2014 in Review - My Top 10 Blog Posts

Top 10 Posts 2014

I have come to look forward to my annual end of the year blog review. It’s an opportunity to take my own advice and reflect on the big picture before I jump into the new year. It always provides some insights and some surprises.

This was a banner year for my blog, averaging close to 50,000 views a month. I was included on many of the top leadership blogger lists, and in December I was included in Inc. Magazine’s 100 Top Leadership Speakers.

I’m delighted my blog is so widely viewed because I put a lot of effort into crafting my posts. I aim to provide original content that is relevant, practical, challenging, and include actionable advice. My goal for 2015 is to shorten my . . . → Read More: 2014 in Review – My Top 10 Blog Posts

My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

Jesse's top 10 blog posts of 2013

It feels like a déjà vu. As 2013 draws to a close, here I am again sitting by a warm fire on a wintery Sunday night in New England, just as I did exactly a year ago, reflecting on the year and taking the opportunity to identify my top posts.

Again, I have turned this into a bit of a project. This time I created a formula that included the number of views from google analytics , the total number of social media shares and the number of reader comments. Some of my personal favorites are not on the list, but I think it pretty accurately reflects what my readers liked best.

I did not include my Value of Vision Series in my analysis because . . . → Read More: My Top 10 Blog Posts of 2013

The Carnival of HR


Welcome to The Carnival of HR. This is one of my favorite carnivals, and I am delighted to host this edition. We have been treated to a wonderful lineup of thought-provoking posts on leadership, workforce practices and talent development, and building relationships. So, sit back, relax and enjoy. The carnival has begun!


Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership Blog points out that “even decent managers sometimes say things to their employees, with good intentions, that may come across as condescending.” We all need to pay attention to these 8 Condescending Things a Manager Should Avoid Saying to an Employee.

In Ursula Burns – The power of strong female leadership, Dorothy Dalton, at 3 Plus International, shares lessons learned from the CEO of . . . → Read More: The Carnival of HR

Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of My Blog

Celebrating 2 years blogging

Two years ago, as I sat down to write my first blog post, I found myself at a loss for where to start. As a focusing activity, I decided to write the purpose of my blog. It was quite helpful, and I ended up making that the topic of my first post: The Answer to What is Why.

I hit the publish button that evening, sent out a tweet – “What happens when you put a message in a bottle? I’ll find out in the morning. I just published my first blog post” – and then I went to bed. When I awoke the next morning, I was surprised to find 6 comments waiting for me, and more came in later that day. In . . . → Read More: Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of My Blog

2012 in Review - My Top 10 Blog Posts

Jesse blogging

As 2012 draws to a close, I have taken the opportunity to sit by the warm fire on this snowing New England Sunday and identify my top ten posts of the year.

I decided the top posts would be selected by my readers – by whether they felt a post was important enough to share with others and whether they were moved to comment on it. Also, I only considered posts that were first published on my own blog.

Having some extra time on this cozy day, I decided to turn this into a scientific project. I created a formula where I totaled the number of shares on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. I then assigned a weight to the number of comments and factored that . . . → Read More: 2012 in Review – My Top 10 Blog Posts

Feeling Pain and Taking Action

In memory

With a heavy heart and prayers for the grieving Sandy Hook families and the Newtown community, I have taken a break from blogging and regular online conversation these last few days.

Throughout Connecticut we are in shock and devastated. This is a small state and not as densely populated as many people imagine. Newtown is a lovely rural community. It is unimaginable that these horrific events could happen anywhere, and in a small peaceful town, it is unfathomable.

I feel helpless as I imagine the frightened teachers heroically doing everything they could to protect the children. As a parent, I want to hold my own children close.

How can we possibly make sense of the senseless?

When we move quickly to anger and blame, we . . . → Read More: Feeling Pain and Taking Action