The close of another year always brings a moment of reflection. So many things come to mind — the challenge of workplace engagement, the need for truly inspiring managers, how loving our work drives us forward. This year there was a good deal of attention focused upon accepting ourselves for who we really are, and learning to transact those strengths into fulfillment at work. I feel hopeful that we have reached an inflection point — where individual differences will be embraced and valued. When we have the opportunity to share the best of ourselves at work, great things can happen. Engagement can soar and we feel a much needed sense of connection.
Transparency continued to be a guiding theme. Whether we were considering how we manage our time or developing our own personal brand, honesty seems to be the policy of choice. As such, we should feel free to not only embrace who we really are — but our mistakes, as well. On a final note, humor is still, and should always remain a priority — as #5 illustrates. It seems that the option for a good laugh, is still a very handy workplace tool.
Below are the 5 posts that received the most activity (views + shares) at The Office Blend during 2013. I’ve also included a second “Top 5” list — my favorite posts from around the web.
I’d like to thank all of you for supporting The Office Blend, with your time (and shares) in 2013. Happy New Year to you and yours!
Top 5 posts:
- How Not to Manage an Introvert
- Brand Yourself as a High Potential
- The Ugly Truth About Time Management
- Why We Should Still Practice the “70-20-10” Rule
- 5 of the Funniest Workplace Commercials of All Time
Some remarkable posts from around the web:
- Three Tips for Overcoming Your Blind Spots, John Dame and Jeffrey Gedmin, HBR.
- What Losing My Job Taught Me About Leading, Douglas Conant, HBR
- Google’s Quest to Build a Better Boss, Adam Bryant, The New York Times
- How to Sell Ideas Like Gladwell, Jonah Berger, LinkedIn.
- Always, Always, Always Show Up, Whitney Johnson, HBR.
What are you striving for at work in 2014? Share your hopes and goals.
Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and coach. Read more of her posts at LinkedIn.