Best Blogs 1 Aug 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. These fine authors offer fresh and different perspectives on the intersection of life and work.

Every week our themes emerge organically and this week writers share their insight on being more thoughtful and choiceful about what we do, and don't. Are we living a mindful life or simply following the crowd?

Read on to have your assumptions tested.

Michael Carty has written the sweetest blog of the week. Mr Carty spends so much time promoting others that you night lose sight of how graceful and evocative an author he is: don't. Read @MJCarty, reflect and be thankful there are artists such as he so willing to share

Mandy Edwards does something shocking for #SoMe here: she tells the truth. In this wrenching piece she reminds us all there are real people with real lives on public view in social media. But if it doesn't all work out, @memktgservices will not stop. Goodness no

Varsha Dodhia offers a bittersweet testimony to planting trees and tasting of fruit. In this beautiful piece she shares her journey to happiness while planting seeds and reaping fruit along the way. A simply elegant and stirring write from @DodiaV

Alli Polin works in the past, present and future in this fun and revelatory work on leadership. Curious about how today's actions influence tomorrow's reality? Read @AlliPolin and write a post-dated check on leadership

Helen Tracey simply gets better with each post. Here she takes on the dilemma of focused dedication vs maniacal obsession: when is enough enough, and how do we know when to give up? Helen must be on your top ten bloggers list – read @HRPotential to see why

Mary Faulkner loves her inner child: not. Like you Mary knows that two-year olds are not completely autonomous much less ready to lead others, so, why let them? The next time your inner two-old crosses her arms and mouths a pouty “No!” take a deep breath, read @MFaulkner43 and relax

Julie Waddell simply has no peer in connecting the dots. Here she relates HR policy, food blogs, stupid question and, yes friends, maple syrup. One of these four really (really) matters to Julie. Do yourself a favor: put more @JAWaddell in your life and more maple syrup on your pancakes

Thank you for reading this week's edition of #BestBlogs all about building and practicing 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 do please 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 – and thank you for the many kind wishes following our troubles late last week.



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