Friday Five

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – April 10, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 10, 2015

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. 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:



Tony Adams

Great Planning is a Journey. It Doesn’t Just Happen.

Tony AdamsPlanning. Why do we do it?

Why do we spend countless hours poring over our charts, our spreadsheets, our resource profiles and our budgets, trying to get them just right? Why do we tie ourselves in knots, working the plans backwards and forwards to make them as clean and…realistic…as possible?

Because the truth is that, at any point in time, we don’t know what will happen in the future.

We think we do, but in reality, we can’t see what is approaching from around the bend. Whilst we may “hope for the best and plan for the worst”, our planned outcomes rarely resemble reality.

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Mark Sanborn

The Purpose of Passion

Mark SanbornPassion by itself is of little value (like having a gallon of gas without an engine to put it in), but used as fuel for one’s work, it has many benefits.


Invigorates. Your alarm clock becomes your achievement clock. You’ll be waking up ready to get to the important work you believe in.

Inspires. You’ll find inspiration within rather than searching for it “out there.”

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Alison Brattle

Top Reasons for Leadership Fails

Reducing the Risk of Leadership Failure 

Alison Brattle 2The world’s greatest leaders know that success is fleeting and that no amount of success in the present can prevent a future failure. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that it can’t happen to you, but the truth is, it’s much easier to fail than you think. An essential part of leadership development is understanding the warning signs that indicate potential problems; learn what they are and how to combat them to reduce the risk of a leadership failure.

Your Focus Shifts

A focus shift can happen in many ways. Some leaders lose sight of what’s important; they get caught up by the pressure that leadership brings, and they lose the focus that they had on the job…

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Jane Perdue

How To Move From Horrified To Humble To Celebratory

Jane PerdueMost of us have an inner critic, the little voice in our head that—depending on the degree of power we give to it—can be an inhibiting enemy or a good, supportive friend.

After a long career in business, I turned to writing as one part of my second act. Recently I read several early blog posts and was horrified. I knew I had lots to learn about the craft of writing when I began, and those old posts were dreadful evidence of how little I knew.

My inner critic accelerated to warp speed, chastising me for every dangling participle, adverb, and run-on sentence.

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Joe Knight

The Most Common Mistake People Make In Calculating ROI

Joe KnightYour company is ready to make a big purchase — a fleet of cars, a piece of manufacturing equipment, a new computer system. But before anyone writes a check, you need to calculate the return on investment (ROI) by comparing the expected benefits with the costs. Analyzing ROI isn’t always as simple as it sounds and there’s one mistake that many managers make: confusing cash and profit.

This is an important distinction because if you mistake profit for cash in your ROI calculations, you’re likely to show a far better return that you can expect in reality. So keep in mind: Profit is not the same thing as cash.

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Hugh Ballou

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