Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Great Leadership 2 Year Anniversary Celebration!

Two years ago today, October 28, 2007, I launched Great Leadership. 445 posts and counting.

Once again I'm going to skip the usual lengthy reflections, "best of" lists, and thanking the members of the academy. 95% of my readers would find it boring, and there would be just way too many people to thank.

The one thing I did want to share is an answer to a question my blogging friend Scott Eblin asked me over a year ago. Scott's an executive coach, and probably because he just can't help himself, he asked me one of those deep, reflective questions that good coaches often do - "So tell me Dan, what are your goals for blogging?"

I really couldn't come up with a good answer for Scott. If I were being completely honest with myself, I'd probably have listed a number of self-centered reasons for blogging, like becoming rich & famous, advancing my career, a sense of achievement, building my network, and my own personal learning and development.
While to some extent, all of those goals are true. But after two years, I've finally figured out what really drives me to do this.... it's to help develop great leaders. Period. It's important to me - I feel like I'm making a difference in the lives of a lot of leaders and aspiring leaders. The rest is all secondary.

OK, enough of that. I was pleased to hear from Jessica Lee last night that Great Leadership was selected as one of Fistful of Talent's top 30 blogs. I'm honored to be included on such an awesome list of talent management blogs. Take a look at the list - it's a good one - and add them to your regular reading list.

Also, stop by and have a beverage with Sharlyn Lauby, your HR Bartender. Sharlyn's hosting the latest spooky edition of the HR Carnival, with posts from about 30 of the best HR bloggers around. Take a good look at the rest of Sharlyn's blog too while you're at it - she's a rising HR blogging star (#5 on the Fistful of Talent ranking!).
Lastly, I'll be hosting the November edition of the Leadership Development Carnival this Sunday, November 1st. If you'd like to submit a post, please use the Carnival submission form.
Senior moment note: the first version of this post said 3 years... it's only been 2. Sure seemed like 3.


Jennifer McClure said...

Congratulations on the 3 year anniversary of Great Leadership Dan - and also on being included in FOT's Top Talent Management blogs list! I really enjoy the content that you provide here and appreciate the quality and thoughtfulness behind each post. Keep up the good work and I look forward to continuing to learn from you!

HR Minion said...

Congrats!! Well deserved and a great milestone!

Mary Jo Asmus said...

Congratulations on all fronts, Dan. But most significantly (to me), your reasons for blogging are definitely honorable. I have been a recipient of your wisdome, and for that, I'm grateful. Keep it up.

Scott Eblin said...

Hi Dan -

Congratulations Dan and thanks for bringing up that question we talked about.

Here's the thing that I think is very cool for you and everyone who reads Great Leadership. Look at what you've done in just two years! There's a lesson here for all of us. When you're committed, have the passion, have something useful to share and keep plugging away, it's amazing what you can do.

You'da man, Dan. Thanks for the contribution and for showing so many people what's possible when you give a dang.

Cheers -


Wally Bock said...

Congratulations, Dan, however many years it is. And thanks for so many thoughtful and thorough posts.

Dan McCarthy said...

Jennifer, Shauna, Mary Jo, Scott, Wally -
Thanks, I really appreciate that each of you took the time to leave such kind comments.