Here is the cream of the crop from the world of HR blogs in August 2013. This time, I’ve invited a number of leading HR bloggers from around the world to share their selections of the very best HR blog posts to be published during August 2013! I’m delighted to welcome the following great bloggers to the XpertHR Employment Intelligence blog to share their picks: Christopher De Mers; Justin Harris; Sarah Miller; Gemma Reucroft; Perry Timms; and Julie Waddell.
Best of the HR blogs: What are your favourites?
I’d love to know what your favourite posts from the world of #HRblogs have been in August 2013. Please do get in touch and share your recommendations via Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+!
Best of the HR blogs August 2013:The HR bloggers’ choice!
Christopher De Mers
It’s a great honour to welcome one of the true gents of the HR blogging world to kick off this month’s round-up of the best posts. Christopher is an HR professional based in Austin, Texas, and is a very frequent (and always superb) blogger, via his ChristopherinHR blog. Follow Christopher on Twitter.
David D’Souza: It Could Be Worse
David shares a post that at first blush might seem disheartening, yet read on. David puts it more eloquently than I can, but let me borrow from George Bailey in summing it up: “no man is a failure who has friends.” Count on a compelling story, but don’t count on dry eyes. Follow David on Twitter.
- Shelli Johnson: Approval Is An Inside Job
Shelli returns with another compelling piece that just takes my breath away. In this artful and prosaic prose she clears away the doubt many of us carry around about ourselves: you are good enough Shelli says. She goes on to point out some simple – yet powerful – practices we can adopt to remind ourselves of this central truth. How she figured this stuff out at such an early age I don’t know. Follow Shelli on Twitter.
- Julie Waddell: When Being Nice Isn’t Good Enough
Julie tackles perhaps the most difficult experience many of us face in the workplace: saying goodbye to nice people. In this earnest and clear review, Julie explains why being nice isn’t enough. And though painful, sometimes separation is best in business, love and life. Julie’s compelling and insightful work simply gets better with every post. Follow Julie on Twitter.
- Becky Robinson: Permission To Move On
Becky shares a personal and powerful perspective on why sometimes we need permission to go through the stages of emotion to emerge whole on the other side. Far from self-pity this story reveals why naked acknowledgment can help drive the courage we need to admit things to ourselves in order to move on. One of my favorites writes of the year. Follow Becky on Twitter.
- CavegirlMBA: Lessons In Humility
CavegirlMBA is smart, savvy, chic and just plain funny. She also knows a thing or two about not taking yourself too seriously and falling victim to the pretense that is often inherent in modern management life. In this delightful write she exposes the hoax and will leave you laughing at the truth, sardonically nodding your head in recognition as you reach for a glass of a nice red.
There’s been much talk of late about #unlikelyHR. Well, Justin is the original Unlikely HR Guy (as his Twitter identity so strongly suggests: @unlikelyhrguy). Justin is an HR professional based in Nashville, TN, and is also a great blogger, as his ruHRelevant? blog consistently proves!
- Heather Bussing: The Cult Of Nice
This article discusses how society finds it more acceptable to be dishonest and polite, than truthful and correct. Follow Heather on Twitter.
- Mildred Talabi: Get Your Hustle On! Four Winning Lessons For Succeeding In Hard Times
We are reminded that everyone has something to offer the world and that our attitude determines out level of success. Follow Mildred on Twitter.
- HR Nasty: Why Your Job Tenure Means Nothing To Your Manager Or HR
Complacency, sense of entitlement, all reasons tenured employees should be mindful of their actions and attitudes at work. Follow HR Nasty on Twitter.
- Laurie Ruettimann: Everything Is About Sex And Death
My personal reactions involved “oooohhh deep”, and major kudos for the chosen video. Stay attractive Laurie. Follow Laurie on Twittter.
- HR Schoolhouse with The Biggest Game Of Cat And Mouse You’ll Ever Play
This particular post makes me kinda hate myself, because it’s such a nice way to go about it. Personally, I think about these IT challenges and want to do a frustrated primal scream. Robin keeps it cool. Follow Robin on Twitter.
- Rob Jones: The One Where You’re Wrong
Okie dokie Rob, I’ll sprinkle some cement on my brekkie and harden the *f up – outspoken HR to the rescue! Follow Rob on Twitter.
- Ben Eubanks: Rural Recruiting – The World You Don’t See
This is just pure, unadulterated Trench HR. It’s always refreshing to read this sort of writing and to remember where our HR heroes are at, you know, like supporting the backbone of our economies in unglamorous places. Follow Ben on Twitter.
Gemma is a gem of an HR blogger! Gemma describes herself (on the bio of her superb HRGem blog) as “an employment law geek who reads case law for fun, and also loves recruitment, coaching and generally musing about all things HR.” Follow Gemma on Twitter.
- Kate Griffiths-Lambeth: Roar!!
Reflections on coffee, the CIPD and her meeting with Peter Cheese. I love this post as it is a call to arms to the HR profession. Kate says it is time for us to lead by example, stop being a support function and begin to roar – and I could not agree with her more! Follow Kate on Twittter.
- Simon Heath: The Terrifying Reality Shut Out
Forget engagement, discretionary effort, motivation theory, and any other fancy stuff organisations and HR teams create. Simon reminds us that for a lot of employees, work is just about getting through the day… or just thinking about donuts. Follow Simon on Twitter.
- Jon Bartlett: Get Busy Or Get Out Of The Way
This is another post on the theme of what HR needs to do and stand for. A man after my own HR heart, Jon says that we should stop worrying about whether we have a seat on the board, stop using jargon, empower line managers to get on and manage, and start talking to people like the human beings they are. Sounds pretty straightforward to me! Follow Jon on Twitter.
- Jane Watson: What Marissa Mayer Wears In Vogue Doesn’t Matter
I love the way Jane Watson tackles a range of subject without any venom but with a hugely entertaining and forthright sting. Someone who says what a lot of us are thinking? That’s Jane Watson’s blogs. Follow Jane on Twitter.
- Gemma Reucroft: The Individualisation Of HR
Gemma Reucroft blogs with such passion, such conviction and such a disdain for the mediocre that it’s the HR equivalent of a triathlon. Only for those who really can go the extra few miles. Follow Gemma on Twitter.
- Rob Jones: The One With The Investment In Paper
The incomparable Rob Jones who is the Chaucer of HR Blogs. I am a big fan of IiP for all the reasons Rob articulates and I think this frank, honest and fair piece offers those who easily knock something like this a chance to rethink their stereotypical thinking. Follow Rob on Twitter.
I do hope she won’t mind me saying this, but Julie is one of the two great “JW’s” of Canadian HR blogging (alongside her fellow Canadian HR blogger, Jane Watson). I love Julie’s Accidental HR blog, and strongly recommend you check it out. Follow Julie on Twitter.
My selection list is limited but still mighty. My recommendations for August blog reading is everything written by Gemma.
In particular I enjoyed and recommend I Sit At My Desk, Therefore I Am and Caught In The Shadow, both resonated with me. And we’ll, it’s all about me. Seriously though I like that she is challenging us to review of perceptions of what it means to be a leader and a worker.
And I have to give a shout-out and support to fellow Northern Girl Jane Watson and her recent post that takes exception to the Vogue article on Marissa Mayer. She reminds us that there are bigger and more important things to worry about.
And to continue our Ladies night theme, I chose China Gorman‘s How About A Seat At The Spreadsheet? Some people inspire me, some motivate me, some entertain but @ChinaGorman informs and educates me. Not an easy task!
- Heather Bussing: The Cult Of Nice
What are you really thinking when you say “Have a Nice Day!”? In this amazing and inspired post, Heather argues that modern workplace communications are being fatally skewed by the Cult of Nice – “an insidious form of codependency where Nice is the highest good.” And is this the definitive take on personal branding? “My friend Sandra McCartt says a ‘brand’ is something you put on a cow’s behind so you can find it after the snowstorm.” Genius. Follow Heather on Twitter.
- Rob Jones: The One Where You’re Wrong
“Telling truth to power is difficult but for HR people it is ESSENTIAL – whether that be in hiring, performance management, organisational design and effectiveness, renumeration, employment law, etc. We MUST tell truth to power and that involves two things 1) being credible 2) being brave.” Inarguable. Follow Rob on Twitter.
- Neil Morrison: Define The Why Of I
Is your approach to work at risk of rendering you “just a busy fool”? Neil raises truly fascinating questions about the belief systems that underpin our working lives. Neil says: “[I]f we can define the belief system we work within, if we can create a shared higher purpose for our work, then we are simply more likely to taste success.” This post follows on from a remarkable Twitter debate kicked off by Neil, which I’ve drawn together in the following Storify story: #HRBeliefs: Are belief systems the key to good HR? Follow Neil on Twitter.
- Tash Pieterse: Why I Do It
A lovely little post, this, with a great central message: “HR is as exciting as you make it, as exciting as the organisation and as exciting as its people.” Follow Tash on Twitter.
- Megan Peppin: Trust Me, I’m In HR
Megan raises number of highly compelling questions here. I think pretty much any HR professional reading this would do well to ponder on at least a few of these. For example: Why is it that the HR function so often “inadvertently gets in its own way”? Just how “much of HR and reinforcing management systems are based on mistrust”? I’d love to hear your responses to these questions.Follow Megan on Twitter.
- Jane Watson: How We Fool Ourselves Into Bad Hiring
“How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge?” What’s your take on ‘unusual’ questions in job interviews? Here’s Jane’s view: “[U]nconventional interview questions serve as a kind of ‘interview kabuki’ that obscure the real decision-making criteria being applied: the interviewer’s gut feeling about the people they’re assessing.” I certainly agree with Jane. Do you? Follow Jane on Twitter.
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