From the Independent Business Blogs: 2/24/16

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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 Anne Perschel, Suzi McAlpine, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Karin Hurt, and Lolly Daskal.

From Anne Perschel: Culture Change – 4 Questions Before You Start

“Before you publicly pronounce the words culture change, ask four questions. You may find there’s an easier, more direct, and faster way to achieve your desired end result.”

From Suzi McAlpine: 5 Powerful Questions For Influencing Change In Others

“One of the most challenging yet vital skills of any leader, is the ability to influence others.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Why You Fall Off Track and 4 Tips to Get Back on Track

“You have a clear vision. Maybe it’s a vision of the kind of leader you want to be, or the kind of partner you want to be, or the kind of parent you want to be, or how you want to inhabit your body, or how you want to show up in the world. It’s the new year. You’ve set goals. You’ve made commitments. You have the best intentions.”

From Karin Hurt: 10 Ways to Overcome Negativity at Work

“Jane confided, ‘I feel like an enthusiastic puppy with all kinds of ideas and possibilities, but when I go to share them, there’s always someone who stomps on my tail.’ John chimed in, ‘I know exactly what she means, everyone around here is just so negative. I’m beginning to wonder why I bother.’ Perhaps you’ve felt that way too. It can be tough to stay motivated in a negative workplace.”

From Lolly Daskal: What Leadership Is Not

“When it comes to leadership there is no magic formula or single way of doing things. Every leader is unique, although there are some common threads. In some ways leadership is easier to define by talking about what it isn’t:”

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 the what, who and how of delivering results, why 3-D metal printing eliminates ‘can’t’,’ why the best technology isn’t always the winner, the penalty paid by women sellers on eBay, and preparing for an emerging workforce.

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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