The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 12, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 12, 2013

5 blogs that matter

Continuing 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:


Kenneth Lange

Benjamin Franklin

Hide not your Talents, they for Use were Made: What’s a Sun-Dial in the Shade?
— Benjamin Franklin

Kenneth LangeThis is the first post in a new blog series about Benjamin Franklin. In case you are that not familiar with him, he was basically one of the most successful men in history. He was a renaissance man who did not just made himself prominent in single domain, but who became a bestselling writer, a wealthy entrepreneur, an acclaimed scientist and inventor, a master diplomat and a founding father of a new nation.

But what really sets him apart from earlier generations of distinguished men is that he started out with nothing, and succeeded despite having no education, no money and no connections. Rather, he relied on himself to create his success and became the archetypical self-made man.

Cal Newport

Why Did Most of Dartmouth’s Valedictorians Become Investment Bankers and Consultants? The Need for a Deeper Vocabulary of Career Aspiration.

Cal Newport

The Brain Drain

My alma mater, Dartmouth College, graduated five (!) valedictorians this year. The majority are moving on to jobs in finance or management consulting.

Dartmouth, of course, is not alone in sending a disproportionate number of its best and brightest to these narrow sectors. In recent years, to name an oft-cited example, Princeton sent 36% of its students to finance jobs while Harvard sent 17%.

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Joe Callaway

Would your customers?

Joe CallawayWould your customers stand in line, in the rain, for thirty minutes, to do business with you?  They do at The Pancake Pantry in Nashville.  Why?  What’s their secret?

There is no secret.  Here’s how The Pancake Pantry has created a booming business and raving, loyal customers for decades:  Value, quality, consistency, easy to do business with.


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Jon Mertz

If Change Was Easy, We Would All Do It

Jon MertzYes. If change was easy, we would all do it. Standing still will not move us forward. Limiting our learning will not create a growth mindset. Change is required. It just isn’t always easy to do.

A few weeks ago in the Lead Change Google+ Community, the question of the week was:

“For you personally, what helps you make change stick? What practice(s) has helped you change a habit, adopt a new habit, or change an attitude or mindset?”

Community Insights: Making Change Stick

The Lead Change Community jumped in with real, practical insights. Here are some edited snippets:

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Frank Sonnenberg

Why? (Many questions, few answers)

Frank Sonnerberg Do you ever find yourself questioning what’s happening in the world today? (I thought so.) I continue to ask myself why? Here are a few things that puzzle me.

  • Why do we marvel at celebrity “role models,” but scold our kids for imitating their behavior?
  • Why do we hear about Rose Garden spending bills, but never White House savings bills?
  • Why do we teach children to color inside the lines, but urge grown-ups to think outside the box?

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Hugh Ballou
The Transformational Leadership Strategist

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