Leadership Bloggers You Need to Spend Time With
Besides me, of course!
Kevin is the author of several books, including Employee Engagement 2.0. His background is a serial entrepreneur who has built a few companies into profitable operations that he eventually sold off. He recently founded an organization called LeadX that includes a podcast and blog as well.
Why I Like Kevin
Kevin is the real deal. Much of what he relates in his books is based on personal experience. Lessons learned and things he applied over time. He places emphasis where it should be – on building personal relationships with others. His new stuff shows he is just getting better.
Dan Rockwell is the leadership freak. He is also a noted speaker and coach. Dan is a Top 50 Leadership Expert according to INC Magazine. He has owned two businesses and was a Workforce Development Consultant at Penn State University.
What I Like About Dan’s Blog
Dan is concise and to the point. He limits blog posts to 300 words or less so they are easy reads. He uses a lot of bullet points and numbered lists. You get the message easily without a lot of fluff or decoding “consultant speak”.
David is the author of four books and several eBooks on employee engagement. When he had a “real job” as we like to say he was a career counselor and employee assistance counselor at Seagrams Ltd., particularly at the plant where they make Crown Royal. He is also the founder and CEO of The Employee Engagement Network.
David’s Blog is Good Because
David adds a good mix of humor and the arts to his approach. His basis is very HUMAN. He never lets you forget the human equation is the most important part of what you are doing when you are looking to engage people.
You will want to filter your results for Employee Engagement since the Disney Institute covers a variety of topics. The best part of this blog is learning employee engagement the Disney Way. While far from perfect, Disney has also done many things right. You will have to wade through a lot of promo for DI programs.
What I Like About It
The blog posts highlight a lot of intentionality that goes into the Disney programs. It’s a key that often goes missing in some engagement systems and programs. That and consistency, which Disney is also very big on.
Their primary product is employee surveys. Generally I disdain employee surveys primarily because of the way they are administered. TINYPulse at least has a nice twist on it. Their tools administers short, frequent surveys called Pulses that allow for data collection and an ongoing picture of how people feel.
Their Blog is Good Because
On their blog they include not just commentary from experts but also some very useful ideas. There have been a few blog posts on useful training games which help teach a point. They share information from surveys and initiatives to try in your workplace.
The primary product lines at Achievers.com is employee recognition and reward programs. These are all well and good and are actually an important part of an overall employee engagement program. Just keep the perspective that they aren’t the primary part.
Why I Like the Blog
It is rated as a top HR and Engagement blog by many ratings surveys. It has excellent content and they keep it current. They also will include guest bloggers from time-to-time so you aren’t just getting the blog posts to promote products.
Doug Conant learned his leadership and engagement insights the honest way: in the trenches. He was President of Nabisco, CEO of Campbell Soup Company, and Chairman of AVON Products. He is a noted author and keynote speaker. Doug founded ConantLeadership in 2011. HIs best quote is: “To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.”
I Like Doug’s Blog Because
His blog actually is under the category of Resources on his site. It contains a mixture of tools and articles that provide great insight and tips. Doug is also a regular contributor of articles on LinkedIn so you can follow him there as well.
John’s primary platform is Intelligent Leadership. Hard not to like that. He is also the #2 ranked Leadership Coach according to GlobalGurus.com.
Read John’s Blog Because
You will find a lot of insight about leadership that touches on the real. Gathering and using information that helps you make intelligent decisions to help move your team forward. He also adds in some guests, mostly through interviews, that provide unique insights.
Robert’s specialty is Emotional Intelligence, a hot topic today and a must have for the modern leader. He is the author of Mind Matters; Applying Emotional Intelligence for Personal and Professional Success as well as a few other books and many journal and magazine articles.
Where is Robert’s Blog?
This is a cheat actually. Robert doesn’t keep a blog per se. He spends a lot more time posting articles to LinkedIn and that will be the best way to read his stuff. Some of the titles include “12 Qualities of True GRIT“, “The Giver’s Dividend“, and “Myths of Emotional Intelligence“. You can also get his books on Amazon.