Best Blogs 8 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 mindful choices about career and work emerge. Are we living a mindful life or simply following the crowd?

Read on to have your assumptions tested.

Gem Reucroft has a shocker for you: traditional workplace discipline doesn’t work. Gem weaves a sound realistic picture – as she does best – of the actual picture of discipline at work. Gem then closes with an alternative that might make more sense. Do yourself a favor: study @HR_Gem

Justin Harris reminds us that #SoMe, like any other tool can be used appropriately. Or not. Here he discusses the comparative nature of #SoMe, and why you should not be sucked into a virtual version of keeping-up-with-the-Jones. See @UnlikelyHRGuy for more sound advice

Lotus Yon relates a cautionary take here: not everyone who excels in their job wants to promoted to management. @Lotus_Yon understands we’re all motivated by different factors. In this practical reminder she asks us to think about what people want before we assume we know – and take the wrong action

Richard Westney offers a succinct and telling review of Scott Berkun’s book, The Year Without Pants. Want to know what the future of management looks like? Start with @HRManNZ and then move on to the book

Madison Jones knows we don’t think much about compassion at work (or in life) perhaps because we don’t understand it. In this incisive piece she helps us realize compassion isn’t pity nor solving others’ problems: compassion is community. @MadisonJonesHR will show you how

John Baldino gives us the much-needed kick in the pants to generate our own HR business plan. Pining for additional resources or the nebulous seat at the table won’t get it done argues John. Putting your action plan in place will. @JBalive provides the direction we need

Karlina Millers shares a thoughtful read here about the best opportunities to influence culture. Karlina knows it isn’t outward advertising or branding that defines culture, but the core values and behaviors. Want to know more about influencing your culture? Read @KarlinaErika

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.

Ciao!

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