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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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Business Change Leadership » Blog Archive » Are you a crow or an eagle?

Business Change Leadership » Blog Archive » Are you a crow or an eagle? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you a crow... http://t.co/XsCYa6W2sC #BusinessTransformation #ChangeManagement #Delivery&Execution #Leadership #LessonsLearned
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So, how do you deal with conflict? Are you the crow, bringing conflict into the situation or are you the eagle? As the eagle, do you engage your talons or your wings to soar over the conflict?

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Are You Living In Your Zone of Genius? Via @15five

Are You Living In Your Zone of Genius? Via @15five | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
New: The Secret to Happy Workers & Innovative Thinking http://t.co/LeRdHUZJuy #leadership #culture
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Your zone of genius is your unique power. It is a one-of-a-kind quality that you bring to your life and to your work and lets you do certain things better than almost anyone else. Often times this is at the intersection of your innate talents and passions and is often difficult to distinguish in yourself as unique or special because it comes so naturally. While we might share common skills, interests, or work styles with others — your zone cannot be replicated by anyone else.

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Why Leaders Exist

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Why do leaders exist? This is one of the most simple yet profound questions we can ask about leadership. Oddly, I have ever heard anyone address it. (RT @MichaelHyatt: Why do leaders exist?
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Without leaders, things drift along. They go where they want to go, following the path of least resistance. However, when this is not desirable—or acceptable—you hire, elect, appoint orbecome a leader. The leader’s job is to overcome resistance and make things flow in a different direction. His or her job is to create a different reality.

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Heroism, Humility and Leadership

Heroism, Humility and Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This is the story of Bill Crawford, a man who went from sweeping combat fields in search of the enemy, to mopping halls and picking up trash for his fellow Americans.
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Since our nation's founding, more than one million American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have paid the ultimate price in defense of our nation, and it is their final sacrifice that we honor with solemn reverence. As Memorial Day honors so many American Patriots, it may suffer some dilution for those who have no direct connection to a fallen veteran, or to those who served with them.

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Is Caution Killing Your Career? 5 Risks You Can't Afford Not To Take

Is Caution Killing Your Career? 5 Risks You Can't Afford Not To Take | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you too cautious? The fear barometer on our collective psyche has dialled up in recent weeks.
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In today’s climate of fear, it’s therefore increasingly important to be vigilant about which fears we buy into, and more discerning about whether they are actually serving us, or holding us back. To help you along, here are five risks you need to take to help you move ahead in your career and enjoy greater fulfilment in your life.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 26, 2013 2:43 AM

Some very good point here - I particularly like the idea of the cost of doing nothing, which is often high and painful.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 27, 2013 3:42 PM

Risks feel risky.  BUT, you gain nothing by being stagnate.  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 27, 2013 6:28 PM

Risk awkward conversations and be candid. That is great advice.

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Inside the Brain of a Leader

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Can neurological rewiring boost leadership skills? (RT @pfgregg: Inside the Brain of a Leader http://t.co/F4aOZ7oGqE via @Inc)
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Do great leaders have distinctive brains? Yes, says David A. Waldman, a management professor at Arizona State University. Since 2005, Waldman and his colleagues have been studying the neurological patterns of successful entrepreneurs and senior managers in an attempt to learn what they have in common.

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Leadership and Memorial Day | N2Growth Blog

Leadership and Memorial Day | N2Growth Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Is Memorial Day weekend just another holiday, or does it mean something more to you?
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  Our military represents our nation’s best – they are motivated, committed, passionate, honorable individuals with a clear sense of duty, and who hold in high regard the principle of service above self. Let’s face it, it takes a unique individual to knowingly and willingly walk toward a life threatening situation placing his/her life at risk in order that other lives may be saved. Our military embodies the character, sense of duty, commitment, and the values our nation was built upon. How many of you would choose to make an uncompromising stand on your principles and values if you knew the outcome would result in certain death?

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The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Most Overlooked Leadership Skill
blogs.hbr.org (blog)
Even before I released the disc, I knew it was a long shot. And, unfortunately, it was a clumsy one too. We were playing Ultimate Frisbee, a game similar to U.S.
John Michel's insight:

Typically, we choose our leaders for their skill at conveying messages clearly and powerfully. But, in my experience, it's their ability to receive messages that distinguishes the best leaders from the rest.

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Linda Allen's comment, May 27, 2013 10:14 AM
John--I am in totally agreement--listening is a skill that seems simple enough!
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Employee Conflict – Personal Story – 3 Important Leadership Tips

Employee Conflict – Personal Story – 3 Important Leadership Tips | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Managing employee conflict is not at the top of my list of fun things to do. And I am pretty sure it isn’t on yours either.
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Employee conflict, like any relationship, requires both parties to work things out together. How do you manage it as a leader? 

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Activating the Hidden Face of Diversity in Your Leadership Culture

Activating the Hidden Face of Diversity in Your Leadership Culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you write a leadership blog, you know the challenge … (THX! RT @AudraAugust: Fantastic post!
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Building a diverse workforce isn’t so hard given the growing numbers of minorities in the U.S. population, but grooming them into leadership is another matter entirely.

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Public Speakers Become Our Leaders

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Public Speakers Become our Leaders http://t.co/4k6BEqRKhi #Leadership
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When you can speak well people often look to you for leadership. You earn leadership, and that is the most obvious difference between a leader and a boss. If you lack the good judgment it takes to lead well, people will find that out sooner or later. If you lack the public speaking skills to become a leader in the first place, your judgment can be the best in the world but it will never help anyone but yourself.

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90 Days To Great Leadership - Forbes

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90 Days To Great Leadership
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While I've achieved a lot of success as an entrepreneur and business owner, I was not born a great leader. Rather, I've learned leadership skills and every day, I put them to use.
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Great leadership comes from a desire to inspire the best out of everyone you encounter. What if I told you that you are a mere 90 days away from being a great leader? Would you think it was possible?



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10 Phrases That Can Solve Any Work Problem

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Resolving conflicts can be one of the hardest parts of a leader's job. Here are 10 phrases that can be used to dissolve any problem.

Via F. Thunus, Merdrignac Soizic, David Hain
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Conflicts are an inevitable part of running a small business. In fact, effectively resolving conflicts within your company can actually build a strong and diverse team that will keep fresh ideas and creativity flowing. If everyone agrees with the boss's point of view, your company's direction and efforts will get stale fast. That being said, too much conflict isn't desirable either. To achieve the delicate balance, you need to have the skills to intervene when a healthy debate goes awry.

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F. Thunus's comment, May 17, 2013 9:15 AM
This is mandatory reading !! :-)
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The 4 Key Elements of Effective Intentional Leadership - Leadership, Sales & Life

The 4 Key Elements of Effective Intentional Leadership - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here are 4 key elements of leadership. Leadership is difficult to nail down to one specific leadership trait. These 4 elements are a good start.
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Leadership is sometimes difficult to define. Difficult to box in. You know a good leader when you work for one. You can also clearly feel a bad leader when you work for one. You’ve most likely had experience with both.

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Focus, excellence, and mediocrity.

Focus, excellence, and mediocrity. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT: Focus, #excellence, and mediocrity. http://t.co/PNDLJFdwzT #focus #time
John Michel's insight:

In order to better focus and give your best, we need to learn to say no to some requests. And in saying no:

  • We align our priorities and meet deadlines.
  • We give our best.
  • We are honest with our employer and with ourselves.
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How to Lead When You're Not in Charge

How to Lead When You're Not in Charge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Maximize your ratio of accomplishment over authority. (How to Lead When You're Not in Charge. #leadership http://t.co/XTjs1ENsua" @Ommmer will b good ref 4 an IDP convo ...
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To gain a true leadership advantage, organizations must be filled with individuals who understand how to maximize their own ratio of "accomplishment over authority." They must believe it's possible to do something big with a little dab of power.

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Character: Truth on Display - General Leadership

Character: Truth on Display - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
character is much more than just what you try to display for others to see—it is who you are even when no one is watching. GeneralLeadership.com
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Character can be defined simply as who we are when no one is looking. It is the set of qualities that define us as a person. In essence, our character is what guides our responses to any situation or circumstance in our life.

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Leadership: Do You Practice What You Preach?

Leadership: Do You Practice What You Preach? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being a leader is no easy job. Your company's Core Values may help you make better decisions, win your teams commitment and achieve better results. (RT @toddbnielsen: Leadership: Do You Practice What You Preach?
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Being a leader is certainly not an easy job. As a leader, you have to deal with high levels of responsibility and pressure. Expectations are very high, no matter where they come from.
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Are You a Leader Who Coaxes, Encourages, and Inspires?

Are You a Leader Who Coaxes, Encourages, and Inspires? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A guest post by Don Phin  Today’s leader is inclusive. Even a strong leader must discipline himself/herself to take up the right amount of "space," and that right amount is 40%, especially if he/sh...
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Today’s humble, yet effective, leader will be a master of coaxing, encouraging, and inspiring!


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The Ultimate Motivation for Any Team

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Employees will always resist change unless they believe the company's survival is literally at stake. Here's how to make it clear to them that it is.
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Great leaders translate the ethereal concept of a business mission into day-to-day priorities for their people. They motivate the team by reminding them that they are building a better future and by providing the clear goals, values, and expectations associated with their role. When it works, your employees respond by focusing their energies on the tasks with the most impact.

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Bulldozing Barriers to Leadership - Huffington Post

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Bulldozing Barriers to Leadership
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Leadership has been my business throughout my life, with careers in Girl Scouting and the Drucker Foundation, now The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute.
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It takes courage for a leader to identify and confront self-imposed barriers, to put in place the personal strategies required to unleash the energy, innovation, and commitment to self-development. It takes equal courage to identify and confront the institutional barriers that limit and inhibit the people of the organization. And it takes real leadership to bulldoze the barriers -- frequently time-honored, tradition-bound, deeply ingrained practices.

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Millennials! Think you’re not Leadership Material? Think Again!

Millennials! Think you’re not Leadership Material? Think Again! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When I was 4 or 5 years old, I remember sitting at the … (RT @LeaderChat: Millennials! Think you’re not Leadership Material? Think Again!
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A simple framework to think about leadership. 

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Are you an influencer ?

Are you an influencer ? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Since this blog is primarily about leadership then we should define what a leader is.  As my mentor Orrin Woodward says,"Leadership is influence."  Influence means that someone is following you.
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To create true influence we must grow ourselves and create the culture that we want to have.  There is a statement that says,”The leader creates the culture and then the culture grows the group.”    That culture is created by who we are not what we say.  You want to be the example of the culture you want to create.

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Ramirez on executive leadership in the White House - Hot Air

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Ramirez on executive leadership in the White House
Hot Air
Most of our better presidents have had business or military leadership experience. This is of tremendous value when running the world's largest organization.
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An interesting perspective on the "leadership" challenges facing the President

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Leadership Basics: What to Do When You Don't Have All the Answers - Entrepreneur

Leadership Basics: What to Do When You Don't Have All the Answers - Entrepreneur | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Basics: What to Do When You Don't Have All the Answers
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Leaders are supposed to be all knowing -- at least when it comes to their own company -- aren't they?
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Leaders are supposed to be all knowing -- at least when it comes to their own company -- aren't they? That's why the three most hated words in leadership are simply: "I don't know."





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