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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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Is Your Leadership Engaging? | The Leadership Advisor

Is Your Leadership Engaging? | The Leadership Advisor | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An international consulting company that focuses on Leadership/Culture Development, Personal/Professional Development, and Employee Engagement. (Is Your Leadership Engaging?
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How successful are you at creating an environment that motivates those around you to engage?

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What Graduation Speeches Should Say but Don’t | TIME.com

What Graduation Speeches Should Say but Don’t | TIME.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There is a strong chance you will wind up miserable with no sense of purpose if you don't figure out one very important thing. (RT @DrMichaelMol: Wouldn't it be great if all schools were a breeding ground for brilliance and not mediocrity?
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Helping people find what they’re good at and love to do is the surest way to increase their engagement at work and promote a deeper sense of well-being and fulfillment in their lives.

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Auditing America's Political Integrity: The IRS scandal, Benghazi incidents, and the disappointment of dishonorable leadership.

Auditing America's Political Integrity: The IRS scandal, Benghazi incidents, and the disappointment of dishonorable leadership. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The IRS scandal, Benghazi incidents, and the disappointment of dishonorable leadership.
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he recent scandals swirling inside the beltway seem to have come one after another—Benghazi, the AP records seizure, the IRS audits. While investigations continue about the details of each, the incidents have been enough to raise bigger, broader questions of responsibility, moral integrity, and creditability of those in power.

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Leadership: What We Don’t Know We Don't Know

Leadership: What We Don’t Know We Don't Know | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I believe that learning is stronger than knowledge, that perception is more potent than reality, that vision is more powerful than actuality. I see learning taking place at three separate levels: What we know we know.
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As leaders, we need to have patience with ourselves and live with the idea that “What we don’t know we don’t know”

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Stop Wasting Time Being Busy

Stop Wasting Time Being Busy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Short Meeting (Photo credit: Accretion Disc) “If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot people tell you how busy they are.” This is how author Tim Kreider opens his New York Times essay...
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The crush of busyness defines management life today. Executives I work with are at their desks early and leave late. In between they bounce from meeting to meeting. Evenings are spent catching up on email.  Time for them means not having enough of it.


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In Praise Of Praise

In Praise Of Praise | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
From a management perspective, praise requires minimal effort and no cost, yet is a highly effective motivator.
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In the business world, praise is powerful and underutilized. From a management perspective, it requires minimal effort and no cost yet can be a highly effective motivator.


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How to Boost Employee Engagement With Two Simple Words

How to Boost Employee Engagement With Two Simple Words | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Taking the exceptionally small amount of time it requires - by email, vmail, text, tweet, FaceBook, phone... or best yet (a novel idea!) in person - to say a simple thank you is one of the easiest, cheapest and best investments an executive can make.
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Appreciation can be a difference maker, just as silence can


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Leadership Lessons From The IRS - Forbes

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Leadership Lessons From The IRS
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The IRS is nobody's favorite agency, for obvious reasons. The recent scandal hasn't improved their stature in the public eye.
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To get the IRS back on the right path will require bold, authentic, and unambiguous leadership. This ship needs a seasoned captain. I’m looking forward to seeing the IRS back in calmer waters very soon.

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9 Leadership Traits To Look For In New Hires

9 Leadership Traits To Look For In New Hires | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Reach your highest leadership potential. (9 Leadership Traits To Look For In New Hires http://t.co/Kw3o3LuSxT via @BI_Careers)
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Very few people know their own leadership style — or strengths and weaknesses, for that matter. But that's a mistake.

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How to Minimize Nervousness

How to Minimize Nervousness | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by .FuturePresent. (license) “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen.
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You start to tremble just a bit. Your palms become moist. A hand or foot starts to fidget. The inner calmness you felt has flown out the window. You don’t feel so good anymore.

Nervousness is back, like an old friend you didn’t want to see.


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The Graduation Advice We Wish We'd Been Given

The Graduation Advice We Wish We'd Been Given | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"Volunteer for the garbage," and other tips from HBR authors.
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In this time of hope and decorative mortarboards, we reached out to some of our favorite writers, asking them: What do graduates really need to know about the world of work? Their answers are below.

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Why bullies succeed at work

Why bullies succeed at work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We've all wished the line between what some people call bullying and what others call strong leadership wasn't so fuzzy. (Why bullies succeed at work.
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Work is all too often like high school. There are cliques. Everyone’s usually a lot more interested in the gossip than the work. And there’s typically somebody who likes to throw their weight around, intimidating others and taking credit for work that isn’t theirs.

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6 Questions You Need To Stop Asking Yourself

6 Questions You Need To Stop Asking Yourself | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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If you keep asking yourself the wrong questions, you will never get an answer you like.

So take a deep breath and stop asking…

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Two Ways To Stunt Leadership Development

Two Ways To Stunt Leadership Development | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Training and Consultation (Two Ways To Stunt Leadership Development | Anderson Leadership Solutions http://t.co/ZxAGR8tJKL via @daveanderson88)...
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Many people are not prepared for leadership because their leader has not prepared them.   Some leaders fail to develop the people around them because they don’t allow them to make decisions.

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Take away: Secure leaders set clear boundaries, then allow their people to "play." Like a good mom or pop, they are not afraid to allow those they lead to succeed. 

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The Surprising Path to the Top

The Surprising Path to the Top | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image source Top tier leaders develop their leadership; bottom tier leaders don’t. Lousy leaders don't develop their leadership. Those who need it most - want it least. Those who need it least - wa...
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Top tier leaders develop their leadership; bottom tier leaders don’t. Lousy leaders don’t develop their leadership.

Those who need it most – want it least.

Those who need it least – want it most.



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3 Leadership Lessons From Tumblr's David Karp - Entrepreneur

3 Leadership Lessons From Tumblr's David Karp - Entrepreneur | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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3 Leadership Lessons From Tumblr's David Karp
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In its early days in 2007, blogging platform Tumblr was a two-person operation: founder David Karp and lead developer Marco Arment.
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Getting a big startup idea off the ground takes lots of work. Entrepreneurs who hire smart and passionate people, and who inspire those people to exceed their expectations, can increase their chances for success.


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The Top 25 Companies For Work-Life Balance

The Top 25 Companies For Work-Life Balance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Balancing your family and career is no easy feat--but as it turns out, some of America's biggest and brightest corporations are offering perks to ensure their employees are maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
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The companies that make this year’s list offer a range of perks: flexible hours, telecommuting options, compressed work weeks and family friendly work environments.


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Three Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Hierarchy

Three Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Hierarchy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If it takes too long to get things done in your organization, you may be suffering from an unhealthy hierarchy. Here are three warning signs that you can look out for, and what to do if you see them.
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As a manager, you have the authority — and the responsibility — to constructively highlight behaviors that don’t make sense, no matter where you stand in the hierarchy. It’s not easy to do, but if you don’t try, you’ll be a passive contributor to an unhealthy hierarchy.


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The Chairman's Blog

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The Fear Factor: How Scared Are People?
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Fear is sometimes linked with actual danger, but that’s not the real point. Fear is personal and subjective. Fear gains its power, as terrorists well know, through the perception that one is in danger.

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Leadership and the Work Ethic - General Leadership

Leadership and the Work Ethic - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Developing work ethic and mutually shared values is a challenge and it is also the leader’s responsibility. It is the leader’s greatest responsibility.
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Steadfast personal values are the foundation of effective leadership. Personal values, clearly communicated, consistently demonstrated and mutually shared among all members of a team provide the cohesion for the unity of effort required to accomplish a task, objective, or mission. A leader’s vision establishes the destination but it is his or her mutually shared personal values that determine and stay the organization’s course.

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Why We Desperately Need More CEOs Like Zuckerberg | Leadership Principles

Why We Desperately Need More CEOs Like Zuckerberg | Leadership Principles | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In recent months, he's been criticized & condemned for his business leadership, yet this is exactly why we desperately need more CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg.
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We are evolving in to a society influenced by honorable character and leadership that prioritizes positive social change over profits.

Whether he’s aware of this or not, Mark Zuckerberg is playing a huge role in creating this change and as a member of this society.

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Why Leaders Must 'Get Real' - 5 Ways To Unlock Authentic Leadership

Why Leaders Must 'Get Real' - 5 Ways To Unlock Authentic Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By MargieWarrell.com - In today’s culture, where so much emphasis is placed on the superficial, people crave authenticity. Employees today are hungry for real what-you-see-is-what-you-get leadership.
John Michel's insight:

Ultimately a leader is not judged so much by how well he or she leads, but by how well he or she serves.  No carrot or stick of any size will ever trump the effect you have on those around you when you engage with them from a place of genuine service.

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The Must-Have Leadership Skill

The Must-Have Leadership Skill | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"We hired a new CEO, but had to let him go after just seven months," the chairman of an East Coast think tank complained to me recently. "His resume looked spectacular, he did splendidly in all the interviews.
John Michel's insight:

You can be the most brilliant innovator, problem-solver or strategic thinker, but if you can't inspire and motivate, build relationships or communicate powerfully, those talents will get you nowhere. What Zenger and colleagues call the "interpersonal skills" — and what I call social intelligence — are the secret sauce in top-performing leadership.

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How to Identify a Wannabe Thought Leader

How to Identify a Wannabe Thought Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Thought leadership is poorly defined and diluted by over-assignment. What does it really mean?
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Everyone and everything is a brand, especially online. With that truism, however, comes this attendant and dubious proposition: Anyone with some knowledge and a point of view can present themselves as a thought leader to promote whatever brand they'd like to sell.

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8 Ways to Be a Truly Memorable Boss

8 Ways to Be a Truly Memorable Boss | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Employees don't leave jobs; they leave bad bosses--and even mediocre ones. Don't be that kind of boss.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Memorable bosses possess qualities that may not always show up on paper but do always show up where it matters most: in the hearts and minds of the people they lead.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, May 22, 2013 9:29 AM

Are you making them leave?

Ananya Das's curator insight, May 29, 2013 3:25 AM

All of us have bosses, but how many do we remember ? Become a great boss and nurture your team and the organization

Angela Chammas, M.Ed., M.S., CPC's curator insight, June 6, 2013 10:06 PM

Great bosses that "lead forward" create positive memorable moments in the hearts and minds of the people they lead.