From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/11/15

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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 Anne Perschel, Art Petty, Ed Batista, Mary Jo Asmus, and Eric D. Brown.

From Anne Perschel: 6 Steps to Creating a Vision

“A vision describes WHAT people in the organization collectively aspire to create and deliver to the world. Vision inspires people to achieve something that matters, to reach beyond their grasp. On a more practical level it helps determine what people focus on and what they don’t. Vision sets the foundation for goals, strategies and actions. To assure commitment and accountability, involve the right people in molding the vision. Here’s a basic recipe. It works best if you adjust and flavor, as needed, for your organization.”

From Art Petty: Know When to Assert Yourself

“There are points in time when the only right choice is to assert and dictate direction or a decision.”

From Ed Batista: Growth, Profitability and Return on Attention

“A recent conversation with colleagues about where to focus our efforts over the coming year reminded me of the growth-share matrix, more commonly known as the ‘BCG matrix’ (because it was developed by Bruce Henderson of the Boston Consulting Group) or the ‘cash cow matrix’ (a term that Henderson may have coined and certainly popularized.)”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Do a work-life synergy checkup

“The word ‘synergy’ comes from Greek origins meaning ‘working together’. In the world we live in now with instant connectivity and speed of light decisions, we have choices to make about how we’ll integrate all parts of our lives. ‘Work-life synergy’ seems a more relevant and realistic term than ‘work-life balance’.”

From Eric D. Brown: Confirmation Bias & Data Analytics

“In what might be the best titled article I’ve read in a while, Vince Kellen writes about the dangers of confirmation bias (or ‘finding what we want to find’) when working with big data.”

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 find out if your leadership style is right for the digital age, why the Ford CEO thinks that new business models threaten all carmakers, getting big impact from big data, the unfulfilled promise of the Crock-Pot, defining the modern work week, and Using Data to Call the Shots. Plus Kaan Turnali on business intelligence and Tim O’Reilly on the Internet of Things.

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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