From the Independent Business Blogs: 1/5/22

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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 Kate Nasser, Steve Keating, Ed Batista, Todd Ordal, and Ken Downer.

From Kate Nasser: Easy Leadership Shifts: 5 Moves to Engage Employees

“How leaders behave can uplift and engage employees or demoralize them even further. Don’t downshift employees’ morale. Make these 5 easy leadership shifts to engage employees especially during tough times.”

From Steve Keating: Sure Things

“No need to worry about checking Wikipedia for this post, these truths are sure things.”

From Ed Batista: Risk Calculus and Social Norms

“One reason for this was the perception that seat belt usage conveyed a certain attitude toward risk and a sense of judgment. Seat belts were viewed by many as unnecessary, to be worn only by the fanatically cautious. Drivers who asked their passengers to wear seat belts were considered anxious or controlling. Passengers who proactively put on a seat belt were implicitly expressing a lack of faith in the ability of the driver to keep them safe. I recall getting into cars and having to make a decision about whether or not to wear a seat belt based not only my perception of the driver’s capabilities, but also on my relationship with the driver and the likelihood that they might take offense.”

From Todd Ordal: My Hopes for Your New Year

“Over the holidays I was pondering what I wanted for my clients in the coming year and it occurred to me that I would want the same things for anyone in a leadership role. Short and sweet, here is what I hope for you in the coming year”

From Ken Downer: Reflecting Back on the Year Ahead – 11 Ways to Make Your Reflection Session Pay Off

“As ever, with the approach of the New Year, there is talk of reflection. Extracting the lessons-learned from the past year and using them as we look forward is a great path to continued growth. But few are the people who will actually sit down and do it. One reason may be that there is no owner’s manual to guide the process. With that in mind, here are some ideas for how to go about reflecting on the year gone by so that the year ahead is as good as we can make it.”

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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