Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 19, 2013
Continuing in my new tradition, 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:
You Have 5 Seconds to Engage Online
5 Seconds. That is how long you have to engage visitors on your website, ecommerce store, or blog before 30% of them leave and 40% of them never return, according to a study, “When Seconds Count” by Equation Research.
The foolish motto “build it and they will come” never worked and definitely shouldn’t be part of your vocabulary moving forward.
Rachel Held Evans
It’s where I connect with you. It’s where I encounter all sorts of new ideas and perspective and interesting people. It’s where I get to practice writing daily. It’s where I first learned of chocolate cake mix waffles.
But I need a break. I need some “wilderness time”—both figuratively and literally—to rest, to quiet myself, and to just listen for a little while.
Discovering Your Team Member’s Talents
The talents of our team members are usually what drives them to excel. Your team will find purpose and meaning when they begin putting their skills to work.
The key is discovering the talents of our team members. They can be hidden or even unknown by the one who possesses the talents. These talents are often buried under years of neglect and distrust.
This is where you come into play as a leader. Great leaders are able to dive deep into a team member and draw out the best from them. This includes finding their talents and helping them develop the skills that make them great.
Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice
The complex world in which we live requires leaders to think systemically. The concept of systems thinking was popularised by Peter Senge in his book “The Fifth Discipline” where he describes system thinking as:
“a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots.”
The practice of system thinking helps us see the underlying inter-relationships and connections which create the events occurring in our organizations.
10 Warning Signs that your SEO Consultant Is Doing More Harm Than Good
As a business owner you are focused on running your businesses, and those things that fall outside your core strengths are handled by employees, vendors, contractors, and consultants. The job of an SEO Consultant is to focus on SEO so the business owner can focus on running the business.
Some businesses have been burned by bad consultants. This is not news, but it reinforces the point that in a nascent industry like SEO, you are bound to have “bad actors.”
The Transformational Leadership Strategist
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