From the Independent Business Blogs: 3/2/16

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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 byTanmay Vora, Anne Perschel, Kate Nasser, Jesse Lyn Stoner, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Tanmay Vora: Natural Laws of Organizational Transformation

“Organizational transformation initiatives come in many forms – restructuring, cultural transformation, service transitions, rapid innovation, process overhauls, turnarounds and acquisitions to name a few. Studies by universities and consulting firms suggest that 70% or more of transformation initiatives fail.”

From Anne Perschel: Extreme Listening for Leaders – 3 Point Guide

“Extreme listening helps you solve people problems faster and more effectively. Extreme listening hears and uses the emotional component of the problem. Want to know the secret of extreme listening? Listen slowly as you read this post. Listen with your whole body.”

From Kate Nasser: Leadership Hurdle: 5 Human Reasons People Are Drawn to Negativity

“Leaders must inspire to overcome the draw of negativity. To surmount this leadership hurdle, it helps to understand the human reasons people are drawn to negativity.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Stop Holding Meetings That Don’t Matter

“Most managers spend about 35% to 50% of their time in meetings. And most team members report it is a waste of time. This is because they are meetings that don’t matter to anyone other than the team leader.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Prepare to be amazed

“Every leader/manager, if they are honest, has A, B, and C employees. The ‘A’ employees are high potential, self-motivated and rare. The ‘B’ employees are solid performers, who do good work. The ‘C’ employees can range from needing too much direction to being disruptive, and they are the ones who may not make it in an organization – often a cause for a leader’s frustration and sleepless nights.”

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 World’s Most Admired Companies for 2016, how crowdfunding has made flipping houses a lot easier, tackling big global challenges with low-cost innovation, #LeadLikeAGirl, and investigating whether gamification works.

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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