Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work!
We collate the latest offerings from various practitioners about organization life, the politics of work and how you too can become more effective – and more satisfied – in career. This edition – each week's theme developing organically – is all about commitment. What makes us realize it, when will we get it and oh heavens, what will it look like when we adopt it!
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Dawn Lennon argues that a good job and ultimately exciting career does not happen to us but comes from within. In this insightful write she clarifies that excellence is the sign of commitment. Commitment to skills, challenge, risk and effort. If you want a great career, you've got to be all in. And reading @BusinessFit can help you make that part of your DNA.
Mary Faulkner makes an important contribution to work and life here – she wants to debate with you. Mary recognizes over time we've come to accept different viewpoints as intransigent and immovable. Yet here she asks the very real question: is debate about trying to change one and other's mind or is its real value the act of staying in communication? Read this and more of @MFaulkner43. You can thank me later.
Simon Heath shares a sober reminder in the most delightful way. In fact, his message is so enjoyable we might miss its impact, and folks, this is the real deal. Here Simon takes on organizational silos, mental models and old habits and says get out of of your own way to learn how to collaborate in the new world order. Otherwise, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. See @SimonHeath1 for more delightful and insightful work.
Helen Amery shares the parable of the crowded highway andyt resultant karma. In this poignant reflection Helen wonders why some of us are so adamant about not sharing space and helping each other and what a difference it would make if we did. Just how would organizations function if leadership actually put group needs ahead of personal agendas, and if institutional mores and reward systems supported same. Read @AmeryHelen to find out.
Jules wants you to be social. No, she warns you to be social! In this essay she wonders when we're going to figure this out. Social isn't a brollie we carry around periodically in case of rain – its part of our everyday presence or who we are. Or aren't. This isn't a gentle reminder – its a tough call to action that says social is here to stay so we'd best get on with it. And HR should lead the way. See @JulesJ85 for proof.
Ashley Lauren Perez has put together an emerging list of leadership competencies. Ash knows that leadership is a constantly moving and evolving dynamic and as society thus organizations change (as they simply reflect society) new definitions of leadership have to emerge. Are you confused about what it takes to lead in the 21st century? Read @AshLaurenPerez and you won't be.
There are the #BestBlogs we've seen this week about life in the office. Each writer has offered practical advice and a challenging perspective enabling us all to rethink our positions – and that's a gift my friends. Look for those who challenge your thinking to help you grow.
Read the archives of #BestBlogs for other intelligent and accessible writers, thinkers and doers addressing the questions of life at work and do come back in another seven days' time for a new edition.
Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are in the world my friends!