A year ago this week, I began my guest author spots here on Lifehack.org at Leon’s very kind and generous invitation.

Along with his invitation though, Leon challenged me: He said he loved the writing I did in Managing with Aloha (my book) and on Talking Story (my blog) and he wanted the flavor of it for Lifehack.org, but what he really wanted me to do was write original stuff for him. He was as tactfully assertive as a new editor can be when he gently and respectfully rejected my first submission and said no linklove and analysis of other people’s stuff; I was the one who needed to write more. He requested a new post just once a week, on every Thursday, and he wanted what was in my head, not yet published.

Leon was right. I trashed my first submission (it didn’t even make it to one of my blogs) and started over. To this day, my first post here has been one of the most popular ones of all I’ve done.

I was not about to let Leon down, and in the past year there were several times I felt that Leon got my best work of the week —and I do a lot of writing. I hope you have enjoyed the reading.

Today, a recap of the past year, where Managing with Aloha came to Lifehack.org. I figure Leon will forgive me this once that it’s not original! He’s been a great boss: Any missing dates are my vacation times.

Mahalo nui loa; thank you for reading every Thursday. If you happen to have a favorite, let me know with a note in the comments would you? You’ll be helping Leon keep me on the right track…

And Leon, thank you for your faith in me, and for your aloha. I’ve loved being here.


Rosa Say is the author of Managing with Aloha, Bringing Hawaii’s Universal Values to the Art of Business and the Talking Story blog. She is the founder and head coach of Say Leadership Coaching, a company dedicated to bringing nobility to the working arts of management and leadership. She’s still trying to save her pennies so she can visit Leon in Australia one day.

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