The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 15, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 15, 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:


Jim O’Brien

How well connected are you really?

Jim O'BrienJim O’Brien looks at whether technology is actually improving our connectability or not. 

Be honest: how addicted are you to your smart phone? Do you feel lost without it? Do you struggle to leave those Twitter and LinkedIn apps alone? Does it sleep with you? One US study has suggested we use or check our phones up to 110 times just during the day and then as often as every six seconds in the evening. That’s a staggering amount of time we spend ‘keeping in touch’, so why when it comes to forging genuine, personal connections are we falling short, especially in the workplace?

61% of us now own a smartphone – or 75% among the under 30s – so in theory communicating has never been easier. Yet a recent survey* suggests we actually suffer a dearth of meaningful connections in our workplaces.

Workers were asked whether they were satisfied with the quantity or quality of their relationships at work and the answer was a resounding ‘no.’ 81% complained their leaders don’t listen. 82% said their boss won’t praise them or give appropriate feedback.

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Ryan Mead

How To Hire Your Dream Team Using Workforce Science

Ryan Mead“Psychometric assessment implementation” –see why we didn’t put that in the title? I hope we haven’t already lost you, because this science isn’t as complicated as it sounds, and it can have some pretty powerful affects on your workforce.

Psychometrics are used to measure things like skills, knowledge, abilities, attitudes, personality traits and educational achievements. Do you remember all of those yearly tests that you took in school, and you didn’t know why you were taking them? Those were crafted with psychometrics as a tool to gauge the progress of your education in an objective and scientific way.

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MJ Gottlieb

5 Things Every Entrepreneur Can Do When They Can’t Do Anything

MJ GottliebWhat can you do when you can’t seem to do anything? This has happened to me many times on both a business and personal level and it can be quite frustrating.

Maybe you are waiting for a call or for someone to get back into town. Perhaps it is a product you are waiting to arrive in your warehouse or a service that has not been performed yet that is tying your hands behind your back. There are a million and one reasons why we get what I call, stuck on stupid.

A great example happened to me yesterday. Though it was on the personal side and not the business side, the tools we can use to overcome this situation are the same…

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Chip Bell

The Oath of Leadership

Chip BellChip BellChip BellEvery president since George Washington has started the role of president by taking the oath of office specified in the U.S. Constitution.  Our founding fathers saw it as a crucial pledge to be made by the highest leader of the country.

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

I have often wondered about what the oath of every leader should be and what would happen if leaders were required to place their hand on a Bible and publicly express a covenant to the people they served.  And, what if the oath of presidential office were the model for that expression?

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Kathy Caprino

6 Toxic Behaviors That Push People Away: How To Recognize Them In Yourself and Change Them

Kathy CaprinoIn my line of work, I hear from hundreds of people a month, and connect with professionals in a more public, open way than ever before. Through this experience, I’ve seen scores of toxic behaviors that push people away (including me). And I’ve witnessed the damage these behaviors cause – to relationships, professional success, and to the well-being of both the individual behaving negatively, and to everyone around him or her.

Let’s be real – we’ve all acted in toxic, damaging ways at one time or another (none of us are immune to it), but many people are more evolved, balanced, and aware, and it happens only rarely in their lives.

Whether your toxic behavior is a common occurrence, or once in a blue moon, it’s critical for your happiness and success that you are able to recognize when you’re behaving badly, and shift it when it emerges.

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