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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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The Power of Good Habits - Career Development From MindTools.com

The Power of Good Habits - Career Development From MindTools.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn how good habits can help you become the person that you've always wanted to be.

Via Blue Sky Change, David Hain
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Habits are powerful. They bring about change one step at a time, and they help you ensure that these changes become part of your life.

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What does values-driven leadership mean?

What does values-driven leadership mean? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We hear a lot about values-driven leadership, but what does it mean?
Whoever we think we are or say we are, our own and others’ perceptions result largely from what we do.
That is why, as leaders, it’s important to act from our values.
John Michel's insight:

Values are not goals. They’re a deep internal drive and ultimately a shaping statement.

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The One Thing You Need To Create Change

The One Thing You Need To Create Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Without this, you can forget about building a company, improving it, or leading it to greatness.
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There’s no guarantee that your attempts at change will be accepted. However, if you take the time to establish your credibility, you’ll raise the chances that your ideas will not only have a fair hearing, but also be implemented. 

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Help, Leadership and Teamwork | Trusted Advisor

Help, Leadership and Teamwork | Trusted Advisor | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“I helped Maia and Maia helped me”...was the breathless comment of a three year old at the end of a very successful Easter egg hunt recently; she had form (Help, Leadership and Teamwork http://t.co/7VLdZ7dg03)...
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As leaders strive to build the agile, trust-based cultures that fuel the quality conversations – strategic, creative, curious, experimental – needed to generate breakthrough ideas and breakthrough execution.

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Under pressure: Leadership lessons from history

Under pressure: Leadership lessons from history | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Recently, British biographer and historian Amanda Foreman addressed more than 700 people at The Sydney Institute’s annual dinner. Her subject was leadership and, in particular, leadership styles.
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While courage, vision, resourcefulness and discipline are important, true leadership is not just a sum of these abilities. The true leader is the one who has the emotional intelligence to motivate and inspire followers, particularly when there is a crisis. What we learn from these examples is that it is the secondary characteristics – the subtle qualities that encircle an outstanding talent – that often determines the outcome.

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Brilliant Leaders Use This Type of Humor (Hint: Think Woody Allen)

Brilliant Leaders Use This Type of Humor (Hint: Think Woody Allen) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great leaders tend to be funny in a particular way, new research shows. (#humor in #leadership!
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Self-deprecating humor enhances perceptions of leadership ability because it tends to minimize status distinctions between leaders and followers.

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12 Leadership Lessons From Abraham Lincoln - Small Business Can

12 Leadership Lessons From Abraham Lincoln - Small Business Can | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you are struggling to establish or sustain a business in challenging times, leadership lessons from Abraham Lincoln should be an inspiration.
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Here are 12 Leadership Lessons From Abraham Lincoln. They’re tips for developing resilience during challenging times, inspired by the life of Abraham Lincoln:

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, May 28, 2013 3:20 PM

One of my favorite leaders form history...

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How Patriotism Can Save America

How Patriotism Can Save America | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Patriotism requires us to question our government and think critically so that America can become a more humane, just, and peaceful country for all of its citizens and a role model for the rest of the world.
John Michel's insight:

Patriotism is a labor of love that requires us to question our government and think critically so that America can become a more humane, just, and peaceful country for all of its citizens and a role model for the rest of the world.

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Emotional wellness at work = healthy bottom lines

Emotional wellness at work = healthy bottom lines | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We all want to work in places where we feel at our best. From an employers’ viewpoint, people who feel at their best can perform at their best.Everyone we encounter can impact our sense of

Via AnYes van Rhijn, Wise Leader™
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Leadership has a great deal to do with which way our inner state goes. Emotions are contagious. And they flow most strongly from the most powerful person in a group outward. This gives leaders a great tool, and a great responsibility. A leader needs to manage her own emotional state well, so she can impact others in the direction of well being.

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, May 27, 2013 9:42 AM

Why your emotional channels as a leader impact your bottom line...

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 27, 2013 10:05 PM

From the post:

 

Leadership has a great deal to do with which way our inner state goes. Emotions are contagious. And they flow most strongly from the most powerful person in a group outward. This gives leaders a great tool, and a great responsibility. A leader needs to manage her own emotional state well, so she can impact others in the direction of well being.

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Make Your Number One - Number Two

Make Your Number One - Number Two | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image source “How do you get people to pull you, rather than you pushing them?” The question came from a leader in South Africa on a recent Skype call. Don’t waste your leadership influence getting...

Via David Ednie
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“How do you get people to pull you, rather than you pushing them?” The question came from a leader in South Africa on a recent Skype call.

Don’t waste your leadership influence getting people excited about things you’re excited about…Go with their excitement.

Motivating the unmotivated is frustrating, exhausting, and wasteful.

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David Ednie's curator insight, May 26, 2013 4:57 PM

Small leaders ride in the front. Big leaders ride in the back.

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3 Very Simple and Daily Habits That Help Me to Stay Optimistic

3 Very Simple and Daily Habits That Help Me to Stay Optimistic | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by jonrawlinson (license)..“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start...
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Wise choices to make the most out of your day.

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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
John Michel's insight:

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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Even The Simplest Praise Can Make All The Difference To Your Coworkers

Even The Simplest Praise Can Make All The Difference To Your Coworkers | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
And your future career. (Great post: giving praise at #work. #leadership http://t.co/fFgtcRApTg)
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A great storup that reminds each if us of the value of ecpven the simplest act of appreciation.

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Turn a Good Worker Into a Great Manager: 6 Steps

Turn a Good Worker Into a Great Manager: 6 Steps | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's noble to promote from within, but irresponsible if it's without preparation. Here's what you should do.
John Michel's insight:

It's noble to try to "promote from within," but irresponsible to promote without preparation. In some cases, you may not have the resources available to train your next leaders, and when that happens, it may of course be necessary to look outside. Or maybe you hire someone who can train your next generation of leaders.


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5 Leadership Failure Awards for 2013 - Huffington Post

5 Leadership Failure Awards for 2013 - Huffington Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
5 Leadership Failure Awards for 2013
Huffington Post
From Lance Armstrong to the IRS, 2013 is already so rich with lessons to be learned from leadership failures, we decided to put together a few mid-year awards.
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Insightful missteps we can all learn from. 

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From Victim To Victor | New Edition » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge

From Victim To Victor | New Edition » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via David Hain
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Victors choose the hard road, the path of personal power and positive change.  They chose to take  the road less traveled.  A road of life by design,  a path that reflects their values and their vision.  Victims choose the easier path and in so doing become prisoners of a life spent by default.  Victors live life with passion and purpose, victims just spend their life on autopilot, on a journey of default in which they dance to another man’s drummer and never find their true path. 

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Counterfeit Leadership

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Counterfeit leadership: Many leaders are afraid to address difficult issues and make tough decisions to achieve long-term success.
John Michel's insight:

Real leaders set the tone from the top. They espouse a visible and meaningful vision that promises a better future than the prevailing conditions. The vision may be precise or vague, it may be a specific goal or a dream of a better future — but it must be attractive, realistic, and believable. A compelling vision provides direction, promotes excitement, and inspires commitment.

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The Humanity Of Leadership

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We’re hearing a lot these days about “humanizing” business, but it’s really based on the oldest of concepts: balance. You can’t have affluence without responsibility, contentment without values, wisdom without beliefs, and commerce without ethics.
John Michel's insight:

 Leading and humanity is a partnership. It takes the best parts of ourselves, our diverse backgrounds, our distinct gifts and it emerges them together to complement each other.

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Business Change Leadership » Blog Archive » How important are relationships as a Change Leader?

Business Change Leadership » Blog Archive » How important are relationships as a Change Leader? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How important... http://t.co/aCprtGAfxi #BusinessTransformation #Delivery&Execution #Leadership #TransformationTools&Techniques
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If you are facing a transformational change, pay attention to relationships. Relationships are the silver lining of everything you do as a change leader. Without authentic and effective relationships including a genuine leadership style, your ability to affect change will be challenged.

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How You Can Benefit From All Your Stress

How You Can Benefit From All Your Stress | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Smiley face (Photo credit: Wikipedia) You are stressed — by your deadlines, your responsibilities, your ever-increasing workload, and your life in general.
John Michel's insight:

Taken together, all this research paints a very clear picture: stress is killing you because you believe that it is. Of course, that doesn’t mean you aren’t juggling too many projects at once — each of us has limited time and energy, and people can and do get overworked.


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Cameron's curator insight, May 30, 2013 2:20 PM

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Instead of stress actually effecting you it's the way that stress is percieved by your body. We treat stress like it's a terrible thing because that's how it's percieved but it's actually good, because it's our body telling us we need to slow down.

 

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Bringing the Virtue of Honor to Management

Bringing the Virtue of Honor to Management | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Management has become a dirty word.It’s ubiquitous wit… ("Bringing the Virtue of #Honor to #Management"-via @shawmu http://t.co/tkRLtGaGA9 #SwitchandShift #leadership #ceo #befearless)...
John Michel's insight:

Management needs a renaissance. It needs new life breathed into it. The virtue of honor could help bring management into the 21st century. The principles of honor imbued into how we manage and lead could offset the destruction from command-and-control styles that have arguably no room in today’s organizations.

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Collaboration and cultural awareness essential in next generation of leaders

Collaboration and cultural awareness essential in next generation of leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A new study has shown that Generation X value very different leadership qualities to their departing peers. How can organisations prepare and shift?

Via Amadou M. Sall, Shawn Simpson, Jenny Ebermann, Wise Leader™
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Organisations must also accommodate the different work attitudes and motivations of the generations, moving if necessary to a flatter organisational structure and providing opportunities for freer movement.

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Shawn Simpson's curator insight, May 26, 2013 6:24 AM

This is a long overdue and meaningful change. Am very much looking forward to it.

Deborah Long's curator insight, May 27, 2013 9:58 PM

An organizational shift and transition will occur in the work place as Generations X and Y inherit leadership roles once held by retiring Baby Boomers. Guided by a different set of values than Boomers, Gen X and Y will likely redefine leadership in years to come.

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26 Steps to Living a Life You Love

26 Steps to Living a Life You Love | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Have you dreamed of doing something big with your life?  Are you longing to find your passion — something that makes you come alive? 

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Have you dreamed of doing something big with your life?  Are you longing to find your passion — something that makes you come alive?  We all want to live a passionate, purposeful life, but most people have no idea how to go about doing that.  How do you know what your passion is or if you’ve chosen the right path?  How do you recreate the life you have now to build the amazing life you want to have?  There are so many considerations, decisions and potential roadblocks.


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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.
John Michel's insight:

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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