1/2/13: 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 empowering your team to throw things out, purposeful abandonment, being ready to make a difference, the one resolution you shouldn't make, and an alternative to goals.

From Karin Hurt: Discard & Replenish: What Will You Stop Doing in 2013?
"Your days were already full… no matter how refreshed you feel, you cannot add more stuff, without discarding what has become clutter.   Your team can’t either. How can you empower them to discard?"

From Dan Rockwell, the Leadership Freak: Purposeful Abandonment: The Art of Letting Go
"You employ systems and strategies for starting, maintaining, and moving forward. Adopt systems for stopping, as well. People who can’t say, ;No,' chase all the spilled marbles at once. They’re confused and empty handed in the end. Too many yeses distract, weigh down, and waste energy."

From Tanveer Naseer: This Year, Be Ready
"With the arrival of a new year, many of us are naturally caught up in the annual tradition of making resolutions for what we’d like to accomplish over the course of the next 12 months. Regardless of whether we actually commit to achieving these goals beyond the next few weeks or not, there’s something about the start of the new year that motivates us to embrace change and with it, a willingness to roll up our sleeves to improve the status quo."

From Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie: The One New Year’s Leadership Resolution You Shouldn’t Keep
"The team didn’t live up to its expectations, and your operating division is going to miss its budget target. Your bosses are ratcheting up the pressure and the heat is on for better performance. As the new year approaches, you make a resolution."

From Mary Jo Asmus: Set intentions for your life and leadership journey
"Warning: for some of you, this post may seem very challenging. The thought of not having personal New Year goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely may be frightening to you. So be it. It’s part of my journey. All I ask is that you read it, and consider if this might work for you."

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. The last issue had pointers to articles about how aikido can make you a better leader and myths of performance management. There are stories about the investors who bought Caribou Coffee, Ron Kase, cheerleading, hip bars, ThyssenKrupp, EDS, and the history of Silicon Valley, plus women's career success and the retirement of Ratan Tata.

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