Top 10 Guest Posts EVER!




What a year it’s been! When Shawn and I launched Switch and Shift last January, we were fairly confident (and plenty hopeful) that our combined efforts would expand the reach of our message: that there is a radical shift afoot in how business is done, a shift which is both more human and more profitable.

Apparently, we aren’t alone in this observation! Between the extraordinary caliber of thinkers we’ve attracted to post, and the incredible talent and accomplishment of many of our subscribing readers, we can only come to one conclusion: the thought-leadership to be found on Switch and Shift is less about invention and discovery than it is a long-sought home for a seismic movement already well under way.

Dinosaur leaders, beware! Your successor, and maybe your board chair, likely subscribes to this site.

…Which brings us to today’s list of our top-ten guest posts ever!* As we did with our own top ten posts of 2012, Shawn and I agreed to feature the posts garnering the most retweets as the ten most popular. We could have done most shared on LinkedIn, most liked on Facebook, most commented, or most read. We didn’t.

Two other interesting notes. One is, because we’ve gathered a broader audience throughout the year, many of these top posts are from the latter part of the year. But several are not, to their authors’ credit. Also, three of the top ten posters would have had two posts each in the top ten had we repeated authors. I guess when you’re hot, you’re hot.

…Which isn’t to say that the others not on the list were cold, or missed the mark with our readers. Far from it! The difference between making this list and just missing it was very close indeed. In other words, you’re really robbing yourself of a wonderful opportunity if you don’t get to know all of our contributors, including many significant thought-leaders who are not listed below.

Here then, without further ado, are our top ten most retweeted posts. Enjoy!

10. Engaging Employees with Recognition by Roy Saunderson

9. Engage (Employees) Mindfully by Ellen Weber

8. Employee Engagement? Let Then Know You CARE by Al Smith

7. 18 Ways to Engage and Build Teams in a Social Era by Ted Rubin

6. A “To-Be” List for Aspiring Leaders by Angela Maiers

5. Happy Employees Create Happy Customers by Stan Phelps

4. Employee Engagement Starts with Them, Not You by Todd Dewett

3. Gen Y’s Resignation Letter to Bosses by Ryan Eggenberger

2. Four Traits of Motivational Leaders Who Keep It Real by Meghan Biro

1. Ten Powerful Employee Engagement Lessons by Vala Afshar

Remember, this is merely the tip of our talent-iceberg. From CEOs to bestselling authors to just plain brilliant minds, we know you’ll agree that the guest posts, and the new League-Member posts we’ll be unveiling shortly, are a cut above what you’ll find throughout most of the blogosphere. Please, explore away! You’ll love the insight and inspiration you find on Switch and Shift.


*It might be good to note that by “ever,” we mean “in 2012,” since this blog is only one year old. But 2012 was so last month, don’t you think?

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Ted Coiné is a Forbes Top 10 Social Media Power Influencer and an Inc. Top 100 Leadership and Management Expert. This stance at the crossroads of social and leadership put him in a unique perspective to identify the demise of Industrial Age management and the birth of the Social Age. The result, after five years of trend watching, interviewing and intensive research, is his latest book, A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, which he co-authored with Mark Babbitt. An inspirational speaker and popular blogger, Ted is a pioneer of the Human Side of Business (#humanbiz) movement. He is also a serial business founder and three-time CEO. When not speaking at conferences and corporate functions, Ted advises CEOs on how to become Truly Social Leaders, or “Blue Unicorns” as they put it in A World Gone Social, in order to bring their companies into the Social Age. Ted’s advice: “Change is only scary if it’s happening to you. Instead, bring the change your competitors dread. That is something only a Social Age business leader can accomplish.”

  • Roy Saunderson

    Well, this gives me a whole new meaning for being ranked a #10!!

    Thanks so much Ted and Shawn for the opportunity to share my thoughts in the company of such extraordinary thinkers.

    Grateful to everyone who shared each other’s thoughts.

    Great way to start the week!


  • Wow. Thanks guys. So honored to be on this awesome list. What a great example of;

    “Let Them know you CARE”

    So grateful.


  • Well this rocked my day!

    What an honor to be included in the conversation. I learn so much from you all.

    You are the leaders and learners I want students TO BE. I love that I have a real time example to show.


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