The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 25, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 25, 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:

Jim Akers

A Powerful Body Language Lesson

Jim AkersShow me the money! Was it just a great movie line? After exploring the science of body language you may be shouting, “show me the money,” before your next big performance.

“Show me the money,” was from the movie Jerry Maguire. Maguire, played by Tom Cruise, is a hot-shot sports agent. Feeling he is at the peak of his game, he writes a mission statement about the dishonesty in the sports management business which prompts his firm to fire him. Maguire, confident in his ability and relationships reaches out to all of his clients.

Maguire, after being rejected by all of his high-profile clients calls Rod Tidwell, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr., who is the last client on his list.  Maguire’s confidence having been crushed tries to convince Tidwell to stick with him… Read the post…

Denise Lee Yohn

Use a Brand Council to Help Steer Strategy

Denise Lee YohnDavid Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, once observed that “Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing people.” A more current corollary might be, “Brand-building is too important to be left to the brand people.” The historical role brands have played – serving as symbols to guarantee a certain level of quality or as images to attract attention – is no longer relevant or useful today. A brand can’t just be a promise; it must be a promise delivered. And brand stewardship can no longer be under the exclusive purview of marketing departments and brand managers. A 2008 survey of chief marketing officers and brand managers by the Association of National Advertisers found that 64% say their brands do not influence decisions made at their companies. Brands may drive communications activities, but little else. This means that nearly two-thirds of companies are pouring millions of dollars into marketing and advertising to promote certain values and attributes that may or may not be aligned with the reality of the business. Customers no longer tolerate the disconnects that arise from such gaps – and companies can no longer afford to keep brand-building a costly, discrete, and subjective set of activities… Read the post…

Euan Semple

Learning to Say No

Euan SempleOne of the attractions of our mobile online world is that we can do pretty much anything, anywhere, any time. This is also one of the biggest challenges.

If we are not careful we can end up working all the time. The boundaries between work and home, or work and play, are getting increasingly blurred, and it is us who are having to manage those boundaries… Read the post…

Jeff Boss

4 Ways to Steal Time for Yourself and Find a Better Balance

Jeff BossA long-term work-life balance is about as durable as building a brick-and-mortar business without the mortar — it may last, but not for long. In fact, just the balancing act alone is another hat to wear aside from all your other personal and professional pursuits. After navigating known and unknown challenges in the SEAL Teams for 13 years, I’ve discovered that there is just one, singularly powerful way to balance the push of your profession with the pull of your passion: you don’t. Seriously. If your heart is in a different place than your paycheck then you’re working on borrowed time, because it’s only a matter of when you realize that work burnout has gotten the better of you before succumbing to life’s pressures. Hey, it happens. Of course, if you’re not one of the fortunate few who absolutely love what they do, or not ready to forego a steady income stream for your guitar playing, you can try to find a work-life balance through these four avenues: 1. Workout at the office. You may turn into “that” guy or girl but there is nothing wrong with exercising at work… Read the post…

Red Coiné

Leadership Ethics: It Doesn’t Depend

Do you want high morale at work? Be ethical.

Ted CoineImagine recent outcomes at GM, and Toyota before it, if some frontline engineer – or even assembly line worker – used the company Intranet to say “Hey, CEO, there’s a fundamental design problem with (fill in the blank),” …and the CEO stopped production while the glitch was fixed, even if that meant months of stalled production.

Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all. Ethics today makes you more money, every day of the year, for generations… Read the post…

Hugh Ballou

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