Looking for a fresh perspective to inspire your work life to new heights in 2020? Personally, I love perusing other blogger “best of” lists — so I’m throwing my hat in the ring. In 2019, my favorite articles seemed to center upon two key work-focused themes: 1) building foundations & 2) strategies to achieve forward progress. My current work in core stability likely influenced this, and the topics include quite a few stability basics — such as self-care, resilience and failure. (BTW, stay tuned. I’m putting all of this to good use with a new member based work life community launching in 2020.)
Meanwhile, here are the articles that set my mind abuzz. Please note: while I discovered these sources in 2019 some are a bit older. I’ve also included one of my own.
My favorites in no particular order. Comments welcomed.
- The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (and How to Fix Them), James Clear, Medium.
- How to Do Nothing, Jenny Odell, Medium. (This meanders. Try to stick with it. Skip to Section 5 if needed.)
- The Dark Side of Resilience, Thomas Chamorro-Premuzic & Derek Lusk, HBR.
- If You Want Engaged Employees, Offer Them Stability, Marla Gottschalk, HBR
- How to Move from Self-Awareness to Self-Improvement, Jennifer Porter, HBR.
- The Purpose of Life Is Not Happiness, It’s Usefulness, Darius Foroux, Darius Foroux.com.
- If you want it you might get it. The Reticular Activating System Explained, Tobias van Schneider, Medium. (Note: The Law of Attraction is mentioned. I’m not a proponent.)
- Small is Beautiful: Using Gentle Nudges to Change Organizations. Carsten Tams, Forbes.
Have another to share? List it in comments.
Dr. Marla Gottschalk is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and a charter member of the LinkedIn Influencer Program. Her training series The Core — helps people & organizations build a stronger work life foundation. Her thoughts on work life have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, BBC Work Life, Quartz and The Huffington Post.