From the Independent Business Blogs: 3/14/18

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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 Ken Downer, Mary Jo Asmus, Art Petty, Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, and Kevin Eikenberry.

From Ken Downer: Problem Solving Steps: 3 Steps to Take Before You Take Any Steps

“People can get so wrapped up in the problem of having a problem that they can’t think straight, they get tunnel vision, and any attempt to start a process will be a waste of time. But if you begin with these three steps, you are more likely to find good solutions, and emerge better from the experience when it’s all over.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Be realistic about your successes and failures

“It’s far too easy to take credit for success and blame others for failure. But if you are honest with yourself you might find that isn’t a realistic way to consider leadership journey. You need to have a realistic view of your role and empathy for others’ roles in your leadership so you can lead at your best.”

From Art Petty: Building a Culture of Managers Who Lead—4 Key Ingredients

“Look below the surface at any successful business, and you’ll find a collection of capable and even extraordinary managers. While top leaders often gain the spotlight, every senior leader knows good managers make organizations go and grow. Why then does the focus on leader and leadership development regularly trump the attention and investment we make in supporting the growth and skills development of our managers? In part, I perceive the answer to this question is because we’ve glorified one set of behaviors (leadership) and reduced another set (managerial) to second class. It’s visible in the books we publish, blog posts and articles we write and the programs we attend.”

From Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie: 6 Ways For A Leader To Fill A Workplace With People Who Love Their Jobs

“In my never-ending quest for more human leadership, I’ve discovered an essential truth: If you encounter a workplace filled with people who love their jobs, you’ll find a great leader who made that happen.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: The Power of Observation

“‘Chance favors a prepared mind.’ The quote from Louis Pasteur is well known, but it is incomplete. The full thought is Where observation is concerned, chance favors the prepared mind. While the first statement is helpful, the full statement makes the power of observation far clearer. When we use the power of observation intentionally and effectively, we can learn and lead far more effectively.”

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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