From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/3/14

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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 Mary Jo Asmus on leadership from the inside out, Scott Eblin on delegation, Les Hayman on letting go, Aad Boot on executing strategy, and Lolly Daskal on the basis of good choices.

From Mary Jo Asmus: Leadership from the inside out

“There is an interesting story about the shortest letter sent to the Daily Mail, an English newspaper. The editor asked readers to respond to the question, ‘What’s wrong with the world?’. The following response was reported to have been received from C.K. Chesterton, a well-known writer in the last century:”

From Scott Eblin: Three of the Most Common Delegation Ah-ha’s

“One of the biggest shifts that most rising leaders have to make is the shift from being the go-to person to someone who builds teams of go-to people. As you take on more and more scope in your leadership role, you can’t continue to operate as the go-to person who acts as if you’re personally responsible for everything that happens. You need to be accountable and own the results but you can’t expect yourself to do everything that leads to the results.”

From Les Hayman: Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death

“I have long believed that the role of a manager is not to tell people how to do things, but to tell them what needs to be done, and then give them the freedom, the tools and the support to enable them to do it. This belief grew in me as I realised that if you give people the opportunity to do great things most of them will seize the opportunity to do so.”

From Aad Boot: Strategy Execution: A Short Checklist that Helps

“Strategy execution is clearly a key topic on the agenda of Boards and Executive Committees. In the work we do for our clients the question ‘how can we become more effective in turning our strategy into concrete results?’ is very often one of the main questions.”

From Lolly Daskal: It Takes Great Insight To Choose What Is Right

“As leaders we are always choosing and the choices we make may come from the idea that we must have the best job, the most prestigious title, the newest technology. But in reality our deepest pleasures almost always come from the simplest source and life is asking us to choose – to choose with great insight because when we do we make it right. So what do you choose?”

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 four ways Tim Cook has changed Apple as CEO, tough lesson for textbook publishers, the future of data science, a seal of approval for corporate gender equality, and why the robots might not take our jobs after all.

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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