Best Blogs 16 May 2014

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

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

Every week, our themes emerge organically and this week we tackle dissatisfaction, dealing with reality and the little things and tough choices we all face. Compelling work from intelligent peeps.

Indulge in these fine authors and you will enjoy different perspectives on personal effort and leadership.

Ana J Urena asks a penetrating question here – are we afraid of being human? In this rich tale Ana expertly weaves together the tapestry of reality, repression and regression as she explores the meaning of humanness in a shallow society. Relish more of her remarkable work @QuarterVida

Crystal Miller reflects on a simple phrase we use without thinking even while knowing full well what it implies. In this refreshing aside she argues people might be willing to own up to their thoughts if they actually valued the people affected by them. As with all of her work, @TheOneCrystal strikes a deep note and asks us to reflect on how we add value every day

Mitch Sullivan wonders what came first: bad management or dis-engagement. Here he takes on the headlong rush towards engagement solutions by asking a disarmingly simple question: what if we just taught managers how to manage? Read @MitchSullivan knowing you will never be the same after having done so

Damiana Casile wonders how you tie together learning, performance and the ROI of development together in an ecosystem. Different learning styles, unlike motivation, reward systems out of sync! I don't envy L&D Damiana said! Or did she? See @Damiana_HR to find out

Ernie Tamayo takes a look at employee investigations, a topic not often commented on. Unlike your favorite TV detective, in real life workplace investigations are not the stuff of drama and gotcha. Check @ErnieTamayo for a useful and clear picture of how these really work and how to respect other's dignity at the same time

Megan Peppin shows that when we write from the heart, posts are powerful. Here in a stream of consciousness Megan examines the link between feelings, beliefs, behavior and engagement. Thought-provoking and meanignful as is all the work of @OD_optimist

Heather Bischoff knows that you have to do what you have to do to be where you want to be. This vignette of a young entrepreneur underlines the importance of role models, support systems and above all self-confidence. Enjoy more @HBischoff and be prepared to be motivated

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

Each writer offers a practiced yet 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 please do check the archives of #BestBlogs for additional intelligent writers, thinkers and doers addressing important questions about worklife.

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




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