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 Grossman, Scott Mabry, Art Petty, and Kevin Eikenberry.
“Getting everyone on the same page—that is, creating unity of thought and opinion—is a concept that’s highly valued by many leaders. It’s widely thought to make teams more productive and creative. But in my years of experience, that connection is far from reliable. If anything, just the opposite applies: getting everyone on the same page does more harm than good.”
“I was working with a senior leader recently who wants to focus our executive coaching time on ‘concrete projects.’ I was trying to help her understand that our concrete project is her – she’s the focus of our work together.”
“There is nothing wrong with the powerful productivity applications that have transformed our work experience. There is everything wrong with how some leaders use them. Or should I say, abuse them?”
“In a perfect world, we would all start our roles as managers and emerging leaders fully aware of the behaviors and ingredients that promote success. In reality, the work of leading is learned through clumsy practice and (hopefully) refined over time. I for one would love a do-over for my ego-driven, ‘my way or the highway’ early days as a manager. Unfortunately, there are no do-overs in leadership, just opportunities to do-different. For anyone striving to climb out of the primordial leadership muck and move in the direction of effectiveness and respect, it is possible to shore up or rebuild your leadership foundation mid-flight. Here are some ideas to help.”
“Self-Feedback requires no one but yourself. It is not meant to replace feedback you receive (and hopefully seek) from others, but rather enhance it, and in some cases, be the precursor for the valuable feedback you receive from others. There are three reasons it shouldn’t be a replacement:”
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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