From the Independent Business Blogs: 8/31/16

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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 Karin Hurt, Anne Perschel, Dorothy Dalton, May Jo Asmus, and Lolly Daskal.

From Karin Hurt: The Great Leadership Cop Out: Why “That’s Just Who I Am” Is Derailing Your Results

“As I pulled up to Sam’s office, I knew he’d be unhappy with my recommendation–which involved a serious look in the mirror at his own leadership behaviors. His reaction was disappointing, but highly predictable– based on what I’d heard from his team.”

From Anne Perschel: Leaders Who Coach – The Secret Formula

“Leaders who coach help people solve today’s problems while developing their resources to solve, or prevent, tomorrow’s problems. How? Leaders who coach uncover employees’ hidden brain trusts. How? Leaders who coach learn the secret to formulating questions that explore.”

From Dorothy Dalton: Why career advice is meaningless without context

“There is no shortage of career advice, with any number of people giving tips on what and not to do. There is even advice on what career advice to ignore. Everyone has careers, so we all believe we know what everyone else should do. But as with anything, these bumper sticker type homilies are much more nuanced than we ever imagined. Times and workplaces change. Circumstances change. Heaven forbid – you change. These golden tips and nuggets of wisdom need to be revisited and always put into context. Context is everything when it comes to career advice. Without that – any career advice is meaningless.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: What to do with your do-not-disturb time

“It can be intimidating to be alone with your thoughts, and even more so if you don’t know what to do with that time that you set aside to reflect.”

From Lolly Daskal: How Ordinary People Can Become Extraordinary Leaders

“If you want to lead like an extraordinary leader, you first have to know how to be a leader. When it comes to leadership, most people concentrate on what you need to do. But that’s not the whole story.”

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 golden rules for leading transformation, the sports linchpin, what it takes to innovate within large corporations, thee overlooked reasons why gender equality is being held back, and why the best people don’t mean the best teams.

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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