Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Unwanted milestones


LiaV (Leadership is a Verb) reached a couple interesting new milestones in the past weeks. Unlike the competition last year where we placed 2nd in the “Best Leadership Blogs of 2009,” we were informed that an independent researcher identified LiaV as in “Top 150 Management & Leadership Blogs. It is an ordered list, created using statistics from Google PageRank, Bing, Alexa, Technorati, Twitter Grader, PostRank and FeedBurner.” I guess this is ok enough.

The second category we achieved was the arrival of multiple public relations firms volunteering to send me free copies of their client’s recently released books to read and blog about. First, LiaV is not for sale or influence. You can bank on the fact that the posts you will read on LiaV are original, uninfluenced and simply the way I observe the world.

All in all, these were unwanted milestones and ones you achieved more than me based on your hits and comments. I respectfully declined each of the offers, but suspect they will continue.

What would you do with these if you were me?

14 comments:

Randy said...

Stay true to your values and continue to be data driven in your analysis.

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Crusader AXE versus the carnivorous, dwarf ducks said...

If someone wants to send you a book and asks you to comment, I wouldn't see a conflict, if you were free to say "This sucks."

Parry said...

Being real even if it's right or wrong creates value when searching for advice or guidance. Getting diverse opinions stimulate imagination and provides valuable information to the blogee. Keeping this blog pure from outside influence is the way to go. Besides we are familiar with the author's writing style, experiences and imagination.

Rebecca said...

I would like to say that I would respond the same way. I think if you start blogging about literature the blog takes on an entirely different focus. As for the independent researcher, he is just that and I think it is funny that this list is also in a blog format.

Gail said...

Hi John, your integrity continues to shine. You were right in keeping LiaV true to its origin. Interesting how others seem to want to steal the spotlight.

Karel Goodwin said...

John, I read your blog about the awards you received for LiaV and I support your decision to consider them as unwanted. We are here for you, just as you are here for us. Your unbiased thoughts help to focus our thoughts about Leadership. Sorry, I couldn't post this on your web page because I couldn't see the word verification picture.

Regards,

Suman said...

Hi John,
I think your blog is the best ever! Its short, simple, genuine and it feels like talking to a real person. If you were writing reviews, I probbaly would read it if it were your style.

I think you should accept any award that considers you top 3 best and give your reviews only as a faavor to those who need it and will act on it.

Amer said...

A FB friend posted following on her profile:

"Be true to yourself. Don't try to impress everybody"...

You have the opportunity to promote good work of others. at leats....

Larry S said...

As much as it’s good to say “be true to your values,” I can’t help but agree with Crusader AXE, there is no conflict as long as you can be honest about what you (or we) think about the book. That being said, I know you well enough to know that you’ve looked into the details and it’s not a good fit with LAIV.

Heath Davis Havlick said...

I can see that you might consider it a conflict of interest, but I would see the book offers as an opportunity to increase your influence by giving your opinion on current books on leadership. It would also be a service to your readers. You could steer them away from books that are a waste of their time.

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