From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/23/22

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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 Gregg Vanourek, Kate Nasser, Todd Ordal, Steve Keating, and Ken Downer,

From Gregg Vanourek: Are You Living a Divided Life?

“Divided lives are common, for many reasons. Many of us were so busy doing things in our formative years that we never took much time to stop and think about who we are and what we really want to do in the world. A costly mistake, but one that we can rectify. We’re under subtle but powerful pressure from family, friends, and mentors, feeling the heavy weight of outside expectations on our shoulders. Our school systems give us siloed education in disparate fields, making it hard for us to do the necessary sensemaking and wayfinding for choosing a career path wisely. And so we end up leading a divided life.”

From Kate Nasser: Leading Former Colleagues Who Resent Your Promotion

“Leading former colleagues and peers who resent your promotion seems like a huge challenge. It will be if you focus on how much they resent you. It won’t be if you shift your view to new horizon and take them with you. Here are the steps to leading former colleagues who wish they had gotten your job.”

From Todd Ordal: Firing the Indispensable One

“Most often, the story is one of a single point of failure. The person they’d like to part ways with (or make a significant behavior change in) has one or more of the following: a) technical knowledge, b) key customer relationships, c) tight internal relationships or d) protected-class status. You believe that you’ll be up Schitt’s Creek without a paddle!.”

From Steve Keating: What Do YOU Control?

“Once we determined most of frustrations shared by these Sales Professionals were beyond their control we changed directions. We starting looking at the list of things they could control. They were a little surprised, maybe a lot surprised, that the list of what they had 100% control over was much longer than their list of frustrations.”

From Ken Downer: Leading Winning Teams: 5 Leadership Lessons from Mushers

“On a recent sub-zero day on a frozen lake in central Minnesota, I got a chance to witness great team leadership in action. It was a crash course in what leading winning teams is all about. Here’s what the experience was like, and five key lessons from the leaders themselves that we can all use in leading our own teams.”

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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