From the Independent Business Blogs: 5/20/20

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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 Lolly Daskal, Julie Winkle Giulioni, Judy Sims, Terri Klass, and Ken Downer.

From Lolly Daskal: How To Lead Your Team When The Future Is Uncertain

“Right now we’re all thinking about leading through a pandemic, and there’s no precedent we can turn to for that particular situation. But history shows that all crises, whatever form they take, affect leadership and teams in much the same way. Much of it comes down to this: people want to feel that their future is certain, and when they don’t have that confidence, they need reassurance that they’re going to be OK. Here are the things we know that work:”

From Julie Winkle Giulioni: What is Certain During These Uncertain Times?

“Leaders are in a powerful position to take the ‘un’ out of ‘uncertainty’. They can help employees find the stability and security required to navigate the ambiguity that will likely be with us for some time. This may be as simple as shifting the focus to what is certain and can be counted on. Here’s a starter list.”

From Judy Sims: Struggling to Get Things Done? Here’s How to Find a New Rhythm for Work and Life.

“You may or not have been aware of it, but in the pre-pandemic world, there was a certain rhythm to your life. You got up at a particular time. You had a morning routine. You had a commute. You had an ‘arrive at the office’ routine. There were coffee meetings and elevator chit chats. And of course, there was the endless barrage of meetings and calls and emails and decisions and conflict and celebration and boredom and excitement.”

From Terri Klass: Don’t Miss Out On Growing This Critical Leadership Skill

“What happened to the doom and gloom attitude? Why was this leader able to see a more hopeful and impactful future? What had changed to empower this person to think in a more purpose-driven way and realize they actually had the answers the entire time? An open-minded leadership strategy.”

From Ken Downer: Like Geese in a Row – What We Forget About Leadership

“Leadership literature is full of positive, aspirational advice about how lead. And I’m all on board for the humble, competent, positive approach to leadership. But something I saw this morning helped paint a fuller picture of what leadership is all about, and what is required to keep your waterfowl in proper alignment. Here’s what I saw, and what it told me. See if you agree.”

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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