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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 Innovator Who Knew Too Much

The Innovator Who Knew Too Much | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why the curse of knowledge might be undermining your open innovation efforts.

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The only way to avoid these missteps is to place a lot of emphasis on how the need for a solution is communicated up front. In open calls for innovation, we need to clearly communicate to others the real problem to be solved and the benefits the solution must deliver, as well as our own understanding of the chief stumbling blocks and the features a solution will offer.

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Do Psychopaths Get Promoted Faster?

Do Psychopaths Get Promoted Faster? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you charismatic and emotionless If so right this way to the corner office

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While a new meta-analysis has concluded that "business psychopathy" is a "budding field," being cautious with our conclusions might serve us well--although it makes for less exciting headlines. As the British Psychological Society's Occupational Digest Blog argued last week, the research needs to mature. The widely cited finding that 3% of managers are psychopaths versus 1% of the general population comes from asingle study.

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How to Overcome Perfectionism

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Image by Mitya Kuznetsov (license). One of the most common and destructive thought habits I have ever encountered is perfectionism. It holds you back from actually getting all the way to done with a lot in life.
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Practical advice for avoiding perfectionism...  

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Study: Emotional Intelligence Affects Worker Engagement

Study: Emotional Intelligence Affects Worker Engagement | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Does emotional intelligence significantly contribute to a manager’s performance and a company’s overall success? One recent study says yes, strongly.

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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The study found that emotional intelligence—which Six Seconds defines as “a set of skills for understanding and using emotions effectively”—accounted for almost half of an individual manager’s performance level. It also found that emotional intelligence increased organizational engagement, higher organizational engagement achieved higher bottom-line results, and employee turnover dropped 63 percent during the study.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 30, 2013 1:15 AM

This really works - practise!

Belinda MJ.B's curator insight, April 30, 2013 1:35 PM

"Does emotional intelligence significantly contribute to a manager’s performance and a company’s overall success? One recent study says yes, strongly."

 

What do you think? How do you plan to develop EQ?

 

www.equanimityexecutive.com

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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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Eric Arrouzé's curator insight, May 3, 2013 11:11 AM

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

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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

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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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Recharge Your Batteries: 3 Steps

Recharge Your Batteries: 3 Steps | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Successful entrepreneurs know that to move ahead sometimes you need to take a break.

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Most truly successful entrepreneurs share a common belief that no amount of success is ever enough. But even with an insatiable drive to be the best, successful entrepreneurs know that they too must take breaks and recharge their batteries to continue to grow their businesses.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:27 AM

(From the article): Voluminous studies show that people are more productive at work when they don't eat at their desks but take a lunch break and then return refreshed for the afternoon haul. The same logic applies to larger times away from the office as well. Every so often even the most driven of us need to step away to relax. In turn, when we come back we are more focused and ready to tend to the tasks at hand.

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Leadership is About Achieving Results (Which are Beyond the Ordinary!)

Leadership is About Achieving Results (Which are Beyond the Ordinary!) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Can ‘Leadership’ actually be defined? This article considers if Leadership is best quantified as behaviours and qualities, or the sum of its outcomes. (RT @toddbnielsen: Leadership is About Achieving Results (Which are Beyond the Ordinary!
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11 Profiles in Bad Leadership Behavior

11 Profiles in Bad Leadership Behavior | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Recognizing where you fall short in your management style and then developing a plan to strengthen those areas can mean the difference between being a boss and being a leader.
John Michel's insight:

The 11 profiles listed here fall into the demotivating behavior category, so If you find yourself fitting some of these descriptions, it's time for some self-examination and perhaps time to make some changes.

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You Think Flip-Flop Leadership is Bad? – You Might Be Ignorant!

You Think Flip-Flop Leadership is Bad? – You Might Be Ignorant! | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Unless you're a perfect leader, then being consistent is just another way of validating the status-quo. Great leaders make decisions that sometimes contradict prior decisions, because they want the best outcomes for the organization.
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Consistency is just another way to that one “could” describe the status-quo.

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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

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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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