From the Independent Business Blogs: 6/1/16

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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 Harold Jarche, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Art Petty, Suzi McAlpine, and Kate Nasser.

From Harold Jarche: a note to business ‘leaders’

“Would you still be a leader if you lost your positional authority? How would you know? In networks, your authority is derived from your reputation and the value of your connections to others in the network. Value and authority come from engagement with a network, usually over a long period of time. It’s the sum of many small interactions. So what would happen if you suddenly lost your positional authority?”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: It’s Time to Take a Stand for a #TrueLeaderCreed

“Leadership is about going somewhere. If you don’t have a vision, how do you know where you’re going?”

From Art Petty: The Painful Process of Pivoting to New Markets

“Many senior leaders I encounter are grappling with the modern business problem of our time: what to do for an encore.”

From Suzi McAlpine: What A Problematic Horse Taught Me About Leadership

“When I was nine, my parents divorced and my mother and I moved from the city to a tight-knit country village. She went from being married to a high-brow University Professor to being the local publican’s wife. I went from attending a posh private college for girls to a country school with 50 kids. To say it was a massive culture shock for the both of us is an understatement.”

From Kate Nasser: Leadership Integrity: The Small Steps That Win Big

“Integrity — especially leadership integrity — transforms every moment and result. Leadership integrity sets and builds a powerful organizational culture of integrity. It develops accountability vs. blame. It increases commitment and ownership. It replaces useless detours with a straight road to productivity.”

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 lessons from a wildfire, the state of retail, reflections on Shoptalk, an amazing experience, the nine, rules of innovation, women are more likely than men to be appointed CEO of firms in crisis, and employees need not check their home lives at office door.

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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