The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – March 28, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending March 28, 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:



Steve Keating

The Murderous Nature of The Status Quo

Steve KeatingAre you a “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” kind of leader? Do you believe in “leaving well enough alone?” Have you ever looked at your organization, your team or your processes and said confidently “we’re good, no need to reinvent the wheel?

Consider that last statement for a moment. Imagine if the wheel really had never been reinvented. History tells us that the first wheels were apparently made from stone. They were as round as they could make them but I’ve yet to see an image of a perfectly round wheel from the days of the first wheels.

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Tanveer Naseer

The Language of Leadership

Tanveer NaseerThese days, we talk a lot about the benefits of embracing diversity in the workplace. Of how intermingling people of different cultures, beliefs and nationalities can allow us to tap into the diversity of thoughts, ideas, and perspectives that go with these unique demographic elements.

Of course, sometimes it can be difficult to appreciate just how these differences can help us to discover new insights, particularly if we live in a fairly homogeneous population. As such, I’d like to share the following four words from languages found in different parts of the world to not only show how these diverse viewpoints can benefit your organization, but also how they remind us of the underlying commonalities that we all share.

1. Meraki – Creating work that ignites our creativity and soul
In the Greek language, there is a word they use called “Meraki” which means ‘doing something with soul, creativity, or love’; that you’re able to put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing. In most cases, meraki is used to refer to how one prepares a meal, arranges a room, or sets an elegant table…

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Patricia Rossi

Business Growth and Social Influence

Patricia RossiThe best way to soar, fly, or pull a head of the pack IS SO SIMPLE.

It’s all about the little things. I spoke with a colleague after a business luncheon last week. The best part of my job is constantly being pulled aside and told about the real life daily etiquette escapades people encounter. She shared with me that the highly successful gentleman from her date the night before had texted her when he arrived at her house, “I’m here, come on down.” She text back “Could you please walk up?”

Later at dinner, he started eating his entree before her’s arrived. Even if the date didn’t work out, this relationship could be of value for referrals, a new friendship or business growth. But this relationship didn’t go further, not even on a business or friendship level because the tiny social skills that make us all feel valued weren’t present. Major opportunity lost…

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Ken Mueller

5 Reasons You Need to Monitor Your Brand Online

Ken MuellerWhen it comes to digital marketing, it’s much more than just having a website, some social media activity, and perhaps an email newsletter. Not everything that interests you is going to happen on your particular properties and within your earshot.

In fact, there might be things happening on the web and social media that directly involve you, but you won’t know about them unless you’re listening. I’m actually amazed at how many businesses don’t even pay attention when people are speaking directly to them on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. It’s amazing how often direct pleas and engagement are ignored, let alone some of the more hidden or hard to find stuff.

You need to keep your ears too the ground and make sure you know what people are saying to you, both when they are saying it to your face, as well as when they are telling the rest of the world about you. In addition to monitoring your own online presence and properties, you can use tools like Talkwalker Alerts, Social Mention, or Mention (to name a few) that can give you updates whenever someone is talking about you.

Here are 5 reasons why it’s important to put a strong brand monitoring program in place:

1. To see what people are saying about you

When people visit your business, they walk away with an impression…

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Andy Zahn

Leadership Development Through Authenticity

Andy ZahnThroughout my tenure in leadership roles, I’ve made it a point to stay up to date with management best practices by networking with other leaders and reading relevant material. One of the major takeaways has been that being a great leader means acknowledging that you need to take the time to develop yourself just as much as the people you lead. Going back to the basics can make a big impact.

Listen Closely

Have you ever heard the saying about having two ears and only one mouth for a reason? Leaders especially must be mindful of this to make constructive improvement. It’s easy to get caught up in your own agenda and unknowingly shut out what someone else is suggesting. Instead, make it a practice to listen to others without letting your own thoughts and plans overshadow this new and potentially beneficial perspective.

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Hugh Ballou
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