1/23/13: 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 learning from a sushi master, the secret of doing more with less, collaboration as a remedy for polarization, what success looks like, and remaining a beginner.

From Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie: 7 Things A Master Sushi Chef Can Teach Us About Leadership
"But as I watched more closely as the film traced the origins of his success and his methods to keep the restaurant at at 3-star level,  there were many valuable leadership lessons revealed that are well worth sharing here (but I would recommend that you rent the film too).   Here are the 7 that resonated the most."

From Chris Edmonds: The Secret to Doing More with Less
"How can leaders get more quality work out of their team members? What’s the “secret”? I believe this is the wrong question."

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Collaboration Is the Remedy for Polarization
"Leadership is about bringing people together, unifying around a common vision. It is about creating community."

From Tanveer Naseer: What Does Success Really Look Like?
"A few weeks ago, I shared with my various networks an article from Forbes on the ten resolutions successful people not only make but carry out. While the list provided some valuable points, what was more noteworthy was the discussions this piece generated with a few of my colleagues about the nature of success. These conversations revealed an interesting paradox. Namely, that while we have no problems identifying successful organizations or individuals, we have a harder time defining what a successful version of our own organization would look like."

From Mary Jo Asmus: Remaining a Beginner
"If you’re a long-time leader, one of the hardest (but most important) things you do is to continue to learn and stay fresh in your development and learning. It’s called “beginner’s mind”, a child-like state of curiosity that will allow continuous learning to help you stay agile, to be able to respond to the changes around you, and to foster innovation in yourself and others."

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 leadership, strategies and stories of the Orange County Register, Mars, Inc., Fiserv, Amazon, innovation, and agility, as well as surveys, studies, statistics, and lists.

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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