From the Independent Business Blogs: 12/3/14

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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 Lolly Daskal, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Kate Nasser, Chris Edmonds. and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Lolly Daskal: Trust Matters. Learn How To Earn It and Keep It

“The importance of trust is an emerging topic in business these days, showing up in advertisements, books, blogs, in books and articles. But unlike most buzzwords, trust is an enduring concept.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: 4 Steps Toward Collaborative Leadership

“If you are tired of ‘us vs. them’ attitudes… if you are feeling frustrated or hopeless about those who don’t agree with your views… if you are concerned about the polarization in this world today… if you are waiting for leadership that unites instead of divides… … the best place to start is by taking responsibility for yourself.”

From Kate Nasser: 6 Ways to Respond to Chronic Fault Finders

“When I am around chronic fault finders, I feel like I am pushing a truck up a hill without a motor.”

From Chris Edmonds: Listen With Your Eyes

“When coaches ‘listen with their eyes,’ they see proof of how players are behaving, of how players are interacting, of which players are working together to improve their team’s performance and teamwork. My best bosses did the same thing.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Leading with unconditional positive regard

“Unconditional positive regard is an attitude of non-judgment and non-assumption about someone that can give them the freedom to be who they are without the fear of loss of your esteem for them. It doesn’t mean you like them or approve of what they do. It means you respect them as human beings and their right to self-determination.”

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 what every executive needs to know about design, video games are getting respect, forget innovating if you want to create great products, the case for women-only business networks, the post-PC CEO, and learning new things means getting up from your desk.

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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