From the Independent Business Blogs: 4/22/15

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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 Karin Hurt, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Michael Bungay Stanier, Mary Jo Asmus, Anne Perschel.

From Karin Hurt: 3 Ways to Avoid the Slippery Slope of Inconsistency

“When people REALLY need an exception, they need an exception. But, most of the time they yearn for consistency. Here are three ways to show up as a human and stay true to your vision.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: 4 Ways Leadership Drift Can Catch You Unaware

“Are enthusiastic about your work? When you reflect on your day at work, do you feel a deep sense of satisfaction? Is the person you are at work the same as the person you are outside of work? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no,’ it’s possible you might be suffering from leadership drift.”

From Michael Bungay Stanier: Three Things to Get You Back on Track

“‘How on earth,’ you say to yourself, ‘is it already April?’ But here we are. Another page turned back on the calendar. Q1 is done and dusted. Winter’s receding fast, and Spring is showing up in its different shades of green. Lurking in the shadows somewhere nearby is your sense of overwhelm. You’re doing your best not to catch its eye – keep moving and maybe it won’t catch up – but part of you is wondering if 2015 has already spiralled out of control, irrecoverable.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Who are you really helping?

“I love it when I come across true servant leaders. They know how to connect with others and how to develop the kind of relationships that have the power to move their organizations into the extraordinary zone. These humble leaders seem hard wired to assist their stakeholders to become the best they can be through coaching and mentoring those who need a boost in their ability to connect and deepen relationships.”

From Anne Perschel: Good Leaders Coach-Why Others Don’t

“In 2000, a Harvard Business Review article, reported the coaching style of leadership was the least utilized of the six styles listed below. Fifteen years later, the coercive and pace-setting styles are still over-utilized, while coaching is under-utilized.”

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 include why big ideas mark the path from strategy to execution, the implications of the cheap, convenient cloud, three promises and perils of Big Data, what women can do about gender pay gap, and how MOOCs are taking local knowledge global.

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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