From the Independent Business Blogs: 11/26/14

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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, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Art Petty, Paul Hebert, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Karin Hurt: Helping People Find Their Voice

“Even the most confident among us sometimes lose our voice. Everyone needs encouragement every now and then.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: The Two Faces of Leadership

“There are two faces of leadership.One face looks forward – because leadership is about going somewhere.”

From Art Petty: Cultivating Grace or Fire Under Pressure

“There will be bad days, tough situations or pivotal debates on key issues with colleagues that will trip your trigger and stimulate your fight (as in argue) or flight reflex.”

From Paul Hebert: Employee Engagement Isn’t A Big Thing

“The reason employee engagement is so low is that most companies focus on the one or two things their surveys tell them to focus on. It’s a reasonable approach.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Agile leadership: what it is and how to get it

“Leaders who are agile learners are quick thinking, decisive, curious, intuitive and take (what others might call) risks. Agile leaders are exactly what we need in our organizations that are getting bigger, flatter, and more complex. They adapt moment by moment, are creative, proactive, able to learn on the fly, and comfortable with complexity.”

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 11 leadership lessons from Alexander the Great, what mom-and-pop stores can teach grocery chains, imitation is what makes us human and creative, even Harvard MBA women are disappointed by their careers, and the future of HR.

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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