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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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Three Deadly Sins of Leadership — Ian's Messy Desk

Three Deadly Sins of Leadership — Ian's Messy Desk | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Effective leaders must have courage to recognize problems when they occur, acknowledge they need to be resolved, and work to make them go away (Three Deadly Sins of Leadership: Some time ago a magazine writer asked me a probing question.
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Jack Welch said, “Leaders must face reality as it is and not as they may have constructed it.” The reality is that very few organizational process problems ever fix themselves to an effective level. Rather, most problems dealing with people and processes typically get worse over time, not better.

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Employee Engagement and Profit – Which Comes First? | Pivot Point Solutions

Employee Engagement and Profit – Which Comes First? | Pivot Point Solutions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A recent Gallup study proved a causal relationship between employee engagement and financial performance.  Why is the outcome of this study so important?  Because the results indicate we must invest in our employees to reach our financial goals.

Via Richard Andrews
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Beware the next time your company is planning to cut past the fat and muscle into the bone.  Before you implement or endorse an idea which looks great on paper, consider the pivot point – whether or not it actually harms future profitability.

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WorkplaceIncentives's comment, May 2, 2013 6:50 PM
Companies should always consider any decision from all angles. Looking ahead at the impact on profitability may well be one of those considerations but should profitability be the only consideration?
Ron McIntyre's comment, May 7, 2013 9:28 AM
We have a very short-sighted point of view in management today. We are bogged down in tactical expression and execution and ignoring the strategic which is very dangerous in my book.
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:30 AM

Points to ponder for the existing and new managers in the group. Ignore at your own risk, and the risk of your company.

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Everything You Thought About Communicating With Your Employees Is Wrong

Everything You Thought About Communicating With Your Employees Is Wrong | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The role of HR in an increasingly connected world. Technological advancement has dictated a need for HR to begin every day by asking “What business are we in?” Hint: It is not what you thought.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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HR must think differently in an age when business threats emerge from all angles--and often from within. And it isn’t just new approaches to employee relations or other traditional responsibilities that are needed. Today, HR has an integral role to play in everything from branding to risk management to innovation. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:28 PM

We need to be more transparent which is one of the messages in the article.

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Mindful Feedback ~ Reprise

Mindful Feedback ~ Reprise | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
  Most people don’t respond positively to feedback (a.k.a criticism). The expanding knowledge we have about how the brain works is helping us to understand why. Even under the BEST of circumstances...

Via Jenny Ebermann, Wise Leader™
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Even under the BEST of circumstances, many of us find ourselves recoiling in response to hearing what others think about us.  Our receptivity depends on context, relationships and circumstances – but the greatest factor is our emotional state.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, May 2, 2013 5:01 AM

There is no: 'don't take this personally'!

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Men & Women Leading Forward-3Q Leadership in 10 Steps » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge

Men & Women Leading Forward-3Q Leadership in 10 Steps » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @justcoachit: Innovate and Accelerate http://t.co/avetrhhQPT Use your strengths AND challenges to enhance learning, relearning, leadership and results!
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 The need to find new ways, faster and more effective ways to not only develop the type of leadership strengths we need has never been greater. The emphasis of leadership, the focus of those who lead must encompass the development of improved strategic thought in high stress, high change, and diverse arenas as well as the communication and collaboration that transforms vision into action, strategy into execution, possibility into opportunity and results.

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50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind

50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Often, asking the right question is more important than getting the right answer...

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Often, asking the right question is more important than getting the right answer...

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The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science

The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Wise Leader™
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 A life of meaning and purpose is one focused less on satisfying oneself and more on others. It is a life rich in compassion, altruism, and greater meaning.

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Find Your Legacy: Praise in Public, Coach in Private

Find Your Legacy: Praise in Public, Coach in Private | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @AMAnet: Praise in Public, Coach in Private. (via Find Your Legacy blog) #Leadership | http://t.co/oSTBKzOSKP
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Great insights on the importance of praising in public and coaching in private. 

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Why Isn't Servant Leadership More Prevalent?

Why Isn't Servant Leadership More Prevalent? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
With servant leadership, a leader's primary role is to serve employees. Everyone from Lao-Tzu to Max De Pree thinks this a wonderful model. Why, then, is this style so rare among CEOs? (Why Isn't Servant Leadership More Prevalent?
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Servant leadership is only one approach to leading, and it isn’t for everyone. But if servant leadership is as effective as portrayed in recent research, why isn’t it more prevalent?

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Leaders, Employee Engagement is Uniquely Personal

Leaders, Employee Engagement is Uniquely Personal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There is nothing spooky in Kate's message on engagement…

Via Merdrignac Soizic
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Simple steps to help with employee engagement. 

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How to Influence People with Your Ideas

How to Influence People with Your Ideas | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Social media tactics will get you only so far.

Via Wise Leader™
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Aspiring idea entrepreneurs are everywhere: in businesses, classrooms, and communities of all kinds, all over the world. Maybe you know one. Maybe you are one. But you don't have a massive influence-creation machine behind you (few people do) and you wonder how to get your idea heard above all the others competing for attention. How do you proceed?

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Leadership Challenge: Responsibility without Authority — Break The Frame

Leadership Challenge: Responsibility without Authority — Break The Frame | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Have the responsibility to get the job done without the authority? Here are six ways to reframe this leadership challenge and make an impact.
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Are you tasked with leading but the constraints on your success are constantly pushing you under water? Here are six ways that you can reframe the situation and take a new perspective.


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Leadership: The Mission Is Vision - Voices on Project Management

Leadership: The Mission Is Vision - Voices on Project Management | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
PMI Voices: Leadership: The Mission Is Vision #PMOT http://t.co/qqGBUTzn3V
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Framing your vision in the right context is a big part of communicating it effectively to your team and to all that touch the project. 

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5 Leadership Lessons From Lady Gaga

5 Leadership Lessons From Lady Gaga | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You may love Lady Gaga. You may hate her. But no matter what, it's hard not to respect what she's done as an artist.
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Lady Gaga has set the standard for leading through engendering loyalty, standing for strong values, building community, and word of mouth marketing. The good news is, you don't need to be a pop star, or even wear outlandish outfits, to reap the rewards of the lessons Gaga teaches us.

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10 Words You Mispronounce That Make People Think You’re an Idiot

10 Words You Mispronounce That Make People Think You’re an Idiot | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's been said, though we're not sure by whom, that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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Worth the 180 second read to help shore up some common mispronunciations...I know I have some work to do after reading this piece :-) 

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Bill Palladino - MLUI's curator insight, April 25, 2013 4:58 PM

I'll admit to "Sher-Bert", but that's the extent of mea-culpas.

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Why Innovation Is Tough to Define - and Even Tougher to Cultivate

Why Innovation Is Tough to Define - and Even Tougher to Cultivate | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
While most people would agree that they are in favor of innovation, providing a succinct definition or example of it is a tougher question, noted participants in a panel on the topic at the Wharton Economic Summit 2013.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Innovation: It's something everyone is in favor of, everyone likes the idea of, yet no one really understands it, according to Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor Kevin Werbach. Werbach moderated a panel on the topic at the recent Wharton Economic Summit 2013 held in New York City, during which he challenged the participants to define innovation, talk about its relationship to entrepreneurship, and explain what is needed to nurture it. He noted that innovation is essential for companies to grow, and that it is transformative.

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8 Ways To Undermine Yourself As A Leader

8 Ways To Undermine Yourself As A Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As entrepreneurs, we spend a lot of time honing our leadership style and working tirelessly to ensure our teams are motivated to work with us.
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What have you done today, this week, or this month to show your gratitude? The difference between being polite or pleasant and completely making someone’s day doesn’t require much more effort – but it makes all the difference. That gap is what will separate you as a great leader, versus the sea of good ones out there. What legacy will you leave?

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Fear Breeds Mediocrity and Paralysis

Fear Breeds Mediocrity and Paralysis | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Brilliant new article from @KeithRosen Fear Breeds Mediocrity and Paralysis via @topsalesworld http://t.co/76MZOAgi7e
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Imagine what would be possible if you embraced fear and considered it to be one of your greatest teachers? If you resist fear or react when you feel fear, then you can’t learn from it or even recognize any lessons that would contribute to your continued evolution. And if you aren’t learning from it, then you can’t look at the fear as something that can be reframed into a positive opportunity to grow and change.

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Leadership is Always New

Leadership is Always New | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership does not get old or routine, predictable or boring. Leaders do not get settled. They do not become complacent and do not accept the "same old same old." Leadership is always new. Leaders...
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Leaders do not get settled. They do not become complacent and do not accept the “same old same old.” Leadership is always new.

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4 Ways To Prevent Burnout Before It's Too Late

4 Ways To Prevent Burnout Before It's Too Late | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Too burnt out to read this article about preventing burnout Summon the strength (4 Ways To Prevent Burnout Before It's Too Late By @drake_baer http://t.co/KOdbCCYq8b via @FastCompany)...

Via Aki Puustinen, Wise Leader™
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John Coates' book, The Hour Between Dog And Wolf, goes deep into the physiology of stress. In it he observes that exhaustion, fatigue, and anxiety are all "messages sent from our body telling us what actions we should take"--which means that we need to listen closely.

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Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance - Harvard Business Review

Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance - Harvard Business Review | 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. (Knowledge worth spreading!
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We cannot improve our emotional intelligence or change our leadership style without help from others. We not only practice with other people but also rely on them to create a safe environment in which to experiment. We need to get feedback about how our actions affect others and to assess our progress on our learning agenda.

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How to Refresh Your Mood: 4 Simple Tips

How to Refresh Your Mood: 4 Simple Tips | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I often write about how a good start to your day often leads to having a good day in general. A social, an energetic or a productive start sets the context for your day. But on some days you may
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Here’s how I do that by breaking the negative mood and getting a new start. When you need a reboot to your day and mood choose one of these tips and see how it works for you.


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4 Rules for Supreme Productivity - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

4 Rules for Supreme Productivity - Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Today I'm sharing with you the top 4 guidelines that I've distilled in my pursuit of supreme productivity. It applies to working as well as studying. If you don't already have a life coach, consider getting one or becoming your own.

Via Bobby Dillard
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 If you don’t already have a life coach, consider getting one or becoming your own.

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The thoughtLEADERS Blog

The thoughtLEADERS Blog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The thoughtLEADERS Blog covers leadership, communications, strategy and operations. All posts are practical and applicable to help you apply the methods we teach.
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A good summary of the significance of self leadership...

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9 Questions Unhappy People Never Ask

9 Questions Unhappy People Never Ask | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
We have within us the power to start over again.
The future is always beginning now.
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We have within us the power to start over again.
The future is always beginning now.
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