8/21/13: 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 heart of struggle, creating a feedback-rich culture, knowing when to let things go, focusing on the fundamentals, and profound teaching in a very small space.

From Lolly Daskal: The Heart Of Struggle: The Leadership's Journey
"The heart of struggle is an important part of our leadership’s journey. It identifies our limitations and our pain—and our quest to move through them despite of them."

From Ed Batista: Creating a Feedback-Rich Culture
"Leaders need to bear in mind four principles when it comes to promoting feedback (and better communication in general)"

From Mary Jo Asmus: Workplace conflict and knowing when to let things go
"I had a great conversation the other day with a seasoned and accomplished leader (let’s call him “Rob”) who’s been in a tough spot for a while."

From Art Petty: Focus on the Fundamentals
"Whether you are a first-time leader, an experienced professional taking over a new team or a senior leader who can use a little leadership pick-me-up, focusing on these five fundamentals will serve you and your teams well"

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: A tweet, a blog post, and a profound teaching
"What’s the best length for a blog post? Mine are usually between 500 to 800 words. However, through the discipline of writing tweets, I have discovered that it is quite possible to communicate an important concept in 160 characters or less."

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. Highlights from the last issue include stories on the online music business, retailing, the grocery business, Marissa Mayer in Vogue and the new movie about Steve Jobs.

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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