The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 4, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 4, 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:


Jessica Ann Media

How to Live

Jessica Ann MediaThat’s the name of the book that’s sitting on my desk. It’s a reminder of who I used to be. The moment in time when I needed to buy a book on how to do something as basic as…live. But the truth is that you can’t learn how to live from a book. Or even this blog post. You learn to live by recreating yourself. I had to learn this myself. When I couldn’t find the answers in the book that I bought. I furiously flipped page after page, wanting the words to reveal life’s secrets (I seriously thought there was some sort of instruction manual for life). I’d read each word, seeking something just out of my line of sight. I’d squint to catch a glimpse of meaning somewhere inside the pages. Something to make me feel like the life I was living made…some sort of sense. Only the answers weren’t on the page… Read the post…



Achim Nowak

Creative Dislocation

Achim NowakThere’s jetlag. And there’s Shanghai jetlag. I just spent 5 days in this city I love. A 12-hour-flip from the Miami time of my home. 5 days of dislocation. Getting sleepy at inopportune times. In bed and tired as hell and wide awake. Riding taxis through miles of high-rise canyons blurred by rain. The gasped horror of the swimming-pool attendant as I slide into the water without a bathing cap. I never get un-jetlagged in Shanghai. Never have. Such are the gifts of my Shanghai dislocation… Read the post…

Wharton Blog, University of Pennsylvania

Why the U.S. Corporate World Became ‘A Bull Market for Corruption’

WhartonIt was not always the case that Gretchen Morgenson’s job covering financial news at The New York Times, “meant essentially that I was becoming a crime reporter.”

Morgenson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning business and financial editor and columnist, recalled at the recent Wharton Leadership Conference that a great deal of news coverage from the 1980s and 1990s involved companies that were prospering by “doing the right thing.” While she believes many such ethical companies still exist, Morgenson said that nowadays, it seems that nearly every month some new scandal comes to light.

“You could say that’s good for me — it gives me plenty of material. In fact, I’m drowning in material,” quipped Morgenson, who added that she views a failure of corporate leadership as the main cause of this state of affairs…

Read the post…

Ted Coine

How The Social Age Is Transforming The Way Business Works

Ted CoineRecently, our friends at IBM were kind enough to ask Mark and me a few questions about our book, A World Gone Social. The following one-minute+ YouTube video covers some of what we uncovered in five years of research.

You’ll notice in there that I get particularly excited about one of our findings, about the power of us all to tap into the collective genius of our networks, to become extraordinary in any facet of our lives by drawing on the talent of those we’re connected to.

We labeled that OPEN: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Network. It is one of the two most powerful discoveries in the entire book… Read the post…

Kevin Eikenberry

A Different Take on Feedback

Kevin EikenberryI say this often, and many times people look at me funny. After all, the feedback I give you is about something you did – your behavior or performance – and isn’t about me at all, right? 

Not so fast my friend.

Let’s say you have been promoted to lead people who do a job you used to do. When you give them feedback, it is nearly impossible for you not to see their performance through the prism of what you see as success. You got promoted for your expertise and ability to do tasks, and so you know how to do those tasks . . . well.

So well, in fact, that in your mind, there is a right way to do it . . . your way.

As you review someone else’s performance, won’t you be considering how you would do it and what parts you view as most important?

Yep… Read the post…

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