From the Independent Business Blogs: 8/27/14

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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 by Jesse Lyn Stoner on team values, hard-learned leadership lessons from John E. Smith, Mary Jo Asmus on living into integrity, Les Hayman on decluttering, and Chris Edmonds on personal values.

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: How to Identify Team Values that Unify and Guide Your Team

“When you agree on your team values, you increase trust and create a language for more effectively working together.”

From John E. Smith: Three Simple Leadership Lessons The Hard Way

“Enthusiasm creates energy and excitement … all great words that happen to start with ‘E'”

Hat tip to Michael Wade for pointing me to this post.

From Mary Jo Asmus Living into integrity

“Many leaders I know gasp when I tell them about the vacation that Ken and I take (almost) every year. We both own and operate businesses that require a lot of our attention. We love what we do, but yearn for time away doing something that energizes us and makes us feel whole. So we spend a week in nature with little outside contact (i.e. we don’t have cell phone service or wi-fi except when we’re on the road between stops). We tow a small camper and hike, wade, observe, photograph, meditate and rest. This is our time away from work and it helps us to live into integrity.”

From Les Hayman: Removing Management Clutter

“It has made me think about the clutter that most managers tend to accumulate during their careers, and the need that they have to regularly clean out their own ‘house’ in the same way that we are now doing. This includes:”

From Chris Edmonds: Tied for First

“Quick – note down your top four personal values, the desired principles that guide your day-to-day plans, decisions, and actions.”

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 great leadership isn’t about you, whether spinoffs save the publishing industry, why big companies struggle with innovation, whether other women can follow Mary Barra’s route to success, and how a manager can promote the ‘future 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.

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