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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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Orchestra Without a Conductor - Let's Grow Leaders

Orchestra Without a Conductor - Let's Grow Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This was a farewell.  The last concert of the year for the high-school orchestra.  The seniors wore roses and beamed with personality. The conductor held up his baton, and the music began.  Powe

Via John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA, David Hain
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A great reminder of what it means to lead well. 

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John Thurlbeck, FCMI FRSA's curator insight, May 23, 2013 6:22 PM

Simple, powerful and resonant ~ you will love this post by Karin!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:19 AM

A nice short piece that resonates loudly like a good orchestra.

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9 Things Happy People Do to Stress Less

9 Things Happy People Do to Stress Less | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

fast, practical tips to relieve stress.

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People’s lives become chaotic the minute they decide to be.

People’s lives become happier the minute they decide to be.

Be the latter.  For fast-acting stress relief, slow down and consider the following:


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Your Brand: What Customers Say Behind Your Back

Your Brand: What Customers Say Behind Your Back | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Think of your brand as what customers say behind your back, and the way you manage your company could change dramatically.

Via Paul Cash
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Potential and current customers, investors, and employees can have a big impact on your company’s fate just by making an offhand comment about your business. And what they say about your business becomes your company’s brand.  Those marketing executives are right.  Building a brand should be a priority and a part of your strategic plan.


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Mediocre Me - The Watermelon Hunter

Mediocre Me - The Watermelon Hunter | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

 Choose to be an encourager, not an intimidator and see how things in your sphere of influence can blossom and grow.

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 Remember, people often reap the greatest harvest in their lives when they are allowed to address their fears in a space void of insult, criticism or ridicule. Choose to be an encourager, not an intimidator and see how things in your sphere of influence can blossom and grow.

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Mediocre Me - Fainting Goats

Mediocre Me - Fainting Goats | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Reaching your full positive potential as a leader isn’t easy. And it’s made all the more daunting when you are thrust into positions requiring you to venture outside your comfort zone.

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Reaching your full positive potential as a leader isn’t easy. And it’s made all the more daunting when you are thrust into positions requiring you to venture outside your comfort zone. But let me be clear. Decisiveness is the key to achieving results, especially in the face of complexity or uncertainty. Weigh the information available and then use your best judgment to choose among the possibilities, recognizing that by your willingness to make a decision you’re fulfilling your fundamental responsibilities as a leader. 

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The 12 Virtues of Leadership - General Leadership

The 12 Virtues of Leadership - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Virtues serve as the cornerstone of our ability to consistently bring out the best in ourselves as well as those around us.

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Virtues serve as the cornerstone of our ability to consistently bring out the best in ourselves as well as those around us. In fact, the great philosopher Aristotle’s first rule for being good is that there are no rules. Excelling as a leader, in his view, is about doing the best thing you can in each situation you face.

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The positive returns of a happy workforce - FT.com

The positive returns of a happy workforce - FT.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Is happiness something that can be achieved or is it far more elusive? Most people cannot separate the idea of being happy from how satisfied they are at work.

Via Romi Royé
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A happy and engaged workforce brings a positive return on investment for organisations and individuals. Shawn Achor, author of the Happiness Advantage, pulls together decades of research to show the positive impact of happiness on organisations. He notes that happiness at work increases sales, productivity and accuracy. Research also demonstrates that happiness has a positive effect on the health of employees, career success and perceptions about quality of life.

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What does my childhood have to do with my leadership?

What does my childhood have to do with my leadership? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By Shayne Hughes “That’s just the way he is.” How many times have you heard or uttered that phrase? John is a risk-averse CFO, unwilling to make a decision without all facts.
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If you know your limiting behaviors as a leader, you’re one step ahead of most people. Perhaps you’ve noticed, however, that knowing you should behave differently is insufficient. Making dramatic adjustments to your default leadership style requires unwiring the original driver. What set this system into motion in the first place? The clues lie in your childhood.

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S is for Selflessness…Coffee anyone? - General Leadership

S is for Selflessness…Coffee anyone? - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Selflessness won’t be perceived as genuine unless you have the fundamental belief that you really are in a leadership role to serve and not be served.

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Selflessness won’t be perceived as genuine unless you have the fundamental belief that you really are in a leadership role to serve and not be served. This promotes an attitude of humility. There’s a country song by Mac Davis you might remember with lyrics “Lord it’s hard to be humble, when you’re perfect in every way.” I find just the opposite to be true; how about you?

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Class of 2013: You'll Never Again Be so Unburdened; Do Something Bold

Class of 2013: You'll Never Again Be so Unburdened; Do Something Bold | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The best advice I could give any graduate is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life. If your degree was focused upon one particular area, don't let that stop you

Via David Ednie
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If you spot an opportunity early on and are really excited by it, throw yourself into it with everything you have got. Be ambitious.

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David Ednie's curator insight, May 22, 2013 10:49 AM

"Virgin's expansion into so many different areas is borne out of my insatiable curiosity to enjoy new experiences and pursue fresh challenges."- Richard Branson

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How To Connect With The People You Lead - Leadership, Sales & Life

How To Connect With The People You Lead - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership is all about connecting and relationships. When you connect with people they will buy in to your vision and plan.
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Connecting with people is a key element to influence. Leadership is relational not positional. You can compare yourself to other leaders and their results, or, you can connect and collaborate with them.

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Ethical Leadership - Arun Gandhi

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ETHICAL LEADERSHIP By Arun Gandhi: There are few among the 20th century leaders who can measure up to the standards set by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in the practice of ethical leadership.

Via Create Wise Leader
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Clearly for Gandhi the word nonviolence meant much more than the absence of war or the absence of violence. He proved that the true practice of nonviolence is also about people’s attitudes, behavior and relationships not only with each other but with nature and earth as well.

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Is Your Org Chart Driving Customers Away?

Is Your Org Chart Driving Customers Away? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We have to abandon the assembly line mindset and adopt new models of organizing employees; one that is organized around the customer. Specialization is needed to an extent, but what we need more of are experts on individual customers and markets.
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Companies today accept an abhorrent level of dysfunction as the status quo. Studies show that knowledge-workers spend half their day in meetings and employee engagement is at an all-time low. More people than ever hate their jobs and many feel they are drowning in bureaucracy and politics.

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Go Easy on Yourself

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Image by anieto2k (license)..“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha “People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and...
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One common way to get things done, to achieve and to motivate yourself is to be kind of hard on yourself. To set very high standards for yourself that you want to stick to every time.

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Brain can be trained in compassion

Brain can be trained in compassion | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion — the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that motivates altruistic behavior.
A...

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A new study by researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate.

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Mediocre Me - Monkey’s in Our Midst

Mediocre Me - Monkey’s in Our Midst | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

From a very early age we are conditioned to believe its okay to go along if it will help us get along. And frequently this works for us. Unfortunately, most of us never break out of this type of thinking. 

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From a very early age we are conditioned to believe its okay to go along if it will help us get along. And frequently this works for us. Unfortunately, most of us never break out of this type of thinking. 

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Mediocre Me - Character: The Coin of the Realm

Mediocre Me - Character: The Coin of the Realm | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The word character derives from a Greek word that means “to mark,” which originates from the centuries-old practice of engraving the likeness of important figures on metal coins.

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 The word character derives from a Greek word that means “to mark,” which originates from the centuries-old practice of engraving the likeness of important figures on metal coins. Be it emperors, kings, or heroes, the appearance of a distinctive, difficult-to-forge caricature on silver or some other form of precious metal was designed to build trust and facilitate mutually beneficial transactions between people.  

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Great Leaders Serve - Today’s Challenge: Culture as Competitive Advantage

Great Leaders Serve - Today’s Challenge: Culture as Competitive Advantage | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The collective habits of people can be a powerful asset to any organization, or they can be a tremendous liability. That’s why the best leaders care about culture. It should not be left to chance but nurtured, protected, and enhanced.

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Anything people do habitually is part of the culture. If people greet each other by name consistently, that is part of the culture. If people show up early and work late routinely, that is part of the culture. If people are in the habit of showing up late for meetings, that too is part of the culture. Culture is not what leaders want people to do; it is what people actually do.


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10 Tips For Reducing Employee Turnover

10 Tips For Reducing Employee Turnover | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Many people agree turnover is a growing issue, particularly as hiring picks up.

 

But what are most organizations doing about it, aside from implementing some short-term solutions when they discover it’s a problem?


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A happy and engaged workforce brings a positive return on investment for organisations and individuals. Shawn Achor, author of the Happiness Advantage, pulls together decades of research to show the positive impact of happiness on organisations. He notes that happiness at work increases sales, productivity and accuracy. Research also demonstrates that happiness has a positive effect on the health of employees, career success and perceptions about quality of life.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 23, 2013 7:14 AM

(From the article): Make cultural fit top experience when hiring. Increasing employee retention will mean improving hiring efforts. Employers should focus their efforts on acquiring candidates who are not just skilled for the position, but are also a strong cultural fit for the company. Behavior-based screening and interviewing will help to make best long-term hires. – Nathan Parcells, InternMatch

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From The Middle

From The Middle | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The range of a leader's influence, when authentic, is determined less by title and more by actions and service...  We live by a romantic misnomer that leadership always places us at the pinnacle of...
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We are entering a time when the capacity of mid-level leadership will determine the effectiveness of an organization to move forward.  We are closing the chapter on the days of the lone leader who can be and do all…if it ever really existed at all.

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6 Keys To Leadership Flexibility - Leadership, Sales & Life

6 Keys To Leadership Flexibility - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the skills a leader needs is flexibility. Flexibility gives a leader options. It's like a quarterback who audibles at the line of scrimmage. (RT @AMAnet: 6 Keys to #Leadership Flexibility.
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Great leaders know how to audible and they know the power of flexibility. Skillful leaders are able to adjust because they are flexible.

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Lorenzo del Marmol's curator insight, February 6, 2014 11:51 AM

Get out of your office and take a walk to interact with people in your organization.

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Hone "Strategic Patience" & Watch Your Story Creativity Spike

Hone "Strategic Patience" & Watch Your Story Creativity Spike | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An art history professor makes her students sit in front of a painting for three hours. PampG invents the Swiffer. Those events are more alike than...

Via Karen Dietz, Create Wise Leader
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Deep patience. Close attention. These are not virtues often associated with college students (or some tech workers, for that matter). But as Harvard art history professor Jennifer L. Roberts recently explained, the skills for finding the "details, relationships, and orders that take time to see" can be introduced.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, May 22, 2013 12:35 AM

When I work with clients and their biz stories, and their organizational culture, I often talk about the need to develop patience. I also discuss with them the principle of deceleration resulting in acceleration.


This article, written by Drake Baer, explains both the need for patience and the principle of deceleration in order to accelerate. I know, it sounds so counter-intuitive! But it works.


What does this have to do with storytelling? Because way too often we rush to craft our stories without giving ourselves time to patiently sit with them, think about them, recraft them, learn more about ourselves from them, etc. 


Spending the time to reflect on your story will get you to a more powerful piece more quickly. And your story creativity will definitely kick in by bringing more patience into the process.


This notion is rarely talked about in articles, but acknowledged as part of the story process among some top performance tellers.


So take a breath, relax, reflect, and give your creativity a chance to emerge.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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It's Business… And It Better Be Personal

It's Business… And It Better Be Personal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Times are changing.If you are reading this, you probab… (RT @TitusMathew It's Business… And It Better Be Personal @michpoko http://t.co/D6LsGEoy4r #Leadership)...
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Organizations and leaders must become better equipped to communicate with, motivate, reward and recognize these diverse, valuable employees more effectively.

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Karen McCoy » Lessons my son taught me…

Karen McCoy » Lessons my son taught me… | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Image from:  http://www.mccoyfitness.ca/blog/gallery/


Via AlGonzalezinfo, Amy Melendez
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A wonderful reminder how true health and wellness is foremost an inside job...

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 20, 2013 10:45 PM

Karen, you and your family are truly inspirational.  Prayers are with you, Neil and Tristan!  

 

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See, real health and wellness cannot be defined by our physical abilities. 

 

If that were the case, people like my son would be considered unhealthy, because he, like many people, do not have full use of their bodies. That’s why I also teach about creating inner health, because having a strong spirit is just as important as having strong muscles. That’s what I’ve learned from Tristan.

 

 

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 20, 2013 10:50 PM

I scooped this one on my fitness topic, but it fits on this one as well. Karen is a truly inpirational leader, in the gym and life in general. 

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4 Short Stories that Will Change the Way You Think

4 Short Stories that Will Change the Way You Think | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Outstanding insights that will challange you to think differently. 

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