From the Independent Business Blogs: 1/3/18

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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, Art Petty, Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, Jesse Lyn Stoner, and Rebecca Elvy.

From Lolly Daskal: How to Stop Seeing Struggle as Something Negative

“Most people cannot see themselves objectively, which leads them to fall into the gap of their own weaknesses and shortcomings. Faced with struggle, most people are likely turn to one of these four behaviors”

From Art Petty: How a Swim Buddy Can Help You Thin-Slice Behavior Change and Grow

“I prefer to thin-slice professional development down to single and simple controllable actions in the moment. Instead of worrying about the entire portfolio of issues and behaviors holding you back, focus on one at a time and work on perfecting or strengthening it.”

From Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: 10 New Year Resolutions For A Great Leadership Year

“There’s nothing better than kicking a new year off with the wind at your back and a core set of resolutions to guide you to greatness. Indeed my fellow leaders, it’s that time again to ready ourselves to embody the very definition of ‘lead’, and show the way. I’ve found that the best way for me to do that is to commit myself to these 10 resolutions, and if I can stick to them diligently, especially in the first couple of months, I know I’ll be in the best position to succeed.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Set Goals for What Matters

“Goals are powerful, especially if you choose only a few. A laundry list is almost impossible to stay focused on. But if you choose two or three realistic, specific goals, and write them down, you are likely to achieve them. But first, make sure you set goals for what matters most.”

From Rebecca Elvy: Nothing Is Perfect – But You Can Make It Better

“New Year is a time when many of us review the previous 12 months, and reflect upon our successes, and more often, the things that weren’t perfect. It is also the time we set goals and resolutions for the coming year. For perfectionists, this can be torturous. We can focus more on the gap between what we set out to achieve and what we actually achieved, rather than on the progress we made.”

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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