The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 17, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 17, 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:




Wally Bock

Use Solitude to Make Yourself a Better Leader

Wally BockOne of the paradoxes of leadership is that the time you spend alone can make you a better leader. It’s there, out of public leadership’s high velocity environment, that you can become a better leader by deepening your understanding of the world and yourself.

Critique your behavior and performance. Group critique should be part of your campaign to gather feedback, but so should quiet review where you can integrate the things you heard.

Reflect. Frederick the Great asked: “What good is experience if you do not reflect?” The answer is: “Not much.” Reflect on specific things, but let your mind wander, too.

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Margaret Manning

Forget Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, Let’s Build a Brand New House!

Margaret ManningAs a young woman, I thought that the path to success in life was simple — invest in a great education, land a fabulous job in my chosen field and work obsessively to get ahead. Along the way, I hoped to find true love, raise a family, buy a house and travel the world. Climbing the corporate ladder, I measured my accomplishments by the new words in my job title. The elusive “glass ceiling” always shimmered in the distance, promising astounding rewards for my hard work. All I had to do was stay focused and do my job well.

For most of my career, momentum was on my side. Then, as I reached my 60s I realized something important that I believe every woman needs to hear.

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Laura Vanderkam


Laura VanderkamWhen I started writing about what the most successful people do before breakfast a few years ago, many people asked me where email fits in a productive morning routine.

We know there’s a school of thought–best summarized by Julie Morgenstern’s wise book Never Check E-Mail in the Morning–saying you shouldn’t check it early on. But many of us do, in fact, a recent survey done by the Huffington Post and Real Simple found that 47% of the 3,583 women polled kept their smartphones on their night stands so they could check email right when they woke up.

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Erin Schreyer 

To Achieve Your Goals, Add One More!

Erin Schreyer2014 is off and running…and, most likely, you are as well!!  Congratulations!!

I’ll bet you’ve made resolutions and set new goals.  You have BIG plans for this year!  You’re going to make “it” happen…or at least, you’re determined to give it everything you’ve got.  That’s wonderful!  I’m cheering you on!!

While you’re adding so many things to your to-do list, I’m going to suggest you add one more.  It’s an important one, too.  One you shouldn’t forget. Not if you want to accomplish everything else on your list, anyway.

Here it is: REST.  Find time for YOU.

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Angela Stringfellow 

7 Emerging Social Networks To Watch In 2014

Angela StringfellowThis year, you’ll have more social media choices than ever to reach your audience. We reveal the newcomers that could boost your business.

New social networks are emerging all the time. While not every platform takes off and gains a significant user base, getting in on the ground floor of an up-and-coming social network gives you a distinct advantage when it reaches mass adoption. Which emerging social networks should you keep your eye on—and even experiment with—in 2014?


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Hugh Ballou

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