The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – April 25, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 25, 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:



Bruce Van Horn

LifeThought: When you get tackled, get up and run another play!

Bruce Van HornWhat is the primary goal of every play in a Football game? (American Football, for my international readers) The primary goal of every play in Football is to score a touchdown. Does every team reach its goal on every play? Of course not!

Dave Ramsey hosts of a very popular talk-radio program for discussing financial matters. One day, I heard Dave give the above response to a caller who had just told Dave about an investment that had not turned out the way it was planned. After getting all of the details from the caller, Dave gave this great analogy to remind the caller we all have goals and sometimes bad things happen that knock us off our feet and prevent us from reaching those goals as planned. He encouraged the caller to not give up because of this setback; to get back in the game and keep trying. It was great advice!

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Carol Malone

What I wished I’d learned first by novelist, Carol Malone

Carol MaloneI wrote six manuscripts before I ever thought I might need some professional help – the writing kind and the psychological type. (What will all those characters screaming at me in my brain!) It hurt to hear people telling me my beloved stories sucked. I just couldn’t figure out why they didn’t want to continue reading my manuscripts after they asked me if they could.

I was handed an article from the newspaper advertising a Writer’s Boot Camp being held in our local area. I was both intrigued and petrified. But I recognized an opportunity to get help and create better stories…

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Rebecca Greenfield


REBECCA GREENFIELDErica Cerulo describes her inbox as “the scariest.” “I don’t delete anything. I have hundreds of thousands of emails–I had to buy more Gmail storage,” the Of a Kind founder told Fast Company. If inbox zero is zen, Cerulo’s email situation is mayhem. But, she doesn’t feel overwhelmed by it; she embraces the chaos. “My system works for me,” she added.

Both Cerulo and her Of a Kind co-founder, Claire Mazur, are email advocates. Mazur’s inbox isn’t quite at the level of her partner’s, but any champion of inbox zero would cringe at its disorder. Like Cerulo, she accepts the overload. “It is what it is,” she said…

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Steve Brown

Why it is essential for a leader to use the skills and mindset of a negotiator?

Steve BrownWhat do venture funding, employee reviews, project planning and vendor selection have in common? Let’s put it simply – they call for negotiation and persuasion. Most business meetings are not seen as a negotiation, but they still involve communication and bargaining. The parties involved must reach an agreement and for that to happen they have to resolve their differences. Leaders who want to attain success need the mindset of a skilled negotiator. Whether we’re talking about CEOs, entry-level managers or entrepreneurial leaders, to get to the top you must be ready to ask for what you deserve.

Negotiations are complex – in business, they’re vital

Leaders should possess strong negotiation skills. Bargaining is not just a matter of buying and selling, it’s more about doing everything that needs to be done for your company to thrive…

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Claire Cain Miller

For Women in Tech, Pay Gap Is Unusually Small

Claire Cain MillerTechnology, with its bro culture, has not been a particularly welcoming profession for women. So it is surprising that in the tech sector, the pay gap between women and men is one of the smallest.

Female computer scientists make 89 percent of what men in the same occupation make, controlling for age, race, hours and education, according to data from Claudia Goldin, a Harvard University labor economist and expert on women and the economy. For engineering managers, pay is just about equal for men and women.

Those numbers are significantly better than in other professions, including finance (66 percent), medicine (71 percent) and law (82 percent)…

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Hugh Ballou
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