This week's gold is a hand-picked (by me!) round-up of the week's great stuff from around the Internet. Every Saturday. Every thing relevant to creating your all-around healthy business and life. Follow the blog via Feedly to ensure you don't miss a week of gold.
This week's gold:
- Charles Gupton's Creating Space for Gratitude is concise and beautiful. Teaser - "I find myself looking for what each opportunity offers rather than what it costs." - That's a game-changing mindset. One I want for my life.
- In Why Self-Managed Teams Are the Future of Business, Chuck Blakeman eloquently nails down why you should have self-managed teams instead of archaic Industrial Age management and how to move towards that if you don't already.
- I've been thinking a lot lately about delegating and automating tasks more to maximize the time I spend on my strengths and minimize the time spent on other tasks. Seth Godin's post The Jobs Only You Can Do motivates me to move toward doing the jobs I was made for, instead of doing everything.
- I don't praise people for their work nearly enough. I'm probably too prideful and I've passively accepted the culture of withheld praise. How to Say "Good Job" in Plain English by J.B. Wood is a great reminder of the weight it can hold.
- What would this week's gold be if not something about Black Friday? (Strong language warning) The Official Annual Black Friday Rant by The Q by Amanda Quraishi definitely gets the point across. I agree with her. The only exception to my agreement - I don't think we need to spend American dollars only on American goods -- there are plenty of fair trade, high-quality international artisan goods that are worth your dollars. To clarify, I am totally against buying cheaply-made Black Friday junk.
- I really liked Gail Oliver's ideas in Should Your Small Business Create an Annual Event, Just for the Publicity? I think these publicity events are so popular because they show more dimension to a business than just trying to make money. I also think if you do a public-decided or contest event (like the contest to choose the locally brewed beer for a coming year), you put ownership in you customers' hands instead of dictating to them. What do you think of these events?