From the Independent Business Blogs: 9/6/17

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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 Kate Nasser, Kevin Eikenberry, Jesse Lyn Stoner, Mary Jo Asmus, and Tanveer Naseer.

From Kate Nasser: Rebuild Respect: Conditional to Unconditional Apologies

“When interactions go terribly wrong, unconditional apologies rebuild respect. If you’ve every received an unconditional apology, you know exactly why and how it does this. How can you avoid the trap of giving conditional apologies and always offer unconditional apologies that rebuild respect?”

From Kevin Eikenberry: The Power of the Pattern Interrupt

“Habits – they affect us as an individual and as a leader. Chances are you have at least one habit you would like to change, and perhaps habits of your team members you would like to help them change too. I’m sure that is true, but it’s hard to do!”

From Jesse Lyn Stoner: How to Take a Stand Without Polarizing Others

“Are you fatigued and dishearten by the current amount of polarization in the world today? Are you frustrated with leadership that divides instead of unites?”

From Mary Jo Asmus: Coaching is more than asking questions

“Asking, not telling, is an admirable way to lead others, and is an important skill for coaching. Yet as someone who teaches leaders to coach others, just asking questions isn’t enough to really coach people. You want them to set a goal and take ownership of their actions and results; simply asking questions isn’t enough for that.”

From Tanveer Naseer: 4 Critical Leadership Traits That Drive Success And Growth

“As she talked about her experiences being a leader for the first time, I realized that she had learned about 4 critical traits that we need to succeed at leadership; characteristics that are worth re-examining now that summer is over and many of us have a renewed focus to drive growth in our organization:”

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 adhocracy – a new management approach, putting humanity first in our organizations, why every great leader needs a love of learning, three technologies you need to start paying attention to right now, why big business is racing to build blockchains, Sheryl Sandberg’s blunt advice for men who want to fight sexism at work, and how manufacturing 4.0 will impact your employees and leaders.

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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