From the Independent Business Blogs: 11/5/14

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Independent business blogs are blogs that aren’t supported by an organization like a magazine, newspaper, company, or business school. Those people provide lots of great content, but they don’t need any additional exposure. In this post, every week, I bring you posts of quality from excellent bloggers that don’t get as much publicity.

This week, I’m pointing you to posts by Lolly Daskal, Karin Hurt. Chris Edmonds, Mary Jo Asmus, and Scott Eblin.

From Lolly Daskal: Let Your Leadership Speak For Itself

“If you want to make a name for yourself and be recognized as a leader in your field, remember: It’s not who you know, it’s how you know yourself.”

From Karin Hurt: An Easy Way to Discuss Dysfunctional Behavior at Work

“Dysfunctional behavior can be hard to talk about because it feels so personal. Many times people wait to have important difficult conversations until the issue has escalated. It’s harder then.”

From Chris Edmonds: Off Script with Liberating Rules

“I believe we all have scripts. We have scripts in our heads for our roles as team leaders, team members, family members, parents, neighbors, spouses, or partners.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Happiness is an inside job

“Do you get weary and irritated at all of the attention paid to happiness these days? Research studies, blog posts, TED talks, and even entire nations studying ‘gross national happiness’. Bah, humbug. What does happiness have to do with leadership anyway?”

From Scott Eblin: What You Can Learn About Focus from the World Series MVP

“If I ever write another book, I want to interview Madison Bumgarner for it. That dude knows how to focus and I’d love to know more about how he does it.”

That’s it for this week’s selections from independent business blogs. If you liked this piece you may enjoy my regular post on “Leadership Reading to Start Your Week” points you to choice articles from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms about strategy, innovation, women and the workplace, and work now and in the future. Highlights from the last issue include freeing your strategy from annual planning, the commercialization of space, the most innovative companies for 2014, The Global Gender Gap Report 2014, and analytics leaders discuss new trends.

How I Select Posts for this Midweek Review

The five posts I select to share in my Midweek Review of the Independent Business Blogs are picked from a regular review of about sixty blogs I check daily and an additional twenty-five or so that I check occasionally. Here’s how I select the posts you see in this review.

They must be published within the previous week.

They must support the purpose of the blog: to help leaders at all levels do a better job and lead a better life.

They must be from an independent business blog.

As a general rule, I only select posts that stand on their own, no selections from a series.

Also as a general rule, I do not select posts that are either a book review or a book report.

I reserve the right to make exceptions to the above.

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