From the Independent Business Blogs: 10/7/15

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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 Julie Winkle Giulioni, Suzi McAlpine, Karin Hurt, Chris Edmonds, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: Curiosity is the New Black

“Are you looking for a skill that’s always in style, goes with anything and makes a bold statement wherever it goes? Look no further; simply consider curiosity.”

From Suzi McApline: What All Blacks Coach, Steve Hansen, Can Teach Leaders About Empathy

“The Springboks, World Cup favourites, got trounced by underdogs, Japan, in the first round of the Rugby World Cup. For the Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, his three ‘sleepless nights’ following the humiliating defeat are testament to the kind of pressure felt by international sports teams, who have the weight of their nation’s expectations firmly on their shoulders. Then something really cool happened.”

From Karin Hurt: How to Succeed With Limited Resources

“You don’t have enough time, enough resources, or budget– or maybe you lack all three. You may be surprised to know that’s exactly what stacks the odds of success in your favor.”

From Chris Edmonds: Don’t Manage Time – Manage Your Values, Priorities, & Habits

“How well do you manage your time? Do the things you spend time on each day align with your values and priorities? Or, is your time spent ‘doing things,’ even if they’re not priorities to you?”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Fan the flames of bigger dreams

“Thinking bigger can help to create a greater vision and goals for your organization as well as help individual team members to set personal development and organizational goals with more ease. When you as the leader dream bigger, you can help others to do so as well.”

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 why the best managers are boring managers, the robotics revolution, why big data is a blunt instrument, the nine top ways women give away power, and meritocracy without the numbers.

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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