7/12/12: 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 letting your inner child out to play, emotional stupidity, handling the gray areas, dysfunctional internal competition, and dealing with the perceptions of others.

From Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie: Taking The Child In The Leader Out To Play
"I was 5 years old, and I already wanted to be a grown up. Grown ups were cool – they did grown up things with grown up toys. So, at 5, I already was trying to imitate my parents, “playing house”, imagining myself behind the wheel of my Hot Wheels sports car, putting on one of my dad’s ties, and even sampling a couple of spirits from the liquor cabinet (that didn’t work out too well!)."

Wally's Comment: Terry St. Marie reminds us that letting your inner child out to play from time to time should give you a better life and make you a better leader. A little childlike behavior can be a very good thing.

From Gwyn Teatro: Leadership & The Destructive Nature of Emotional Stupidity
"It appears that the man, a minor league hockey coach, deliberately trips two boys on the opposing team resulting in one of the boys sustaining an injury. There are many theories about what happened here, including the coach’s claim that his foot ‘slipped’.   There is further film showing the man ‘flipping the bird’ toward a group of parents in the stands who were showing their outrage. To date, the incident is under police investigation.  The coach is disgraced and now likely suspended or unemployed.  He may also be charged with felony assault. And, it is possible that the minor hockey league has also sustained a blow to its own reputation. This is a prime example of what can happen when we allow our emotions to run amok."

Wally's Comment: If Terry St. Marie's advice is to act childlike from time to time, Gwyn Teatro cautions against acting childish.

From Kimberly Roden: A Little Advice For New Managers: It’s About Handling the Gray Areas
"Regardless of your title, when you step into a role with the responsibility of managing others, your job now splits into TWO jobs. You have your own position’s deadlines and accountabilities, and, you’re now responsible for supporting a team. Supporting a team means mentoring, assisting, disciplining and basically being a work-parent to folks who will be looking to you for guidance."

Wally's Comment: Note the emphasis on "supporting a team." Part of your job is to help them succeed.

From Bob Sutton: Dysfunctional Internal Competition at Microsoft: We've seen the enemy, and it is us!
"My colleague Jeff Pfeffer and I have been writing about the dysfunctional internal competition at Microsoft for a long time, going back to the chapter in The Knowing-Doing Gap (published in 2000) on "When Internal Competition Turns Friends Into Enemies."  We quoted a Microsoft engineer who complained there were incentives NOT to cooperate:"

Wally's Comment: I experienced this phenomenon back in 1996 when Jeff Senne were writing Net Income, one of the first books about e-commerce. We spoke to people from every other company we contacted, but no one from Microsoft. A person who had worked there told me that I wasn't likely to get an interview unless the person I contacted could figure out how to use it to win against his internal competition. Competition gets a lot of good press, but there are times when it can be destructive.

From Scott Eblin: Their Perception is Your Reality
"Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of colleague feedback reports for new executive coaching clients. I just finished one a little while ago actually. Most of the time when I deliver the feedback to the client it goes pretty well. They may have a few surprises but, being the high achievers that they are, are committed to getting better. Sometimes, though, I face a client who wants to argue with the feedback."

Wally's Comment: You may not agree with the way others see you, but you do have to deal with it as you find it.

Carnivals and Such

The latest Carnival of HR hosted at Blogging4Jobs

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 gamification debate, global IT and the future, frugal innovation, doing less, and putting things off.

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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