From the Independent Business Blogs: 5/20/15

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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 Chris Edmonds, Mary Jo Asmus, Lolly Daskal, and Tanveer Naseer.

From Chris Edmonds: A Cog in a Wheel

“This leader – and his team – is also experiencing a lack of appreciation for their efforts, which recent studies have found – unfortunately – to be quite common. Tiny HR’s 2015 Engagement and Culture report found that only 21% of employees feel strongly valued at work. Over 25% of employees reported they don’t have the tools to be successful in their jobs.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: 360 assessments are just the beginning

“She was trying to make sense of information that doesn’t seem to match up because they were different ways of assessing her behavior. The fact of the matter is that the feedback she receives by either method won’t tell her ‘truth’ – they are a snapshot of perceptions of her stakeholders. What matters is what she thinks and does with the information.”

From Lolly Daskal: Focus On The Things You Can Do Something About

“Here’s the thing to remember: What happens within us is at least as important as what happens to us.”

From Tanveer Naseer: What’s The Truth About Your Leadership?

“How often do we take the path of least resistance in our leadership by focusing more on the things we want to get done than on what our employees require from us to be successful in their efforts? How much confidence do we encourage in our employees that we will do right by them, as opposed to focusing on measures that serve our own professional or personal interests?”

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 six ways to nurture CEOs’ visionary thinking, is bowling in its final frames, artificial-intelligence experts are in high demand, and starting a successful apprentice program.

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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