From the Independent Business Blogs: 4/29/20

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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 Judy Sims, Kevin Eikenberry, Scott Eblin, Art Petty, and Patrick Rhone.

From Judy Sims: And Now, the Slog Begins. Here’s What to Do About It.

“There was the initial frenzy of terrible, painful decisions, crisis management and figuring out new ways of working. And, then there were discoveries of the small delights. The dog has never been happier. More time with the family. It’s nice to see more of the kids. Movie nights, fun and games. Getting up to speed on the whole home-schooling thing. Evening Zoom cocktail hour. And of course… sour dough baking. It was all new. And new is better than not new.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Why Remote Work Today is a Chance to Change Your Culture

“You are living a long-proven principle: you learn much about your team or organizational culture in times of crisis. The move to remote work may have exposed some cracks in your culture and may have highlighted some strengths, too. This new time of crisis and the remote work that goes with it is a tremendous opportunity to do more than learn about our culture, but to change it. Let’s talk about how you can create culture change during remote work.”

From Scott Eblin: A Framework for Leadership Action in the VUCA of the Pandemic

“One of my challenges with the VUCA acronym over the years has been that I think it’s easy to be a little glib in saying, ‘You’re living in a VUCA world,’ without offering some practical ideas for how to lead when the world is that way. Honestly, a lot of the advice and recommendations I’ve seen on how to lead in a VUCA environment loop back on themselves so much that pretty soon the leaders who try to use them find themselves a little lost in their thought process.”

From Art Petty: Great Leadership Must Be More About What Happens Before the Crisis

“We celebrate and wax poetically about great leaders stretching, reaching, innovating, and striving to build a glorious future, seemingly without fear. And there are indeed some incredible successes. However, maybe we’ve left out a critical theme in what defines great leadership: leading for resilience.”

From Patrick Rhone: Embracing Uncertainty

“In the midst of this time of great uncertainty, I’ve stumbled upon an observation: Those who are dealing the least well with the uncertainty are those who refuse to accept it.”

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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