HBR's Most Popular Blog Posts in 2011
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.
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