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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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14 Leadership Principles from Steve Jobs | Boot Camp by Joya

14 Leadership Principles from Steve Jobs | Boot Camp by Joya | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Walter Isaacson has distilled 14 leadership lessons from Fortune's 'greatest entrepreneur of our time', Steve Jobs. Here's a summary: #1: focus, #2: simplicity, #3: elegance, #4: innovation...
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Jobs helped compose the text for Apple’s “Think Different” ad campaign. The words speak for themselves: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels… We see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

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How to Build Leadership Trust

How to Build Leadership Trust | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Trust is a foundational element to leadership.

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Trust is a foundational element to leadership. A leaders influence, effectiveness, and impact greatly depends on the amount of trust they have with the people around them. A leader must be deliberate about building trust and making sure they protect it at all cost. Below are 5 ways a leader can build and maintain trust:

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The Draining Worry Habit and How to Overcome It

The Draining Worry Habit and How to Overcome It | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by amira_a (license). “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” Swedish Proverb One of the most common and subtly – or not so subtly – destructive habits people get wrapped up in must be worrying.
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One of the most common and subtly – or not so subtly – destructive habits people get wrapped up in must be worrying.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:33 AM

I'm not sure we ever overcome this - or should do.  But we do need to learn to manage it better...

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Competency Development: Focus on One Leadership Trait at a Time

Competency Development: Focus on One Leadership Trait at a Time | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A white paper finds that C-level executives should only focus on developing one competency at a time — and that it takes a year to improve. (As a leader, development never stops. How might you move from good to great?
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All good CEOs and COOs excel at 10 core leadership competencies, but truly great executives outperform their peers in different ways. The cream of the CEO crop excels at “customer focus” and “team leadership.” Top COOs are adept at “developing organizational capability” and being “results-oriented.”

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3 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Gen Y | Sustainable Business Forum

3 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Gen Y | Sustainable Business Forum | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Those of us who grew up in corporate-land believing work occurs 8-5 need to learn to rethink how, where and when work gets done. Millennials get this. It’s time the rest of us do, too.
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The workplace is under siege by a growing sentiment that the way we’re working is not longer effective. The Great Recession has catapulted the need to change how we work into our conversations.

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6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better

6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Exceptional leaders differentiate themselves by doing a few things better. Here are six things you can learn from them.

Via Lauran Star
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Their are a number of leadership skills characteristic of all great leaders, past and future. What differentiates exceptional leaders from great leaders, however, is not necessarily how to amend these characteristics but rather how to execute them better.

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6 Ways You Are Your Own Worst Enemy

6 Ways You Are Your Own Worst Enemy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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There’s this fantasy in your head about how you think things are supposed to be.  This fantasy blinds you from reality and prevents you from appreciating the genuine goodness that exists in your life. The solution?  Simple:  Drop the needless expectations.  Appreciate what is.  Hope for the best, but expect less.

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Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking

Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The first step in sparking breakthrough creativity is to nix the status quo.
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Groundbreaking ideas are no longer a luxury when success is contingent upon an organization's ability to adapt, innovative, and improve. We need look no further than Kodak, Sears, or Sony for validation that status-quo thinking is the fast-track to failure. How, then, can organizations break free of conventional thinking to spark creativity?

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Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity

Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Three factors have kept complexity science out of C-suites - until now. A fine blog post on HBR by Richard Straub. This article is part of a series of perspectives leading up to the fifth annual Global Drucker Forum in 2013 in Vienna, Austria.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Nobody would deny that the world has become more complex during the past decades. With digitization, the interconnectivity between people and things has jumped by leaps and bounds. Dense networks now define the technical, social, and economic landscape.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 7, 2013 7:02 PM

"Complexity wasn't a convenient reality given managers' desire for control." Embracing complexity is necessary for creativity and innovation to emerge.

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The Wonderful Wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes

The Wonderful Wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long.
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Life isn’t just what can be captured on a to-do list. It is not achievement upon achievement.


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How To Be a Natural Leader and Influence the People Around You

How To Be a Natural Leader and Influence the People Around You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Seriously – the art of leadership and persuasion is not in forcing people to do something. Instead, the art is in being an inspiration – being someone, whose team people want to be on.


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The art of leadership is not in forcing people to do something. Instead, the art is in being an inspiration – being someone, whose team people want to be on.

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Leadership Is A Relational Skill - Forbes

Leadership Is A Relational Skill - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Is A Relational Skill
Forbes
I have said many times that if you want to know the effectiveness of a leader, then ask those who are led.
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 We all know of examples of leaders who excelled in one environment and failed in another, as well as leaders who were average in one organization and proved spectacular in a new role. One of the factors explaining this phenomenon is that leadership is a relational skill; it is about how you interact with others. Sometimes we relate well, and other times not so well, but how we relate is always having an impact on our leadership effectiveness.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 7, 2013 2:38 AM

The power of relationships - ultimately, it's all we have...

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Leadership Is A Relational Skill - Forbes

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, May 7, 2013 11:22 AM

Relational - and situational!

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8 Ways Happy People Start Their Mornings

8 Ways Happy People Start Their Mornings | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

How you choose to spend your morning can often be used to accurately predict what kind of day you’re going to have.

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The morning is extremely important.  It is the foundation from which the rest of the day is built.  How you choose to spend your morning can often be used to accurately predict what kind of day you’re going to have.

Here’s how to make it a happy one…

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MONEYBALL AT WORK: They've Discovered What Really Makes A Great Employee

MONEYBALL AT WORK: They've Discovered What Really Makes A Great Employee | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Beyond the résumé. (HUMANIZING LEADERSHIP© http://t.co/isqSBSSWD6)
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The Moneyball revolution in baseball led to lots of old data, tools, and assumptions getting thrown out. It was found, for example, that runs batted in (RBI), batting average, and how many wins a pitcher has are not very useful statistics. The same is true for the things that used to matter most to recruiters and managers.


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Steve Case on Risk-Taking, or Lack Thereof, in Business

Steve Case on Risk-Taking, or Lack Thereof, in Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Steve Case, co-founder of America Online and now chief executive of the investment firm Revolution, talks about risk-taking — or lack thereof — in the business world.

Via Wise Leader™
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Having a good idea is not enough. You’ve got to figure out some way to balance that and complement that with great execution, which ultimately is people and priorities and things like that. You have to strike the right balance.

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What if you learned about personal branding from the greats?

What if you learned about personal branding from the greats? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Personal branding is important to understand for anybody who lives, works, and socializes in our world today.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Creating a personal brand isn’t so difficult. The main component is of course what you create and how you treat the people you interact with. How you define yourself, how you recover from set backs, and how you find ways to move forward in your career and to allow change to happen can only help you.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, May 8, 2013 7:05 PM
This is an interesting blog post by Nicolas Bordas on LinkedIn.
donhornsby's curator insight, May 9, 2013 1:19 AM

(From the article): When people ask me for tips on personal branding, I often tell them to look towards celebrities who have successfully branded themselves. Below, here are three impressive figures in business with strong personal brands who serve as inspirations.

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Leadership People Skills: 5 Essentials to Spark Team Agility - Kate Nasser

Leadership People Skills: 5 Essentials to Spark Team Agility - Kate Nasser | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders must inspire org. agility for success! Here's 5 essentials of leadership people skills to spark agility & changeability fr The People Skills Coach™.
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Resistance to change can be high. It is often one of the greatest challenges leaders face. The good news is leaders’ daily interaction with the team — leadership people skills — can spark agility. 

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Stepping Into Your Boss’s Shoes

Stepping Into Your Boss’s Shoes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Imagine for a moment what being in your boss’s shoes would feel like:...


Via donhornsby
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 Effective communication starts with a step back and then strides forward. The better you can relate to the conditions you and your boss face, the more successful the outcomes will be for your boss, for you, and for the team.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 8, 2013 10:43 AM

You can be a better employee by taking the time to imagine what it would be like to step into your Boss's shoes.

 

(From the article): Now take off your boss’s shoes and step back into your own. How can you be a more effective partner with your boss? What gaps can you fill and what actions can you take to address important business issues? Effective communication starts with a step back and then strides forward. The better you can relate to the conditions you and your boss face, the more successful the outcomes will be for your boss, for you, and for the team.

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6 Strategies to Rally Your Troops

6 Strategies to Rally Your Troops | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A winning business plan is nothing if employees aren't behind it. Here's how to get them on board.

Via Bobby Dillard, David Hain
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Ever craft an annual business plan only to watch it gather dust in a binder? When taking a business from zero to maturity, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind. But getting everyone on board with your mission will get you there faster. Here are six ways to get your strategic plan out of your head and into the minds of employees.

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Why Companies--Even Yours--Resist Change

Why Companies--Even Yours--Resist Change | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There are five reasons organizations get stuck in the mud. Any of these sound familiar to you?
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Groundbreaking ideas are no longer a luxury when success is contingent upon an organization's ability to adapt, innovative, and improve. We need look no further than Kodak, Sears, or Sony for validation that status-quo thinking is the fast-track to failure. How, then, can organizations break free of conventional thinking to spark creativity?

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Innovation Excellence | How to Suck at Leadership

Innovation Excellence | How to Suck at Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you’re tired of being an effective leader, here’s some timely advice on how to do it badly. (#Innovation Alert - How to Suck at Leadership - If you’re tired of being an effective leader, here’s some time...
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A different, fun way to think about leadership.
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Heroes in our Midst - General Leadership

Heroes in our Midst - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

In the absence of examples of healthy, empowered, inspiring people, our vision of what is possible in our lives is severely limited.

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In the absence of examples of healthy, empowered, inspiring people, our vision of what is possible in our lives is severely limited. Instead of pushing new bounds and risking moving in different, more empowering directions, we find it easier to play it safe. Allowing our belief in what we can accomplish to be dictated by our experiences rather than liberated by our imaginations.

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I'm the Boss! Why Should I Care If You Like Me?

I'm the Boss!  Why Should I Care If You Like Me? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Bad news for mean bosses. (Like-ability and leadership. "I'm the Boss! Why Should I Care If You Like Me?" - @HarvardBiz http://t.co/ZEqgA6W68A)
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Proof that like-ability amateurs as a leader--more than you may realize.


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Calling All Companies: Military Veterans Bring Dedication, Motivation, and Leadership

Calling All Companies: Military Veterans Bring Dedication, Motivation, and Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here in the United States, we lack enough trained people to fill the information technology (IT) jobs that are vital to every industry.
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Hiring veterans is a win not just for veterans, but for employers, as well.

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6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better | Inc. 5000

6 Things Exceptional Leaders Do Better | Inc. 5000 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
6 Things Exceptional #Leaders Do Better http://t.co/LJCzJbxwQo #leadership Via @latinocoalition @EdConexion
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Not being stupid is one of the most undervalued skills today. This goes beyond bad business miscalculations to include remarkably stupid personal decisions leaders make that inevitably seep into and tarnish a business. Exceptional leaders instinctively know how to keep their noses clean and avoid precarious situations.

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