The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 2, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 2, 2013

5 blogs that matter

Continuing in my new tradition, 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:


Miles Kohrman


Miles KohrmanWouldn’t it be great if success was simple?

But it isn’t.

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, but we will do our best to steer you in the right direction.

Here’s a list of helpful habits of some highly successful–and wildly productive–people to get your started. On your mark, get set, and…


It sounds scary, we know, but consider what would happen if instead of watching reruns of bad movies at night, you went to bed at a reasonable hour, thus allowing yourself to wake up early and be SUPER productive?

Read the post…

Lee Ellis

How to Avoid Two Dangerous Traps in Leadership – Listen and Engage

Lee EllisWe often read or hear in the media about leaders whose lack of courage reaped painful consequences. But these “spectacular” failures are just the tip of the iceberg.

Doubts and fears of a much smaller magnitude have caused legions of leaders to fail in less obvious ways.

Although these failures don’t make the newspapers, they nevertheless can suck the energy and life out of the people and organizations they affect. By learning to listen and engage in a healthy way, I believe that many of these less-obvious failures could be avoided.

Learn to Listen

Many leaders fail to listen to the ideas, opinions, and constructive feedback of others. Some go so far as to use intimidation to silence “threatening” ideas. Still others suppress…

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The Art of Irresistible Email

KATIE SMITH MILWAYVirginia was ready to pull out her hair. Why wasn’t anyone responding to her email?

As the director of training for a global professional services firm, she’d recently sent out a note explaining important changes to the summer training schedule and asking office directors to respond with their preferred locations. But only a few had done so. Training was a huge priority for her firm, so why were they ignoring her request?

Corporate employees receive and send more than 100 emails a day on average, according to tracking sites like Pingdom and Radicati. Competition for attention is fierce. So, no matter your title or department, you need to master electronic messaging to get your job done.

Luckily, crafting emails in a way that encourages people to read and act on them is relatively easy…

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Laura Shin

7 Hidden Influences That Help People (And Businesses) Get Ahead

Laura ShinOur minds are sometimes easily moved by forces we can’t see.

Take, for example, the color pink.

In 1979, a researcher asked 153 healthy young men to look at two large pieces of colored cardboard — one pink and one blue. After they looked at each, he had them raise their arms in front of their bodies while he pushed down on their arms. All but two of the men were dramatically weaker after looking at the pink cardboard,…

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Karin Hurt

Great Leadership Produces Great Results. But…

Karin HurtGreat leadership produces great results.  But, sometimes leadership qualities that should work, don’t.

 ”Good” leaders with weak results…

  • spend so much time on people, they forget about the plan are over-using positive strengths worry too much about being liked
  • give up too soon, and revert to command and control (what would you add?)

I want you to lead with compassion, empathy, transparency and love.  I want every human being you touch to be better because you led them.  But, that’s not enough.

Read the Post…

Hugh Ballou

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  • Let’s Grow Leaders

    What a great collection. Thanks so much for including my post.

  • hughballou

    Thanks for providing great content to share and thanks for noticing.