First: Sincere thanks to everyone who cast a vote for All Things Workplace in the Best of Leadership Blogs 2009 event hosted by Remarkable Leadership Guy Kevin Eikenberry. This is a real treat and I don't take lightly the fact that so many readers took the time to weigh in. We hope that the posts in the year ahead will continue to offer the kind of information, insights, and discussions that keep things going here throughout the week.
Second: A deep bow with a tip of the hat to Becky Robinson for her willingness to write and tweet on our behalf while we were going through the clean-up from the recent tornado. Becky not only knows how to turn out great copy for her client, the Leadership Studies program at Mountain State University, but she has a heart to match her expertise. Anyone looking for a writer/social media done-for-you person would be well-served to put Becky at the top of their "contact now" list.
Third: More thanks to all of you who emailed, commented, and sent homing pigeons to wish us well during the weather aftermath here. Anyone who still thinks that heartfelt relationships don't happen online is simply out-of-touch (and perhaps relationally-challenged offline as well). Great comfort came from the simplest one-line email that showed someone was thinking about us or praying for us.
Note: The refrigerator situation is now back on track. After tossing out all of the food and then squeezing what we could into the cooler, this is what ended up being our version of the basic food groups for the week. We figured if we survived college on this it must be pretty darned good. Foodies beware: this could cause a severe reaction leading to a 911 call.
Why You Should Read These
One of the benefits of the nominated "Best Of" blogs is discovering terrific writers, coaches, consultants, and managers whose different experiences and voices add to our collective knowledge. Honestly, I no longer have time to seek out new writers and rely on existing bloggers to clue me in when a new, good one pops up on the scene. Some of those nominated this year are well-known and have been around quite a while; others are relatively new to the scene.
Here's my take, in no particular order, on why you should check out each one:
Michael McKinney'sLeadership Now is dedicated to providing resources to students of leadership. Michael spends a good deal of time carefully reviewing leadership books, posting thoughts, and even giving leader-related Twitter updates. Those resources aren't limited to the blog, so click around the rest of the site.
LeaderTalk is relatively new to the scene and came on like gangbusters thanks to the energy and focus of Becky Robinson. The cohort model for leadership studies at Mountain State University offers a good starting point for their PR. Becky brings in a wide range of leaders and authorities to give the blog both depth and breadth. Kudos.
Seth Godin is, well, Seth Godin. He posts frequently, has been in my RSS reader for a long time, and has never written a post large or small that didn't make me go, "Hmmm....". Every post has a practical orientation or object lesson to be pondered and used. Although most would put him in the Marketing pigeonhole, it's too small. His writing is that of a thought leader and applies to leadership and self-leadership in every aspect of business and life.
Jon Gordon's Blog reflects his high-energy approach to training, performance, and change. Jon posts weekly and the posts usually offer up a real-life example of what he's been experiencing. Real-life is good.
Great Leadership By Dan is like taking a "here's how it really works" practical graduate course in Leadership and Organization Development from a leader who is managing the development of others every day. Dan McCarthy's topics are always relevant. What I really enjoy is the fact that he takes time to develop context, theory, and application. There are not many bloggers out there who are going into the office every day and then dedicating time to share online what works, what doesn't, and what you should be paying attention to. He has also spent a lot of selfless time organizing and promoting the Carnival of Leadership. Read him.
Ok, I wish I had thought of the title "Leadership Is A Verb" before John Bishop. John knows that to be true because of his first-hand experience with leadership in the military as well as a 30-year career as a Fortune 100 exec. John's insights come from real experiences and carry a lot of weight.
John Baldoni is one busy guy. His Lead By Example Blog plus the Q&As for Harvard should keep him busy enough. When you read his thoughts it will become apparent why he's in demand as a speaker and consultant. Important "guy" note: We did not consult each other regarding the whole turtleneck-in-the-blog-banner thing.
Bob Sutton was one of my original feeds when I started reading blogs. He was also an encouragement when I started out and, even while busy at Stanford and churning out must-read books--whether alone or with Jeff Pfeffer--he took time to respond to my emails. If you want evidence-based thinking vs. "Here's what I think just because I'm me", click over to Bob's blog.
Scott Eblin writes about his executive coaching experiences, experiences in between coaching gigs, and even Amygdala Hijacks. With a title like that, there's no way that the brain-based crowd could hold back from a mouse click!
Again, thank you all for your support personally and in the contest...