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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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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.
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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.
John Michel's insight:

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.


Via Bobby Dillard
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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.
John Michel's insight:

 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.

John Michel's insight:

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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A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Leadership Lesson: Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA - in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Leadership in the raw...inspiring! 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, May 6, 2013 9:46 AM

A true leader. 

 

“If you wanna meet with me… come to the garden… with your shovel… so we can plant some shit.” - Ron Finley

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The Future of Talent Is in Clusters

The Future of Talent Is in Clusters | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Don't hire people; hire teams. (The Future of #Talent Is in Clusters
http://t.co/cEQ2osmxNR #Leadership #CHRO)
John Michel's insight:

An effective team is a powerful thing. Many of us have participated on teams where the members complement each other, trust each other and find ways of working that are not only effective, but also enjoyable. For teams like this, performance is typically much higher than might be expected of the sum of individuals.

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JPMorgan And The Death Of Corporate Reputation

JPMorgan And The Death Of Corporate Reputation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Big Banks need to re-think their WHY > Involvement in scandal today has little impact on the big banks. Reputation has become irrelevant. The dilemma for clients: they have nowhere else to go.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
John Michel's insight:

In this world of zero reputation, the management dynamic is to win at all costs. It is “maximizing shareholder value” on steroids. The goal is pure and simple: making money by whatever means are available.  Self-interest reigns supreme.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, May 6, 2013 6:39 AM
Read also this article from The New York Times on the same topic: http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/05/02/jpmorgan-caught-in-swirl-of-regulatory-woes/
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Strategic Clarity in Leadership and Business -

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Yemi Akinsiwaju shares how strategic clarity produces quality decisions, enhances leadership and leads to sustainable business success.
John Michel's insight:

One of the key requirements for effective leadership in business is the capacity for strategic clarity. This implies the ability to discern what is important from what is merely urgent or to distinguish what is critical for long term success from what is merely a short term fix to a deep seated problem within your business, organisation or even your life.

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What LeBron James Knows About Analytics that You Should Too

What LeBron James Knows About Analytics that You Should Too | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Self-improvement, not self-knowledge, is the goal. (The power of analytics: http://t.co/Y7JREbdXhu via @HBR #leadership #ponolife)
John Michel's insight:

The surest way to disrupt the quantitative tyranny of predictive analytics is demonstrable self-improvement. Individuals and organizations alike have to move away from the notion of analytics as the key to insight and towards the belief that they're the GPS of transformation. Self-improvement, not self-knowledge, is the goal.

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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
John Michel's insight:

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?
John Michel's insight:

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.

John Michel's insight:

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)
John Michel's insight:

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.
John Michel's insight:

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
John Michel's insight:

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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8 Ideas to Kick Mediocrity to the Curb - Information Management (blog)

8 Ideas to Kick Mediocrity to the Curb - Information Management (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
8 Ideas to Kick Mediocrity to the Curb
Information Management (blog)
Mediocre is on display daily in too many areas of our society and in too many of our businesses.
John Michel's insight:

Mediocrity has a way of numbing our senses and taking the fight out of us. It impacts everyone at all levels of leadership and all employee groups. Individually and collectively, we reduce our standards to the lowest accepted level and then shuffle along dispensing the ordinary until something shocks our system. Often, the shock comes too late.

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Innovation Leadership: The Revolution Starts With Words - Forbes

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Innovation Leadership: The Revolution Starts With Words
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... more than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic. George Orwell.
John Michel's insight:

A misplaced emphasis on “outcomes” distracts us from the more important challenge of creating, nurturing and encouraging leadership.

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3 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Gen Y

3 Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from Gen Y | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A third of U.S. employees feel chronically overworked. … (3 #Leadership Lessons We Can Learn from #GenY http://t.co/W43HxJRvo7 via @shawmu)
John Michel's insight:

A third of U.S. employees feel chronically overworked. 52% of U.S. families say work interferes with their family or home responsibilities. More than 54% of U.S. Americans say they will look for a better job once the economy improves.

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Newswire | Lessons in Innovation Leadership: Bob Gamgort | Nielsen

Newswire | Lessons in Innovation Leadership: Bob Gamgort | Nielsen | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lessons in Innovation Leadership - a series showcases experienced business leaders who have led, and learned, from significant innovation initiatives.

Via Tania Kowritski, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

It’s important to recognize that everyone in the organization is part of the innovation process. There is a great saying that “the marketing and sales organizations make the first sale and the manufacturing and the R&D organizations make every sale after that

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5 Innovation Lessons You Can Learn On The Dance Floor

5 Innovation Lessons You Can Learn On The Dance Floor | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Dancing is instinctive creative and a perfect metaphor for the innovation process. You can learn a lot from shaking that money maker. (Five #leadership lessons you can learn from shaking and shimmying on the dance floor.
John Michel's insight:

When we can understand our own and others’ movements, our capacity to collaborate and harness our intuition skyrockets. And growing research in many disciplines--from neuroscience to sports medicine, from psychology to anthropology--supports these ideas.

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