, 2013 8:17 PM

Gratitude = Great + Attitude!

Rescooped by John Michel from Coaching Leaders
Scoop.it!

Forget Apologies. 3 Steps to Recover When Things Go Wrong

Forget Apologies. 3 Steps to Recover When Things Go Wrong | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You will make hiring mistakes, and you will have problems with customers. What's important is the recovery. (Great tips for when things go awry: Forget Apologies.

Via Dan Forbes, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

One of the hardest parts of running a business is ensuring that the people who are the face of your business are representing you well. That means when something goes wrong--and it will--you need to move fast to make things right. Here are the steps to take:

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

18 Things Workplaces Need, More or Less | workplace MOJO

18 Things Workplaces Need, More or Less | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @KateNasser: 18 Things Workplaces Need More Not Less http://t.co/hdL5M1lj4S fr @MattMonge #management #leadership
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from Communication & Leadership
Scoop.it!

12 Simple Ways to Make Better Business Decisions

12 Simple Ways to Make Better Business Decisions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson, David Hain, Amy Melendez
John Michel's insight:
Learning to make good decisions in business doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes it is difficult to consider the vastness of both big and small decisions made about our companies. So to aid you in improving your leadership skills and bottom-line here are twelve recommendations from entrepreneurs on to improve your decision making skills in business.
more...
Tia Ribary's curator insight, June 6, 2013 12:24 AM

This article is good for the business owner interested in becoming a better, more productive leader. Decision making can be challenging, and as #6 in the article points out, especially if you do not have a clear set of goals. Being clear on your goals, and looking to them as the basis for your decision making, is sure to make everything easier...and more efficient!

 

Give this a quick read, and more importantly, some serious thought. What two points could you incorporate to make your business more successful?

dreamz infra's comment, June 6, 2013 5:11 AM
Very good
John Michel's curator insight, June 22, 2013 9:50 AM

Learning to make good decisions in business doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes it is difficult to consider the vastness of both big and small decisions made about our companies. So to aid you in improving your leadership skills and bottom-line here are twelve recommendations from entrepreneurs on how to improve your decision making skills in business.


Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

Less Daily Stress: 10 Small Habits That Will Help You

Less Daily Stress: 10 Small Habits That Will Help You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris Keeping the stress away from your life isn’t just about the big things and decisions. It is also about the small things.
John Michel's insight:

Keeping the  stress away from your life isn’t just about the big things and decisions. It is also about the small things. About what you do and do not do from day to day.


more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from Positive Change
Scoop.it!

The Disney Recipe

The Disney Recipe | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A corporate strategy that keeps on giving.

Via Romi Royé
John Michel's insight:

The power of a compelling strategy.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

How To Get Better at Spotting Opportunities

How To Get Better at Spotting Opportunities | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you too risk-averse?
John Michel's insight:

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.)

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from The Pursuit of Happiness
Scoop.it!

Top 10 Instant Stress Busters

Top 10 Instant Stress Busters | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Beating chronic stress is a long-term effort, and we've shared a lot of ways to deal with it—but what if you're overcome with stress right now and just want to calm down? Here are ten ways you can bust through stress and get on with your day.

Via Peter Shanks
John Michel's insight:

Simple insights into how to take control of your stress.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

5 Things You Should Be Talking To Your Boss About

5 Things You Should Be Talking To Your Boss About | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your boss's office isn't necessarily a place you go to chat—but maybe it should be. Turns out, there are several things you should be addressing with your boss on a regular basis—and they could make all the difference in your career.
John Michel's insight:

There are several things you should be addressing with your boss on a regular basis. When you take the time to talk about these important issues, you’ll find that you’re happier with your career and better positioned in the eyes of your boss, your team, and the company as a whole. So, the next time you pass by your boss’s office, stop in and start talking about these five things.


more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by John Michel from LeadershipABC
Scoop.it!

7 Social Media Tips for CEOs

7 Social Media Tips for CEOs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

CEOs must strategically utilize the right digital platforms that advance their communications — ranging from their own intranet and website to social network pages and feeds to video and image-sharing platforms.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
John Michel's insight:

More than three-quarters of executives worldwide believe it is a good idea for CEOs to participate in social media, the research from public relations firmWeber Shandwick and research partner KRC Research found.

more...
Rescooped by John Michel from Coaching Leaders
Scoop.it!

Meaningful Mentoring: 4 Tips on Taking Advice

Meaningful Mentoring: 4 Tips on Taking Advice | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deply in your mind that the counsel is wise." - Joan Rivers

 

Throughout our lives, during times of uncertainty we seek guidance and wisdom from those we are close to. How do we utilize their insights with our intuition?


Via David Hain
John Michel's insight:

How we adopt advice should improve as we become more self-aware. Our reason for seeking counsel continually changes with heightened self-awareness. Who we look to for advice changes as we grow older, and as we better understand both the perspective of those we surround ourselves with, and their relationship to us. We become more tuned into our ability to compare and contrast what we truly want and how to weigh others’ insights.

more...
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:12 PM

There is an art to "taking" advice........

ratzelster's curator insight, June 1, 2013 8:29 AM

Finding a valued source of wisdom is critical because no one can go it alone.   And finding someone who matches with your style, understanding your circumstances and your organization is key.

Deborah Long's curator insight, June 2, 2013 12:54 AM

Seeking guidance from those you trust is what a mentoring relationship is all about. Taking the advice and reflecting on the decision to be made must be given sound consideration.

Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

Leadership Lessons from The Last Dragon

Leadership Lessons from The Last Dragon | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the greatest movies of all time, The Last Dragon, has some insightful tips for leaders from the 1980's to the present.
John Michel's insight:
Leadership lessons from an obscure (but interesting) source.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

9 Lies to Unlearn Before it’s Too Late

9 Lies to Unlearn Before it’s Too Late | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
John Michel's insight:

The worst lies are the ones you tell yourself over and over again – the ones you live by.  Perhaps someone close to you ingrained these lies in your mind, perhaps you were influenced by the negativity of popular media channels, or perhaps they grew from simple, innocent misunderstandings.

Either way, next time you decide to learn something new for the sake of self-improvement, start by unlearning a lie that has been deceiving you.  Here are nine lies I have unlearned in my own life:

more...
David Hain's curator insight, May 31, 2013 1:46 AM

Some perceptive self-deceptions here.  I recognised many of them!

Rescooped by John Michel from Business change
Scoop.it!

Creating Customer Loyalty Programs that Stick | Help Scout

Creating Customer Loyalty Programs that Stick | Help Scout | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Customer loyalty programs can be a gift and a curse. When done well, they can keep customers coming back for repeat purchases, potentially

Via David Hain
John Michel's insight:

An intriguing study certainly worth the read.

more...
David Hain's curator insight, May 30, 2013 2:12 AM

Interesting insights here.

Gary Bamford's curator insight, May 31, 2013 1:46 AM

What is a version of this for consulting services?

Rescooped by John Michel from #BetterLeadership
Scoop.it!

The Difference Between Managers and Leaders

The Difference Between Managers and Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's time to face the music as a manager: You don’t always have all of the right answers. Your “it’s my way or the highway” approach to management isn’t going to

Via AlGonzalezinfo
John Michel's insight:

Managers and leaders are often referred to synonymously, but only leaders allow their employees to solve problems with their own insight. The truth of the matter is this: Every leader may not be a manager, but every manager should be a leader. It’s easy to see that leadership and management aren’t the same thing, but a manager who lacks effective leadership traits will drive a business into the ground faster than you can count to 10.


more...
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 3, 2013 6:53 PM

We need to distinguish the differences and know when each is most appropriate.

Nora Wendel's curator insight, June 4, 2013 7:16 AM

Are you a Manager or a Leader?

Pavel Barta's comment, June 6, 2013 6:17 AM
True leaders create new leaders, not followers!
Rescooped by John Michel from Positive Change
Scoop.it!

Leading Change: How Focus Creates Sustainable Change

Leading Change: How Focus Creates Sustainable Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You hear and read about it everywhere: if you want to create successful and sustained change in your company, it is important to be focused and to transfer that focus to your people and teams. In t...

Via Romi Royé
John Michel's insight:

Successful leaders create organizations that focus differently. In their organizations the focus is always aimed at the future, at how we see our desired future, at what we need to do differently to get there, at what we collectively gain when reaching it.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Three common offenders that damage employee relationships. (#Authentic #Leadership http://t.co/rjSzg4ufza)
John Michel's insight:

Ultimately, loyalty and followership are the two things we cannot demand or set as an expectation. What is perceived as fear-based motivation, belittlement, or power play can yield real short-term compliance from others. But negative behaviors ultimately diminish the legacy we leave. Consider what behaviors you might need to stop doing so that you can have a positive, lasting impact.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by John Michel
Scoop.it!

7 Things You Need to Stop Doing Every Day

7 Things You Need to Stop Doing Every Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
John Michel's insight:

If you get decent value from making TO-DO lists, you’ll also get significant returns – in productivity, in improved relationships, in financial stability, and in heightened levels of happiness – from adding certain things to a TO-DON’T list.


more...
No comment yet.