From the Independent Business Blogs: 10/3/18

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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 Ken Downer, Lolly Daskal, Art Petty, Steve Keating, and David Dye and Karin Hurt.

From Ken Downer: Comfortably Uncomfortable: 7 Ways Seeking Discomfort Makes You Better

“Hey, I’m here at a local Park in Minnesota, getting ready to do my weekly tempo run. Believe it or not, I think that there is a very close parallel between learning to run fast and becoming a better leader, and it has to do with discomfort.”

From Lolly Daskal: 5 Important Leadership Rules You Can (And Should) Break

“In my work as an executive leadership coach, I encourage my clients to be great leaders, revolutionaries even. While few of them would describe themselves that way, the best are willing to break any rules that stand between them and their goals.”

From Art Petty: Character Counts When Selecting New Managers

“Most leadership development and training and most books and blogs emphasize knowledge, skills, and abilities or KSAs. While there’s nothing wrong with talking about and training for KSAs—they are important tools of the trade for managers and leaders. However, they aren’t substitutes for character.”

From Steve Keating: Control What You Can

“This is likely to be one of the shortest posts I’ve ever written. That’s because it’s about controlling the things in your life that you have control over. Complete control.”

From David Dye and Karin Hurt: A Powerful, Proven Technique for Overcoming Negativity at Work

“Your team’s rightfully discouraged and a little stymied. Their negativity is rooted in facts. The truth is, you’re frustrated too. The struggle is real. So as a leader, how can you stay positive without looking out of touch? How do you harness your team’s frustration to fuel productive solutions? Try this powerful mind-shifting technique.”

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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