The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 28, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 28, 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:





Tim Macartney

The key to transformational leadership in business is self-doubt

Tim Mac MaCartneyA colleague preparing an academic paper was contemplating the hypothesis that transformational leadership was less likely in hostile expedition environments than the less physically life-threatening environment of business – the harsh exacting nature of wilderness necessitating a more traditional command and control leadership style.

Clearly much depends upon our interpretation of the term transformational, but my initial response was to think of Ernest Shackleton, who displayed extraordinary and inspirational leadership. His famous trans-Antarctic expedition was transformational for those accompanying him.

Certain military leaders also come to mind…

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Jake Sorofman and Andrew Frank

What Data-Obsessed Marketers Don’t Understand

Jake SorofmanBig data has become the X factor of modern marketing, the hero of every marketer’s story. But it’s a promise at risk of letting you down. You may be thinking that data will magically turn bush-league marketing into a winning “Moneyball” performance. But that’s an artifact of our big data obsession. Data, alone, isn’t what makes marketing move the needle for business.

Data can play a leading role in developing strategy and bringing precision to execution, but it does nothing — absolutely nothing — to stir motivation and create the desire that makes cash registers ring. Data is important, but it’s content that makes an emotional Andrew Frankconnection.

That’s why we believe today’s data-obsessed marketers are at risk of cultivating only half a brain. Marketing leaders must remember that true brand intelligence lives at the intersection of head andheart, where the emotional self meets the analytical self.

After working with numerous marketers, we developed the Intelligent Brand Framework to provide a structure for thinking about marketing investments across creative and operational disciplines, using a combination of data-driven and human-centric approaches. Its goal is to ensure that marketers don’t blindly focus on any one area without due consideration for the implications and tradeoffs to the organization’s broader goals. The goal is to help marketers find balance…

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Rebel Brown

4 Ways to Shake Up Your Business Mind

Rebel BrownThe biggest threat to any business is our status quo thinking and behaviors. Highly successful professionals move beyond this mindware, shaking up their perspectives to drive breakout results.

You can too.

4 Ways to Shake up Your Mind

Every human on this planet is driven by our unconscious mindware. When we step out of the way we’ve always seen, heard, felt, thought about and done it – we step into a new level of vision, performance and results.

So how we do we get out of our programmed, automated responses and into always-conscious decision making and action? Here are 4 tools that will move your mind and shake up your thinking.

  • Consciously seek a different way…

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Jesse Lyn Stoner

Try Collaborative Change for a Change

Jesse Lyn StonerIf you are tired of “trickle-down” change, consider using a collaborative change process where a large slice of your organization comes together for real conversation and to make decisions about your collective future in real-time.

This kind of high-involvement process was used by Southern New England Telephone to prepare for deregulation and the emergence of competition. It was used by Jackson Hole Ski Resort to reconsider their strategic direction. It was used when the Boston Gardens closed and they opened the new Fleet Center building. It was used by the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center when they opened under new management.

It has been used by hundreds of other organizations, where leaders understood that the attempt to hold onto power at the top of the organization would ultimately topple their efforts and that the most powerful path forward was through a high-involvement process that trusted the intelligence and commitment of the people in their organization…

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Jayme Barrett

5 Habits Of Highly Fulfilled People

Jayme BarrettWe all know many people who are successful, but would you say they are fulfilled on a daily basis? Annie Dillard writes, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

In my work as a feng shui and life enhancement consultant, I’m always asking my clients what kind of lifestyle they want. How we fill our days ends up being pretty important.

So, I’m asking you now. How do you want to fill your days? In what environment do you feel the most alive? Is it in an office, art loft, coffeehouse, yoga studio, or outdoor space? Who do you want to interact with on a daily basis? Are you happiest by yourself? What types of people bring out the best in you? Who inspires and supports you? What do you want your brain to focus on for daily work?

Write down the lifestyle you want or go further and create a manifestation board and place it where you can see it every day.

Below are five ingredients I’ve used to create a fulfilling life:

1. Do what you love and what makes you happy.

Simple enough…

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Hugh Ballou
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