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 on posts on resilient leadership, when did everyone become a leader, not doing, dealing with differences, and one important question..
“James Stockdale, best known as a 1992 independent candidate for vice president of the US, was a highly decorated veteran and former prisoner of war. In 1960 a Stanford philosophy professor, a military veteran himself, gave Stockdale a copy of Enchiridion, a manual for the combat officer written in AD 50 by the Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus, saying ‘I think you might find this useful.’ Through the years Stockton studied Enchiridion and tried to practice the many messages about discipline, self-control, endurance and perseverance, virtue and moral character.”
“It is as though words like ‘specialist’, ‘supervisor’ and even ‘manager’ have all been discarded from our business lexicon. Project Managers have been replaced by Project Leads and Team Leaders, even if the entire team consists of 2-3 people, Senior Maths Teachers in schools are now The Maths Leader, and Shift Leader has replaced Shift Supervisor even in small factories.”
“In management programs and classes, there is a natural tendency to focus on what to do. More attention needs to be paid to what should not be done.”
“I’ve always been bothered by the seemingly well-intentioned books and workshops that fall under some variation of ‘Managing Differences.'”
“Whenever someone comes into your office with a problem, you solve it. When something needs to get done, you do it. When fires break out, you get out the hose. You say you have the best team and you’re confident of your skills as a leader. But could you entertain the thought that you could be even better at being a leader? If so, then there is one important question you can ask yourself.”
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 the end of competitive advantage, the commercial drone market, Disney’s technology bet, the glass-ceiling index, and telecommuting.
How I Select Posts for this Midweek
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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