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 LaRae Quy, Mary Jo Asmus, Scott Eblin, Lolly Daskal, and Dan Rockwell.
“To begin with, just because we put 10,000 hours into an activity it doesn’t mean we’ve made progress and become an expert. We all know people who have shuffled to work every day for 40 years, punched a time clock, and put in well over 10,000 hours. Many of them were neither successful nor an expert. To become an expert means that we move the marker down the line to show progress has been made.”
“I know you are a good leader. But you might have one flaw. You talk too much. If you’re not sure that you do this, observe yourself as you go about your day and take notes on how little you listen.”
“For the past five years I’ve regularly been asking my leadership keynote audiences to raise their hands if they get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Why seven hours? Because the research shows that 95 percent of human beings need at least seven hours of sleep a night to, in the short run, be fully functional the next day and, in the long run, to avoid the chronic illnesses that will shorten their life expectancy. The five percent of people who can get by with less than seven hours have a rare genetic mutation that enables them to do that. On average, around 20 percent of my audience members raise their hands for seven or more hours of sleep.”
“A recent survey sheds some light on employee dissatisfaction: 69 percent of the people surveyed said they would be more satisfied if their employers better utilized their skills and abilities, and 59 percent felt their company viewed profits or revenue as more important than how people are treated.”
“Rosa Parks wasn’t the first black woman to stand up for herself in Montgomery, Alabama. On March 2, 1955, nine months before Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, a skinny 15-year-old schoolgirl was yanked by both wrists and dragged off a very similar bus. (Newsweek) Her name was Claudette Colvin.”
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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