4/23/14: 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 posts on the path to high performance, focusing on contentment, slowing down to go faster, inspiring team vitality, and claiming your leadership calling.

From Susan Mazza: The Path to High Performance

“If you want to get on a path to high performance, there is one thing you must first accept: Whatever your current level of performance may be at this moment, if you aspire to something greater or to be better you have a performance gap.”

From Kate Nasser: Leaders, Want Engaged Employees? Focus on Contentment.

“Contentment is defined as satisfaction and ease of mind. Yet there are leaders who have redefined it to mean lack of ambition and laziness. Recently I heard two such leaders proclaim, ‘When people are content they stop trying. Contentment means you don’t want to achieve anything else.’ How wrong they are. How risky their view.”

From Art Petty: Sometimes You Have to Slow Down to Go Faster

“Today’s management literature is filled with references to speed. If we’re following the trends, we’re all growing more ‘agile’ and likely ‘lean’ in the process. We’re working in ‘sprints’ and ‘bursts,’ and of course, we’re ‘teaming’ whenever possible.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Inspiring team vitality

“We’re hard-wired to be critical, continually on the lookout for ‘what’s wrong’. This might come from our human brains that were needed by our primitive ancestors to be aware of threats in their surroundings in order to survive. This critical thinking plays out in our organizations with leaders continually rehashing things that went wrong or speculating on what might go wrong.”

From Lolly Daskal: Leadership: Claim Your Calling

“When we are called to do what we’re meant to do we become completely possessed.”

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 managing without control, five trends to watch in higher education, three questions to kick off innovation, why corporate boards aren’t more diverse, and open-office backlash.

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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