The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 6, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 6, 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:


Kaylene Mathews

8 Signs of Great Team Builders

Kaylene S. MathewsWe’re inspired by the winning team. We’re inspired by the great team builder who brought together the winning team.

Great team builders know that winning teams create winning businesses, winning families and winning individuals. The winning business is profitable and a great company to work for. The winning family is strong in identity and commitment to the home team runs deep. Winning individuals know that they themselves become stronger as they help make the team stronger.

There are several traits of great team builders but I have found these 8 to be consistent among the best of the best.

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Sam Ford

8 Leadership Tips From Veteran Founders Who Started Young

Sam FordRecently, I’ve written here at Inc. about advice for young leaders from my own experiences as a consultant in my 20s and early 30s, as well as from Lonely Planet’s 26-year-old CEO.

But what might we learn from those who started a successful business young but are now veterans with decades of experience? I decided to turn to a client of ours at Peppercomm, Citrin Cooperman, for some thoughts and reflections.

Niles Citrin and Joel Cooperman started their accounting, tax, and consulting firm in their mid-20s, with three employees. Now, having just celebrated the company’s 35th anniversary, they manage a team of about 675.

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Avi Singer

6 Ideas for Creating a Culture of Transparency

Avi SingerYou might have heard how Google provides transparency reports showing open information about laws and policies affecting its users.

Some companies take transparency a step further, providing open access to company revenue, equity, and even employee salaries — like social media management company, Buffer, for example.

This month, Buffer just announced the newest addition to its transparent company culture: transparent pricing. This shows customers exactly what their money is used for when subscribing. The breakdown reveals everything from money used for subscription costs to money allocated for specific employees’ salaries — so you know the name of the person whose salary you are helping to fund.

“Transparency has a unique potential to empower and inspire a team that it has largely transformed how we run Buffer,” Buffer’s CEO, Joel Gascoigne, stated in a blog postintroducing the company’s open salary policy. “Transparency breeds trust, and trust is the foundation of great teamwork.”

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Jeff Haden

5 Toxic Beliefs That Make Success Impossible

Jeff HadenSuccess starts with thinking differently from everyone else, because then you can achieve differently from everyone else.

It’s hard to think differently and be able to dream new dreams. We’d all like to be visionary thinkers like Bezos, Buffett, and Branson (the Three B’s of Bold Thinking) and achieve great things.

But most of us aren’t bold visionaries. (I’m definitely not.)

And that’s OK, because while you and I might never come up with the next big thing, we can decide to think differently from other people–and in the process, achieve differently from other people.

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Lolly Daskal

30 Quotes on Trust That Will Make You Think

Lolly DaskalWhether it is friendship, a family relationship, or a business or personal partnership, all bonds are built on trust. Without trust, you have nothing.

With it, you can do great things. Think about it.

Trust is built and maintained by many small actions over time.

Trust is not a matter of technique, tricks, or tools, but of character.

We are trusted because of our way of being, not because of our polished exteriors or our expertly crafted communications.

Here are some thoughts that may be useful to consider as you think about the role of trust in your own life and leadership:

1. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” —Warren Buffet

2. “We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversation with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” —Thomas Moore

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Hugh Ballou

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