Mark Stelzner at Inflexion Point looks at the January Leadership Carnival through the lens of Valentine’s Day and the non-romantic relationship of worker and boss.
Who (And What) To Choose?
We’ve all found ourselves in a questionable relationship and wondered if it was worth staying together. At a pre-Valentine’s crossroads, our wise and helpful friends would recommend sitting down with a blank sheet of paper and itemizing what redeeming qualities may exist. Let’s see what these leadership list makers conjured up:
- Molly Cunningham suggests 5 Ways for Leaders to Improve Productivity.
- Oliver Wang of BSchool.com offers 15 Inspiring Biographies for Aspiring Leaders.
- Kelly Davis shares 21 Excellent YouTube Videos to Learn About Organizational Development.
- MacKenna Stevens of Masters in Social Work catalogs his list of the Top 97 Unemployment and Joblessness Blogs.
- Natalie James of Dr. HR, PhD itemizes the Top 50 Up and Coming HR Blogs.
- Trainer, coach and consultant Mike Rogers provides 8 Important Tips to Help You Waste Time in Meetings.
- Bernice Frankel shares 21 Surprising Facts About Leadership Research.
- QAspire’s Tanmay Vora helps those Creating a Learning Organization: 10 Actions for a Leader.
So Many Questions.
So you’ve decided to press forward and pursue your leadership development sweetheart with complete abandon. Yet still, there are so many questions left unanswered. Here are some shower-worthy items to ponder as you prepare for your big business date:
- Working Girl’s Laura Schroeder wonders, Why Would ANYone Work for House?
- Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership asks, How Do I Praise Thee?
- Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire-CS wants to know, What Assumptions Are You Making?
- Adi Gaskell of Chartered Management Institute ponders, Is Business Planning A Waste of Time?
- Women of HR’s Lisa Rosendahl asks, What Kind of Role Model Are You?
- Lynn Dessert of Elephants at Work wonders, Can You Measure The Payback or ROI In Coaching?
- Tanveer Naseer wonders, Are You Leading From Inside a Fishbowl?
Polite Dinner Conversation
You want to make a good impression and seem like a decent conversationalist. Attentive, but not too needy or self-involved. Here’s are some items sure to allow you a measure of whimsy while maintaining the panache and flair of a modern leadership guru:
- Jane Perdue of Get Your Leadership BIG On shares Leadership and the Power of Storytelling.
- Sylvia Lafair opines on Business Leadership Strategies: Teaching Multi-culturalism.
- Dean L. Forbes of Powerful Principles of Personal Growth reminds us of The Whole Person Concept.
- Management is a Journey’s Robert Tanner helps us Create the Guiding Coalition.
- Stephen Warrilow suggests Facilitative Leadership as The Key To Dealing With Resistance to Change.
- Next Level Blog’s Scott Eblin shares some new math with Sorry, You’ve Used Up All of Your Meeting Budget.
- What Do You Want From Them’s Anna Smith demonstrates The Rise of Female Leadership.
- All About Living With Life author Charles Chua C K offers his thoughts on Effective Ways to Lead.
- Positive Organizational Behavior’s Bret L. Simmons shares his thoughts, With Honor.
- Great Leadership’s Dan McCarthy teaches you How to Pass the Leadership Baton.
It’s Not You, It’s Me
Of course, even the seemingly best planned leadership romance can end in an ill-conceived malay replete with hurt feelings and charged emotions. So if a bended knee to pick up a dropped napkin doesn’t turn into the organizational proposal you were hoping for, excuse yourself from the table and grab your cell. Aren’t you fortunate to have friends like these to talk you through it?
- Leadership and Learning’s Kevin Eikenberry asks for Five Minutes – A Key to Successful Time Management.
- Judith Lindenberger of The Lindenberger Group suggests we Take Charge of Conflict.
- Miki Saxon of MAPping Company Success questions whether you Manage Like Microsoft.
- Art Petty of Management Excellence offers How to Handle a Feedback Attack from Your Boss.
- Libery Buzz SC’s Vidal tackles Aggression: Life Lessons Learned from Girls Basketball.
- What Is Personal Growth’s Sean Burrows takes the edge off with How to Stay Calm and Relaxed When Feeling Angry.
- The Fortune Group’s Andy Klein feels that Effective Leadership is Founded on Accepting Personal Accountability.
- Janna Rust of Purposeful Leadership helps you Survive the Role Transition: Be Strategic.
- Ajax Social Media’s Jason Seiden reminds us of Why You Should Hire Moms.
- Lead Change Group’s Heather Coleman-Voss gives the wink and nod with Just Trust Me.
Now calmly return to the table and flag down the waiter – it’s time to wrap up this romantic rodeo. And don’t let your leadership date get all pushy or touchy. No amount of office flowers or sugary treats can replace the respect you’ll have from walking away. There are plenty of other leaders in the “C” and you’re a strong swimmer. Just remember…
- Chris Edmonds of Driving Results Through Culture calculates The HUGE Toll of Workplace Bullying.
- Create Learning’s Michael Cardus recalls that Before the Promotion He Was Nice and Had Potential.
- The Human Race Horses’ Mike VanDervort suggests that Resistance Is Futile – You Will Be Assimilated.
- Michelle Cramer of LinkToPro teaches an important skill in Learning How to Say “No”.
- Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading In Context connects Leadership And… Ethical Thinking.
- ReThink HR’s Benjamin McCall sees A Bad Opportunity For Someone Else, A Better Opportunity For You.
- John Gibbons of i4cp wonders if you’re Playing Not To Lose.
- Cultivating Creativity’s Bob Lieberman suggests Letting Go Of The Task.
Live to Love Again
Return home, pour a glass of wine, kick up your feet and breathe. You’re going to be just fine and it’s time to go back to basics and begin to look toward the future. You’re good enough, you’re strong enough and doggone it people like you!
- The People Equation’s Jennifer V. Miller suggests Making the Most of Leadership Assessments.
- Wilson Insight’s Amy Wilson offers Simple, Practical Advice on Motivating Staff.
- Kevin W. Grossman of Marcom HRsay offers Baby Zen and the Importance of Mindful Presence in the Workplace.
- Epic Living’s Eric Pennington provides The Path To An Epic Life.
- The LeaderLab’s David Burkus shares Happiness and Hierarchies.
- Alice Snell of Taleo Research offers In Succession.
- Be Good Ventures’ Nick McCormick suggests you Go Out and Co-Create!
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