There's no doubt that history books will look at 2016 with. . . well, astonishment. Hoping to gain some marketing insight for 2017, here are the most read blog posts written last year. The most read posts are golden oldies from as far back as 2010. But I was especially intrigued by what I could learn from last year's top posts.
How to sabotage your own conversation. A significant group of generally smart professionals periodically shoot themselves in the foot with its use. They can resolve a problem, break it down into bits and pieces for a solid resolution--and even explain their rationale. But along the way their input loses its credibility for a simple reason. . . . Action on this issue will help you build your credibility.
A stupidity-based theory of organizations. This is one of those studies which tell you more than you want to know about how organizations actually work. The researchers don’t screw around. They nail organizational BS to the wall. What’s unique about the research are...
Top workplaces for Millennials. You'll be very surprised to learn which firm is number one in the nation for the huge millennial generation. You might guess Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon or even Buzzfeed. They're in the top ten, but none of the usual standbys are #1. Facebook is not even in the top 25. As you read this post, help me understand why you think this firm is #1.
Vulnerability: A virtue, not a vice. If you want to be a successful professional in today’s tough business environment, you’re going to have to be willing to ask for help—and know how to do it. Indeed, asking for help in today’s rapidly changing and complex workplace has been found again and again to increase learning, foster creativity and enhance change as well as organizational performance. Candidly, I wish even more understood this stuff: one of those keys to growth.
What is intelligence? It’s the smart folk that do well in business. At least that’s what we’re told—and I suspect that to some degree it’s true. But if it’s the smart folk, what really is smarts? Or, to put it in a more academic framework: what is intelligence? This answer diverts from the popular response. And you'll find it especially helpful.
Thanks for reading. I look forward to what my readers are going to find most important in 2017.