From the Independent Business Blogs: 1/21/15

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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 Karin Hurt, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Mary Jo Asmus, Chris Edmonds, and Tanveer Naseer.

From Karin Hurt: What To Do When Results are in the Toilet

“I’d much rather take over a team with results in the toilet than one executing on all cylinders. Sure they’ll be some long days and sleepless nights, but there’s nothing better than the electric feeling your team experiences when they accomplished what no one (particularly them) thought could be done. Inspire results like that, and your ‘A’ players will follow you anywhere, and you get to do it all again.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Guidelines to Create a Compelling Vision

“Who you are is your purpose. Where you’re going is your picture of the future. What will guide your journey are your values.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Want charisma? Know who you are and act accordingly.

“We love charismatic leaders – the ones we so often think of who are at ease in their approach and able to speak and act in a way that draws others into their vision and creates great organizations that get results. Charismatic leaders are attractive, and they are true to themselves; they don’t ‘act’, they just ‘are’.”

From Chris Edmonds: Behaviors Matter

“However, setting values expectations alone doesn’t have much positive impact. What truly creates workplace trust, dignity, and respect is valued behaviors – values defined in observable, tangible, measurable terms.”

From Tanveer Naseer: Why We Fail At Leadership

“When it comes to studying leadership, the natural tendency is to focus on those leaders whose successes and achievements continue to inspire us and drive so many to emulate them in the hopes of replicating their accomplishments. Of course, as much as it’s important for us to see what we can learn from those who understand what it takes to succeed at leadership, it’s also valuable for us to examine and consider what causes others to fail in the role of leading people towards a common goal or shared purpose.”

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 the special characteristics of “high fliers,” measurement (friend or foe?), five tools that foster technology innovation, strategies for women navigating office politics, and what a great place to work ought to look like.

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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