From the Independent Business Blogs: 10/10/18

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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 on engagement, Ken Downer on real leadership, Scott Eblin on why leadership should ask for help, Karin Hurt and David Dye on ways to stop the drama, and Mary Jo Asmus on why to be the best leader, you need to be the best human.

From Dan Rockwell: Engagement is Getting People to Do Things THEY Want to Do.

“It’s a mistake to believe leadership is getting people to do what you want them to do. Engagement is getting people to do things THEY want to do.”

From Ken Downer: Who’s Your Second? Are We Really Leading, or Just in Charge?

“We make the plans, give the orders, follow-up on everybody and everything. Nothing happens without our say-so. The machine is humming and we are at the controls. It feels like leadership. But is it?”

From Scott Eblin: Three Reasons Leaders Should Ask for Help

“There’s a hero myth that can build up around leaders. The great leaders stand alone, indomitable in the face of adversity, accomplishing their goals in the face of all obstacles. The last thing they need is help from anyone else. Their strength, wisdom and resolve brought them to this point and will, of course, carry them forward.”

From Karin Hurt and David Dye: 7 Steps to Stop the Drama – a Leader’s Ultimate Guide

“Life is crazy; work doesn’t have to be. Stop the drama and get back to work.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: To be the best leader, you need to be the best human

“The relationships you have with those who support you at work are key to your success as a leader. Without those, nothing happens like it should. And good relationships are dependent on your ability to be the best human you can be.”

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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Michael McKinney   |   12 Oct 2018   |   Reply

Eisenhower said, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it,” because he had a job to do and didn’t have the luxury of being politically correct.

Wally Bock   |   13 Oct 2018   |   Reply

Good point. Thanks for adding to the conversation