From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/18/15

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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 Mary Jo Asmus, Steve Roesler, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Art Petty, and Lolly Daskal.

From Mary Jo Asmus: Four things managers need to stop and start doing

“Over the years, I’ve amassed a fair amount of information about what managers need to start and stop doing in order to be at their best as leaders. This information has been gathered through conversations (interviews) with bosses, peers, and direct reports of the managers both at the beginning of a coaching engagement and toward the end (to measure progress).”

From Steve Roesler: How To Measure Relationships

“Do you want to know a way to check the depth of how someone is relating to you at a given moment? Just listen and check out their language. You’ll be fascinated at how revealing it will be. Here’s what I mean:”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Think You Can Lead Without a Vision? Think Again

“Think you can lead without a vision? Think again. Leadership is about going somewhere. How do you know where you’re doing if you don’t have a vision?”

From Art Petty: What to Do When You Grow Fatigued

“Why then is it so damned exhausting to serve as a leader? And better yet, how does someone entering the power dive of leadership fatigue find a way to pull out and continue serving enthusiastically in pursuit of the noble?”

From Lolly Daskal: Leadership Means Having to Say You Are Sorry

“In the movie Love Story the main character famously says, ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry.’ It sounds very romantic, and for a long time I loved that quote—but over all the years that I have worked with leaders and organizations and teams, I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t really apply in leadership or in life.”

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 Dean Smith’s wisdom on leading teams, why the Philippines has become the call-center capital of the world, whether activist investors target women C.E.O.s, Creating value through advanced analytics, and why achieving work-life harmony is more valuable than striving for work-life balance.

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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