From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/5/18

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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 Mar.cella Bremer, Mary Jo Asmus, Lolly Daskal, Kevin Eikenberry, and Karin Hurt and David Dye

From Marcella Bremer: What is the way we do things around here?

“So you think you can change? If your culture needs to change or to improve the place to start is where you are: in current culture. What is the way we do things around here? Understanding the behaviors, but also deeper beliefs and values is essential before you start.”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Why you need to tell them why

“Your employees are capable adults. They deserve to know the reasoning behind your decisions. Just making them and walking away isn’t the best practice. So, when you have to decide without their input, tell them why you are making your decision because it will:”

From Lolly Daskal: Avoid These 7 Phrases When You Are Giving Feedback

“There are some phrases that are almost guaranteed to carry a lot of negativity no matter how well-intended they may be, and you should absolutely avoid them if you don’t want to be misunderstood. Here are some of the most common:”

From Kevin Eikenberry: New Ways to Think About Work

“The idea for this article came to me knowing it would be posted on Labor Day, but the message here knows no season. We all have opinions, beliefs, and experiences with work and because of those things, we have developed working habits. My goal today is to give you some new input that will help you think about work in new ways, and hopefully help you get better results.”

From Karin Hurt and David Dye: The Very Best Secret to Holding Tough Conversations (with video)

“So often when we’re asked to train teams on how to hold tough conversations, we find a deeper underlying issue that must be addressed first.”

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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