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, Chantal Bechervaise, Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, Kevin Eikenberry, and Mary Jo Asmus.
“By far and away, of all the reasons you might struggle with managing your time, procrastination is the most damning. With the other five issues, at least you are accomplishing something. Procrastination means you have not even started.”
“It takes a diverse set of skills to outgrow modest circumstances and advance to the pinnacle of the world of business. By looking intently at successful entrepreneurs who have risen from obscurity to direct some of the world’s most notable firms, we can gain insight into what makes them tick and learn from their stories. Certainly, the experiences of their forerunners can prove instructive for today’s aspiring businesspeople.”
“Here are my 10 most important things leaders hate to do (but really should do them anyway):”
“I’ve been working with people in all levels of organizations for nearly thirty years – from CEO’s to middle managers, from frontline employees to first level leaders. And the single most common concern I’ve heard across all those people, across all those years is: communication in the organization.”
“Have you considered that your direct reports have so much potential than what you see in them right now? Are you spending too much time focusing on what they’re not capable of while forgetting that every single person has dormant gifts just waiting to be set free? Indeed, every one of them is a brimming bundle of potential, just waiting for you to unlock the secret of their greatness.”
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 mastering the three dimensions of growth in the digital age, the power of and, how swapping life stories can make you a better leader, fixing Big Data’s blind spot, focusing on what works for workplace diversity, why the future of robots is all too human, and why it’s time to redefine “work.”
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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