From the Independent Business Blogs: 8/26/15

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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 Jesse Lyn Stoner, Dorothy Dalton, Steve Roesler, Mary Jo Asmus, and Chris Edmonds.

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Dynamic Duos: How Introverts and Extroverts Create Breakthrough Results

“What do these famous pairs have in common?”

From Dorothy Dalton: Why understanding our values is important

“Values represent what matters and what is important to us. They are the underlying principles, motivations and attitudes that are personally significant. They guide our behaviour, both in and outside work. How contented and motivated we feel, is underpinned by they way in which what we do, complements or coincides with our values”

From Steve Roesler: Do Your Leaders Coach?

“Regardless of the job title, if we’re responsible for how other people perform then we’re responsible for how they learn to perform even better. One of the things we now know from organizational research is that employees not only want a coaching relationship with their boss–they expect it.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: What kind of leader do you want to be?

“In the midst of your adrenaline-addicted pace of doing, have you stopped to consider who you want to be as a leader?”

From Chris Edmonds: Do you want a “bruising” workplace?

“My exposure leads me to believe that Amazon’s corporate office has an incredibly demanding culture that pushes players far beyond what they even dreamed they could do. Some people thrive in that environment; some people wither.”

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 for the last issue include three mistakes managers should avoid, the outlook for packaged food companies, accelerating the speed of innovation, an interview with Lotte Bailyn, and why GE had to kill its annual performance reviews after more than three decades.

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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