From the Independent Business Blogs: 12/27/17

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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 Mary Jo Asmus, Kate Nasser, Art Petty, Steve Keating, and Kevin Eikenberry.

From Mary Jo Asmus: How to develop your intuition

“Leaders need intuition because it fuels agility and creativity in the workplace. Intuition guides those snap judgment moments where things become very clear even when you weren’t thinking much about them. They most often come from within you but may have been ‘sparked’ by something in the external environment.”

From Kate Nasser: Common People Skills Mistakes That Make People Leave You

“Are you making these common people skills mistakes that drive others away? In your leadership, teamwork, and daily interactions, how you treat others affects interaction and performance. To improve your leadership, teamwork, and everyday relationships, check this list of 23 common people skills mistakes and what to do instead.”

From Art Petty: “Managing Oneself” 2018-Style

“Every year I read Peter Drucker’s classic article, ‘Managing Oneself’ as part of my personal-professional navigation process. His ‘simply powerful’ questions help me reorient on my true north and rethink my priorities.”

From Steve Keating: The Bad Habit of Excuse Making

“Making excuses is habit forming and it’s as destructive a habit as almost any habit you could have. If you’re working for someone who accepts your excuses then you’re working for someone who is doing you a tremendous disservice.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Four Things to Do During The Last Week of the Year

“Along with being productive or taking a needed break, I recommend the following four activities that when taken together, will help you learn from and get closure on the past year while setting yourself up for success in the coming year. Here are those four activities.”

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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