Your Top 5 Posts of 2017

Happy New Year and thank you for reading Front and Centered!  What started as a bit of an experiment for me, has grown into a great (and growing) community. We are inspired and humbled by all of the interaction, social sharing and feedback we’ve received from you over the last few years.

A Tradition of Favorites

At the end of 2016 I shared the top 5 posts for the year and I think we should make that an annual tradition. I find it fascinating to step back and review the posts that had the largest impact on our community. The exercise also makes me reflect on last year’s posts and consider which one I would rank as my personal favorite.

It was easier than I thought it would be to pick just one.  My favorite post of 2017 is What are You Doing When No One is Looking?  It was easy to pick because it is a subject that you can’t fake and it’s prevalent in everything you do throughout your life.  It’s a post that focuses on character. In all aspects of life, character matters more than anything else. It doesn’t cost money to build character, but it does take courage, which is something money can’t buy. How do you handle yourself when the chips are down and no one is looking?  Who shows up to lead? Do you only like to lead because of a title or compensation or do you truly enjoy leading because you want to help facilitate a better tomorrow? Character doesn’t lie – no matter how difficult the task and no matter whether you win or lose, true character can’t hide when no one is looking.

You Like These, You Really Like These

As a collective community, you had your own favorites – the top 5 posts of 2017 are below. We had another successful year of Front and Centered.  We celebrated 46 new posts, which included content from 5 guest bloggers and I couldn’t be happier to expand the conversation in this way.  If a post really resonated with you, please let me know which one and why in the comments. It will help me plan content that you care about throughout this year.

Thank you for being part of the conversation and here’s to a happy and prosperous 2018!

5. A Holiday Remembrance from My 13-Year-Old Daughter

As we close out another year, my daughter reminds me of that one lesson in particular, which is bigger than most.

4. Resolve to Think Strategically About Your Career in 2017

You’re in charge of your professional destiny. Maybe it’s time to think of your career more like a business – something you personally own and grow.

3. These 5 Questions Could Keep You Relevant

Recently, one of the boards I’m on asked all of its members for their “personal reflection” on the last year. The 5-question exercise, which I’ll share with you, reminded me of this hard truth: the second we stop asking questions, we risk becoming irrelevant.

2. Find Meaning in Life – All Parts of Life

Important changes in my life during the past week have made me reflect on how important it is to find meaning in our lives – both in our personal lives and at work. Can we as leaders help support a deeper life purpose for our employees?

1. A Letter to My Son on Graduation Day

I shared a letter I wrote to my son for his high school graduation. The life and leadership lessons I shared with him are good reminders for all of us, regardless of where we are in our learning journeys