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Top Posts I Read The Week Of April 20th

The following are The Top Posts I Read The Week Of April 20th:

  1. Train For Success
  2. Are You Exceptionally Likable? 9 Reasons People Decide They Like You
  3. Bad Body Language Habits You Need to Break ASAP
  4. Why Every Weekend Should Be A Three Day Weekend
  5. How The CEO Of Newman’s Own Carries On An Unconventional Legacy
  6. What Do the Most Successful CEOs Have in Common?
  7. Advice For Those Who Believe They Give Great Advice
  8. 10 Signs You’re a Follower Instead of a Leader

Well, that is my Top Posts for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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8 Fascinating Leadership Articles to Read Right Now

Guest post from HERE.

Today, we were thrilled to dispatch the first edition of our Leadership That Works Newslettera curated monthly digest of the very best leadership links from around the web (compiled by the enthusiastic leadership wonks at ConantLeadership). In the event that you are not subscribed to our mailing list but still have an insatiable thirst for leadership knowledge – never fear, we’ve also compiled the 8 intriguing articles from our newsletter letter right here.  Hope you enjoy — and stay curious! (And, if you like what you see, you can sign up for our newsletter right here).

Yes, You Should Take Work Personally.

Duncan Coombe, in this Harvard Business Review article, adds to the ever-mounting evidence that the axiom, “it’s not personal, it’s just business” is really awful career and leadership advice.

To Be Happy, Focus on Your Craft, Not Prestige.

This great The Atlantic interview with the author of the book, If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?, reveals enlightening truths about what truly fulfills leaders. It turns out, if you focus on the power, money, and prestige — you don’t necessarily get better or happier. But if you find something you love, and focus passionately on mastering it — success, and happiness are more likely to follow.

The Extraordinary Power of Deliberate Practice.

The way to achieve excellence is through deliberate practice — but it’s much more challenging than ordinary practice. How do you keep going, even when practicing with purpose is really hard? This wonderfully practical post from The Quiet Leadership Institute tells you exactly how to master deliberate practice and reach your goals.

The Leader as Artist.

This fascinating post from Brain Pickings wholly captures the idea that leadership is a craft — requiring the same attention and creativity as painting or design. Using supporting insights from maker-turned-leader, John Maeda, the article argues, “that human relationships are an act of creativity and craftsmanship, a supreme art . . .” A delightful read.

You’re Probably Not Telling, or Hearing, The Truth Enough. 

Mindy Mackenzie, author of The Courage Solution, noticed a crisis in the modern corporate landscape: people weren’t telling the truth. Why? “Because people didn’t have the courage to tell it. People were afraid of the consequences. So I wrote this book to show them how to tell the truth diplomatically but effectively.” In this interview with Skip Prichard, Mackenzie shares empowering tips for truth-telling in your leadership.

Why Autonomy Is More Appealing Than Power.

“People were nearly two and a half times more likely to take a job that gave them more autonomy than they were to want a job that gave them more influence” writes Melissa Dahl in this interesting post from New York Magazine that should serve as a reminder to leaders: if you want to engage people, trust them to do their jobs.

How to Change Your Focus.

“We have a choice about where to aim the lens of our attention” writes Seth Godin in this short but effective post on why changing our default approach to challenges is the key to doing better work.

Optimism Starts at the Top (But so Does Worry).

By re-framing the often asked question, “what keeps you up at night?” to “what gets you up in the morning?” — this post in Strategy + Business shows why leaders should be motivated by the excitement of opportunity, as opposed to the dread of failure, if they hope to better engage employees.

Thanks for reading,

Your friends at ConantLeadership

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Leadership Websites & Blogs to Explore

Guest post from Here.

Time and time again Steven and I (Vetter’s co-founders) remind ourselves that we must not work on Vetter in isolation. We must not let ourselves get disconnected from the opinions and thinking of managers and leaders both within our user base and in the broader world. There are a number of websites that we monitor to keep abreast of the latest leadership and management thinking and we thought our readers might want us to share our to-10, listed below in no particular order:

1. Manager-Tools

We’ve been a subscriber to Manager Tool’s podcast for about 3 years now. The MT crew’s core trinity of One-on-Ones, Feedback, and Coaching make it a great educational resource for managers of all sorts. For more information, we recommend diving into:

2. Great Leadership by Dan

Great Leadership by Dan features a regular stream of high-quality articles on such topics as how to act like a leader, succession planning, performance management, and much more. Blog posts are often written by guest bloggers and their cross-section of opinions and views adds to the breadth and depth of this valuable website.

3. Management Craft

Management Craft tags itself as ‘Discussions about state-of-the-art business management’ and we whole-heartedly agree with this description. I discovered this site via a link from another site to the classic post “Birthday Butterfly Flap Post”. This is a great resource for managers looking to refine their craft.

4. Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith has years of management experience and skill under his belt and his website is a wealth of information for those who manage teams both large and small. For a truly enlightening read, check out this page that contains eleven excellent leadership articles including ‘Try Feedforward Instead of Feedback’ which greatly effected much of our thinking about the concept of feedback.

5. Forbes (Leadership sub-section)

Forbes’s sub-site is definitely not the most focused on this list but that doesn’t make it any less valuable as a management resource. Because of its famous brand name, this website benefits from New York Times best-selling guest writers of the highest quality such as Christine Comaford, George Bradt, Lisa Quast, and Cathy Huyghe.

6. The Practice of Leadership blog

Posts are often infrequent on The Practice of Leadership blog, but when they arrive, they are usually pretty beefy and in-depth. Be sure to check out the recommended reading section. Sure it’s intimidating – who has time to read and review all those books – but it’s also a great resource for all things management related.

7. Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

John Hunter’s blog is not a direct leadership blog per se but it does touch on leadership issues via posts on lean thinking and manufacturing, six sigma, customer focus, systems thinking, Toyota Production System, and innovation. It’s well worth the time it takes to find the leadership articles as Mr. Hunter has some interesting ideas from a corner of the world we don’t hear much about (Southeast Asia and Oceania).

8. Linked 2 Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership describes itself as, “a group of global professionals dedicated to leadership development, organizational health, and personal & professional growth”. We describe it as a solid leadership-based website with a profoundly dedicated fan base. The site has a pretty extensive roster of guest bloggers who integrate such disparate topics as Education and Technology and make it all relevant.

9. Three Star Leadership

Wally Bock’s Tips of the Day are the highlight of this site and we find ourselves checking this site several times a week to catch up on Mr. Block’s words of wisdom. Recent tips include: ‘Keep a list of mini-projects’ and ‘Time off should be time off’ – sage advice for managers coping with a variety of issues.


Sometimes it’s easier to figure out what the right way is by seeing it done the wrong way. That’s the heart of the message that Dilbert creator and writer has illustrated for over twenty years. Learn how not to lead at!


Take a few minutes each day to check out our top ten leadership websites, bookmark your favorites, and create a resource that you can refer to for ideas, inspiration, and continuing education in the ever-changing world of management and leadership.

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10 Highly Engaging Leadership Links

Guest post from here.

Today we dispatched the second edition of our Leadership That Works Newsletter,  a curated monthly digest of the very best leadership links from around the web (compiled by the enthusiastic leadership wonks at ConantLeadership). In the event that you are not subscribed to our mailing list but still have an unquenchable thirst for leadership knowledge – we’ve also compiled the 10 articles from our newsletter letter right here for your reading enjoyment.  This month’s links touch on productivity, decision-making, credibility, and much more. Enjoy, and stay curious! (And if you like what you see, you can sign up to receive leadership insights from ConantLeadership here).

You’ve Got to Evolve Your Purpose, Always.

This Harvard Business Review article shows why your purpose, like you, is always evolving. Therefore, you need practices for ensuring your work stays meaningful in the long-term, not just in the present.

Don’t Be the Boss Who Cries Wolf.

In this excellent Strategy+Business article, author Augusto Giacoman tells you exactly why you must put credibility first if you want to get anything substantial accomplished as a leader.  And he tells you precisely how to do it.

Why Leadership Development Is a Must.

“A common misconception is that simply because someone excels in the current role, that success will automatically translate to the next level” writes Marty Fukuda in this Entrepreneur article that spells out four compelling reasons to make investing in leadership development a top priority.

The 4 Trillion Dollar Cost of Gender Inequality.

Bridging the US gender gap in work entirely would produce an estimated $4.3 trillion in additional GDP in 2025″ finds McKinsey & Company in this fascinating, research-backed article that puts the cost of the gender gap in the workforce (and the enormous economic opportunity to be found in fixing it) in stark terms.

Be More Specific When You Talk About Trust.

“As important as trust is and as much as we talk about it, the problem is we are not always talking about the same thing” writes Jesse Lyn Stoner in this helpful post that explains in detail the four different dimensions of trust. Stoner encourages people to be more specific when gauging and evaluating trustworthiness in ourselves and others.

How to Deal with Blamers. 

“The opposite of blame is responsibility” writes Leadership Freak in this actionable post that spells out six practical ways to empower blamers to own their responsibilities more fully.

Yes, Relationships Are Part of Your Job. 

If you’re not comfortable pushing yourself to more fully connect with people, you have to get out of your comfort zone and find ways to do it anyway urges Mary Jo Asmus in this tough-love post; Asmus lays out four ways leaders can better build relationships, even if it doesn’t come naturally.

Be Here Now.

Thin Difference asked a diverse group of people from their online community how they keep themselves centered on their leadership journey. Their answers, compiled in this interesting collection of insights, make for interesting and inspiring reading.

You’ll Never Have Enough Information.  

But you still have to make decisions in a timely manner, given the information available to you. Mickey Addison, in this General Leadership article, paints decision-making as an art that gets better with practice; the more you do it, the better you can strike the balance between decisive and hasty.

Plants Can Make You More Productive.

“What we see, hear, smell, taste, and feel impacts our actions” writes Leigh Stringer in this Quiet Revolution article that outlines ways we can change our environment to “nudge” ourselves towards better habits. What’s most interesting is that “biophilia” – or humans’ innate preference to be around natural splendor — can be leveraged for higher productivity by incorporating natural elements like water and plant life into our work environment.

What leadership links did you discover this month that challenged, intrigued, or inspired you? 

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Top Posts I Read The Week Of March 17th

The following are The Top Posts I Read The Week Of March 17th:

  1. The Worry Trap: 10 simple ways to break free
  2. “The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” —Stephen Covey [Photo]
  3. Three Evernote Alternatives and How They Stack Up
  4. How You Can Find an Antidote to the Poison of Shame
  5. These Mistakes Are Costing You Your Happiness in Life
  6. Don’t Waste Your Pain, Make a Meal out of It

Well, that is my Top Posts for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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Solomon’s Leadership Advice On Alcohol

So, I have a habit of reading through the book of Proverbs every month. Each time I do, different verses jump out at me as though they were never there before. I have learned more about living a great “common sense” lifestyle by doing this than through any other leadership book out there. Recently, I was in a conversation with a fellow leader who really wanted to understand God’s ideas on alcohol and leadership.

This is from today’s reading>>>

“Leaders can’t afford to make fools of themselves, gulping wine and swilling beer, Lest, hung over, they don’t know right from wrong, and the people who depend on them are hurt. Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache of the terminally ill, for whom life is a living death.

“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!”

Proverbs 31:4-9 MSG

Here are three things I gleaned from these verses>>>

1. Leadership is not about you and what you want. It is about others.

I have grown weary of people aspiring to leadership positions for their own personal gain. The higher up the “corporate” ladder you go, the more of a servant you must become. The part time employee works for a pay check. The leader of the company works so those he leads have a better tomorrow.

2. Keep any substance in its proper place.

“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.” -1 Corinthians 6:12

You can become a slave to anything when it calls the shots instead of you. Make sure you are not using anything out of its intended purpose. Make sure you are calling the shots and not your appetites.

3. You need a clear mind so you can be a voice for those who have none.

What we need today are more leaders who are willing to lead people toward all God has created them to be. There are so many people who look fine on the outside by are screaming on the inside for purpose and to feel as though they are making a difference with their lives. As a leader, our job is to constantly be the arrow pointing them in the right direction.

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Top Posts I Read The Week Of February 23rd

The following are The Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of February 23rd:

  1. How to Stay Positive in the Workplace
  2. Why your Morning Shower should be FREEZING
  3. 11 Incredible Things Only People Who Do Planks Every Day Understand
  4. How To Make A Good First Impression
  5. Mentally Strong People Mindset: Accept Failures Without Doubting Yourself
  6. 8 Signs You Have A Growth Mindset That Makes You Mentally Stronger
  7. Everyone Is Talented In Their Own Way: The 9 Types Of Intelligence You Should Know
  8. 50+ Amazing Tips To Stay Mentally Strong In This Difficult World
  9. 17 Small Things To Do Every Day To Be Much Smarter
  10. 7 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Don’t Do

As you can tell, I really loved LifeHacker this week. Do you have a blog you constantly go back to for personal growth reading?

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The Top Posts I Read The Week Of January 27th

The following are The Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of January 21st:

  1. How to Have a Better, Bolder 2017: Embrace the Process
  2. 80 Percent of Kids Want Their Parents to Read to Them and, Relatedly, We’re Kinda Famous
  3. 6 Practical Ways to Honor Your Parents
  4. 8 Reasons I Have Internet Accountability and Restrictions on My Phone
  5. 5 Steps Toward Regaining Momentum
  6. 5 Ways Leaders Grasp Momentum
  7. 5 Interesting Things About Japan’s First Self-Made Female Billionaire
  8. 7 Ways To Live Out The Gospel In A Post-Truth, Post-Fact Culture
  9. Five ‘Leadership Tools’ That Are Really Crutches For Lousy Managers

Well, that is my Top 10 for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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The Top Posts I Read The Week Of January 21st

The following are The Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of January 21st:

  1. The 8 Morning Secrets Of Successful People (Infographic) by Dan Black
  2. The Next Generation’s Perception Of The Church by Phil Cooke
  3. 7 Ways A Pastor Should Think Like An Entrepreneur by Brandon A. Cox
  4. A Crossless Christianity? by Mary DeMuth
  5. Why A Rough Start Isn’t The End Of Your Leadership Journey by Joseph Lalonde
  6. 9 Reasons Preachers’ Kids Stray by Chuck Lawless
  7. 5 Cringe-Worthy Lessons From The Ministry Trenches by Seth Muse
  8. 9 Things I Wish Worship Pastors Didn’t Say by Joshua Reich
  9. 10 Myths About Being A Visionary Leader by Paul Sohn
  10. Introducing Your Child to God

Well, that is my Top 10 for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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How Can I Trust the Bible

The Bible can defend itself. There’s a famous saying that says, “It is said that the Bible is like a lion; it does not need to be defended but simply let loose.
The Word of God has proven itself throughout time and history.

In preparation for the next part of our series “Can the Bible Be Trusted?”, I wanted to give you some additional resources to further your trust in the Word of God. Below are books, links to articles, podcasts, and people who regularly write and speak in defense of Christian faith. It all really comes down to one question though, “What will you do with Jesus?” If you are looking to not believe, you’ll find some random information and voice to support your opinion. If you choose to believe the mountain of evidence that says God is real and wants to be active in your life, there’s an opportunity for that too. What are you going to do with Jesus?

No God but One: Allah or Jesus?: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity (Nabeel Qureshi)
Quantum Christianity (Aaron D Davis)
The Case for Christ (Lee Strobel)
Cold Case Christianity (J.Warner Wallace)
Making Sense of God (Timothy Keller)
God’s Crime Scene (J. Warner Wallce)
The Reason for God (Timothy Keller)
Misunderstanding Scripture With Western Eyes (E. Randolph Richards)
Evidence for God (Michael Licona)
A Ready Defense (Josh Mcdowell)
The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict
 (John Mcdowell)

Can We Prove the Bible Is True?
You Can Trust the Bible
How Do We Know the Bible Is True?
How Do I Respond to Bible Critics?
How Do I Handle Bible Difficulties?
Is the Bible Reliable?
Proof, I want proof
Scientists Prove Existence of God
Proving God’s Existence (Would You Believe If He Showed Up at Your Door?)
Creation: “Where’s the Proof?” (When the person you talk to on creation insists that you “leave the Bible out of it,” they are really saying the deck should be stacked one way.)

Cold Case Christianity Podcast
Apologetics 101
Apologetics Unplugged

Rick Warren
Josh McDowell
C.S. Lewis

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Top Posts I Read The Week Of January 13th

The following are The Top Posts I Read The Week Of January 13th:

  1. 5 Best Apps for Boosting Your Morning Productivity
  2. 7 Marketing Tips for Personal Success (even if you’re an introvert!)
  3. How to Increase Your Productivity by 21% with Exercise
  4. Remember These 3 Things When Your Motivation Starts to Fade
  5. How To Be Calm Under Pressure: 3 Secrets From A Bomb Disposal Expert
  6. 7 Things You Forgot About Life
  7. 6 Reasons Having a Blog is a Must
  8. 5 Powerful Ways to Work Through Fear
  9. The Power of Contentment: How Being Content Can Help You Live a Full Life
  10. 4 Ways to Keep Your Attitude Up When Life Brings You Down

Well, that is my Top 10 for the week.  What other great posts did you read?

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Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of December 30th

Let me begin by wishing everyone a very, Happy New Year.  I hope you have a great weekend before getting back to the “real world” next week.  The following is this week’s Top blog reading list.

This entire week has been full of finishing up Christmas and beginning the slow, painful task of moving. I still had time to read a little and have a great list for you this week.

So once again, Happy Holidays!  The following are The Top 10 Posts I Read The Week Of December 30th: (These are in no particular order)


1. Five Reasons Why Theodore Roosevelt is Inspiring

2. J.K. Rowling tweeted this heartwarming Christmas message to her fans

3. Where There’s a Huddle There’s a Team

5. 3 Unexpected Ways Reading Personal Development Books Changed My Life

6. The 10 Unmistakable Habits of Irresistible People

7. 10 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

8. What Is a Leader’s Most Important Job?

9. 7 Steps to Achieving Any Goal in Life

10. 10 Things The Most Successful People Do Every Day

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