From the Independent Business Blogs: 12/4/19

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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 Linda Fisher Thornton, Lolly Daskal, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Ken Downer, and Art Petty.

From Linda Fisher Thornton: 5 Reasons Why We Want Learning and Not “Right Answers”

“Which do we want – perfection or learning? Here are 5 reasons why I think we want learning and not ‘right answers:'”

From Lolly Daskal: How to Make Every Day Employee Appreciation Day

“Many of the organizations where I coach hold an annual employee appreciation day. The leadership team presents employees who have had significant accomplishments or anniversaries with some form of recognition. Then they say something about how important every member of the team is and go back to their offices, satisfied that they’ve taken care of employee appreciation for another year. To be honest, it’s a horrible idea.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: How to Find Thanks and Gratitude

“We are hard-wired to focus on negativity. And if you try to force yourself to stop thinking about your concerns, you just end up thinking about them more. However, there are some simple things you can do to shift your attention, feel more gratitude and even rewire your brain for more positivity.”

From Ken Downer: Small Acts of Leadership: 50 Ways to Become More Influential

“In about two seconds, without saying a word, a leader I once worked for taught me a powerful lesson about influence and leadership. Part of that lesson was that leadership is not necessarily about big motivational speeches, cultivating a rock-star persona, or the trappings of power.”

From Art Petty: Manager, Do You Use Questions as an Interrogator or Explorer?

“Every encounter with someone on your team offers a chance to create value, promote learning and growth, and encourage development. Or not. A large part of the outcome from your daily encounters with team members depends upon your careful use of questioning. Are you an interrogator or an explorer? Depending upon your style, the outcomes are very different.”

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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