The Friday Five, Blogs that Matter – May 10, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 10, 2013

5 blogs that matter

Continuing in my new tradition, here are 5 quotes from 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:


Rohit Bhargava

Need Customers? Here’s How to Book Yourself Solid

Bestselling author Michael Port talks reveals how it’s possible, even in this era of vanishing customers, to build a business that’s booked solid.

One of the biggest challenges facing any service-based business is creating a full calendar of work on a consistent basis. Seven years ago, a groundbreaking book called Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port focused on helping business owners tackle this challenge. Recently, the book was republished as an illustrated version.

In this exclusive interview, Port discusses why he revisited his bestselling book, what it really took to visualize the message and how the original lessons from his first book still hold up, even after an economic downturn and the explosion of social media.

Read the Post…


Jason Calacanis

4 Surprising Inside Tips for Attracting Investors

Expert investor Jason Calacanis speaks frankly about what investors are really looking for in a pitch and in a startup.

Every few years—at least for the past 20 that I’ve been in the technology space—I’ve witnessed a change in how startups go about getting funding from investors.

Read the Post…


John Coleman

Six Components of a Great Corporate Culture

The benefits of a strong corporate culture are both intuitive and supported by social science. According to James L. Heskett, culture “can account for 20-30% of the differential in corporate performance when compared with ‘culturally unremarkable’ competitors.” And HBR [Harvard Business Review] writers have offered advice on navigating different geographic cultures, selecting jobs based on culture, changing cultures, and offering feedback across cultures, among other topics.

But what makes a culture? Each culture is unique and myriad factors go into creating one, but I’ve observed at least six common components of great cultures. Isolating those elements can be the first step to building a differentiated culture and a lasting organization.

Read the Post…


Dan Rockwell, Leadership Freak

The Power of Second Questions

“Most people never listen.” Hemingway

Questions are gifts. Asking, followed by listening, says others matter; telling says you matter.

Eager to talk is reluctant to ask.

Enemies of curiosity:

  1. Disinterest. You really don’t care.
  2. Need to appear smart.
  3. Hurry. The need for speed, at least initially, stifles curiosity.
  4. Knowledge. Those who know don’t ask.
  5. Answers. Answers end thought.

Pretend you don’t have the answer, you may find another.

Read the Post…


Mike Henry

The Obligation

Do you ever wonder if you’ve done all you could? As I grow older, I question the impact I made with the resources at my disposal. I’ve had 55 years. I’ve had quite a bit of money and time, friends, opportunities.

In Tribes, Godin titled a section The Obligation:

Not too far from us, a few blocks away, there are kids without enough to eat and without parents who care. A little farther away, hours by plane, are people unable to reach their goals because they live in a community that just doesn’t have the infrastructure to support them. A bit farther away are people being brutally persecuted by their governments. And the world [is] filled with people who can’t go to high school, never mind college, and [who] certainly can’t spend their time focused on whether or not they get a good parking space at work.

And so the obligation: don’t settle.


Hugh Ballou
The Transformational Leadership Strategist

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  • Hugh, thanks so much for the link to The Obligation and including our post with such a fine list of authors and posts. Much appreciated. Mike…

  • Hugh Ballou


    Certainly. Let me know how I can support your good work.