The core of this essay is a big thank you and a note of appreciation from a hesitant author! earlier this month, this blog hit a milestone of 50,000 page views and I am humbled and appreciative of your support! These page views spanned over 179 essays and originated from more that 14 countries, thus the key metrics in the headline! Nine years ago, I was asked/nudged/cajoled to post a “story or two” from some of the folks I used to work with at Coke, and after months of dragging my feet I posted an essay in March of 2009. It’s a massive understatement to say that I had NO expectation at that moment that nine years later, my essays would have been read more than fifty thousand times by people all over the world; humbling to say the least!
Its interesting now as I write essays regularly to reflect on the readers choices/preferences over the past 179 essays. Working off of averages, one would expect an “average essay” to generate approximately 280 page views ( 50,000/179=279), but the page view distribution is not very “smooth.” There are actually very few essays with that level of page views, many have small followings (20-30) and a few have over a thousand. Its interesting to note that two essays that I posted in 2009, which I will highlight below, both have generated thousands of page views and are still capturing page views literally this week! I have learned that when you post content on the internet, you literally put your ideas “out there” for the world to consume, appreciate, or critique. I find it interesting that these two essays are both foundational to my view of “leadership” and reflect lessons that I have learned across my career.
The most read essay is titled “A teachable point of view”, and comes from an experience working closely with a past CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, Neville Isdell. The lesson of expecting leaders to be not only great thinkers/strategists/problem solvers but also to great teachers has been a powerful lesson for me and obviously has rung true to a large set of readers. Take a second and read ( or re-read) it and see what insights you take from the essay!
The second most read essay is titled “Three impact points of leadership” and is centered on the idea that we “manage” projects and “lead” people. In this process of leading individuals, we need to always stay focused on the three key “impact points” of leadership, “educating the mind, inspiring the heart, and directing the hands&feet.” This essay is unique because a number of years ago it generated a large number of page views from Poland and I received a request for a Polish translation of this essay. I am still so curious to know what group in Poland was using this essay, and in what context??? I hope some of the lessons from this story still ring true to you!
I want to close with another genuine thank you and while I am not sure how long I will keep posting essays, I still have a few more stories to share, ideas to explore and you never know, there just might be another 100+ essays in my future!