Over the next few days – as we get closer to January 1 – you’ll be bombarded by the best of 2011 lists.
From best dressed, to best performance; from the biggest scandal of the year to greatest comeback story, we’ll see them all. Keeping with the theme of our last post (So long, Farewell, Auf wiedersehen, Adieu … to 2011), I wanted to share with you another list!
So, here’s the list of people – in no specific order – we’ll be following in 2012:
Alec Baldwin – and not for the reasons you think!
Earlier this fall, Baldwin launched a new podcast show on WNYC called Here’s the Thing. Every two weeks, Alec pursues great conversations in unexpected places to find out what motivates his guests, how they feel about what they do and what keeps them up at night. Well worth the listen – I hope you’ll check it out!
Seth Godin – for all the obvious reasons.
I’ve been following Seth’s blog for several years and I really appreciate the lens through which he looks at the world. He has a knack for getting me to think differently about the things around me. He’s also a great author! Tribes and The Dip remain two of my favorite books!
Robert Caruso – because he is extremely insightful.
I interviewed Robert two months ago and was inspired by my conversation with him. There is no denying that social media is here to stay and Robert’s perspective on all things social media is second to none. He is genuine, generous and loves coffee!! If you want to be inspired and get expert insight on social media, follow his blog.
Jason Ashley Simon – because caffeinated conversations are the best.
Like me, Jason believes in the power of conversations, in fact he invites conversation by wearing a shirt that reads “tap me on the shoulder if you’d like to chat.” Conversations matter; conversations make a difference. Bottom line … through conversations, life happens and finds meaning. He’s working on a book (can’t wait to read it), but until then I recommend his blog.
Jeff Gau – because of his insights on leadership.
Jeff is the president and ceo of Marco, a technology company based in Minnesota. A few months ago, someone shared a link to one of his blog post and I was hooked. I’ve had the privilege of working with Jeff directly as he sits on the board of directors of the foundation I work for. I’ve enjoyed his posts and commentary on leadership culture. His blog is one that I subscribe to and encourage you to do so.
Brendan Shanahan – NHL’s VP of Player Safety.
I LOVE hockey! I live in the “state of hockey” and originate from the “land where hockey was born.” I believe the game is at a crossroad – head injuries are more frequent and something has to be done. His role as the ‘chief disciplinarian’ will help shape the future of the game. I’ve been impressed by the fact that he releases a video explanation of every suspension he gives and have appreciated his explanation. You can follow him on Twitter!
There you have it, the list of people we’ll be watching in 2012!
Who’s on your list?