3/5/14: From the Independent Business Blogs

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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 to posts on leading without regrets, your influence, behaving like a leader, crazy that works, and managerial courage.

From Lolly Daskal: Live and Lead Without Regrets

“I walked into his office for our coaching session, and I knew something was very wrong. He was often upset over issues with his company, his board, his shareholders—but this was profoundly different.”

From Jesse Lynn Stoner: Your Greatest Source of Influence

“Your character is your greatest source of influence, no matter what your role or position. Your character is the expression of who you are. And influential character is built on a foundation of integrity.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: How to behave like a leader

“Many organizations espouse a set of ‘leadership competencies’; lists of abilities or traits that their leaders and leaders-in-training need to get proficient at. These competencies are a great start to conversations that must be taken to become a good or great leader in any organization. However, they aren’t always descriptive enough for leaders who want to improve themselves to know the actual tactical behaviors needed to hone their craft.”

From Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: My 5 Craziest Leadership Moments (and How a Little Crazy Can Work For You)

“I’ve done some crazy leadership things, and nearly all of them dovetailed with another love of mine – music.”

From Les Hayman: The Art of Managerial Courage

“I have no question that a key necessary element for any successful manager is to have a high degree of managerial courage. Someone once defined managerial courage to me as being prepared to make the tough decisions and taking responsibility for them, but I believe that this is too simple a definition as I believe that it is much broader than this, so here are 10 of the key criteria that I consider to be critical.”

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 edition include getting honest feedback, new business models for cell carriers, puzzling questions about innovation, stating the truth about work/life balance, and the state of the American workplace. There are fifteen articles from twelve publications.

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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