From the Independent Business Blogs: 3/4/15

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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 Kate Nasser, Steve Roesler, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Anne Perschel, and Lolly Daskal.

From Kate Nasser: Leadership to Reverse Hostile Workplace

“The LA Times recently featured how women are leaving the tech industry in droves because of male leader bias and hostile workplace. As leaders are challenged to address this, they ask: What beliefs and behaviors are behind it? In addition to the obvious signs, what creates this hostile workplace and how can leaders reverse it?”

From Steve Roesler: Consistency and Trust

“We communicate through our actions, not just our words. Which policies you decide to enforce or ignore, what you say and don’t say, what you reward and what you punish, what you fund and what you don’t fund–all tell the truth of your heart. Every instance of consistency builds credibility; a single instance of inconsistency can begin to build doubt about your trustworthiness.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Vision and Execution Are Not Sequential

“One of the biggest mistakes leaders make is moving from vision to execution as though it’s a linear process. The widely held assumption is they are two ends of a spectrum: Vision is about planning. Execution is about action.”

From Anne Perschel: 7 Tips for How to Get Honest Feedback

“The tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes reflects a well-know truth about leadership. The higher up you go, the less likely you are to get useful honest feedback.”

From Lolly Daskal: Lead From Where You Are And With All That You Have

“How many times have you heard yourself say If only I had the right role … the right job … the right business … the right opportunity, then I would step into my leadership. But that role, position, opportunity, or business may never come along. So when is the right moment to start leading? That moment is now, right where you are. If you can’t start from where you want to be, how do you start from where you are?”

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 Ellen Langer on the value of mindfulness in business, planet of the phones, how to leverage the workforce’s knowledge, don’t try to develop disruptive innovation, how your rolodex matters depending on your gender, and why workers need more sleep.

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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