The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 2, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 2, 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:

Christina Lattimer

3 Simple Ways to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever!

Christina LattimerI thought long and hard about my seasonal message and what I could sincerely wish for you for this holiday season and for the coming year.  Profound ideas crossed my mind, and I wrestled with sentimental thoughts and meaningful messages.  Eventually I decided to keep it simple.

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Doug and Polly White

3 Qualities Every Successful Entrepreneur Must Have

Doug and Polly White

There are three qualities inherent in all successful entrepreneurs.

1. Adaptability

In most cases, what you start out to do will not be exactly what you’re doing when you are ultimately successful. As you roll out your enterprise, you’ll discover that things you expected to work well don’t work at all. You’ll stumble into things that you didn’t expect to work that will. You’ll see others in your industry doing things that will work well for your organization and you’ll copy them. You’ll have to be able to adapt.

Even if you are one of the lucky ones and your initial ideas work flawlessly, the world will change around you

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Martin Zwilling

Entrepreneurial Leadership Can Save Any Business

Martin Zwilling One of the realities of being an entrepreneur is that you have to keep learning and changing to survive. Everyone on the startup team knows there is no buffer, and no personal isolation from impact based on your job description that can save you. Thus everyone has to make sure they are focusing on what is important, and making leadership decisions to save the business.

That is what business leadership is all about. Unfortunately, in mature companies, a larger and larger percentage of employees forget company survival and customers as the objectives, and focus only on their own personal gain. Risks to the business drift off their radar screen, resulting in poor business decisions, as well as less job satisfaction and declining professional success.

I recently finished an insightful new book exploring these issues, “Lead to Succeed: The Only Leadership Book You Need,” by Chris Roebuck, an expert on transformational leadership. I have worked in both large companies as well as startups, and I have seen first-hand the positive impact of the entrepreneurial leadership principles that he highlights:

  1. Total focus on delivering to the customer…

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Chery Gegelman

Have You Shared Your Vision With Your Team?

Chery GegelmanI was a new middle manager on my first trip across the country to the Corporate Office and was seated in the Executive Boardroom for a meeting.  As we were preparing to take a short break, the CEO leaned across the table and asked me,

“Chery, have you shared your vision with your team?”

I gulped and my mind raced…  Oh no!  I’m supposed to have one of those?  (My mind quickly visualized the formal vision statements that are printed and hung on the wall for all to see.)  As I exited the boardroom, I wandered down the hallway wondering what a vision was and how to get one FAST!

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Gerry Moran

Romance Your Customers Before Asking Them For A Date

Gerry MoranWould you agree to go out on a date with someone who you did not know and called you out of the blue?

Of course not! You’d expect a little flirting and romancing first, right? And, you’d want to have an idea who’s asking you out too.

Well, B2B decision makers expect that same flirting and romancing before they agree to a first appointment with you – even if you promise you can save them money, make them money or fix a problem you think they have!

I bet you are are breaking the rules customer courting and losing business to your competitors, who are romanticizing your quota attainment away!

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Hugh Ballou

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