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Friday Top Five: April Showers

  
  
  
Good morning and happy Friday! The first full week of April is almost over, and wherever you are, we hope it's been it's a good one (without those pesky "April showers").

We're itching to kick off the holiday weekend here at MemberClicks (as well as the return of baseball), so let's get right to our favorite blog posts from the community this week!

1. Jeffrey Cufaude wants an organization he cares deeply about - ASAE - to fail. And he says you should want the same thing of whatever organization you're active in. Why? Because to fail means to not be afraid of risk. Of innovating. Of trying new things. The comments on this one are great as well!

2. We all know that it's easier to talk about innovating and implementing new ideas than it is to actually implement them. That's why Mark Athitakis says every team needs a conformist. Why? Conformists are generally more concerned with how to get work done than coming up with big ideas, and every team needs a realist - someone who can realistically think about how a new idea will be implemented.

3. Amber Naslund is a busy woman, so I take her posts about balancing travel and home life very seriously. A big takeaway from this post? When you're home, be home. If you travel a lot, you should savor the time when you are actually at home. Recharge with your family, your local friends, whoever. How do you balance work and personal lives, no matter how often you travel?

4. As a follow-up to his presentation at Great Ideas, Jamie Notter writes how you can bring innovation to life. How, you might ask? Develop the skill of courage, Jamie writes. Change makes people afraid, so the more courageous you are, the more you will be able to push new ideas along.

5. David M. Patt shares a story of a political candidate ringing the doorbell of his home and attempting to engage David but asking what issues he cared about. Although it may be appropriate to ask for feedback sometimes, that's not always the case. If you're a speaker or leader engaging people, be careful how you word questions.

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