From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/12/18

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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 Lolly Daskal, Marcella Bremer, Art Petty, Kevin Eikenberry, and Alli Polin.

From Lolly Daskal: 7 Ways to Be a More Effective Leader

“More than ever, successful organizations depend on the quality of their leadership. And successful leadership depends on broad-strokes preparation based on principles you can apply in any situation, however volatile.”

From Marcella Bremer: What is going well at work?

“People are wired to notice what goes wrong, what could be a threat, and what is missing. It’s what saved us during our evolution, in times of danger and scarcity. Negative comments, events, mistakes, problems and threats stand out. It’s natural, and often also reinforced by our upbringing and training.”

From Art Petty: Effective Leaders Understand the Need to Create an Emotional Connection to Strategy

“It’s true that the idea of emotion isn’t often discussed in strategy work, yet the people responsible for bringing it to life must feel an emotional connection for the issues demanding change and experimentation to gain interest, support, and traction.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: How Leaders Can Prepare for Crisis

“Of all the things that might keep leaders up at night, dealing with a crisis is near the top of the list. Seldom do people feel comfortable with crisis leadership until they have been through at least one crisis successfully. While trial and error can be a fine way to learn many things, crisis leadership feels too stressful and is likely too important to leave to chance. And while we can never know what problems might arise, there are things we can do be prepared, regardless of what it is and when it shows up at your desk.”

From Alli Polin: Change Starts with You… Even When You Wish It Started with Them

“What if they aren’t the problem, but my response to the problem is the problem. Try that on for size for a sec. Could it be? That very thing that is driving me bonkers and making me want to explode with anger isn’t only about the other person?”

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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