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The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 11, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 11, 2014

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:

 

 

Meghan Biro

How Companies Can Leverage Influence to Create Trust

Megan BiroIn recent times we’ve seen things crack the foundations of trust — both online and in real life.

Facebook’s incredible morphing privacy policies (and experiments), unimaginable data breaches, revelations that Snapchat snaps don’t really disappear, and of course Assange, Snowden and the NSA. The list could go on.

Despite these betrayals, our trust on the Internet, along with the ranks of online influencers, seems like it is continuing to swell. That coupled with the push we are seeing in the workforce – more millennials entering it and having their own definition of trust and influence – is making this an interesting time.

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Tony Bodoh and Vinny Ribas

The CEO Mindset

Vinny RebasBusiness Growth Insight: Do you spend most of your time in the trenches, doing the dirty work and putting out fires?  In other words, are you completely engrossed in the day-to-day working of your business?  If so, there’s a good chance that you are limiting your business growth because you think and act like the manager of a small operation.  There is a big difference between that and a business owner who thinks and acts like the CEO of a large company. The CEO is focused on growth strategy and the coordination of his leadership team.  He sees a much bigger picture for the company and takes the time to map out how the company will get there.  The transition from the former to the latter is mandatory if your business is going to grow beyond your own personal capabilities. For example, having a CEO mindset is how a locally-owned neighborhood market becomes a chain of large grocery stores.

Leadership Growth Insight: A true CEO possesses a ‘success mentality’, believing wholeheartedly that nothing is impossible.  He sets a mission for his company and is driven to accomplish it. He creates a vision of what the company will look like along its path toward achieving that mission.  To begin thinking like a CEO, take some quiet time to step back and look at your business from a distance…

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Stephen Key

9 Steps to Building and Coaching a Killer Team

Stephen KayIn fact, I’ve had to create numerous teams throughout my career to help me achieve my goals.

These days, my team gets together every morning on Skype because we all live in different places. I couldn’t do what I do without them.

Related: 10 Steps for Hiring Your Next Rock Star

Building a killer team is crucial to your success as an entrepreneur. Here’s how to do it.

1. Look for real talent. Hire people who are smarter and have more experience than you. This may seem like a given, but I’ve found that it’s not.

 

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Lolly Daskal

What Nobody Tells You About Being an Entrepreneur

Lolly DaskalWorking for yourself is the American dream, but too often it leads to disappointment. Discover why–and learn how to make entrepreneurship work for you.

At this very moment, a significant number of people are dreaming about leaving their jobs and going into business for themselves.

These fantasies are fed by all the times we’ve been told to believe in ourselves, to embrace the American dream of going our own way and doing it for ourselves.

There’s no doubt that leaving behind a routine job and becoming your own boss is exciting, and many of those who set off on that path find personal and professional fulfillment there.

But in any endeavor, reality is better preparation than fantasy. And when it comes to entrepreneurship, the reality is complicated.

Here are some of the things you don’t hear about it–but should:

There’s a dark side. The sad truth is up to 90 percent of new businesses–including entrepreneurial startups–fail within a few years. It’s inspiring to hear about an Amazon or a Zappos, but the risk of not making it is real

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Martha C. White

There’s a Good Chance You’re in the Wrong Job

Martha WhiteEver have the nagging feeling that you’re just not in a job that makes the best use of your talents and skills? If so, you’re not alone — and there’s a good chance you’re right. In a new survey, nearly half of more than 1,000 employees say they’re still searching for the “right” career, and more than a third think they’re going to switch careers within the next two years.

There’s definitely a generational component at work here: Two-thirds of workers under 30 don’t think they’re in the right career yet and more than half expect to undergo a career change within two years. That’s understandable given the well-documented challenges young adults have had landing jobs in today’s labor market.

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