Best Blogs 24 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 its all about personal growth and responsibility. Our careers belong to us – so what are we doing to guide, develop and enhance them? These fine authors offer fresh and different perspectives on the role of work in meaningful life..

Read on to test some of your own assumptions about the intersection of life, practice and work.

Ginna Baker shares her solid enthusiam as she reflects on moving from neophyte to nerd in this reassuring story. Its nice to see people stretch and grow and as Ginna shows, its even nicer when we realize we’re gaining skill and credibility. See more @GinnaBaker

Rory C Trotter, Jr  offers a beautifully succinct – and flexible – answer to the age-old question: when is the right time to move on? Rory knows the answer differs for all of us, and yet, the universality of the question is without question. After a self-imposed hiatus @RoryCTrotterJr has been posting valuable blogs with regularity this year – read him and learn

Carol Anderson  reports sadly that her earlier blog on HR driving change was seen by some as a hoax. Really? she asks. In this thoughtful argument Carol lays out exactly where HR’s value in the change management process really lies. See more from the chief learning officer and change advocate @CemAnderson

Mithun Sridharan has some practical advice for those looking to expand and enlarge their corporate careers: try adjusting your attitude. Mithun warns us of the hubris inherrent in waiting for and wanting others to propel us along our career arc. @Jixtacom points out it’s our role and our career: why not own it? he asks

David D’Souza is just one of my favorite writers. He’s passionate about what he does (and was so before it became trendy to say it), cares about making a difference and is authentic. Oh wait a minute: that authentic thing drives David batty. Read @DDS180 and see for yourself whether he’s the real deal

K. W. Wrede makes a cogent and clear case of the need for management and leadership. As many of us know, these are two different skills. But Ken goes beyond this initial point to show us why these differences matter and more importantly, where the key confluence of leadership and management resides. Ken is a must read

Paul Sebastien takes on a key problem in our growing tech sector: a rampant tide of immaturity. Perks are nice acknowledges Paul but they’re no substitute for culture. In a world where chasing talent is all that matters @PaulSebastien knows that development and growth will not happen. The bad habits we hired soon become entrenched as bad (and accepted) practice. Maybe, says Paul, its time to do something

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.

Ciao!

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