Best Blogs 22 August 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 theme emerges organically and this week the power of self is revealed in these varied takes. Sometimes we can feel all alone in the noise – and yet the power of self can become even stronger through self-reflection amidst the chaos.

These fine authors offer fresh and different perspectives on the intersection of life and work. Read on to test your own assumptions about life, practice and work.

Rayanne Thorn is so good at what she does professionally we sometimes overlook the biggest role of her life: Mom. In this joyful, piercing and ultimately unstoppable piece she talks about “the middle” of her life, and how motherhood shaped who she is, and how she views life. Don’t blink. And don’t miss @Ray_anne

Karin Hurt wants to give us a math lesson: 100% of us can’t be better than average. In this article (which I’ve already applied) Karin shares some practical tools to get real-time perspective on how we affect our coworkers and peers. Want to grow professionally? Let @LetsGrowLeaders show you how to get feedback

Amanda Sterling has an interesting and somewhat scary view of the #SoMe future and its link – or consumption – of pre-employment profiling. How do our digital footprints open and close off potential opporunity for us. Read @Sterling_Amanda to find out. And think ahead

Christi Hegstad Ph.D reminds us we can be the leader of ourselves just as much as the leader of others. Case in point: How do we start the morning? Choicefully or through habit? Christi offers accesible input on how to take that moment, make it our own and start our day in a mindful way. @DrChristiCoach knows

Clare Haynes argues that our always-on instantaneous on-line do-it-now lifestyle is actually making us less productive and worse, less effective. What would it be like to manage our days so tools served us rather than the other way round Clare wonders. @WildfireSpark has more practical ideas to share with you

Maryann Baumgarten demystifies workplace culture here. Is it as simple as football and beer, or is it something more omnipresent, ephemeral and tangible all at once. Unsure? Maryann’s got you covered. See @MABaumgarten to clarify your impact in workplace culture

Erin Mobley shares a beautiful write here – if you’re disengaged at work, your life is calling. Erin takes on the popular engagement mantra and shakes it up a bit: what if the real challenge is in the mirror looking back at us? @ErinTMobley offers practical help you can use today. Just breathe

Thank you for reading this week’s edition of #BestBlogs 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.

Please come back in another seven days’ time for more new thoughts and do check the archives of #BestBlogs for other 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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