December 2013: 14 Things List (New Top 10?)

14 Things List (New Top 10?)

This month for “In Case You Missed It” I roll up a few Top 14 lists.  Did I miss the memo – or is 14 the new “Top 10” ? As you know I love “Top Lists” so when I saw one with 14 – it clearly caught my eye and I had to chuckle because it made me think of “This is Spinal Tap” and the classic scene where he describes how their amps and equipment all go the extra number to eleven for that extra sound.


Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.


Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?


Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.


So, in this case the magic number is not 3, 5, 10 or 20.  I liked each of these and so for this month – 14 is the number of leadership and management tips.


What is the most important trait a leader must cultivate? (via SmartBlogs)

14 answers provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council
1. Communicating your passion
2. Leading through influence
3. Trusting your intuition
4. Showing empathy
5. Persevering through challenges
6. Being addicted to personal growth
7. Trusting your relationships
8. Being resilient
9. Being able to execute
10. Staying positive
11. Caring about company culture
12. Creating autonomy
13. Making difficult decisions
14. Knowing how to communicate


14 Things You Should Do at the Start of Every Work Day (via Forbes)

1. Arrive on time.
2. Take a deep breath.
3. Take five.
4. Start each day with a clean slate.
5. Don’t be moody.
6. Organize your day.
7. Be present
8. Check in with your colleagues.
9. Ensure that your workspace is organized.
10. Don’t be distracted by your inbox.
11. Listen to your voice mail.
12. Place important calls and send urgent e-mails.
13. Take advantage of your cleared head.
14. Plan a mid-morning break.


14 Things You Should Do On Your Lunch Break Every Day (via Forbes)

1. Make a plan.
2. Take a real break.
3. Get up from your desk or work space.
4. Eat.
5. Enjoy your food.
6. Do what you can’t do in the morning or evening.
7. Use the time to connect with someone new.  
8. Catch up with old friends.
9. Have a system for dealing with your absence.
10. Engage in activities that will help you re-energize.
11. Network.
12. Don’t get stuck in a routine.
13. Avoid all screens.
14. Don’t take too long or too short of a break.


14 Things You Should Do at the End of Every Work Day (via Forbes)

1. Evaluate your to-do list.  
2. Review your schedule for the next day.
3. Check in with your boss and colleagues.
4. Tidy up.
5. Complete non-peak hour work.
6. Get closure.
7. Make a new to-do list.
8. Reflect on the day.
9. Say good bye.
10. Leave on a positive note.
11. Be green.
12. Disconnect.   
13. Leave your stress at the door.
14. Go home.


Here are 14 things successful people do (or should be doing) on weekends (via Forbes)

1. Make time for family and friends.
2. Exercise.    
3. Pursue a passion.
4. Vacation.
5.  Disconnect.
6. Volunteer.
7. Avoid chores.
8. Plan.
9. Socialize.
10. Gardening/crafts/games/sports/cooking/cultural activities.
11. Network.
12. Reflect.
13. Meditate.
14. Recharge.


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