2/13/13: 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 procrastination, rest and recovery, your inner voice, team practice, and lessons from the pope's retirement.

From Mary Jo Asmus: Procrastination is a verb
"I have grown to love procrastination. I advocate for it for myself and for the leaders I work with. It’s become a goal, to learn to procrastinate in favor of not wearing myself down, thinking through my priorities, and being more intentional about what comes out of my mouth and the decisions I’ll make"

From Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie: The Incredible Leadership Value Of Rest And Recovery
"And I realized something that was even more significant – as business leaders we MUST acknowledge the value of  “time off” for our teammates, and, even more importantly, for OURSELVES."

From Karin Hurt: When Your Inner Voice Grabs the Mic
"As leaders… self-talk is important.  We must listen to our inner voice.  But what if our inner voice gets scared…and wants to grab the mic?"

From Chris Edmonds: Practice Perfection to Boost Team Performance
"How long does it take you to change a tire on your car or truck? Less the time I spend stewing and mumbling under my breath, it takes me awhile. I chock the wheels, get out the jack, then review the jack instructions because I can’t remember how it works. Typically, I bloody my knuckles and, within minutes, give up. I call roadside service and wait for the experts."

From Scott Eblin: The Pope Shows That Sometimes Leadership is Addition by Subtraction
"As I write this, it’s the evening of the day that Pope Benedict XVI announced that he intends to resign the papacy at the end of this month. Considering that the last time a pope resigned was 600 years ago, his announcement qualifies as a pretty big story."

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 with articles on the army, ballerinas, and psychopaths. There are articles about General Electric, Southwest Airlines, multi-level marketing and using data to fill the seats for basketball. There are also articles about restaurants, retail, digital ecosystems, and the future of the university, 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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