I like this post by Brian on the Employee Engagement Network called Money's Nice, But a Good Boss is Better, which summarizes a recent Washington Post piece. This is all so true. If you are a manager, please READ.
My pal and fellow management expert and educator, Michael Kroth, has come out with a book called Career Development Basics. This is a great book for managers, trainers, and HR professionals who know they should be helping employees build their careers, but are not quite sure how to best use scarce resources or establish who own which aspects of career development. Check it out.
My pal Phil, writing as the Slacker Manager, was kind enough to include this blog among his top five must reads. Very kind indeed. But, I want to make sure you check out the other four he has on the top of his list as they are all great blogs. And, of course, Slacker Manager should be on your list. Phil has an active readership and posts often and always has great things to offer. Like this one on the big impact of small acts.
Here is a great business poem from David Zinger called The ReOrg. I love it.
Futurist Glen Hiemstra offers this interesting post called At the Beginning of the Beginning, inspired by seeing Peter Senge speak. My favorite line, "The time to waste, has been." I did an interesting podcast with Glen here.
I love this post from Dwayne over at Genuine Curiosity called, Complaint to Request. Very good discussion and results oriented relationship building method.
Kevin Eikenberry recommends the book, Pop! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title and Tagline for Anything By Sam Horn. It is just a short piece, but pops enough that I intend to pick up the book, too.
Wally Bock offers this great post called, Boss's Work: Management, Leadership and Supervision. I agree with Wally that anyone in managing people role need to be good a at all three of these types of work and each will use all three in their work - or they should. For those of you who think all you want to do is lead, you might want to become a keynote speaker and reduce the risk that you might mess up a company or, and worse yet, people's lives (no slam on speakers, I do that too, but it is a relatively safe place for people who don't want to get their hands dirty).
And last but not least, a moment of deja vu. About 16 years ago, I worked with a consultant while I was at Black & Decker named Charlie Jacobs - I really enjoyed the project. And guess what? The Cranky Middle Manager just interviewed a guy named Charlie Jacobs. AND they are the same Charlies. He has a new book out about the brain operations behind management called, Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn't Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science. Check out the podcast here.