What's On Your Reading List?
I read quite a few blogs, web-articles and newsletters on leadership. One that consistently has good stuff is Fast Company and its leadership articles. I think they must have had 250+ leadership articles in 2012.
They provided a "Most Often Read List" of their articles. Here is their list. Look it over. What conclusions do you come to about the "leadership needs and interests" of their readers? In most cases I just gave the title.
- What successful people do with the first hour of their work day
- What the most successful people do before breakfast
- An article on social media and tweeting
- Six simple rituals to reach your potential every day
- What successful night owls get done before bed
- The link between quietness and productivity
- Eight signs you've found your life work
- Measuring an employee's worth? Consider influence
- Do like Steve Jobs Did: Don't follow your passion
- Hate small talk? These 5 questions will help you work any room
- The one conversational tool that will make you better at absolutely everything
Here is what I see in that list.
(1) People are looking for personal, practical help to be more successful (1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
(2) Articles on "preparation" and "getting ready" for productivity were of interest (1, 2, 4, 5)
(3) 10 of the 11 articles focused on the "SELF" of the leader. Only #8 was focused outwardly on others. There was not a lot of TOP READ articles that focused on the actual work of leadership.
(4) We definitely like pragmatic, how-to help. And by the numbers. The first hour, six simple rituals, eight signs, give questions, the one conversational tool . . . (1, 4, 7, 10, 11)
(5) And there are enough leaders out there who want to improve, who want to grow, who know they need help, a competitive edge . . .
As you are beginning a new year - do you know where you are coming up short and what you need?
Are you searching for resources to grow and to improve? (If not - why aren't you?)
Do you have the will to implement and sustain your initial attempts? For growth only comes with desire and discipline, with the will to pay the price and the courage to change.
Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International