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2011’s Top Ten Posts

December 30, 2011 3 comments

Leadership 2011To say 2011 has been a big year for me and my family would be a gross understatement. I left my old job and started a new one, moved from New York City to Northwest Arkansas, and welcomed a new baby into our family. In addition to these huge life changes, this blog has seen its traffic grow ten-fold.

As I did last year, I decided to collect the year’s ten best blog posts all in one place. I defined “best” based on page views, number of comments, and my own completely biased opinions. With 80 posts to choose from this year, selecting the top ten was tough—here they are:

Leadership or Manipulation? This February post deals with the thin line between leading others and manipulating them.

5 Tips for Knowing When to Stop I love when I can write a post that applies to leadership, relationships and creativity. I think I achieved that in this post from February.

Leveraging your Fear as a Leader This March post was the result of Michael Hyatt encouraging me to expand a comment I had made about the misunderstood nature of fear.

Leading with your “Yes”  A fun night with my family turned into this popular post in March about fighting our tendency to resist others’ ideas.

How to Share Credit without Losing Any This post from April shares a mistake I made when I when I was 20 that has shaped my view of sharing credit ever since.

3 Tips for Displacing False Beliefs I think this post from June is fundamental to understanding how to lead anyone in the world—including yourself.

The Power of Listening I’ve been thinking a lot about listening this year and this post in July tried to put into words how powerful I think it is.

What Darth Vader Taught me about People This post from August about a seminal moment in my life is now far and away the most popular post on my blog.

My 3 Core Values as a Leader This September post was the result of my good friend Doug Crandall asking the question (he’s good at asking great questions).

5 Things You Could Learn from Military Leaders This popular November post came after a conversation with a coworker who was preparing for a speech in Japan.

It’s been an amazing year for me, both personally and professionally—thanks for sharing it with me! I’ve so enjoyed the conversations we’ve had and I’m looking forward to even bigger things in 2012.

Which of the top ten were your favorites? If I missed your favorite post, what was it?

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Top Ten Posts for November 2011

December 1, 2011 4 comments

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November was another banner month for the Leading on Purpose blog. We’re growing by leaps and bounds and will have some big news to reveal this month, so stay tuned. To give you an idea of what’s buzzing, here were the most popular posts from the last thirty days:

1. What Darth Vader Taught me about People

2. 5 Things You Could Learn from Military Leaders

3. Leadership or Manipulation?

4. 10 Things I Learned from Boy Scouts

5. Why Every Leader Should Take an Improv Class

6. Leading like Michelangelo

7. Leadership Lessons from Watching Football

8. My 3 Core Values as a Leader

9. How to Turn Compliance into Commitment

10. 5 Things I Learned Flying a Desk

What was your favorite blog post from the past 30 days (from any blog)?

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Top Ten Posts for October 2011

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

LeadershipOctober was the best month ever on the Leading on Purpose blog. Thanks for passing on the news and telling your friends! Here were the month’s top performers:

1. What Darth Vader Taught me about People

2. 7 Reasons Why No One is Following You

3. The Power of Authentic Questions

4. The 7 Elements of Surprise

5. Leading with your “Yes”

6. The Snare of “Good Enough”

7. 3 Things You Need to Burn

8. Leadership or Manipulation?

9. 3 Ways to Make Yourself Easy to Follow

10. How to Push through “Good Enough”

What was your favorite blog post from the past 30 days (from any blog)?

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Top Ten Posts for September 2011

October 3, 2011 Leave a comment

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September was a banner month here on the Leading on Purpose blog. After starting the month off with a post on the illusion of control, I ran a 6-post series on my core values as a leader. The series included and introduction, 2 posts on Freedom (individual & corporate), 1 post on Service & 2 posts on Trust (it’s power & facets).

Here were the month’s top performers:

1. What Darth Vader Taught me about People

2. Leading with your “Yes”

3. The Power of Authentic Questions

4. My 3 Core Values as a Leader

5. The 4 Facets of Trust

6. Leadership Lessons from Watching Football

7. 5 Tips for Knowing When to Stop

8. Leadership or Manipulation?

9. 4 Ways to Set Your People Free

10. 10 Things I Learned from Boy Scouts

I think Darth Vader led the list because of the release of the Star Wars movies in Blu-ray and “Leadership Lessons from Watching Football” always makes a resurgence in the Fall. The rest were either new this month or perennial favorites.

If you blog, what was your best post in September?

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Top Ten Posts for August 2011

September 1, 2011 1 comment
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Top Ten Posts for July 2011

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

leadership blogJuly was a busy month for me. It included a weeklong road trip moving my family from New York City to Bentonville, Arkansas followed by trying to settle into our new home while delivering two back-to-back weeks of Leadership Academy for Walmart. Amid the chaos I was able to share six blog posts. Here were the month’s top performers:

1. The 7 Elements of Surprise

2. Leading with your “Yes”

3. The Power of Listening

4. Why Every Leader Should Take an Improv Class

5. Leadership or Manipulation?

6. The Power of Authentic Questions

7. 3 Keys to Leading Yourself Well

8. 10 Things I Learned from Boy Scouts

9. Exposing the Authenticity Excuse

10. How to Keep your Organization Flying High

From the top ten, four were new this month (3, 7, 9, 10), four were posted this year (1, 2, 5, 6), and two were from last year (4 & 8).

If you blog, what was your best post in July?

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Top Ten Posts for June 2011

July 1, 2011 Leave a comment

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June was the second best month ever on geoffreywebb.com, thanks in part to Tom Peters, which I’ll explain below. But first, here are the top posts, in case you missed them:

1. 3 Things Leaders Need to Take

2. Leading with your “Yes”

3. The 7 Elements of Surprise

4. Leading like Michelangelo

5. Leadership or Manipulation?

6. The Gift of Receiving

7. Watch Your Words

8. Why Ask Why?

9. 3 Tips for Displacing False Beliefs

10. How to Drive Clarity as a Leader

The best story in this data is in how #1 got there—I actually wrote that post over a year ago. To be honest, I don’t even consider it one of my best articles. However, on June 2nd I reposted it, sending a link out on twitter and posting it on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tom Peters is a best-selling author and fierce instigator whom I follow on twitter. He saw the link, read the article and sent this reply:

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This one innocent tweet unleashed an avalanche of traffic to that post and the rest of the site. Tom probably never gave that tweet a second thought, but it kept sending people to my site for days.

We’re like that as leaders too. You may never know the impact of a kind word, a gentle correction, or even a smile on someone around you. It could pay them dividends for years. All the more reason to lead well…all the time.

If you blog, what was your best post story in June?

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