2/6/13: 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 leading a team, management refs, failing forward, troublemakers, and why not to tolerate a dysfunctional team.

From Gwyn Teatro: A Reflection on Teambuilding… and the Story of Edith
"These days we talk a lot about ‘Team’.  Indeed, we have come to appreciate the value of teamwork, collaboration and engagement much more since, through technology, the World became small. I’ve been thinking about this…and also about Edith."

From Dan McCarthy: 10 Penalties That I Would Call if I Were a Management Ref
"Unfortunately, when it comes to the workplace, there are no management referees. Managers get away with all kinds of fouls, with little or no consequences. Often it’s because no one with any authority is there to catch them in the act. What if we created a new job called a “Management Referee”? Just like those NFL-like referees that roam the airports in the Southwest Airlines commercials throwing penalty flags for bag fees and poor customer service, these referees would patrol the workplace looking for flagrant management malpractice violations."

From Ed Batista: Failing Forward (Learning from Mistakes)
"I was recently asked to help a team prepare to tackle some challenging work more effectively. I was motivated to say yes for professional and personal reasons, but I didn't fully think through the necessary conditions for success, and I made some critical errors in planning and delivery. In a word, I failed."

From Karin Hurt: The Troubling Trouble of Troublemakers
"The troublemaker.  You know the type.  He’s the noisy one.  He ALWAYS has an opinion. He has no filter.  Sometimes he raises his voice.  When you see him coming you may find ways to look busy and avoid the conversation."

From Chris Edmonds: Don’t Tolerate Dysfunctional Teams
"Are teams in your organization both productive (they get their tasks done to standard, on time, and under budget) and effective (team members operate with a minimum of issues or drama)?"

Carnivals and Such

From John Hunter: Management Improvement Blog Carnival #186

February 2013 Leadership Development Carnival hosted by David Burkus

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, stories and strategies from real life, surveys and statistics, women in leadership, innovation and technology and analysis of the legal business, the music business, and venture funding.

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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