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 Ken Downer, Frank Sonnenberg, Lolly Daskal, LaRae Quy, and Karin Hurt and David Dye.
“This is probably not what you would expect to read about U.S. Navy SEALs in a combat zone. There aren’t rubber boats coming ashore in the dead of night. No doors are blown open by burly men wearing night vision goggles. Helicopters are not involved.”
“Rules come in many shapes and sizes. There are formal and informal, written and unwritten, spoken and unspoken, hard-and-fast rules, as well as rules of thumb. And who can forget political correctness — so-called ‘rules; that define ‘acceptable’ standards of behavior. It seems like we have rules for everything. In spite of that, rules often take on a life of their own — and defy common sense.”
“Many competencies play a role in great leadership, but the most critical is probably emotional intelligence—the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and to understand the emotions of others. Many, many studies have demonstrated the power and importance of emotional intelligence, and if you’re a leader or aspiring leader and you haven’t already done so, you need to begin working now to understand and develop it. Here are the basics:”
“While assigned to my first FBI office, a fellow agent asked me to accompany him as his girlfriend for an undercover assignment. The undercover agent (UCA) had targeted an organized crime gang and the leader of the group had invited the UCA to an afternoon BBQ with other gang members.”
“Creativity and resiliency require margin—space in the calendar to think, reflect, solve problems, and build relationships.”
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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