Foundations, Friday Five

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 20, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 20, 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:


Joe Pulizzi

33 Entrepreneurs Share Their Biggest Lessons Learned from Failure

Joe PulizziA successful career is like a rollercoaster with many ups and downs, whether you’re an employee or an entrepreneur. Understanding how to maintain your success and move past your failures can help you lead a more productive and fulfilling career.

To help provide some insight on how to navigate a career you’re proud of, I’ve asked 33 tech entrepreneurs to share some of their biggest lessons learned from their own failures.

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Dan Waldschmidt


Dan WaldschmidtIf you want to accomplish your dreams, avoiding disaster isn’t good enough. And being good isn’t great enough. Even being great isn’t the same as being awesome. And being awesome isn’t easy.

In fact, achieving awesome is close to impossible.

All across the globe, ordinary people with driving ambition and brutally honest expectations rise to the challenge and do something that the rest of us can only call “awesome”.

Which begs an important question — “HOW”? 

How do some people crush it while you just seem to stay stuck?

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Mike Brown

10 Meeting Spaces for Work at Home Professionals, Other than Starbucks

Mike BrownIf you are seeking meeting space outside a traditional office, you know the traditional options are Starbucks, Panera, or some local coffee shop. Those are okay places, but they’re typically crawling with people and you smell like coffee when you leave.

So what are other viable no-cost meeting space options for work at home professionals?

Yesterday, Barrett and I wound up meeting at a secondary food court in a mall for a change in venue. It was open, quiet, and very pleasant – if you ignored the major butt crack moment on the women cleaning the window at Loft.

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Terri Klass

Four Critical Leadership Traits

Terri KlassHave you ever thought about what makes you an influential leader? I’m always on the hunt for insights and clues to why one leader is able to connect with their team and colleagues while another leader has such a challenging time building relationships. How is one leader able to rally their troops to face an uncertain challenge while another leader is standing on the front lines all by themselves?

I became intrigued with some research from The Center For Creative Leadership that involved interviews with both middle managers and CEO’s. According to their surveys, there are four critical leadership traits: integrity, bravery, perspective and social intelligence. As I read through the study, I began to think about the influential leaders I have worked with and how they live up to these four attributes.

1. Integrity

“Leaders with integrity act with authenticity and honesty by speaking the truth, presenting themselves in a genuine way with sincerity, showing no pretense, and taking responsibility for their own feelings and actions (Peterson & Seligman, 2004).”

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Susan Mazza

The Big Little Leadership Idea

Susan MazzaWhile John Bell attained the position of CEO, I was drawn to his message because he exemplifies the every day leader.  Following is a guest post from John where he shares some wisdom from his newly released book, Do Less Better, as it applies to every one of us regardless of position or title.

Creative people and entrepreneurs hunt for big ideas every day. But what constitutes a big idea?

My definition is this: a big idea must first make sense of things; and secondly, a big idea must create impact.

When I was a boy, I was helping my father build a wooden deck. I asked if I could saw some of the boards.

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