From the Independent Business Blogs: 3/20/19

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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 Alli Polin, Ken Downer, Lolly Daskal, Ed Batista, and Dan Rockwell.

From Alli Polin: The Most Successful Leaders Ask Open-Ended Questions – Do You?

“We like to think that leadership is all about doing; action taken, issues resolved. In reality, effective leadership is also about learning. Leaders need to understand the landscape, challenges, roadblocks, opportunities, and ideas. How? They ask great questions.”

From Ken Downer: Setting Limits: 15 Ways to Do More By Giving Ourselves Less

“We often find ourselves wishing that the limitations in our lives were gone. We yearn for a mythical time when we can do whatever we want however we want for as long as we want. Two things about this though: 1) It’s never going to happen; and 2) we are all better off with limits than without them.”

From Lolly Daskal: How to Work with a Leader Who Lacks Emotional Intelligence

“Unfortunately, many leaders still lack emotional intelligence. But there are strategies that can help when you encounter a leader with low EQ. Here are five of the most fundamental ways to help improve the situation”

From Ed Batista: Building Blocks (A Tactical Approach to Change)

“We tend to think about change in broad, sweeping terms. We grow dissatisfied with some aspect of our lives or ourselves and we proclaim that THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM NOW ON. But having coached hundreds of senior leaders and MBA students at Stanford since 2006, I’ve observed that broad, sweeping change is rare–and this way of thinking about change is at odds with the practices that make successful change efforts more likely.”

From Dan Rockwell: How to Knock a Box off a Stool with a Cookie

“In a recent workshop, I invited a participant to knock a small box off a stool using a cookie. She stood with her back to the stool and tossed the cookie over her shoulder – without looking. (The cookie was wrapped.)”

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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