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 by Mary Jo Asmus, Art Petty, Lolly Daskal, Sharlyn Lauby, and Marcella Bremer.
“Leaders are attuned to the people around them. Sometimes this means that they focus too strongly on the negative in the people they lead. This can be especially perilous when a leader ‘inherits’ a new team through a promotion or is hired into a new position.”
“Your purpose as a leader is to become a source of growth for the people around you. There’s nothing more sacred or important in your work than helping others grow. To do this, you need to draw upon seven powerful tools.”
“Great leadership is made up of numerous different elements and roles, which come together differently in different leadership styles. One role that’s often overlooked is that of serving as a coach.”
“…is give and receive feedback. Regardless of what you think about performance reviews, feedback isn’t going away. In fact, organizations are encouraging more of it. As consumers, we get more opportunities to give feedback about products and services. I was recently at a hotel that sent me a text message after my first night, asking me to rate my stay so far.”
“Do you matter? Are you trying to create the life you want? Are you aiming to change the organization where you work? Are you contributing to the world? Can you change anything?”
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 about strategy, innovation, women and the workplace, and work now and in the future. Highlights from the last issue include key traits that separate CEOs from other senior executives, strategic planning in today’s reality, the neuroscience of strategic leadership, the “Jobs to be Done” theory of innovation, what happens when women run companies, why you should stop blaming women for gender inequality, the pros and cons of robot managers, and why your people’s brains need face time.
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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