Friday Five

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 23, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 23, 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:


Shelly Kramer

Millennials in the Workforce: What Really Matters To Them

Shelly KramerThe generation born in the 1980s and early 90s, sometimes called Gen Y or, more commonly, Millennials, are now making an impact in the workplace. Born into the emerging world of technology and communication, the expectations of Millennials and their outlook on the workplace generally differs from that of their predecessors, meaning that a greater understanding of this cohort is needed in order to find, manage, inspire, and retain this much-needed part of the workforce, especially in the IT world,

As the technology sector booms, IT leaders are more interested in attracting and recruiting the best and brightest young talent than ever before. But attracting Millennials and keeping them happy and satisfied in the workplace is entirely different than it was for prior generations. Generally speaking, this group cares less about job security, paying their dues, and working their way up a corporate ladder than their Generation X and Boomer counterparts, and are exponentially more interested in careers that suit their personalities, their needs, and allow them to have a life outside of work than their predecessors.

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Elana Lyn Gross

10 Ways to Take Back Control of Your Career

Elana Lynn GrossWith the new year rush behind us, this is the perfect time to create new goals, envision a plan of attack, and succeed in new ways.

And since we spend most of our time at work, it makes sense to focus on taking control of your career… and being the best you can be this year!

Here are ten things you can do to help you take control of your career:

1. Ask for Feedback

Constructive criticism can be extremely helpful—it can give you fresh perspective on your work and perhaps highlight a few areas where you can reexamine your methods and modify your approach.

If you take criticism effectively—read: not personally or emotionally—and reflect on it, you can definitely improve your overall quality of work.

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LaRae Quy

How To Think On Your Feet When Under Pressure

LaRae QuyDuring a large meeting of agents at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., the Counterintelligence Section Chief turned to me and asked what I felt was the priority target for foreign spies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

My answer was based on solid information gathered by my fellow agents. I kept my answer concise and clear. The Section Chief nodded and then asked, “What operations have you initiated to stop it?”

As every head in the room turned toward me, I felt my mouth get dry and I cleared my throat so I could respond with a calm and clear voice. But the truth was awkward—I hadn’t initiated any operation against the target. Yikes!

Have any of you ever felt yourself under pressure to come up with the perfect answer when put on the spot by your CEO or supervisor? And in front of your colleagues? What if you can’t think of anything to say?

I felt a collective sigh of relief from the others that I had been the one singled out and forced to admit the FBI was struggling to find effective ways to penetrate the activities of a foreign intelligence service. It didn’t help that I’m the kind of person who comes up with perfect retorts—about twenty minutes after the question is asked.

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Anna Tomalik

You and the customer: Beginner’s guide to 4 social styles

Anna TomalikCustomers vary in the way they approach us, talk to us (or don’t talk to us) and make decisions. Just as we differ in the way we deliver service to them. Most of the variety comes from different social styles we all use in contact with the outside world.

What is a social style, anyway?

The social style is our public “I”, that we use to interact with people. Our social style is our best, most comfortable and easiest way of dealing with others. It’s like our favorite clothes we put on in the morning while getting ready to go through the day.

Our social style is developed when we are babies and toddlers. At that time, some of our behaviors are reinforced while others are repressed. This way, we learn that some behaviors are more likable than others. Here’s the tricky part: other people, on their journey to adulthood, get different messages about their behavior and develop different styles of communication.

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Rebekah Radice

Social Media Conversion Ideas You Should Be Using, but Probably Aren’t

Rebekah RadiceClick, read, buy. Three actions you want your social media fans and followers to take.

But they’ll never know how to react if you don’t ask.

Incorporating specific conversion tactics can make all the difference in your social media posts. But too often, businesses skip the specifics and instead choose to use a call to action (CTA) that only speaks in generalities.

This is a lost opportunity to take a casual fan or follower and convert them into a subscriber or potential client.

So, what exactly is a call to action?

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Hugh Ballou

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  • Ania

    Hugh, thank you for sharing my work with your audience. I’m happy to be here.

    I like how you put it in the intro: “It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think.”

  • Hugh Ballou


    Thanks for noticing. Your writing is very worthy. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.