The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 9, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 9, 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:



Christopher Ingraham

U.S. businesses are being destroyed faster than they’re being created

Christopher IngrahamThe American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That’s the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978.

Not only that, but during the most recent three years of the study — 2009, 2010 and 2011 — businesses were collapsing faster than they were being formed, a first. Overall, new businesses creation (measured as the share of all businesses less than one year old) declined by about half from 1978 to 2011.

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Perry Marshall

“How To Leave Your Job And Start A Business – With No Business Plan”

Perry MarshallAfter four years of intense work, blood sweat and tears, we were successfully selling our company to a larger, public company – for $18 million.

I was in line to eventually get a check for my contribution to that, and meanwhile they were offering me a job at the new company.

I decided not to take that job.

When I told them that, they ushered me to the door.

I did not have a business plan when I drove out of the rainy Synergetic Micro Systems parking lot on October 12, 2001. But I did have a picture of where I was going in my head. And I had a notepad of possible strategies, plans and backup plans. My notepad consisted of the following ideas:

  1. Write bylined articles for magazine editors, and keep my own stream of publicity going
  2. Place lead generation ads in the industry trade magazines, telling my story of growing sales and getting publicity…

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Diana Faison

Work-Life Balance for a New Generation

Diana FaisonIn the age of “work-life balance,” we’re trained to segment our attention, with the goal of being engaged with our professional and personal lives in equal measure.  Among the many benefits of this approach is that we learn to be fully aware of our surroundings, both at home and at the office.  But there is a danger to compartmentalizing our lives in such a fashion, as I recently discovered during a visit with my 79 year old mother.

Though the visit had been enjoyable, my mother was frustrated with my children. She pointed out that the kids were engaging more with their iPhones than they were with human beings…

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FastCompanyWhen you hate your job the idea of jumping ship to start your own business seems like a no-brainer.

But if you have a well-paying job you actually like the question becomes a little more tricky. For this week’s question we turned to leadership coach Lolly Daskal, Leo Widrich, the cofounder of social media app Buffer, and resident entrepreneur at the United Nations Foundation (and Most Creative Person) Elizabeth Gore.

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Kevin Eikenberry

How Important are High Expectations?

Kevin EikenberryThe longer I live and the longer I lead, the truer I believe today’s quotation is. The lesson in it for you today may be personal or professional. Sam, “Mr. Walmart” Walton clearly believes it applies to everything.

Questions to Ponder

– How high are my expectations in different parts of my life?

– How have high expectations helped me in the past?

– What action does thinking about this quotation nudge me towards right now?

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Hugh Ballou
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