From the Independent Business Blogs: 10/11/17

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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, Mary Jo Asmus, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Lolly Daskal, and Suzi McAlpine.

From Ken Downer: Stop Social Loafing: 6 Ways to Get Everyone Working

“You would think that the more people on a project, the greater the output. Sadly, that’s not always the case. A phenomenon called Social Loafing leads some team members to do the minimum possible. They drag down group productivity like a boat anchor. Today we’ll look at why social loafing happens, and six ways you can be sure to get the best effort from everyone.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Seven overused leadership strengths

“Through years of interviewing stakeholders and hundreds of leaders, I’ve gathered some information about some of the most common strengths that can be overused.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Stages of Team Development and Leadership

“Teams move through predictable stages of team development, but how quickly and easily they progress depends on how well the needs of the team are being met during each stage. Teams don’t always move smoothly, and sometimes they can get stuck. Understanding the stages of team development helps you determine where to focus your leadership efforts.”

From Lolly Daskal: 7 Fears You Need to Overcome to Be An Effective Leader

“Everybody has fears—and that means every leader has fears. But not letting those fears get the best of you is an important part of successful leadership. If you don’t learn to manage your fears, you’ll be tempted to take the kind of shortcuts that undermine your authority and influence.”

From Suzi McAlpine: A Room Reveal of a Different Kind

“Welcome to my cave. Since I’ve been in here for a few months, I figured it’s about time I did a ‘room reveal’.”

That’s it for this week’s selections from independent business blogs. If you liked this piece you may enjoy my regular post on “Leadership Reading to Start Your Week” points you to choice articles from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms about strategy, innovation, women and the workplace, and work now and in the future. Highlights from the last issue include the value of good management, why you should burn your rule book and unlock the power of principles, three trends driving modern manufacturing innovation, creating an innovation culture, three ways to retain the women in your workforce, why women are still set up to fail in the C-suite, and how to create a positive work environment.

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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