Friday Five

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – November 7, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending November 7, 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:




John Boitnott

How to Really Get PR for Your Business 

John BoitnottHaving a tough time convincing journalists they should write a story about your startup? Try telling them a story yourself.

Living in Silicon Valley, the center of the startup universe, and working as a journalist, I am asked by many entrepreneurs how can they get press coverage. Really what it comes down to is putting yourself in the shoes of a journalist, someone who writes several stories a day. Once you know how to interact with this rare breed of hard-working human, then you will have a better shot at getting your company covered than those who don’t treat journalists with appreciation or respect.

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Rachel Gillett

Will 20 Minutes Of Exercise Make Us Happier And More Productive?

Rachael GillettResearch Says Exercise Improves Our Memories And Mood, But If We Make Time For The Treadmill Every Day Will We Really Be More Productive? 

We know that exercise is good for us.

But when our lives are full of meetings, deadlines, distractions, and endless tasks, adding one more thing to our to-do list can seem daunting. “I’m too busy,” quickly becomes our excuse for skipping our workout.

But what if making time to work out actually made us more likely to get work done?

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Elizabeth Narins 

18 Ways You’re Sleeping Wrong


Even if you eat kale and exercise and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it won’t matter much if you don’t get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function properly. If only it were as easy as shutting your eyes. Take a look at your sleep habits to find out whether you’re making these major mistakes, and learn how to fix them:

1) You swear by your sleep tracker.”You don’t need a health tracker to find out if you’ve had a good night sleep,…

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Nin-Hai Tseng  

6 CEOs with terrible reputations

Nin-Hai TsengThey may run the company, but that doesn’t mean everyone likes them.

Being the top dog of any corporation is a big job. Employees turn to their CEO for direction, while board members and shareholders watch their every move. CEOs gain respect if they’re good (or perhaps lucky), but other times big losses or a few public gaffes can hurt their reputation — or worse, get them fired.

Here’s a look at CEOs who have fallen out of favor — and some you may never find in the C-suite again…

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Steve Keating 

The Ultimate Test of Leadership

Steve KeatingThe ultimate test of leadership is this: Do you as a leader have the ability to help common people achieve uncommon performance? Can you help a follower or a weak leader become a strong leader?

A leader, a true leader anyway, has many responsibilities. Leadership requires sacrifice, commitment and often, steadfast determination to push further when those around you are suggesting that you don’t.

I believe that the greatest of all leadership responsibilities is building people, and hopefully, building them into leaders. If as a leader, you fail to develop a leader who can fill your role upon your departure then it’s unlikely that your leadership can be deemed a complete success. Leaders who cannot build more leaders are limited leaders. That is not my opinion, that is a fact.

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Hugh Ballou

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