Friday Five

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 13, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 13, 2015

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:


Angie Tolpin

Creating a Social Media Mission Statement & Set Boundaries

Angie TolpinWe all have our reasons for being on social media.  For some it may be a way to connect with family and friends that are long distance, for others it might be the social networking for business, or maybe your kids are on social media, so you feel the need to be. I share in our personal testimony below why we are on social media, but from the beginning Isaac and I set out on a mission to be intentional about our posts, to be a light that shines for the Lord.

In this post I intend to share with you four things: Eight Essential Social Media Boundaries to Set, Our Personal Story, and My Personal Mission Statement for Engagement and Participation on Social Media, Objectives I am Choosing to Focus on in 2015 and a FREE Social Media Missions Statement Questionnaire to help you create your own.

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Sims Wyeth

Why Getting Your Story Right Matters So Much When You’re in Front of an Audience

Sims WyethAccording to scientists, language shapes our thinking and our experience in the world. To help you persuade and influence, choose words that paint the right picture in your listeners’ mind.

In a political revolution, insurgents quickly target the media outlets. Their reasoning? He who controls the language controls the thinking. Speech equals power.

Experience vs. Description

Now comes another study to suggest that insurgents may have it right. In this experiment, one group of volunteers saw a shade of yellow on a strip of white paper for a few seconds. The group was then shown another strip of paper with several shades of yellow (including the first) and was asked to pick out the original color. In this group, 73% were able to identify the original shade of yellow.

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Jesse Lyn Stoner

Do You Have a Blah, Blah, Blah Vision or a DRIVING Vision?

Jesse Lyn StonerDoes your vision sound something like this? – Our vision is to provide aggressive strategic marketing with quality products and services at competitive prices to provide the best value for consumers.

Bad news. You have a blah, blah, blah vision. Do yourself and everyone on your team a favor – take it down.

You have two choices. You can decide you don’t need a vision and get on with your work.

Or… you can engage with your team in creating a DRIVING vision – one that lives in the hearts and minds of everyone and naturally drives behavior and decisions.

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Rhett Power

5 Reasons to Continuously Nurture Your Network

Rhett PowerNetworking is how important introductions are made, how your business grows, and how you build your personal brand

Networking: It’s not even a buzz word anymore. It has become one of the fundamental and successful ways of getting hired. Networking is how important introductions are made, how your business grows, and how you build your personal brand.

Networking sounds complicated, but it’s not. You are probably doing it already! When you know how to network to your benefit, you’re influencing your future. Here are 5 reasons to continue to nurture your current social network and to keep adding new faces…

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Belle Beth Cooper

5 More Unexpected Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Belle Beth CooperI wrote a post recently about ways that you can work smarter, not harder. As I worked through the list of techniques I’d collected, the post became so long that I had to split it in half. Here are even more suggestions to help you make your day more productive without putting in extra hours.

1. Limit your to-do list

I’ve written about the history of the to-do list before, and how to write a great one. One of the most counterintuitive but effective methods I’ve found for increasing my productivity is to limit how many items I add to my to-do list.

One way to do this is by choosing 1–3 Most Important Tasks (MITs). These are the big, tough tasks for your day that you really need to get done.

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