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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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Avoiding the 7 Deadly Entrepreneurial Sins

Avoiding the 7 Deadly Entrepreneurial Sins | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Via Karin Sebelin, David Hain
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The entrepreneurial life is filled with fun, excitement, and action. It's fast moving and dynamic. It's also filled with many choices. Some lead to happiness and success, but many others lead to destruction and failure. Whether you are an actual entrepreneur or simply entrepreneurial in your role, you are still susceptible to overindulgence.

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, April 23, 2013 4:24 AM

As humans, even entrepreneurs must avoid temptations that easily derail success. These tips help you stay on the straight and narrow path to success.

Here some traps that derail leaders from their intended vision:

1. Lust
Entrepreneurs who are seduced by lust will spend much time and money on status items before the business is solid and that may lead to disaster. 
The vision of cash, fame, fast cars, and fancy houses can draw valuable focus, energy, and resources away from what is really important about building a business. 

2. Gluttony
A healthy appetite for business is good, but companies need to grow in a controlled and moderated manner to achieve great success. Entrepreneurs seduced by gluttony will take on too much before their infrastructure is solidly in place, ultimately delivering poor performance and ruining their reputation before it's fully established.

3. Greed
It's important to maximize profits, but not at the expense of the long-term health of your company, industry, and reputation. Entrepreneurs seduced by greed will make immoral decisions that may increase short-term returns via shortsighted policies in pricing, marketing, and personnel, doing damage to their reputation and sustainability.

4. Sloth
Successful entrepreneurs know that hard work is required, and real, sustainable success takes time to develop and prove. Entrepreneurs seduced by sloth will make sloppy choices involving untested business models and marketing techniques, burning valuable resources and putting everyone involved at risk.

5. Wrath
Passion is a critical entrepreneurial component. Uncontrolled passion, however, can lead to irrational behavior and decisions. Entrepreneurs seduced by wrath will let unbridled emotion reign, creating fear, anger,
and destruction internally and externally.

6. Envy
Entrepreneurs seduced by envy will spend much of their time and resources trying to battle and sabotage competition that they will miss their own unique opportunities to perform and maximize growth.

7. Pride
A healthy ego is helpful when building a business. But too much pride can keep you from seeing the necessary truth. Entrepreneurs seduced by pride will insist their ideas are always the best and be closed to outside suggestion just to feed their ego.

Read the article: http://goo.gl/DTF1j

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Avoiding the 7 Deadly Entrepreneurial Sins

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Leadership 310: The Four Principles of "Followership" - Forbes

Leadership 310: The Four Principles of "Followership" - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Once a year, gap intelligence hosts gapCon, a conference that celebrates our work, our people, and our wonderfully unique culture.
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Many times people are placed in leadership roles and inherently believe that their teams will follow them due to the title on their business card and not the substance of their character. Leadership is as much about being the person that people want to follow as it‘s about knowing where the team is headed.

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Modes: A New Model for Leadership Development

Modes: A New Model for Leadership Development | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
An executive told me he was sobered by some performance feedback: he shut down empathy the instant he felt let down by someone’s performance.He would flip into micro-managing, just dictating to (Modes: A New Model for Leadership Development
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Modes are orchestrations of how we feel, think and act. They dictate how we perceive and react. Each mode has its own behavioral repertoire – we are, literally, a different person in our different modes. Modes are usually invisible to us – though everyone we interact with while in them senses what’s going on.

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Matt Clyde's curator insight, May 27, 2013 1:15 AM

Excellent Insight from Emotional Intelligence expert, Daniel Goleman. Here we learn about "modes," which are orchestrations of how we think and act... Each "mode" has its own behavioral repetoire. 

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The ‘Do Nothing’ Approach to Leadership

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In taking your startup to the next level and becoming the CEO, consider adopting this more unconventional management style.
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To Andy Grove, a management legend and former CEO of Intel, a manager’s fundamental job of information gathering can be one of the most unnatural and awkward. Yet dealing with that awkwardness, even inviting it, is also a fundamental part of being a good leader.
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Four Leadership Lessons From The Emperor's New Clothes

Four Leadership Lessons From The Emperor's New Clothes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Emperor's New Clothes is a parable that teaches four valuable leadership lessons. (Four Leadership Lessons From The Emperor's New Clothes #2 Leaders create the environment for honest communication.
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 Leaders impact the behavior of those who follow them. The Emperor's New Clothes is a valuable parable on the failure of leadership that teaches the following four lessons:

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#5 Barrier to Leadership – Not Believing

#5 Barrier to Leadership – Not Believing | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There is a leadership saying that goes like this:  Be sure to share a piece of your heart instead of always sharing a piece of your mind.
What does it mean to share a piece of your heart when you are a leader?

Via The People Development Network
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There is a leadership saying that goes like this:  Be sure to share a piece of your heart instead of always sharing a piece of your mind.


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Your Leadership Reflects Your Preparation

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When you see an organization that is doing well and running on all cylinders, it seems like magic.  The sales team is producing great revenue, customer service is churning out Raving Fans and the people are all focussed on the purpose and mission...

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When you see someone’s perfect website, or watch their seamless launch, you aren’t witnessing the blood, sweat, and tears that went into it. You see the beautiful product displays, not the clogged toilets, piles of spreadsheets, and hours upon hours of hard labor.

What appears to have happened overnight, took years and sometimes decades to perfect. 

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The leader CEOs most look up to… it’s not who you think: Three leadership lessons

The leader CEOs most look up to… it’s not who you think: Three leadership lessons | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Three leadership lessons from the British wartime Prime Minister.
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British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill has topped a list of leaders most admired by chief executives, beating Steve Jobs and Mahatma Gandhi for the top spot, according to a survey of CEOs released last week.

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The One Barrier Standing In Your Way

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I know a lot of people who dream about making a difference or enjoying an adventure. They want to get involved. They aspire to do great things. They want to accomplish something significant. But they’re frozen behind a wall.


Via donhornsby
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How would things be different in our lives if we exercised the courage to try  and make our greatest goals, aspirations and dreams come true? 

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 21, 2013 6:53 PM

(From the article): If you try and fail, then you’ll know…and you’ll learn. But if you never try…you’ll never know…and you’ll wonder what might have been.

 

In the comments: What is it that keeps you from trying?

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Seth's Blog: Committing to a cycle of honest communication

Seth's Blog: Committing to a cycle of honest communication | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Is there any better way to start a business partnership? Any partnership? If you're unable to have substantial conversations with your boss and co-workers, go get some professional help. It's not personal, it's business.
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The inability to say the thing that will make everything better (because of fear of shifting the status quo) is a project

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Busy is Killing Leadership - George Ambler

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You become busy when you mistake activity for productivity, when you mistake efficiency for effectiveness and when you mistake more for better. You become busy when you ask "What's next?" rather then stopping to consider "Why this?
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You become busy when you mistake activity for productivity, when you mistake efficiency for effectiveness and when you mistake more for better. You become busy when you ask “What’s next?” rather then stopping to consider “Why this?”

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

RT @IABCyyc: "Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To" Interesting perspective: http://t.co/8NLxUlgIGb #career #leadership
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We all make mistakes. Every one of us. If we aren’t making mistakes, then we likely aren’t trying enough new things outside our comfort zone, and that itself is a mistake. That process is the best way to learn and grow as a person.  As John Wooden once said, “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.”

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Study: People Who Are Famous and Successful Have Shorter Lives

Study: People Who Are Famous and Successful Have Shorter Lives | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Earning an obituary in the New York Times is generally a good marker for above-average longevity, as long as that success in life isn't accompanied by fame. (Finally! An excuse to live in mediocrity & die in obscurity...living longer!
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Earning an obituary in the New York Times is generally a good marker for above-average longevity, as long as that success in life isn't accompanied by fame.
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To Succeed At Work, Make Yourself More Visible

To Succeed At Work, Make Yourself More Visible | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Whether you're a painter or a statistician, you need a platform to succeed. You need to be seen.


Via Bobby Dillard
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Whether you're a painter or a statistician, you need a platformto succeed. You need to be seen.

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Decision making in the federal government - Washington Post - Washington Post (blog)

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Decision making in the federal government - Washington Post
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According to the latest Best Places to Work in the Federal Government data, effective leadership is one of the keys to employee satisfaction and commitment.
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According to the latest Best Places to Work in the Federal Government data, effective leadership is one of the keys to employee satisfaction and commitment. Yet in the federal government, satisfaction with leadership has been low and is slipping.

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Random Acts Of Leadership™ | A Lesson from A Dark Room

Random Acts Of Leadership™ | A Lesson from A Dark Room | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You may have gotten to where you are based on who you have been, but to get to whatever the next level of leadership is for you, action is required.
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You may have gotten to where you are based on who you have been, what you know and what you have contributed so far.  But to get to whatever the next level is for you, you must travel through inherently unfamiliar territory.

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8 Effective Ways to Let Go and Move On

8 Effective Ways to Let Go and Move On | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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You are changing.  The universe around you is changing.  Just because something was right for you in the past doesn’t mean it still is.  This could be a relationship, a job, a home, a habit, etc.


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Opportunities Assassin: The Status Quo - General Leadership

Opportunities Assassin: The Status Quo - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

The status quo is a dangerous foe. But it is your responsibility as a leader to help others understand why sticking with business as usual is riskier than not changing at all.

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The status quo is a dangerous foe. But it is your responsibility as a leader to help others understand why sticking with business as usual is riskier than not changing at all. You have to provide those around you with a clear, coherent and compelling argument of why complacency is even more dangerous than taking a bold leap in a new direction. You have to help others see how the status quo is the assassin of opportunity.

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5 Leadership Lessons From Coaches

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Leaders matter. In fact, an average organization can be taken to another level with great leadership. Leaders serve many roles for an organization. Leaders are similar to athletic coaches.

Via The People Development Network
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Leaders matter. In fact, an average organization can be taken to another level with great leadership. Leaders serve many roles for an organization. Leaders are similar to athletic coaches.Here are 5 reasons leaders are similar to coaches and the business lessons you can learn.
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Nice Companies, Like Their Leaders, Can Finish First

Nice Companies, Like Their Leaders, Can Finish First | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The notion of "nice guys" and companies "finish last" is disappearing.
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The era of the command and control, charismatic leaders such as Jack Welch and Lee Iacocca, and projected in the extreme in movies by the character Gordon Gecko, may be over. In an era of increasing transparency and younger, more independent-minded, values driven workers, it no longer pays to be a jerk to employees, customers, vendors or competitors.

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20 Top Leadership Tips…in Tweet Length

20 Top Leadership Tips…in Tweet Length | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Someone emailed me recently and asked me for my "top 20 leadership tips". They were doing a presentation on leadership and were asked to share 20 aspects of great leadership. The added catch.
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Supertwo"bite size" leadership wisdom...enjoy! 

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Trisha Klancar's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:14 PM

I love this...and the fact that it is in 'tweet' form is amazing!

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7 Common Excuses That Prevent an Employee From Being Great - Forbes

7 Common Excuses That Prevent an Employee From Being Great - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
It’s usually easier to come up with an excuse than it is to actually get something done. I’ve learned that many employees have the potential to be great, but they let excuses get in the way of their true potential.

Via Bobby Dillard
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It’s usually easier to come up with an excuse than it is to actually get something done. I’ve learned that many employees have the potential to be great, but they let excuses get in the way of their true potential. As a leader, it’s important to address these excuses and challenge your employees to be better. Here are some excuses that send my “BS meter” off the charts.

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10 Signs it’s Time to Let Go

10 Signs it’s Time to Let Go | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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Holding on is being brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier.

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Boston Strong - General Leadership

Boston Strong - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

As a lifelong military officer who has had the privilege of serving with the finest of warriors in both peace and war, I can tell you I’ve witnessed no finer example of teamwork, perseverance, and professionalism, than what I watched unfold this week in Boston. 

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As a lifelong military officer who has had the privilege of serving with the finest of warriors in both peace and war, I can tell you I’ve witnessed no finer example of teamwork, perseverance, and professionalism, than what I watched unfold this week in Boston. 

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No One’s Immune from Pride - General Leadership

No One’s Immune from Pride - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Pride has perplexed philosophers and theologians for centuries, and is an especially paradoxical emotion in American culture.


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Pride has perplexed philosophers and theologians for centuries, and is an especially paradoxical emotion in American culture. On the one hand, we applaud rugged individualism, self-reliance and personal excellence. On the other, we understand that too much pride can easily tip the balance toward vanity, selfishness and ultimately, self-destruction.


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