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 Alli Polin, LaRae Quy, Kevin Eikenberry, Ed Batista, and Ken Downer.
“For the last seven years, we’ve gone to the same region for a beach break over the school holidays. We’ve even locked in on a house that we book twelve months in advance to ensure we can return on the dates we want. We know the restaurants, tourist sites, and beaches and have treasured places that we can’t wait to visit year after year. his time, I grumped along for a good part of the beginning of the holiday and wondered why. Finally, it hit me – we were trying to repeat the past.”
“We’re in the middle of a ‘make everyone feel good/ culture where it’s important everyone walks away a winner. The idea that everyone gets a blue ribbon because they showed up produces a mindset that doesn’t understand how to cope with risk. Success is handed to them without effort and without the appreciation for the uncertainty that accompanies risk and the pain required for achievement.”
“Most people talk about having goals, even if they haven’t set any. And while most would agree that goals are important, many haven’t been very successful in achieving them after setting them. There are a variety of reasons for that. One common shortcoming in our goal achievement process is not having learning goals. Let’s talk about what learning goals are, and how they will help you be more successful in most every way.”
“A theme in my work with clients is how often we’re unprepared for ‘the problems of success.’ We’re usually at least somewhat prepared for things to go badly. We consider the various ways a given effort might fail; we assess the likelihood of failure; and we develop a set of contingency plans in accordance with those possibilities. But we can be caught by surprise when things go well. It’s as if our negativity bias blinds us to the possibility that a given effort might not only succeed but even surpass our expectations.  And then we find ourselves scrambling to cope with the various complications that result–the problems of success.”
“In times of high stress, we want fast answers. As leaders we feel the pressure be decisive. But fast is not always best, and can sometimes lead us deeper into trouble. What we need is rapid deliberation. With a little help from Wyatt Earp, and people who jump out of airplanes for a living, here’s what I think that means, and how we can put it to work for us.”
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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