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 Mary Jo Asmus, Kate Nasser, Kevin Eikenberry, Ken Downer, and Ed Batista
“We all have behavioral blind spots, and uncovering those can help you to see what others see, when they see it, and whether they’re helpful or not in certain circumstances in leading people. Many of the behaviors you exhibit are habits – things you say and do that have been shaped through years in your subconscious.”
“When you face a problem, do you solve it collaboratively? Is collaborative thinking your norm or do you default to solo thinking? If your view of life is you calling all the shots, you may have far less success and happiness.”
“While I am confident that there are people who procrastinate more frequently and with more negative consequences than me, that doesn’t change the fact that I procrastinate far too often, when it isn’t in my best interest, and that I feel badly about having done afterwards. Sounds like addiction to me.”
“Are you waiting for permission to proceed?”
“Some years ago my colleague Pam Fox Rollin offered a simple piece of advice that has stuck with me: Slow down for yellow lights. As a rule of the road it’s so critical to insuring our safety that you’d think it would be easy to apply it in other domains of life, and yet so often we don’t. There are so many signals telling us to slow down that we fail to acknowledge. We don’t see them, we don’t understand them, we’re too slow to hit the brakes (or we hit the gas instead), and inevitably we suffer the consequences in one way or another.”
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 putting servant leadership to the test, facing up to digital disruption, ten principles for leading the next Industrial Revolution, six steps every company can take to develop women leaders, external incentives and internal motivation, and twelve forces that will radically change how organizations 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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