From the Independent Business Blogs: 10/13/21

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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 Todd Ordal, Scott Eblin, Karin Hurt, Ed Batista, and Sharlyn Lauby.

From Todd Ordal: Fix It!

“Somewhere (actually lots of somewheres) in your organization, you’re irritating customers or wasting resources. Do you have a vehicle to catch these (e.g., operational audits; customer feedback mechanisms; or perhaps, more important, empowered employees who just fix stuff)? Often, the fix will quickly pay financial dividends.”

From Scott Eblin: What Leaders Can Learn from the Most Efficient Exit Interview Ever

“A few weeks ago, I was in a conversation with a group of senior managers when one of them told a story that put what has come to be known as The Great Resignation in sharp relief. A colleague of his had recently received a text message out of the blue from a valued employee who had suddenly quit their job three months earlier. In the text, the former employee wrote that if any effort had been put into conveying why and how they and their work mattered, they would have stayed. It wasn’t pay; it wasn’t remote working; it wasn’t even about the workload. It was about whether or not they felt like they and their work were valued and mattered.”

From Karin Hurt: Authentic Leadership: 5 Big Mistakes that Can Derail Your Influence

“authenticity, like any other leadership competency can wreak havoc at the extremes.”

From Ed Batista: Voice or Veto (Employees’ Role in Hiring Managers)

“A common scenario in my practice is the senior leader who needs to bring in a new manager. In some cases this involves replacing a departing manager, while in others it involves the creation of an entirely new role. But in all cases where there are a group of current employees who will report to the new manager, the leader needs to decide what role those employees will play in the hiring process.”

From Sharlyn Lauby: 10 Activities to Improve Your Business Acumen in 2021

“To stay up on what’s happening in the business world, I find it helpful to occasionally take inventory of the activities that I’m doing. I’m a fan of lists that remind me to step back and just get focused. So, here’s my list of suggestions for building business acumen.”

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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