Shawn’s Top 10 Posts of 2012



This year went by so fast slowly. How it’s possible that we’re nearing the end of 2012 is beyond me. It was a packed year with many peaks and valleys. Certainly a highlight was the genesis of Switch and Shift.

Ted and I could not be more pleased with the response to the content all our contributors share on reshaping leadership for the 21st century. We have beefy plans for 2013 to ratchet up our flavor to the leadership conversation. We’ll need to share those another time.

For the time at hand, let me carry on the list making Ted started yesterday. Here are my ten top posts, following the criteria Ted presented you yesterday. It seems my curiosity and need to explore meaning and purpose in the workplace resonated with readers.

Thank you for your support. We are eager to provoke, inspire, and grow with you in the coming new year.


#10: On the Importance of Purpose and Passion

I wax poetic on uncovering greater purpose in your work and tapping into passion to carry out good works.


#9: The Neglected Culture

Workplace culture evolves intentionally or from neglect. Which do you choose? More importantly, which one do you create? Uphold?


#8: Three Killers of Leadership

A cautionary tale on what negates your great leadership.


#7: On Creating Joy at Work

Why joy should be part of your culture.


#6: An Unseen Culprit Draining Workplace Morale

Do your employees dread coming to work? Do you? This post looks at how dread suffocates morale.


#5: Role of Meaning-Makers in Employee Engagement

A look into what happens when we treat employee engagement as a check-the-box-exercise. Not good.


#4: Why Servant Leadership Still Matters

We desperately need to see more humanity in our workplace cultures. Read why servant leadership can help make this happen.


#3: Ten Actions of Servant Leaders

Read how servant leaders can add humanity into the business environment.


#2: Winning Employees through Engagement

We spend approximately ⅓ of our lives at work. Shouldn’t work then be something that captivates our talents and is an expression of our ideas?


#1: Are You Driving Your Talent to Leave?

Despite poor morale and low employee engagement statistics, executive managers are dragging their feet in coming up with a plan to address the problems. This post is a call to action.


Ted nicely summed up his list yesterday reminding us that there is plenty of heavy lifting left to do. Transforming an organization to thrive in the 21st century is a key business issue. We’re eager to take it on newly in the coming year. We invite you to join the conversation.

Happy New Year!


Graphic by Shawn Murphy

Change Leader | Speaker | Writer Co-founder and CEO of Switch and Shift. Passionately explores the space where business & humanity intersect. Promoter of workplace optimism. Believes work can be a source of joy. Top ranked leadership blogger by Huffington Post. The Optimistic Workplace (AMACOM) out 2015

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