From the Independent Business Blogs: 3/10/21

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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 LaRae Quy, Ed Batista, Steve Keating, Suzi McAlpine, and Lolly Daskal.

From LaRae Quy: 4 Practical Ways To Grow From Your Pain And Suffering

“A Kaiser Family Foundation poll reported that nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health. It’s predicted that ‘deaths of despair’, mostly through suicide and substance use, will add to increased mortality and reduced life expectancy of Americans during, and after, the COVID pandemic.”

From Ed Batista: Force Isn’t Power

“A theme in my practice is helping leaders understand the difference between force and power and make use of that distinction in achieving their goals. Let’s define force as ‘strength or energy as an attribute of action’ and power as ‘the ability to produce an effect.’ At times the two are indistinguishable, or at least closely related–we need force to produce power. In professional life, this is often true early in our careers. Lacking power–or believing we lack power–we feel that we must act forcefully in order to have the desired effect. But later in our careers and at more senior levels, when we likely possess much more power than before, continuing to act forcefully can be unnecessary and even counterproductive. What does this look like in practice?”

From Steve Keating: Trust is Earned

“Every person on this earth is unique. There are lots of common characteristics and similarities but no two people, not even identical twins are exactly the same. When it comes to trust all those unique people seem to fall into just two categories.”

From Suzi McAlpine: Simplify: How can you take stuff OUT instead of putting stuff IN?

“When I wrote my new book, Beyond Burnout, the editing process taught me that taking words out was far more powerful than putting them in. The best sentences were the short ones. When I used metaphor or a picture to explain a complex idea (instead of a long-winded paragraph full of jargon), it cut through far more effectively.”

From Lolly Daskal: Are You Getting the Best Out of Your Leadership Team?

“Almost all successful organizations are grounded by a skillful and talented leadership team. But how can you ensure that your team leaders are hitting their full potential? If you want to get more out of your business, you have to get more out of your team. And that means investing in your leaders. Here are some of the most important ways you can make that happen:”

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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