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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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Ethics and Power: How to Strike the Right Balance

Ethics and Power: How to Strike the Right Balance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Power dynamics are inevitable--and essential--to a functioning organization. Here's how to make sure they're used for good and not evil.

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Company cultures, about ethics or anything else, get created by the promotion, compensation, and evaluation choices made every day. Although there are clearly good and bad people, mostly the line between good and bad runs through each one of us. Therefore, the best and possibly only way to ensure the desired behavior is to be clear about norms and expectations and make every decision with the how, not just the what, firmly in mind.

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Daily Simplicity: 10 Habits That Will Make Your Life Lighter

Daily Simplicity: 10 Habits That Will Make Your Life Lighter | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius I do love to keep things simple. Why? One simple reason and one the most important ones for me is that simplicity reduces the heaviness in life.
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Siimple wisdom on simplifying life...enjoy! 

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Give Success Time - Leadership, Sales & Life

Give Success Time - Leadership, Sales & Life | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
All leaders and organizations will fail, what separates the great ones is their ability to turn failure into success. Give success time.
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Success isn’t determined by how many times you fall down.  It’s determined by how many times you get up.  Every leader has faced some kind of failure or adversity in their career.

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8 Ways to Undermine Yourself as a Leader

8 Ways to Undermine Yourself as a Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Chess bishop 1000.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 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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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. There are countless resources to improve on various attributes you utilize both in and out of the office, but there’s less information readily available on pitfalls to avoid. You might think you’re doing a good job, but here’s a list of how you might be undermining yourself.

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Bill Barnett on Competition: Metacompetition: Competing Over the Game to be Played

Bill Barnett on Competition: Metacompetition: Competing Over the Game to be Played | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Competing Over the Game to be Player http://t.co/fxkycjavdR #leadership...
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Great leaders pay attention to metacompetition.  They advocate the game they play well, promoting criteria on which they measure up.  By contrast, many failed leaders work hard at being the best at what they do, only to throw up their hands in dismay when they are not even allowed to compete.  These losers cannot understand why they lost, but they have neglected a fundamental responsibility of leadership.  It is not enough to play your game well.  In every market in every country, alternative “logics” vie for prominence.  Before you can win in competition, you must first win the metacompetition over the game being played.

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10 STEPS TO GETTING THINGS DONE: WHAT MY KIDS TAUGHT ME ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING

10 STEPS TO GETTING THINGS DONE: WHAT MY KIDS TAUGHT ME ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I often compare working with adults to working with children. Here is a list of suggestions to getting something done, whether it is other colleagues at work or your kids at home. Please share your...
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Here is a list of suggestions to getting something done, whether it is other colleagues at work or your kids at home.

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Interesting approach on team Building.

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How to Hire: 6 Traits Every Employee Must Have

How to Hire: 6 Traits Every Employee Must Have | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do you know what you should be looking for in an ideal employee? I didn’t really know what to look for when I started my entrepreneurial journey, but afte

Via Bobby Dillard
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If you are trying to grow your business, especially during the early days, it’s really important to hire the right people. Hiring one bad person, can derail your whole business and potentially cause you to fail.

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15 Ways to Encourage Moral Growth in Leadership

15 Ways to Encourage Moral Growth in Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By Linda Fisher Thornton

Moral Growth Is a Lifelong Pursuit

Moral education needs to start early, and it also needs to continue throughout our professional careers.

Unlocking Moral Awarene...
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How can we help leaders develop the moral thinking and awareness that they need to make good leadership choices? What specific conversations and experiences will support moral development?

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5 Tips for Greater Workplace Efficiency

5 Tips for Greater Workplace Efficiency | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Toolbox Leadership: What can you do to improve your processes? - http://t.co/UIUgZs02KD #leadership #corporatecinderella
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We all know the old saying that time is money. It’s true, especially in the world of manufacturing. The more time you waste, the more it costs to make your products and the less profit your business has to take home. Likewise, the better you get at working efficiently, the better your profits will be.

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Strangers Unto Ourselves | Lolly Daskal

Strangers Unto Ourselves | Lolly Daskal | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @LollyDaskal: Our unconscious Rules: Strangers Unto Ourselves http://t.co/6wtiFx2SYn #Leadfromwithin #leadership
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We have to be willing to open up the things that we successfully hide from ourselves, and overcome the resistance to dig deep into our inner life.

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Do You Make These 3 Common Mistakes and Get Lost in Procrastination?

Do You Make These 3 Common Mistakes and Get Lost in Procrastination? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.” Martin Luther “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb Year after year, one of the most common question people email me about is this one:...
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Great advice on how we can overcome one of our biggest obstacles to improved productivity and effectiveness...enjoy! 

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Be Leary of Luddites - General Leadership

Be Leary of Luddites - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Scientist and psychologists who study how people deal with change tell us the reason for this stems largely from our very human fear of the unknown and the discomfort wrought by possessing no clear view of the future.

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Scientist and psychologists who study how people deal with change tell us the reason for this stems largely from our very human fear of the unknown and the discomfort wrought by possessing no clear view of the future.

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One Thing You Must Stop Doing to Be Happy

One Thing You Must Stop Doing to Be Happy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

You can’t find something that’s already here with you.  Happiness exists in this moment.  

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You can’t find something that’s already here with you.  Happiness exists in this moment.  It’s not something you need to find.  That’s like trying to find the oxygen you’re breathing right now.


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How to Make a Decision When Your Team Doesn't Agree

How to Make a Decision When Your Team Doesn't Agree | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Don't just go with the majority opinion. Here's why.
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All decisions are taken with inevitable amounts of uncertainty; it isn't realistic to expect otherwise. But you have to make a decision and then move on. That said, scheduled reality checks are critical, not just to ensure that the decision is working but so that those who were over-ruled feel that they still count, and their points were heard.

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9 Leadership Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

9 Leadership Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The most successful leaders know what they're good at and exploit it to the reach their fullest potential. Here's how to identify and reveal your hidden potential.
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Very few people know their own leadership style — or strengths and weaknesses, for that matter. But that’s a mistake.

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A Call For Mindful Leadership | Mindful

A Call For Mindful Leadership | Mindful | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @Carmen_Cartel: A Call For Mindful Leadership http://t.co/BmTkE89uGe via @MindfulOrg #mindfulness #leadership
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If organizations were mindful — referring to the simple act of noticing new things — leadership would be quite a different matter. They would not only be mindful themselves; their most important responsibility would be to enable their followers to be mindful as well. One might argue that in an increasingly complex world — where work cuts across all types of institutional boundaries — the leader's only task may be to promote and harness "distributed" mindfulness.

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Why H.R. Managers Need to Think like Economists

Why H.R. Managers Need to Think like Economists | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Deloitte just released its Human Capital Trends 2013, a year-long research effort which looks at talent and leadership trends around the world. The research explains why talent and leadership gaps have become the top business challenge this year.
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There’s good reason that HR is now one of the fastest growing disciplines in business. We need HR professionals who think about the whole “market” for people around them. Our internal organizations are “economies” just like the outside world, and the better we understand their dynamics the better we can meet our business needs.

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3 Ways Great Leaders Hold Themselves Back | Inc.com

3 Ways Great Leaders Hold Themselves Back | Inc.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Great article on leadership by Les McKeown - http://t.co/gxPnngXVgs
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Leadership is tough, and often confusing. To use two metaphors that frankly shouldn't be seen on the same page together, being a leader often feels like you're the only one driving northward in a southbound lane; or that you've suddenly found yourself alone, paddling a canoe through snaking river rapids. In fog. At night.

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Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill

Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In a recent issue of The New Yorker, Atul Gawande, the gifted writer and accomplished doctor, published yet another of his must-read accounts of the health-care crisis and the innovators trying to change things for the better.

Via David Ednie
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What are the attitudes that define your best performers? And what are the techniques you've devised to search for those attitudes in new performers?

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David Ednie's curator insight, April 29, 2013 2:46 AM

How can you ensure that you fill your ranks with executives and front-line employees whose personal values are in sync with the values that make the organization perform? Recruit for character before credentials.

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8 Ways You’re Driving Yourself Crazy

8 Ways You’re Driving Yourself Crazy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Life will never live up to your expectations, unless your expectations are simply to embrace life as it unfolds and make the very best of it. 

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Life will never live up to your expectations, unless your expectations are simply to embrace life as it unfolds and make the very best of it.  You have to lower your expectations and increase your appreciation to improve your happiness.  Know that everything is in impeccable order whether you understand it or not.  How you react determines how good it turns out for you.


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Servant leadership: A path to high performance - Washington Post

Servant leadership: A path to high performance - Washington Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Servant leadership: A path to high performance
Washington Post
I've spent years researching the DNA of high-performing companies, and much to my surprise the leaders at most of those companies did not fit commonly espoused theories of leadership.
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The behavior of leaders, coupled with attitudes and beliefs, either enables or inhibits high performance. Good intentions and words are not enough. The best leaders understand that daily behaviors count.

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10 Ways to Define Leadership

10 Ways to Define Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Being a leader isn't easy. Defining what leadership means is even more difficult. (10 Ways to Define Leadership http://t.co/Y24OSszGlw)
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Which of these definitions resonates with you? here is the one I connected with most: "Leadership is influencing others by your character, humility, and example. It is recognizable when others follow in word and deed without obligation or coercion." Sonny Newman

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15 Leadership Lessons from Coach John Wooden | Business 2 Community

15 Leadership Lessons from Coach John Wooden | Business 2 Community | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Sports can teach some of life’s greatest lessons.
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The wisdom in Wooden’s words is not limited to the basketball court; they can be applied to all areas of life – especially business.  Although modes of communication change, the simple truths of success remain intact.

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5 Steps to Become a Pioneer That Makes Great Things Happen!

5 Steps to Become a Pioneer That Makes Great Things Happen! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This article entails 5 steps taken from the lives of pioneers that we can incorporate into our own lives (#Leadership 5 Steps to Become a Pioneer That Makes Great Things Happen!
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“The moment we decide to begin the journey to cross a great plain of uncertainty is the moment we all become pioneers” 


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The Top 5 Leadership Skills for Sustained Innovation

The Top 5 Leadership Skills for Sustained Innovation | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Anyone can innovate once. All it takes is a good idea, some hard work, sufficient resources, and a little bit of luck. However, today’s business environment demands ongoing innovation to stay ahead of the pack.
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Today’s business environment demands ongoing innovation to stay ahead of the pack. To make innovation a way of life for your company, get to work developing these five leadership skills:

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