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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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Clearing Hurdles to Employee Engagement - TalentCulture - World of Work

Clearing Hurdles to Employee Engagement - TalentCulture - World of Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Recognition is a key component of Employee Success. What gets recognized get repeated. Recognizing employees for hitting targets and exemplifying corporate values reinforces behavior that impacts the bottom line. According to recent research by Aon Hewitt, organizations with high engagement rates are 78% more productive than disengaged organizations. The powerful combination of engaged employees and brilliant performance is critical to business success.

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Love Learning's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:16 AM

Interesting stats on the effects of engagement on performance. Also worth noting the advice on recognition leans towards little and often.

CATHLEEN SLONE's curator insight, June 4, 2013 7:59 AM

What gets recognized get repeated #innov8u #careers #employment #engagement #productivity

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The Leadership Dilemma: Should You Set Short- or Long-Term Objectives?

The Leadership Dilemma: Should You Set Short- or Long-Term Objectives? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When you are in a leadership role, a large part of your responsibility is setting objectives; for your organization, your teams, department and individuals. (The Leadership Dilemma: Should You Set Short- or Long-Term Objectives?
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 No matter how badly you want things to be black and white as a leader, they are more often a shade of grey. Setting objectives as part of your leadership role you have to find the balance between short and long-term objectives.  As the leader you need your team to focus on a combination or mixture of long and short-term objectives.

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5 Leadership Lessons Learned From Remarkable Bosses | Work Happy Now

5 Leadership Lessons Learned From Remarkable Bosses | Work Happy Now | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn how remarkable bosses treat their employees and how you can apply these techniques to your career.
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One thing that separates a remarkable boss from an ordinary boss is that they have a personal code of ethics that they stick to, come what may. We’re not talking about the boss who walks around the office in a ‘Save the Whales’ T-shirt, rattling a collection box and singing Kumbayah. But rather the boss who, when the going gets tough, proves that they are worthy of their title of leader.

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The Secret to Happiness at Work: Less Duration, More Intensity

The Secret to Happiness at Work: Less Duration, More Intensity | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A great workout often combines high intensity with a sustainable time commitment. Is the ideal professional situation similar?
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Perhaps the secret of a healthy professional routine isn't all that different from the secret to a successful health regime. Give yourself challenging goals for motivation but also make the time commitment sustainable so you can keep it up.

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To Attract New Grads, Hire Like a Start-Up

To Attract New Grads, Hire Like a Start-Up | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How larger companies can lure the essential (but elusive) millennial.
John Michel's insight:

Deloitte CEO Barry Salzberg says that millennials are increasingly thinking of finance, consulting, and corporate jobs as a "a tragedy of wasted minds." Instead, they want "a career that actually matters" and "to know how they will make a positive difference in the world if they join your business."

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What is Authentic Leadership? :: Talking Point: The Disney Institute Blog

What is Authentic Leadership? :: Talking Point: The Disney Institute Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Authentic leadership is a genuine approach to leadership. Authentic leaders are those whose actions are based on their core values. They are originals. (What is Authentic Leadership?
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Sometimes leaders attempt to be the person they think their employees expect them to be, as if they were an actor playing the role of a leader. Employees recognize these inconsistent behaviors and become less trusting and sometimes resentful.

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9 Leadership Lessons from the Best Boss I Ever Had | WeKnowNext.com

9 Leadership Lessons from the Best Boss I Ever Had | WeKnowNext.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @weknownext: 9 Leadership Lessons from the Best Boss I Ever Had http://t.co/7f3glVXdpI
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  The best leaders are acutely aware of the impact they have on people and recognize that leadership is about helping people become their very best.  Leadership isn’t a job. Leadership is a responsibility

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Kimberly (Pope) Kindred's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:44 PM

Great advice for transforming your leadership role in your job! Great article.

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How women redefine power | SmartBlogs

How women redefine power | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
On May 9, 200 women leaders gathered at the Forbes Women's Summit.  This wasn’t a conference about advancing women. It was a conference about women advanci

Via Create Wise Leader
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My favorite reminder from this conference is that "Each of us has the power inside us. It shows up in a choice we make to stand up, be counted, have our voice be heard, decide today’s the day we will solve the problem that bothers us, or lend a hand to those who are doing it. We choose in the purchases we make. We choose in the messages we spread.  We choose in the problems we solve."

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Change Checklist for Business Leaders

Change Checklist for Business Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Use this change checklist to help you enact and maintain an organizational change.

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Great steps to keep in mind when dealing with change.

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Do Your Employees Trust You?

Do Your Employees Trust You? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
They might like you. They may even love you. But can they be sure you'll get the job done when the chips are down

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John Michel's insight:

Why are some companies successful in implementing change while others struggle? Why can some leaders inspire people to work together effectively, while others cannot?

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David Hain's curator insight, May 14, 2013 2:42 AM

For those of us who follow English football, the dismissal of Roberto Mancini and the elevation to sainthood of his Manchester counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson are interesting contrasts in this debate.

Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:11 AM

Show me a "leader" whose employees don't trust him/her, and I'll show you a "leader" without followers.

The Customer's Shoes's curator insight, May 19, 2013 4:34 AM

If any initiatives are being implemented in a low-trust culture, its chances of success are really remote.

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Becoming Your Best You - General Leadership

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Most of the leaders that shape our society on a daily basis don’t make decisions that influence the fate of a nation or affect conditions in a boardroom. But they do impact other people and in some form or fashion, may indeed influence the future of the world.

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Most of the leaders that shape our society on a daily basis don’t make decisions that influence the fate of a nation or affect conditions in a boardroom. But they do impact other people and in some form or fashion, may indeed influence the future of the world.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:24 PM

Most of the leaders that shape our society on a daily basis don’t make decisions that influence the fate of a nation or affect conditions in a boardroom. But they do impact other people and in some form or fashion, may indeed influence the future of the world.

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Eight Signs of Fearful Leadership

Eight Signs of Fearful Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Over the past few years, I've heard the phrase "courageous leadership" used to describe the trait of those leaders who are making a difference today. Unfortunately, we also know many who are in lea...
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All of us are subject to moments of fear in our various leadership roles. Can we overcome those moments? Better yet, are there signs or indicators to serve as cautions? I believe there are at least eight such tendencies in fearful leaders. And if we are manifesting any of these, we need an immediate behavioral change.

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What 100 Years of Research Tells Us About Effective Leadership

What 100 Years of Research Tells Us About Effective Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
What do we actually know about effective leadership?
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Leadership is complex, but it can be developed.  We know the building blocks of leadership success, and it is clear that devoting time and energy to your personal development pays off.

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5 Leadership Lies | workplace MOJO

5 Leadership Lies | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @MattMonge: 5 Leadership Lies | workplace MOJO http://t.co/5Oxdw1ulqo
John Michel's insight:

Managers, front line folks, leaders, aspiring leaders, execs — we all fall for leadership lies sometimes. They’re these myths that we believe for some strange reason, and not only do we believe them, but we remind ourselves of their veracity over and over and over again.

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Servant Leadership: The Individual and Organizational Imperative To Do Good In The World | Robert K. Greenleaf

Servant Leadership: The Individual and Organizational Imperative To Do Good In The World | Robert K. Greenleaf | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“@justcoachit: The Individual +Organizational Imperative To Do Good http://t.co/2d6Id2n505 guest post @greenleafcenter ☆♥*¨*•”
John Michel's insight:

The implicit value of leaders who seek to serve, and organizations focused on creating value for all constituents, is the only path to a better future. Companies that do not create true value for their employees, stakeholders, clients and communities will eventually wither and die. The secret to individual and organizational success hinges on our ability to do good. Doing good means creating value for others.  Doing good means learning to adapt, learn and relearn while protecting the integrity and values that are fundamental to sustainability.

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5 Ways to Create a Winning Culture

5 Ways to Create a Winning Culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A strong culture isn't something you wish into place, or even will into place. It's something you build. Here's how.
John Michel's insight:

Practical steps to help you build a vibrant organizational culture.

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Scott Span, MSOD's comment, May 15, 2013 10:53 AM
All great points... particularly # 3. Without trust, not much else can happen.
AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 15, 2013 1:17 PM

Tpotally agree with Don on item #5.  I also like #3.

 

Create an environment of trust.

Many organizations believe internal trust is nice to have but not a key factor for bottom line profitability. That simply isn’t true. Trust directly affects speed and cost. When trust diminishes, speed goes down and costs go up. These economic factors are usually disguised as other things, but when there isn’t trust between team members, or between the company and its customers, it is impossible to achieve real success. The myths are that trust is built solely on integrity, that you either have it or you don’t, that if lost it can’t be restored, and that it can’t be taught. The realities are that trust is a function of both character and competency, it can be both created and destroyed, it can be restored (in most cases), and be taught and developed into a measurable strategic advantage.

Mark Gregory , Programme Innovator @Transformation Coach's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:47 AM

5 steps to defining your winning culture explained succinctly for any leader looking to change their own organisational culture.

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Why “Motivation by Pizza” Doesn’t Work

Why “Motivation by Pizza” Doesn’t Work | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Many people don’t feel motivated at work, and there’s a very simple explanation for this: The motivational techniques used by most managers don’t work.


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GRIDEL Sergio's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:52 AM

Manager, c'est aider le collaborateur à développer sa propre motivation, ce qui lui permettra de goûter à la bonne part de pizza ! L'engagement le plus fort'est toujours celui qui vient du plus profond de nous même.

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How to Think Like a Confident Leader

How to Think Like a Confident Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A vital step to success is believing in yourself. Here are three tips help you boost your confidence.

Via Create Wise Leader
John Michel's insight:

Self-doubt prevents you from taking the risks necessary to run a successful company. "You overestimate the risk in your mind," Fox says. "You see yourself as more vulnerable, and you forget how capable and competent you are."





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What Google Glass Can Teach Us About Stale Leadership

What Google Glass Can Teach Us About Stale Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders who operate in a state of habitual resistance will find themselves, and their organizations, stale and crusty.
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Great leaders constructively challenge but allow themselves to stay open and imagine the unimaginable. They are receptive to the possibilities, the what-ifs and could-bes.

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How to Overcome Maybe the Most Common Problem People Have with Personal Development

How to Overcome Maybe the Most Common Problem People Have with Personal Development | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by yopuz (license). “The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.” Madame Marie du Deffand Maybe the most common issue people have with personal development is that it stays a daydream.
John Michel's insight:

Maybe the most common issue people have with personal development is that it stays a daydream. That they get excited and inspired. But then as those positive emotions fade nothing really happenHere are are some thoughts to help you keep moving in the direction of your dreams And desires.


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Daniel Corrales's curator insight, October 9, 2013 12:55 AM

The most common problem people encounter when it comes to personal development is not taking action.

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Leadership and Bringing Out the Best in Others :: Practicing The Four Pillars of Transformational Leadership

Leadership and Bringing Out the Best in Others :: Practicing The Four Pillars of Transformational Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By Professor Michael Teed :: Williams School of Business Have you ever had a leader make a significant impact on your life?

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Becoming a good leader takes time and practice. Using every opportunity to develop the four facets of transformational leadership will slowly help you develop your leadership skills.

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Katherine Bryant's curator insight, May 14, 2013 3:15 AM

I agree with David Hain that whislt some of this language is a little OTT, the 4 pillars are solid.

Trisha Proud's comment, May 14, 2013 6:36 AM
Truied and tested - good stuff!
Gregory Sparzo's curator insight, May 16, 2013 4:18 PM

I'm all for bringing out the best in others. LIke most blogs, doesn't make the whole story. Dig deeper on your own.

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Is Technology Making You More (or Less) of a Jerk?

Is Technology Making You More (or Less) of a Jerk? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Digital amplifies your managerial self, for better and for worse.
John Michel's insight:

Every manager needs to review their last 100 network communications — text, email, SharePoint, LinkedIn, etc. — and ask themselves: What's the mix between messages that might be interpreted as management, micromanagement and mentoring? Am I giving in to temptations that will corrode trust? Or am I using these technologies in a way that brings out my better managerial self?


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David Hain's curator insight, May 14, 2013 2:36 AM

Interesting point of view.

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Becoming Your Best You - General Leadership

Becoming Your Best You - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Most of the leaders that shape our society on a daily basis don’t make decisions that influence the fate of a nation or affect conditions in a boardroom. But they do impact other people and in some form or fashion, may indeed influence the future of the world.

John Michel's insight:

Most of the leaders that shape our society on a daily basis don’t make decisions that influence the fate of a nation or affect conditions in a boardroom. But they do impact other people and in some form or fashion, may indeed influence the future of the world.

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John Michel's curator insight, May 13, 2013 5:20 PM

Most of the leaders that shape our society on a daily basis don’t make decisions that influence the fate of a nation or affect conditions in a boardroom. But they do impact other people and in some form or fashion, may indeed influence the future of the world.

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Seven Ways to Turn Conflict-Communication Problems Around » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge

Seven Ways to Turn Conflict-Communication Problems Around » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @justcoachit: Communication means learning how to turn conflict around http://t.co/829Dwca7Ar #leadership #mgmt #shrm #hbrchat #peopleskills #jci #pmot
John Michel's insight:
Is conflict creating problems? Conflict destroys productivity, engagement, empowerment, communication, leadership and success. Conflict is an emotionally charged situation that is fueled by incompatible interests, goals, feelings, ideas, values, ethnicity, personality differences, or miscommunications.
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7 Behaviors to Stop Tolerating from Others

7 Behaviors to Stop Tolerating from Others | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Your dignity may be attacked, ravaged and disgracefully mocked, but it can never be taken away unless you willingly surrender it.  It’s all about finding the strength to defend your boundaries.


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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, May 13, 2013 2:53 PM

 

from the post : "Pay less attention to what people say, and more attention to what they do.  Their actions will show you the truth."