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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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Creating the Best Workplace on Earth - Harvard Business Review

Creating the Best Workplace on Earth - Harvard Business Review | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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Suppose you want to design the best company on earth to work for. What would it be like? For three years we’ve been investigating this question by asking hundreds of executives in surveys and in seminars all over the world to describe their ideal organization. This mission arose from our research into the relationship between authenticity and effective leadership. Simply put, people will not follow a leader they feel is inauthentic. But the executives we questioned made it clear that to be authentic, they needed to work for an authentic organization.

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Top Ten Qualities of Exceptional Leaders

Top Ten Qualities of Exceptional Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Fitting in is the formula for mediocrity. Average is safe, boring, and deadly. I’ve been rubbing elbows with outstanding leaders from organizations on the Great Place to Work list of exceptional co...
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Some organizations reward fitting in and punish standing out. Exceptional leaders, on the other hand, make fitting in dangerous.

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How "Yes Men" Can Ruin You: Leadership Lessons from a Pakistani Dictator - Forbes

How "Yes Men" Can Ruin You: Leadership Lessons from a Pakistani Dictator - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
How "Yes Men" Can Ruin You: Leadership Lessons from a Pakistani Dictator
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Musharraf had once been a talented and charismatic leader, and his own success seemed essential to officials in Washington and across the West after 9/11.
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Former Pakistani President and General Pervez Musharraf returned from exile last month in an attempt to win power again and rescue his struggling nation.  For his trouble, he was mostly ignored, then he had ashoe thrown at him, then today he was arrested.  Some gratitude.

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Enhance Your Employee’s Performance: The 3 Simple Rules of Effective Feedback - General Leadership

Enhance Your Employee’s Performance: The 3 Simple Rules of Effective Feedback - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Tangible, honest feedback is essential to helping those we lead grow into their best selves. In my experience, creating a culture of routine, value-added performance feedback can be as easy as counting to 1-2-3.

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Catie Hargrove's curator insight, April 19, 2013 6:53 PM

Giving honest, candid feedback is something every leader should do. Sadly, many leaders and managers miss key opportunities to engage with their team to address performance issues head-on. Read how a successful Army General uses feedback discussions to build relationships with her team, drive performance and get results.

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Simulated Leadership - General Leadership

Simulated Leadership - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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In most organizations, leaders live in an environment of respect, rules, professionalism, and obedience. In simpler words…the boss is the boss, and we follow their direction. That basic foundation is definitely important to success. As leaders get heavier responsibility and more authority is placed on their shoulders, subordinates tend to follow their direction with even fewer questions.

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Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Reinventing You – Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be

Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: Reinventing You – Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
RT @Leadership_USA: Reinventing You – Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be #Leadership http://t.co/6exXuTNXL9
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Rebranding yourself publicly means understanding first, what is unique about you. It may not be what you think. Often it's the mindsets and thinking that proved valuable in your current situation may differentiate you in a completely unrelated field. The examples of people that Clark provides, who have done just that, are very helpful in getting you to see your unique contribution.

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Humanness: The Antidote to Leadership Dysfunction | workplace MOJO

Humanness: The Antidote to Leadership Dysfunction | workplace MOJO | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Humanness: The Antidote to Leadership Dysfunction http://t.co/8HmRDU3reH via @MattMonge
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It seems that the more we, within the context of organizations and relationships, can be moreappropriately human, the more healthy and functional those organizations and relationships will be

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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

Via Wise Leader™
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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.

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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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

Via Wise Leader™
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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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Washington Post

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"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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How Captain Kirk and Spock exemplify Leadership - Forbes

How Captain Kirk and Spock exemplify Leadership - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner as Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk from the television program Star Trek. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 'To boldly go where no one has gone before' I'm a huge Star Trek fan.
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We are all an ‘idealist and realist’ mix at heart. Sometimes we lose track of our dreams, ‘Spocking out’ as we get absorbed in the day-to-day business. Other times we can ‘Kirk out’ to the extent we never get around to starting our next big idea.

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The How-tos of Humility in Leadership by @belllindsay

The How-tos of Humility in Leadership by @belllindsay | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Do great leaders have to be aggressive, overly opinionated and egotistical to succeed? No. Recent studies reveal humility in leadership is most important.
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Researchers from the University of Boston have found those three leadership qualities are powerful predictors of the potential for an organization’s growth.:

  • They lead by example.
  • They admit mistakes.
  • They recognize – and nurture – their follower’s strengths.

These ‘humble leaders’ encourage learning, believe in team work, and are generally seen as more likeable and relatable than egotistical bosses. Not surprisingly, humble leaders experience lower staff turnover.

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Emotional intelligence – the heart of effective leadership

Emotional intelligence – the heart of effective leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Organisations can change, however – real change is stimulated when emotionally intelligent leaders actively participate in the emotional reality of the company’s daily processes and behaviour.
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The big difference between the above managers lies in the area of emotional intelligence – being intelligent about emotions. Daniel Goleman, in his book “Primal Leadership”, suggests that a leader needs to create “resonance” – a reservoir of positivity that frees the best in people – and thus impacts performance. The intelligent leader thus inspires, encourages, evokes passion and enthusiasm and keeps people motivated and committed.

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50 Quotes That Will Free Your Mind

50 Quotes That Will Free Your Mind | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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We are our thoughts. We cannot change anything
if we cannot change our thinking.
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Trisha Klancar's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:19 PM

I seem to get advertisements at the top of this when I open it up...scroll down, it is worth it.

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Self-Evaluation of the Basic Elements of Leadership | CustomerThink

Self-Evaluation of the Basic Elements of Leadership | CustomerThink | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Self-Evaluation of the Basic Elements of Leadership: http://t.co/noMKTTJ8Pn
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AM I THE LEADER I WANT TO BE? Leaders rarely get to evaluate themselves. Below is your opportunity to take a brief look in the mirror. Take a few moments and give yourself an honest response as to your present skill level.

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Generalship: 10 Traits of General Officers that Every Leader Needs - General Leadership

Generalship: 10 Traits of General Officers that Every Leader Needs - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Now, more than ever, our country, government, organizations and communities need leaders who espouse the traits of Generalship. What traits do you need to work on to develop your own form of Generalship?

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Exceptional Leadership Requires Wearing Just One Hat

Exceptional Leadership Requires Wearing Just One Hat | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
“In order to have courage, you must do the inner-work n… (Exceptional Leadership Requires Wearing Just One Hat http://t.co/evjZzkmc6e)
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Exceptional leadership requires a commitment to knowing and living your values. It requires integrating them into both your home and work life, and being fully you.

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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...

Via CharleeHanna, donhornsby
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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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