From the Independent Business Blogs: 12/9/15

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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 Kate Nasser, Chris Edmonds, Lolly Daskal, Mary Jo Asmus, and Sharlyn Lauby.

From Kate Nasser: Employee Insight: 12 Reasons Leaders Communicate Poorly

“When companies bring me in to help employees adapt to and implement change, what strikes me is how often the employees don’t understand what’s going on. (Repeated studies show that clear communication is a top factor in effecting change.) Not surprisingly, in these tough moments, employee insight on why leaders communicate poorly comes pouring out. From discussions with these employees, I have compiled the communication checklist for leaders. This has helped many of my clients and now it can help you. I welcome your additions and comments in the comments section below.”

From Chris Edmonds: Leadership Development in 2016

“Merriam-Webster declared ‘culture’ the word of the year in 2014. We anxiously await the announcement of the 2015 word of the year. I’m hoping it’s ‘servant leadership.’ (OK, that’s two words!)”

From Lolly Daskal: 10 Ways To Simplify Your Leadership

“Often our greatest hardships are those we impose upon ourselves. There are some who think that in order to be a great leader, we have to allow life to teach us the hard way—but in truth, if we are open to learning things can come with ease. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers. Here are 10 ways you can begin right now to simplify your leadership:”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Moving into possibility and potential

“The people that drag you down and aren’t performing as you think they should can cause you to miss any real opportunity to move beyond a focus on ‘what’s wrong with them’ and actually support them in improving.”

From Sharlyn Lauby: 7 Things New Managers Should Do In the First 6 Months

“When you’re a new manager, it’s hard to know exactly the right things to do. New managers want to make a good impression but they have things that must get done.”

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 the need for entrepreneurial leadership, manufacturing’s digital future, innovation in 2015, what it will take to achieve gender equality in leadership, and your job in 20 years.

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.

Here, on Three Star Leadership, I post things that will help a boss at any level do a better job and live a better life. At the The 360 Degree Feedback blog, I join other bloggers with posts on leadership development. And, at Wally Bock’s Writing Edge, I share tools and insights to help you write better.

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