I was talking recently with a friend who's considering where to focus his time and energy as he builds his coaching and consulting practice. He's seeking not only to support his own efforts, but also to connect with a community of like-minded people working on leadership, professional development, personal growth and related issues.
Our conversation led me to reflect on the people who command my attention in this regard, people who who consistently maintain my interest through their combination of...
- thoughtful writing
- in a personal voice
- with a sense of community
- and a well-designed web presence.
I came up with the list below of 32 people (alphabetized by first name) who fulfill these criteria, and after sharing it with my friend I thought I'd post it here to express my thanks for all they do to contribute to my own learning and development. It's not intended to be an exhaustive list--I know I'll regret leaving someone off--and there's nothing special about 32; these are just the first people who came to mind in this process, and I preferred that to randomly choosing 25 or 50 or whatever:
London-based de Botton is...a working philosopher? I don't really know what to call him, but I know I've benefited from his guidance.
NYC writer Kreamer's It's Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace deftly balances first-person experience with recent research.
Murphy Paul is amazingly productive writer based in New Haven, CT whose articles, posts and tweets have a particular focus on how we learn.
Markman is a prof of psychology and marketing at UT Austin, whose work explores thinking, decision making and motivation.
Simmons is a prof at the B-school of the University of Nevada, Reno who integrates topics like personal branding into his courses on leadership and organizational behavior.
Oestreich is a coach and consultant based outside Seattle who's one of the very best writers we have on the subjects of leadership and organizational life; it was a privilege to be interviewed by him.
10. David Rock (@davidrock101)
McGonigal is a psychologist and lecturer at Stanford whose work focuses on translating findings from medicine and neuroscience into strategies for personal development.
17. Maria Konnikova (@mkonnikova)
Burkeman is a British journalist based in NYC whose recent book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking is simply brilliant.
23. Pam Fox Rollin (@PamFR)
Peters is a well-known management thinker (and Stanford GSB alum); what you may not know is how effectively this longtime author makes use of social media.
Bock is an indefatigable blogger and ghostwriter in Charlotte, NC who has plenty of good advice for fellow writers.
32. Whitney Johnson (@johnsonwhitney)
Boston-based investor and author Johnson translates her business acumen into insights on personal growth, innovation and leadership.
Photo by dpika. Yay Flickr and Creative Commons.