From the Independent Business Blogs: 1/20/16

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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 Jesse Lyn Stoner, Chris Edmonds, Julie Winkle Giulioni, Mary Jo Asmus, and Art Petty.

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: The Physics of Changes

“Masters of change like Martin Luther King, Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela understood that vision alone is rarely enough. Real change masters leverage the physics of change to bring about transformation.”

From Chris Edmonds: Is your emergency brake on?

“It’s a humbling experience. You get in, start the car, fasten your seat belt, look both ways, then proceed to your destination down the road. The car doesn’t respond right, though. Acceleration is slower. Braking is amazingly quick – not as you typically expect. There are funny noises – unusual ones – coming from underneath the car. If you keep driving, those squeaks get louder. There may even be smoke coming from your wheels.”

From Julie Winkle Giulioni:The Dynamic Duo of Vision and Strategy

“In these examples, each item has value in and of itself. Yet combined, the pairs take on a more striking, pleasurable and powerful quality. The same holds true for vision and strategy: leaders who are able to master both and leverage them with their teams will drive unbeatable results.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: When brass bands won’t work for you

“Many leaders don’t like promoting themselves, even as they are encouraged (or required) to do so in order to make a bigger difference in their organizations. Does the idea of self-promotion leave you with a sinking feeling? The alternative is to hide and risk your ability to have greater influence. If you remain in your shell without stepping out, you’ll continue to hold tight to the magic you have within you that isn’t being used to its full potential.”

From Art Petty: Refueling as a Leader

“Leaders might eat last, but care and feeding of the leader’s spirit must come first or everyone suffers.”

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 isseu include the real reason good managers are so rare, five that retailers are suffering in a changing retail world, four ways for CEOs to boost innovation, the more women earn, the less healthy they feel, and three trends in e-learning that can help businesses craft better training programs.

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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