From the Independent Business Blogs: 1/18/17

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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 Julie Winkle Giulioni, Kate Nasser, Art Petty, Lolly Daskal, and Ed Batista.

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: Goal Setting Requires BUY-IN

“The beginning of the new calendar year frequently corresponds with the start of a new performance period. As a result, managers and leaders everywhere are preparing for those annual conversations designed to establish the goals and objectives that employees will work toward for the next twelve months.”

From Kate Nasser: People Skills Learning: Why We Label People & How to Stop

“People skills learning gives us the ability to replace bad interaction habits with productive ones. One of those bad habits — labeling others — is well worth replacing. Labels limit others and limit interaction. Even labels that we mean with good intentions, can create resentment and the desire for revenge. Let’s look at why we label and how to stop.”

From Art Petty: 12 Ideas to Eliminate the Energy Sinks in Your Work Life

“If you’re like most leaders I encounter in my work, your personal fuel gauge is hovering somewhere just above ‘Empty.’ The low fuel warning alarm is blinking and sounding, and everyone sees and hears it in your performance. More than a few coaching clients approach me when the needle is buried below ‘Empty.’ There’s no gas left in the tank or charge in the batteries and refueling or recharging stations in sight. They need help. Perhaps you need help.”

From Lolly Daskal: 21 Things New Leaders Should Do

“Especially at the beginning of a leadership journey, it’s easy to focus on all the things you’re not supposed to do—don’t be inaccessible, don’t play favorites, don’t build your authority on fear. And those things are important, but if you focus exclusively on the don’ts you may have a hard time moving forward.”

From Ed Batista: What Do Great Leaders Do?

“When I hear the term ‘great leader,’ I’m reminded of two passages from management literature that have influenced my thinking about leadership and my approach to coaching leaders.”

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 include leading by design, seven ways for business leaders to successfully navigate and overcome the unknown, five principles of innovation, why we need to feel safe to be creative, and what to expect at work in 2017.

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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