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 centers on honesty, messaging and integrity. You need a does of spine and attitude adjustment? These are the folks you should read. Every one of them takes a stand, shares a view and owns their thoughts. I am stronger for having read them.
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.
Laura J Codling delivers an eye-opener in this beautiful write about the inadvertent messages we send to children. Wonderfully evocative you can see the tears in her four-year old’s eyes when… Well: read this poignant story to find out. And ask yourself if you’ve been thinking about the messages you send
Derek Zeller summarizes a few key lessons from a life of recruiting here. Like others who appear in #BestBlogs Derek never spouts the trendy or inane disdaining such pointlessness: he has real advice for real people trying to do real work. And Derek’s funny. That’s enough for me. Read @Derdiver and you too will become a little bit smarter
Marina Shifrin is more than the girl who quit her job with a perfect You Tube spot which vent viral over night. Here, Marina proves she’s knows a lot about content as well as form. Want to quit your job? @MarinavsTweets goes through some things you may not have thought of – things that matter a lot more than an epic vid: she is the real deal
Steve Levy takes no prisoners. Steve, another treasure I read regularly, has definite opinions and here he wonders if we’re sending the wrong message to budding technologists. In one of the most sensitive issues of the day Steve takes on VC funding, the sites that benefit from same and the people who may be hurt. Read @LevyRecruits and you will never be the same
Melissa Fairman reviews local failed hero Lance Armstrong here and uses the story as metaphor for what might happen to any of us. Melissa’s strong and clear voice can be heard on several fronts, but in this seminal piece she wonders if any of us really step back and ask ourseves if what we’re doing is right. Reading @HrRemix is definitely right
Carlos Escobar often share the tactics of HR in the new world. Yet here Carlos offers a personal and compelling portrait of a friend. Anything I say about would diminish this write’s importance: read this gem from @CEscobar78 and think about what really makes a friend
Gemma Reucroft brings up the age-old nemesis of a functioning HR team here: policy bloat. The debate on policies and their appropriate place in business is a long one but here Gemma summarizes some key points that help us keep things in perspective. @HR_Gem is good at that – saving us from ourselves
Justin Harris knows in our effort to be nice, PC and non-confrontational we sometimes don’t tell each other the truth. And in business operating on falsehood is akin to flying with a faulty GPS: you may be moving but you’re not going where you think. Tell the truth argues Justin, and you and your business will get where you need to. @UnlikelyHRGuy told me so
Julie Waddell is my hero. One of the most intellectually honest people I know Julie not only calls others out, which – face it – many can do, but she has the ability and integrity to call herself out. When was the last time you did that? In the most searingly important write of the week Julie does just that here. Read @JAWaddell: don’t even ask why – just read her
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.