The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – April 11, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 11, 2014

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:



Mark Anthony Dyson

9 Ways Volunteering Helps Shape Your Career

Mark Anthony Dyson

Volunteering is a mutually beneficial opportunity; a chance to help the greater good, while providing you with great self-reward.

What you might not know is that volunteering is well worth your time and effort in order to advance in your career, or transition into a new one. Consider the reasons why… and then volunteer!

1. Sharpen Newly Obtained Skills

New certifications, diplomas, or degrees can benefit the organization. Putting that education to work, and sharpening your real-world skills, will only cost you time. Volunteering will make a big difference in your continuing education and skill development…

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Faisal Hoque


FAISAL HOQUEDaniel Kahneman is something of a sage. He is a psychologist, yet he has won the Nobel Prize for Economics.

Why? Because he’s demonstrated through experiment and argument that humans are not entirely rational creatures. In fact, we’re often quite irrational, making decisions that aren’t in our best interest, acting on impulse and blinded by unseen bias, and taking actions that aren’t well evaluated.

When Legg Mason Chief Investment Strategist Michael J. Mauboussin asked Kahneman what was the one best way for him to improve his decision making. The psychologist’s reply was to buy a notebook.

This decision notebook, Mauboussin explained to the investment website Motley Fool has this purpose:…

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 Jodi Okun


Jodi OkunSpring can be a time of rejuvenation and renewal for small business owners and budding entrepreneurs. It’s time to clean out the old cobwebs that are holding you back from taking your small business to the next level.

Here are five ideas you can use to give your small business a good spring cleaning:

  • 1. Clean Up Your Website: More consumers are searching online, but this part of the marketing plan often receives the least attention. Make sure your website is easy to use, has relevant keywords, and provides information in a concise manner. Does it clearly tell visitors how they benefit from what you provide? Check links to make sure they work, add links to your social media sites, and include any new customer testimonials. Now look at your website from a mobile phone and see if it works there, too…

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David Shindler

A Guide to Selling Yourself by Asking Questions

David ShindlerDoes your ego get in the way of building relationships in finding a job and building a career?

Do you find yourself advocating your view of the world more often than enquiring about other people’s perspectives?

How can you get a better balance by taking a curious and inquisitive approach and still sell yourself to an employer?

Most people I meet just love to talk about themselves. Start talking about yourself in response and you run the risk of competing or showing you are not listening. The shutters come down.

A questioning approach is both a mindset and a skill. It means you are no longer the centre of attention…

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Eric Barker

8 Things The World’s Most Successful People All Have in Common

Eric Barker

I’ve posted a lot about the strategies of very successful people: artists, scientists, business leaders.

Looking back, what patterns do we see?

Busy Busy

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, examines the work habits of over 150 of the greatest writers, artists and scientists.

What did they all have in common? A relentless pace of work.

“Sooner or later,” Pritchett writes, “the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.”

What did Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer find when he looked at high achievers like LBJ and Robert Moses?

60-65 hour work weeks were not uncommon…

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