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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 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center

The 6 Benchmarks of High Performance Teams - Jesse Lyn Stoner ~ Seapoint Center | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Understanding the characteristics of effective teams gives you have a target to shoot for and better prepares you to support your team’s development. Our research revealed these six benchmarks:

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In 1996, 51% of US employees were reported to be members of team.  By 2006, it had increased to 84%. As our world becomes more complex, the need for teams will continue to grow. Understanding the characteristics of effective teams gives you a target to shoot for and better prepares you to support your team’s development.

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Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 17, 2013 9:47 AM

These benchmarks are achievable when supported by effective leadership.

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10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about talent, only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected talent departures.
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When examining the talent at any organization look at the culture, not the rhetoric – look at the results, not the commentary about potential. Despite some of the delusional perspective in the corner office, when we interview their employees, here’s what they tell us:


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Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple - Forbes

Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple Forbes Examine at any category leader and you'll quickly realize what put them at the head of the class to begin with – leadership who valued innovation, and all the good things it affords...
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The best leaders understand that usual and customary are not necessarily synonymous with healthy and thriving. The real key to innovative thinking begins with an open mind – recognition that those who think differently aren’t inferior, nor are they a threat. An open mind is a sign of confidence, which allows leaders to recognize diversity of opinion leads to better thinking, better discovery, and better outcomes.

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Top 10 Leadership Lessons from the Villains We Love to Hate - exploreB2B

Top 10 Leadership Lessons from the Villains We Love to Hate - exploreB2B | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
1.     Identify Your Goal and Stay Focused. Gollum wanted his “Precious.” He didn’t let anyone deter him from staying the course and retrieving the ring-to-rule-them-all. Evil sorcerers, orcs, ...
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We love to hate these guys, but we gotta admit it. They really know what it takes to be effective leaders.

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2 Keys To Action Oriented Leadership - Leadership, Sales & Life

2 Keys To Action Oriented Leadership - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders need to take action and apply what they've learned. If you don't or can't apply what you've learned then you can't transform your skills. ("Do it and fail. Then redo it and fail again. Adjust.
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The only way transformation happens is to act, to do. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish. Maybe you’ve studied about fitness and read all kinds of articles from several different magazines. Until you put into practice what you’ve learned, you won’t transform your fitness.  You may learn a lot, but your fitness won’t improve until you act.

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How to Move Away from the Victim Mentality

How to Move Away from the Victim Mentality | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the nonpharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.” John W.
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Do you think of yourself as a victim, as someone with little or no control or power? Do you slip back into a familiar headspace where you feel sorry for yourself and where you feel like someone – or the whole world – is against you?


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6 Things You Control That Are Impacting Your Job Performance

6 Things You Control That Are Impacting Your Job Performance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn to change the those things that are zapping your productivity.

Via Richard Andrews
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Here are six of the most common ways you might be holding yourself back at work without realizing it.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 6, 2013 11:20 AM
Basic things but well presented. Where do you fit in terms of managing these?
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, June 6, 2013 11:20 AM
Basic things but well presented. Where do you fit in terms of managing these?
Melissa St Hill's curator insight, June 10, 2013 1:52 PM

This article is absolutely great and has some very valid points!

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It’s the small things that make a leader great | SmartBlogs

It’s the small things that make a leader great | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How unfortunate that our popular ideas of what a good leader should be are so often grandiose. Through current media, television and movies, we expect perf

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Brave, courageous, bigger-than-life leaders are fascinating. But it’s the small, everyday acts that make a leader great.

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Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 16, 2013 7:17 PM

It's the little things that matter most in any walk of life

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Leadership Tips for Organizational Integrity - Huffington Post (blog)

Leadership Tips for Organizational Integrity - Huffington Post (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Tips for Organizational Integrity
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There are never coincidences, but there certainly are synchronized events that validate an environment -- for the good and bad. Take the news about Bloomberg LP and the IRS.
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An organization's culture reflects executive management's tone, with the organization's actions following executive management's instructions -- stated or implied. Companies wishing to steer clear of the headline-grabbing cultural and operational issues the IRS and Bloomberg LP are now dealing with are well served to:

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The Heart of Innovation: 12 Ways to Make Bad Decisions

The Heart of Innovation: 12 Ways to Make Bad Decisions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions (Heart of Innovation: 12 Ways to Make Bad Decisions http://t.co/i2t3DZsTeW #Leadership)...
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What follows is an elaboration of the 12 common phenomena that contribute to flawed decision making.

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Is A Commanding Leadership Right Style For You?"

Is A Commanding Leadership Right Style For You?" | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
[Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Amy Jen Su and Muriel Maignan Wilkins are co-founders of Isis Associates, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm.  They are also co-authors of ...
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What attributes do you conjure up when you think about a leader that has effective presence? Authentic, engaging, trustworthy, visible, clear, decisive, listener? The fact of the matter is that an effective presence reflects all of those attributes.

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How to stop the mediocrity pandemic - CBS News

How to stop the mediocrity pandemic - CBS News | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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How to stop the mediocrity pandemic
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In a session with a few dozen of their leaders, my colleagues Carrie Kish and Jill Fagan and I explained that even great companies may have the seeds of future mediocrity.
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There is a proven way to stop the mediocrity pandemic: Perform a quick diagnosis of the biggest problem in the company. If the problem is systems, tightening up is the right thing to do.

But if the problem is something else -- strategy, what the company offers to its customers or culture, "the way people talk about themselves, their work and each other" -- then tightening up creates an organizational death spiral.

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Tips on finding the right business coach for you and your small business | Succeeding in Small Business

Tips on finding the right business coach for you and your small business | Succeeding in Small Business | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Guest poster Lauran Star explains how to hire the best business coach to help you take your small business to the next level.
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Believe it or not, today if you do not have a coach in your corner, you are falling behind in business. That’s right – there is ample evidence and studies that demonstrate those with coaches are far more likely to succeed in business and leadership than those who don’t. However, finding the right coach can be tricky as they are now a dime a dozen with a variety of backgrounds. So let me take some of the guesswork out of finding a great coach!

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How Culture Shapes the Office

How Culture Shapes the Office | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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An insightful look into global culture dynamics. 

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How Warren Buffett And Joel Osteen Conquered Their Terrifying Fear Of Public Speaking

How Warren Buffett And Joel Osteen Conquered Their Terrifying Fear Of Public Speaking | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Don’t let your nerves get in the way of achieving your full potential. Take bold steps today to bring them under control so they enhance—and not harm—your career.
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The best leaders understand that usual and customary are not necessarily synonymous with healthy and thriving. The real key to innovative thinking begins with an open mind – recognition that those who think differently aren’t inferior, nor are they a threat. An open mind is a sign of confidence, which allows leaders to recognize diversity of opinion leads to better thinking, better discovery, and better outcomes.

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Want a Leadership Culture? Try This.

Want a Leadership Culture?  Try This. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A leader once said to me “Alan, I’m a leader in my company, but I don’t know what’s expected of me.” A closer look at that organization revealed a fe... (Want a Leadership Culture? Try This.
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An organization with a leadership culture is full of leaders who can answer the basic question “what kind of leadership is expected from me, and how do I do it?”  This is because that organization defined leadership, got the word out through leadership champions, and taught its leaders how to self-develop.

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The Multitasking Myth - Leadership Thoughts

The Multitasking Myth - Leadership Thoughts | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In this post we consider the multitasking myth and explore the reasons behind multitasking. Instead of doing more things badly let's do one thing well!
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When multitasking we fail to give people our full attention. This is bad manners and often leads to misunderstanding.

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No One Likes to Be Changed

No One Likes to Be Changed | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
So set a goal, and let the team figure out how to adapt.
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The real secret to successful change, therefore, is not to change people at all. Let them figure out how to solve their own problems, and they'll do the rest.

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Iron Man for CEO? | SmartBlogs

Iron Man for CEO? | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I just saw "Iron Man 3" with my family, and it was a good time. Bad guys. Good guys. Destruction. Even humble pie big enough to go around. As I enjoyed the

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The secret sauce that people so desperately seek in their leaders is nothing more than emotional intelligence.

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Leadership Innovation 2.0

Leadership Innovation 2.0 | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Economic unrest, changing market conditions and tough competition mean companies have to change their approach to leadership and equip leaders to get by in a new business environment.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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As technology changes traditional ways of organising employee collaboration, new opportunities will arise for leaders. In the future, the most important leadership task will be to support employees’ self-determination and creative opportunities for expression.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:46 PM

We need to do more than just get by. That is part of the problem.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, May 17, 2013 4:37 AM
Thanks for your comments, Ivon and John. Best, Kenneth
Peg Gillard's curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:47 AM

As our culture changes, so too must our leadership.

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Making Friends with Fear - General Leadership

Making Friends with Fear - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Fear places us in a box of our own making.

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Fear places us in a box of our own making. It lulls us into spending so much time and energy focusing on what we don’t want to happen that we forget pushing outside our comfort zones is the only way we can ever hope to grow into our potential.


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Getting Real About Leadership - Thin Difference

Getting Real About Leadership - Thin Difference | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learning about leadership is different than doing leadership in the workplace. By leading, leadership gets real with these unconventional principles.
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There are some differences between the leadership theories and ideals that you learn in college or graduate school and the actual practice of leading in the workplace.

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Glen Gilmore & Social Media: #Ford CEO: 14 Lessons in Leadership & #Marketing

Glen Gilmore & Social Media: #Ford CEO: 14 Lessons in Leadership & #Marketing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @GlenGilmore: Ford CEO: 14 Lessons in #Leadership and Marketing http://t.co/abcFARtw8u #socialmedia #RutgersCMD
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Great lessons on leadership we would be wise heeding.

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Infographic: 49 percent of employees would change jobs to feel more appreciated

Infographic: 49 percent of employees would change jobs to feel more appreciated | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you regularly tell your employees that you appreciate their work? If not, they may leave your company for one that does.

Via Paul Cash
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So, how can you show your employees you appreciate them?

  • Recognize them once a week. (Only 16 percent of managers currently do this.)
  • Provide them with opportunities to grow.
  • Give praise.
  • Offer rewards, like money or gift cards.
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9 Unconventional Ways to Let Go

9 Unconventional Ways to Let Go | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Letting go is difficult, but it’s something you constantly have to do as you live from one day to the next.  It’s a necessary process of adapting to the ever-changing environment you live in – leaving behind the old to make way for the new.

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