The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 18, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 18, 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:




Becky Gaylord

12 Basic Ways for Beginners to Rock Twitter

Becky GaylordTwitter can feel downright intimidating to beginners. “I don’t get it” is one of the most common things I hear from people who are start starting with Twitter or are even thinking about it, but really don’t know where to start. Despite its popularity, Twitter is still brand new, every day, to someone. In 2014, it’s getting about135,000 new users every day.

As grownups, we can feel clumsy or clueless when learning a new skill. (Little kids have a confident way of thinking they rock everything, even when they’re totally new at it. But that’s another post…) I learned to knit when I was 36. It was hard and humbling. But it was also not on display for anyone else to see. Not so in the social web. That’s one of the main reasons that social media — to those with the skills of the training-wheels set but the self-awareness of adults — can feel very scary. It’s intimidating.

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Alli Polin

Speaking Up for Leaders: How to Have Difficult Conversations 


They were calling people up to HR – one-by-one to lay them off.

We gathered around our phones just waiting for the call that we lost our jobs.

Hands were shaking. Tears were flowing. We didn’t know who was getting the call to the executioners office next.

Finally, a VP came down stairs and announced that the rest of us were “safe” and that we should go to main conference room.

The CEO was waiting for us. She looked visibly shaken like she was having the worst day of her life (weren’t we all).

How a leader communicates at a time like this one can make or break the morale of a company for years to come.

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Frank Sonnenberg

50 Insane Mistakes Companies Make

 Frank Sonnerber1. Holding meetings for the sake of holding meetings.  2. Adopting a compensation plan that no one understands.  3. Copying the competition, yet expecting to surpass them.  4. Treating employees as a cost rather than as an asset.  5. Failing to reprimand unethical behavior for fear of short-term consequences.  6. Increasing executive compensation while cutting employee salaries.  7. Trying to “fake” the ability to deliver a service.  8. Introducing a new technology without teaching employees how to use it.  9. Valuing a one-time sales transaction over a lasting customer relationship.  10. Promoting a person with good performance but poor integrity.  11.Failing to implement improvements because they’re deemed to be too small…

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Miranda Tan

5 LinkedIn Tips from Top PR Pros

Miranda TanLinkedIn is the social network for business professionals in any industry. It’s usually viewed as a great resource for networking, hiring, or finding a job, but it’s also a great way to expand your public relations activities to help you stay up to date on industry news, gather sales leads, and create a buzz for your company.

It’s especially valuable for entrepreneurs who are building a start-up company and the owners of small service businesses, but the LinkedIn can seem complex and hard to manage.  Here are five LinkedIn tips from top PR pros, collected over time by MyPRGenie.

These proven tips can help turn LinkedIn from “just another job resource” to a social media network you can’t live without.

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Doug Dickerson

Four Ways to Lead Through Conflict

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. –William E. Channing

Doug DickersonFrench novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas once had a heated quarrel with a rising young politician. The argument became so intense that a duel was inevitable. Since both men were superb shots they decided to draw lots, the loser agreeing to shoot himself. Dumas lost.

Pistol in hand, he withdrew in silent dignity to another room, closing the door behind him. The rest of the company waited in gloomy suspense for the shot that would end his career. It rang out at last. His friends ran to the door, opened it, and found Dumas, smoking revolver in hand. “Gentlemen, a most regrettable thing has happened,” he announced, “I missed.”

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Hugh Ballou

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