From the Independent Business Blogs: 10/31/18

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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, Julie Winkle Giulioni, Mary Jo Asmus, Steve Keating, and Art Petty.

From Ken Downer: New Manager Nightmares: 11 Creepy Leaders and How to Avoid Morphing Into One

“What you may be experiencing is a new manager nightmare. Here’s how to recognize some of the more common ones that you may encounter. And more importantly, when it’s time for you to transition into a leadership position, here’s how you can avoid morphing into one of these night terrors yourself.”

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: An Agile Approach to Development Planning

“But, you know what’s also complex and unpredictable? The employment landscape. Today’s jobs may be automated tomorrow. That role you’ve been working toward for years may evaporate. And positions we can’t even imagine have yet to be invented.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Doing less and being more

“If you’re striving to work your way up the corporate ladder and you currently love what you do – beware! The more responsibility and people you take on into your employ, the less you should be ‘doing’ the daily work. In fact, its not a bad idea to consider whether ‘doing less’ is something that you really want in your career.”

From Steve Keating: The Smartest Person in the Room

“If you’re the smartest person in the room you’re likely in the wrong room. If you’re always the smartest person in the room you’ve got a big problem.”

From Art Petty: Why We Hate Feedback—And How to Give and Get More of the Right Kind

“In addition to feedback, I also don’t like several types of vegetables, doing planks, or working leg days at the gym, but I eat and do them anyway because they are essential parts of the process of growing stronger and healthier.”

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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