My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014
It’s been quite a year for my blog. In 2014, I have written 119 blog posts which averages about 2.2 blog posts a week. Thanks to my readers, I’ve seen my blog views increased a whopping 400% compared to last year. It’s an honor to come at #15 of the World’s Top 50 Leadership Bloggers to Follow. I also recently published a free e-book on the “Science of Blogging” which you can download below.
My first encounter with Nick Vujicic was through one of his sensational YouTube clips. The clip showcases some of Nick’s hobbies such as playing golf and soccer, sky diving, surfing. All these things you’d expect from an ‘able’ person was being performed by a ‘disable’ person – a young man with no arms and legs.
Over 2 million people apply each year at Google. Here’s another way to look at it. It’s almost ten times harder to get a job at Google than it is to get into Harvard. Nearly everyone wants to work for “Greatest Company in United States.” Great Place to Work Institute and CareerBliss has consistently ranked Google as the top career destination for students, recent grads, and young professionals.
Have you ever wondered what happened to your productivity when you started the day with good intentions and then only to reach mid-afternoon and lose momentum? Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done reveals helpful insights on how to jump-start our productivity.
Now that he’s not CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates has more time for leisurely pursuits like reading. Sure, he’s traveling the world while running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, but those in-flight hours make for plenty of page-flipping time. Gates often reviews the books he’s read on his site. This year he put together a list of his favorites from 2013, though he stressed that they are not all books that came out in the past year.
It’s almost a platitude that reading is used as a tool to inspire influencers to grow. If you want to know which top books every young influencer/ leader should read, please read below. You can download here the survey results in the PDF format. Below is a culmination of of what Jason Young and Daniel Decker embarked on – the definitive list of recommended books every young influencer must read.
Frank Zappa was fond of saying, “So many books, so little time.” If you are a young professional aspiring to lead and impact organizations, you may resonate with this statement. I’d like to introduce you to top books that are tested and provide a plethora of takeaways that will catapult you into a more effective young professional. If you don’t know what books to read, this is an awesome list to start with.
Every effective leader and coach knows that there’s no moment more important than the moment feedback is delivered. When you perform this important process correctly, the learner takes a step forward. Do it poorly, and the reverse happens. Daniel Coyle asks this great question, “What’s the secret of great feedback?” Coyle says “we instinctively think that effective feedback is about the quality of the information — telling the learner to do this and not that. But is this true, or is there something else going on?”
I’m a conference junkie. I can’t help it. I have gained enormous value from attending conferences at least a few times a year. Since I wrote my article “10 Tips to Maximize Your Conference Experience,” many people have asked me which conferences they should attend. So, here’s my top eight conferences I’m recommending for every Christian leader. Please note that I haven’t attended all of these conferences yet.
One of the words that has been stripped of its meaning is the word ‘blessing.’ Many of us blithely use the word blessing, such as “I am so blessed.” or “I want to be a blessing to others.” without understanding the full depth of the meaning of the word. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I challenged myself, asking “What areas have I been really blessed?” An article I recently read inspired me to count my blessings. In fact, it suggested that I come up with 100 things I’m thankful for.
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