From the Independent Business Blogs: 7/22/20

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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 Ken Downer, LaRae Quy, Lolly Daskal, Suzi McAlpine, and Ed Batista.

From Ken Downer: Non-Verbal Skills for Virtual Team Leaders

“OK, I know this title may sound a little odd – what’s the point of non-verbal communication on virtual teams? But there are actually several ways that this is important, and by the end of this post, we’ll cover eight techniques to improve your ability to communicate effectively without saying a word, even when our teammates are miles away.”

From LaRae Quy: Willpower Is The Secret To Getting What You Want In Life

“The capacity to say ‘no’ to the call of temptation and desire to quit is called willpower. It is the ability to find the energy, motivation, and enthusiasm to keep going even when you’re tired, anxious, and looking for a way out. Here are 6 ways you can use willpower to get what you want in life:”

From Lolly Daskal: How Your Defensiveness Can Undermine Your Leadership

“Feeling defensive may be normal, but acting on that defensiveness—letting it show in your words and behavior—is another matter, especially for leaders. When you’re a leader, your actions and reactions are constantly being watched and emulated by others. So if you find yourself frequently behaving defensively, be aware that you’re not only undermining your own leadership but also potentially harming those you lead with your bad example.”

From Suzi McAlpine: Why you should uncover your implicit biases

“I have a friend who’s an eye surgeon. He received the top prize for Ophthalmology and Surgery – you know, one of those all-round overachievers who annoys the heck out of you by being a thoroughly nice bloke too. He’s Samoan. He regularly gets mistaken for an orderly in the hospital corridors. Despite him being incredibly good natured about this, he’s most definitely a victim of implicit (or unconscious) bias.”

From Ed Batista: How to Deliver Critical Feedback

“So if we want our critical feedback to be truly useful to the recipient and not merely an exercise in self-indulgence, we owe it to our colleagues to be more thoughtful and intentional in how we deliver it. A valuable model in this context is known as ‘supportive confrontation,’ developed by David Bradford [4] and Allan Cohen and discussed at length in their book Power Up. [5] It involves a series of three escalating approaches to feedback conversations, followed by a fourth step that should be included in most circumstances:”

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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