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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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What Good Writing Teaches Us About Good Leadership

What Good Writing Teaches Us About Good Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Kill Your Masterpiece James Joyce’s Portrait of the Art… (RT @leaderswest: What Good Writing Teaches Us About Good Leadership http://t.co/4jHUCUwhb8 via @shawmu)...
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A workplace without a “delete” button can become a pending wreck of old broken policies, new broken policies and duct-tape between them. While courage is required to stand up and say, “We’ve screwed up. We’re getting rid of this garbage, and we’re starting over,” it is far more brazen and reckless not to do so.

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Forge Your Front Line Liberate Your Leaders

Forge Your Front Line Liberate Your Leaders | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Forge Your Front Line http://t.co/98etRQJqt2 Matthew May - Liberate Your Leaders #leadership
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What if you were able to grow your business confidently in the direction of your choosing? What if you could consistently provide the most innovative solutions to your customers’ problems? What if you could attract your industry’s best talent?

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12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself

12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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You know you’re on the right track when you can repeat each of the following headlines to yourself, honestly.  (And if you can’t, this list gives you something positive to work on.)


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Burke Alder Blog | Business Leader | Marketing Professional: The Two Truths of Team Management Success

Burke Alder Blog | Business Leader | Marketing Professional: The Two Truths of Team Management Success | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The Two Truths of Team Management Success. My New #Business Blog Post http://t.co/KHxJDnwPIo #ceo #leadership
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As a manager, you are only as good as your team. You can't do everything. You can't be every where, nor should you want to. Winning teams utilize the strengths and talents of their team members. Winning team managers utilize the two truths we discussed above. Remember the two simple truths to team management success:

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The Unexpected Secret To Being A Great Salesperson - Forbes

The Unexpected Secret To Being A Great Salesperson - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Our ideas about what makes a great salesperson are so wrong.... (Talkin' leadership: The Unexpected Secret To Being A Great Salesperson: I have a confession to make: I...
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People who can flex their approach as the situation demands – to make another person more comfortable or to best accomplish the task at hand – are much more likely to be successful in influencing others.

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Innovation: Time to Ditch "Model T Leadership" - Forbes

Innovation:  Time to Ditch "Model T Leadership" - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Innovation leadership demands a new kind of leader, one who embodies both the generalist and the specialist.

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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Innovation in the 21st century demands a new generation of powerful leaders, those who can transcend this old model and be both generalist and specialist across multiple, varied disciplines, at the same time.

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Trust: The Bitcoin Of Innovative Cultures - Forbes

Trust: The Bitcoin Of Innovative Cultures - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Organizational trust is the Bitcoin of innovative cultures.

Via Soizic Merdrignac aka @SoizicAbidjan
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In organizational settings – and particularly in corporate environments – a principle like trust tends to come across as a hollow promise for hollow commitments.  At best trust is organizationally experienced as perhaps a nice aspiration, but unlikely. At worst, it is experienced as a daily dose of cynicism.

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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, April 12, 2013 11:01 PM

(ré)discover the 12 rules of the HP garage ;-)

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The Peril of Looking Over Shoulders (And 3 Ways To Keep It From Happening) | TerryStarbucker.com

The Peril of Looking Over Shoulders (And 3 Ways To Keep It From Happening) | TerryStarbucker.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
You can feel it.  And it’s not a very comfortable feeling. There’s this presence hovering over you, watching your every move. There’s tension in the air, and it permeates your thinking.
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Great leadership is about creating an open and authentic work environment, rather than contrived and controlling.

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Core Training Solutions » BUILDING A CUSTOMER CENTERED CULTURE – THE LEADERSHIP FACTOR

Core Training Solutions » BUILDING A CUSTOMER CENTERED CULTURE – THE LEADERSHIP FACTOR | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
BUILDING A CUSTOMER CENTERED CULTURE – THE LEADERSHIP FACTOR http://t.co/dVL3IN9fqX
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Every leader knows that the customer is at the heart of their business. In fact it’s plain that business only thrives when customers use, re-use, and recommend the products and services of a business. Therefore, it stands to reason that “Customer Service” should be a strategic value for any business that sells products or services.

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What if you couldn’t fail? | Leadership Principles

What if you couldn’t fail? | Leadership Principles | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

One of the questions my coach Julie Starr often asks is “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”.

This is a great question, as it really does make you think and open your mind up to possibilities, rather than failure. It also makes dream feel a little bit closer.

It also helps you understand what it is you really want to do.

When I started this blog, I was unsure about it, and I thought “what would I do if I knew I couldn’t fail” and I thought I’d just start, write some posts and see how it went.

When I thought about it, I realised I could do that and to be honest I couldn’t fail – I could write and I could post, there was nothing stopping me from doing that.

Whether the posts attract interest, or whether they be well received, that was something else entirely and to be honest, well thats outside my control really, and worrying about it was stopping me from writing. It was getting in the way.

I’m happy now I started because, for me, failing was actually not writing, it doesn’t really matter whether people read them or not. My goal was to write and I achieved that.

So if you have a goal or a dream that you’re reluctant to begin because your worried about failing, then why not imagine what you would do if you couldn’t fail, and the dive in.

Just start it, and maybe, just maybe you might be successful.


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8 Things You Can’t Learn in a Classroom

8 Things You Can’t Learn in a Classroom | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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There are actually several important lessons that can’t be fully taught or learned in a classroom environment.  Here are 8 lessons we would all be wise to remember. 

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I Learned Lifelong Leadership Lessons in My First Job

I Learned Lifelong Leadership Lessons in My First Job | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
This is  a little story about how I learned the right w… (Only 14 years old & learning incredible leadership lessons that'll last a lifetime!
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A neat story with several very powerful lessons. Enjoy.

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Debunking the Leadership Myth

Debunking the Leadership Myth | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"Leadership is a choice you make, not a place you sit." Robert F. Tucker In the spring of 1943, a B-17 bomber departed its base in England on a mission to bomb the German City of Kassel. Just weeks...
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Succeeding in today’s fast-paced, dynamic world, means we have to dispense the myths surrounding leadership. In these times of dynamic change, everyone needs to innovate, inspire and take responsibility for results. Everyone needs to be committed to giving their best to leading wherever they are planted.

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The following story is extracted from Brigadier General John Michel's new book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel You from Ordinary to Extraordinary, available now in bookstores and online book retailers. 

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Leading Imperfect Change

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RT @TristanWember: From the Blog: Leading Imperfect Change http://t.co/xXG7aidENM
#leadership #quotes
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Detailed strategies and excessive planning can cripple your vision for change. Seeking perfection does not guarantee success. Indeed it often leads to paralysis. In contrast leading imperfect change can propel the organisation forward.

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Why Small Businesses Need Great Leadership

Why Small Businesses Need Great Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn why great leadership is a must for small businesses and what qualities business owners should look for in a great leader for their company.
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Leadership in small business is a fine art, and if you are able to perfect it, the odds that your business will succeed increase drastically. If you don’t see yourself as the ideal leader for your business, consider taking on an employee or partner who has great leadership qualities.

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The Worst Leadership Tragedy

The Worst Leadership Tragedy | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The worst leadership tragedy is pissing away your potential. Stop insulting your Maker, degrading yourself, and disrespecting the people around you by wasting inborn aptitudes and abilities. Neglec...
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The worst leadership tragedy is *pissing away your potential.

Stop insulting your Maker, degrading yourself, and disrespecting the people around you by wasting inborn aptitudes and abilities.

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Memo to the CEO: 5 myths that are killing your talent development | SmartBlogs

Memo to the CEO: 5 myths that are killing your talent development | SmartBlogs | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Talent development is a perennial issue for CEOs, but this year, it’s more prominent than ever. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2013 Global CEO Sur

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Talent development is a perennial issue for CEOs, but this year, it’s more prominent than ever. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2013 Global CEO Survey, the shortage of key skills ranks second (behind higher taxes) among the threats to growth in 2013. Additionally, in the Conference Board’s CEO Challenge 2013, human capital — how best to develop, engage, manage, and retain talent — leads the list of the year’s top 10 global challenges. Moreover, CEOs’ top strategy for addressing human capital is growing talent internally.

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Emotional Intelligence Is Key to Good Leadership

Emotional Intelligence Is Key to Good Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Organizations with higher organizational engagement achieve higher bottom-line results (Emotional Intelligence Is Key to Good Leadership http://t.co/2bx81IJc3w)...
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There's one thing that most managers of high-performing businesses have in common beyond operational smarts. They have emotional smarts as well, a new survey shows.

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Abandon the Dead Horse: It’s Time for a New Approach to Leadership

Abandon the Dead Horse: It’s Time for a New Approach to Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership has become an often-repeated set of skills and characteristics that lack much in the way of originality and freshness. Instead of the same old thing, explore a new look at old leadership.
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Leadership, even in its simplest form, remains an important set of skills. But it is time for a new conversation about how we think about the topic of leadership.

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Seven Simple Steps From Can't to Can

Seven Simple Steps From Can't to Can | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Every organization has “can’t do” people in it. Their first words are no, can’t, or won’t. Successful leaders change can’t to can. Real influence: Coercion creates conformity; influence transforms....

Via Bobby Dillard
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Every organization has “can’t do” people in it. Their first words are no, can’t, or won’t. Successful leaders change can’t to can.

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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day - Forbes

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day - Forbes | 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.
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Beyond decision making, successful leadership across all areas becomes learned and instinctual over a period of time.

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The perils of charismatic leadership - FT.com

The perils of charismatic leadership - FT.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The hubris and persuasion of a charismatic chief executive does not necessarily translate into corporate success, recently published research concludes. To the contrary, they have often led companies onto the rocks.

Via Wise Leader™
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The hubris and persuasion of a charismatic chief executive does not necessarily translate into corporate success, recently published research concludes. To the contrary, they have often led companies onto the rocks.

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How to Run Wildly Unproductive Meetings and Waste Everyone’s Time

How to Run Wildly Unproductive Meetings and Waste Everyone’s Time | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Follow this guide, and your meetings are guaranteed to be as dull, mismanaged and ultimately pointless as everyone expects.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, David Hain
John Michel's insight:

The typical business meeting is a fantastic way to switch off, kick back and ponder important topics, such as what to have for dinner.

But what happens when someone threatens this stress-free ride to a quiet nap? What are you going to do when some eager-beaver manager decides to be efficient and organized?

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David Hain's curator insight, April 12, 2013 2:49 AM

Meetiungs, bloody meetings - how much time do you waste?

Jean Claude Le Tellier's curator insight, April 12, 2013 4:54 AM

I had a great laugh! and it had a sense of "deja vu" o;)

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:33 PM

These types of meetings are common.

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Emergent leadership in volatile times

Emergent leadership in volatile times | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Create the conditions conducive for co-creation and it will naturally flourish. Positive virtuous cycles start to unlock as people find the optimal pathways for their own value-creation potential, ...
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Positive virtuous cycles start to unlock as people find the optimal pathways for their own value-creation potential, with the desire to overcome challenges, learn, help and share experiences feeding it.

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Leadership Tip: Hire the Quiet Neurotic, Not the Impressive Extrovert - Forbes

Leadership Tip: Hire the Quiet Neurotic, Not the Impressive Extrovert - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Most leaders are attracted to the guy or woman who seems confident and outgoing, unafraid in any situation or facing any challenge.
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In a paper called “The Downfall of Extraverts and Rise of Neurotics: The Dynamic Process of Status Allocation in Task Groups,” Bendersky and co-author Neha Parikh Shah, an assistant professor at Rutgers Business School, explodes stereotypes about how extroverts and neurotics perform on teams.

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