From the Independent Business Blogs: 10/22/14

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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 Karin Hurt, Kate Nasser, Tanveer Naseer, Mary Jo Asmus, and Chris Edmonds.

From Karin Hurt: How to Have a Difficult Conversation

“When I ask leaders why they’re not telling people what they need to know, the most consistent response I get is ‘She or he didn’t ask.’ Quite frankly that’s a cop-out.”

From Kate Nasser: Emotionally Intelligent Teamwork w/ Emotionally Unintelligent Teammates

“Is it possible work well with immature teammates when you have developed your emotional intelligence? Yes. It may not be as enjoyable as working with emotionally intelligent teammates. However, it’s very possible!”

From Tanveer Naseer: 4 Keys To Successful Crisis Management In Today’s Wired World

“In the face of today’s continually evolving, 24/7 global environment, it’s becoming an increasing necessity for organizations to learn how they can become more agile and responsive to change. The faster-paced, interconnected nature of today’s world also means that leaders need to become more responsive and hands-on when things inevitably – and often unexpectedly – go wrong.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: From technically brilliant to great leader

“One thing that hasn’t changed much over the years in many technical organizations is the criteria used (sometimes unspoken) about who gets to be promoted to choice management roles. A smart and successful technical manager often has a head start on getting a promotion that will require them to lead a larger piece of the organizational pie even if enough attention isn’t paid to whether they possess the skills to lead people at this new level.”

From Chris Edmonds: Positive Proof that Culture Works

“My ideas are not always embraced with open arms! There is a natural cynicism about culture change. Leaders are used to dealing with facts and hard data. So, I share the facts and hard data about the benefits my culture clients have enjoyed.”

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 six insights for transformative leaders, disrupting banking, pointers to the future, what it’s like being a woman in Silicon Valley, and a look at the future of work.

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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