This Week's Must Reads

Happy Monday everyone. My family had nice little “stay-cation” right here in Houston. A weekend of hotel, restaurants, hotel pool, etc. I think everybody had a great time. Now back to business. And to start with, here’s my weekly summary of some great articles from the last week or so. Enjoy!

  • This article listed some tools your small business could really use: entm.ag/2atZYyd
  • How to make your startup more professional, more mature without killing its energy and creativity: bit.ly/2aA2EtB
  • Remember these tips for how to use great content to drive website traffic:bit.ly/2ajRPLJ
  • I thought this was very interesting. It turns out that brainstorming may be a bad way to come up with new ideas: bit.ly/2akDtrR
  • Some good ideas for breaking through preconceived notions about you and crafting a solid message: bit.ly/2aKzIgn
  • When presenting information, the colors you use can make a real difference. This article discusses how to choose the most effective colors: bit.ly/2auGcCh
  • It’s always interesting o think about what makes a great company to work for a great company to work for. In short, this article says the offer employees a more meaningful, more engaging environment: bit.ly/2a4TVMk
  • Trying to understand why Verizon is buying Yahoo? They’re building a new media empire. bit.ly/2aHlGMx
  • I think this is a really useful article with tips on how to get the most from what you publish on LinkedIn: bit.ly/2arIuUj
  • This article looks inside Tesla’s updated, broader, more mature strategy (and why it just might make sense). Agree with it or disagree with it, I like how it reflects a specific vision. bit.ly/2andYrW
  • Does having a Plan B get in the way of you achieving Plan A? Sometimes by having a backup plan can be a hindrance. bit.ly/2asyOZc
  • Who made the first drone deliveries? 7-Eleven! (and, yes, Slurpees included.) Sorry Amazon.  tcrn.ch/2apBSFN
  • This article outlined a good framework for a really solid marketing strategy to follow. entm.ag/2a09B3q
  • Department stores are struggling. This article touched on how Nordstrom handling those struggles. lat.ms/2aeI9TD

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As you also know I publish some of my own ideas. Last week I was really focused on the differences between leaders and managers – and how someone can successfully make the shift from manager to leader. A few tips I shared:

  • As a leader, become comfortable being the outward “face” representing your organization.
  • One way to transition from manager to leader is to become comfortable making decisions with incomplete information.
  • Always make sure the operational decisions you make are aligned with the company’s long-term vision, strategic goals.
  • A leader demonstrates vision in a way that others will want to help make it a reality. Are you sharing your vision?

And I dug into those issues a little deeper. I shared my thoughts about how to make that transition more smooth: "6 Ways to Stop Managing and Start Leading". I’d love to hear if you have other ideas. Please feel free to leave your thoughts!


Well guys that’s it for today. Enjoy your reading. Leave a comment on the blog. Be sure to share this post and the blog with your colleagues.

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Have an awesome week!