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The Friday Five…The Best Of…The Best Blogs of the Week

January 8, 2016


The Friday Five

I’m constantly discovering something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. This series presents the best ideas and resources that I have discovered during the week. The list of the 5 best will vary randomly, featuring my top posts, the top posts from others, leadership books and resources, and top concepts.

I don’t benefit from promoting any of these posts unless noted. 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:

Memorable Blogs of the Week


Richard Beck 

Experimental Theology 2015 Year in Review

Richard BeckBecause of the regularity of my posting over the last few years–we’re here every Monday-Friday at 5:00 am CST–the question I get more than any other about the blog is this:

How are you able to write so much?

I don’t have a great answer to that question. All I can say is that this blog remains what it has always been, a place to collect my thoughts. This blog is my journal and daybook, a place where I work through my ideas, share stories, write poems and collect quotations I want to keep. I hope you’ve enjoyed the eclectic mix you find here each day. I’m looking forward to 2016.

And now, our annual tradition, the Experimental Theology 2015 Year in Review:

1. The Psychology of How We Read the Bible

Two of the most shared posts from 2015 were posts I wrote about how psychology affects how we read the bible.

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Stacey Roberts 

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Blogging Lately?

Stacey RobertsIt’s here! The first roundup for the new year.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited and motivated for a brand new year of learning, growing and enjoying my blog. Nothing like a frest start to get a fresh perspective on something we may sort of, kind of be stuck in a bit of a rut with.

I hope you find something useful here to kickstart your 2016!

Instagram Advertising: What’s Working? // Marketing Land

Have you tried Instagram ads? I have seen a few of them roll out in my feed, and I think it must be much easier to create one now that they’ve integrated that option to your Facebook Page dashboard. The “have a good image” bit is a no-brainer (Instagram is such a visual platform) but it’s interesting to see the research behind these tips.

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Sharlyn Lauby 

Skills Gap Negatively Impacting Business [infographic] – Friday Distraction

Sharlyn LaubyAccording to the latest white paper from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Public Policy Council, organizations are turning down business because they don’t have qualified people to do the work. 87 percent of respondents said the skills gap was affecting business performance in the areas of customer service, growth and service delivery. I’m not sure that the challenge of finding qualified candidates is surprising, it’s been brewing for a while. But the statement that companies are turning down business as a result is, or at least should be, a wakeup call.

One of the things I found very interesting in the white paper was the distinction in defining the skills gap.

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Tim Kuppler 

Culture: From Word of the Year to a Driver of Sustainable Results

Tim KupplerIn support of this issue’s focus on sustainment, Tim Kuppler, co-founder of and Director of Culture and Organization Development with Human Synergistics, shares with us his thoughts on how culture and sustainment are interwoven. He also provides 10 tips that can help organizations achieve sustainable culture change and achieve greater business results via constructive behavior.

“Culture” was the Merriam-Webster Word of the Year for 2014, but it remains an elusive topic. Culture is a hot subject for good reason since it impacts every major strategy or plan and is the key to delivering sustainable results (profitability, growth, customer experience, employee satisfaction, etc.).

The good news is that the interest in workplace culture is growing fast after 15 years where many organizations focused on the highly visible measure of employee engagement.

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Dan Forbes 

What Would Einstein Do? The Key to Better Decision Making 

Dan ForbesMaking better decisions should be a high priority goal for every leader. Bad decisions are costly and can sometimes take years to overcome — in life and in business. Leaders can make better decisions by asking,

What would Einstein do?

On the subject of decision making Einstein said,

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first fifty-five minutes to formulate the right question. Once I’ve identified the right question, I can solve the problem in less than five minutes.”

Ask Better Questions

So, from Einstein we learn that one key to better decision making is asking better questions. The next time you are faced with a big decision try asking yourself the following questions.

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