From the Independent Business Blogs: 1/13/16

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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 Tanmay Vora, Susan Mazza, Karin Hurt, Julie Winkle Giulioni, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Tanmay Vora: 12 Critical Competencies For Leadership in the Future

“The rate of change in the business world today is greater than our ability to respond. In a world that is often described as VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and ambiguous), there are major tectonic shifts that demand a new mindset of leadership. First, let us look at these shifts.”

From Susan Mazza: Clear Space for Your Greatness

“Every few years I go through a process of what I refer to as ‘shedding.’ It’s about clearing the old to make space for the new. This year, however, I tried something new.”

From Karin Hurt: A Deeper Dive into Developing Your People

“When I ask managers where they regret not spending enough time, unequivocally, the number one answer is ‘Not spending enough time developing my people.’ There never seems to be enough time, or resources, or support from above, or fill in your favorite blank here _______. And yet when I ask managers to identify one thing they KNOW would improve their results, you guessed it… the same answer, ‘If only I had more time to develop my people.’ Perhaps you’ve felt that way. Trust your instinct.”

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: The Kids’ Table

“What happened to ‘employee involvement’? Has it gone out of vogue? Has it been replaced by new initiatives? These are questions I’ve come up against recently as I’ve worked with organizations across a variety of industries.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: How leaders change

“I wondered if behavior is so unalterable that we give up all hope of changing our own bad habits. Then I said it: ‘I have to believe that leaders can change even decades of unacceptable behavior. I’ve seen it happen.'”

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 learning to apply data science to business problems, traditional mall anchors are fading away, robot helpers are on the rise, nice women finish first when they ask the right questions, and even millennials need middle managers.

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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