From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/10/16

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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 Art Petty, Harold Jarche, Aad Boot, Jesse Lyn Stoner, and Mary Jo Asmus

From Art Petty: 8 Ideas to Help You Expand Your Field of View

“The view through the cardboard tube is analogous to how many of us view our firms, careers and industries.”

From Harold Jarche: we don’t need better leaders

“Positional leadership is a master-servant, parent-child, teacher-student, employer-employee relationship. It puts too much power in the hands of individuals and blocks human networks from realizing their potential.”

From Aad Boot: The Only Person You Can Actually Change Is Yourself

“Leading change means dealing with resistance. Whether in organizations or in our personal lives. Many change initiatives fail because people are not willing or not able to follow the new direction. A huge amount of energy goes into trying to manage the resistance and trying to convince, motivate, encourage, stimulate, or force people to follow the change. And often only with mediocre results! How can we do better? What are we missing?”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Great Leaders Assume a Listening Attitude

“Andres is not alone. Research shows that most people think they are good listeners – much better than their colleagues – but are not nearly as good as they think they are. There is a strong correlation between good leadership and listening.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Why you need to learn people

“You hire, fire, teach, and lead people. You also need to learn them. Just as you learned and became smart about things, you’ve now reached the point that where you need to learn and become smart about people. This makes sense because people are the force behind the products and services that get created.”

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 downsides of charismatic leadership, General Mills’ Betty Crocker, Pillsbury cope with baking slump, organizing for breakthrough innovation, culture beyond equality, and predictions for 2016 in the brave new world of talent.

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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