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 Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, Marcella Bremer, Tanveer Naseer, Margaret O’Hanlon, and Dan Rockwell.
“There is a great benefit to the 365-day calendar – the fact that it restarts at January 1, without fail.”
“Was 2016 a positive year for you? It has been an interesting turn around the sun – with many ups and downs for me personally – a blend of good and bad luck, good and bad decisions, and likewise responses. Looking back, how much of your year happened to you? And how much of it was within your control – happened by your doing? If you had to give a percentage, what would it be?”
“With the end of one year and the beginning of a new one now upon us, the typical response for many of us is to reflect on what’s transpired over these past 12 months, while at the same time looking ahead in anticipation of what’s to come in the new year.”
“Are you feeling any differently than you did a week ago? Stand still a minute and see what you can notice about the last few days. No longer worried about blinking in case you fall asleep when your eyelids closed, even for a second? Newly reminded of your kids’ favorite pajamas? Unclear about where you left your phone? I wish you the pleasure of all of these and more.”
“You cannot lead while jousting with the past. The direction of your leadership begins with the direction of your thoughts. Remarkable leadership is forward-facing and future-focused.”
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 line between confidence and hubris, five overlooked principles shaping the destiny of your business, the simple economics of machine intelligence, the economy’s hidden problem: we’re out of big ideas, how to increase profits through gender-balanced leadership, and change the game with simulations.
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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