The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 8, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 8, 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:


Nic Haralambous

Why “It’s Just Business” Is Bullshit

Nick HaralambousFor those of us who pour everything we are into our passions, it’s personal. I am done with people excusing a lack of ethics, moral mishaps and blatantly questionable business practices with the phrase “it’s just business.” It’s not just business. It’s personal. It’s All Personal I pour everything I have into everything I do. I work on the things that define me. I work on the things that I am passionate about. I work on the things that I want the world to use, discover and buy. I work on things that tell the world who I am, how I am and what I am. My work is the output of my thoughts, my actions and my vulnerabilities. My work is me and that makes it personal. Read the post…



Travis Bradberry

How Successful People Stay Calm

Travis BradberryThe ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. If you follow our newsletter, you’ve read some startling research summaries that explore the havoc stress can wreak on one’s physical and mental health (such as the Yale study, which found that prolonged stress causes degeneration in the area of the brain responsible for self-control). The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary emotion. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at least some level of this emotional state. In fact, performance peaks under the heightened activation that comes with moderate levels of stress. As long as the stress isn’t prolonged, it’s harmless. Read the post…


David M. Dye

How to increase your team’s productivity in minutes each month

Sweet 16? David M DyeWhen I was 16, I told my father I wanted to be a vegetarian. “That’s great!” he said. He jumped up from the couch, went to his file cabinet, and pulled out old magazine articles and copies of nutrition guidelines. You see, my father was a vegetarian. The articles he gave me discussed how to balance amino acids and other nutrients. I studied those articles and got started, and I was a strict practicing vegetarian. For three days. So, you can imagine my reaction when, decades later, our 16-year-old daughter came to my wife and I and said, “Hey guys, I want to be a vegetarian!” I explained to her that India was the cradle of excellent vegetarian cooking and that the very word came from an Indian word meaning “lousy hunter.” (Well, that’s what Andy Rooney said!) Despite my fatherly wisdom (or perhaps because of it?) our daughter went on with her plan. And for several years now, she has not eaten meat. The foundation of change What do you suppose was the difference between my short-lived experiment and my daughter’s lasting lifestyle change? Read the post…


Bill Taylor

The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk”

Bill TaylorOne of the most ubiquitous aphorisms in business is that the best leaders understand the need to “walk the talk” — that is, their behavior and day-to-day actions have to match the aspirations they have for their colleagues and organization. But the more time I spend with game-changing innovators and high-performing companies, the more I appreciate the need for leaders to “talk the walk” — that is, to be able to explain, in language that is unique to their field and compelling to their colleagues and customers, why what they do matters and how they expect to win. The only sustainable form of business leadership is thought leadership. And leaders that think differently about their business invariably talk about it differently as well. I saw the power of language come to life earlier this summer when I made an eye-opening visit to a day-long orientation held every six weeks or so for new employees of Quicken Loans, the online mortgage lender based in Detroit and owned by high-profile billionaire Dan Gilbert. Quicken Loans is known for lots of things, from torrid growth (the company closed a record $80 billion worth of home loans last year, up from $70 billion in 2012), to much-praised customer service (it is a perennial JD Power customer-satisfaction winner), to its intense and outgoing corporate culture. But behind it all, at the heart of the company’s approach to strategy, service, and culture, is a language system that defines life inside the organization and reminds everyone what really drives success. Read the post…


Tatiana Ceresa

What Leaders Have to Say About Goals

Tatiana CeresaI recently created a list of my personal and professional goals. It was a new task for me, seeing as I have only been in the professional world for a few months now. Setting professional goals should be more short term, easily measureable, and reachable. As a marketer, who invests a lot of time in social media and content marketing, we need to celebrate the small wins and always be one step ahead of the game. Here are a few quotes that constantly inspire me to keep moving forward and always reboot my positive attitude and energy at work! “It is not enough to take steps which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.”  – Goethe Read the post…


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