From the Independent Business Blogs: 6/8/16

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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 Jesse Lyn Stoner, Suzi McAlpine, Art Petty, Chris Edmonds, and Scott Eblin.

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Self-disclosure, Leadership and Trust

“One of the leadership dimensions that often gets marked lowest on 360 assessments is the one related to ‘disclosing information about self.’ When reviewing assessment results with coaching clients, I have noticed that those who are rated low on this trait are often confused.”

From Suzi McAlpine: How to Stay the Course (even when doing so holds doubt, difficulty and discomfort)

“How do we stay the course, when we encounter that first stretch of choppy waters, that initial rough weather; those challenges that accompany setting sail towards achieving our personal or organisational purpose?”

From Art Petty: Decisions and the Least Bad Option

“A good number of decisions in business (and life) include choices that beg selecting the least bad option.”

From Chris Edmonds: Do What GREAT Bosses Do

“Are you a GREAT Boss? Updated research from my GREAT Boss Assessment shows leaders around the world have some work to do to be effective servant leaders.”

From Scott Eblin: How to Silence Your Itty Bitty Committee

“That itty bitty committee is what cranks up when you’re triggered by something that annoys you, makes you angry or hurts your feelings. It can run away with your agenda if you let it. As you get more and more focused on what the committee is ranting about, you become less and less focused on the things you’ve done or could do that actually make a difference. Depending on how long you let it rant, you give up a little or a lot of control over creating the outcome you really want.”

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 three ways business executives can lead like a Marine, the auto industry, four ways to crush the challenges of data-driven manufacturing, how fashion designers are using business to support women’s issues, and great teams build great cultures.

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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