Every year, people ask me to recap the year’s most popular posts. It’s always a challenge to develop a list. For this list, I am including only some of my original posts. I will separately share the interview list.
Talk to any blogger and you will likely hear the same thing. It is always a surprise to see what becomes popular. I may work like crazy on something for hours, post it and it may see very little traffic. Something else ends up taking off and it was almost a last minute thought. You just can’t predict.
In putting together a list of popular posts, there are also so many ways to look at the data. Do you measure purely by the traffic? If you do it that way, doesn’t that give an unfair advantage to content posted in January?
After looking at the statistics, I decided to pick the top posts by traffic with a weight based on the date. If a post was dated later in the year, it received a slightly higher weight to equal things out.
The 14 Top Original Posts
In reverse chronological order, here are the top 14 original posts of 2014:
Dec 22, 2014: 50 Things to Drop Before the New Year
“To design your future effectively, you must let go of your past.” –Charles Givens
Nov 25, 2014: How to Live a Life of Thankfulness
“A spirit of thankfulness attracts others to your cause, ideas and goals.” -Skip Prichard
Nov 17, 2014: Assume the Positive
“See the best in people and watch how they fight to prove you right.” -Skip Prichard
Sep 29, 2014: Why Standing Out is More Important than Ever
Sep 25, 2014: 11 Leadership Qualities of Nelson Mandela
I am not a saint unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. –Mandela
Aug 18, 2014: Leading With Others in Mind
“Servant leaders give more in value than they receive.” -Skip Prichard
Jul 28, 2014: 4 Ways to Get Appreciated at Work
“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” -William James
Jun 11, 2014: Leading with No
“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” -Tony Blair
May 10, 2014: 9 Leadership Lessons from Mom
Apr 24, 2014: The 3 Most Limiting Words
Only you have the power to determine whether your future mimics your past. -Skip Prichard
Apr 19, 2014: 7 Characteristics Leaders Share With Peeps
“Leaders use failure as a fuel to propel future success.” -Skip Prichard
Apr 16, 2014: Selling to the C-Suite
Mar 12, 2014: The Price of Right
The joy of being right is short-lived. The joy of peace lasts a lifetime. -Skip Prichard
Feb 12, 2014: The Outs and Ins of Employee Loyalty
And the most popular guest post of the year is from March and was written by the very talented Thai Nguyen:
- Mar 6, 2014: 3 Toxic Habits That Will Cripple Your Productivity
My mission for this blog remains the same: to have a place to rant about whatever I want! (Ahem! Let me try that again.) It’s all about leadership insights, ideas, and information that will make us all better leaders. Whether through more productive meetings, healthier living, better use of social media and technology, deeper friendships or strategic vision and execution, I hope you find it a useful resource. I’d love to hear your ideas for future posts or the direction for Leadership Insights.
I especially want to thank you for reading and a special thanks for those who have taken the time to comment and share these posts. For years, I would read blogs and never comment. When I started to participate, it was amazing how different of an experience it was. I began to develop relationships and get to know people on a deeper level. Try it – consistent sharing and commenting will likely help others as you share your own experience.
I wish you a happy and successful 2015!