Stuff I Recommend

Man Reading Book and Sitting on Bookshelf in LibraryUnless otherwise noted, I am not affiliated with these people, organizations or products. I just like them and think that people who enjoy reading my writing might like them too.

Please don’t be offended if your site, podcast or whatever isn’t listed here. I’ll be adding more as time allows, but just wanted to get a few things up here since so many readers have requested this. On the other hand, if you’ve read my stuff and think I’d really dig your site/podcast/book/interpretive dance, don’t hesitate to tell me.

  • Aweber: This is pretty much the gold standard opt-in e-mail marketing solution for small businesses like mine. It’s how I keep in touch with my subscribers and followers. When you buy through this link, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you).
  • SoundGeckoThis site enables you to turn any written digital content — RSS feeds, web pages, PDFs — into pretty faithfully rendered audio versions that you can stream on your smartphone. This is how I keep up with all the blogs I like to read. UPDATE 03 FEB 2015: 121CAST, SOUNDGECKO’S PARENT COMPANY, ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE SERVICE WILL SHUT DOWN ON MARCH 1ST. ALAS…
  • Simply Audiobooks: I prefer this audiobook rental service to others because they mail me the books on CD. I have read more nonfiction and fiction books than ever before thanks to this service. They don’t have everything I want to read, but the selection is pretty impressive.
  • Xtivia’s “Power, Politics and Partnership in Strategic Projects” workshop: This is shockingly powerful 1-1/2 day workshop that cuts into the heart of the various dysfunctions that arise. As I said when I wrote an unsolicited testimonial, it’s a highly interactive program that will push you outside of your comfort zone and give you new insights into organizational behavior, systemic dynamics, and their impacts on getting things done in today’s workplace. It also highlights the behavioral pitfalls to which we’re all prone and provides tools and techniques for sidestepping those in the future. UPDATE 03 FEB 2015: IT LOOKS LIKE XTIVIA NO LONGER OFFERS THIS POWERFUL WORKSHOP. I’LL KNOW MORE BY THE END OF THE WEEK.
  • Enclaria’s “The Change Agent’s Dilemma” podcast: Heather Stagl’s podcast covers topics of interest to anyone who’s attempting to influence change in an organization without formal authority. The audio quality isn’t the best, but powerful insights, fascinating guests and practical tips make this a good listen.
  • Manager Tools podcast: Sure, these guys tend to ramble a bit, but their ramblings are positively pregnant with valuable techniques and tools to make you a better manager and leader.
  • Sound Opinions podcast: This is my favorite music podcast ever. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play and discuss new music, interview musicians and weigh in on music history. It’s a dense package, but well worth the time.
  • Reverb: This is the Denver Post’s music website. I used to write a regular column for this site called Steal This Track. That column, which offers reviews and free downloads of new music made here in Colorado, is still going strong at the hands of the inimitable Josh Johnson.
  • Michael Hyatt’s “This Is Your Life” podcast: Hyatt is a polymath who knows a lot about leadership, organizations, publishing and entrepreneurship. You never know what you’re going to get with this podcast — could be spiritual advice or advice on increasing your blog traffic — but it’s always thoughtful, principled and practical.
  • Harvard Business Review blogs: In my opinion, this is the single best source of free information on organizations, management, business, finance, personal effectiveness, innovation, change, leadership and strategy that has ever existed. You don’t have to be a paid subscriber to the dead tree version of HBR to get access to fresh content from people like Scott Anthony, Tony Schwartz, Brad Power, Dan Pallotta, Rosabeth Moss Kanter.