7/10/13: 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 self-coaching, assessing the quality of an individual development plan, more human leadership, why you shouldn't settle, and why supervisory training is important.

From Ed Batista: Self-Coaching: An Overview
"Self-coaching is the process of guiding our growth and development, particularly through periods of transition, in both the professional and personal realms. (As an executive coach, I focus on helping clients address issues related to professional fulfillment and effectiveness, but the dynamic interplay of our professional and personal lives means that each sphere affects the other, and we can’t look at one in isolation.)"

From Dan McCarthy: 20 Questions to Assess the Quality of an Individual Development Plan
"I’ve written about how to write a great individual development plan (IDP) - it’s my all-time most popular post, with over 300,000 hits. So what’s the difference between a “great” IDP and one that’s destined to sit on a shelf and gather dust? Here's a checklist I've used to evaluate the quality of a leader's individual development plan. Use it to evaluate your own plan or to coach others."

From Terry "Starbucker" St. Marie: Chameleons With A Heart: A Portrait Of More Human Leadership
"There’s no doubt great leadership is a delicate balancing act, between the two most important elements of the equation – the business, and the humans who function within it."

From Mary Jo Asmus: Don’t settle
"Sharon is a director of sales in a large company. She’s a “manager of managers” and a relatively seasoned professional, with six years of management experience under her belt."

From Mike Haberman: Three reasons supervisory training is so important
"Ever wonder why a kid is a jerk and then you meet their parents? Puzzle solved. Well some supervisors are the same way. Regardless, even the ones that had good role models need some training. So here are three reasons supervisory training is so important."

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. There are choice articles about leadership, strategy, industries, innovation, women and work, and work now and in the future. Highlights from last week include out unproductive obsession with teamwork, the travel and steel businesses, LEGO, and five unanswered questions on gender.

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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