12/5/12: 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 engagement, making sense of information, avoiding shiny objects, Parkinson's Law of Triviality, and situational awareness.

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: First Engage Yourself: 7 Ways to Increase Your Own Engagement and Satisfaction
"It’s been over 10 years since the dismal results of the Gallup employee engagement study were first reported by Marcus Buckingham.  Since then, the term “employee engagement” has become common place. With such a strong focus on its importance and over a decade to address the issues, it would be reasonable to expect improvement. But the news is not good. The results of The 2012 Towers Watson Global Workforce Study indicate that 43% of the global workforce is either detached or actively disengaged."

From Harold Jarche: The right information is not enough
"I am a strong proponent of manual, not automatic, sense-making frameworks. Each person is the indivisible unit of knowledge work. If the aim is to improve organizational knowledge, then people have to take time to make sense of it. If not, it remains merely information, whether in a unified search tool or elsewhere."

From Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie: How Leaders Can Avoid Shiny Objects, Black Holes, Fire Drills and Other Dangerous Distractions
"One of the greatest challenges of leadership is managing time, a limited resource that has to be used with the utmost care and consideration."

From Dan McCarthy: Parkinson's Law of Triviality
"Have you ever noticed that committees or management teams tend to spend way too much time in meetings endlessly debating the most unimportant or mundane topics, while at the same time, not enough time on the most important or strategic issues?"

From Chris Edmonds: Create Opportunities to Thrive
"How closely do you pay attention to your work environment? We humans have a tendency to fall into habitual activities each day, doing our work without noticing what may be going on around us. Staying 'still,' not evolving or growing or serving better, may be just as dangerous as the beaver’s lodge getting iced in."

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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 leadership, companies, the HP soap opera, technology, the industrial internet, and several reading lists as well as surveys, studies, and statistics. Be sure to look for dots that you can connect.

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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