From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/15/17

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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 by Susan Mazza, Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, Ed Batista, Lolly Daskal, and Julie Winkle Giulioni.

From Susan Mazza: Why You Should Speak Less and Listen More

“Consider that when it comes to leadership, though, there are times when it is more effective to choose silence over speaking up with your words. The silence I am referring to is not to be confused, however, with the silence used for the purpose of actively ignoring someone or as a way to shun or silence them. Using silence as an act of leadership is always for the purpose of making a difference.”

From Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: The One (and Only) Golden Rule of Great Leadership

“As soon as we are labeled as a ‘leader’, especially one in the executive suite, there is a very strong tendency to put ourselves on a pedestal. After all, we are on a higher rung on the ladder, right?”

From Ed Batista: Leadership, Decision-Making and Emotion Management

“Jurgen Appelo is an innovative management thinker whose work I admire, and his 7 Levels of Delegation is a framework that I often recommend to clients to help them determine how to allocate authority and decision-making power between themselves and their team. As useful as this conceptual model can be, its effective implementation by a leader also requires skillful emotion management at multiple levels: internally, interpersonally, and across the organization as a whole.”

From Lolly Daskal: 12 Signs You Have the Mindset to Be a Great Leader

“Becoming a great leader is a work in progress. There are things that will accelerate your leadership and things that will hold you back. I believe that everybody has within them the potential to be a great leader. But it all starts, and ends, with mindset.”

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: Employee recognition: The KISS… method

“Recognition may be among today’s most heavily researched leadership and supervision topics. And the results are consistently disturbing:”

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 change starts with a leader’s ability to look inward, thinking in scenarios improves forecasts, the art of business, three snapshots of digital transformation, winning in IoT is all about the business processes, to address gender bias at your company, start with teams, the importance of developing women leaders, and why every workplace needs a fool.

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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