Blogs I Like: Jesse Lyn Stoner

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You can learn a lot from a good example. That’s why every week I highlight one great business blog. This week, it’s Jesse Lyn Stoner’s blog.

She calls her blog, “My Blog.” That sounds pretty prosaic and maybe like someone who takes the easy way out. But that just goes to show that appearances can be deceiving. What you will find there are some of the most carefully crafted blog posts in the universe.

Jesse does only one post a week on “My Blog,” but I bet she spends more time and effort on that post than many other bloggers do on five. It’s so well done, that the posts just seem natural.

That’s not easy to do. Jesse writes about serious topics where nuance matters. I imagine her process as something like an archeologist, taking time to gently brush away everything that obscures her point and then very carefully holding it up and turning it so the rest of us can see it clearly.

Here are some representative posts from the last year or so. Read them with an eye toward what you can learn from Jesse Lyn Stoner’s example. As you read, pay attention to the careful way posts develop. Observe the phrasing, too. They’re so well done that they’re transparent most of the time, so to understand what’s going on, you need to look closely.

Charismatic Leaders vs Visionary Leaders: 7 Indicators

Are You a Team in Name Only?

7 Things I Learned About Goal-Setting in 1999

The Empty Carriage: A Leadership Lesson

When The Best Techniques Don’t Work

Boiled Frogs and Dreams

Read, enjoy, and learn.

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Fay Kandarian   |   05 May 2012   |   Reply

Hi Wally,

It is wonderful to see how you totally get Jesse! She is a wonderful friend who amazes me with the time, effort, and thought she puts into her blogs. They are gems of wisdom, crafted by someone with great insight, intelligence, and experience. Her blogs are a gift to the cyber universe!

Wally   |   05 May 2012   |   Reply

Well said, Fay. Thanks for adding to the conversation.

Jesse Stoner   |   05 May 2012   |   Reply

Hi Wally,

I am honored that you featured my blog. And I am touched that you see me as successful in the area where I feel least secure. My goal is to combine my real experience, ground it in theory and offer practical advice. The most difficult part for me is to condense it to 600 words without compromising my message. Your feedback means a lot. Thank you!