The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 19, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 19, 2013

5 blogs that matter

Continuing in my new tradition, here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week.

I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm.

It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think.

I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts.

Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:


Pam Moore

You Have 5 Seconds to Engage Online

Pam Moore5 Seconds. That is how long you have to engage visitors on your website, ecommerce store, or blog before 30% of them leave and 40% of them never return, according to a study, “When Seconds Count” by Equation Research.

The foolish motto “build it and they will come” never worked and definitely shouldn’t be part of your vocabulary moving forward.

Read the post…


Rachel Held Evans


Rachel Held EvansI’m a fan of the internet.

It’s where I connect with you. It’s where I encounter all sorts of new ideas and perspective and interesting people. It’s where I get to practice writing daily. It’s where I first learned of chocolate cake mix waffles.

But I need a break. I need some “wilderness time”—both figuratively and literally—to rest, to quiet myself, and to just listen for a little while.

Read the post…



Joseph Lalonde

Discovering Your Team Member’s Talents

Joseph LalondeOne of the best things we can do for our team is to discover our team member’s talents. The place where they really shine.

The talents of our team members are usually what drives them to excel. Your team will find purpose and meaning when they begin putting their skills to work.

The key is discovering the talents of our team members. They can be hidden or even unknown by the one who possesses the talents. These talents are often buried under years of neglect and distrust.

This is where you come into play as a leader. Great leaders are able to dive deep into a team member and draw out the best from them. This includes finding their talents and helping them develop the skills that make them great.

Read the post…


George Ambler

Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice

George AmblerThe complex world in which we live requires leaders to think systemically. The concept of systems thinking was popularised by Peter Senge in his book “The Fifth Discipline” where he describes system thinking as:

“a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots.”

The practice of system thinking helps us see the underlying inter-relationships and connections which create the events occurring in our organizations.

Read the post…

Tirrell Payton

10 Warning Signs that your SEO Consultant Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Tirrell PaytonAs a business owner you are focused on running your businesses, and those things that fall outside your core strengths are handled by employees, vendors, contractors, and consultants.  The job of an SEO Consultant is to focus on SEO so the business owner can focus on running the business.

Some businesses have been burned by bad consultants.  This is not news, but it reinforces the point that in a nascent industry like SEO, you are bound to have “bad actors.”

Read the post…


Hugh Ballou

The Transformational Leadership Strategist

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