5/22/13: 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 taming your calendar, making work meaningful, stewardship as an alternative to leadership, when you're ready for a coach, and the unknown unknowns.

From Scott Eblin: Seven Tips for Taming Your Calendar
"As the inflow becomes heavier and the expectations become higher, taming the calendar beast is a common challenge for leaders. Here are seven of the best ideas I’ve heard lately from leaders who are figuring out how to leverage their time to get important stuff done:"

From Tanveer Naseer: Making The Case For Creating Meaningful Work
"If there’s one ailment most of us can agree on that’s found in today’s workplaces it’s a lack of engagement between employees and their work. Specifically, a lack of connection between what we do and what matters to us – both professionally and personally. Now, thanks to the recent study 'Philips Work/Life Survey' conducted by Philips North America, we have additional insights into why organizations and their leaders need to address the issue of creating meaningful work in today’s workplaces."

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Stewardship Is an Alternative to Leadership
"Stewardship is about choosing service over self-interest. It begins with a willingness to be deeply accountable for a body larger than yourself -  for a team, an organization, a community. Imagine how strong your organization would be if everyone were deeply committed and accountable for its success. These are not new ideas. The evidence and research results are in, and we know for a fact that partnership and participation are the management strategies that create high-performance workplaces. Words like empowerment, collaboration and partnership have been tossed around for years. So how are today’s organizations and institutions doing?"

From Mary Jo Asmus: When are you ready for an executive coach?
"When I first started coaching, there were times that I would cringe at the promotion of my profession. At that time, a few well-known coaches had promoted our work as something mythical, magical, a cure for everything and a way to BECOME AN OVERNIGHT BILLIONAIRE! (yikes). I’m here to tell you that getting coached isn’t any of those things, and it isn’t always easy."

From Lolly Daskal: Leadership: What We Don’t Know We Don't Know
"I believe that learning is stronger than knowledge, that perception is more potent than reality, that vision is more powerful than actuality. I see learning taking place at three separate levels."

Carnivals and Such

Frontline Festival-May 2013: Trust and Transparency Edition 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 leadership and strategy, industries (including automotive, movies, and venture capital), the workplace (virtual and otherwise) and stories about LeBron James and Steve Burd.

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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