From the Independent Business Blogs: 11/12/14

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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 Jesse Lyn Stoner, Julie Winkle Giulioni, Suzi McAlpine, Karin Hurt, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: 5 Questions That Will Help You Be a Better Leader

“Your beliefs dictate your behavior. And unexamined beliefs are like icebergs. Unseen below the surface, they can undermine your good intentions without your awareness.”

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: The “Engagement Ring”

“The reason engagement is such a sought-after commodity is because it’s a powerful contributor to a cycle that every business wants and needs for long-term success.”

From Suzi McAlpine: How To Be A Subtle Ninja

“Subtlety is the quality of being understated, delicate, or nuanced. These are words not often associated with leadership – but when it comes to leading people, subtlety can make all the difference.”

From Karin Hurt: Does it Matter if They Like You?

“Conventional managerial wisdom says, ‘It doesn’t matter if they like you, as long as they respect you.’ I can also hear the echo of countless bosses and mentors over the years, ‘You’re not here to be liked.’ ‘If you worry about whether they like you, they won’t respect you.’ I get the sentiment and, as with anything else, it’s a matter of degree. But, I’ve never seen these as opposing characteristics. Why can’t a leader be respected AND liked? Demanding and likeable?”

From Mary Jo Asmus: The “V Word”

“We were young and old, male and female, leaders and coaches, sitting in a circle at the retreat center that houses a profound learning experience called ‘Presence-Based Coaching’. We were learning to learn from each other. When we started talking about vulnerability, the room quieted as our struggle to understand what it meant in our lives and work. This learning is part of a lifelong journey for those of us who yearn to make deeper connections with other people.”

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 looking at yourself in the leadership mirror, new fast-food chains bet on healthy eating, The Global Innovation 1000, how female CEOs actually get to the top, and the post-hierarchical organization.

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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