7/5/12: A Midweek Look at the Independent Business Blogs

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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 on taking a holiday, taking charge of a group, humility, motivation, and some truths about being a boss.

From Scott Eblin: Why Leaders Need to Go on Holiday Instead of Vacation
"The big distinction for me between going on holiday and taking a vacation is not so much the length of time involved (although four straight weeks every year sounds pretty awesome) but the difference in mindset that the two words represent.  One sounds light, fun and relaxing and the other sounds a bit like a command to vacate the premises.  All of this comes to mind for a couple of reasons."

Wally's Comment: Scott Eblin's take on the difference between going on holiday and going on vacation will help you think about how to spend your time off this summer, no matter what you call it.

From Tanmay Vora: Taking Charge of a Team? Avoid These 4 Mistakes
"Managers often end up in a situation when they are hired to take charge of a team/department that already exists and performs to a certain level. New leaders often find it difficult to generate acceptance because a team/organization is a complex network of emotions, relationships and issues. The history comes along, but is invisible to this new manager."

Wally's Comment: If you have ever taken over a team you will probably recognize yourself in this post.

From Kate Nasser: Leadership, What’s So Hot About Humility Anyway?
"Humility Creates the Powerful Path of Least Resistance"

Wally's Comment: One of my favorite characters in literature is Uriah Heep, who tells David Copperfield, and anyone within earshot, that his is the humblest person alive. He's nowhere to be found in this marvelous post about how humility makes you a more effective boss.

From Laura Schroeder: What They Want
"Recently I’ve been seeing lots of interesting - and apparently conflicting - ideas about employee motivation and engagement."

Wally's Comment: Motivation is simple. Motivation is complex. Read Laura Schroeder's post for examples of both.

From Gwyn Teatro: Some Truths about Being a Boss
"You just got promoted.  Congratulations!  Now you’re in charge.  You’re the boss… Le Grand fromage.  It feels good…and if you’re honest, a little scary.  You’ve read a lot of books about leadership and you have some ideas about what it takes to be a good leader, but now you have to put them into action.  That’s the hard part."

Wally's Comment : If you are a boss, especially a newly-chosen one, you should read this. If you know and care about someone who is a boss, show them this post. There is an incredible amount of wisdom and the fruits of experience here. Read it more than once.

Carnivals and Such

The July 2012 Leadership Development Carnival at Great Leadership

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" which features five choice articles from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. The last issue had pointers to articles about the CEO of the Year, the leader's role in creativity, Apple after Steve Jobs, the hive mind, and remembering the contributions of Harry Levinson.

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 better and live a better life. At Results vs Activities, I join other bloggers with posts on talent development. .

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