From the Independent Business Blogs: 6/21/17

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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 Suzi McAlpine, Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, Steve Keating, Lolly Daskal, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Suzi McAlpine: Meet One of the Biggest Villains in Leadership (and Five Antidotes to its Poison)

“There’s a gnarly, insidious little villain that sucks the life out of your effectiveness as a leader, and it’s not what you think. That sneaky scoundrel is your action bias.”

From Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: The 7 Keys To Leading Your Team To Greatness

“Building a great team is one of those leadership skills that can make or break you. It’s one thing to get all the ‘right people on the bus’ (to steal a Jim Collins phrase from his indispensable book ‘Good to Great’), but it’s quite another to get the team to create an unstoppable collective force that can achieve greatness.”

From Steve Keating: Where Future Success Comes From

“Many otherwise successful companies have failed because they made one fatal mistake. They believed that their future was merely an extension of their past.”

From Lolly Daskal: Why Heroic Leadership Is Needed Now More Than Ever

“Recently I was at an event at the Princeton Club talking about my new book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness. Someone there asked me an intriguing question: ‘With all the work you do with leaders around the world, who are the leaders you most admire?’ I thought about it for a split second before answering to the room, ‘If you are living bravely and leading courageously, you are my hero. Those are the leaders I admire the most.’”

From Mary Jo Asmus: When solving problems can get you killed

“So, when does it make sense to use your coaching toolkit instead of your problem-solving toolkit?”

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 developing leaders through adversity, managing performance in virtual teams, three articles on the grocery business, Robert Scoble on the coming wave of technology, all great innovators have one thing in common, Sallie Krawcheck on why corporate America will never get diversity, how the org chart has given way to the network and why it matters, and how CEOs want their offices back.

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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