From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/16/15

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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 by Karin Hurt, Kate Nasser, Mary Jo Asmus, Aad Boot, and Chris Edmonds.

From Karin Hurt: How to Get Your Team Fired Up About a Change

“The minute I walked into their building, I could feel the excitement reverberating from the walls. Everyone was buzzing about the unveiling of their new company name, branding, and messaging.”

From Kate Nasser: Leadership Bias: Are You Unknowingly Showing Discomfort with Diversity?

“Leaders, do you welcome and embrace diversity? Do you truly include diverse people and ideas? Yes? Are you sure? Would your employees say you do? Do you words and actions support your answer?”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Curiosity: a pillar for great relationships at work

“Curiosity is the fuel for creativity and a foundation for great relationships; it blasts through the assumptions and judgments we make about other people and it calms conflict. As a leader, you can foster respectful curiosity by modelling it with:”

From Aad Boot: Leading Complex Change Programs: Stimulate People to Think Impact!

“Organizations are confronted with new technologies, new products, and new market conditions that force them to re-invent the way they deal with change and roll out change initiatives. How can they keep pace? Traditional change and project management methods no longer seem to be sufficient. I will share my insights and highlight 3 vital elements that determine the success of change programs in today’s business reality. In this article I focus on the first element: Stimulate your people to think and communicate in terms of impact.”

From Chris Edmonds: Leaders, You’re Always On Duty

“Whether we’re leaders or not, whether at work or at home or in our communities, everything we do has an impact. Our plans, decisions, and actions are not neutral. They either help, hinder, or hurt the creation of a safe, inspiring, productive environment.”

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 why your company needs a resident futurist, how more manufacturers are transforming into a “Digitally Mature Enterprise,” a history of human-computer interaction, why powerful women love Google, and why they leave, and digital Taylorism.

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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