From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/1/17

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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 Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, Lolly Daskal, Karin Hurt, Steve Keating, and Jesse Lyn Stoner. There’s also a special page filled with insights and resources for coaching put together by Ed Batista.

From Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: The 12 Ways Great Leaders Build Trust

“You need believers- in the cause of becoming a great business, with happy customers, and……happy employees. There are 12 essential ways leaders can build (or rebuild) that trust:”

Wally’s Comment: I really like number seven.

From Lolly Daskal: The Sobering Realities Every Leader Must Face

“In leadership, as in all things, there are tough realities we all have to face. We can wish it were otherwise, and we can work to make it otherwise to the extent we are able, but whatever the situation, you’re never well served by ignoring what exists now.”

From Karin Hurt: 5 Signs Diaper Drama Is Destroying Your Culture

“But sadly, in so many companies around the world, I see a similar effect. Employees take the stinky issues, and disguise them so cleverly with spin, sandwiched feedback and carefully crafted Power Points, that no one can smell the real problem.”

From Steve Keating: Middle Leadership

“The top leaders in an organization may indeed make the biggest decisions but it’s all the daily decisions made by people in the middle leadership roles that make those big decisions possible.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Do team values unite or divide your team?

“When team values are not clear, we depend on our personal values to interpret each other’s actions and intent.”


The following isn’t a post. It’s a permanent page on Ed Batista’s blog. If you’re serious about coaching, you need to check it out.

From Ed Batista: Coaching and Feedback Tools for Leaders

“One of the most common issues that comes up in my practice is how my clients–CEOs and other senior leaders–can provide more effective coaching and feedback to their execs and employees.”

That’s it for this week’s selections from independent business blogs. If you liked this piece you may enjoy my regular post on “Leadership Reading to Start Your Week” points you to choice articles from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms about strategy, innovation, women and the workplace, and work now and in the future. Highlights from the last issue include pulling the triggers that pull companies, why manufacturers need a Chief Transformation Officer, virtual reality’s uncertain picture, becoming data-driven, lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative and workers feel trapped by “rigid” workplaces.

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.

Here, on Three Star Leadership, I post things that will help a boss at any level do a better job and live a better life. At the The 360 Degree Feedback blog, I join other bloggers with posts on leadership development. And, at Wally Bock’s Writing Edge, I share tools and insights to help you write better.

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