Best Blogs 28 March 2014

Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.

The latest ideas on organization life, collaboration and the politics of work from practitioners around the globe are collected here so that you may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in your career.

This week's edition turned out to be about the essence and truth of managing people at work. Just what is our role and how do we add value. It has little to do with best practice and other industry jargon, and a lot to do with accepting reality and moving beyond glib phrases. Deal with it.

How do you impact your workplace?

Helen Amery starts things off with a punch to the solar plexus: we're doing change wrong and not by just a little. In this searing post Helen implores us to think of a better way. A more creative and humane way to drive large scale change. To be our better selves. See @AmeryHelen for more

That Career Girl returns to debunk more myths about twenty-somethings, travel and getting a life. In this delightful read she blows up (sweetly) the stereotypical view of her generation as well as the over-arching view of work as chore. Do yourself a favor and just read @ThatCareerGirl

David D'Souza is really cool. I know this because I read this post wherein he told me so. In fact, he is so cool I felt more cool for just having read him. Even more, when you read this existential framework you will rethink the meaning of cool. Check out @DDS180 – that would be cool

Julie Waddell knows learning beats training. In this extract of a learning experience she just had, Julie argues we have to accept the human side of enterprise. Working with people is not as orderly as just following a recipe, thank heavens. People are messy: @JAWaddell will help you learn how to be okay with that

Ernie Tamayo outlines a compelling argument of the need for vastly improved understanding of social style in this eye-opening projection of the workforce of tomorrow. And today. This well-annotated overview is a great framework to examine diversity as driver for social style. @ErnieTamayo offers more

Amanda Sterling refines the HR role here – add value and help people. The potential to do things conventionally safely ensconced in the fat middle is a false promise. Just because its accepted doesn't make it right. There's a difference between busy and value. See @Sterling_Amanda for more challenging thinking

Lotus Yon has a simple yet strong message: leadership is not about making people happy. In this elegant write she offers a reasoned perspective reminding us that leadership is about making tough choices which – gasp – some people won't like. See @Lotus_Yon for insights on the likability paradox

Thank you for reading this week's edition of #BestBlogs all about living a full worklife.

Each writer offers a practiced view via a challenging perspective enabling us to re-examine our own positions. In life, look for those who challenge your thinking to help you grow.

Come back in another seven days' time for more new thoughts and check the archives of #BestBlogs for other intelligent writers, thinkers and doers addressing the important questions about worklife.

Have a wonderful weekend wherever you are in the world my friends!



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