From the Independent Business Blogs: 4/21/21

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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 Steve Keating, Kate Nasser, Ed Batista, Alli Polin, and Art Petty.

From Steve Keating: Procrastination and It’s Cousin Fear

“Procrastination hardly ever enters a person’s life by force. It’s most often invited in by it’s close cousin fear. That being the case perhaps the most effective way to end procrastination in your life is to stop being afraid.”

From Kate Nasser: Show Emotional Intelligence: See Many Reasons for Behavior

“As I work with clients on their people skills, they often ask my how they can strengthen and show emotional intelligence. Of course there are a few ways. Yet, it comes down to one universal step. To strengthen and show emotional intelligence, see many reasons for people’s behavior — not just one. Now, here’s what can block what you see and how to sharpen your vision!”

From Ed Batista: The Ruling Out of Possibilities (On Failure)

“Most of my clients are CEOs, many of whom have founded a new company, and all of the rest have embarked upon similarly ambitious paths. In this context failure is inevitable–not terminal or permanent, but failure nonetheless. The failed business model. The failed strategic plan. The failed investment. The failed hire. The failed career step. The only way to avoid failure is to take no risks–which feels safer in the short term but guarantees under-performance over time.”

From Alli Polin: How do you learn to trust your gut instead of someone else’s?

“Change starts with a choice. Many times a day, you’re faced with a this or that option. Sometimes, your choice is clear, and other times, you’re stuck. The funny thing is, it’s not the magnitude of the choice that keeps you marching in place but your inability to trust your gut. As you well know, it’s just as easy to get hung up on the big stuff as the minutiae.”

From Art Petty: It’s Past Time to Rethink the Role (and Label) of Manager

“People don’t want to be managed—they want to be supported, encouraged, challenged, exposed to new opportunities, and coached, but not managed.”

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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