From the Independent Business Blogs: 6/13/18

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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 Lolly Daskal, Marcella Bremer, Mary Jo Asmus, Ken Downer, and Ed Batista.

From Lolly Daskal: Overcome These Obstacles and Build an Effective Team

“After decades of observing teams as an executive leadership coach, I’ve come to realize two things. First, every team has issues to overcome before they can function effectively. Second, every team has the ability to navigate those issues and do great work together. There aren’t any shortcuts, but you can make it happen with determination and hard work”

From Marcella Bremer: Love in the workplace

“In my work as a consultant, coach, and trainer in organizations I’ve always enjoyed the thought that I was spreading love while selling it as business. Helping people to practice dialogue; to respect differences and diversity, to listen to each other and support each other is another way of helping them to practice love. Over the years, my definition of love developed into: Love is being ready, willing and able to let go of your ego for the benefit of the other.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: What if questions were valued as much as knowledge?

“Imagine what might happen if we also rewarded those who are smart AND ask great questions. What if we valued the curious and courageous leaders who were willing to pose questions that make us stop in our tracks and think about things that we hadn’t before?”

From Ken Downer: Leading When Things Go Wrong: Playing Soccer on the Ice

“But it’s in times like these that true leaders emerge, leaders who find ways to keep the team together and moving forward despite great odds. And while the result of their leadership may ultimately be great achievement, how they accomplish those results comes in small moments and actions that don’t always make the headlines.”

From Ed Batista: The Friendship of Wolves

“Most of my clients are CEOs, and an important aspect of the role that few people consider before launching a venture or pursuing a career in senior leadership is that it’s lonely. Leaders must be friendly with employees, investors, customers, and other stakeholders, and yet in all of those relationships there are inevitably factors that complicate or even preclude true friendship.”

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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