2017 Year in Review: The Beginning

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford

2017 is drawing to an end… Along with my first nine months as a Blogger.

As it were… my beginning.

Beginning

I thought it would be nice to pull together a list of the posts you read most in the past nine months… the posts that piqued your interest

1:  10 Ways to Make a Terrible First Impression

With more than 1,000 unique page views since publication in mid November, this is by far the most popular post on the site.

It focuses on ten things that you can do – often inadvertently – on your first day in a new role that will leave your new colleagues wondering what they’re in for… and of course, it lets you know what to do instead!

Clearly, we all worry that we might not make a great first impression!

2: “I’m Not Good Enough”… The Gender Confidence Gap

With about 700 unique views since it was published in August, this article about the gender confidence gap also touched a nerve, particularly with Facebook users in the UK, where the majority of the visitors arrived from.

Gender ConfidenceThis post also generated a very fascinating discussion on Facebook between me and an oil rig worker in the US, who disagreed with me quite thoroughly! At least in the industry he works in, where he maintained that women are treated very well and generally better than their male counterparts. If only this was universal!

3: “I’m Not Going to Make it…” Surviving Professional Crises

This post from mid-September was very popular with Linked In readers, who read the article inside Linked In  close to 3,000 times. A few over 300 readers visited the site to read the full article.

Professional CrisesThis would be the most, or at least close to the most, personal post I’ve written. It’s hard to say an email made you cry… but it did, so that’s what I shared!

4: Overcome Impostor Syndrome by Becoming a Superhero

Published in early June, with only two months of blogging experience under my belt, this post has a very credible 315 page views, and still gets a regular trickle from Google. It’s something we can all relate to, I think.

I resist the urge to rewrite and update this post – because it’s an authentic insight into how far I think my writing (and my blogging skills more generally) have come over the past year!

It’s a little mind game to play so that you can ‘don’ the character of the kick-ass woman or man who would absolutely ace those first days, weeks and months in that exciting, but scary, new job!

5: 12 Traits of Bad Bosses and What to Strive for Instead

Published as a two part series in June 2017, these two posts collectively have totted up a respectable 380 page views. It seems we all like to hear about the bad things other people do! Because of course we don’t do any of these things ourselves!

Bad BossesThese posts were great fun to write, because the stories were so formative in my own career… the only thing I had to be careful of was ensuring nobody was ‘recognisable’!

6: The Inexplicable Power of the Humble Question Mark

Although it has less than 200 views, this is the last one to make the list, and is actually one of my personal favourites… not for its actual quality, but because of what I was trying to express, and how strongly I feel about it.

QuestionAsking great questions is such an important leadership trait – both asking them of yourself, but also asking them of your team. And just as important, when you are asked questions by others, not always rushing to answer them!


I’d love to hear what your favourite post from 2017 was! Let me know in the comments below!


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2 comments

  1. That’s funny – all of the above are great reads, but still I am not for a second in doubt that I will pick an entirely different one: the “Possibilities: Why I Love Books (and Journals)” (https://www.rebeccaelvy.com/2017/08/12/possibilities/)
    I had been following you for a while when I first read it – but when I did, in a strange way, it was like I came to know you in a way in which it would not normally be possible to know a person living 10000+ miles away that I had never met – you changed from being “yet another person I follow on Twitter” to being “Rebecca” – and I came to recognize a part of myself that I had never really been able to describe. And slowly, I started learning what Twitter was all about and met some other fabulous people.
    In 2017, I have read a lot of fascinating stuff, and have met some fascinating people online – but I am not for one second doubting that the “Possibilities”-text was a groundbreaking read.
    Thanks for posting it – as well as for all your other postings. (By the way, if I should choose another text, which also really deserves honourable mention, there’s another one which is not listed above: I also really like the “Responsibility: It’s Never Anyone Else’s Fault (Even If It Is)”)

    1. Thanks so much Henrik – I love these two as well – in fact the journals and books one, I just re-read yesterday as part of my “re-purposing/re-energising oomph hunt”!

      And yes, the “it’s never anyone else’s fault” one is near and dear to my heart!

      I’m so pleased we connected!
      R

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