From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/25/15

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

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: To Be a Better Leader You Must Kill Your Darlings

“In today’s world, leaders are under great pressure to find new opportunities for growth. Ventures into new territories, product, channels of distribution, etc. are typically evaluated by short-term profitability and not strategic alignment. These ‘darlings’ become the focal point, rather than a coherent organizational vision, and leaders lose their focus.”

From Art Petty: Helping Your Firm Navigate a Level-Up Situation

“As managers, it’s our sacred responsibility to create and continuously improve an environment and system that allows our people to do their best work.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Meaningful development of others

“There are some myths about what it means for leaders to develop the people they’re responsible for leading.”

From Steve Roesler: Coaching Your People?: Manage Risks

“We all want to stretch the capabilities of our team members. At the same time, think about minimizing failure when someone has a ‘stretch’ goal with high risk attached. Any high risk goal can damage your reputation, your staff member, and even the organization.”

From Lolly Daskal: Your Attitude Is Everything If You Want To Succeed

“Successful leaders don’t have fewer problems than unsuccessful leaders—they just have a different attitude.”

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 how to seize the opportunities when megatrends collide, Fortune’s list of World’s Most Admired companies, service innovation in a digital world, gender balance and the link to performance, and the trouble with open offices.

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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