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, Ed Batista, Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie, Kate Nasser, and Kevin Eikenberry.
“When people talk about leaving a legacy, they’re usually thinking in terms of what they can do at the end of their lives to make an impact. But I strongly believe that your legacy will be measured by what you do every day, all day. The most influential people, the ones who leave behind incredible legacies, live on in the hearts of the people they’ve touched along the way.”
“All of these people have a desire to lead and are relatively effective leaders, or they wouldn’t have reached these roles to begin with. But a common thread running through these situations is the increasing complexity and difficulty of leadership at scale among senior people; merely wanting to lead and possessing a natural set of skills are insufficient. What’s being asked of my clients is to take their performance as leaders to the next level, and what’s required is to approach leadership as a professional practice.”
“There are millions of people, I’m sure, who ‘practice happiness’ without the benefit of a scientific study to prove they are doing the right thing. They jumped over the bar without even knowing there was a bar to jump in the first place. This leads to a question that has been attempted to be answered by many, many philosophers, teachers, book writers, bloggers, and life coaches- can happiness be taught?”
“It takes more than listening to avoid being arrogant; it takes deeper people skills. If you are listening to others and thinking they’re stupid, your arrogance will still bubble up. Instead, use all of these deeper people skills to avoid arrogance.”
“Trust, by many measures, is near an all-time low. According to Pew Research, public trust in government is historically low. More important to us, Forbes.com states that 63% of employees don’t trust their leader. Ouch. I’d call that a crisis of workplace trust.”
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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