From the Independent Business Blogs: 3/22/17

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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 Ed Batista, Art Petty, Lolly Daskal, Mary Jo Asmus, and Jesse Lyn Stoner.

From Ed Batista: The Problem with Anonymous Feedback

“The issue of anonymous feedback comes up consistently in my work as a coach to senior leaders. Many of my clients gather feedback from employees assessing their level of engagement or seeking input on problems, often through an anonymous survey. And I’m regularly asked to conduct 360 reviews for a CEO or a member of their executive team, typically via anonymous interviews with direct reports, peers, superiors, investors or board members.”

From Art Petty: 9 Leadership and Management Lessons from the North Woods

“With the milder weather here in the Midwest, I took the occasion to visit our north woods residence a full month earlier than normal this past weekend. The first visit of the season is always one filled with hope and excitement for the coming months and just a bit of anxiety over what damage winter might have left on the property and home.”

From Lolly Daskal: The Best Way for Leaders to Build Trust

“But ‘earning’ isn’t really the right word. Trust isn’t so much earned as it is built, little by little, day by day. Here are some of the most important blocks to set in place when you’re building trust:”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Eight selfish reasons to be a humble leader

“But what if you aren’t motivated to be humbler? Assuming that there us hope for you to see yourself as imperfect, there are some selfishly good reasons for humility to have a bigger role in your life and your leadership. You will become a better person and leader when a desire to be more humble is a catalyst for you to:”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: How Middle Managers Provide Leadership Everyday

“Let’s set aside the boring debate about leaders vs. managers for a moment and take a look at daily life for most managers in organizations. The reality is that middle managers provide leadership, or at least have the opportunity to provide leadership, all the time”

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 the Uncertainty Advantage, Henry Mintzberg on some troubling evidence about MBAs as CEOs, the next-generation operating model for the digital world, IBM has created a revolutionary new model for computing, machine learning and knowledge discovery, top companies for women executives in 2017, and the mind-set you’ll need in order to thrive in the future of work.

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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