From the Independent Business Blogs: 4/12/17

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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 Kevin Eikenberry, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Julie Winkle Giulioni, Mary Jo Asmus, and Lolly Daskal.

From Kevin Eikenberry: What It Means to Lead Remotely

“For the last several years I have led team members who worked elsewhere. And as time as passed my team has become bigger and more scattered; so this subject isn’t academic or theoretical to me, but rather it is the reality I live. And I know I am not alone. If this isn’t your reality today, it certainly could be – as it is for more and more leaders each day. So what does it mean to lead remotely?”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: 25 Powerful Coaching Questions to Get Where You Want to Go

“Coaching is not just for problems. Coaching helps you avoid problems by providing space to think and be more intentional about your goals and actions. And coaching is especially helpful for getting clarity on where you want to go.”

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: When the Growing Gets Tough

“Think about the learning that contributed most powerfully to your development and who you are today. Consider the experiences that built the expertise you use and value most every day. Reflect on what you’re most proud of mastering during the course of your career or life. This memorable learning that has made a significant difference to you (and to the organizations you’ve served) likely didn’t come easily. The kind of learning that sticks with people, helping them achieve lifelong results, generally:”

From Mary Jo Asmus: When to work with an executive coach

“An executive coach can help you to realize your full potential. However, working with a coach takes a lot of effort and time on your part. If that’s not what you want, a coach may not be the right solution for you. Work with an executive coach when you:”

From Lolly Daskal: 6 Excellent Reasons Most Leaders Are Not Qualified to Lead

“Every day, people are promoted into leadership who are completely unqualified to lead. People are placed in a leadership role because they’re a good performer who’s overdue for a promotion or because they act the part—even though they’re completely unequipped to motivate or coach people. Or the board selects a CEO who excels at processes and procedures but doesn’t connect with people.”

That’s it for this week’s selections from independent business blogs. If you liked this piece you may enjoy my regular post on “Leadership Reading to Start Your Week” points you to choice articles from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms about strategy, innovation, women and the workplace, and work now and in the future. Highlights from the last issue include how leadership can impact employee engagement and retention, why successful strategy is a social thing, how and why IDEO is changing the way managers think about thinking, why AI is the new electricity, the hidden sexism in workplace language, three simple rules of managing top talent, and a glimpse into the future of work.

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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