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Thank You (It’s an Anniversary)!

Thank You (It’s an Anniversary)!

Shawn Stratton I want to take a moment to say Thank You for being on the leadership journey with me. Whether you read my posts each week or twice a year, I want you to know I appreciate you taking the time to read and share my blog posts. I also want to thank those who filled in the recent survey I sent out a few weeks ago. I was blown away by the tremendous response. The information gathered will help me serve you better in 2016.

This week marks the one-year anniversary of me posting original weekly blogs! This is a big deal for me as it is a ton of work as writing is not something that comes naturally for me, like say a 20 km run, or leading a group in a hailstorm on the side of a mountain.

When I started blogging regularly about three years ago, I started off writing once a month or so. Then I made a commitment to write every two weeks as I thought that would be my max output and the max you could probably tolerate. Then last year I met with my friend and mentor Hugh Culver who challenged me to post an original blog once a week. He showed me how to write a blog editorial calendar, and I was on my way. So, if it is such a struggle, why do I do it then? I do it mostly for you and a little for me.

My whole business is centred on helping you become a more successful leader so you can achieve greater team and personal goals at work and at home. Delivering a weekly blog with original leadership focused content is one way I can help you achieve this goal. The other ways I convey my content is through keynote presentations, facilitating corporate leadership and team building retreats, and coaching (more to come, keep reading).

I do it for me for several reasons. As Louise Howes says in his new book titled The School of Greatness, you should experience some kind of pain every day if you want to achieve greatness because growth comes from pain or leaving the comfort zone. Writing the blog helps me experience that little bit of pain each week and it helps me become a better leader and consultant for my clients.

Some weeks I write about areas I have a lot of experience in and personal stories and other weeks I research topics in academic journals and books to expand my knowledge and share new information or perspectives for you on a leadership topic.

In an effort to step up my support to you in helping you develop your leadership skills, in 2016 I will be adding THREE more avenues for you to consume quality leadership development content. My heart rate increased just writing this as I am not sure how I am going to pull it off just yet but I know it is important to you so I will find a way to make it happen. The three avenues I will be adding are:

  1. Webinars on specific leadership topics.
  2. YouTube videos where I will share my leadership insights and lessons.
  3. In-depth courses and coaching. The courses will take a deep dive into a particular leadership challenge that was identified in the recent survey of my audience. Each course will also offer a coaching component with me.

Two other reasons I am adding these components is that in 2016 I plan to travel less for speaking engagements as my 2 and 4-year old girls need me around more at this time in their life and… I will be moving across the pond to Oxford, England, for 12 months in June 2016. The move is for my wife’s career and we are excited for the new adventure that lies ahead.

The move will limit my availability to serve my North American clients over that time and the new content delivery avenues will help me still survey them while in based in the UK.

Why wait until 2016?

There will be a lot going on in early 2016 so I don’t want to wait to launch my first open enrollment webinar so I have decided to run a webinar on December 2 . Then I will slow down a little in December and take full advantage of some quality family time, home and away.

The webinar is titled From Feedback to Feed Forward: Never Avoid Giving Feedback Again. This free webinar will cover, how feedforward can make giving feedback much easier. This value packed webinar is going down on December 2nd at 10 a.m. so save the date! I won’t official be opening registration until next week but you can sneak in and register now here.


One last thing: I was recently made aware the comments box on the website hasn’t been working properly so I have made some changes on the backend and it is working again now. You don’t have to leave all your personal information. Just leave a comment and check back to see what discussions evolve. I really do like to engage with you in the comments section. Do me a favor and test out the new comment system by telling me one thing you love about Christmas.

Thanks again for the attention you have been giving the blog over weeks, months and years. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. I am here to serve you.