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Friday Finds - Job Offers, Negotiation, and Productivity Tips

I'm the luckiest guy in the world--mostly because I'm married to Faith Stevens. So I took her away for 10-days to vacation in Whistler, Vancouver, and Seattle. We had a tremendous time focusing on each other and our marriage. This picture is from one of our hikes.

Now I'm back in the saddle and want to add value to your life by sharing these leadership articles.

The Secret to Negotiating a Better Deal: 3 Ways to Put Yourself Exactly Where You Need to Be via Michael Hyatt

Effective negotiation is not always a natural skill, though it is necessary in many leadership situations. In this enlightening article, Michael Hyatt outlines 3 strategies to equip you for even the trickiest of negotiations. 

What To Consider Before Saying "Yes" To A Job Offer by Katie Bivens via Vanderbloemen Search Group

It's hard to ignore the excitement of a job offer, especially if you've been seeking your next position for some time. However, it can never hurt to spend some time discerning whether or not this is the next step for you. These 4 important considerations from Katie Bivens will shed some light on your impending decision.

Productivity Secrets from Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and More via FastCompany.com

We all want to figure out how to be more productive. I found these tips from some really smart and successful people to be incredibly helpful. For example, take time to "close virtual doors"--meaning turning off email, messaging, and social media for an hour here and there so you can get a project finished. Brilliant, right? Yeah--there's more in this article.  

How to Leave a Legacy as a Leader - Rainer on Leadership #350 via ThomRainer.com

Want some really good leadership advice? Leave your company or organization better off than it was when you started. In this podcast episode, Thom Rainer provides 8 keys to leaving a lasting legacy on your staff. 

What are some articles that you've found this week? Let us know in the comments below. 

Friday Finds - Sports Teams, Generational Leadership, and Email Detox

Photo by Matt Alaniz on Unsplash

Photo by Matt Alaniz on Unsplash

This week I'm enjoying some time away with Faith. We've done a no-kids vacation for all 27-years of our marriage--so even though we are inching closer and closer to being empty-nesters...we aren't stopping now. We've been holed up in the mountains of Whistler, British Columbia for a few days--enjoying hikes, meals and hanging out together. It's pretty easy when you love the person you are doing life with!

But I'm still taking a few minutes away to share these leadership articles with you. Enjoy!

Why the Most Successful Companies Think Like Sports Teams by Scott Scherr via Fortune Insiders

What do Bill Belichick, head coach of the New England Patriots, and a successful startup entrepreneur have in common? More than you'd think. Check out this great article from Scott Scherr to find out.

Four Work-Life Questions To Ponder On Vacation This Summer by Art Markman via Fast Company

Turns out you don't need to be working to be productive. Vacation time provides a unique opportunity to step back and find some clarity about your job. Ask yourself these 4 questions from Art Markman and make the most of your time off.

What I Learned From 7 Years Of Leading Millennials by William Vanderbloemen via Forbes

When you've led a company of mostly Millennials for several years, you pick up a few tricks along the way. If you're seeking some advice on reaching this generation in the workforce, read this insight from my friend and colleague, William Vanderbloemen. 

No More Email: A Productivity Experiment That's Paying Off via Carey Nieuwhof

How much of your day is spent reading and answering emails? You might be shocked to read about Carey Nieuwhof's 30-day email detox, and even more shocked to learn the positive results. Better start writing your out-of-office replies. 

What articles have you been reading this week? Let us know in the comments below. 

Friday Finds - Bad Bosses, Recruiting, and The Underdog

Photo by Matthew Henry via Burst

Photo by Matthew Henry via Burst

In a few days, Faith and I will leave for our once-a-year, never-missed-in-27-years, without-the-kids vacation. We've made this a priority to invest in our relationship. And I can't wait! If you'd like to follow along on our shenanigans, you can subscribe to my Facebook or Instagram. In the meantime, here are some leadership articles I think are interesting...

How To Respond To A Culture You Don't Like Anymore via Carey Nieuwhof

Regardless of your place in an organization, the cultural shift of our society has a large impact on all of us. Smart leaders need to know (or learn, quickly) how to effectively adapt to a changing world. Learn the best and worst practices for leaders in these wise words written by Carey Nieuwhof.

How America's Dullest City Got Cool by Colin Woodard via Politico

Who doesn't love a good underdog story? Read Colin Woodard's inspirational piece to learn the story of how one city changed its fate by "rebranding" itself. It reminds me why it's never out-of-bounds to bet on the underdog. 

This Is Where You'll Find Your Next New Employee by Stephanie Vozza via Fast Company

The hiring game is changing. And your organization needs to get on board if you want to find the best people for your team. In this article, Stephanie Vozza provides intriguing data on where companies are now finding their key people. (Hint: it's not a job board.) 

What To Do When You Work For A Bad Leader - Rainer on Leadership #346 via Thom Rainer

You might be lucky and have never personally experienced working under poor leadership. You may not even know what poor leadership looks like. Most likely, though, you've probably had at least one bad leader in your lifetime. I know I have. On this podcast episode, Thom Rainer outlines the signs of poor leadership and what you can do about it. 

What are some articles you've read recently? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday Finds - Why People Quit, McDonald's, and The American Workplace

Photo by Taylor Nicole on Unsplash

Photo by Taylor Nicole on Unsplash

Every week I want to help you grow as a leader. Enjoy today's articles!

You're Better Off Working at McDonald's Than Working in Your Business by Danny Iny via Inc.

What's one of the most overlooked costs by business leaders? Wasted time. In this fascinating (and shockingly accurate) article, Danny Iny describes why leaders need to start budgeting their time as if it's costing them... because it is. 

Why I Should Have Listened To My 21-Year-Old Friend's Business Advice by William Vanderbloemen via Forbes

Oftentimes leaders and entrepreneurs can be so entrenched in finding the 'next big thing', they don't see that the best solution for their organization is right in front of them. My friend William Vanderbloemen explains his personal experience with this tendency and provides some tips for more effective leadership.

Why Do Employees Quit Their Managers? Here's the No. 1 Reason in a Short Sentence by Marcel Schwantes via Inc.

In this eye-opening piece, Marcel Schwantes reveals the reason why some employees love going to work, and others dread even the thought of showing up. This insight it truly invaluable to all leaders, regardless of how many people on their team. 

This Is The Current State Of The American Workplace by Lydia Dishman via Fast Company

Need a quick update on the state of America's current workplace? Look no further than this article by Lydia Dishman. It's jam-packed with data on everything from best company culture to remote officing.  

What are some articles you've read recently? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday Finds - PTO, Working Environments and Influential Leadership

Photo by Ben White via Unsplash

Photo by Ben White via Unsplash

Faith and I are gearing up for our annual "kidless" vacation. We've been doing this every year during our entire 27 years of marriage. It was hard when the kids were little and we had to farm them out to willing relatives or friends, but we always made it a priority for the strength of our marriage. With vacation on my mind, maybe that's why I found this first article especially interesting...

This Is Who Takes The Least Vacation In The U.S. by Lydia Dishman via Fast Company

Are you a vacation-fanatic or a workaholic? Studies show that gender, region, and age play a large role in determining this trait. In this fascinating article, Lydia Dishman explains the various factors that influence a person's desire to use (or ignore) paid time-off. 

How To Influence Without A Title by Heather Snodgrass via Weaving Influence

A person's title can dramatically impact how influential they are to others in the workplace. So how do you influence the people around you without a flashy title? Heather Snodgrass encourages readers by giving 6 tactics to grow their influence, regardless of current position. 

Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others by Stephanie Vozza via Fast Company

What does it take to lead, encourage, and motivate people well? In this incredibly relevant piece, Stephanie Vozza highlights six characteristics of leaders that bring out the best in others. The application of these traits could mean the difference between an effective and an ineffective team. 

5 Fool-Proof Steps To Ensure A Healthy Working Environment by Casey Hampton via Vanderbloemen Search Group

Higher productivity begins with the working environment, which begins with the leader. Have you created a place where your employees can thrive? My colleague Casey Hampton gives 5 steps to make sure that your workplace environment is top-notch. 

What are some articles you've read recently? Let me know in the comments below.