From the Independent Business Blogs: 7/11/18

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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 Ken Downer, Mary Jo Asmus, Lolly Daskal, Art Petty, and Kevin Eikenberry

From Ken Downer: The Power of Asking Questions: 7 Ways Questions are More Powerful Than Answers

“In fact, for leaders, I think there are at least seven ways that asking a good question can be better than giving a good answer.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: When your manager asks you to work with a coach

“I often find that the manager doesn’t do a good job of explaining why they want someone to work with a coach. Usually, none of the reasons they have involve trouble. You certainly should ask some questions when your manager is suggesting this if you don’t completely understand. And then you should consider the upsides of working with a coach.”

From Lolly Daskal: How to Make Your Management Meetings More Productive

“A meeting that’s structured and run well can be an effective and even productive use of everyone’s time. As a leadership and executive coach, I’ve helped hundreds of chief executives learn how to run effective meetings.”

From Art Petty: 4 Ideas to Help You Navigate a Leadership Slump

“For just about everyone involved in leading and guiding others for an extended period, the time comes when the natural enthusiasm that fueled your work fades. For some, it’s a slow fade characterized by creeping malaise and a sense of restlessness. For others, it’s a full-scale leadership slump with a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Self-Awareness isn’t Enough – The Biggest Value of Assessments

“Behavior assessments are everywhere. They are called different things, and measure everything from communication and learning style to creativity style to strengths and weaknesses. They help us see ourselves in new ways, and this is interesting and helpful. But if you are using assessments and stopping with self-awareness, you are missing the biggest – and too often hidden – value of assessments.”

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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