Blogs I Like: Bob Sutton’s Work Matters

Jan 20, 2012 | Better Blogging

You can learn a lot from a good example. That’s why every week I highlight one great business blog. This week, it’s Bob Sutton’s Work Matters.

What if you had a friend who was really smart and was, say, on the faculty at a top educational institution like Stanford? And what if he also happened to write great management books, like Good Boss, Bad Boss or Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense?

If that friend also shared what he or she was thinking about a wide range of issues, the experience would be a lot like reading Bob Sutton’s blog. It’s one reason I read it religiously. But it’s not the only one.

Bob is one of the major proponents of Evidence-Based Management. His posts offer a wealth of data and information, in addition to his opinions and observations.

Bob doesn’t post regularly. Like your friend, he’s got other things to do, like promoting books and teaching. Sometimes the posts come in a flurry, but that’s OK, too.

Here are some representative posts from the last year or so. Read them with an eye toward what you can learn from Bob’s example. Check out the personal conversational tone, as well as the way Bob weaves evidence into his posts.

Google: “A place where it simply isn’t efficient to act like an asshole.”

Inside Apple: Adam Lashinsky Revealing and Well-Crafted Book

11 Books Every Leader Should Read

Is It Sometimes Rational to Select Leaders Randomly? A Cool Old Study

New York City Halts Teacher Bonus Program: Another Blow to Evidence-Resistant Ideology

New Research: There Are A LOT Of Good Bosses Out There

Read, enjoy, and learn.

Was that helpful? If it was you may want to check the complete list of blogs I’ve reviewed.