From the Independent Business Blogs: 12/5/18

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ndependent 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 Todd Ordal, Mary Jo Asmus, Karin Hurt, Ken Downer, and Ken Byler.

From Todd Ordal: Organizational Effectiveness: CEO as Gardener

“I’m not much of a gardener. The only green thumb I’ve ever been accused of having is when I’ve stuck it in pesto. I’ve noticed, however, that my efforts to have my lawn match my wife’s well cared for flowers are only rewarded when I combine the right amounts of enabling and prohibiting—the right conditions to enable fescue and also prohibit the weeds. If you run an organization, you might think of your culture as your lawn.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: The beauty of simplicity

“I do macro photography in my spare time. In particular, I love photographing flowers really close up. This hobby continually reminds me that the most powerful photos are simple in design, even as I live my life in complexity.”

From Karin Hurt: Inherited an Underperforming Team? What Now?

“If you’re a great leader, it’s bound to happen to you. You invest your heart and soul getting your team to peak performance, and just as you’re about to breathe a sigh of relief, you get the call. There’s an underperforming team that needs your leadership.”

From Ken Downer: Overcoming Indecision: 7 Ways to Find the Strength to Make the Leap

“This story of one person’s experience attempting to overcome indecision can help shed light on how we can all find the strength to make that leap boldly when the time comes.”

From Ken Byler: Childlike Leadership

“Being childlike might seem like an unusual approach to leadership. By the time most people have acquired enough knowledge and experience to be deemed a leader, childhood is a distant memory. But what if the characteristics and traits we associate with being a child were still valued and practiced by leaders? How might it change our approach or influence our decisions?”

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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