From the Independent Business Blogs: 12/6/17

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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 Ken Downer, Kevin Eikenberry, Karin Hurt, Mary Jo Asmus, and Art Petty. This week I’m starting with one of the best leadership stories I’ve ever heard.

From Ken Downer: The Call of Leadership

“This is a story of one such simple act over 50 years ago that left a life-long impression. The call of leadership came, and the way this leader handled it serves as a great model for us all.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Compliance or Commitment, Which Do You Want?

“Most of the talk about leadership style is futile without first understanding the answer to this question. Most leadership development is hollow until those learning are clear on their answer to this question.”

From David Dye: Three Connections That Energize Every Great Leader

“I expected the redwoods to have deep root systems, but they don’t. Their roots only go down five or six feet…but they extend outward 100 feet. In fact, the roots of nearby trees entangle, connect, and even fuse with one another. Together, the trees anchor one another through thousands of years of storms, wind, and floods.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: The recipe for great leadership

“Yet you can find your way to great leadership. I’ve had the privilege of watching ordinary leaders become great. When that happens, the following results occur:”

From Art Petty: 10 Lessons I Learned During My Leadership Break

“After 13 years of serving as a manager, I was burned out on being responsible for the work of others. I needed a leadership break. The daily grind of endless issues, squabbles, and general people issues had torpedoed my energy. I was grumpy, disgruntled, and increasingly, part of the problem. I took a job as an individual contributor and discovered something interesting about myself. When I wasn’t helping people grow and develop,I was a lesser version of myself at my best.”

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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