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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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Why Can’t the U.S. Military Grow Better Leaders? | TIME.com

Why Can’t the U.S. Military Grow Better Leaders? | TIME.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Military personnel policy is equal parts art and science.
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Internal Army surveys say that 20% of Army commanders are “toxic leaders.” External surveys – I conducted one of 250 West Point graduates – paint a crystal-clear picture of the personnel reforms that would work. The problem is not who is talking, because reformers have been talking for 75 years, but who is listening.




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The Strongest Careers Are Non-Linear

The Strongest Careers Are Non-Linear | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For years we have been talking about the education bubble and the problem that colleges charge tons of money and then graduates are unemployable and in debt. Colleges are responding by becoming job

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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It takes bravery to go against the grain. It’s difficult to say that the great learning and the great jobs come from leaning out, doing things in a nonlinear, non standard way, and playing only by the rules that fit your own style for personal learning and growth.

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Et toc!
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Social Business Needs a Culture of Social Leadership

Social Business Needs a Culture of Social Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
I have been arguing for several years now that the real… (Social Business Needs a Culture of Social Leadership http://t.co/63jZ3AUAT8)
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The real value of social media goes way beyond marketing and communications: it is teaching us a new way to lead and manage our organizations.

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The Disturbing Link Between Psychopathy And Leadership - Forbes

The Disturbing Link Between Psychopathy And Leadership - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How prevalent are psychopaths in the ranks of business management? Research suggests the numbers are higher than the 1 percent incidence in the general population.

Via Wise Leader™
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It is not the image we like to have when we think of business leaders. But troubling research indicates that in the ranks of senior management, psychopathic behavior may be more common than we think – more prevalent in fact than the amount such seriously aberrant behavior occurs in the general population.

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A Mind-Set for Success

A Mind-Set for Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Judith E. Glaser, author of Creating WE: Change I-Thinking to We-Thinking and Build a Healthy Thriving Organization, introduces a passage illuminating the drivers of success from Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow through...

Via Romi Royé
John Michel's insight:

A leader with a growth mind-set is consciously aware that ability is not innate and unchangeable but instead a malleable quality that can continuously be augmented through practice and persistence. In a growth mind-set, you pay conscious attention to cultivating abilities through continuous learning.

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Predicting 2013: 9 Mega-Trends that will shape the next 12 months

Predicting 2013: 9 Mega-Trends that will shape the next 12 months | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Innovation helps to create the future, but the context in which a new idea exists is key to its success. So we combined thinking from ‘Blink’ and the ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ and asked colleagues from a wide range of different industries and markets to give us their top of mind predictions for 2013.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
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An insightful look into what experts believe will be key trends in the future.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 25, 2013 6:57 AM

Innovation helps to create the future, but the context in which a new idea exists is key to its success. So we combined thinking from ‘Blink’ and the ‘Wisdom of Crowds’ and asked colleagues from a wide range of different industries and markets to give us their top of mind predictions for 2013.

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An Innovation Leadership Revolution Is Brewing - Forbes

An Innovation Leadership Revolution Is Brewing - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An Innovation Leadership Revolution Is Brewing
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There is today an emerging distinction between “leadership” and “innovation leadership,” a new vision of what it takes to become an innovative leader and a leader of innovation.
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There is today an emerging distinction between “leadership” and “innovation leadership,” a new vision of what it takes to become an innovative leader and a leader of innovation. 

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8 myths of leadership (by a STEM leader) | Elsevier Connect

8 myths of leadership (by a STEM leader) | Elsevier Connect | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tips from the author of Transforming your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation (RT @ElsevierConnect: 8 Myths of Leadership (by a #STEM leader): http://t.co/byEJuUITd8 #WomenInScience)...
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Leadership, leaders, and leadership opportunities, both formal and informal, exist at every level of the organization.

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The Servant Leadership example of Bill & Melinda Gates

The Servant Leadership example of Bill & Melinda Gates | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Servant Leadership The largest financial example of Servant Leadership to change the world is being led by Bill and Melinda Gates via their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They decided to put mo...
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How much we give, either in money or time is not the mark of a Servant Leader. The mark is that we want to give, and lead others by our example to give also. 

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Describe Your Career DNA in One Word

Describe Your Career DNA in One Word | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
George Hu, chief operating officer of Salesforce.com, looked for challenges as a student, and hasn’t stopped since.

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is, “How would you describe who you are, in the core of your DNA, in one word?”

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A 15 Minute Practice that can Jump Start Your Leadership

A 15 Minute Practice that can Jump Start Your Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Canadian Leadership- A 15 Minute Practice that can Jump Start Your Leadership: 15 minutes. It’s not a lot of t... http://t.co/N7ZzOiwBqp
John Michel's insight:

Leaders require the discipline to examine their actions and motivations with ruthless honesty. They require a method to reflect deeply on the implications of that examination, and then they need the fortitude to turn those reflections into concrete, growth-oriented action steps.

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Happiness Inc. - New York Times

Happiness Inc. - New York Times | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

New York Times Happiness Inc. New York Times With her 2007 book, “The How of Happiness,” and this year's follow-up, “The Myths of Happiness,” Dr.


Via Life Coaching for Baby Boomers
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According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, you have a happiness set point. It’s partly encoded in your genes. If something good happens, your sense of happiness rises; if something bad happens, it falls.

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Just…be. | workplace MOJO

Just…be. | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

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Stop attempting to validate their decision to hire you and simply keep doing your thing.That’s why they hired you. To do your thing.

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Leadership in Startups - Forbes

Leadership in Startups - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership in Startups
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He has since risen through his own abilities to fame from the successful leadership of the Bin Laden operation along with countless other special operations notable to the military.
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  When people are following a leader for their vision, they want that leader to be, or at least act, as if they are a little above and separate.

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The Power of our Surroundings - General Leadership

The Power of our Surroundings - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Never underestimate the influence you have on others...and that your surroundings have on you. 


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Never underestimate the influence you have on others...and that your surroundings have on you. 


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Leadership: How to Motivate Employees by Personality Type -

Leadership: How to Motivate Employees by Personality Type - | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @ingoodco: #Leadership: How to #Motivate Employees by Personality Type http://t.co/7pT7feTjsH #leadfromwithin
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Even the most confident leader can find it difficult to manage and motivate a diverse team of individuals with an array of personality types and idiosyncrasies.

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30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Their 30th Birthday

30 Books Everyone Should Read Before Their 30th Birthday | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The 30 books listed here are of unparalleled prose, packed with wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world.  Everyone should read these books before their 30th birthday.


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The 30 books listed here are of unparalleled prose, packed with wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world.  Everyone should read these books before their 30th birthday.


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Richard Branson on Building a Strong Reputation | Entrepreneur Magazine

Richard Branson on Building a Strong Reputation | Entrepreneur Magazine | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
For entrepreneurs, a bad personal reputation will extend to your brand's reputation as well.

Via Wise Leader™
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While a good reputation precedes you, a bad reputation will follow you for a long time – it takes years to build a strong rapport with people and just seconds to lose it. Those in your industry, from potential investors to suppliers to prospective employees, will take note.

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10 Things Really Amazing Bosses Do

10 Things Really Amazing Bosses Do | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Are you truly an amazing boss or just a good one? See how many of these 10 traits are natural for you.

Via Kevin Watson
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Being a boss is hard. People don't naturally wish to have one. And not everyone aspires to be one. But most people are anxious to follow a good leader, and most organizations live and die on the quality of the leaders who run them. See how you stack up with these 10 traits.

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Collective Impact - Staubach Style - TEAM Solutions

Collective Impact - Staubach Style - TEAM Solutions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Roger Staubach and Leadership http://t.co/PRNxltZm0c
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A great lesson on how to positively address disputes...enjoy! 

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In Collaboration We Trust - Thin Difference

In Collaboration We Trust - Thin Difference | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Collaboration succeeds when trust is active and trust is embedded in interactions, mission, connections, and progress forward.

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John Michel's insight:

At the core of collaboration is trust. Trust needs to be evident in the relationships – how work is done, how words are spoken, and how the results are accounted for. Without trust, collaboration falls apart quickly and, sometimes, irreparably.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, April 25, 2013 5:12 AM
I had a feeling you would find it inspiring, Al.
Haciendo Eco's comment, April 26, 2013 4:40 AM
Frente a modelos de 'derechos de creación', el modelo de interdependencia, de colaboración y de puesta en común es mucho más rico
AlGonzalezinfo's comment, April 26, 2013 7:12 AM
Estoy totalmente de acuerdo.
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6 Ways to Speak Well to Your Loved Ones

6 Ways to Speak Well to Your Loved Ones | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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At a time in history when we are communicating more rapidly than ever – via texts, tweets and email volleys, one after the next – it seems there is hardly anyone among us who couldn’t use some tips to facilitate more heartfelt communication for our in-person interactions with the people we care about most.

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Six Steps to Energy

Six Steps to Energy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leaders correct too much and affirm too little. Hold monthly affirmation sessions. Here's how. Invite one key player to an affirmation session for the sole purpose of encouragement. Be prepared. Yo...

Via Bobby Dillard
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I agree with Dan's insight that Leaders correct too much and affirm too little. But it's never too late to begin turning that trend around... 

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David Hain's curator insight, April 24, 2013 2:42 AM

Good stuff from Dan rockwell on getting people motivated.

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Ways to Be a Thought Leader

Ways to Be a Thought Leader | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
9 steps to become a media darling (Ways to Be a Thought Leader http://t.co/jTJiByS8BB #leadership #servantleader #gustocoaching #business #HR #culture)...
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To begin cultivating your thought leader status to be respected, heard and reverberated out into the world, follow these nine steps.

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How Just Looking At This Photo Could Improve Your Leadership Skills

How Just Looking At This Photo Could Improve Your Leadership Skills | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Could simply looking at a photograph of Hillary Clinton while you're giving a speech make you a better public speaker? A new study on female leadership says yes.
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Could simply looking at a photograph of Hillary Clinton while you're giving a speech make you a better public speaker? A new study on female leadership says yes.

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