From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/20/17

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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, Rebecca Elvy, Steve Keating, Doug Thorpe, and Kevin Eikenberry.

From Karin Hurt: Eight Techniques to Help Your Middle Managers Cultivate Their “Sweet Spot” in Your Organization

“Here are eight techniques you can support your middle managers to practice. When they practice these techniques, your managers will begin to deepen relationships and results at the same time, win well, and serve your organization effectively.”

From Rebecca Elvy: 10 Simple Ways to Boost your Leadership Today

“While management skills can be complicated, they are also tangible – performance management processes, recruitment and selection, reporting, quality assurance, financial management… Leadership skills, on the other hand, are often ephemeral and elusive. Today I’m going to focus on ten simple, practical things you can do right now to radically transform your leadership practice.”

From Steve Keating: The Importance of Fun

“I’m a big believer in having fun. It doesn’t really make a difference where I am or who I’m with, fun is always better than no fun. Fun is a choice.”

From Doug Thorpe: Leadership: You need to be YOU

“Trying to become a better leader? Don’t be someone else. You need to be YOU. If you are trying to be like someone else, forget it. That job is taken. The world needs YOU, not the other guy.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: The Starting Point of All Improvement

“In my work with leaders I often talk about this important starting point because it is too often left out of discussions about leadership and life success. And when it is discussed; it is glossed over, assumed, or treated as if it were obvious.”

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 a true measure of leadership success, six essential skills of shared leadership, how to make innovation strategy work, innovation is never one thing, how women and men experience work differently, what makes a great workplace for women, and how to create psychological safety for a high performing team.

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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