Welcome to #BestBlogs, the weekly curation of the world of work.
The latest ideas on organization life, collaboration and our personal power in worklife from practitioners around the globe are collected here so you too may become more effective, perhaps even more satisfied, in career.
Every week our theme emerges organically and this week we find our authors examine assumptions about self, generations and the meaning of work. And hey, don’t overthink it they argue.
These fine authors offer fresh and different perspectives on the intersection of life and work. Read on to test some of your own assumptions about the intersection of life, practice and work.
Helen Tracey like many of us, enjoys shopping on line from reputable dealers and having the perfect item show up on her doorstep just days later. Whats not to like? But Helen also know treating candidates as commodities and assuming CVs and references are all-telling is a bit of a gamble. And as @HRPotential argues, taking the cheap route when shopping for talent doesn’t always pay out
Megan Barrenchea takes another step forward in the inter-generational workplace battle and says, wait, let’s rethink this Millennial thing? Is it all that bad to be curious, engaged, tech-savvy and tied to mission? Isn’t that what employers really want asks Megan? See @MBarrenchea for clean and clear insight on the true value of Millennials in your workplace, and note, no Baby Boomers were harmed in the making of this blog
Phil Willcox does a fantastic job here deconstructing another article of, well, let’s just say dubious value. Phil, an excellent writer and analyst in his own right, parses the subject blog in this post and helps show, step by step, why we need to treat all content with just a little bit of critical thinking. Want to get your thinking game on? Read @PhilWillcox
Afire writes one of the most creative posts I’ve seen all year here as she walks us through the nine circles of job hunt hell. As all readers know, it wouldn’t be nearly so funny if it weren’t true. My god, I don’t know who Afire is but I read her every chance I get – as talented as she is she won’t be looking long and when she goes back to the office this gem of a blog may disappear
Mary Faulkner takes on subjects most polite (and ineffective) adults shy away from. Here she addresses the ugly truth: some of you are crappy employees. Ok, ok, you’re not really a bad person, but you’re not really doing a good job either says Mary. So read this to find out what to do about it. And keep @MFaulkner43 on your short reading list – we all need that one friend who is not afraid to tell us the truth
Chris Fields is simply one of the most important HR bloggers out there unafraid to tackle things that need to be addressed. Here, however, he uses a different approach in profiling someone who is really engaged in their work. What does look and and why wonders Chris. See @New_Resource for insight and analysis of system issues, and, once in a while, charming profiles
Alli Polin relates the tale we’ve all sadly experienced: a change in staffing handled poorly with its predictable negative impact on productivity and morale. Alli focuses on leadership and here she asks the simple and direct questions we could all use to handle these types of scenarios more effectively. @AlliPolin is serious medicine for your leadership blues – take her in liberal doses
Bernadine Herlihy will motivate you like few others. Here Bernadine reminds us that if we want amazing careers with interesting work we have to go make that happen! Importantly, @TheMgmtMaven knows that baby steps may be the best way to get out of the starting blocks. Let her guide you and excite you about making your career your own
Crystal Miller makes me smile and more importantly makes me think. How ironic since in this personal story she writes about the dangers of overthinking things! Stop thinking, start living, you can hear Crystal say. This voice is someone you must pay attention to. If you want authentic, insightful, helpful content simply beautifully written read @TheOneCrystal. As I do
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 personal positions. In life, look for those who challenge your thinking to help you grow!
Please come back in another seven days’ time for further 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.