Best Blogs 5 March 2015

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 finds our authors examining self-reflection, the meaning of prosper and dealing with issues calmly and professionally. Without getting a “talking to.”

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.

Gabrielle Garon shares a conundrum wrapped in an enigma here: how to make a decision when you can’t decide? One of the most beautiful writes of the week, Gabrielle shares her thought process, and her stop process. @GabrielleGaron is a joy and a gift – that decision is clear

David D’Souza weighs in with the postmortem for L&D. David, formidable thinker that he is, clearly articulates what it looks like to see a profession atrophy and die. Think you’re lucky because you’re not in L&D? @DDS180 reminds you this a parable – it could happen to you

Julie Waddell and I share several perspectives (so, she must be really smart) and none closer to the bone or ironic as this write. Let Julie relay the incident that caused her to be “talked to” and then ask yourself if management makes sense. @JAWaddell has the answer – and I agree with her

Cherish Bentley has had it with HR Disruption and Thought Leaders. You wanna be cool? Be an action leader argues Cherish. And she’s right. Too much of the time we’re enamored by the new and shiny, falling in line like the crowds watching the Emperor with no clothes. What we really could use, holds @CherishBentley, is a little bit of tailoring and a stitch or two so we can actually get something done. Courage

Helen Tracey understands using your inner voice is all the rage and is just so perfect. Unless that voice is myopic, short-sighted and biased that is. Helen knows that the ability to see things from multiple perspectives – as objectively as possible – is the key to using voice appropriately. Once again, @HRpotential, effortlessly makes so much sense of a complex topic: she has a good voice

Lalita Raman shares an experience that underlines how all of us can lose focus. In this compelling vignette Lalita describes not only the downward spiral she found herself in recently, but also the steps she took to turn things around. The same steps we all can take assures @RLalita

Julianne writes a delightful blog about her experiences, hopes and doubts entering the world of work. Fresh, insightful and yes full of fear sometimes I find her work compelling. Read Julianne and feel both sympathetic and refreshed

Steve Browne knows as I do that the passing of some people is just so forlorn and yet also comes with release: some people come to do us a service and then leave. Leonard Nimoy was such a person. Here, @SBrowneHR shows us why #LLAP is a suitable framework to examine the work we do. Steve and Leonard: two people who make a difference

Amanda Arrowsmith wants to ask, so what? Far from being a petulant phrase from a post-modern millennial @PonteCarloBlue makes an argument as to why the continued use of a well-placed “so what?” can be very effective in business. No, Amanda did not start the trend but is continuing in the footsteps of the creator: his name was Aristotle

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.




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