Friday Five

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – March 6, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending March 6, 2015

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:


Travis Bradberry

12 Things You Must Never Reveal About Yourself At Work

Travis BradberryYou can’t build a strong professional network if you don’t open up to your colleagues; but doing so is tricky, because revealing the wrong things can have a devastating effect on your career.

Sharing the right aspects of yourself in the right ways is an art form. Disclosures that feel like relationship builders in the moment can wind up as obvious no-nos with hindsight.

The trick is to catch yourself before you cross that line, because once you share something, there is no going back.

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Frank Sonnenberg

5 Ingredients of Superior Leadership: Guest Post by @FSonnenberg

Frank SonnerbergSuperior leaders achieve success by setting the bar high, encouraging teamwork, promoting win-win relationships, and demanding everyone’s best effort. Superior leaders win the support of their constituents by earning their trust and respect. This is achieved through powerful ideas, personal expertise, and impeccable integrity rather than through their position or by “pulling rank.” In sum, superior leaders hire great people, train them well, inspire them, and then get out of their way.

  • Vision. Superior leaders are visionaries with a “can-do” attitude. They take on the impossible, while their timid colleagues look for the exits. In the process, great leaders confront issues and obstacles head-on and make decisions that position their organizations successfully for the future. This means that their decisions won’t always be popular, but they will be considered deliberate and fair; short-term results won’t always be stellar, but long-term investments will secure a brighter future. These leaders won’t always be loved, but they will be trusted and respected.
  • Conviction. Superior leaders have…

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Sam Horn

Create, Don’t Copy

Sam HornMy first question to my new client was, “So, what’s your topic and approach?”

He responded, “My topic is innovation. I developed my methodology by reading everyone’s books on this subject, collecting the best tips and synthesizing them into a 10-step plan.”

I looked at him, a little shocked that the irony of this hadn’t occurred to him.

I said, “Well, you asked me to be honest with you, so here’s my professional opinion. That’s not synthesizing; that’s stealing.”

Now, it was his turn to be a little shocked. “But that’s research. That’s what everyone told me to do.”

I responded, “Reading other people’s books on your topic and then using their material makes you derivative at best, plagiaristic at worst. If meeting planners wanted to know what these other experts say about innovation, they’d hire them to speak. They’re paying to hear your insights, not to hear a book report.”

“But how am I supposed to come up with content?” he asked, genuinely puzzled.

“You create your own.”

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Guy Kawasaki

The Art of Simple Questions: How Simple Questions Lead to Great Innovations

Guy KawasakiThere is a myth that successful companies begin with grandiose ambitions. The implication is that entrepreneurs should start with megalomaniac goals in order to succeed. To the contrary, my observation is that great companies began by wondering about simple things, and this leads to asking simple questions that beget companies:

  • Therefore, what? This question arises when you spot or predict a trend and wonder about its consequences. It works like this: “Everyone will have a smartphone with a camera and Internet access.” Therefore, what? “They will be able to take pictures and share them.” Therefore, what? “We should create an app that lets people upload their photos, rate the photos of others, and post comments.” And, voila, there’s Instagram. (Inspired by The Art of Profitability by Adrian Slywotzsky)

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Joel Brown

6 Lessons of Success We Can All Learn from Dale Carnegie

Joel BrownDale Carnegie’s Keys To Success

1. Take a Chance

Do not settle for mediocrity or set your sights too low. You might be selling yourself short by opting to be too safe. To soar above the masses and an average life you should look and aim farther and back up your ambition with sincere hard work.

Treat life as a game and do not take it too seriously. Push the envelope to progress as much as possible with your God-given talents.

2. Be Enthusiastic

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