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.