It’s time for a bit of reflection before the New Year hits tomorrow. So I took a page from my post Tips for Wrapping Up the Year and looked at the People Equation posts that got the most traffic in 2014.
Here are a few conclusions that I draw from this list that might be useful to you at work even if you’re not a blogger.
#1 You don’t get where you are in life all by yourself.
Three of the most-viewed posts in the blog this year benefitted from extra traffic driven by large media outlets. How to Foster a Coaching Culture in Your Company and Monkey See Monkey Do: New Leaders Emulate Their Bosses were picked up by SmartBrief Media’s daily Leadership newsletter.
Zen of Jen – 5 Ideas for What to Do When You’re Riding the Struggle Bus was featured as a link in a post of mine on staying relevant as a leader that was reprinted by Government Executive.
I’m grateful to the editors who keep the People Equation on their radar and choose to expose my writing to a larger audience. Specific shout-outs go to James DaSilva at SmartBlog on Leadership and Susan Fourney at Government Executive. Writers like me need people in their corner to help increase readership.
Who’s in your corner to give you a shout out once in awhile? Are you in a leadership position? Whose work can you showcase to a broader audience?
#2 People Crave Silence at Work.
They want others to shut up. Or they want to stop talking so much themselves. Whatever it is exactly, people really want to know about the connection between speaking, silence and intelligence. The post THINK: 15 Ideas to Help You Talk Less and Listen More got tons of traffic all on its own – no additional bumps from external sources, just lots of Google hits directing them to my site for “how to talk less.” It’s been such a hot topic that I expanded the post and created a free downloadable “tip sheet” for people called, “Why is It So Hard to Shut Up? 18 Ways to Think Before You Speak.” If you haven’t seen it yet, download it here.
#3 People hate conference calls, but love videos about them.
Well, at least that would seem to be the case, based on my blog post Why We Hate Conference Calls. I’m really glad this one got a lot of views because this video is hilarious. At the same time, it’s discouraging, because the silly things in the videos are all-too-true. My hope is that at least a few of the people who watched the video made a genuine effort to NOT do that horribly disrupting stuff.
Are you one of “those people” on conference calls? Not sure? Take a look at the video and you’ll have your answer.
So there it is – 2014 on the People Equation, all wrapped up. Thank you so much for reading this blog, which is rolling towards its sixth year in May of 2015. I wish all of you a wonderful start to the New Year!
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