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 Ed Batista, Ken Downer, Kate Nasser, Julie Winkle Giulioni, and LaRae Quy.
“And over the past few weeks yet another chapter appears to be unfolding. Many people who had previously managed to remain highly productive are finding it harder to focus and stay motivated. Others who’ve historically prided themselves on their resilience are feeling surprisingly demoralized. And still others who’ve always been able to function effectively in hard times are suffering from the effects of sustained stress, in some cases for the first time in their careers. This isn’t the majority of my clients, but it’s a material percentage, and these themes have cropped up with regularity in conversations with clients since the beginning of the year.”
“Like an airplane ascending through the clouds in the early stages of a flight, we can expect some rough air when we first step into a new leadership role. Our teammates are trying to see if we have what it takes to lead them well, so consciously or unconsciously, they will challenge us in a variety of ways. Pass the test and we earn their trust. Fail it, and it’s going to be a long turbulant flight ahead. So consider this the captain’s warning to buckle up. Here’s what those leadership tests might look like, and some thoughts on how best to respond.”
“How can teams carry on with high morale during and after team failure? Is it automatic that they will? Or is it more likely that they won’t be able to unless leaders and managers intervene? Well, assuming that teams can carry on well after team failure is absurd. When you see the teams that do it well, the leaders, managers, project managers, and team members have taken conscious steps to make it happen. Here’s how you can keep morale high amid team failure.”
“If we’ve learned nothing else over the past year, it’s that humanity absolutely has a place in the workplace.”
“Something is amiss these days, something primal and at the heart of being human. People are social animals—we’ve evolved to live in tribes and rely upon one another, both physically and emotionally as well.”
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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