A Look Back at 2013 – My Top Blog Posts

by Alli Polin on December 27, 2013

Top 10 Posts of 2014

Like you, I’m looking ahead to 2014… Making plans, setting goals, looking forward.  I’m also looking in the rearview mirror to learn from the year that’s passed and really digging into some ah-ha moments that would otherwise pass me by (or I’d just choose to ignore).

As I was thinking about the leaps ahead I was suddenly struck by a memory from a few weeks ago when my daughter went to the local radio station to sing on the air with her school choir.  I beamed at her the whole time and I snapped tons of pictures.  I started my focus on her sweet, happy face, backed up and got the choir in the shot, went a little further out and took some with the director in the picture and then I took a panoramic shot.  It’s all of those photos together that tell the full story.

How does that tale relate to my top blog posts of 2013?  There’s a reason that these were the top ten and represent an array of content from the year.  When you and I get ready to make the leap it’s not enough to zone in on where we want to go, or to solely focus on the team of people by our side, or to include a mentor or coach… it’s the bigger picture, the panorama, that pulls it all together and gives clarity to the other pieces.  Zoom in, zoom out, landscape, focus; it’s all a part of the process.

I wasn’t super scientific as I came up with this list other than to go to Google analytics and see which had the most unique page views over the past 12 months.  Some of my favorites made the list and others didn’t.  Here they are… starting with Number One…

Number One:  The Most Powerful Question a Leader Can Ask

Number Two:  6 Keys to the Art of Saying No

Number Three:  The One HR Truth Every Leader Needs to Know

Number Four:  Leadership Challenge: Responsibility Without Authority

Number Five: 4 Biggest Leadership Assumptions to Avoid

Number Six:  What’s Your Leadership Stop Start Continue?

Number Seven:  I Want Off This Hamster Wheel

Number Eight: 3 Wishes Every Great Leader Should Have on Their List

Number Nine:  Leadership Wisdom From My Daughter

Number Ten:  Lose the Big Head and Go on the Leadership Diet

Thank you for making it a great year and look forward to sharing, growing and leaping more with you in 2014!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Alice Chan December 29, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Hi Alli, great analogy from your taking pictures of your daughter’s performance to remind us on what to review, to zoom in and out on. It really is all about perspective, isn’t it? I’m grateful to have connected with you via our blogs and learning from your perspective even though thousands of miles and an ocean is between us. Looking forward to more in 2014, Alli!


Alli Polin December 29, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Thank you, Alice! It’s absolutely about perspective! Amazing that just changing how we look at it changes what we see. 🙂

Been wonderful to connect and learn with you, Alice! Look forward to much more in 2014!


Jon Mertz December 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

A great year, Alli! Enjoyed these posts as well as many, many others. I always enjoy reading and learning your insights. Looking back is important as it gives us a larger view of what resonated along with areas to focus more on. All the best to you in 2014! Jon


Alli Polin December 31, 2013 at 6:56 am


I’ve learned so much from you. You have truly taken the conversation about closing the generation gap and moved it forward. I’m looking forward to much more from you in 2014!

With appreciation,



Terri Klass December 30, 2013 at 11:24 am

What a great year for you, Alli as you really made your mark as an outstanding blogger!

It is always good to take stock in what we did and learn how to push those lessons forward.

Happy 2014 and thank goodness you are in my life!!!!


Alli Polin December 31, 2013 at 6:58 am


Thank you! I’ve really enjoyed blogging this past year more than any year prior. Your blog is truly one of my must-stop places on the internet for insights on leadership, learning, collaboration and empowerment. Can’t wait to learn more from and with you in 2014!

xoxo –



Chantal Bechervaise December 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Love your recap Alli! I always look forward to reading your posts! I can’t wait to see what you do for 2014. Happy New Year!!


Alli Polin December 31, 2013 at 6:58 am

Thanks so much, Chantal! I’ve truly appreciated your support and connection. Here’s to much, much more in 2014!

All the Best ~



skipprichard1 December 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm

You do an exceptional job and I am glad to share your posts.

You take your readers up close with shots when we need it, and then panoramic views when the big picture is required.

All the best in 2014!


Alli Polin December 31, 2013 at 7:00 am


Your comment really means a lot to me. I’ve loved so many of the authors and insights that you’ve brought forward this year. Very much looking forward to more from you!

Best to you in 2014!



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