From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/13/17

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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 Suzi McAlpine, Kevin Eikenberry, Lolly Daskal, Rebecca Elvy, and Mary Jo Asmus

From Suzi McAlpine: Don’t Let ‘Sunk Costs’ Be Your Leadership Iceberg

“You probably haven’t heard of Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov. But he might just be the man who saved the world.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: How to Lead a Change You Don’t Agree With

“Most people reading this are what I call a ‘manager in the middle’ – you have a team that reports to you, but you have a boss too. And whether you are a first line leader with two team members or a Senior Vice President, with a span of influence over several divisions and hundreds (or thousands) of employees you might find yourself in the same situation: Your boss, comes to you and says: ‘implement this change’ or ‘roll out this change to your folks’, and it is a change that you don’t agree with. Now what?”

From Lolly Daskal: Why Everyone Should See Themselves as A Leader

“Leadership doesn’t have to mean acquiring power or trying to change the world. It can be as simple as the daily acts we carry out living our lives—helping a neighbor, listening to a friend, standing up for a principle that’s important.”

From Rebecca Elvy: Work/Life Balance: A Perfectionist’s Folly

“Returning to work after the birth of our son is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. But not for any of the reasons that I expected.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Are you making a difference?

“Although leaders may get great personal satisfaction from leading a team that accomplishes greatness, it’s in giving to others that creates conditions for the work to be exceptional. That means that leaders who want to make a difference must put an effort into satisfying the needs of those who are on the ground doing the work.”

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 improving engagement, a companywide transformation model, reshaping business with artificial intelligence, how automation will rescue middle management, how women are paid at Google compared with men, rethinking hierarchy in the workplace, and why abusive supervision matters and how to handle it.

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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