From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/27/17

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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 Steve Keating, Tanmay Vora, Kevin Eikenberry, Lolly Daskal, and Ken Downer.

From Steve Keating: Are you in Control? Really?

“When you’re at or near the top of your organization you have lots of influence, but you don’t control all that much. You don’t control your peoples’ attitudes. You can help them motivate themselves but if they don’t want to be motivated then their motivation is beyond your control. You can’t control what they think. You might be able to prevent them from saying something but you cannot prevent them from thinking it.”

From Tanmay Vora: Disconnect to Connect

“I believe that minimalism and act of subtraction is at the very heart of discovering ourselves because to understand who we really are, we need to prune everything that we are not. We need to be comfortable with ‘missing out’ on things that everyone else does or consumes or shares, so that we can think, reflect, create and just be. Letting it go is as much about our thoughts and beliefs as it is about the objects of our desire.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Small Acts of Courage Create Big Results

“Yet as leaders, we must be courageous if we want to make an impact, and it doesn’t take a crisis to be courageous. What do I mean? Here are five action that require courage; all of which might occur every day and each of which make us a better leader.”

From Lolly Daskal: How to Succeed as A New Leader

“Congratulations on your new leadership position! I am sure you’ve worked hard and persevered along the way to get to this point. Everything you’ve done so far in your career has led you to this position. But the experiences and skills that landed you this new job will not be what allows you to succeed.”

From Ken Downer: Secrets of Social Facilitation: Putting the Audience to Work

“What happens to performance if someone is watching? The answer might surprise you. Performance isn’t just about the players, it’s also about the audience. Today we’ll unlock the power of social facilitation and show you how you can use the audience to get the best out of your team.”

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 the measurable impact of inspiring a sense of purpose, transforming retail to (R)Tech, how to stop worrying and learn to love The Retail Apocalypse. why IBM’s Rometty sees AI changing, not eliminating, future jobs, Fortune’s 2017 Most Powerful Women in Business list, the tip of the gender bias iceberg, why Digital-Era change runs on people power, and how binging impacts online learning.

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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