Half way there.
Six months into the year and headlong into summer its a good time for a quick look back.
Since today also marks my 100th post here a little reflection seems apropos as we move into the second half of the year.
Here are some of my learnings thus far.
- Surprises Happen – I never know what posts are going to generate reaction. On the numbers alone, Why I Hate HR is the clear winner which leaves me mixed feeings. I'm sure the title drove some traffic as any 'hot' word, hate, sex, suck, etc., gets noticed. Yet readers by and large were pleased this was not another beat-up HR rant [I don't rant or snark. Ever.] but rather a spirited look at why HR matters. So I've learned to write as well as I know how, post those thoughts, and not try to predict what get reaction. Life is full of surprises
- Audacious Goals – In 2013 I kicked off the Book Project, a crowd-sourced list of 52 different books to read in 52 weeks. The why's and hows are explained on that page, and Reflections on Volumes, so needn't be repeated here. Books still matter as a source of wonder, ideas and imagination remaining a key way to learn. I'm slightly ahead of the rate required rate to read all of them this year. True to my nature I keep picking up other books too so my list is even bigger than it appears. Setting big goals stretches you
- Focus – My strength is how people work together and how we as leaders influence that. Why? Its not only what I know, its what fascinates me. Women and Their Work is a good example of this: I write what I know. While I love art, music, gardening and golf I'm not in the position to write about these as anything other than an admirer. Firms actually pay me though to help them decide how to manage people and organizations. That's what I write about. Concentrate on what you know. Focus wins
- Moved – Seldom do I write when the spirit moves me emotionally. I write at the same time every day and never on the weekend. Yet the Sunday following the Boston bombing I had an unusual sense in the early morning stillness that enabled me to write Quiet without thinking. For 2013 it remains the most emotional and heartfelt piece I've done and by far the one that has engendered the most passionate and personal responses to me. Sometimes you have to let your feelings show
- Respect – Perhaps my greatest learning has been the growing awareness of so many other fine writers with perspectives different than mine. Every day I look forward to their work. I stumbled upon the “Week's Best” idea as a weekly capture of 3-5 solid writes I can refer readers to. It seems to have taken on a life of its own so while I was thinking about stopping the series, I'm going continue it for now. Its a great way for me to show gratitude for those who inspire me. Gratitude counts
Looking back I've had a lot of fun. Sharing ideas, reading comments, discussing and even debating views has proven to be a real value to me.
I'm going to write more about the things I know and remain curious about the things I don't. The way people work together fascinates me.
Now let's get back to work: the year won't wait long!