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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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How to Stimulate Curiosity | TIME.com

How to Stimulate Curiosity | TIME.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Three practical ways to use information gaps to stimulate curiosity and promote learning

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Curiosity is the engine of intellectual achievement — it’s what drives us to keep learning, keep trying, keep pushing forward. But how does one generate curiosity, in oneself or others?
 


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Five Signs of a Bad Manager

Five Signs of a Bad Manager | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Don’t ignore your self-awareness blind spots.

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Among the components of good management skills, self-awareness gets far less attention than it deserves. Beyond serving as a natural brake for emotional outbursts or antisocial behavior, self-awareness is a fundamental building block of effective

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Why Positivity is So Essential in the Workplace

Why Positivity is So Essential in the Workplace | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Most of us are familiar with the terms "economic capital" or "human capital", but have you considered the notion of "psychological capital" and how it relates to your

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 Researchers studying the application of Positive Psychology to the workplace have carefully considered this idea - as a growing body of evidence demonstrates that a positive mindset can not only affect our attitudes toward work, but the outcomes which follow. Indeed, the "psychological capital" that we bring to the table, can have a significant impact upon work and career.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 18, 2013 9:26 AM

How are you thinking? 

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Leadership Caffeine: The Difference Between Finishers and 70-Percenters | Management Excellence by Art Petty

Leadership Caffeine: The Difference Between Finishers and 70-Percenters | Management Excellence by Art Petty | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Finishers make the world go. 70-Percenters are along for a fun ride, but they don’t provide much locomotive power. Here are 5 key behaviors of Finishers.
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Are you a Finisher or a 70-Percenter? Are you cultivating Finishers on your team?

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Build a team of superheroes | SmartBlogs

Build a team of superheroes | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of my favorite topics is character-based leadership, or leading from who you are rather than your power or position.
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When we’re challenged to be something we’re not, it drains us. But when we get to be our best self, we bring our best energy and we can become superheroes, solving problems and saving careers even in ordinary situations.

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@Emotional_iQ_2
"ON #LEADERSHIP " and EQ -- @washingtonpost Interview with Brigadier General @JohnEMichel http://t.co/lqAYRqKFjQ
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We need to liberate employees to solve problems in compelling and creative ways. When we equip, encourage and empower people to believe they can do something significant, they will rise to the occasion.

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Turning the tables on a top-down military culture

Turning the tables on a top-down military culture | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The military will begin requiring that the character of its generals and admirals be reviewed by the people who work for them.
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The entire department of defense, in an effort to reduce/eliminate toxic leadership, will begin incorporating 360 feedback and other tools soonest. A great move! 

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What Being A Gentleman Can Teach Us About Leadership | The Leadership Advisor

What Being A Gentleman Can Teach Us About Leadership | The Leadership Advisor | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An international consulting company engineering atmosphere within organizations through Leadership/Culture Development, Personal/Professional Development, and Employee Engagement.
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A fabulous post...and excellent framework. 

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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | How To Get Past Conversational Smoke And Mirrors

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | How To Get Past Conversational Smoke And Mirrors | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Have you encountered a conversational magician – someone who makes progress evaporate in an instant with the communication equivalent of smoke and mirrors? Here’s what you can do.
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Have you ever been frustrated by a conversation (or a series of them!) that seems to go nowhere no matter how hard you try?

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Your Team’s Work Matters | workplace MOJO

Your Team’s Work Matters | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @JohnQShift: Daniel Pink has it right..people need to derive purpose and meaning from work. #leadership http://t.co/bEhQECLB30
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It really is a shame, but many employees trudge into work every day on autopilot. They’re corporate-logo-bearing zombies. They punch a clock, meander to their workspace, plop down into what may or may not be ergonomically correct chairs, and begin their daily countdown to 5:00 PM.

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9 Things Your Relationships Need From You

9 Things Your Relationships Need From You | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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All relationships require work.  They don’t just materialize and maintain themselves, and they aren’t built on a foundation of convenience either.  They take time and patience and two people who are willing to put in the effort.

Here’s how to do your part – nine things your relationships need from you:


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You’re the Leader We Need | workplace MOJO

You’re the Leader We Need | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Organizations needs leaders. If the first name that popped into your head was someone else’s, you’re already missing the point.

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Before Asking for Change, Take a Look in the Mirror - Forbes

Before Asking for Change, Take a Look in the Mirror - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The status quo by itself is not harmful but when it morphs into a kind of permanence then it can be harmful. Management becomes ossified in their roles and employees understand that their role is not to think but to do as they are told. That of course is deadly.


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John Michel's insight:

The status quo by itself is not harmful but when it morphs into a kind of permanence then it can be harmful. Management becomes ossified in their roles and employees understand that their role is not to think but to do as they are told. That of course is deadly.

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Linda Allen's curator insight, April 15, 2013 3:50 PM

Thank you for sharing!

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Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To - Forbes

Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
As a business leader, I found that one of the scariest things to do was to give your people the freedom to make mistakes. While mistakes allow individuals to learn and grow, they can also be very costly to any company.

Via Vicky Ellam-Dyson, Wise Leader™
John Michel's insight:

The steps to correcting mistakes apply to any area of life. Whether it’s business life or home life or personal life, the principles of apologizing remain the same. Good employees make a lot of mistakes, and truly great employees are those have mastered the art of apologizing for those mistakes:

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Trisha Proud's comment, May 14, 2013 6:37 AM
Old adage which still has value today!
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Connect or Die

Connect or Die | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
No wonder your office feels like a morgue. You connect with vendors and clients but not with your receptionist, employees, or colleagues. It’s all business with coworkers but you send notes, make c...

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Leaders nod with knowing smiles when you say leading is about relationships.  But, faces go blank and heads stop nodding when you ask, “What are you doing to connect with people inside your organization?” It gets worse when you ask, “What are you doing to help people connect with each other?”

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 17, 2013 7:29 AM

(From the article): Bosses who mouth the words, “We’re family here,”
but stand aloof are hypocrites.

Maya Mathias's curator insight, April 17, 2013 1:48 PM
The people in your organization are your most important asset. Start treating them that way.
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 7, 2013 12:24 PM

Some excellent advice for Leaders in big or small organizations.

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Leveraging Traditionalists on Your Team - Engaging Leadership

Leveraging Traditionalists on Your Team - Engaging Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In today's multi-generational workforce, it is important to leverage the strengths of all generations. The Traditionalists are one of these generations.
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This sense of fading relevance, from both Traditionalists and the people who work with them, can result in your team not getting the most benefit of this generation’s point of view and contributions.

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10 Signs Your Friend is Toxic

10 Signs Your Friend is Toxic | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Toxic friends complicate your life.  These people are more than a nuisance, they’re parasitic.  Precious time slips away as you deal with their negativity; and you’re left wondering why you feel so despondent.  If you’re ready to simplify your life, you can’t condone these toxic friendships any longer.

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Lorenz on Leadership: A chance encounter - Air Force Link

Lorenz on Leadership: A chance encounter - Air Force Link | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Lorenz on Leadership: A chance encounter
Air Force Link
(AFNS) -- As a leader, you must always be observant of what is going on around you. Literally you need to observe, listen and sense in a 360 degree circle in real time.
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As a leader, you must always be observant of what is going on around you. Literally you need to observe, listen and sense in a 360 degree circle in real time. To truly be effective, you need to have your radar up and running at all times because you never know when you can.

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Innovation: Five Keys to Educating the Next Generation of Leaders - Forbes

Innovation: Five Keys to Educating the Next Generation of Leaders - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Teaching leadership and innovation is critical to our society's future. We could do better. (Will the next generation be strong, resilient problem solvers or servants of the status quo?
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Will this new generation of leaders be innovators, or followers?  Strong, resilient problem solvers, or servants of the status quo?  The answer has everything to do with education  . . . or how education is adapted to the realities and wonderful opportunities of the not-too-distant future.

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3 Steps to Becoming an Amazing, Admired Boss

3 Steps to Becoming an Amazing, Admired Boss | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Some employees will walk through walls for their bosses. How to become one of those bosses. (Leadership is the x factor that creates internal conditions crucial for excellence.
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Some employees will walk through walls for their bosses. How to become one of those bosses.

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When We're Hungriest for Leadership

When We're Hungriest for Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In dark times, be the leader other people need. (#Business When We're Hungriest for Leadership - In dark times, be the leader other people need.
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It is in difficult times like these that we are hungriest for leadership, for people who can restore order, find the perpetrators, organize the aftermath, and help us find meaning and common purpose. People are wounded, whether physically or emotionally. Even those who only watched the events on television can feel the effects. Leaders, too, are affected — they're only human. But leadership moments come unexpectedly for each of us.

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Leadership: It is not about you! Get over it.

Leadership: It is not about you! Get over it. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The focus of any organisation is to fulfill the vision that has been set. The role of the leader is to see that it happens. (RT @toddbnielsen: Leadership: It is not about you! Get over it.
John Michel's insight:

What a leader needs to remember is that they are not the most important person in the organisation. A great leader is more concerned with the vision and cause of the organisation than their own position.

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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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If you are looking to advance your career into a leadership capacity and / or already assume leadership responsibilities – here are 15 things you must do automatically, every day, to be a successful leader in the workplace:

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:44 AM

What would you add?

junewall's curator insight, April 18, 2013 1:36 AM
How many of these do you do automatically each day?
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:08 PM

They are indisputable. What makes them so rare in education?

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Leadership Tips for Cross-Silo Success - Forbes

Leadership Tips for Cross-Silo Success - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Tips for Cross-Silo Success
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Here, Nancy Dearman offers some ideas for leaders who want to break down those barriers and encourage employees to cross silos and act on those ideas.
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We all know silos within organizations provide essential infrastructure, allowing organizations to function. We also know that the walls of these silos can be barriers to innovation, as well as a root cause of business dysfunction. As a leader, you can enable the quick action required to take advantage of opportunities.

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How To Develop Emotional Intelligence

How To Develop Emotional Intelligence | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Dr Annie McKee is Senior Fellow and Director, Penn CLO Executive Doctoral Programme.

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Studies of 300 leaders from 15 companies show that careers get derailed due to deficits in 3 areas: difficulty in handling change, not being able to work well in a team and poor personal relations. 70% of all change initiatives do not succeed due to people issues—inability to lead, ineffective teams, etc.

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