3/20/13: 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 your emotional triggers, embracing feedback, action feedback, listening, and collaboration, coordination, and cooperation.

From Scott Eblin:  What Are Your Triggers?
"A big part of being a mindful leader is knowing your triggers. As emotional intelligence expert Daniel Goleman and others remind us, one of the biggest differences between human beings and other animals is our capacity to manage the gap between stimulus and response. A trigger is one form of stimulus. Quite often when we’re triggered, we react instead of respond."

From Mary Jo Asmus: Embracing feedback
"It’s hard to listen to honest critical feedback, but I really am working on it. I regularly ask clients for immediate feedback about a coaching session and request their feedback more generally as we progress in our work together. 'What can I do better?' 'How can I better support you?' and 'Is there something I’m doing that I need to stop doing?'. I wait to hear the responses, sweat trickling down my back, for the answers."

From Anne Perschel: Dear Leader: Feedback Not Working? Try Action Feedback Instead
"A recent LinkedIn article reviewed the bast advice ever received by a number of leaders, including Richard Branson founder and chairman of The Virgin Group. Most of the advice struck me as pablum variety. 'Pursue your dreams.' 'Have no regrets.'  Beth Comstock, GE’s Chief Marketing Officer, who worked directly for Jack Welch, had a different story. It is the only one I remember, and the only one that made me think."

From Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie: Listen Up: Leadership And The Virtual Q-Tip
"Leaders, if they are to live up to their role as those who 'show the way,' need to do a lot of talking. However, there’s a trap door lurking on that speaking platform, and if we fall in it, we can take the teams we lead down with us."

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Let's Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration
"Often the words collaboration, coordination, and cooperation are used to describe effective teamwork. But they are not the same, and when we use these words interchangeably, we dilute their meaning and diminish the potential for creating powerful, collaborative environments."

Carnivals and Such

Frontline Festival: A Leadership Carnival for Frontline Leaders initiated and hosted by Karin Hurt

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 big data in the age of the telegraph, managing disruption, changing change management, fixing culture, and what's killing innovation. There are pointers to articles about the wine business, consumer packaged goods, and the elevator business.

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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