From the Independent Business Blogs: 8/23/16

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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 Jesse Lyn Stoner, Anne Perschel, Jennifer Kahnweiler, Mary Jo Asmus, and Lolly Daskal.

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: A Definition of Leadership for These Pressing Times

“But with all this talk about leadership, are we talking about the same thing? We make a lot of assumptions about what leadership means. Without a common definition of leadership, we are in danger of talking at cross-purposes with each other during the pressing conversations we need to have.”

From Anne Perschel: Golden Rules for Leading Transformation

“As CEOs of Ford Motor Company, Nokia, and Microsoft set out to change their respective company’s core business and/or culture, they each established golden rules for leading transformation. As you set out to change your company, why not follow their lead? Begin by identifying the golden rules for transformation that will best serve your company. Then practice them with your senior team.”

From Jennifer Kahnweiler: “She Looks Like Me” Woman Role Models Rock

“For any of us who have aspired towards a goal, seeing people who resemble us becomes key to moving us forward. When I was a young girl back in the 50’s and 60’s I loved to read about successful professional women. I can still see the book on my shelf about Jane Addams,the 19th-century social activist who started Hull House for poor immigrants in Chicago. Her life of altruism drew me towards my future career choice of counseling. I also savored a daily comic strip in the NY Post with Brenda Starr that featured a fearless and assertive red haired woman investigative reporter. I wanted nothing more than to BE Brenda.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Being present may be enough

“I’m purposefully present to what is in front of me. As I’m looking for subjects to photograph, my mind isn’t preoccupied, my cell phone isn’t with me and my beloved dogs stay behind in the house because of the distractions they cause. My skill level in photography is increasing as I am becoming proficient at seeing the tiniest things I hadn’t before. The experience in being present is absolutely joyous; I’m in the flow and time stands still. I get a little hit of endorphins (happy, feel-good hormones) every time I find a new subject worth capturing on camera. The pleasurable feeling relives itself when I upload compelling photos to my laptop. So how is this ‘presence’ useful at work?”

From Lolly Daskal: What to Do When You Exceed Your Leadership Limits

“Here are some positive, realistic, helpful things you can do when you’ve reached your limits and you’re over your head.”

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 how U.S. Army basic training turns diverse groups into teams, how automakers can think like a disruptor, six secrets to true originality, lessons learned from Sophia Amoruso’s ‘#Girlboss’ movement, and the hidden curriculum of 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.

Here, on Three Star Leadership, I post things that will help a boss at any level do a better job and live a better life. At the The 360 Degree Feedback blog, I join other bloggers with posts on leadership development. And, at Wally Bock’s Writing Edge, I share tools and insights to help you write better.

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