5/15/13: 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 the duality of leadership, values and choices, real issues in work/life fit, why leaders should be indifferent, and 10 tools for new managers.

From Lolly Daskal: The Duality Of Leadership
"As twenty-first century leaders, we need to understand that we are moving toward a NEW ethic, one that is built on duality. In the OLD way of thinking, we based our leadership on a set of shared values and principles aimed at achieving moral perfection while maintaining social order and well being. What got left behind in the old approach are the things that we are coming to value and seek out in the NEW: authenticity, vulnerability, unity."

From Mary Jo Asmus: Family and friends
"Remember that your organization is always willing to take whatever you give. The lure of that giving is seductive. What choices do you need to make today so that decades from now, you can say you’ve had no regrets about how you spent your time?"

From Cali Yost:  It's Not Just About "When" You'll Work, But "Where"
"We’ve thrown everyone into the work flexibility water without lessons and said, “swim,” then wonder why so many of us still cling to the side of pool not sure how to move forward. One area of confusion I hear often is that most people still think managing your work+life fit is simply a matter of good time management. Actually, it’s not. In a world without clocks and walls to tell us where work ends and the other parts of our life begin, 'when' we are going to accomplish a particular action or priority is important. But you also have to focus on the 'where' and 'how.'"

From Scott Eblin: Why Leaders Need to Be Indifferent
"A couple of months ago, I was talking with an executive leader I’ve known for a few years. One of the things I’ve noticed about him in that time is that his confidence has grown in a very appropriate and admirable way. I mentioned this to him and, in reply, he laughed softly and said, 'It’s a fine line between confidence and indifference.'"

From Katy Tynan: Top 10 Tools and Resources for New Managers
"Starting a new job with management responsibilities?  It can be overwhelming.  The good news is there are plenty of tools to help you be successful in your new management role.  Here are a few of my favorites:"

Wally's Comment: In the spirit of full disclosure, I should mention that one of the resources on Katy's list is my Working Supervisor's Support Kit. In the spirit of gratitude, I thank her for including it.

Carnivals and Such

Carnival of HR hosted by Robert Tanner at Management Journey

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 several articles including those about why managers haven't embraced complexity, innovation at Corning, additive manufacturing, international banking, food trucks, competition in the mobile space, and women tech entrepreneurs flourish in L.A.

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.

Here, on Three Star Leadership, I post things that will help a boss at any level do better and live a better life. At Results vs Activities, I join other bloggers with posts on talent development. .

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