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 Art Petty, Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, David Grossman, Mary Jo Asmus, and Suzi McAlpine.
“The funny (as in odd) thing about the idea of leadership is there’s nothing particularly challenging about it. We’re not unifying theories of physics or contemplating the greater meaning of life. Leadership is common sense. Why then, do so many fail to get it right?”
“While there is no question that having a high level of accountability in the workplace is a good thing, the trick is getting your teammates to that point of clarity without tipping the scale over into a perilous danger zone.”
“I was working with a leader who was preparing to make some tough decisions. Learn the upsides to delivering difficult messages with respectful authenticity.”
“Many leaders got to where they are because they’re smart and had been successful in their work as individual contributors. When they become people leaders, they may continue to use their well-honed logical brain but forget that they are now leaders who also have to use their hearts in order to engage and inspire others.”
“This week, Colin ‘Pinetree’ Meads, one of New Zealand’s rugby greats, died, aged 81.”
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 to tell the truth, leading effectively when you inherit a mess, the real customer experience people crave, innovative firms need managers who are somewhat skeptical of innovation, should your company get on the blockchain learning curve, how to deal with workplace gender bias, the automaker’s dilemma, transformative technology’s people factor, and navigating 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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