The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 7, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 7, 2014

5 blogs that matterContinuing in my new tradition, 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:



Martina G. McGowan

6 Important Factors for Getting from Where You are to Where You Want to Be

MARTINA G. MCGOWANDr. Joe Vitale, a motivational speaker and author, is quoted as saying, ”the fastest way to get where you want is to be happy with where you are.” Believe it or not, this mindset is actually effective. It may take making some changes and soul searching on your part, but in the end, it will be more than worth the effort to adopt this positive mentality.

While you should work to make your dreams come true, concentrate, also, on yourself and on your journey. When you spend less time wishing things were different than they actually are, and more time accepting what you already have, you will fine that a sense of peace and happiness already exist right where you are.

Become who you want to be right now! How?

1. Feel gratitude. When you concentrate on the bigger picture,…

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Lolly Daskal

Reputation Matters But Character Leads The Way

Lolly DaskalReputation is the basis of leadership, no matter the job. It is built over many years, one word at a time, one action at a time, one deed at time. In leadership, few things matter more.

Reputation is among the most treasured and powerful assets. It is what others think of us, and it’s at the foundation of how we distinguish ourselves.

Our reputation is ours, very personal but also very easy to lose.

We must guard our reputation like a precious gift; we must nurture it and nourish it daily…

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Dan Schawbel

Robert Sutton: How Companies Can Sustain Peak Performance

Dan SchawbelI recently caught up with Robert Sutton, who is the co-author with Huggy Rao of a brand new book called “Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less” (Crown Business). The book explains what leaders and teams can do as they strive to develop better ways of doing work and then spread those ways to other teams in the organization…

In the following interview, Sutton talks about the biggest obstacles leaders are facing right now, the Buddhism and Catholicism continuum, how leaders can make team members more accountable, and his best advice to you…

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Susan Mazza

Is Efficiency Undermining Your Success?

Susan MazzaEfficiency has historically been one of the driving forces of booming businesses. Yet although efficiency is certainly essential to business production, when it comes to modern organizations a focus on efficiency can actually distract you from your real goal.

Contrary to a popular belief from the Industrial Age that seems to be hanging on tightly, efficiency does not always equal effectiveness. In fact, an over-reliance and focus on efficiency can actually rob you of being effective. Why? Because today many organizations function a lot more like a complex adaptive system than the machine based model we have inherited. Too much focus on making the parts efficient can actually distract you from your real goal…


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Jennifer G. Hanford

Lead Generation Strategies For Small Businesses

Jennifer G. HanfordMany small businesses rely on local and direct means for lead generation, including word of mouth marketing, printed flyers, direct mailers and networking. Although these marketing activities work well for those businesses that choose to keep business in their own neighborhoods, others may be ready and willing to broaden their horizons.

Do you own or work for a small business in the United States? If so, you’re among a large population of U.S. businesses and the numbers are only growing. These SBA (Small Business Administration) statistics from a recent Forbes article demonstrate some surprising, yet powerful numbers:

  • There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US and over 22 million are self employed..

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  • SissymMascarenhas

    Hi Hugh!

    I really enjoyed your instructions. I was also browsing the blogs. I have read and left my opinion on some of them.