From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/14/18

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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 David Dye, Lolly Daskal, Mary Jo Asmus, Jesse Lyn Stoner, and Kevin Eikenberry.

From David Dye: One Obvious Secret to Retaining High Performers

“Recently, I received an incredibly strong message about retaining high performers. The message came from Jennifer, a former store manager at a national women’s clothing chain. Jennifer is outgoing, incredibly gifted at making customers feel comfortable, and was considered a ‘high-potential’ by her district and regional managers. Within a year, however, she had quit.”

From Lolly Daskal: 7 Ways To Keep Your Team Happy And Motivated

“There are probably few if any people in leadership who don’t aspire to have a happy team. But what does it take to keep people motivated? Especially these days, when most people are working long hours and have so much to do, there are steps you can take to help ensure your team is happy (and, since the two go hand in hand, motivated). Here’s a list, compiled from the workshops I facilitate, of what fuels the happiest teams.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Why You Should Coach People

“Coaching is grounded in the leader’s ability to let go of having all the answers, as well as their ability to listen deeply and ask insightful questions to guide someone to find their own solutions to challenges (you can read more about what coaching is here). For many leaders, it’s a skill that requires training, practice and dedication.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Four Types of Organizational Culture

“Organizational culture arises from the underlying assumptions, values and beliefs that determine how people behave. Culture can be described as the environment or atmosphere, but it’s more than that. You might think of it as the organization’s personality.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Why Great Coaches Need Great Faith

“You may read the title of this article and think I’m crazy. You may think that faith is something we should keep in the religion or spirituality box, that is doesn’t belong in the working world. You may think great coaches need to be great communicators, and perhaps even build trust with those they lead, but faith?”

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. Every Tuesday, “Leaders and Strategies in Real Life” helps you learn about leadership by studying what real leaders do. 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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