The Real Winner

The Real Winner

Today Kevin Eikenberry is announcing the winner of his Best Leadership Blogs 201o contest.

Steve Roesler is the winner for the third consecutive year. Steve, congrats! Steve is one of the many leadership bloggers who helped and encouraged me during my first months at the other blog. I am happy for him today and glad to call him my friend. His blog, All Things Workplace, is one of my all time favorites. You should read it. Oh, and you should buy his book when it comes out next year, too.

So, you might be thinking that I’m sad since this is my second consecutive year in the contest,and since I blogged, tweeted, and begged people to vote for me and still only got a single digit percentage of the vote. But I’m not. Not even close.

Because even though I didn’t win, I did win.

About three weeks ago my family traveled to Indianapolis for a short getaway. While my daughters splashed in the pool with my husband, I had coffee with Kevin Eikenberry, who I first met (online) last year: through his blog first and later through the Best Blogs contest, when he chose that blog I used to write for his contest. I was happy to meet Kevin — and not just because he bought me an iced mocha.

I could tell you more, but let’s skip to the good part.

Kevin invited me to join his team to work in the areas of social media marketing and community building. We have a lot of work to do right now to get ready for the launch of his new book with Guy Harris: From Bud to Boss. You can be sure I will be sharing more about that later. For now, you can check out what I’m doing by following @budtoboss on Twitter or joining our Facebook Fan page.

In this new position, I get to do all the things I love and I get to work with an incredible team. Working with Kevin and his team will give me a chance to use the skills I have and develop new ones. It’s a good place to be.

There are a couple of important lessons for me here, and maybe for you too:

One opportunity leads to another. Without my work at the university and the other blog, I would not have connected with Kevin online nor would I be working for him now. That work set the stage for this new work. What I learned there, I bring here.

You can win even when you don’t win. Winning the contest would have been great, especially in the exposure it would have given the other blog. But I am the winner in ways I never could have expected or predicted, ways that are longer lasting and farther reaching.

Today, I am going to celebrate — because even though I didn’t win, I did win.

About Becky Robinson

I am the owner of Weaving Influence and the leader of the Weaving Influence team. We help authors and thought leaders grow their online influence. I am also a wife and mom of three daughters, and I enjoy running, reading, writing, a good cup of coffee, and dark chocolate.

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  • Congratulations Becky. One thing leads to another is so true and I am so excited to see where you’re landing now. Awesome!

  • Sending encouragement your way Becky and congratulations!

  • You ARE a winner, Becky! Those of us that follow you have known that for a long time…and you didn’t just become a winner because you and Kevin came to an employment agreement. You’ve been a winner all along!!

    You’ve demonstrated your leadership, you’ve challenged us all in our own leadership, and you’ve pushed us to think about leadership us new ways.

    Bottom line: Becky = WINNER!!

  • Congratulations Becky! Good to see. Kevin’s a great guy and I look forward to his new book.

  • Lisa, Tanmay, Erin, and Michael —

    Thanks so much for your congratulations here. I appreciate you and your support so much! I am honored by your words and I look forward to doing what I can to make a difference for each of you in the work that you are doing. Together, we can accomplish more. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

  • Congratulations, Becky! You are indeed a winner. I can’t believe what a small world this is. I just met Kevin last month at the GKIC InfoSummit and had a great conversation with him the following week. I’m excited you’re now working with him and look forward to connecting with you in new and different ways.

    • Thanks, Meredith! I will love the opportunity to collaborate with you! This social media world does bring us all a little closer to one another and I am grateful for your encouragement and support!

  • Even though I’m going to miss you SO MUCH as a colleague, I can’t wait to see where you go from here!

    • Donna,

      You know already how hard it is for me to let go of our close working relationship. I have been calling you at least once a day for as long as I can remember. By far, my friendships with you and John are the greatest gifts that I take away from MSU.

      As for what’s next, if it ever includes a book your name will be in it!

  • You are a winner! However, I think in this instance it is the Kevin Eikenberry team that won. We are delighted to have you join us. You are going to make a significant difference in our lives and the lives of all those who are touched and enriched by Kevin and his Remarkable Leadership Learning System!

    • Barb,

      Thanks so much for the warm welcome. I hope you can tell how thrilled I am to be a part of the team. I am hoping that the weather stays calm so that I can join all of you in early January for the planning meeting. I can’t wait to meet all of you in person!

  • Absolutely, making a decision to learn and grow everyday from what happens to us during each day is the key to success.
    Great reminder Becky.

  • You are a winner Becky, that’s for sure! Super excited to see what happens next for you!

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