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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 Advantages of Transformational Leadership Style

The Advantages of Transformational Leadership Style | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The transformational leadership style draws on assorted capabilities and approaches to leadership, creating distinct advantages for the organization. A leader using this approach possesses integrity, ...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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The transformational leadership style draws on assorted capabilities and approaches to leadership, creating distinct advantages for the organization. A leader using this approach possesses integrity, sets a good example and clearly communicates his goals to his followers. He expects the best from them. He inspires people to look beyond their own interests and focus on the interests and needs of the team. He provides stimulating work and takes the time to recognize good work and good people.

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Not a Born Leader? So What!

Not a Born Leader? So What! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I was not born a leader. When I was born (and this was … (Not a Born Leader? So What! http://t.co/F3J3CpuDz1 #Leadership)
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Leadership is, after all, quite simple… and has nothing to do with being ‘born with it’. All you have to do is be the person other people want to follow!

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The Costs Of Ignoring Employee Engagement

The Costs Of Ignoring Employee Engagement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
To some in management the fact that their workers get a paycheck from the company is the beginning and the end of any consideration they deserve. That...

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A big secret of success for any relationship, personal or professional, is to personally demonstrate a high degree of caring about the other person. To some in management, the fact that their workers get a paycheck from the company is the beginning and the end of any consideration they deserve. That attitude, however, ends up turning off employee enthusiasm--as well as ultimately harming the bottom line.

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Ron McIntyre's comment, May 7, 2013 9:13 AM
Absolutely on the money. Caring is critical as is connection which is much deeper than communications.
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:15 AM

This has been discussed for years yet we don't seem to understand that there are real tangible costs that affect a company in the short term but more importantly they affect them in the long term.

The Survey Initiative's comment, May 20, 2013 1:25 PM
When it comes to pay and reward, 'fairness' is paramount - in the UK, John Lewis has recently given a 17% bonus to all its employees. Every employee is a 'partner' and benefits, financially (and in other ways) when the business is successful. Fair and equitable. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21697603
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The Thriving Organization-10 Powerful Steps » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge

The Thriving Organization-10 Powerful Steps » Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“@justcoachit: Leadership means building a learning, living, thriving organization. http://t.co/FZUFVuFa4Z http://t.co/a9kZIjwI4M”@WATALKING
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Simple steps any organization would be wise to consider...

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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Social Skills Starting Today (+ The Smart Social Skills Course launches on Wednesday)

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Social Skills Starting Today (+ The Smart Social Skills Course launches on Wednesday) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Your social skills is one of the most important and essential things in life. It is one of those things that make a huge difference if you work on them.
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Your social skills is one of the most important and essential things in life.

It is one of those things that make a huge difference if you work on them.

As you improve your social skills you can:

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5 Core Skills Your Life Depends On

5 Core Skills Your Life Depends On | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Each moment, each situation, each turn of events presents you with an opportunity to build the self you are capable of being.  It’s just a matter of accepting opportunities, implementing ideas, taking action, and actively expressing the purpose that is uniquely YOU.


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How Coaches Can Help Leaders Become More Mindful

How Coaches Can Help Leaders Become More Mindful | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Coaches can be a catalyst for developing great leaders (RT @pdiscoveryuk: How Coaches Can Help Leaders Become More Mindful | Psychology Today http://t.co/Rj7WinlNC7 #leadership #inspired @raybwilliams)...
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Mindfulness as both a leadership practice and workplace culture holds the promise to bring back balance and better health. Coaches, working with leaders, can be a great catalyst for increasing their self-awareness, self-management and help bring a leadership style of calmness to the workplace.

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Great Traits: 5 Leadership Lessons from Lincoln - xoombi

Great Traits: 5 Leadership Lessons from Lincoln - xoombi | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders are rarely the first person to see an opportunity, but they’re the first to seize an opportunity. I watched the movie Lincoln recently and it inspired me to consider the “great traits” that allow of the best leaders to seize opportunities.
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Leaders are going somewhere. What would you think of someone who claimed to be a leader, was surrounded by followers, but was going nowhere? Unfortunately, that’s the situation for many teams, organizations, and nations. So what really makes a leader?

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America's entrepreneurial culture may be dying

Entrepreneurs start businesses that create lots of jobs and inject innovation into the US economy. Start-up America is our difference maker. Our edge. But something seems to be going wrong. In anot...
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Entrepreneurs start businesses that create lots of jobs and inject innovation into the US economy. Start-up America is our difference maker. Our edge.

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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

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  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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Leadership, Diversity and the Power of Paradox

Leadership, Diversity and the Power of Paradox | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Part of me wants to wrestle the term “diversity” away from all the diversity practitioners in organizations.

Don’t get me wrong—I think diversity practitioners are great. I’m one of them, in fac...
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So one of the important jobs of leaders today is to help create cultures that do inclusion well. And to be honest, this is not our strong suit. We’re good at similarities. We hire people who remind us of…us. We’re good at putting people together in departments who all think the same way and have the same background. We love consistency and sameness. It’s orderly and controlled.

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Compassion: An Invaluable Leadership Attribute - General Leadership

Compassion: An Invaluable Leadership Attribute - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Recent research confirms that leaders who exercise compassion produce loyal, dedicated, and passionate employees.

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Recent research confirms that leaders who exercise compassion produce loyal, dedicated, and passionate employees. In fact, numerous studies have found that workplaces led by compassionate bosses enjoy increased rates of employee satisfaction, greater employee engagement, lower levels of overall stress and fewer reported sick days.

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Powerful Habits To Build Your Career Every Day

Powerful Habits To Build Your Career Every Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When you make your daily todo list you're choosing your habits. Here's how to make sure they are moving you closer to where you want to be.

Via Merdrignac Soizic
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Aristotle might as well have been doling out career advice when he said that "we are what we repeatedly do." This aphorism has taken on contemporary resonance in books like Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit. The hope is that if we sculpt our daily to-dos, we sculpt our workdays, and we can sculpt our careers.

But what are we to do every day? Careers expert J.T. O'Donnell recently shared her list. Head over to LinkedIn to check out her full managerial daily doings--we'll discuss the most career-expanding ones below.

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4 Traits Leaders Need To Influence Others - Leadership, Sales & Life

4 Traits Leaders Need To Influence Others - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders need four basic traits to influence others. These traits are important and can be developed over time. Some can be taught at an early age in life. (Totally agree!
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Part of a leader’s responsibility is to develop the traits necessary to positively influence others.  Some traits take a lifetime to develop. Some are developed daily. Some are taught to you at an early age an ingrained in who you are.

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Note to executives: Your employees are completely in the dark - Fortune Management

Note to executives: Your employees are completely in the dark - Fortune Management | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Workers who aren’t sitting at desks -- often the ones dealing directly with customers -- say they don’t get enough information from the top.

Via Merdrignac Soizic
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If your business depends on an army of delivery drivers, cooks, and waitpersons, retail sales staffers, field technicians, or other employees who move around all day, here's something that may surprise you: Most of them wish you would talk to them more.

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Act Like a Leader Before You Are One

Act Like a Leader Before You Are One | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How to carve the path to the role you want.

Via Wise Leader™
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If you want to become a leader, don't wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you're still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your potential and carve your path to the role you want.

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Linda Allen's curator insight, May 3, 2013 9:28 PM

Great advice!

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Leadership and ethical challenges - Cayman Net News

Leadership and ethical challenges - Cayman Net News | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lao Tzu, writing in the sixth century said that, "A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him (Leadership and ethical challenges - Cayman Net News
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Leaders are going somewhere. What would you think of someone who claimed to be a leader, was surrounded by followers, but was going nowhere? Unfortunately, that’s the situation for many teams, organizations, and nations. So what really makes a leader?

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Merdrignac Soizic's curator insight, May 3, 2013 10:23 AM

"Leaders must always place the need of the larger community ahead of selfish interests"

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How positive psychology is transforming the way we think about leadership

How positive psychology is transforming the way we think about leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Guest blogger: Bridget Grenville-Cleave, Open University Business School MBA Alumna, MAPP graduate of the University of East London, is a UK-based positive psychology consultant, trainer and writer...
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The science of positive psychology (its application within organisations generally and to the practice of leadership specifically) is bringing new thinking to this question. One framework worth considering is ‘Positive Deviance’. Normality or healthy performance is situated at the midpoint on a continuum, with positively and negatively deviant performance at either extreme...outstanding performance can be attained when behaviours extend, in a positive way, beyond what is normally expected.

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Restoring Faith in Leadership

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This week, I asked the MBA and Sloan students at my London Business School elective how many of them wanted to become leaders of large corporations. Looking around the room I saw that less than 15% raised their hand.
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 When the research team at the Future of Work Research Consortium asked over 3,000 corporate executives about the significance of various leadership traits, they ranked transparency as increasingly important in the future. Yet they also acknowledged that right now this was not a well-developed capacity and is a high-risk trait in need of attention.

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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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