From the Independent Business Blogs: 3/11/20

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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 Lolly Daskal, David Dye, Susan Mazza, Judy Sims, and Suzi McAlpine.

From Lolly Daskal: Why Great Leaders Never Try to Fix Others

“Great leaders, however, understand there are lots of reasons that trying to fix a person never works. Some of the most significant:”

From David Dye: How to Make No-good, Useless Performance Feedback Helpful

“Because many managers lack the courage or know-how to give meaningful feedback and help their people grow, they default to no-good, useless performance feedback that isn’t just a waste of time—it’s painful and destructive. But like you, most leaders don’t intend to give poor feedback or hurt people, so what goes wrong?”

From Susan Mazza: What is the best definition of leadership?

“I believe ‘the best’ definition of leadership does not exist. There is not one agreed upon definition in the world despite how much leadership has been studied and written about. The last time I searched Amazon for books on leadership there were over 80,000 results.”

From Judy Sims: How to Recover From a Terrible Mistake

“Last week, we talked about my hero, Jim Lovell and the astonishing courage he and his fellow crew members displayed during the Apollo 8 mission when they became the first humans to escape earth’s orbit. But what most people don’t know, is that during that mission, Jim made a mistake. A big one. A potentially fatal one, in fact.”

From Suzi McAlpine: 7 tips for leading through troublesome times

“Leading a team through stormy waters (all the time leading yourself through those same stormy waters) requires a steady hand and a clear head. How you handle a crisis will set the tone for how your team handles it. If you’re running around like a headless chicken, or at the other end of the scale, breezily espousing platitudes that indicate there’s /nothing here to see folks’, you’re likely to lose respect and trust with your team. So here are seven ways to successfully lead your team through troubled waters:”

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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