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The year is almost over. Great leaders know how to tie up loose ends and make sure their employees are happy and ready to move forward.Salespeople live and die by the annual review. Auditors have built an entire industry around it. For the next month, print and television media will pour out gallons of coverage of the past year in review.

And yet, as leaders, we often move from one year to the next with little or no time spent reviewing the year just past from a purely leadership perspective. To help counter that, here’s my five-point year-end leadership checklist: Leer más “A Great Leader’s Year-end Checklist | Inc. |”

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How to Stay On Track for Your Goals

What big goals do you have at the moment? Perhaps you’re trying to lose weight, get fit, write a book, redecorate the house, or start your own business. Maybe you’re tackling several different goals all at once.

Often, it’s easy to feel motivated and inspired at the start of a new goal: we start new diets on Mondays, or begin new years’ resolutions on January 1st, and things go smoothly for a few days. Sadly, that initial enthusiasm soon wanes – and it’s easy to end up abandoning our goals.


Written by Ali Luke - http://www.pickthebrain.com

What big goals do you have at the moment? Perhaps you’re trying to lose weight, get fit, write a book, redecorate the house, or start your own business. Maybe you’re tackling several different goals all at once.

Often, it’s easy to feel motivated and inspired at the start of a new goal: we start new diets on Mondays, or begin new years’ resolutions on January 1st, and things go smoothly for a few days. Sadly, that initial enthusiasm soon wanes – and it’s easy to end up abandoning our goals.

Here’s how you can stay on track with your goals, whatever they are >>> Leer más “How to Stay On Track for Your Goals”

Lessons Learned Running a Small Business in 2011

As 2012 begins, I want to look back over the past year to see what can be learnt from it. Learning from your mistakes is less glamorous than a list of grand New Year’s Resolutions (Though I do like those too), but often more effective at ensuring the next year is even better than the last.

With that in mind, what follows are some of the lessons I have picked out from my own 2011. I would love to hear if these resonate with you.

When looking back at your own year, I’d encourage you not to look for when things went “wrong” as such, but simply to think of how things may have gone differently. That’s what I’ve done. If I were to go back, I may well do some of these things the same, but considering the alternatives is a great way to learn.


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As 2012 begins, I want to look back over the past year to see what can be learnt from it. Learning from your mistakes is less glamorous than a list of grand New Year’s Resolutions (Though I do like those too), but often more effective at ensuring the next year is even better than the last.

With that in mind, what follows are some of the lessons I have picked out from my own 2011. I would love to hear if these resonate with you.

When looking back at your own year, I’d encourage you not to look for when things went “wrong” as such, but simply to think of how things may have gone differently. That’s what I’ve done. If I were to go back, I may well do some of these things the same, but considering the alternatives is a great way to learn. Leer más “Lessons Learned Running a Small Business in 2011”

End of Year Innovation Questions

As you may have already guessed, John and I are mentally wiped out right now and are taking a short break from blogging. We’re saving up ideas and posts and will be ready to go again once the new year starts.

In the meantime, here are a few questions to consider. If you’d like to answer them in the comments, it would be fun to have a discussion on these issues:

1. What’s the most innovative thing you’ve done this year?
2. What will you do next year to build on this year’s success?
3. What is your greatest innovation challenge right now?


Thnxs to Tim Kastelle & John Steen | Innovation Leadership Network
http://timkastelle.org

As you may have already guessed, John and I are mentally wiped out right now and are taking a short break from blogging. We’re saving up ideas and posts and will be ready to go again once the new year starts.

In the meantime, here are a few questions to consider. If you’d like to answer them in the comments, it would be fun to have a discussion on these issues:

  1. What’s the most innovative thing you’ve done this year?
  2. What will you do next year to build on this year’s success?
  3. What is your greatest innovation challenge right now? Leer más “End of Year Innovation Questions”

“Tweet”, “Viral” Top List of Banned Words, Again

For yet another year, terms used in the world of social media have become far too prominent in society’s everyday lexicon. At least that’s according to a Michigan school’s annual list of banned words, in which ‘viral’ was the most loathsome term uttered throughout 2010.

Since 1976, Lake Superior State University has released their much anticipated list on New Year’s Day. People from around the world submit entries to what is officially called ‘The List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.’ Every year the list captures the attention of the nation, accurately calling out phrases that have become meaningless and annoying. For a second straight year, social media has made words that once clever or creative, now are ugly and banal.

The call to ban social media terms from last year simply failed, so to speak.

This year ‘viral’ led the way in popularity, or unpopularity as it were, based on more than 1,000 submissions. “I knew it was time when the 2010 list of banished words appeared in Time magazine’s, ‘That Viral Thing’ column,” wrote in Dave Schaefer of Glenview, Ill.


For yet another year, terms used in the world of social media have become far too prominent in society’s everyday lexicon. At least that’s according to a Michigan school’s annual list of banned words, in which ‘viral’ was the most loathsome term uttered throughout 2010.

Since 1976, Lake Superior State University has released their much anticipated list on New Year’s Day. People from around the world submit entries to what is officially called ‘The List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.’ Every year the list captures the attention of the nation, accurately calling out phrases that have become meaningless and annoying. For a second straight year, social media has made words that once clever or creative, now are ugly and banal.

The call to ban social media terms from last year simply failed, so to speak. 

This year ‘viral’ led the way in popularity, or unpopularity as it were, based on more than 1,000 submissions. “I knew it was time when the 2010 list of banished words appeared in Time magazine’s, ‘That Viral Thing’ column,” wrote in Dave Schaefer of Glenview, Ill. Leer más ““Tweet”, “Viral” Top List of Banned Words, Again”

A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution: Saying No


by Jocelyn K. Glei
If you’re anything like me, your list of New Year’s resolutions reads like a sort of global to-do list. We resolve to change our diets, exercise more, travel to new places, finish a big creative project. We resolve to be better by doing more.

Yet, focusing our energies – and goals – on what we should NOT be doing in the coming year can have just as positive an effect on our productivity, not to mention well-being. As bestselling author Curtis Sittenfeld has noted, “Politely saying no can free up astonishing amounts of time.”If you are feeling overwhelmed, information overloaded, or just plain off-track, I would implore you to be more disciplined about what you are taking on in 2010, and why. Increased efficiency is not the only solution to feeling overwhelmed. Saying no – and closely guarding your focus – must also be part of the productivity equation. Leer más “A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution: Saying No”