From the Independent Business Blogs: 5/30/18

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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 David Dye, Mary Jo Asmus, Susan Mazza, Art Petty, and Ed Batista.

From David Dye: Get Things Done – Leading When Life Isn’t Fair

“You’re working hard, you take your work seriously, and then you’re confronted with obstacles. Problems. Challenges. They’re not your fault. You didn’t ask for them, but there they are, staring you in the face, keeping you from moving forward. You can’t get things done.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Being grounded in the present as a bridge to your future

“My grandmother used to say that I needed to stop and smell the roses from time to time. She was a smart woman who knew that my own future was dependent on what I paid attention to in my life as it happened. This is true for leaders too. It’s hard to imagine a future of possibility if you aren’t grounded in the present.”

From Susan Mazza: Get More Out of “Small Talk” with Generative Questions

“Here are some small talk starters that promise the opportunity to build connection or broaden and deepen into a meaningful conversation.”

From Art Petty: Why You Can’t Knock Out Your Strategy in an Afternoon

“I was asked this question recently by a harried CEO. The follow-on: Can we knock this out in an afternoon? left me momentarily speechless. The need for speed in our world is understandable. However, knocking out the work that creates the foundation for the survival and success of your business isn’t typically something you crank through in an afternoon.”

From Ed Batista: Self-Coaching Is SOCIAL

“Self-coaching is a self-directed process, in that we’re taking active responsibility for guiding our own growth and development, but other people play extremely important roles in this process at every step.”

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. Every Tuesday, “Leaders and Strategies in Real Life” helps you learn about leadership by studying what real leaders do. 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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