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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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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.
John Michel's insight:

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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On Leadership and Counting Carrots

On Leadership and Counting Carrots | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” ~ Dr. Robert Anthony So What's Your Carrot? Do you know what motivates others at work? Research from Duke University and George Mason Univ...
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At regular intervals over a forty-year period, executives were asked to rank what they thought motivated their employees. They consistently got it wrong.  Executives erroneously believed that external factors and incentives such as compensation,bonusesjob security, and promotions are what most motivated their employees.

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#MillionVetBacklog

#MillionVetBacklog | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @ConcernedVets: It is painfully clear that VA leadership is not up to the task. Join the thousands that agree. SIGN THE PETITION. http://t.co/1Ys2Yd7IO0
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Join the cause in getting our veterans the benefits they deserve...

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Are You a Strategic Leader? | TIME.com

Are You a Strategic Leader? | TIME.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Before you automatically hit the "yes" button, you might want to ask yourself if you can deliver in three key areas. Do you know anyone in business that has jumped on the strategic-leader bandwagon?

Via Wise Leader™
John Michel's insight:

In order to be a true strategic leader, you need to deliver in three critical areas.

Know Your Mission

Have a Vision

Get it Done



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5 Ways to Be a Better Leader Online

5 Ways to Be a Better Leader Online | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Here's what separates the leaders from the followers online. (5 Ways to Be a Better Leader Online http://t.co/7gf0AuiVQ2 #leadership)
John Michel's insight:

Leaders are focused on using their vision and courage to do great things. This means challenging the way things are done and then sharing the journey with others.


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How to Not Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill (+ The Smart Social Skills Course is Coming Soon)

How to Not Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill (+ The Smart Social Skills Course is Coming Soon) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the very best ways that I have found to make daily life easier, lighter, more positive and less stressful is to learn how to not make mountains out of molehills.
John Michel's insight:

To learn how to not add extra drama or overanalyze or overthink things. To not create problems where there are none or there are simply very small issues you can fix.

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Commentary - Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes - Air Force Link - Air Force Link

Commentary - Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes - Air Force Link - Air Force Link | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Air Force Link
Commentary - Leadership not defined by shapes, sizes - Air Force Link
Air Force Link
Even the best leaders must give up the fight at some point for the sake of their people.
John Michel's insight:

Not all of us will become president, but each in our own way, can be a successful leader. Every day we make decisions that affect our families, the Air Force and its Airmen, and our country. Many of these decisions are simple, and many can be life-altering. If we embrace the lessons of our forefathers, we are sure to become successful Airmen and leaders in our own right.

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Crowdsourcing Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Crowdsourcing Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It's not just a tool for innovation anymore. Today's top leadersmore miners than oraclesneed to learn from clients and customers efficiently... (Great article....
John Michel's insight:

The rock musician, humanitarian, and venture capitalist Bono is perhaps echoing the thinking among many of today's top business leaders with the line, “We thought we had the answers, but it was the questions we had wrong.”

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Do Techies Make Good Leaders?

Do Techies Make Good Leaders? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
They can, but the speed of the industry's growth, along with the type of people it attracts, definitely poses challenges. (Do Techies Make Good Leaders? Leadership lessons learned from studying techies.
John Michel's insight:

It's hard to develop leaders in any industry. But people in the technology sector seem to believe it's especially hard in their business.

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Be Brave, Be Honest: What Leadership Looks Like From Here On Out - Forbes

Be Brave, Be Honest: What Leadership Looks Like From Here On Out - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Be Brave, Be Honest: What Leadership Looks Like From Here On Out
Forbes
This week three colleagues and I are conducting a five-day leadership and management intensive called Rising Leaders.
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 Leaders must be more proactive in coming to grips with today’s new normal…they must face their greatest fears head-on and get on with the business at hand.”

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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
John Michel's insight:

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.  

John Michel's insight:

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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7 Qualities Of Highly Creative People

7 Qualities Of Highly Creative People | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
High imagination but low sociability.

Via Wise Leader™
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Sure, it's possible for everyone to nurture his or her creative side, but honest observation shows that fresh ideas come more easily to some people than to others.

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, April 28, 2013 12:16 PM

Who among your folks belong in this category?

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12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.

John Michel's insight:

All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn.

Those people who take the time and initiative to pursue knowledge on their own are the only ones who earn a real education in this world.  Take a look at any widely acclaimed scholar, entrepreneur or historical figure you can think of.  Formal education or not, you’ll find that he or she is a product of continuous self-education.


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Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.

Via F. Thunus, Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
John Michel's insight:

In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.

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5 Interview Questions for Identifying Leadership

5 Interview Questions for Identifying Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Whether you are interviewing for a management role or identifying the untapped superstars that will grow in your company, one key quality..
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Whether you are interviewing for a management role or identifying the untapped superstars that will grow in your company, one key quality that can be difficult to pinpoint is leadership.
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10 Creativity Tips From J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler

10 Creativity Tips From J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler shares 10 rules for creative success.
John Michel's insight:

Part of creativity is contrarianism. Creativity battles common wisdom. Because if there's common wisdom, there's an opportunity.

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Catherine Dolder's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:26 AM

Creative director for J.Crew lists some guidelines for creative success in the design career that consists of not only making clothing but also branding them and spreading the brand.

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Pushing past mediocrity in the federal workplace - Huffington Post

Pushing past mediocrity in the federal workplace - Huffington Post | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Pushing past mediocrity in the federal workplace
Huffington Post
Michel is the chief change and learning strategist at the U.S.
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Given the current uncertain fiscal environment, many federal employees are feeling frustrated and helpless in the workplace. Tom Fox spoke with organizational change expert Brigadier General John Michel about how federal leaders can help employees focus on the possibilities rather than the limitations.

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Leadership Without Easy Answers - .hj barraza

Leadership Without Easy Answers - .hj barraza | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In Leadership Without Easy Answers Ronald A. Heifetz provides a discussion of just how complicated leadership is and how challenging it can be to lead in a responsible, ethical fashion.
John Michel's insight:

What Society most needs are leaders that face challenges requiring adaptation and growth. Those kind of leaders are rarely rare, and it’s the hardest kind of leadership someone can do.

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7 Positive Things You Should Say Today

7 Positive Things You Should Say Today | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Your life story is an expression of who you are; the words you choose to use shape this story.  Your words create the essence of your inner culture and the core of your identity and destiny.


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Your life story is an expression of who you are; the words you choose to use shape this story.  Your words create the essence of your inner culture and the core of your identity and destiny.


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