4/9/14: 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 hiring good managers, the new game of management, nice guys, holacracy, and challenges.

From Les Hayman: Not All Managers Are Created Equal

“The problem is that it is never easy to totally and accurately measure how well someone will do in a new management role, no matter how well they have done in previous senior roles, even if there are roles that they have held in the past that appear to be similar to the one you are currently trying to fill. As we all know, CVs can be somewhat embellished with some artistic freedoms and some judicious re-engineering, and there are some people who look great on paper and present themselves really well, but who are really a well-developed facade with very little solid structure supporting the attractive visible front.”

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: The New Game of Management

“Today’s managers and supervisors are under tremendous, and often competing, pressures.  They’re challenged to balance short-term results with long-term focus. They must keep costs down but drive ever-increasing levels of contribution and value. They must follow directives and think outside of the box. And they have to do it all at once.”

From Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: Do Nice Guys (and Leaders) Really Finish Last?

“So what’s with ‘Nice’ anyway? How did it become so pejorative? The problem is, it has too many meanings.  I looked it up in the dictionary and it had 17 meanings.  17!”

From Sharlyn Lauby: Holacracy Is All About the Benjamins

“I’m not ready to say whether this shift to manager-less companies is a good thing or not. In my experience, it starts out as a breath of fresh air and before you know it, those old practices like job titles and organizational charts start creeping back in. Maybe businesses today are ready for less structure. Maybe we need less structure. However, one thing is certain, any organization exploring Holacracy has some considerations:”

From Lolly Daskal: Leadership: Challenges Can Help Us Learn and Grow

“The challenges in our lives are our wake-up calls, our lessons to be learned.”

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 this week’s edition include “Stop Trying to Control People or Make Them Happy,” “Big Pharma is hurt,” “The Thin Red Line of Success,” “How One Company Put Women in Charge,” and “Seven Things Great Employers Do (that Others Don’t).”

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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