I’ve reviewed a few blogs in the past and I’d fully intended to review more, but just haven’t done it yet. So it was a happy coincidence when Rosa Say, of Talking Story, asked me to review a blog in her Ho"ohana Online Community. Since I keep up with most of the blogs in the Ho"ohana Community, I was pleased to learn that my review was to be on Kevin Eikenberry’s blog.
I think I first ran across Kevin’s blog via Rosa, but it took me a while to subscribe for some reason. Bloglines tells me that I sub’d on April 29th–not long before being asked to do this review. Doesn’t really matter, though, because when I subscribe to new blogs I like to read a fair bit of their older postings to get a feel for them. Kevin’s been at it for a little over a year now, having started blogging in March of 2004. Like many good bloggers, Kevin stays pretty tightly focused on his subjects. He’s got easy links at the top of the page for his five categories: Creativity, Customer Service, Leadership, Teamwork and Training. Being an ex-HR guy, I still like reading stuff that deals with these kinds of topics, and Kevin doesn’t disappoint.
Here’s the bottom line, for me, with respect to Kevin’s blog. He writes stuff that I like to read and he writes stuff that makes me feel better. With respect to the "stuff I like to read," he writes a lot about organizational effectiveness, leadership skills, customer service and teamwork (witness those categories). In itself, that’s not so unusual, but Kevin tends to take ordinary stuff and re-examine it with an eye for "what can we learn from this?" And then he tells you some of the stuff that crosses his mind. I love that!
With respect to the "stuff that makes me feel better," he writes a fair portion of stuff that’s motivational and inspiring. I’m not usually prone to reading touchy-feely motivational stuff (I’m more of a despair guy than a successories guy), but Kevin doesn’t play it that way. Witness how he tells us to shut up! Or this great post where he recently noted The Seven National Crimes and reframed them into organizational crimes. Good stuff.
Here’s to you, Kevin…keep on keepin’ on…