The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 14, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 14, 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:




Michael Wade

The Sum Total

Michael WadeI’ve yet to encounter an organization that declares: “We want an egotistical CEO who’ll assemble an inner circle of toadies, squelch dissent, drive off good performers, spend like there’s no tomorrow, and make a shambles of our operations. We want him or her (incompetence comes in both sexes) to tolerate and even promote the inept, cater to greedy interest groups, create disruption with ridiculous policies, engage in staggering acts of hypocrisy, waste time and resources, and overturn years of successful practices. We want to overpay this person because you get what you pay for and we figure our bold leader is world-class.”

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Danny Rubin

9 Reasons Every Young Professional Needs a Side Hustle

Danny RubinAndres Zapata, the owner of a consulting firm, is handing Millennials a golden opportunity: Zapata closes his office every day at 5:30 pm without exception.

Francesca Di Meglio of Bloomberg says our generation demands a greater work/life balance, and companies like Zapata’s give us what we want: more free time.

What’s the best way to fill (some of) the extra hours? With a side hustle. It could be anything: a business venture, start-up, developing an app, volunteering your time, part-time job or even tinkering with a blog.

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Andrew Davis

A Tweet Sheet

I’m so glad you’re tweeting from #MPWorld!

Andrew DavisI know I move fast and sometimes it’s hard to keep up. That’s why I’ve created this handy-dandy list of tweetable stuff from today’s presentation! Feel free to use it as you see fit. This is what I call a Tweet Sheet!

Here are a couple of tips:

  1. Edit anything you’d like as you’re Tweeting. Cut, copy, paste – even add a picture if you think it’s worth it!
  2. You don’t have to Tweet all of this – only the stuff you think is really worthwhile.
  3. You may want to add the Hashtag for today’s event to each Tweet. (I didn’t have time to add them for you.)
  4. Have fun. I am

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Shannon Huppin

Why Google+ Is Becoming A Necessary Evil for Small Businesses

Shannon HuppinYou may recall that back in the 90s, Google’s motto was “Don’t Be Evil.” It was suggested by a junior programmer at a staff meeting, if we’re not mistaken (you can Google it.)

Needless to say, the company dropped the motto somewhat recently. This isn’t to say Google now condones evil and all it entails. But it’s hard to not think about the motto when you consider some of their recent moves (not that they’re evil, mind you.)

Take Google Plus for example. It’s the “little engine that could” precisely because it is piggybacking on top of all of Google’s other assets, namely Gmail. After all, if you have a Gmail account, well, you’re on Google+.

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Mark Miller

What Does A Win Look Like?

Mark MillerHow do you keep score? How does your team keep score? What does a win look like? Are these questions you immediately have an answer for, or do they make you stop and think? Do you have an answer at all? I believe this is one of the most critical factors in human engagement. I think it’s true at home, at work and even where we play.

The best leaders help people understand what winning looks like and how to get there. Wins come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few principles to consider as you help your team and yourself answer the important question:


A win must be quantifiable.

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Hugh Ballou
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