The Friday Five, Blogs that Matter – April 25, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 25, 2013

5 blogs that matter

I’m starting a new tradition – it’s the Friday Five, Blogs that Matter. On select Fridays, I will share clips from some of the top blogs I noticed from the 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 first one in the series, with extracts from the posts:


Seth Godin

You don’t have to pander

The reason you don’t have to pander is that you’re not in a hurry and you don’t need everyone to embrace you and your work. When you focus on the weird, passionate, interesting segment of the audience, you can do extraordinary work for a few (and watch it spread) instead of starting from a place of average.



Michael Hyatt

5 Strategies for Becoming a Better Conversationalist

The people I value the most are those who know how to listen. I actively seek them out. Interestingly, these are also the people who have the most influence with me. Why? Because I feel like they understand me.

Early in my business career, one of my mentors told me that conversations should be like a game of ping pong. You wait for the ball to come over the net, then you hit it back to the person on the other side. Then you do it all over again—and on it goes.

In a good conversation, there is both give and take. This is something we have intentionally tried to pass on to our own children.



Mike Myatt (on Forbes)

How To Be In Over Your Head Without Drowning

Being in over your head can lead to career defining moments (good or bad). When leaders push personal, team, or organization boundaries one of two things is likely to happen: they’ll either exceed all expectations, or fall short of them. The difference between success and failure isn’t found in risk taking alone, but in the planning and execution surrounding the taking of the risk. There’s truth in the old military saying that “prior proper planning prevents poor performance.”



Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

A Perfect World

The way to a peaceful life is to notice the perfection in God’s world and in ourselves, and nurture that perspective. When you look out with wide eyes of wonder and appreciate all that you see as a gift from God, including your own life working in harmony with nature, you will know what the poet meant.

Rather than seeing ourselves as connected to this world, we often feel we are in it to push it around and make it conform to us. Rather than accepting it, we twist it to feed our ego, creating havoc, imbalance, and what we call imperfection. Then the ultimate irony, we blame God for the very conditions we create out of the perfection that is our gift from God. The poet  says, be at peace, don’t judge the world, observe it. Don’t try to straighten it out. Don’t manufacture problems. Be in awe of the perfection of it all.



Leadership Freak (Dan Rockwell)

Top Five Qualities of an Asshole

Tolerating assholes:

Bosses who tolerate assholes are bossholes.

Don’t be fooled by bossholes who smile and apologize for jerk-employees. I’ve known some very nice bossholes who allow others to feel the pain of working with assholes.

Bossholes care about the numbers

and neglect organizational culture.




Just a sampling of some compelling thoughts I found. What have you discovered?


Hugh Ballou

The Transformational Leadership Strategist

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