Best Blogs 3 April 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 our authors are openly reflecting about the roles we can play in driving our organizations forward in a human and humane way. This is the essence of #BestBlogs: sharing and adding to what others provide in a true collaborative spirit.These selfless writers rock!

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.

Julie Waddell will give it you straight, and you’d better not roll your eyes when she does. Here Julie removes the myth of of the annual appraisal and reminds us every day is performance review day. As @JAWaddell says, stop bitching and get on with it

Rory C Trotter, Jr makes a wonderful argument here (as he routinely does in his logical pieces) about missed opportunities at the expense of documentaton. “Punch above your weight” Rory exhorts, and as you do you’ll stretch. As @RoryCTrotterJr knows, its the stretch we’re all looking for

Sabrina Baker offers one of the most powerful writes of the week here recounting what she learned about tough conversations. Sabrina, who should be on your regular reading list, shows not only how these exchanges can be managed, but why they must be. See @SabrinaLBaker

Tim Scott opines that he might be a bit ranty, and then goes on to deliver a sober and balanced view of the state of the workplace today. Tim’s essential point? Let’s not be so smug with ourselves. @TimScottHR references key points, data and trends and reminds us all – we have a long way to go

Alli Polin knows the difference between a partial truth and a painful truth. What Alli asks is, do you? Why do we practice and allow the notion of half-truths, not outright lies and escapism in language? Read this compelling post by @AlliPolin and you’ll have your answers

Ron Thomas understands whats real and whats hyperbole in the workplace. Here Ron takes on those organizations committed to those famous five words that actually do nothing. Want a better business asks @Ronald_Thomas? Then build a better culture

Denise Benages has watched her bracket get busted. In this colorful allegory Denise points out the human frailty and fallacy which happens when some of us hold to our employee brackets a little too long. How do keep moving forward even when busted? Check @EvilQueenHR to find out

Danyel Ruppert offers a radical idea here: what if you developed all your resources vs. a select few. Danyel points out what we’ve long suspected: labelling some people “high-potential” ensures everyone else is not. So, why would they stay? Read @TheTalentPoolHR for applicable ideas about wonderful workplaces

Gemma Reucroft is just too good not to read. Every week she offers wonderful ideas, and here she actually talks about how you and I can generate some of those ideas. Inspirational is an oft-overused word, but aptly applies to Gem. See this post and read @HR_Gem routinely for inspiration, ideas and solutions

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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