From the Independent Business Blogs: 12/31/14

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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 Ed Batista, Kate Nasser, Lolly Daskal, Chris Edmonds, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Ed Batista: Why Change Is Hard

“Why is change so difficult? Why do we resist it? Why do we fail to adapt even when our current methods aren’t working?”

From Lolly Daskal: The Measure Of A Leader

“Ask a hundred people what great leadership looks like and you will probably get a hundred different answers. But there’s only one truly important answer, and that’s the one that comes from within you.”

From Kate Nasser: Moderation Doesn’t Mean Mediocrity

“Leaders, when you think of success does the word moderation quickly come to mind? Or do you see moderation as mediocrity and a quick path to the sidelines?”

From Chris Edmonds: The Intention Resolution

“As you consider your resolutions for 2015, I’ve got one suggestion for us all (including myself).”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Forget resolutions and make a commitment!

“We all understand that New Year’s resolutions are wishy-washy and that by the end of January most resolutions have been abandoned, right? One of the reasons for this might be in the language we use to decide our personal improvement focus in the coming year. The word ‘resolution’ just doesn’t pack a punch. However, a ‘commitment’ is something you can sink your teeth into.”

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 stop using battle metaphors in your company strategy, innovation through experimentation, the 10 dying U.S. industries, American manufacturing is doing well, Stanford’s women won just a sliver of Silicon Valley, and what happens when all employees work when they feel like it.

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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