If you have followed my story, you might know that I started my online career in 2009 as a leadership blogger and social media marketing specialist for Mountain State University.
During that time, I published nearly 300 posts on leadership topics.
Over the next few months, I am going to republish many of those posts in the archives here, for several reasons. The biggest reason is that Mountain State University has lost their accreditation and is likely dissolving. I would like to preserve the writing I created during that time, and share it with those of you who might have missed it the first time.
I am also interested in seeing how I’ve grown. Although I have a lot more growing to do in my life and as a leader, I’ve come a LOOOONNNNG way since those early days.
One thing I love about those early posts: I met many of you during that time, and your comments graced those posts. When I imported them to this site, they retained the original comments. Go ahead — click and see!
Here are the first five:
Litmus Test for Leadership I spent more time writing this post, the first on LeaderTalk, than I did on any other post in my life, ever.
What Are You Doing Right? This post reference The Office. In my early writing, I chose topics based on what words I perceived would be helpful for search engine optimization.
Sam Walton’s Leadership Legacy Again, looking for ways to get Google love.
What Would Your EQ Do? In this post, I incorporated a sticky leadership challenge I was experiencing at the time.
In Review: Leadership Beyond Reason by Dr. John Townsend My first ever leadership book review. I think I gave the book away. A good read!
See you next Monday, with five more posts from the LeaderTalk archives.
Tell me something! Are you a long time reader who met me during LeaderTalk days? If so, say hi in the comments. If not, how and when did you find me?
I am the founder/CEO of the Weaving Influence team, the author of Reach: Creating the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book, or Cause, and the host of the Book Marketing Action Podcast. I’m a wife and mom of three kids, and I enjoy running, reading, writing, coffee, and dark chocolate.
I followed Mountain State University’s blog for a very long time and found much sound advice through reading the posts. Then I found Dan McCarthy’s blog and then I noticed Jennifer Miller mentioned in a Leadership Carnival event and that started me down the path of seeking out more blogs with inspirational qualities and arrived at 12 Minute Media then finally Weaving Influence. Wow! In all that, somehow I noticed my daily reading of Mountain State was lagging. But up until I discovered Mountain State’s blog the only reading I found time for was technical. Except for John Maxwell, I don’t think I read leadership material often – and I missed out. Now I make up for it. Lately several of my blogging friends have been recycling posts. It’s a great way to gain new readers who haven’t seen the earlier material and those of us who have might think it faintly familiar, but not so much that it’s like watching a re-run. I wondered how on earth you had enough time this morning to write and post so many articles and all excellent. Looking forward to reading more and more.
How great to have a chance to look back on that time, our first months of working together! Thanks for posting these – they’re a bright spot to look back on in all the sadness over what’s been happening at MSU.