From the Independent Business Blogs: 11/6/19

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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 Art Petty, Lolly Daskal, Steve Keating, Kevin Eikenberry, and Ed Batista.

From Art Petty: Managers—Less of You is Probably Enough

“As managers and leaders, we often fall victim to the belief that our teams need us to survive and thrive. In reality, if we’ve done our jobs right in selecting, developing, and placing people in the right positions, and worked hard to create a healthy environment, what they need is less of us.”

From Lolly Daskal The Toxic Habits That Will Make You a Bad Leader

“We all have things we need to work on. Maybe you catch yourself zoning out in meetings, or taking on work that you should be delegating. It’s important to pay attention to those areas and keep them under control. But some habits are worse than others. Here are six of the most destructive—tendencies that, left unchecked, will definitely undermine your authority as a leader and will cause your team to lose faith in you.”

From Steve Keating: Do Your Best

“If I were to advise you to ‘do your best’ I would also advise you to have someone in your life to tell you if you’ve really done your best.”

Wally’s Comment: Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman: “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Make Sure Zero Conflict Isn’t Your Goal

“Put people together doing most anything for most any length of time and conflict will occur. Put people together and ask them what the challenges are at work, and conflict will always come up. People have experience and an opinion about conflict, and they don’t talk about positively. We face conflict and generally think if we could rid ourselves of it, we would be better off. Yet, we must be careful about what we ask for, because zero-conflict shouldn’t be the goal.”

From Ed Batista: When We Are Ready, The Practice Will Be Waiting

“‘Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.’ ~Pema Chödrön At the same time, no lesson is useful until we’re ready to learn. Life consists of a series of practices–not merely routines, but disciplines, ways of being. This is if we choose to see life this way–and it is a choice.”

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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