From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/30/20

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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, Ken Downer, LaRae Quy, Sharlyn Lauby, and Scott Eblin.

From Lolly Daskal: What Are Some Harsh Truths About Being a Leader

“Many people think of leadership as a glorified profession, one with impressive titles and lots of prestige and benefits. That may or may not be the case, but every level of leadership involves some hard truths. If you’re already in leadership, you likely know these all too well already, but if you’re aspiring to a leadership role, or if you work with a leader, keep them in mind.”

From Ken Downer: Lighthouse Leadership: How to Lead Your Team When the Storm Hits

“Not all leadership situations are the same. Sometimes the way ahead is clear to all, and leading is easy. But it’s when the storms roll in and the path is obscured that leaders earn their keep. These are the lighthouse leadership moments that matter the most. With the help of a story of amazing bravery, here’s what that means, and how to keep your team on course even on the darkest nights.”

From LaRae Quy: How To Be Resilient and Grow From Your Trauma

“Until recently, trauma was believed to be one of the prevalent ways our lives got f*cked up and created serious mental health issues. More recently, however, psychology has come to terms with the fact that trauma is very common. Trauma, obstacles, and adversity is not only a fact of life, it’s how people grow stronger. It’s estimated that 90% of people who experience adversity also experience some form of personal growth in the following months and years.”

From Sharlyn Lauby: Remote Work: 5 Strategies to Create Long Term Support

“Many people have been predicting that the pandemic will have a lasting impact on remote work. I came across an article the other day that stated prior to COVID-19, about 4% of the total U.S. workforce was working remotely and since, the number has grown tenfold to about 48%. In a study from Global Workplace Analytics, they estimate that remote work will level off to about 25-30% of the workforce at the point that we reach our new normal. But 25-30% is still significant portion of the workforce. This means that organizations should develop a formal long-term strategy for managing remote employees.”

From Scott Eblin: How to Lead with Influence Instead of Authority

“Influence vs. authority is not a new distinction by any means; I just think it’s going to be more important going forward. I’ve written about the difference a few times over the years including in this post on how to increase your influence and this one on how to enroll people in your ideas rather than selling them. In prepping this post, I went back and took a look at both of those. Drawing on some of the suggestions I made in those posts, here, with the new realities we’re all experiencing in mind, is an updated list of tips on how to lead with influence instead of authority.”

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. 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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