There’s a certain randomness to social media traffic. It’s hard to predict how popular a blog post will be. When we look back at the year’s most-read posts, we found something interesting. The most popular posts swung widely between messages that helped readers connect to the best of humanity (“3 Simple Ways Leaders Give Thanks”) to those that were part of the flurry of media zeitgeist (“A Leadership Lesson a la Donald Trump”).
Regardless of the sensational nature of each post, we tried to find a lesson or two that you could take away in 750 words or less. Something you could apply at the office that day, or that might slightly shift your paradigm.
Here are the 10 posts that we hope served that purpose:
January 19, 2015
Simply having authority doesn’t grant one the ability to influence monumental change. Martin Luther King Jr. experienced this firsthand when he tapped into the human desire to dream, to grow, and to belong. He used his formidable influence not to serve himself, but to share a vision and help others achieve their potential. Read how Martin Luther King Jr. used the power of servant leadership to drive change.
May 13, 2015
Many people struggle connecting who they are with what they do. According to Gallup, only 30% of the nation’s working population today admits to being fully engaged at work. “Should I quit my job?” is a question on the minds of many of today’s workers in the midst of stress, unhappiness and often disengagement. This posts suggests three very important questions you should be asking yourself before refreshing that resume.
July 7, 2015
Within every employee is a person who wants to be part of something bigger than themselves, yet the big picture often gets clouded by layers of bureaucracy. High performing companies systematically ensure the tangible and intangible qualities of their culture roll below the top of the org chart.
This post explains one of the simplest ways an organization shapes the culture through storytelling-connecting employees with the big picture.
July 22, 2015
In this day and age, our resources are limited, short-term thinking is unsustainable, and people all over the world share a desire to be treated with dignity and respect. Today’s savvy leaders understand that their companies do not exist to create value strictly for their shareholders. They also exist to create value for their employees, their customers, and ultimately for society.
This post explains 5 ways in which businesses with a strong commitment to CSR have a competitive advantage.
August 11, 2015
The wildly confident Donald Trump has taught us so much during the 2016 presidential debate and caused many leaders to pause and reflect on this paradox: How do I balance confidence with humility? Your organization needs a confident leader. Yet, overconfidence can lead to arrogance.
Learn from these three questions you should ask yourself regularly to keep your confidence in check.
September 8, 2015
It’s easy to get caught up in the sexy complexities of organizational change.
So easy, in fact, that we can forget to connect with what our employees are doing each day to keep the engines running. Learn about these 4 small changes
that you can start today to show employees that they are valued
members of your team.
October 6, 2015
In today’s information economy, the tension between organizations optimized for predictability and the unpredictable world they inhabit has reached a breaking point. The collapse of time and space boundaries requires organizations to follow by collapsing their organizational structures along with their hierarchical notions of power. Learn why the command-and-control leadership style is no longer sufficient.
October 13, 2015
This past fall we learned about Volkswagen’s deceptive emission practices resulting in resignations, stock prices plummeting, and an onslaught of legal trouble. This wasn’t just any failure; it was a failure of leadership. Learn about three important lessons that have emerged from this scandal.
October 20, 2015
21st century America is heading toward a tipping point. The answer to the question of why organizations exist can no longer be simply to make a profit. Creating meaningful impact beyond financial performance isn’t a nice-to-have—it’s a business imperative. Learn why the case for defining and living your organizational purpose has never been more compelling than it is today.
November 17, 2015
One of the greatest truths about mastering gratitude as a leader-you can’t fake it. Leaders who genuinely care about their team members will invest the time to help each one feel valued. Have you thought about ways to express meaningful gratitude to your team? Learn about three skills that will
yield the highest return.
It’s been an honor to share our thoughts with you this year. We truly appreciate your comments, your likes, and your shares. We look forward to continuing the conversation in 2016.
Question: What bloggers did you follow most in 2015? Did you learn anything that helped you become a better leader?
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