An idealist’s favourite reads

I read quite a few management and leadership blogs.  I have to confess I don’t get to the end of every post, but there are some that regularly grab my imagination and can be relied on to get me thinking.   No matter how busy I am, there’s always 10 minutes in the day to sit back and get some much needed inspiration.

OK, it’s no substitute for engaging in a healthy debate, either face-to-face or online, but it’s a good way challenging my thinking and stimulating new ideas.  For this reason I also regularly use Twitter to send out links to the posts that make the biggest impression on me – after all, great ideas are made for sharing.

Over the months, I’ve noticed something rather curious.  Most of the blogs and journals I go to time and again are by Americans or Canadians.  Why do few by Brits?  For some reason, I can’t find the reflective, almost philosophical ‘thought pieces’ I particularly enjoy on this side of the Atlantic; instead, the emphasis seems to be more on factual reporting.

I suspect my tastes are heavily influenced by my personality type.  In Myers-Briggs terms, I have an intuitive-feeling preference which means I’m something of an idealist.  Although I can do the objective analysis that is much more typical of someone with a sensing-thinking preference, I am drawn towards the world of new ideas which help me understand people, creating the potential to make the world a better place.

Now although analysis may not be my first instinct (for me it follows on from an idea rather than leads to one), this line of thinking has led me to delve into my MBTI manual to compare national statistics.   I’m not sure how significant the differences are (not surprisingly, in my studies I opted for qualitative research methods not quantitative), but as I suspected the States has a higher percentage of intuitive-feeling types than the UK (16.5% compared with 14%).  In both countries however, sensing-thinking types dominate – 36.3% in the UK, 30% in the States.

The fact that I seem more drawn to writers from America and Canada has more curiosity value than anything else, but if anyone can recommend any British blogs that may match my preferred style, I would be delighted to add them to my list of regular reading.

In the meantime, here are some of the people I rely on for a good read:

I also regularly dip into The Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Inc