From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/17/21

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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 LaRae Quy, Kate Nasser, Aad Boot, Scott Eblin, and Lolly Daskal.

From LaRae Quy: 3 Secrets Of A Strong Mind

“The key to a strong mind is not really a secret at all—all that is required is that you pursue something of value. That’s the real secret sauce because so few of us take the time to really think about the things that are important to us. Our incredibly shrinking span of attention gobbles up whatever is easy and fast. It’s the McNugget approach to success and happiness. Here are 3 secrets of a strong mind taken from the FBI playbook:”

From Kate Nasser: How Being Servant Leader Helps You Grow Professionally

“Even though modern-day servant leadership has been around since the 1970’s, it hasn’t become the universal norm in companies. It raises the question, why? In fact, it makes me wonder if leaders themselves don’t understand what’s in it for them. Being a servant leader helps you grow in so many ways.”

From Aad Boot: Building Successful Teams by Reaching Beyond Agreement

“Successful teams are saying: I strongly believe that a 5 out of 10 solution is not good enough. If we combine our strengths and try to create something new, if we find a way to reconcile our differences, then the solution we come up with could well be a 10 on 10.”

From Scott Eblin: Three Easy Ways to Build Meaningful Connection

“At the same time, they’re suffering (and I do mean suffering) from not enough connection. You might ask how that can be with all of the interaction they’re having with others while trying to keep up with everything on their plates. It’s simple, really. Interaction isn’t the same thing as connection. Interaction is transactional engagement. Connection is transformational engagement. The first is about getting stuff done. The second is about lifting each other up. If dealing with the first is grinding you down and making you feel like a robotic drone, then you almost certainly need more of the second.”

From Lolly Daskal: The Six Love Languages That Will Make your Team Great

“Gary Chapman’s 1992 book The Five Love Languages introduced the idea of love languages—actions tailored to your partner’s specific emotional makeup. Successful leadership requires a similar approach. If you want people to thrive and excel, you have to figure out what motivates them. When you understand the makeup of your team members, you’ll know what actions you can take to help them succeed. Here are six of the most common employee languages:”

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. 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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