Oh Those Lists!


My usual Saturday mornings consist of checking out the activities from the stock market and learning. I love to read and during the week, I collect my favorite articles from various business publications to find out what is new in the world of strategy, management, leadership, and other things. During the last few weeks, I have noticed a trend which has become stronger and stronger: everything is listed out!

20 Easy Things That Will Make You The Next Millionaire

10 Biggest Motivation Killers and How To Fix Them

Want To Be a Great Leader? Avoid Saying These 10 Things.

7 Habits of People with Remarkable Mental Toughness

10 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Never Say

Do You Have the 10 Skills Entrepreneurs Need?

The above are all article titles from various publications that I found on Twitter. I will admit, I do share a lot of these articles. There is thoughtful and relevant information that can be used, but how many people are able to retain the information to be able to apply it?

The advice in these articles are, of course, very generalized. Take for example, all of the leadership articles that are floating around. You are not going to use the same leadership style for someone that is 50 years old versus someone that just graduated university. The articles need to be taken with a grain of salt, as with any information that is distributed to the masses.

Personally, I do wonder what has happened with asking for feedback or being mentored. I have received my most personalized and applicable improvements this way. It is much easier and effective if someone is able directly let you know how you can improve on something that you just did.

One caveat however: as with anything else, if you are not open to learning or improving yourself, you are not only wasting your own time with reading the articles, you are wasting the time of your colleagues who are trying to help you out.

Have an awesome week!


Photo Credit: Set Lists from Flickr Common Community

Kevin MacDonald is a Business Consultant at L6S Business Consulting Inc (www.L6SBC.ca). L6S offers services in management consulting, Controller and CFO contracting, and lean management with either project work or teaching/mentoring of staff. Kevin has his CMA accounting designation along with a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Kevin is active in the community by volunteering for different groups and donates platelets at the Canadian Blood Services clinic on a bi-weekly basis.


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