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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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Steps for Better Storytelling

Steps for Better Storytelling | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

Great leaders tell great stories. It’s the reason Steve Jobs sold millions of iPods by skipping the technical specifications and simply stating that one thousand songs could now fit in your pocket.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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No surprise, telling great stories takes effort. To uncover a handful of key tenets, we asked some experts for their advice on how to be better storytellers in our work lives.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, June 24, 2013 5:43 PM

In 2007, the American Association of Advertising Agencies published the results of a two-and-a-half year study that charted the effectiveness of two types of ads: ads that told a story and ads that appealed to rational reasoning. The result? “For the most part, ads that tell stories and engage and involve consumers create stronger emotional relevance than product-centric ads,” the study concluded.

Jasmin Rez's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:18 PM

"Great tips on becoming a better storyteller" 


Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, July 16, 2013 8:47 AM

Great lessons for leaders (and everybody else) for better Storytelling. I love this one: "Show vulnerability"

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AIA 2013: Top Ten Lessons of Leadership by General Colin Powell - ArchDaily

AIA 2013: Top Ten Lessons of Leadership by General Colin Powell - ArchDaily | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
AIA 2013: Top Ten Lessons of Leadership by General Colin Powell ArchDaily For the closing keynote speaker of the stimulating, three-day “Building Leaders” convention in Colorado, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected one of America's...
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Below is the top ten lessons of leadership for architects that we have gathered from General Colin Powell’s keynote speech and his newly released book It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership.

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Everything Counts: The 6 Ways To Inspire And Motivate Top Performance

Everything Counts: The 6 Ways To Inspire And Motivate Top Performance | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Despite all research about the nature of leaders, practitioners and scholars still acknowl­edge that many aspects of leadership remain a mystery.
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 Everything a leader does, every day, impacts their employees. If a leader would take even a few minutes to ask people how they’re doing, thank them and encourage them to do more; that effort counts. In fact, everything counts. Likewise, everything employees do, on every level, counts within the organization’s results as a whole.


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Everything I Learned About Servant Leadership

Everything I Learned About Servant Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
On March 6 and 7, I attended the World Leaders Conference 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida. This was my second time attending this dynamic conference fo...

 

 

 

 

 

 

- A servant leader serves people.

 

- A servant leader loves people.

 

- A servant leader willingly goes the extra mile to serve.

 


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Three things I have learned about the characteristics of a servant leader are:

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Why Workplace Leadership Is About To Get It’s First Major Makeover In 100 Years

Why Workplace Leadership Is About To Get It’s First Major Makeover In 100 Years | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Why Workplace Leadership Is About To Get It’s First Major Makeover In 100 Years

by Mark C. Crowley
Our common and traditional approach to leadership hasn’t significantly evolved since the dawn of the industrial age.
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Extensive research confirms that people want to grow and develop in the roles.  They want to feel valued and appreciated by their leaders, and to know their work has significance.  And, just as Abraham Maslow predicted 70 years ago, they seek to feel fulfilled and even maximized by the work they do.


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How Smart People Collaborate for Success

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Solo performers can shine, but working together can yield greater results. Here are seven tips for improving collaboration.

Via Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Bobby Dillard
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h and time is short. Still, effective collaboration can create breakthroughs and make leaders shine. Remember, you don't have to do it alone. Here are seven tips to help you master the art of collaboration and make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:31 AM

Solo performers can shine, but working together can yield greater results. Here are seven tips for improving collaboration.

Annette Swann's curator insight, June 24, 2013 4:45 AM

7 tips for improving collaboration - #7 is amazing "Broadcast recognition and gratitude" - no matter the size of the effort always broadcast and acknowledge any degree of collaboration you see.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 4, 2014 1:43 PM

The second is a key one: avoiding quiet politeness. Collaboration has to be messy.

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Are We Living in a Post-CEO World?

Are We Living in a Post-CEO World? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

In a complex business environment, innovative companies must move from a guru model to one based on team leadership. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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It's time for our thinking to evolve. Entire industries -- publishing, finance, automotive, and real estate, to name a few -- and even entire nations are changing. As once-mighty economies suffer and emerging players on the world stage both compete and collaborate with them, and as new business models, often centered around software and services, take the place of old ones, the world is becoming more complex. The world's chief executives will be increasingly hard-pressed to go it alone as leaders. Only by building and maintaining a strong, flexible, diverse, and solidly aligned leadership team will they be able to face the challenges ahead.

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Richard Dillard, PMP, SSBB, ABD 7.1's curator insight, June 22, 2013 1:42 PM

"Never let yourself be pursuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America."  Credited to Dwight D. Eisenhower in a September 3, 1976 edition of the National Courier, we could well adjust the quote to the context of this article thus:

 

Never let yourself be pursuaded that any one Great Man or Woman, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of business in America. When Corporations consist of one leader and the rest followers, they will no longer be effective.

 

Borrowing from Marshall and Manuel in "The Light and the Glory", it is the most dangerous kind of corporate self-delusion to think that a CEO, regardless of how capable he or she is, can single-handedly reverse the bent of the organization's defensive culture and increase effectiveness. And when it becomes apparent that the CEO cannot, he or she will become the next in a long line of scapegoats. 

 

In stark contrast to this "one great leader" concept stands the Leadership-Culture-Performance connection.  REAL LEADERS understand and exploit this connection through the impact they have on those who choose to follow their lead.  By modeling visionary behaviors that are congruent with visionary messages and employing prescriptive rather than restrictive leadership strategies, their impact is one that produces greatness in, with and through others.  The result is an entire corporation of leaders who, through constructive relationships, exchange information vital to their individual and collective success.  Only then can their approach to one another in the process of working together create the culture whereby their vision can emerge, their effectiveness can increase and their performance improve.  

 

Indeed!  Companies intent on surviving and thriving will need to move into the Post-CEO World.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 22, 2013 8:02 PM

Las opiniones, las ideas ingeniosas, y la experiencia de un simple líder no son suficientes para conducir exitosamente una organización en los tiempos actuales.   Una encuesta realizada por IBM el 2011 a 3,000 CIOs concluyó que tanto CEOs como CIOs están hoy más alineados que nunca a la estrategia de la organización. El paradigma del CEO exitoso, capaz de transformar la organización y cambiar el mundo, al estilo de Steve Jobs, está dejando paso a un paradigma de liderazgo en equipo. 

Tom Hood's curator insight, June 24, 2013 7:25 AM

I think the CEO is moving from Chief Executive Officer to Chief Engagement Officer and will act more like CEOs of non-profits who are leading networks rather than managing organizations. I like the metaphor of "gardeners" and the idea of "network Leadership" which we are bringing to the CPA profession in our learning and development programs. 

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Leadership Lessons From Lebron James - 2013 Version - Forbes

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Leadership Lessons From Lebron James - 2013 Version
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Last year at this time, when the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder I did a post, Leadership Lessons from Lebron James (below).
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A great, short piece. 

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The Great Dereliction

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Name a leader in a position of power you (really) admire, trust, and respect. Not just the head of an "alternative" company or political party, but a well-known, mainstream, orthodox, leader of the status quo. Can you?


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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The world is (still) wracked by crisis. But here's the thing. The solutions to this crisis are straightforward. While there are nuances, and complications, it's also true that today's leaders can act, right now, right this second, in much greater degree, with much fiercer conviction, to make things not just marginally better — but dramatically so.

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LEADERSHIP: Why CEOs Should Focus on Low-Probability Projects

LEADERSHIP: Why CEOs Should Focus on Low-Probability Projects | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
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Although home runs and small wins can be safely delegated to star players with proven track records, only executive leadership can make a significant difference in big-bet and junk projects.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 22, 2013 3:57 AM

Nice matrix for executive decision making in a complex world.

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The Most Valuable Business Commodity: Trust

The Most Valuable Business Commodity: Trust | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
?The best way to learn if you can trust somebody is to trust them.? ? Ernest Hemingway

Via David Hain
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To succeed as a business, you must assess the quality of relationships across your organization—from leaders to employees, employees to leaders, employees to employees, and employees to customers. Do the individuals in all of these groups honor and respect one another, or are they neglected and considered unimportant?

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:17 AM

I cannot say it any better.

Maitenas's curator insight, June 22, 2013 11:38 AM

Es importante recordar que no hablamos de detalles sino de lo que es realmente importante. El propósito final que se persigue y que todo el mundo lo entienda. Con la pérdida de sentido ... Todo pierde sentido.

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What Inspiring Leaders Do

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Inspiration is what people want. Yet, when you talk with leaders who want to be more inspiring, you often get a deer-in-the-headlights reaction. They simply do not know what to do.


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What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:28 AM

The three leadership traits that matters most are the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.

Tom Hood's curator insight, June 24, 2013 7:32 AM

"A leader's job is to provide hope and inspiration" - Gretchen Pisano & Tom Hood


I think this article captures these well. The three leadership traits that most mattered were 1) the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, 2) the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and 3) the ability to inspire.


And this article debunks the myth and proves "leaders can learn to be inspirational."


This is a major focus of our leadership development programs captures all three http://cpa.tc/fo ;

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The Power of One: Making Better Tomorrows - General Leadership

The Power of One: Making Better Tomorrows - General Leadership | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
The power of one is realized when we choose to make tomorrow better than we find things today. Article includes Booker T Washington and Tuskegee University
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The purpose of life is not to be happy.  It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
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What Nelson Mandela had to say about leadership - Washington Post (blog)

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Brisbane Times What Nelson Mandela had to say about leadership Washington Post (blog) Hearing the news about Mandela's condition, I was reminded of Stengel's 2008 cover story about Mandela, “The Secrets of Leadership.” On the occasion of Mandela's...
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Some outstanding (and little know quotes) from one of the worlds greatest leaders. 

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Workplace Feedback: A Puzzle? A Punishment? Or A Gift?

Workplace Feedback: A Puzzle? A Punishment? Or A Gift? | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
"I have some feedback for you!"  A few years ago I was reading comments on an employee survey and came across a choice comment that said, “I don’t know if I am in line to become the Janitor or the CEO.
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We all need feedback to be successful. We’re like a GPS: With only one satellite, the GPS can’t predict your location. With only self-insight to rely upon, you can’t be sure if you’re “in line to become the Janitor or the CEO.” An accurate location requires 3-4 satellites—in career terms, an accurate understanding requires feedback from managers, peers, colleagues, direct reports and others.


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4 Reasons to Hold On a Little Longer

4 Reasons to Hold On a Little Longer | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Practical Tips for Productive Living
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If you feel like you’re at the end your rope with little slack left to hold on to, realize your mind is lying to you.  It has imprisoned you by reciting self-defeating stories in your head – stories about your mistakes, what you should have done differently, and so forth.  Your mind has built a mental cell out these negative thoughts and you’ve begun to believe you are actually living in it.

But you’re NOT.

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Leaders in search of followership | Mannaz.com

Leaders in search of followership | Mannaz.com | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it

In a conversation with Barbara Kellerman journalist Kenneth Mikkelsen explores why leadership is so hard to exercise today. This is a must read for everone interested in leadership and management trends. The article is featured in Mannaz' International Newsletter. 

 

 


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Trust in and approval of leaders and the companies they represent is at an all-time low. In 2011, a Gallup poll confirmed that corporate America is in disrepute. 62 per cent of Americans want major corporations to have less influence in the future than they do at present, up 10 per cent from a decade earlier. Additionally, corporate America is considered to be too powerful: fully 67 per cent of those polled said they resented the influence of big business.

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A wrong decision is better than indecision: Eight leadership lessons from Tony Soprano

A wrong decision is better than indecision: Eight leadership lessons from Tony Soprano | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Tony Soprano is dead, but his lessons live on – perhaps in an executive suite or boardroom near you. (Eight lessons on leadership from Tony Soprano.
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Some chief executives lose the skill of dealing with people as individuals; they lose or gloss over their empathy for others; they no longer consider it important to be able to hold conversations and to listen; even though these are the attributes that often get them to their positions of leadership. Successful chief executives understand the importance of the “r” word: respect.

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Saleswoman Seeks Better Boss: Will Accept 50% Pay Cut

Saleswoman Seeks Better Boss: Will Accept 50% Pay Cut | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Retaining good employees can be as simple as saying thank you for a job well done.
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According to a new study by Deloitte Consulting and Forbes Insights, 66 percent of employees who plan to quit blame “ineffective communication.” If you listen carefully to Susan’s frustration, it all comes down to communication—or the lack of it.

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Leadership is Not Title or Position - George Ambler

Leadership is Not Title or Position - George Ambler | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Position, title and authority are often confused with leadership. The best leaders don’t lead from position or authority. (#Leadership is not a title.
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When we view leadership as position and authority, we mistake leadership as being about control. The reality is that leadership is about freedom. Leadership is our response to freedom, it’s the decision to accept personal responsibility to bring about positive change. It’s a choice that we all need to make.

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10 Essentials for Dynamic Candor

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Inept leaders block uncomfortable topics from the discussion. It’s pathetic. Weak, fearful leaders need agreement to confirm their leadership. On the other hand, I recently spent time with five mem...
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Inept leaders block uncomfortable topics from the discussion. It’s pathetic. Weak, fearful leaders need agreement to confirm their leadership.

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Talking to Others: How to Be Empathetic & Effective

Talking to Others: How to Be Empathetic & Effective | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
There is a delicate balance to strike between empathy and effectiveness in interpersonal communication.

 

Interpersonal communication — you know, talking with others — can be a tough nut to crack sometimes. Whether it be between family, colleagues or just plain socially, there is a delicate balance to strike between empathy and effectiveness.

 

Empathy begins with listening, of course, so it’s no wonder that many of us prefer talking! It extends to finding the right way to “connect back” with what a person said, especially if you disagree or are even offended. 

By LISA A. MILES


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Interpersonal communication — you know, talking with others — can be a tough nut to crack sometimes. Whether it be between family, colleagues or just plain socially, there is a delicate balance to strike between empathy and effectiveness.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 22, 2013 3:56 AM

If you don't listen well, you're probably not making consistently good choices...

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 2013 11:53 AM

Did we ever notice the words response and responsiblity share a common root. To respond and be responsible one has to step back, be less expert and more beginner mind oriented, and listen deeply.

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5 Important Words to Say in Every Business Meeting

5 Important Words to Say in Every Business Meeting | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Forget presentations, handshakes and power suits. These five words will get you noticed, researchers say.

Via Bobby Dillard
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New research has found that workers who used the words "yeah," "give," "start," "meeting" and "discuss" ended up with more accepted proposals in meetings. 

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How to Get From Distraction to Satisfaction

How to Get From Distraction to Satisfaction | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
Multitasking can leave us feeling disoriented at the end of the day. What’s worse, this frenetic shifting between two or more things can rob us of a sense of satisfaction.Jeremy Hunter, PhD,

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Multitasking can leave us feeling disoriented at the end of the day. What’s worse, this frenetic shifting between two or more things can rob us of a sense of satisfaction.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:01 AM

This is totally relevant in so many ways...  


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Mindfulness is one approach to shift away from distraction. One of the things that we work with in the course is to simply build in a moment – one minute, two minutes – where you just stop and let your attention come back to where you are. It doesn't look weird in the office. You’re simply stopping, pausing, taking a breath, and letting your attention recollect into the here-and-now. That’s a relatively easy way to regain your focus.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 2013 9:07 AM

We need to be present and feel grounded in our work and lives.

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Looking for an extra boost of creativity? Try dimming the lights.

Looking for an extra boost of creativity? Try dimming the lights. | Mediocre Me | Scoop.it
A new study has found that dim lighting may actually boost your creativity. But here's the best part. The test subjects' creativity was assessed by having them make up a science fiction story and draw aliens.
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A new study has found that dim lighting may actually boost your creativity. But here's the best part. The test subjects' creativity was assessed by having them make up a science fiction story and draw aliens. Yes, really.

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