From the Independent Business Blogs: 4/5/17

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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 Jesse Lyn Stoner, Ed Batista, Art Petty, Karin Hurt, and Lolly Daskal.

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Clear Values Are a Business Imperative

“Without clear organizational values, individuals are left to determine which values should guide them – not always those that are best for your business.”

From Ed Batista: Leadership As a Performing Art

“A clash between our contemporary expectations and our evolved psychological preferences inevitably puts leaders in a bind, causing cognitive dissonance and distress. The solution is viewing leadership as a performance, which has implications for how leaders comprehend their role, how they see themselves, and how they learn and grow.”

From Art Petty: Less than 3 Gigaseconds to Live and Lead

“For anyone responsible for guiding others, time is the most valuable gift you have to offer.”

From Karin Hurt: Executive Leadership: One Temptation Most Successful Executives Resist

“If you’re an executive (or aspiring to be one) this time I’m writing for you. Not my usual M.O., I usually write for your teams (and how to help them deal with you ;-) But today, I write to you. Why? Because when senior leaders practice winning well behaviors, the culture shifts that much faster– and results not only go up, they stay up– and teams feel excited about what they’re up to.”

From Lolly Daskal: How Leaders Build Great Organizations … And How They Can Destroy Them

“If you ever doubt the power of leadership, take a look at the organizations around you—those that are successful and those that are failing (or have failed). Sometimes external forces are a factor, but more often than not some aspect of leadership is at the core of the company’s outcome.”

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 problem with saying “My door is always open,” how forty years has changed the CEO post, eleven leadership guidelines for the Digital Age, myths to avoid if you want to innovate, why you don’t understand disruption, why Silicon Valley is so awful to women, how to accelerate learning on your team, moneyball for engineers (what the semiconductor industry can learn from sports) and taking stock of what’s changed since Kiplinger’s debuted in 1947.

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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