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, Karin Hurt and David Dye, Alli Polin, Judy Sims, and Ed Batista.
“Stress is the response of the body to a demand for change. Stress is unavoidable and, in moderate doses, it’s very healthy. It gets our butts in gear and helps us perform better. Athletes and musicians understand that stress helps them perform at optimal levels. But not everyone copes with stress in the same way. Some people perform well under pressure and continue to excel at their job. Others collapse into a puddle.”
“When he started work that week, ‘Aaron’ didn’t know that he’d be asked to guide his team through a Coronavirus response, but within just a few days the situation was urgent. Major clients were making changes quickly. Like many leaders throughout the world, Aaron found himself having to lead through rapid change.”
“It had rained for two days, and the river flowed. Most of the year, the river that cuts through the town where I live is dry, they even have ‘boat races’ in the dry riverbed every August. It’s so dry that even small amounts of rain lead to flooding. Nevertheless, people still need to get to work, and kids need to go to school.”
“For the past two weeks, I’ve been writing about astronaut Jim Lovell’s astounding courage and ability to overcome failure. These are exceptional qualities indeed, but I think the real reason he’s my hero is his capacity for wonder.”
“Jensen Harris, co-founder and CTO of Textio, as well as one of my clients, was particularly prescient about the impact of COVID-19, and he not only pushed his own organization to prepare and to take strong measures in response, he also took a visible and public stand that had an impact on a number of other companies that at the time saw no reason to do anything.  Jensen knew he had done the right thing, but felt some ambivalence about the forcefulness and vigor that characterized his actions and was uncertain how others would respond.”
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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