From the Independent Business Blogs: 12/13/17

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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 Dan Rockwell, Steve Keating, Art, Petty, Kevin Eikenberry, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Dan Rockwell: Stop Domesticating Remarkable People

“Average leaders want everyone else to be average. Leaders face the danger of domesticating remarkable people. In the process, remarkable people become average, forgettable.”

From Steve Keating: The Value of Differing Opinions

“But if you’re a leader you need to understand this absolute truth: if the person or people around you always agree with your thinking then it’s very likely that they are not thinking at all. You must understand that you can sometimes be wrong and that means that someone else could sometimes be right.”

From Art Petty: How to Move Beyond Bad at the Beginning as a Leader

“I’ve long subscribed to the perspective that great leaders are made not born. Sure, some individuals have a few more gifts that lend themselves to leadership, however, for the rest of us, it’s a long, painful apprenticeship. And, mostly, we’re bad at the beginning.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Eight Ways to Be a Better Employee in 2018

“The eight pieces of advice that follow are timeless in some ways, yet I selected each of them specifically for the coming 12 months because they address trends and happenings in our world and will help us navigate those more successfully.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Leading your team through a crisis

“Helping a team work through something that devastated them is hard work that every leader may not be naturally cut out for. It requires the leader to call up a great deal of empathy and compassion. Yet it is possible for even the ‘toughest’ leader to bring forward some thoughtful understanding that will help the team to get through difficulty. You can begin here.”

That’s it for this week’s selections from independent business blogs. If you liked this piece you may enjoy my curation posts on this blog. Every Tuesday, “Leaders and Strategies in Real Life” helps you learn about leadership by studying what real leaders do. On Fridays you can wrap up your week with “Weekend Leadership Reading” consisting of choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms.

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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