The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 1, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 1, 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:

Charles Lines

Collaborating effectively: the ‘Inverted Tardis Principle’

Charles LinesI recently listened to a short talk by Stephen Robertson, CEO of ‘The Big Issue’, a social enterprise business that helps homeless people into work. Many aspects of what he had to say made an impression on me, but one very simple thing stuck in my mind. He said that even though The Big Issue was a well-known organisation with large coverage and influence it was, in terms of its core administration and people, quite a small concern.

This characteristic of being an inverted version of Dr Who’s Tardis, of being ‘large on the outside’, in terms of reach, reputation, influence, etc., but ‘small on the inside’, in terms of people and resources and/or the way the organisation is internally organised, segmented or shaped, is a characteristic of many collaborative initiatives or, like The Big Issue, single organisations that need to collaborate to get things done.

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Elliott Morrow

6 Amazing Social Media Productivity Tools

Elliott MorrowSocial media is a great place to waste time, and many of us do. However, there are also some great tools and apps that can help to actually save time and help users to be more productive and successful.

The good news is that these 6 tools are actually fun to use, and most importantly, they motivate you and your employees to keep moving forward and increasing your value.

A motivated and productive person is someone we all admire. Here are 6 social media productivity tools to help you manage your social media marketing activities.

#1. Buffer
Scheduling tools are great ways to do more than you normally ever could. This is because they allow you to post on many different sites, at all times of the day, even if you’re not connected to the internet. They do just what it sounds like, apps like Buffer will post at a specified time in the future.

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Sims Wyeth

The Most Powerful Ways to Start a Presentation

Sims WyethThe science is clear: People make decisions based on first impressions. As speakers, we can and should take advantage of this fact.

Some years ago, Nalini Ambady, an experimental psychologist at Harvard University, was curious about the non-verbal aspects of good teaching. She wanted to get at least a minute of film on each teacher to be rated, play the tapes without sound for outside observers, and then to have those observers rate the effectiveness of the teachers by their expressions and physical cues.

She could only get 10 seconds worth of tape and thought she’d have to abandon the project. But her advisor encouraged her to try anyway, and with ten seconds of tape, the observers rated the teachers on a fifteen-item checklist of personality traits.

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Bruce Van Horn

LifeThought: My life did not turn out the way I expected it to. Now what?

Bruce Van HornMy life did not turn out the way I expected it to. Now what?

“Now what?” is, perhaps, the most important question you can ask yourself, and you need to ask it every day!

Life almost never turns out like we expect it to. It doesn’t always become tragic and, sometimes, it can be better than expected, but holding on to a rigid expectation of life is almost always a dangerous proposition.

If you have not yet read it, I want to, once again, recommend you read Man’s Search for Meaning by Dr. Viktor Frankl. In this book, Dr. Frankl explores the question that each of us will face at some point in our lives: now what?

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Spike Morelli

Measuring value: beyond retention and cohorts. How to measure what matters most.

SPIKE MORELLII landed on a website yesterday and in the navbar it advertised: 76,799 people received my free newsletter last week.
And so what I wondered? Yes received is a better metric than just sent, but how many opened it? How many actually cared?
Vanity metrics

You might have heard the story about vanity metrics before, how bad and useless they are, but in case you haven’t let me break it out for you.

The best definition of a vanity metric I’ve come across is: a metric that can only go up

The number of signups since you launched is a good example. That total can only grow and means pretty much nothing because 3/4 of those people might have not stayed on the platform for more than a week.

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Hugh Ballou

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