From the Independent Business Blogs: 3/7/18

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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 Lolly Daskal, Ann Bares, Maru Jo Asmus, Steve Keating, and Jon Mertz.

From Lolly Daskal: How to Lead Under Pressure and Remain Calm

“Whether the pressure is coming from yourself, from those above you in your organization, from your teammates, or from the situation itself, it’s stressful. Ongoing pressure can be harmful to your sense of well-being and even your physical health.”

From Dan Walter: Why Do You Pay Women Less?

“The data isn’t perfect but isn’t very disputable either. On average, businesses pay women less. Yes, for the same basic jobs at the same companies. Sometimes the problem is minor (Salesforce’s correction) and sometimes the issue is more pronounced (Barclay’s ‘Pays Females Half that of Males’). But, like bugs in your salad, even a tiny amount is probably beyond palatable. The question isn’t ‘is there a pay gap,’ the issue is why a pay gap exists.

From Mary Jo Asmus: Eight unexpected ways to continue to develop yourself as a leader

“You’re a year or two into your dream leadership role and you know you are capable of more, but you don’t know where to start. After the first months of learning everything you need to learn about your job you settled in. Yet you have a nagging feeling that something is missing.”

From Steve Keating: First Person Leadership

“Too many people in leadership positions focus all their leadership energies on leading other people. They forget about leading the person most responsible for their success… themselves. The problem with that is it often causes someone to hold the people they lead to a higher standard than themselves.”

From Jon Mertz: Walking Reflection: What Do You See and Hear? What Answer Emerges?

“Have you done a walking reflection? I need to do them more often. For the past few days, I was in an orientation at Creighton University for an interdisciplinary leadership doctorate program that I am beginning. One of our activities was a walking reflection. We were to select a question that was on our mind and then walk across campus in silence, noticing sounds, sights, and what we heard as we reflected on our question. My question: Am I on the right path?”

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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