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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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Five practices of exemplary leadership

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by Tracy Stefan, 20 Oct 2013 The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in "The Leadership Challenge" by James Kouzes and Barry Posner have become a global industry standard for business leadership...
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Leaders foster hope and commitment. Leaders make others feel good about themselves by recognizing their collective as well as individual contributions. Leaders motivate people to be determined enough to accomplish their objectives. Leaders let people know that they are an important and integral part of the whole. Leaders work to maintain positive, healthy, professional relationships that result in increased productivity.

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Leadership Lessons From A CEO With ADD - Forbes

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Leadership Lessons From A CEO With ADD
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Harvey Lippman, 59, is the CEO and sole owner of Genesis10, a $185 million technology staffing and consulting company in New York City that he founded in 1998.
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Several superb lessons on persistence, focus and the power of surrounding yourself with people with different skills than your own 

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The Serious Business Of Leading With Fun

The Serious Business Of Leading With Fun | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Have fun, and the world will follow. There really is no more enduring and endearing leadership quality than a leader who spreads joy. Someone...

Via Anne Leong
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There is a fine line between silly and clever, you can’t force fun. To interject fun into your leadership, you have to be sensitive to fun, be aware of its continued and ubiquitous presence in day to day life.

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The leadership smarts of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny - Washington Post (blog)

The leadership smarts of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny - Washington Post (blog) | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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The leadership smarts of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny
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Matheny was hired for “organizational ties and intangibles” and had a “reputation for presence and leadership,” the St.
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Matheny’s success so far shows that when leaders approach the game right—making not only the correct strategy calls, but practicing the right leadership style with players—good things are likely to happen. For the best leaders, many of their most valuable skills are hard to fit on a resume.

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Smart Leadership: Delegate, Prioritize and Simplify - BusinessNewsDaily

Smart Leadership: Delegate, Prioritize and Simplify - BusinessNewsDaily | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Smart Leadership: Delegate, Prioritize and Simplify
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Being the boss has its perks, but it isn't always an easy job.
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One of the best ways to practice smart leadership is to delegate tasks to your team so you can focus your energy on the responsibilities that are uniquely accomplished by you.

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Why Organizations Fail

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We've fostered generations of managers with robust analytical skills and poor social skills, and we don’t seem to think that matters.


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The ability to work well with other people in a group depends on our ability to appreciate other individuals' emotions. A boss who knows what his staff members really want and care about will be able to design a better team environment than one who is simply focused on the elements of a project.

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Terence R. Egan's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:05 AM

 

SUMMARY

 

For a long time, we believed that people were rational, logical agents, driven by self-interest, greed, and desire. In recent years, we have begun to realize that people have another driver that is of equal, if not greater, importance: the drive to be social.

 

The studies tell the story:

a)  Giving to charity activates the brain's reward system more than winning money.

b)  Painkillers like Tylenol relieve social pain the same way they relieve physical pain.

c)  Being socially rejected can lower your I.Q. score by 20% and cut your GRE score nearly in half.

d)  Seeing a friend regularly has the same effect on our well-being as making an extra $100,000.

e)  Volunteering to help others regularly produces the same increase in well-being as making an extra $50,000.

f)   When an employee meets a person who benefits from their work, that employee can double their productivity.

g)  People will pay $30,000 to be recognized as a high-status employee.

h)  And, finally, being socially connected is literally as good for your health as quitting smoking.

 

Social activity matters more than we have realized. Yet institutions and organizations, from political systems to hospitals, schools and corporations, have been built based on a different set of beliefs:

a)  that people are motivated by money,

b)  that physical -- not social -- health is most important

c)  and that social needs are "nice to have."

 

A boss who knows what his staff members really care about will be able to develop a better team environment.

 

We are deeply social beings, with social needs mattering more than physical needs in many situations. Maslow may have been wrong: Social may not be up the pyramid, it may be down at the base with physical needs. Until this insight makes its way into how we design our institutions, we may continue to see less than 30% of people in our organizations actively engaged in their work.

 

Cath Daley's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:44 AM

Some of our long-held beliefs about human motivation may be wrong....

Cath Daley's curator insight, December 12, 2013 7:09 AM

and it really all comes down to the ability to be flexible with your communication so that you can interact with evryone in a way that reduces conflict and increases buy in.

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What Makes a 21st Century Leader?

What Makes a 21st Century Leader? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

“ There are more than 10,000 books in Amazon on the topic of leadership. I've read many of them. But even leadership development experts can't possibly read them all.” So this article gives you the result of a research at 700 top leaders in companies and what they think are the 21st century Leadership Competencies.


Via Lauren Nichols, John Ludike
John Michel's insight:

Today's leaders make faster decisions, understand how to innovate, and stay very close to customers. They understand their people well and know how to being diverse groups together. 

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John Ludike's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:01 PM
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Empathetic Negotiation Saved My Company

Empathetic Negotiation Saved My Company | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Putting ourselves in our supplier's shoes averted a cross-cultural crisis.
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A great story of the power of empathy based negotiation. 

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7 Sources of Stress You Tolerate Too Often

7 Sources of Stress You Tolerate Too Often | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living (RT @pdiscoveryuk: Inspire #Leadership: 7 Sources of Stress You Tolerate Too Often http://t.co/KOOnsA3QbC @marcandangel)...
John Michel's insight:

Needless tolerations can bleed you dry and make it impossible for you to function effectively.  You can’t live a happy, fulfilling life if you’re spending all your energy tolerating things that shouldn’t be tolerated.  It’s time to put your foot down. Remember, life is change, but growth is optional.  So choose wisely starting now.  Let today be the first day of the rest of your new life…

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s 7 Leadership Secrets

Sir Alex Ferguson’s 7 Leadership Secrets | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
His autobiography is released today, so what lessons can we draw from this sporting icon?
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A truly great leader can shift other people’s perceptions of reality - inspire people to do the impossible.

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Creativity and Innovation: Your Keys to a Successful Organization

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Creativity and Innovation: Your Keys to a Successful Organization - The Huffington Post

Via Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

The more creative and innovative you and your team members are, the more long-term success you'll achieve. So rather than constantly chase "the next big idea" in your industry, bring creativity and innovation to what you're currently doing. When you do, you'll be regarded as an industry innovator--the one your competitors are trying to copy.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:26 PM

Whitehead proposed all we need to understand for creativity is already in nature.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:47 AM

Certainly adapting to circumstances and proactively addressing antiipated challenges are critical for success, but not the only ones.  Aligning with goals that focus and energize people, respecting, developing and involving people to fully engage them in organizational  activities, and insuring that processes and operations are  well executed must play roles in organizational success as well. 

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Three Things that Actually Motivate Employees

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Keys to strong work motivation can be summarized in three Ms — mastery, membership, and meaning. Money is a distant fourth. Money can even be an irritant if compensation is not adequate or fair, and compensation runs out of steam quickly as a source of sustained performance.


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John Michel's insight:

Highly-engaged people who contribute more of themselves can produce Shakespeare recitations that win customers, weddings in office lobbies that build community, or the ultimate prize: innovations that change the world.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 24, 2013 8:20 AM

(From the article): There are no promises that these jobs will last forever. Loyalty comes from the daily work itself, a sense of community accepting of individuality, and constant reminders that what employees do matters.

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The Sustainability Leadership Opportunity: Are You a “Can Do” Leader? - Triple Pundit

The Sustainability Leadership Opportunity: Are You a “Can Do” Leader? - Triple Pundit | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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The Sustainability Leadership Opportunity: Are You a “Can Do” Leader?
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Education is a central driver for leadership to move from “can't” to “can” and from problem to opportunity.

Via Aki Puustinen
John Michel's insight:

The stories we tell are what enable us to see what is and what is not. A leader can get strategy and context right, but if related narratives are not built to engagingly share the vision and describe the relevant opportunities, then action is unlikely to follow. Creatively narrating a proactive future that goes beyond removing problems to a future that highlights pathways for sustainable innovation and increased success is central to leadership for a sustainable tomorrow.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team | Joya Martin

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team | Joya Martin | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A cleverly woven leadership fable, Patrick Lencioni provides insight into why so many teams fail... how ineffective teams create apathy and ambiguity.
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A good summary of a book every leader should read...and heed. 

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The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
They're not lone geniuses, big-risk takers, or college drop-outs.
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Innand ion and creativity, two sides of the same coin? Discover for yourself in this insightful piece. 

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David Hain's curator insight, October 26, 2013 6:15 AM

Excellent piece for change makers!

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A Troublemaker’s Manifesto: The Benefits of Wandering

A Troublemaker’s Manifesto: The Benefits of Wandering | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
That fear you feel when you don’t know what’s next? Embrace it.
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If you find yourself without many obligations and unsure of what’s next, celebrate. Revel in the chance to zig when everyone around you zags. It’s likely the only time when we’re not shackled by obligation. To feel pressured by others and run away is a massive waste of an opportunity. Worse, not taking a swing at what’s important to you defeats the purpose of this whole career thing.


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Leadership Lessons, Star Wars Edition: Don't Tell Who Luke's Father Is - Forbes

Leadership Lessons, Star Wars Edition: Don't Tell Who Luke's Father Is - Forbes | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Leadership Lessons, Star Wars Edition: Don't Tell Who Luke's Father Is
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So where's the leadership lesson in that, Master Yoda? Cue up the Yoda voice, “Ask yourself you must: More important – apprentice's learning or your teaching?
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A wonderful reminder of the importance of allowing people Space to learn on their own.


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How great leaders communicate and connect

How great leaders communicate and connect | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
One of the biggest reasons leaders fail is their inability to communicate effectively. Communication goes beyond just sharing information. When a leader can communicate effectively, there is a conn...

Via Anne Leong, Create Wise Leader, Jose Luis Anzizar, Bobby Dillard
John Michel's insight:

Great leaders are personal. They build from the group level up. They take the time and effort to build important relationships with people. Relationships are at the core level of great communication because people are looking for a leader they can trust and share their challenges in an open way.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 22, 2013 2:34 PM

Humility is a word I would not associate with many of the faux leaders I worked with in education.

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:23 AM

I really don't care for other people who seek a "captive audience" just to to hear themselves speak. Ego is a big  turnoff. A connection really has to be felt and shown via actions. Humility is welcomed.

Don Cloud's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:38 PM

Great leaders must be great communicators in order to create the conditions by which the people in the organization may bond to the organization's greater purpose, to each other, and with the leader ... while the leader likewise bonds with them.

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What is Ethical Leadership?

What is Ethical Leadership? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
By Linda Fisher Thornton

This collection from reader favorites on the Leading in Context Blog will help you explore the scope and dimensions of today's ethical leadership. As you will see, ethic...

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Staying ready to lead ethically in a globally networked world will require continual learning and a broad understanding of what ethical responsibility includes. Let’s get started…


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8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership

8 Ways To Spot Great Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
If you ever wonder why we’re in a crisis of leadership all you have to do is to watch and listen to those in positions of leadership.
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Let’s start with what leadership is not: Leadership is not a monologue, a speech, a lecture or a filibuster. Leadership is not talking at or over people. Leadership is not sequestered, does not live in a bubble or operate in a vacuum. Leadership is not exclusive or arrogant. Leadership is not about the leader.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:49 PM

John Michel articulates it better than I can...

Don Cloud's curator insight, October 24, 2013 6:59 PM

8 of the more unique characteristics of strong leadership ... many of which are not found on other traits lists.

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Equity, Control, and Credit: Be Generous.

Equity, Control, and Credit: Be Generous. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
On the occasion of the arrival of Pandora's new CEO, I got to thinking about shared leadership.Every company's prospects start and end with leadership. Get it right and you can turn water into wine.
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Great teams contain an inherent tension. Great leaders by definition expect lots of equity, control and credit. Ideally, you have self-aware leaders who willingly cede roles best suited to others, and who recognize and value the contributions of others. But it is human nature, to over-value one's own contribution, and to undervalue those of others.

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Can Founders Let Go? What Love's Got to Do with Leadership

Can Founders Let Go? What Love's Got to Do with Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
When you love something, you notice the details.In a relationship, that might be a partner's laugh or particular way of moving. For Howard Schultz, who grew Starbucks from a local Seattle coffee shop (Can Founders Let Go?
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A great reminder that passion for your brand is the ultimate source do strength and sustainability 

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7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books

7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
In a world of omnipresent screens, it can be easy to forget the simple pleasure of curling up with a good book. In fact, a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults found that 28 percent hadn't read one at all in the past year.

Via Les Howard, Bobby Dillard
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A lifetime of reading might just help keep your brain in shape when you reach old age.

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Angie Mc's curator insight, October 24, 2013 4:43 PM

"Stressed out? Pick up a paperback." 

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Does power make you mean?

Does power make you mean? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Research suggests that a default brain mechanism may cause us to lose empathy when we gain power. So promotions really do make us mean.

 

In one of the first studies to make this claim, scientists now say a default brain mechanism may cause us to lose empathy when we gain power...

 

Obhi and his team found feelings of increased powerfulness shut down our mirroring system -- and potentially our empathy -- through a default mechanism in our brains.

 

Liza Aziz-Zadeh, assistant professor at the University of Southern California, studies empathy from a neuroscience perspective and says the findings are interesting. "People who activate their mirroring system more, also score higher on empathy."

 

By Susanne Gargiulo, CNN


Via Edwin Rutsch
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 We all know the story. Someone gets promoted at work and suddenly they change -- they start forgetting their previous peers or turning into bullies. As it turns out, it may be in our wiring.

In one of the first studies to make this claim, scientists now say a default brain mechanism may cause us to lose empathy when we gain power.

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Jennifer Wu's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:27 PM

MIRROR NEURONS:  People who activate their mirroring system more, also score higher on empathy.

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:29 AM

Very interesting.  I especially like the following section:

 

"What we have found is that when people get power and move up, but don't understand how to relate, don't communicate well, and appear insensitive, cold, and authoritarian -- that ultimately derails their careers," he says.

 

This comes at an enormous cost in time, money, and morale to companies, he adds.

 

 

"In practical terms, this type of research may eventually be used and put together with training programs like mindfulness training and educational workshops for executives to deal with power better," says Obhi, but adds that we are only just beginning to understand the effects of power.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:08 PM

This is an interesting study. What about those who begin with little or no empathy?

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Why Leaders Need To Move Beyond First Impressions

Why Leaders Need To Move Beyond First Impressions | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Learn how first impressions can limit a leader's ability to tap into the discretionary effort of those they lead because of how our brain makes decisions.

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John Michel's insight:

In many ways, our ability to see and understand the whole individual – and not simply seeing our employees in terms of the roles or tasks they perform in our organization – is becoming an increasingly vital component not only to effective leadership, but to whether we’ll be able to create the right conditions to help our organization to succeed and thrive in today’s increasingly competitive and fast-changing global economy.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 24, 2013 8:32 AM

(From the article): As leaders, it’s our responsibility to not only communicate and exemplify a vision that others would want to be a part of and make their own, but that we’re alsoenabling our employees to bring their talents, creativity, and insights to that shared purpose. And yet, we can’t expect to tap into that discretionary effort of our employees if we’re incapable of seeing their whole selves because we’ve limited our perception of them to those first impressions.