From the Independent Business Blogs: 3/16/16

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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 Lolly Daskal, Anne Perschel, Karin Hurt, Jesse Lyn Stoner, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Lolly Daskal: The Dilemma Of The Servant Leader

“Richard is an excellent leader and a smart man. I’ve been coaching him for years. but recently he told me he felt he was failing as a leader. I was seriously shocked to hear him say this, because I know him, and as a leader he is one of those people you automatically admire. So why would a great man and an even better leader feel like he was failing?”

From Anne Perschel: 4 Questions to Help You be an Intentional Leader

“Being an intentional leader prevents you from reacting poorly and allows you to respond effectively, in the moment. Given the pressures you face and the stress you’re under, at times you’re prone to react straight from the limbic system, also known as the lizard brain. This lower part of the brain deals with your fight, flight, freeze response. It sees the world in black and white – threat, no threat.”

From Karin Hurt: 6 Ways to Stay Productive When You’re Completely Overwhelmed

“Have you ever looked at your to do list and just laughed? You think, ‘Oh right, that’s not happening,’ and then moments later, you realize that none of the tasks on your list are really an option. Perhaps that’s the point that your nervous laughter turns to tears.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: The Biggest Leap You’ll Ever Make: From Team Member to First-Time Manager

“The jump from the role of individual contributor to a first-time manager is one of the the most dramatic and most challenging leaps one can make. It requires a complete shift in how you see your role and in how you deliver results. And unfortunately, most new managers are ill-prepared.”

Wally’s Comment: I’ve always thought of this transition as more like a career change than a job change.

From Mary Jo Asmus: Your intention and how you want to show up

“The leader was a few weeks into a senior management role at a large company, contemplating the relationships she needed to develop. I was secretly pleased that she had thought about that as her first priority in the new position. For many leaders who are new in their role, developing relationships with key stakeholders isn’t top of mind. This leader had been diligent in mapping out the individuals and groups she needed to meet, and was working with her assistant to get those meetings scheduled.”

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 strategic planning that produces real strategy, the future of retail, rolling with the changes in R&D, why Millennial women are burning out, and how a radical shift left Zappos reeling.

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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Jesse Stoner   |   16 Mar 2016   |   Reply

Great point, Wally. When you look at it as a career change instead of a job change, it puts things in a whole new perspective. Thanks so much for including my post in your top picks this week!