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Ducks in a Row: February Leadership Development Carnival.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46183897@N00/1664655940/The February 2013 Leadership Development Carnival was hosted by David Burkus at LDRLB, which “tends to see the world through: leadership, innovation, and strategy,” so that is how they sorted this month’s  submissions. The categories overlap, as David points out, but personally I’ve never found that anything breaks down so simply. But that doesn’t negate the value of the information or the skill with which it is presented by 37 skilled and savvy bloggers.


Wally Bock at Three Star Leadership on why Questions are Our Friends. There aren’t many courses about how to ask questions, but great questions can help you become a great boss.

Jon Mertz from Thin Difference explores the increased presence of millennial in the workplace with Millennial Leaders – Building a Horizontal View.

Mark Miller from Great Leaders Serve asks Is Your Team Really a Team?

Sharlyn Lauby, also know as the HR Bartender on the importance of developing your people in Coaching Employees to the Next Level.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership on making talent reviews work in Why You Should Conduct Talent Review Meetings and 10 Tips for Doing Them.

Andy Uskavitch from SuperVISION Motivation on the importance of Communication and Partnerships.

Randy Conley with another gem on Leading with Trust with Five Lessons from Lance Armstrong’s Failure.

Mary Ila Ward from Horizon Point Consulting brings another Leadership How-to with How to Combine Communication with Teamwork.

Lisa Kohn offers simple steps for constructive feedback in The Zen of Giving Feedback on the Thoughtful Leader’s Blog.

Mike Henry of Lead Change Group runs a diagnostic on recognition with 5 Reasons Your Recognition is Backfiring.

Julia Winkle Giuolini’s post stretches to a new medium: video as she shares with us a Few Words on Focus from TEDx.

Joan Kofodimos at Anyone Can Lead brings some insight into coaching with Biggest Coaching Mistakes Managers Make.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog offers Seven Steps to Success in Your New Management Job.

Jennifer V. Miller of The People Equation takes a team perspective on new leaders with 9 Things Team Members Want to Know About the New Boss, but Won’t Ask.

Jim Taggart from Changing Winds analyzes another changing wind, From Transactional Leadership to Reflective Leadership.


Our own David Burkus offers this post from right here at LDRLB, Six Proven Ways to Pitch Your Idea.

Dana Theus of InPower Consulting looks at women in leadership roles with Different But Good: What We Can Learn from Women in Leadership.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center explains how Collaboration is the Remedy for Polarization.

Bernd Geropp brings us another video his piece On Leadership: My Interview with Serial Entrepreneur Chris Ducker.

Anna Farmery of The Engaging Brand offers an engaging post on How To Guarantee Your Self-Improvement.

Bill Matthies gives us a Coyote Insight on change in his post If The MBAs Don’t Know How to Handle Change How Can I?

Mary Jo Asmus on the importance of staying fresh and Remaining a Beginner.

Tom Walter, the Serial Entrepreneur, explores whether ethical behavior in leadership is still given the weight necessary in Ethics in Leadership.

Susan Mazza with Random Acts of Leadership on how to Experiment Like An Expert.

Wendy Appel, master of the Enneagram Source, outlines the Essential Role of Curiosity.

Corporate culture guru S. Chris Edmonds shares an example of how a compelling purpose statement inspires staff to excellence in Clear Purpose Inspires Aligned Action.


Puja Ghelani of Strategistas examines the career of Lucille Ball through the lens of a Blue Ocean Strategista.

Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context asks and answers the question How is Ethical Leadership a Strategic Advantage?

Chris Young of the Rainmaker Group offers an insight into human capital strategies with Executive Strategies: Who is Your Executive Team Loyal To?

Jane Perdue at LeadBIG tackles crisis management with Rewarding Hat Tricks or Planning.

Karin Hurt from Let’s Grow Leaders on how urgent versus important balance gets tipped and 7 Ways to Prevent False Urgency.

Neal Burgis always offers Practical Solutions and does so again in Hard Goals Challenge Your Goal Achieving Skills.

Miki Saxon from MAPping Company Success on how we learn best with Single Loop vs Double Loop learning.

Anne Pershcel serves up another Germane Insight with Step Back to Lead Forward.

Tom Magness of Leader Business offers another battle-tested strategy for Leading in the Fog of War.

Debbie Mills-Scofield has some reassuring advice for all of us: If You’re Not Scared, You Aren’t Leading.

John Hunter from the Curious Cat Management Blog looks at how to develop leadership culture in any market condition with The Mark Discounts Proven Company Leadership Far Too Quickly.

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Expand Your Mind: January Leadership Development Carnival

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

expand-your-mindIn honor of the New Year Dan McCarthy solicited “their best posts of 2013” for the January Leadership Carnival as chosen by each authors. The result are 33 posts providing insight and inspiration for all of you, whether you manager or managed the information will prove useful.

S. Chris Edmonds, from Driving Results Through Culture, picked Create a Validating Corporate Culture.
“This post was my most popular (generated the most comments) and is one of my favorite posts from this past year. In it I present very new insights (for me!) on the health of organizational culture: civility (basic “niceness;” no yelling, cursing, or tantrums – yet a stretch for many organizations because civility is NOT the norm), then acknowledgement (active recognition of effort, accomplishment, and demonstration of desired values), to the highest level of cultural health, validation (proactive, explicit valuing of team members’ ideas, skills, enthusiasm, work ethic, and cooperation).”

Anne Perschel, from Germane Insights, picked Dear CEO: What’s Your 400 Year Business Plan?
“What can leaders learn from the makers of fine cognac? How to grow a company that remains healthy long into the future. This post begins by considering the 400 year forest management plans that produce trees for making cognac barrels. Sip slowly and enjoy the read.”

Mary Jo Asmus picked A Question of Courage.
“This is my favorite because it addresses fear, a huge negative (and silent) driver that keeps leaders from speaking up against injustice, lack of ethics, morality issues and other things that damage individuals and people in our organizations. Leaders must learn to recognize their fear when it surfaces and ask themselves several questions – provided in the article –  and one very important question in order to take action against negative influences at work.”

Julie Winkle Giulioni picked Make Sure to Learn from Your Successes.
“It may not have been my most popular… but I think it’s ‘best’ because it’s a simple message… but one that too many of us forget. I firmly believe that if we redeployed even a fraction of the time and energy we spend focusing on failure toward learning from success, we’d get a lot farther faster.”

Sharlyn Lauby, from HR Bartender, picked How to Tell if Your Boss is a Bully or Just Tough.
“Believe it or not, this is my number one leadership/management related post. There are very fine lines between being a tough boss, a jerk manager and a bully.”

Bernd Geropp, from More Leadership, picked What makes a great business vision statement?
“In my opinion having a vision is crucial for a leader.
A true vision shows that the leader and the company strive to solve a meaningful problem.
It is not about money, it is about solving a problem which makes the world a better place.
I believe the included video helps that this post is one of my most popular ones.”

Karin Hurt, from Let’s Grow Leaders, picked Humility Matters: 9 Ways Confident Leaders Remain Humble.
“One of my most popular posts, and one that expresses an important essence of leadership. We want to follow people with confidence, charisma and a strong sense of direction.  Confidence inspires, attracts, excites and ignites.  We think, “they sure do seem to know what they’re doing…”  And yet, I have observed that confidence, without humility, can be dangerous.  I have seen it significantly limit a leader’s effectiveness.  They stay their course, but may miss important input.  People may follow, but not with their full spirit.  Truly confident leaders are secure enough to embrace and share their humility.  In the long run, their humility makes them stronger.”

Joel Garfinkle, from Career Advancement Blog, picked 3 Ways to Avoid Burnout in Today’s High-Pressure Work Environment. 
“I’m feeling exhausted and burned out, but I’m afraid to slow down. What should I do? Here are three ways to get yourself back on track: (1) Schedule yourself first, (2) Set and maintain boundaries, (3) Monitor overload warnings.”

Lisa Kohn, from The Thoughtful Leaders Blog, submitted Balance is a dirty word.
“Here’s a few simple ideas for achieving more balance in our worlds and our lives.”

Linda Fisher Thornton, from Leading in Context, picked What is Creativity?
“What is Creativity?” was the most popular post of 2012 on the Leading in Context Blog. It explores the variables that make up what we call creativity, and investigates whether it is a skill or a mindset.”

Here’s my own favorite from 2012,  10 Simple “Truths” about Management vs. Leadership. Although one of my shorter posts, it took a long time to write, and represents over 20 years of experience and learning about leadership.

Tom Magness, from Leader Business, picked March Tables.
“It is a leadership lesson from my days as a young lieutenant.  Timeless lessons about…time!”

Bill Matthies, from Business Wisdom, picked Stagnant Thinking.
“Real change stems from the ability to alter one’s views. The next time you find yourself in a heated discussion with a co-worker, remember this.  If you can’t change your mind, what can you change?”  

Jim Taggart, from Changing Winds leadership, picked Even a Bullet to the Head Couldn’t Stop this Young Female Leader.
“I chose this post not just because it elicited strong interest from readers in many countries, but because it may help foster personal reflection and inquiry at the start of 2013. Malala Yousafzai is still healing physically and emotionally from her wounds, yet her courage and perseverance to her cause- that girls in Pakistan have the right to education and to be safe while doing so -  is a testimony to true leadership. And it’s why I chose her as the top leader in my Leadership 2012 blog post (which I’ll release on January 7). The book is not closed on Malala. Expect to hear much more from her in 2013.”

John Hunter, from Management Improvement, selected We are Being Ruined by the Best Efforts of People Who are Doing the Wrong Thing.
“Determining which post deserves the honor of being selected the best of the year, isn’t easy. As did the other candidates, this post presented an important leadership lesson.  But, in addition, it has the added value of a cute video with a baby porcupine (demonstrating that effort without the proper insight is often wasted); that proved enough to allow the post to edge out the others.”

Tom Walter submitted How to be a Good Coach: Tips for employee-focused leaders.
“Being a good coach means putting others before yourself and always making decisions for the good of the team.  Here are eight tips on how to take coaching principles into the workplace in order to be an employee-focused leader, it all starts with listening.”

Mark Stelzner, from inflexionadvisors, picked 5 Career Lessons From The Road.
“I believe that real life experience often serves up the best advice and this particular flight (plus a little eavesdropping) served as great inspiration.”

David Burkus, from Leaderlab (next month’s Carnival host), picked Strategy is About Choice.
“It was one of the most read pieces in 2012 and the one with the most active discussion BY FAR, on how developing strategy is just as much about what you choose not to pursue.”

Eric Pennington, from The Epic Living Blog, picked An Early Morning in June.
“This post is my best/favorite for 2012 because it reveals much about me and gave my readers a since of my heart and experiences. The readers got to see clearly that experiences shape a true mission.”

Art Petty, from Management Excellence, selected Leading in the Matrix-7 Ideas to Cultivate the Right Skills.
“I remain convinced that the leaders of tomorrow are those who are best able to lead with accountability and often without authority in distributed and heavily matrixed environments. These “integrator leaders” must survive on their ability to build temporary coalitions, cultivate a shared vision, and drive results all without the hire/fire/promote authority that traditional organizational leaders have enjoyed. Blend in the need to be able to do all of this across time-zones and cultures, and you can see why those who master the art of leading in the matrix are increasingly in demand.”

Randy Conley, Leading with Trust, picked Five Leadership Lessons From the Life of Neil Armstrong.
“This past year saw the passing of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon and a true American hero. In one of his most widely read and tweeted posts, Randy shares five leadership lessons from the life and career of Armstrong.”

Wally Bock, from Three Star Leadership, picked Magical Bosses.
“Great bosses get results that often seem magical. But there’s method to the magic and you can learn it.”

Jane Perdue, from LeadBIG, picked Let’s end the paradox of kindness.
“Power has gotten a bum rap of being all ego-centric and self-serving. Hooey. One can do well, show kindness and be as powerful as all get-out. Dare to be kind.” As my most read post of 2012, I’m delighted that others agree!”

Mike Henry Sr., from Lead Change Group, picked Playing the Part of a Leader (by Alan Derek Utley).
“Alan Utley challenged us to avoid the temptation to simply “go through the motions” of leadership. We can’t simply act the part.  We must “be the leader.” Simply acting like a leader won’t get it. He proposed 6 things we must do to “be” a genuine leader.”

Neal Burgis, Ph.D. picked Happy New Year: Holiday Challenge for 2013.
“This is my best work as it relates to the brand new year of 2013. Having 12 fresh approaches for your leadership & organization, helps move you to thrive instead of just surviving. This article helps you set a new goal for the next 12 months. Follow them for the success you want. Every new day gives you a chance to move forward from your present situation. You can improve your business on a number of fronts. To help launch the New Year for your business, the following are 12 ways you can move your organization forward.”

Chris Young, from Human Capital Strategy Blog, picked When Emotion Becomes Leadership’s Biggest Enemy.
“This post stands out to me because emotion is the challenge I must overcome most often.  Here are 5 things that I have found to be effective in keeping emotion controlled in myself and those around me.”

Mary Ila Ward, from Horizon Point Consulting, picked Pot, Meet Kettle.
“This was the most viewed post of 2012 for Horizon Point’s blog.  It speaks to the fact that what annoys or angers us most in others is the flaws we also see in ourselves.  It also gives tips for recognizing these flaws and correcting them in order to be better leaders.”

Jesse Lyn Stoner selected How to Influence Without Authority.
“This was the 2nd most popular with my readers according to the combined number of shares on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, but the excellent discussion and reader comments added so much value that I consider it my best post. We are being called on more and more to collaborate across reporting lines and work with people we don’t have direct authority over. How to influence in these kinds of situations is such a timely and important topic.”

Jennifer MillerThe People Equation, picked Develop Leaders by Loaning Your Belief
“I chose this post for two reasons: first because it’s aligned with the core purpose  of the Leadership Development Carnival – providing tips for how to develop your team members’ leadership abilities on a daily basis. Secondly, this post-within-in-a-post addresses another key aspect of leadership development – shoring up emerging leaders’ belief in their abilities.”

Chery Gegelman picked a post from Smartblog on LeadershipDiamonds in the Rough ~ How to recognize your star employees.
“My best 2012 was a huge debate!  As change begins “with me”, many of my posts are focused on self-development.  This post focuses on the life-changing difference we can make for individuals and our organizations when we focus on developing others.”

Joan Kofodimos, from Anyone Can Lead, picked The End of Men…as Leaders?
“In 2012, the old debates about gender and leadership were reincarnated in a big way – from Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk claiming there aren’t enough women leaders because they don’t want it enough, to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s rejoinder in The Atlantic arguing that it’s impossible to have it all, to Hanna Rosin’s controversial book The End of Men. In this blog post, I try to tease out the implications for those of us, men and women alike, who want to survive and thrive in the organizations of the future.”

Jon Mertz, from Thin Difference, picked How to Get and Keep Respect – 4 Practices.
“While we work to be productive in what we do, we also want more. We want to feel valued, listened to, and called upon to do ordinary and extraordinary things. In this post, I discuss how we can begin to do just that.”

Susan Mazza, from Random Acts of Leadership, picked The Secret to Being Effective.
“This post in particular was shared quite a lot through social media channels.  My clients have shared that this “One Secret” was a key lesson from me in our work together this year.”

Mark Miller, from Great Leaders Serve, picked Simplify.
“It was one of the most popular posts to appear on  in 2012. I think it’s a valuable addition to the carnival because the best leaders are gifted at simplifying things. This post shares some examples of how leaders do that every day.”

Miki Saxon, from MAPping Company Success  gives us Ducks in a Row: Managing Weeds.
“Most stars are made, not born, which means that the quality of a team reflects the quality of its management. Managers should consult the mirror when considering an under-performing employee.”

Jon Ingram, from Strategic HCM, closes out the Carnival with Engagement or Entwistle.

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December Leadership Development Carnival

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

I’m posting the December Leadership Development Carnival today, because its regular location as an Expand Your Mind feature is taken next week as promised Saturday.  This is a sacrifice for me because posting it early enough for East Coast readers to have with their morning coffee means doing it in the middle of my night—but anything for you, dear readers. Fortunately, host Jennifer Miller at The People Equation posts early in her morning so, with the time difference, my post will only be a bit later than normal. I also want you to have it early enough this month that you can use it as an educational cover if/when you have any holiday slow time—there’s always lots of great stuff in this carnival.

Regular carnival host Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership kicks off the carnival with A Manager’s Guide to Crying at Work. It’s a pragmatic, yet compassionate discussion on the science and dynamics of tears in the workplace.


What does a stay in Las Vegas have to do with leadership or management? Is there some takeaway? Robert Tanner of Management is a Journey makes his case in his article, What Las Vegas Taught Me Again About Change, Management & Life!

Chery Gegelman of Giana Consulting offers up Comfort or Magic?  Stay?  Go?  Go?  Stay? in which a simple Venn diagram from Debbie Laskey and song lyrics by Jimmy Durante have inspired Chery to think of change in a whole new way.

Over at Jane Perdue’s LeadBIG blog, she’s offering up three ways to be better with 3 Ways to Blast Outside Your Comfort Zone

Guy Farmer says “Leadership is about seeing change as an opportunity to grow and succeed rather than sticking one’s head in the sand and hoping it will go away.” See more at his Unconventional Training blog with Leadership and Welcoming Change.


Julie Winkle Giulioni’s latest blog post identifies four characteristics that leaders must have to create a supportive environment in Cultures that Support Career Development.

Mark Miller of Great Leaders Serve believes that “the collective habits of people can be a powerful asset to any organization, or they can be a tremendous liability.” Mark post suggests four ways to create a vibrant culture that will help in Today’s Challenge: Culture as Competitive Advantage.

Over at Jesse Lyn Stoner’s blog, she explores 8 Things Collaborative Leaders Know. Says Jesse:  “The good news is anyone can be a collaborative leader, regardless of role. Because they understand these 8 truths about today’s world, collaborative leaders are able to build successful networked communities.”

Steve Laswell explores the concept of The Self-Managed Employee, saying that it goes beyond self-managing one’s workload. See more at Next Level Executive Coaching

Kristal Sauer explores Control v. Openness in a Mobile World in which she asks, “Have you considered how mobile capabilities continue to play a more central role in the way we work, the careful balance between security and productivity, and the challenge in how to establish parameters for how employees use mobile technology to do their jobs?” See more at Let Go and Lead.

Miki Saxon draws a thought-provoking parallel between romantic relationships and team relationships via brain chemistry in Love, Sports, Management and Oxytocin. Check out the case she makes on her MAPping Company Success blog.

Karin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders offers up this interesting thought: “Empowerment is easy when things are going smoothly, but what about when someone makes a really bad decision?” Her post Empowerment Run Amok:  How One Bad Decision Leads to Another  explores how leaders can respond well and maintain the trust of their followership.


Addressing performance problems with employees is an opportunity to either build or erode trust with those you lead. In his post Addressing Poor Performance is a “Moment of Trust”, Randy Conley outlines 5 steps on how leaders can use these challenging situations to build trust and get an employee’s performance back on track. Via the Leading with Trust blog.

Let Em Shine, says Andy Uskavitch, CM, of the Supervision-Motivation blog. Andy says that clear communication and direction helps staff to shine on their own.

Do we need leadership training devoted specifically to advancing women? Dana Theus provides an answer that might surprise you in The Paradox of Women’s Leadership Training at the InPower Consulting Blog

Sharlyn Lauby generated excellent discussion by creating a distinction between coaching and mentoring on her HR Bartender blog. Sharlyn says, “Mentors and coaches are two different things. For that reason, maybe it’s good to have both. Choosing the right one depends on the situation.” See more at Mentors or Coaches – Why You Need Both.


John Bossong, writing for the Lead Change Group blog, offers up 8 Reasons Why Pride Is the Core of Leadership Failure. In this post, John details the risks of unchecked pride and the solution which is humility. Humility isn’t being weak; it’s accurately knowing where you stand.  John provides 8 practical ways you can move your organization away from pride and toward humility.

Mary Jo Asmus says, “Reluctance, resistance and anger may be caused by fear of taking action in the workplace. Here’s how to determine if fear is negatively driving you and an important question to ask yourself to overcome it.” See more in her post A Question of Courage.

Linda Fisher Thornton of the Leading in Context blog features a graphic showing 10 types of leadership thinking that can “cripple our effectiveness and undermine our ethics.” See the graphic and more in 10 Thinking Traps (That Ethical Leaders Avoid).

Steven Snyder of  Snyder Leadership Group turns to history for a reflection on one’s “True North” in The Lincoln-Stevens Debate: Your True North and the Swamp.

Joan Kofodimos of the Anyone Can Lead blog takes on one of my organizational pet peeves – the leap to “fix” ethics problems with training. See why she says “not so fast” in Ethics Training to Address Senior Military Officers’ Bad Behavior?


Robyn McLeod of Chatsworth Consulting Group presents Leading like a Dog Whisperer on The Thoughtful Leaders Blog where she discusses what we can all learn from the Whisperers’ approach to leadership.

Dr. Anne Perschel resorts to prose and declares “there is one and only one reason to lead. Furthermore, if you can lead on behalf of same, you must” in The Only Reason to Lead on Germaine Insights.

Jim Taggert has A Big (Obvious) Idea for Leadership–There Are NO Experts! See the details at the Changing Winds blog.

Deb Mills-Scofield muses about the use of technology and posits that True Leadership is Social on her blog Mills-Scofield.

Over at the Horizon Point Consulting blog Captain Davis Ozier, U.S. Army, suggests reversing the order of a familiar methodology used by the military to achieve more empowerment in Task- Purpose- Endstate.


Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership asks, “What if holding someone to account is actually the process of holding them up to be the best they can be every step of the way rather than hammering them down after they fail?” See her answer in the thought-provoking Accountability is Not about Justice.

On Joel Garfinkle’s Career Advancement Blog he says it can be hard for some people to feel confident in being “visible” at work. Joel provides tips on how to do so in Let Your Light Shine: How to Stand Out from the Crowd.

How influential are you as a leader? Neal Burgis, Ph.D. of Practical Solutions offers Influential Leadership Trait in which he discusses the specific influential traits of business leadership.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership says, “You’re not going to succeed every time. So it’s a good idea to consider how to get the maximum return on your failure.” Spot on, Wally! See more with Return on Failure.

What does it mean for leaders who must choose whether to go with data or experts when making important decisions? Mark Bennett of the TalentedApps blogging group covers this issue in  Data vs. Experts: Nine Years On.

On his blog More Leadership, Bernd Geropp tells this story: “As a true leader you want committed people who contribute and act on your behalf – then you must first explain what the point is. Why should they follow you and your rules? I just recently learned about this at a cash register of a grocery discounter when someone wanted to buy red wine.” He makes the connection of these seemingly disparate things in Why? Rules, Purpose and Merlot!

Where do you focus your impatience? Is it focused on your important things in life? Jon Mertz of the Thin Difference blog says, “Our life needs the right balance to keep our pace and stride focused.” He elaborates in Where Is Your Impatience Placed?


For those who prefer an auditory experience –

John Hunter of the Curious Cat Management Improvement blog offers up Deming’s Management Ideas Today in which John discusses some of his history with Dr. Deming’s ideas on management and his thoughts on the application of those ideas today.

S. Chris Edmonds presents the podcast A Deeper Look at the #CoolCulture Research, in which analyzes initial results from his new Performance-Values Assessment and points out some disturbing trends on vitally important culture practices. Listen in at Driving Results Through Culture.

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Expand Your Mind: November Leadership Development Carnival

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Well, the election is over and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but life goes on and work never seems to end. To give you a leg up on dealing with all that here are the best posts about leadership, culture, communication and a myriad of subtopics from Dan McCarthy’s Leadership Development Carnival. Enjoy!

We’ll lead off with Jennifer Miller, from The People Equation. “When you hire someone, did you know you’ve agreed to an unspoken “contract” with your new employee? Learn the 10 Answers People Want Before Saying Yes to a Job so you’ll be prepared to address those unspoken questions.”
Corporate culture guru S. Chris Edmonds, from Driving Results Through Culture, examines Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace from the perspective of personal integrity: Personal Integrity is in Your Hands.
Jim Taggart, from It’s from my Changing Winds blog, gives us Are You a Hang Dog Leader? Anything that brings dogs into the leadership equation needs to be read. (-:
Ann Pershel, from Germane Insights gives us Seven Steps for Paving Your Road to the C-Suite. “Your arrival at the C-suite will not happen by accident, coincidence or luck. Nor will it result from being smart, accomplished and talented….alone. You have to pave your path, then move along down the road, purposefully and with a plan. Over the years I’ve had many conversations with clients and non-clients who are, or will soon be, C-suite leaders. If you’d like to know how they get there, read on …”
Mary Jo Asmus, from Mary Jo Asmus uses William Bridges change model to provide a framework for Personal Transition for Better Leadership.
Joel Garfinkle, from Career Advancement Blog shows us how to Take on High-Visibility Projects without Doubling Your Workload.

One of our Carnival regulars, Meg Bear has a new blog, Meg Bear. Here’s Don’t Make it about you: “Tips on how to better tailor your professional communication to get the outcome you are hoping.”

John Hunter, from The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog, serves up Appreciation for a System in the Deming Context. “A systems approach to management provides a view of the organization in terms of many internal and external interrelated connections and interactions, as opposed to discrete and independent departments or processes governed by various chains of command.”

Mike Henry Sr. submits this post from Alan Derek Utley, from his Lead Change Group: Playing The Part Of Leader. “Alan makes a powerfully descriptive analogy to illustrate the difference between going-through-the-motions of leadership and actually becoming a leader.”

BTW, if you like these monthly Carnivals, then I’d highly recommend buying and reading The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution…One Person at a Time. It’s a great collection written by Mike and many of our Carnival regular contributors.

Sharlyn Lauby, the HR Bartender, serves us 5 Qualities of Professional People. “A reader asks how a manager can become more professional and get the respect of her employees.”

Bernd Geropp, from More leadership, gives us Are you a true leader? 5 unmistakable symptoms that you are not!. “If you are a true leader you are a people person. A leader encourages and rewards people. A leader pays attention to people. “

David Burkus, from LDRLB, reviews some research on how individuals are better able to comprehend relationships inside a hierarchical structure: Why We Love Hierarchies. “It’s been the most popular article on our site for the past week.”

Karin Hurt, from Let’s Grow Leaders, gives us Beginning Well to End Strong: Stories and Tips for Successful Starts. “How we begin matters. As leaders, we set the stage for great results by beginning well. In this article, Karin shares specific tips and tricks for engaging and energizing beginnings across a variety of contexts.”

Mary Ila Ward, from Horizon Point Consulting, presents Your Horizon Part 1: Know Yourself. “The first step in making career decisions is to know yourself. This posts helps individuals at any stage in life begin to consider their talents, passions, and values in order to make wise career decisions.”

Anna Farmery, from The Engaging Brand, submits 5 Truths about Profit as a Goal. “We can so easily focus on profit that we make the wrong decisions for the business. Profit is an outcome of great decisions ,not the goal in itself, this post attempts to explain why…”

Jesse Lyn Stoner, from Jesse Lyn Stoner blog serves up To Create an Enduring Vision, Values Must Support. “With examples from companies like Disney, Sony, and BMW, this post demonstrates the importance of and how to look at values in the context of purpose. Test your values against your mission or purpose to ensure your company’s culture is prepared to support your strategic direction. Remember, “culture trumps strategy.”"

Carrie Koens (Weaving Influence), submits a post by Julie Winkle Giulioni (Julie Winkle Giulioni blog), called The Fallacy of Focus “This is part one of a two-part post, describing the “two faces of focus” and what that means for us.”

Julie Baron submits a post from Dr. Ray Benedetto, from GuideStar Inc, called Leadership Begins with a Capital C.

Randy Conley, from Leading with Trust, gives us Ten Signs You Might Be A Frankenboss – “If any of these ten behaviors describe your leadership style then you might be a Frankenboss.” Randy gets this month’s award for best post title. (-:

Mark Stelzner, from Inflexion Advisors, presents HR Fear Factor – Are You Ready To Be A ‘Performance Advisor’? – “Our latest post features study results from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). One of the most interesting findings? To get ahead in HR, you need to get out.”

Wally Bock, from Three Star Leadership, offers up Just for Today. “You can be a great boss if you do the little things that the great bosses do over and over. Do them just for today. Then, tomorrow, do them again.”

Diane Laux submits this post from Maril MacDonald, from Let Go and Lead, called Slowing Down – The Next Big Cultural Challenge. “Organizations can gather speed by slowing down.”

Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting Group, presents How your shoulds are hurting you on The Thoughtful Leaders Blog “where she offers a few simple steps for conquering your shoulds (for Give Up Your Shoulds Day and beyond) and how you can renew your energy and strengthen your leadership.”

Neal Burgis, Ph.D., from Practical Solutions Blog, gives us Engagement of Extraordinary Leaders. “Typically, leaders blame employee disengagement on their employees for one reason or another. Employee engagement begins and ends with engaged leaders. It is these engaged leaders who create great/extraordinary/remarkably engaged employees out of their workforce.”

Miki Saxon, from MAPping Company Success, presents Ducks in a Row: Arrogance and Empathy. “How lacking one essential ingredient can make competence feel like arrogance and change a reputation from being “the best” to “second best.”"

Chery Gegelman, from Simply Understanding, gives us 7 Tips for Leading Change from The Middle.  “Are you convinced that you and your team are capable of making a bigger difference? Do you dream of working for an organization that is committed to Character-Based Leadership? Are you concerned that you don’t have the power or the position to make it happen?”

Guy Farmer, from Self-Awareness Workshops presents Business Ethics and Rationalization. “Leaders choose what kind of organizations they design and whether ethical behavior is part of the equation. Their own behaviors are often reflected in how their organizations function.”

Joan Kofodimos, from Anyone Can lead, gives us Want to be less stressed and live longer? Think like a leader.

Mark Miller, from Great Leaders Serve, serves up Today’s Challenge: Am I Coachable?

Wendy Appel, from The Enneagram Source, gives us Case Study: 2 Key Leverage Points for Change.

Molly Page submits Jon Mertz’s post How to Avoid Drift into Mediocrity from his Thin Difference blog.

Susan Mazza, from her blog Random Acts of Leadership, presents What is Your Leadership Promise?

And to close out this month’s edition of the Leadership Development Carnival, last, but certainly not least, here’s Tanmay Vora, from his blog QAspire Blog with Building Engaged Teams with Power of Appreciation.

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Expand Your Mind: October Leadership Development Carnival

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Robert Tanner and his blog Management is a Journey are both pretty cool dudes and he did a superlative job narrating the October Leadership Development Carnival using a back to school theme. I thought it would make expanding reading on a Saturday and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


As a leader, is it important for your team to respect you or like you? The good news is that it is not an either/or decision. As Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership explains both Liking and Respect will happen if you concentrate on helping your team and team members succeed.

Shakespeare once said, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.” What type of leader are you? This is the subject Neal Burgis, Ph.D. of Practical Solutions explores in his article, Characteristics of a Natural Leader.

If only those working with you could see how great your idea is! What’s the matter with them anyway? Many business leaders have felt this way a few times in their career. In his article, Why Can’t Those People See that this is a Great IdeaKyle Dover of Anyone Can Lead provides tips to significantly increase the chance of getting other people to adopt your proposals.

What does it take to manage an organization’s culture? As S. Chris Edmonds of Driving Results Through Culture explains in his article, Feel How to Keep Culture on Track, it’s more art than science. It’s similar to effective auto racing. “It’s not about pure speed. It’s about feeling the car ‘in the moment,’ every moment.”

As a business leader, Do you Measure your Emotional Capital? This is critical as Anna Farmery of the Engaging Brand explains with her signature quote: ”People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did BUT people will never forget how you made them feel.”

What’s the insider secret for building a strong organization? It turns out that the “secret” is known information. Strong Organizational Foundations are Rooted in Timeless Truths as Chery Gegelman of Simply Understanding explains in her slideshow of leadership quotes.

Deadlines — competing, missed, impossible to meet, have to be met — they are a regular occurrence for leaders! What’s the solution for busy professionals? In his article, Meeting deadlines! Here is how to do it!, Bernd Geropp of More Leadership provides 10 tips for getting deadlines under control.

Sometimes all it takes is a reminder to put everything in its proper perspective. This holds true for leadership and organizational problems as well.  In his article, How You See Problems Helps You Solve Problems, Tim Milburn of Developing Lifelong Learners explains how problems provide an opportunity for leadership.

There’s a Rodney Dangerfield problem for some in the workplace. It seems they cannot get any respect! As Miki Saxon of MAPping Company Success explains getting respect is not that difficult.  You just need to put your Ducks in a Row: When It Comes to Respect You Get What You Give.

What does it take to achieve a high level of organizational performance? As Jim Taggart of Changing Winds explains in his article, Are You a Passionate Leader, it takes passion to propel an organization forward. “Having a burning passion is a requisite to instilling a sense of mission among one’s followers.”

Servant leaders focus on developing the talent of those they lead. It’s easier to work with those star performers, but how can leaders develop their poor performers?  In her article, A Performance Development Tool for Servant LeadersMary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting provides a guide for starting the conversation with poor performers.

What’s the value of a referral? For leaders, a good referral can mean finding high performing talent to help the organization achieve its objectives. In her infographic article, It’s All About Who They Know, Meg Wheaton of Gagen MacDonald explains how leaders can use social media and other tools to find new talent and build a culture of collaboration and inclusion.

Now that we have been properly schooled on the practice of leadership, our next group of contributors will provide their insights on the art of leading transition.  Something all leaders must do themselves and help others to do as well!


“Every year a stream of nameless, faceless executives withdraw from their offices and gather somewhere offsite as part of a long-standing corporate ritual called strategic planning.” How effective is this process in practice? David Burkus of LDRLB tackles these issues head-on in his article, Strategy is About Choice.

“For organizations to thrive in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, leaders have to learn how to build a culture of trust and openness.”  In his article, Four Strategies to Increase Organizational Trust and Transparency, Randy Conley of Leading with Trust shares tips for building a culture that will unleash creativity and innovation in organizations.

As Joel Garfinkle of Career Advancement Blog explains, for most people, changing careers is a process, not an overnight, snap decision. This process does not get easier with time. In his article — My Job Isn’t Satisfying: Changing Careers at 30, 40, or Even 50 — Joel provides tips to successfully make this transition.

When you care strongly about developing effective leaders, it’s frustrating to find out that support for leadership development and training is on life support in your organization! In A Strategic Story About Strategic StorytellingKarin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders shares the approaches she used to revive a stalled leadership development project.

You’ve made the jump to management!  You’re no longer just an individual contributor responsible for your own work only.  You now are responsible for the work of your entire team. Now it’s starting to hit you!  What exactly are you supposed to do with these people? Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership has some help for you in his article 25 Tips for New Managers.

Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) is a management philosophy where leaders evaluate employees on results — not on their presence in the office. Is this new philosophy, where employees can independently manage their own time as long as the work gets done, viable for companies? Jennifer Miller of the People Equation provides insights in her article, 7 Considerations for Launching ROWE at Your Company.

“If you think you’re leading and no one is following, you’re really just taking a walk.” Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center gives real world proof to this saying in her article, The Process is as Important as the Product: 7 Tips to Manage Both. She explains why creating a “critical mass” of employee support is critical to implementing any change.

“To lead for innovation, leaders need to become comfortable not having the right answers, and instead think about possibilities.” Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context provides these and other insights in her article, Failure is Part of Innovation.

While transition is never easy, some aspects of leadership can be scary especially when leadership is exercised ineffectively. Our last contributors for this month discuss barriers to effective leadership.


A wise grandmother often shared the following with her family: “What you believe about people is how you’ll treat them.”  Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders builds on her grandmother’s wisdom in her article Are your Beliefs Getting in the Way of Better Leadership? “As a leader, being aware of our beliefs and being flexible and open enough to shift our beliefs when necessary is a skill that pays off in many ways.”

Mention the word poison and you will get people’s attention! Poison brings harm and destruction. While the natural world has its sources, so too does the business world. Leaders can and do inflict poison on their work teams. The result — whether accidental or intentional — is the same: damaged and destroyed working relationships! In a post from my blog, Management is a Journey, I share Seven Ways to Poison Your Relationship with Your Employees.

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August Leadership Development Carnival

Monday, August 6th, 2012

As Sharlyn Lauby, our August Carnival host, points out, we’re already a third of the way through third quarter! My, how time flies when you’re having fun—or fighting fires.

Along with the great posts this month, she queried everybody for their book recommendations, especially useful to the heavy travelers among you or those who just prefer curated reading lists. So without any more blathering on my part here is the carnival. Enjoy!

Joel Garfinkle, author of Career Advancement Blog, shared the story of a manager overcoming being passed over for a promotion in “How to Get a Promotion After Being Rejected

And he spent his summer promoting his new book “Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level” – congrats!

Changing Winds blog by Jim Taggert submitted “Real Leaders Don’t Have the Attention Spans of Squirrels

On his summer reading list was “A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter’s Journey from Refugee Camp the the Arab Spring” by CBC journalist Nahlah Ayed

At the Driving Results Through Culture blog, S. Chris Edmonds utilizes the recent sanctions against Penn State to start a discussion about “Gauging Your Organization’s Integrity

He’s reading Mark Levy’s “Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content” – and says, it’s well…genius.

Anne Perschel at Germane Insights discusses “Killer CEO Character Traits and How to Find Them

Her summer reading suggestion? “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman

Great Leadership by Dan McCarthy published “10 Simple ‘Truths’ about Management vs. Leadership

His summer reading list included Robert B. Parker’s “Lullaby” written by Ace Atkins

Horizon Point blog discusses the need for leaders to have expertise in the post “The Es of Leadership

Mark Stelzner at Inflexion Advisors tells us “10 (Avoidable) Ways to Lose an HR RFP

He cranked through two excellent novels by Gillian Flynn – “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places”

Jesse Lyn Stoner communicates “How to Identify Your Team or Organization’s Purpose

And she just finished “Buddha’s Brain” The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom” by Rick Hanson

David Burkus at LDRLB penned “Celebrity Leaders May Actually Be Falling Stars

The best read of his summer was Cynthia Montgomery’s “The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs”

LeadBIG blog’s Jane Perdue tells us it’s okay to throw some spaghetti in her post “In praise of mad genius

Her must read is “Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results” by William Baker and Michael O’Malley

Mike Henry at Lead Change Group shared a post written by David M. Dye on the “7 Practical Questions that will Multiply Your Influence

He recommends reading “The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business” by Patrick Lencioni followed closely by “Great By Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All” by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen

Leading with Trust by Randy Conley asks the question “Are You a Good Boss or a Bad Boss? 8 Ways to Tell

His good book this summer was “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do” by Phil Cooke

Management Excellence by Art Petty shares with us “The Hard Work of Getting Better at What You Do

His book recommendation: “Do Nothing: How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader” by J. Keith Murninghan

Management is a Journey blog, written by Robert Tanner, talks about the “Three Questions Senior Leaders Must Ask Before Undertaking Organizational Change

MAPping Company Success talks about extremes in “Hate, Intolerance and Responsibility

Miki recommends “Screw Business as Usual” by Richard Branson

Tim Milburn shares the lessons he’s learned in “3 Things Putting a Golf Ball Taught Me about Decision-Making

And he read “Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life” by Garret Kramer

Bernd Geropp at More Leadership blog tells us “What you ought to know about performance based bonus

He just finished “Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation” from Sally Hogshead

Anna Farmery, author of The Engaging Brand, outlines the “5 Trends Driving Social Business

Her good read of the summer is “Infinite Possibility: Creating Customer Value on the Digital Frontier” by B. Joseph Pine

Jennifer V. Miller at The People Equation discusses integrity in her post “4 Filters Your Team Uses to Gauge Trust

Her summer reads included Michael Hyatt’s “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World”

Three Star Leadership by Wally Bock teaches us “Lessons from Sam Walton as WalMart turns 50

And last but certainly not least, Lisa Kohn tells us “5 surprising reason why you shouldn’t be so nice” at The Thoughtful Leaders Blog.

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July Leadership Development Carnival

Monday, July 2nd, 2012