From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/17/14

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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 Lolly Daskal, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Lisa Rosendahl, Chris Edmonds, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Lolly Daskal: The Leaders We Remember Most

“The leaders we remember most are not necessarily the ones who have a fancy office or important position. The leaders we remember most, the ones who stand out from the rest, are the ones who are different: in their actions, in their thinking, and certainly in the way they have interacted with us.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Forget the Bus! Develop Talent to Create a Fast, Nimble Fleet

“Organizations need people who know what they’re doing, where they’re going, and have the skills to get there. We call that ‘talent.’ Unfortunately, there’s a common misbelief that the best way to get talent is to buy it – not build it – by ranking everyone, eliminating those at the bottom and hiring new people to replace them.”

From Lisa Rosendahl: An Overlooked Learning Opportunity for Leaders

“Do leaders lead while learning or learn while leading? The best leaders do both.”

From Chris Edmonds: The Leader’s Influence

“The 24/7 Wall Street report indicates that people managers are paid well. Is the investment in people managers paying off for US companies? Let’s look at two factors – productivity and engagement.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Leadership practices for presence and focus

“A practice that helps you to stay present, centered, and grounded will keep you focused, ready for whatever comes your way, and can help you get through the things that are surprising and difficult with grace. This preparation is not necessarily the kind that you are familiar with.”

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 whether you can learn to be a CEO, advertising and technology, how Minecraft became an innovation powerhouse, why most leadership development programs for women fail, and “hot desking” trend grows.

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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