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 Steve Keating, Lolly Daskal, Alli Polin, Ken Byler, and Suzi McAlpine.
From Steve Keating: Learning is Never Wasted
“They were wrong about what I had learned going to waste. They were wrong because learning is never wasted. All learning, I repeat, all learning is beneficial.”
From Lolly Daskal: What Great Leaders Do to Be Successful
“While every leader is different, there are specific traits that great leaders tend to share. And they aren’t things people have to be lucky enough to be born with, but skills that anyone can learn and develop and implement. Here are some of the most important leadership principles to work on:”
From Alli Polin: 5 Must-Dos to Foster Goodwill Even in the Worst of Times
“Moms and Dads often unknowingly do it and wonder why their child eventually freaks out. It happens at work all the time too. Push, push, push; people go with it until they don’t. Until it’s just too much. They leave, which in some cases is better than the alternative – poisoning the culture. It starts with whispers and a few complaints that eventually becomes a cacophony of frustrations, criticisms, and accusations.”
From Ken Byler: Coaching Challenges
“I wish every coaching engagement had positive outcomes. Of course, that’s not always the case. Here’s a few things I have learned about the challenges of coaching.”
From Suzi McAlpine: 5 Leadership Lessons from Uncle Mac, the man currently raising our son
“I watched them as they talked while working alongside each other, mucking out the horses in the field next to the house. I watched their little interactions during the weekend, as Zach came and went from the house. I watched Uncle Mac teach Zach how to train their puppy not to bite when they played. I learnt more about what inspiring leadership looks like than I have in many years. This humble man from the East Coast, with little education and a lot of tattoos, taught me more in one weekend than a lifetime spent with MBA clad senior executives in glass windowed board rooms. Great leadership comes from actions, mana and heart.”
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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