Best of Sources of Insight 2010


Best of Sources of Insight 2010

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.” — Walt Disney

Happy holidays to you and yours!

It’s been another strong year for Sources of Insight.  I’ve added 175 posts on topics ranging from getting results to sharpening your thinking skills.  My quest continues – find and share the best of the best insight and action for work and life.  From quotes to featured guests to lessons learned — it’s all about improving your effectiveness and leading a better life from the inside out.

Stepping back, I think the most valuable thing I created this past year on Sources of Insight is 30 Days of Getting Results – Free Personal Productivity Training.  It’s self-paced and you can quickly master some of the toughest challenges you’ll face in life from problem solving skills to  focus to work-life balance to time management to finding your purpose and your passion, and mastering self-discipline and motivation.  It’s all there in simple Web pages for free.

Now, let’s take a tour of the best of Sources of Insight for 2010 …

Top 10 Posts of 2010
I cherry picked the ones that either had the most traffic, or a ripple effect on the Web or that I heard the most about in the hallways at work.  Some of these surprised me.  For example, # 8 below is simply a response to a friend who challenged me to write a quick post of insights I’ve learned from movies.  Here are my top 10 posts of 2009:

  1. 36 Best Business Books that Influenced Microsoft Leaders
  2. 101 Questions that Empower You
  3. Don’t Regret the Path Not Taken
  4. Feel Strong All Week Long
  5. Getting Results the Agile Way – The Book on Getting Results
  6. Lessons Learned from Seth Godin
  7. Take Agile Results to the Next Level
  8. That Moment Where the World Stops
  9. Tickler List of the Mind
  10. What’s Worth Doing Today

Ultimately, my top posts are whatever ones helped you find a new way to kick some arse, get your inner-mojo going, or wrinkle your brain with a new “ah-ha.”  So tell me, what was your favorite post?

Featured Guests
Linda P. Jones

Who better to learn insights and action from than some of the world’s best selling authors and some experts at the top of their game?   This past year I had some amazing people share some of their best lessons learned:

Lessons Learned … “Stand on the Shoulders of Giants”

“If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” … great words from Isaac Newton.

I’m a fan of standing on the shoulders of giants over starting from scratch.  With the power of the Web, we can learn from everybody around the world, from the unsung hero, to the every Joe, to heroes of the past and present.  We can all stand on the shoulders of giants:


Quotes are a great way to share the wisdom of the ages and modern day sages.  This last year, I put together some quotes collections for important topics.   If you study the collections, some of the words might just sing to your heart or give you the just insight you’ve been looking for:

What would you like to see more of in 2011?  Let me know.  I’m thinking through strategies and focus as we approach the new year.


  1. J. D. I can feel your enthusiasm bursting forth from your words. I heartily agree that “30 Days of Getting Results – Free Personal Productivity Training” is the super star among many brilliant articles you’ve graced us with this year. I myself certainly learned some much from your self-paced online training program.

    I feel so fortunate and honored to know you. Thanks for all the goodness and effectiveness you bring to the world. I too wish you a wonderful holiday.

  2. JD,

    Happy holidays! Thank you for the numerous posts that you have shared… the ripple effect has been such that even non-visitors of your site has benefited because i find myself talking about personal “a-has” i have reached with friends.

    I agree with Sandra, the 30 day of getting results takes the cake because you were pretty hands-on with it. I have been reading through your site for a while but when you did that 1month walk-through; things became even more concrete for me.

    For all of us, here’s to a more insightful year of living with passion! 🙂

  3. @ Sandra — I think the 30 day focus helped a lot. It let me dive deep while keeping a theme. I think I should do another 30 day series on either personal development or leadership or thinking skills. I like the journey, but I also like the fact that at the end, there’s a strong set of reusable material for self-paced training.

    At work, I had three different reactions to the 30 days of getting results: 1) People who followed along with a passion and spread it like wildfire, 2) People that wanted it, but can’t find it, and 3) People that thought they had to commit 30 days. (I reshuffled my blog to make it easier to find, and I let people know that it’s 30 self-paced lessons, they don’t have to spend 30 days, but if they wanted to, that works too.)

    You’ve made the journey great and I’m lucky to know you too. Your depth and focus on your blog is always a treat.

    @ Riza — Thank you! I think that’s the power of the Web. It’s that ripple effect. You just never know who you’re going to help or impact in some way.

    I’m going to be adding more How-Tos this year to make a lot of ideas more actionable and concrete. I want this year to really push the bar in expanding everybody’s catalog of skills, and I plan to go deep.

  4. Backing the book and getting it off the press was the most amazing for me at SoI this year… I saw how you were baking it on SoI little step by step and then just shipped it!

    WHOA! I hold the book and it looks like a little thing, a bunch of paper pages but it so heavy on insights… and I witness everyday what impact it makes

  5. JD,
    What a GREAT year it’s been here in this space!! You are doing amazing things, and really helping others to excel along the way – awesome!!

    Happy Holiday to you!!

  6. @ Lance — Thank you! I hope to take things to a whole new level this year. I want to create significant advantage for readers of Sources of Insight. It should be a fun journey, lots of learning, and a wild ride.

    Happy Holidays!

  7. Hi JD,
    I know I’m repeating myself when I say “what a great resource you have here.” You are what I dub, “wonderfully obsessed with winning” (WOW). Your production and quality is first rate. I’m sure the best is yet to come in 2011.

  8. Hi JD,

    I found your blog new a couple of weeks ago and I’m enjoying your site. Thanks for mentioning the best posts on sourcesofinsight for the year. Will check them out 🙂

  9. Hi JD .. your 30 Days of Getting Results .. is a tremendous resource, and getting your book published and available .. is extremely good news .. I’m working my way towards it!!

    In general … your site is so useful to one and all .. and I love the lists and the analogies you give us …

    Your threes are such an easy way to remember things ..

    Have a great Christmas and New Year .. and I look forward to many more insights in 2011 .. cheers Hilary

  10. @ Rob — Thank you. One of the key things I’m going to start doing is getting even more deliberate about using the skills I’ve learned in the Microsoft arena as a corporate warrior to shape Sources of Insight into a sustainable business and accelerate some growth. I think a lot of the basics around vision, mission, values, portfolio, programs, projects, etc. go a long way to help structure success.

    @ Dia — Thank you. While you’re taking a look around, I recommend checking out You 2.0 if you haven’t seen it already. It’s a quick guide that helps you build a firm foundation from the inside out. It’s the by-product of a talk I was giving to help folks make the most of what they’ve got.

    @ Hilary — Thank you. I think you’ll have a ton of fun going through the guide.

    I plan to add some more lists, and share a lot more metaphors and mental models this year. I’m also working my way through finding a way to share my catalog of techniques and methods for intellectual horsepower, emotional intelligence, leadership, etc.

    Happy Holidays!

    @ Andrzej — Thank you!

  11. @ Karl — I’m glad to hear it’s been a huge help. I’ll be sharing more on productivity and focus this year. I think it’s very much a key to helping people flow their value and achieve whatever they want.

  12. Hi J.D.! Wow! What a great retrospect. Just a wonderful wealth of information and resources. You rocked 2010! Wishing you continued inspiration and success in 2011! Loving blessings!

  13. J.D. What a year? 🙂 I have so enjoyed reading your posts and learning from your wisdom. Congrats on all your great posts. You always share such great content and I thank you for that. I definitely remember many of these posts, but if I have to choose my favorite, it would have to be the one about Taking Agile Results to the Next Level … Vision, Outcome, Reflection … still words to live by 🙂

  14. We are pretty new to your blog, so this is a perfect post. We’ll spend some time working through these featured posts, so we can benefit from the insights on these pages. Thank you!

  15. @ Sibyl — Thank you. It’s always a pleasure to have you stop by. I like the way you share perspective and insights.

    @ Happiness and Wisdom — Welcome aboard. I don’t have it listed, but I think Keys for Skilled Happiness will be right up your alley.

    @ Jonathan — I’ve been hopping around for the holidays. I’ll be back on the scene next week. Thank you.

    @ Jannie — You are too kind — thank you! Keep smiling.

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