From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/2/22

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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 Art Petty, Suzi McAlpine, Scott Eblin, LaRae Quy, and Karin Hurt.

From Art Petty: How to Maximize Value from Your Coaching Experience

“I spend almost half my working time every year coaching individuals and groups (yes, groups need coaching too!), and I find that many participants come into the arrangements unclear on what to expect and unsure how to leverage the experience. Here are some ideas to help.”

From Suzi McAlpine: Integrity–most important virtue of a leader

“Integrity is possibly one of the most important things you can have, when it comes to your leadership practice. Sure, it’s one of those often-touted, less often demonstrated, core values. But when it’s in action, it has real substance. It matters. Integrity equates to character. Ethics. Having a strong moral compass. And yes, doing the right thing.”

From Scott Eblin: Five Meaningful Ways to Keep Your Team Engaged

“There are lots of reasons for what’s come to be known as the Great Resignation or, lately, the Great Reassessment. From what I’m seeing and hearing, most of those reasons can be summed up with two questions. Do I matter? Does what I do matter? Both of those questions really turn on whether or not people feel engaged with their work in meaningful ways. If you’re a leader who needs to attract and retain great talent, you have a huge stake in your team members answering, ‘Yes,’ to both of those questions.”

From LaRae Quy: A Meltdown On The Way? Effective Ways You Can Develop Self-Compassion

“The idea of self-compassion rang hollow; I wanted to suffer. In some perverse way, it made me feel better, at least for a short period. In the back of my mind, however, another thought chiseled away at my peace of mind—it was better to find ways to learn from the experience because I sure as hell didn’t want it to happen again on my watch. I softened and reminded myself that I needed to find ways to make the scar stronger than the surrounding tissue. No other animals died in the winters that followed. The balance between holding myself accountable and self-forgiveness was difficult.”

From Karin Hurt: Managerial Courage: 7 Practical Ways to be a Bit More Daring

“The best way to gain confidence speaking up and other small acts of courage is to experiment with getting out of your comfort zone, one mini-brave act at a 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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