From the Independent Business Blogs: 1/15/20

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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 Sharlyn Lauby, Ed Batista, Steve Keating, LaRae Quy, and Ken Downer.

From Sharlyn Lauby: 6 Ways to Improve Your Business Acumen in 2020

“Personally, I find it helpful to take inventory of the things I’m doing to stay on top of business. I love lists that remind me to step back and just get focused. So, here’s my list of suggestions for building business acumen.”

From Ed Batista: Ignorance, Embarrassment and the Power of Not Knowing

“Life is full of potentially embarrassing moments, and we have to learn to navigate them without undue distress–but at times our efforts to avoid embarrassment come with a cost. A common scenario in which this occurs is when we realize that we’re expected to know something we don’t, and we seek to cover up our ignorance.”

From Steve Keating: Ethics

“I originally titled this post ‘The Ethics of Leadership’ and even that is a misnomer. There is no such thing as a special set of ethics for a leader. They are either ethical or they or not. They didn’t become more ethical when they accepted a leadership position. I changed the title of this post to ‘Ethics’ because Ethics stand alone.”

From LaRae Quy: This Is Why You Need More Than Love

“It’s a hard lesson, but romantic love is not a cure-all for what ails us. If we want to predict how we will grow old, it’s not cholesterol that will kill us. The real killer is loneliness for the simple reason that being alone is toxic.”

From Ken Downer: Jolly Rancher Leadership – It’s Not About the Candy

“A man stepped out of the shadows, extended his hand to me, and with a brief whisper, taught me more about leadership than any best-selling book ever could. Here’s what happened, and how his example can make better leaders of us all.”

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. 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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