From the Independent Business Blogs: 8/23/17

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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 Kevin Eikenberry, Steve Keating, Art Petty, Jesse Lyn Stoner, and Mary Jo Asmus.

From Kevin Eikenberry: Ten Great Coaching Questions

“Coaching is an important part of our role as a leader, and to do it well requires that we engage the person we are coaching in the conversation. After all, it is their behavior and outcomes we are talking about. One of the best things we can do as a coach then, is ask more questions. If we ask more questions, not as an accuser or so people feel like they a facing a firing squad of questions, we will stimulate conversation and engagement in the coaching process. What follows are ten questions to put in your toolkit. You will find them to be useful in many situations. Read them, and use them. Your team members will thank you.”

From Steve Keating: How to Know Yourself

“Who you are determines how you view other people. It also determines how you respond to life’s typical ups and downs. When you know yourself you’ll have a much better understanding of why you react the way you do to the people in your life and the circumstances those people create for you.”

From Art Petty: Why It’s Essential to Invest in Developing Your Managers as Leaders

“I’ve long been accused of conflating the roles of manager and leader. I admit to not giving a rat’s rear over the mostly academic and consultant-perpetuated myth of manager equals bad or small or narrow-minded and leader equals good. It’s a false dichotomy that everyone who has ever been accountable for the tough decisions and actions of running and growing a business well understands. I want all of us to focus on developing our managers as leaders from day one.”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: Don’t let team drift run your team aground

“You might be suffering from team drift and not know it. We’ve all heard stories of individuals who wake up one morning and wonder how they had drifted so far from their original hopes and dreams. The same thing can happen to teams.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Quietly revel in your success

“When your team has success, it’s okay to personally feel good about it and quietly revel in it, because you are a leader and you guided them to that victory. It isn’t okay to claim all of the credit; give it away to those who deserve it. Instead of blowing your own horn, this is what you could do:”

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 busting the myths of successful CEOs, improving company culture, mechanizing agriculture, four myths about innovation, what CEOs need to understand about innovation, GoDaddy turns the corner on sexism, why “believe in yourself” is bad advice for women, the 2020 workplace, and why remote working succeeds at some companies and not others.

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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