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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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5 Habits Of Leaders Who Create Workspace Culture

5 Habits Of Leaders Who Create Workspace Culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When I was a student (once upon a time I thought I was to be a clinical psychologist), and broke, and spending time in New York City (when I decided I was not to be a performing artist, choreographer for my career after all), I used to make extra ...

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How can you make your space a dynamic part of your vision and mission, and a driver of success? Here are 5 habits and how to make this happen:

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David Hain's curator insight, May 14, 2013 2:37 AM

Unusual take on leadership, but worth thinking about...

ratzelster's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:19 AM

More and more we're seeing how the physical space sets a tone and helps to create culture.  With so many of the classrooms and communal spaces fixed and with little $$$ to change those structures, what can we do to make a big change in how the physical space impacts us? 

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“Excellence is not an act but a habit” - Aristotle

“Excellence is not an act but a habit” - Aristotle | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In this very competitive market place in which we currently operate, it has become harder than ever before to get that dream job or land that piece of work that can make all the difference to the ("mediocrity is never acceptable in terms of level ...
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One of the first things people who are genuinely looking for success need to do is understand that mediocrity is never acceptable in terms of level of performance. I expect my key members of staff to be constantly growing and developing and true achievers should always be striving for that next level.

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The Proven Path to Leadership

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Image source Don’t push people into leading. Desire to lead is leadership’s first requirement. If they don’t desire leadership, step away. Reluctant leaders are burdens to colleagues, followers, an...
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Growth always creates anxiety. New challenges bring feelings of inadequacy. Press through inadequacies with preparation, relationships, and courage.

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Why the World Needs You to Be the Real You!

Why the World Needs You to Be the Real You! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being the real you might cause some discomfort and change. Not everyone will like it when you are more connected and genuine. That's okay. You will now attract just the right people -- those who will love you, support you, and lift you up.

Via Romi Royé, Wise Leader™
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When you are 100 percent comfortable in your own skin, you put out an amazing and authentically confident vibe. You attract just the right people -- people who love you for who you really are. There is no better place to be.

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The Leader's Intellectual Health

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Intellectual health flows from deep curiosity, an adaptive mindset & paradoxical thinking, helping leaders to create dialogue & insight for intelligent change.

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Intellectual curiosity, at its deepest, reaches outward and inward.

There is an external openness. The leader has a willingness to explore the unknown – seeking new situations, new data and new insights from others. When challenged, the leader wants to explore the differences.

And there is also be an internal openness to new ways of thinking. The leader is willing to challenge her own biases. The leader is willing to approach an issue with alternative perspectives.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:58 AM

Health is holistic.

Luís Cochofel's curator insight, June 22, 2013 12:35 PM

Stay curious; LEAD YOURSELF first!; your ability to be a Leader lies on your attitude.

 

Don Cloud's curator insight, March 2, 2014 11:38 AM

Intellectual growth stems from lifelong learning seated in deep curiousity, and adaptive/growth mindset, and paradoxical thinking.

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Want Followers? The 4 Things You Have To Know About Leadership

Want Followers? The 4 Things You Have To Know About Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There is a question that comes before what do great leaders do and that is “what’s a leader?” The answer is simple; “someone who is followed”. This being the case, the most important person in the equation is the follower.
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There is a question that comes before what do great leaders do and that is “what’s a leader?” The answer is simple; “someone who is followed”. This being the case, the most important person in the equation is the follower. A great leader is someone who manages to have a great many followers, prepared to give up some of their freedom to act, in search of something greater than they can achieve alone.

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A Gen Y Definition of Leadership

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I was surprised (and more than somewhat honored) when I… (A Gen Y Definition of Leadership http://t.co/ogCpJFJifg By @JasonRepovs)
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GreatGreat ins insights from Americas next round of leaders.

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The Hard Science of Teamwork

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"Like many people, I've encountered teams that are "clicking."

 

I've experienced the "buzz" of a group that's blazing away with new ideas in a way that makes it seem they can read each others' minds.

 

 

 

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Via Mhd.Shadi Khudr, Joe Windham, Kandy Woodfield, Wise Leader™, Bobby Dillard
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People should feel empowered by the idea of a science of team building, The idea that we can transmute the guess work of putting a team together into a rigorous methodology, and then continuously improve teams is exciting. Nothing will be more powerful, I believe, in eventually changing how organizations work.

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Kandy Woodfield's curator insight, May 10, 2013 6:47 PM

Interesting research here using novel approaches to monitor team communication, the features they identify resonate with my experiences.

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The Greatest Satisfaction for a Leader - Thin Difference

The Greatest Satisfaction for a Leader - Thin Difference | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Encouraging leaders and team members delivers the greatest leadership satisfaction. Test your encouraging leadership style. (Frm @ThinDifference The Greatest Satisfaction for a Leader: The greatest satisfaction for any lead...
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The greatest satisfaction for any leader is the feeling of building and equipping people. Great leaders want to develop the next generation of leaders and see their potential reach new heights. If you are committed to helping and adding value every day, you are making a commitment to superior quality. That quality is the investment you make with the people that help you succeed as a leader. As leaders, we can only be as good as what we nurture every single day.

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A Practical Guide to Staying Present in Daily Life

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Image by aussiegall (license). There is only one time and place where you can be and have any control over. The present moment.
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There is only one time and place where you can be and have any control over. The present moment. But most of us still spend a lot of our regular days lost in memories, reliving a sunny vacation or maybe more commonly repeating an old conflict or negative situation over and over in our thoughts.

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Where Have All The Leaders Gone?

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Where have all the leaders gone? That’s the question I hear everywhere I travel at home and abroad. I can’t answer the question, but it caused me to reflect on what makes a good leader.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Wise Leader™
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I don’t know where all the leaders have gone, but I’ve concluded that a more important question is how will we produce the new leaders we so desperately need?

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Why Productive People Have Empty Schedules

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What's the one resource you can't borrow invest or recover Time. Lessons on guarding yours by Warren Buffett Peter Drucker Charles Dickens Reddit CEO...

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"Saying 'no' has more creative power than ideas, insights and talent combined. No guards time, the thread from which we weave our creations. The math of time is simple: you have less than you think and need more than you know."

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9 Ways to Find Peace of Mind in Tough Times

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Here are some vital lessons on how to maintain peace of mind in tough times:

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Here are some vital lessons on how to maintain peace of mind in tough times:

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MINDFULNESS, HOPE AND COMPASSION: A LEADER’S ROAD MAP TO RENEWAL - Ivey Business Journal

MINDFULNESS, HOPE AND COMPASSION: A LEADER’S ROAD MAP TO RENEWAL - Ivey Business Journal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How does a leader quell the everyday, inner conflicts caused by the heavy responsibility, the need for constant self-control and the inevitable crises – and

Via Wise Leader™, Bobby Dillard
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How does a leader quell the everyday, inner conflicts caused by the heavy responsibility, the need for constant self-control and the inevitable crises – and still remain an effective leader? One could answer, “Not easily,” and be right. These authours have excellent suggestions for calming and resolving that turmoil – and for going beyond to remain an effective, highly resonant leader.

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Eric Vanetti's curator insight, May 13, 2013 2:42 PM

Self-awareness is one of the most important characteristics of highly effective leaders.

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7 Tips for Making Other People Feel Smart and Insightful.

7 Tips for Making Other People Feel Smart and Insightful. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 7 tips for making other people feel smart and insightful. We all want to get along well with other people, and one way to do this is to help people feel good about themselves.

Via Bobby Dillard
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We all want to get along well with other people, and one way to do this is to help people feel good about themselves. If you make a person feel smart and insightful, that person will enjoy your company. The point is not to be manipulative, but to help other people feel good about their contributions to a conversation.

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10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget

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Practical Tips for Productive Living
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The truth is nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow emotionally and intellectually. They force us to stretch ourselves and our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first. And when we don’t feel comfortable, we don’t feel ready.
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6 Lessons For Entrepreneurs… From The Greatest Leadership Speech Of All Time

6 Lessons For Entrepreneurs… From The Greatest Leadership Speech Of All Time | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here is General Mark Welsh, at the time Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, speaking after lunch at the Air Force Academy in November 2011. I encourage everyone to watch the speech in its entir...
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Here is General Mark Welsh, at the time Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, speaking after lunch at the Air Force Academy in November 2011. I encourage everyone to watch the speech in its entire length. It may just be the greatest leadership speech you’ve ever heard:

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10 Things to Say Yes to For a Happier Life

10 Things to Say Yes to For a Happier Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Image by fabbio (license).“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”...
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When you say no you can safely stay within your comfort zone. You don’t have to fear failing or being rejected. The scary unknown and sometimes difficult change can be avoided. But if you say yes your life can expand and deepen. The yes allows you to open up your life to more happiness.


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To Understand Leadership, Study Followership - Bersin & Associates

To Understand Leadership, Study Followership - Bersin & Associates | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I was at a conference with 50 or so chief learning officers last week and we had a number of discussions about leadership. Despite the fact that there are thousands of models, consultants, books, and assessments for ...
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In order to study great leadership you have to study great "followership." Great leaders naturally attract great followers. Who do we follow and why?

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The 4 Job Types That Make Innovation Happen

The 4 Job Types That Make Innovation Happen | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Thinkers builders improvers and producers. Do you have all of them in your company

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Every job is a combination of these four roles.

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The neuroscience of leadership: Are you causing people pain?

The neuroscience of leadership: Are you causing people pain? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership expert Jennifer Miller discusses the neuroscience behind "social pain" and how people can better attune themselves to avoid causing it. (The neuroscience of leadership: Are you causing people pain?
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According to an emerging field of science called NeuroLeadership – a term credited to Dr. David Rock of NeuroLeadership Institute the brain treats “social pain” in the exact same way it responds to physical pain. NeuroLeadership is the science of mapping how the brain processes information related to key leadership activities such as creating vision, developing strategy and developing talent in the workplace.

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The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination

The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Stop avoiding tough tasks and start cultivating your resilience.
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Taking risks, and falling, is not something to avoid. It's something to cultivate. 

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Want to Succeed? Get Used to Failure

Want to Succeed? Get Used to Failure | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Stop thinking so much--you're just procrastinating, says Jessica Herrin, founder of WeddingChannel.com and Stella and Dot.

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Instead of focusing energy on the obstacles such as raising money and increasing sales, entrepreneurs should focus on how amazing it will be once they scale the obstacles. 

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Teens aren’t abandoning “social.” They’re just using the word correctly. — Understandings & Epiphanies

Teens aren’t abandoning “social.” They’re just using the word correctly.  — Understandings & Epiphanies | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Advertisers are perplexed and a little angst-y.

I know this, because I work in advertising. Wait. Don’t stop reading because I admitted th…
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Kids aren’t leaving social networks. They’re redefining the word “social.” Rather, they’re actually using the word with the intent of its original meaning: making contact with other human beings. Communicating. Back-and-forth, fairly immediate dialogue. Most of it digitally. But most of it with the intent of a conversation where two (or more) people are exchanging information and emotion. Not posting it. Exchanging it.

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How to Become a Great Finisher

How to Become a Great Finisher | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great Finishers force themselves to stay focused on the goal and never congratulate themselves on a job half-done.
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Take a good look at the people you work with, and you’ll find lots of Good Starters—individuals who want to succeed and have promising ideas for how to make that happen. They begin each new pursuit with enthusiasm or, at the very least, a commitment to getting the job done.
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