The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 9, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 9, 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:


Cheryl Snapp Conner

5 ‘Can’t Miss’ Conferences For Entrepreneurs In 2015

Cheryl ConnerWhere will entrepreneurs spend their networking and learning time in 2015? With the help of Orange County friend Dave Phillipson, I’ve compiled a list of 5 can’t miss conferences in 2015 for entrepreneurs.

This is an unofficial list compiled on the basis of quality of attendees, avoidance of hard sell platforms, the social responsibility mission of each, and positive results for entrepreneurs. (As disclosure, I serve in an unpaid role as a faculty member for one of the events, CEO Space. Phillipson serves the company as Director for Alliance Membership. The conference is how we met).

On that note, our collective five picks are as follows:

1) CEO Space. Now in its 27th year, this event is billed as a business growth accelerator conference and touts itself as the world’s central catalyst for Cooperative Capitalism, which I have written about in this column before.  It addresses entrepreneurs of all ages, including teens. Events occur five times per year.

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Anese Cavanaugh

How to Set Boundaries When You’re Busy

Anese CavanaughThe energy of busy is killing us.

Yes, killing us. How’s your life right now dear reader?

Busy? Full? Crazy? Overwhelming?

You have your business, your life, your wife, your man, your kids, your friends, family, pets, and your mortgage…

It’s daunting.

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Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill and Leena Rinne 

5 Choices That Will Maximize Your Productivity

5 ChoicesFollow these rules and feel more accomplished at the end of every day.

In The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity (Simon & Schuster, 2014), co-authors Kory Kogon, Adam Merrill and Leena Rinne explore how effective time management can improve overall productivity levels. In the following edited excerpt, they outline the three main challenges to achieving productivity, as well as the five choices to getting more done every day. 

It is both easier and harder than ever before to achieve extraordinary productivity and feel accomplished in our lives.

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Adam Grant

The 15 New Books to Read in 2015

Adam GrantThere are few better ways to start a new year than picking up some fresh perspectives to put into action. Here’s a sneak preview of 15 exciting books on business and behavior that will hit the shelves in the first half of the year. I’ve had the pleasure of reading eight of them so far. If the other seven are half as good, we’re in for a treat…

1. How to Fly a Horse by Kevin Ashton (January 20)

The innovator who coined the “internet of things” solves many of the mysteries of invention. He argues persuasively that creativity is more often the result of ordinary steps than extraordinary leaps…

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Ben Hallman

Hey America, Your New Year’s Resolutions Are Garbage

Ben HallmanIt’s been a week since you awoke with a hangover and promised to do something different. If you are an American, the odds are high that the different-something involved making yourself better in some incredibly tedious way.

Maybe you pledged to be less fat. Maybe you resolved to be a better friend. Maybe — the absolute worst — you pledged to exercise more often.

So, how’s it going? Let me guess: you ran two miles on Thursday. On Friday, you called Cindy, even though you secretly kind of hate her. And on Saturday, you binge-watched The Big Bang Theory and ate 12 boxes of raisins, the only sweet food you hadn’t tossed in the garbage in a fit of optimism.

Here is the awful math of New Year’s resolutions. By the time you read this, there is a roughly 25 percent chance that you have given up. Already. After nine days…

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  • Ronald M. Kyamagero

    Please keep it up! I liked the article about “Busy” most