From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/24/14

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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, Les Hayman, Chris Edmonds, Mary Jo Asmus, and Lisa Rosendahl.

From Lolly Daskal: Take A Hard Look In The Mirror

“As leaders we are always answering to others, but we must answer to ourselves first.”

From Les Hayman: Humility Is The Hallmark Of Great Leadership

“It is very rare for a great leader to be arrogant. This is usually the style of the weak and insecure rather than those who have a real understanding of who they are and what they want to achieve and how they plan on doing so.”

From Chris Edmonds: Out of Tune

“We experience this all the time in our workplaces, families, and communities. Yet we’re often surprised when things aren’t as we expect them to be.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Boost their confidence

“I rarely see ‘increase self-confidence in the way I lead others’ as a personal goal on a development plan. It’s embarrassing for someone to openly admit to lacking confidence yet it’s one of the most common confessions I hear behind the wall of confidentiality created in a coaching relationship.”

From Lisa Rosendahl: My Leadership Sweet Spot

“Leaders must be learners and last week I completed the Healthcare Leadership Development Program. It was great program focused on each of us as individual leaders, the healthcare environment we operate in and leadership in crisis. As a wrap-up, each participant was asked to share a three minute success story. Not quite Ignite style (wouldn’t that have been fun) but engaging nonetheless.”

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 five things to know about Alibaba’s leadership, the secrets of family business longevity, Zara builds its business around RFID, how three execs opted out for motherhood, then opted back in, and unlocking the power of the virtual workforce.

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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