From the Independent Business Blogs: 7/16/14

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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 on how and when to lose a battle gracefully, treating people like people, letting go gracefully, ego versus greatness, and taking on new leadership challenges.

From Karin Hurt: 5 Reasons to Lose a Battle- And How To Lose It With Grace

“If I had to pick a side, I would have chosen hers. But picking sides was entirely beside the point.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Don’t make them cry

“In each case, a sincere and heartfelt apology would have made me feel better but all I heard were excuses. I never felt that these managers were horrible people; they were just insensitive. They were unaware of the impact of their actions on myself and others.”

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: Letting Go with Grace

“Perhaps the key to life is gracefully accepting the impermanence. Perhaps it’s the key to business success as well.”

From Lolly Daskal: EGO Edges Greatness Out

“How many times have you heard it said of someone talented that they could really go places if they could learn not to let their ego get in the way? You might be nodding and thinking Yes, I know that person. Or maybe Yes, I am that person. How can you tell if ego is leading the way?”

From Tanveer Naseer: 5 Important Keys For Taking On New Leadership Challenges

“The house is perfect. Yard meticulously manicured, walls freshly painted, window treatments perfectly hung…it is as you dreamed…just as you move out. For those who move often, it is a commonly understood idiom the house is always the way we want it just before we move out.”

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 four questions to revolutionize your business model, NASCAR in a Digital World, owning our data, women’s leadership program delivers $6.5 million, and Google CEO Larry Page knows what you think about work.

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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Karin Hurt   |   16 Jul 2014   |   Reply

What a great list. Thanks for including me. I look forward to reading the other selections.

Wally Bock   |   16 Jul 2014   |   Reply

Thanks for a great post and the kind words, Karin