Friday Five

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 24, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending October 24, 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:


Carol Morgan

20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

Carol MorganWe all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life:
1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.
Drama is not maturity…

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John Hall

5 Trends Your Marketing Team Should Budget For In 2015

John HallDivvying up your marketing funds isn’t a fun or easy task, so you’ve likely pushed it off as long as possible. You’ve told numerous vendors, “We’ll look at that for our 2015 budget,” but budget season is quickly approaching — and you need to make a decision.
To help you navigate the overwhelming budgeting process, here are five important marketing trends you should consider:
1. Authenticity will be paramount to a brand’s marketing success.
I recently attended the CMO Club Summit, an event bringing together top CMOs from around the world to solve timely marketing issues…

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Elena Aguilar

10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development

Elena AguilarI frequently meet teacher leaders and coaches who ask for tips on giving professional development (PD). Their expansive job descriptions include delivering professional development, and yet they feel unsure of how to do this. I respond by validating these feelings: Facilitating adult learning is different than working with children and very few of us have ever had explicit training in this area.

While this subject is worthy of a book (and unfortunately there isn’t one that I recommend), I’d like to offer some suggestions for delivering PD that I’ve refined over the last ten years. Here they are, offered in a slightly random order:

1. Facilitate Learning
Consider your role when delivering PD to be one of a facilitator of learning. Your role is to guide this learning — even if it’s about something you know a great deal about. As a facilitator, you don’t need to know everything; you can be humble.

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Laura Vanderkam

The fallacy of timesaving apps: They don’t save you much time

Laura VanderkamWhen your phone is less interesting, you look at it less. And that can make you feel like you have all the time in the world.

The universe has exploded with apps. There are over 1 million available for Apple AAPL 0.37% products and for Android devices: recipe apps, fitness apps, productivity apps, shopping apps. Many claim they will streamline your life and save that most precious commodity: time.

But will they? Can they?

“So many people are over-busy and overwhelmed…

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John Baldoni

It Is What You Do After You Get Knocked Down That People Remember

John BaldoniThe day is always darkest just before the dawn.

The may be a cliché you have heard or even used. And while it may be shopworn when it comes to leadership it echoes the truth. Never more so than when you examine the lives of successful individuals.

Warren Bennis, the great leadership thinker and author who passed away recently, once noted that he had seldom met a successful executive who had not been through the crucible of adversity. Bennis himself experienced such a challenge in his first leadership experience as a 19-year old lieutenant in the Battle of Bulge. Lessons he learned at that tender age steeled him in his later life as president of the University of Cincinnati, which he led during times of challenge and turbulence…

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