From the Independent Business Blogs: 4/8/15

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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 Jesse Lyn Stoner, Kate Nasser, John Hunter, Lolly Daskal, and Anne Perschel.

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: The 9 Essential Leadership Strategies in The Age of Information

“Once upon a time, in a land called Industrial Age, the leaders of organizations resided at the top of a hierarchy, managers were in the middle, and workers were supervised. It was the job of leaders to do the important thinking and the job of managers and supervisors to make sure it was implemented.”

From Kate Nasser: Lead Smartly: 5 Dumb Denials Smart Leaders Reject

“Successful leaders use courage, IQ, social intelligence, and emotional intelligence (EQ) to lead smartly. Their beliefs and actions are markedly different from others. Most especially, they seek the truth even when it is uncomfortable! They reject dumb denials that trap others in the status quo and inaction.”

From John Hunter: Lessons for Managers from Wisconsin and Duke Basketball

“The lesson many people miss is that college teams are mostly about developing a team that wins. Developing individual players is a part of that, but it is subordinate to developing a team. I think college coaches understand this reality much more than most managers do. But a management system that develops a team that succeeds is also critical to the success of business.”

From Lolly Daskal: Wear Your Life Like a Loose Garment

“So why not think of life as a garment—something you wear, something that covers and protects you. You don’t have to wear it tight and taut. And you don’t have to treat it solemnly and seriously. You can make it comfortable, functional, and something that reflects who you are.”

From Anne Perschel: 2 Part Practice to Build Self-Confidence

“While weak self-confidence muscles are a gender neutral affair, they are more common among women. This lack of self-confidence is detrimental to achieving career advancement and success, because competence and confidence are equal partners in these endeavors.”

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 stop distinguishing between execution and strategy, big profits seen in rare diseases, opening up innovation at Tata Steel, female-run venture capital funds alter the status quo, what MIT is learning about online courses and working from home, and great tech doesn’t guarantee innovation.

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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