HBR's Most Popular Blog Posts in 2011

Kara Powell | Jan 4, 2012

I have always loved reading about leadership. I probably own more books about leadership than any single topic.

I think that’s part of why I so enjoy articles and blogs in the Harvard Business Review. I love learning about some of the most recent (or re-claimed) thinking and research about how to better influence individuals and groups.

In the midst of all the 2011 recap lists I’ve seen during the past 10 days, one of the most valuable to me was HBR’s Most Popular Blog Posts in 2011. I think my favorite blogs on this list are #1, #4, and #10.

This reminder was helpful from the #1 post when it comes to being specific about goals:

When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose 5 pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight,” because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated until you get there. Also, think about the specific actions that need to be taken to reach your goal. Just promising you’ll “eat less” or “sleep more” is too vague be clear and precise. “I’ll be in bed by 10pm on weeknights” leaves no room for doubt about what you need to do, and whether or not you’ve actually done it.

Whether you lead a church, a company, or want to implement these sorts of principles in your household, I hope they help set your 2011 off to a great start.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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