Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 12, 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:
“Hide not your Talents, they for Use were Made: What’s a Sun-Dial in the Shade?”
— Benjamin Franklin
This is the first post in a new blog series about Benjamin Franklin. In case you are that not familiar with him, he was basically one of the most successful men in history. He was a renaissance man who did not just made himself prominent in single domain, but who became a bestselling writer, a wealthy entrepreneur, an acclaimed scientist and inventor, a master diplomat and a founding father of a new nation.
Why Did Most of Dartmouth’s Valedictorians Become Investment Bankers and Consultants? The Need for a Deeper Vocabulary of Career Aspiration.
The Brain Drain
My alma mater, Dartmouth College, graduated five (!) valedictorians this year. The majority are moving on to jobs in finance or management consulting.
Dartmouth, of course, is not alone in sending a disproportionate number of its best and brightest to these narrow sectors. In recent years, to name an oft-cited example, Princeton sent 36% of its students to finance jobs while Harvard sent 17%.
Would your customers?
There is no secret. Here’s how The Pancake Pantry has created a booming business and raving, loyal customers for decades: Value, quality, consistency, easy to do business with.
If Change Was Easy, We Would All Do It
A few weeks ago in the Lead Change Google+ Community, the question of the week was:
“For you personally, what helps you make change stick? What practice(s) has helped you change a habit, adopt a new habit, or change an attitude or mindset?”
Community Insights: Making Change Stick
The Lead Change Community jumped in with real, practical insights. Here are some edited snippets:
Why? (Many questions, few answers)
- Why do we marvel at celebrity “role models,” but scold our kids for imitating their behavior?
- Why do we hear about Rose Garden spending bills, but never White House savings bills?
- Why do we teach children to color inside the lines, but urge grown-ups to think outside the box?
The Transformational Leadership Strategist
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