6/12/13: 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 understanding HR, when to intervene in a team issue, asking questions, and the importance of clear performance expectations and agreements.

From Katy Tynan: Understanding HR – Basics for Managers
"If you had to know all about HR in order to be a manager, in addition to everything you need to know about your industry and your team’s function, it would be overwhelming. But it’s a good idea to at least have a basic understanding of the HR function so you know what questions to ask and when to seek guidance and additional information.  Here are just a few of the primary functions of the HR department in most companies:"

From Kate Nasser: Teamwork: Leaders, When do you intervene in team issues?
"Well leaders, never forget that you are a part of the team and play a special role in it. Team members often work things out themselves yet there are definitely times to intervene to coach teamwork and prevent derailment!"

From Mary Jo Asmus: They’ll love your questions
"Someone who reports to you has a problem they want to solve, and they say they need your help solving it. I little bit of adrenaline kicks into your brain because you love to solve problems, and you can’t wait to hear more. Stop and think deeply now. How will solving their problem help THEM over the long haul?"

From Dan McCarthy: The Importance of Clear Performance Expectations
"Last week I wrote about a 2003 study conducting by the Learning and Development Roundtable that found that managers who are very effective at employee development can outperform their peers by up to 25%. It may have surprising to many that the 'manager-led development' activity that had the great return on investment (19.8%) was 'Explaining performance evaluation standards'."

From Steve Roesler: Coaching Leaders: Success Is In The Agreement
"There is frequently an equal amount of fuzziness when it comes to Leadership Development and Leadership Coaching. As a result, the coaching issue can get blurred. So here are some suggestions after a lot of years wrestling with the issue."

Carnivals and Such

Carnival of HR - reMix edition

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. This week’s highlights, are articles about leadership lessons from the arts, 3-D printers, business cards in the Digital Age, Cisco’s teleworking study, and working mothers.

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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