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May 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015


After spending six hours on the phone with tech support and doing everything else in the other four I realized I had no energy to write something intelligent, let alone engaging.

Which is OK, because I have 20 intelligent, engaging posts to share, whether you agree with them or not.

So without more ado, welcome to the May 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival focused on Leading Yourself.


Leadership and a Bit of Magic

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Every so often I sneak a day off from writing and share that month’s Leadership Development Carnival with you as I am doing today.

Excellent info, so do click over.

But first…

We all know that tech is creeping into everything, but did you expect it to converge with magic?

It has and, of course, once again Apple is first.

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December Leadership Development Carnival

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

leadership-carnival-5-300x134There are times when we all need advice, encouragement and/or validation. We look for better ways to do things and new approaches to old problems.

The advantages of a blog carnival is that it provides, in one handy place, a curated list of links to some of the best bloggers in cyberspace offering creative, useable approaches in leadership, management, culture and “other practical Insights.”

It’s provided in its entirety below for current situations and to bookmark as a reference for future needs.

December Leadership Development Carnival

Leadership Skills

Many of this month’s featured posts focus on specific leadership skills we all need to develop.

For example, in “Seven Ways to Sell Your Ideas to Management,” Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog shares how to present your ideas in order to get them implemented – a skill you need to master if you want to be an influential leader in your company.

Need a little tongue-in-cheek advice? In “7 Habits of Highly Inept Leaders,” Karin Hurt of the Lead Change Group provides basic yet insightful tips about things NOT to do as a leader, thus encouraging leaders to behave differently in order to most effectively lead their teams.

Dana Theus shared this helpful reminder on the InPower Blog: the job you want may not need what you do best right now. The higher you go in leadership, the more this is true. To learn more about how to develop the skills you will need in your next leadership role, check out “Sidestepping the Peter Principle for Career Success.”

Do you understand the two faces of leadership? Jesse Lyn Stone of the Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog explains that one face of leadership looks forward to the future, while the other face looks back at your followers. Learn more about this important leadership approach in “The Two Faces of Leadership.”

Neal Burgis, Ph.D. wrote about another leadership approach on the Practical Solutions blog. Neal writes, “Creativity is often described as the catalyst to innovation, and creativity does not need to be left up to chance.” Learn more about cultivating this mindset in “Creative Innovation as a Leadership Mindset.”

Are You Living Your Leadership Life to the Fullest? Mark Deterding of Triune Leadership Services explains where servant leaders focus their energy to lead a life of significant impact.

Character of a Leader

Our featured bloggers also submitted great advice on developing essential character strengths and qualities.

Mary Jo Asmus reminds us that a willingness to open up and be vulnerable can create deeper work relationships in her post “The V Word” on the Mary Jo Asmus blog.

As leaders, we can be hard on people, but when we’re quick to judge, we need to take a step back and think about the second chances we were given. Read more on this topic in “Be Grateful for Second Chances,” submitted by Jon Mertz of the Thin Difference blog.

Inspirational leadership is the catalyst that gets people to go the extra mile, and Dr. Anne Perschel of the Germane Insights blog has been writing a series of five posts to help you be a more inspirational leader. Don’t miss 5 Attributes of Inspirational Leadership: #3 Determination.

In “The Power of a Kind Leader,” Jeff Harmon shares that giving attention creates an engaged state in the brains of team members and employees that can result in an increase in creativity, more collaboration and greater accuracy. Check out Jeff’s blog on the Brilliance Within website.

Miki Saxon of MAPping Company Success shares “Traits of a Good Boss,” which highlights four important leadership traits as exemplified by Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s new CEO.

With competing priorities, where should a leader’s focus truly be? As John Hunter shares on his Curious Cat Management Comments blog, Alibaba founder Jack Ma takes this approach: “We believe customer number one, employee number two, shareholder number three…” Learn more in “Managing the Organization as a System with Many Stakeholders.”

There are no shortcuts to developing high-trust relationships. In “4 Timeless Principles About Building Trustful Relationships,” published on the Leading with Trust blog, Randy Conley shares four principles you should keep in mind about the role time plays in building trust.

Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting Group shares “Four Ways We Sabotage Our Own Leadership” on The Thoughtful Leaders™ Blog. In this post, Lisa discusses why making sure you’re credible, trustworthy, consistent, and real will help you be the leader you want to be and make people want to follow you.

Management Issues

Need advice on a management issue? These experts may just offer the answers you need.

Well-orchestrated talent management practices can make the difference for your organization and position it to thrive, grow and weather change on the strength of its current and future leaders to face the challenges of doing business in 2015 head-on. Evan Sinar, Ph.D., DDI Chief Scientist and Director, Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research (CABER), shares Strong Bench Readiness May be Rare, but It’s Not an Accident on DDI’s Talent Management intelligence blog.

Beth Armknecht Miller of Executive Velocity Inc. tackles the question “How Valuable Are Employee Self-Assessments When it Comes to Tracking Employee Performance?” Integrating an employee’s self-assessment into the performance feedback process can uncover gaps between your perception and an employee’s perception of his or her performance before the actual review, providing you with a direction for feedback and enhancing your conversation.

Employee engagement is always an important management issue. Engagement begets more engagement…so how do you get the cycle started? Julie Winkle Giulioni shares advice in “The Engagement Ring.” Read more of her advice at www.juliewinklegiulioni.com.

Adam Harkness of The Productivity Blog shares this post on implementing analytics for HR, “Talking Predictive Analytics with a VP of Talent Management.” Similar to predicting the weather, attempting to predict performance is as much a science as it is an art; the field has evolved over the years and companies are now leveraging predictive analytics in the HR space to better understand their workforces.

Company Culture

From explaining the company vision to making culture “sticky,” company culture is something all leaders should be intentional about.

Do your employees “get” the company vision? Jennifer V. Miller of The People Equation offers up five ways to know in Don’t Wait Around for the Company CEO to Explain the Vision.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results Through Culture shares “Is Your Culture ‘Sticky’?” – a post/cast that provides steps to follow to ensure that a high performing, values-aligned culture remains and thrives after the culture champion moves on.

Other Practical Insights

Not sure how to navigate your upcoming office holiday celebration? Or struggling with the balance between empathy and enforcing performance expectations? Look no further than these helpful posts.

Managers need to figure out how to navigate the tricky waters of office holiday celebrations. Read Dan McCarthy’s post over at About.com Management and Leadership: A Manager’s Guide for the Holiday Season for some common sense tips.

Leaders who are overwhelmed may not admit it, but their staff bear the brunt. Jill Malleck shares “Herculean Efforts Not Always Heroic” on the Epiphanies at Work blog.

When should you lower your expectations bar for the sake of empathy?  This post from Mary Ila Ward at The Point helps leaders think through balancing empathy and expectations with three simple questions. Read “3 Questions for Balancing Empathy and Expectations as a Leader.”

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership writes that planning can help you succeed, but only if you review and modify your plan. Read more on approaching planning with the right mindset in “Plan, Review, Adjust, Repeat.”

Our world is rapidly changing as a result of globalization, technology and the steady emergence of economically hungry developing countries, further amplifying the need for strong leadership at both the political and corporate levels. Learn more about “Leading in a Time of Rapidly Shifting Tectonic Plates” with this post from Jim Taggart on his blog, ChangingWinds.

And finally, I recently wrote about a helpful tool for addressing leadership gaps in your organization. Learn more about “Closing the Leadership Gap” here on my blog.

Image credit: Great Leadership

Ducks in a Row: Brains and Performance Reviews

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Performance reviews are a frequent subject of management gurus, the media and pundits of every variety, myself included.

More recently the focus has been on what’s wrong with reviews and how they often act as a demotivator.

A new article in strategy + business uses brain science to look at exactly why and how reviews demotivate.


On another front, it’s Leadership Development Carnival time and the offerings are excellent. Click on over and I’m sure you’ll find information that will be of active use both at work and in your non-work life.

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Ducks in a Row: The August Leadership Development

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

https://www.flickr.com/photos/23972840@N04/10196873955 Several years ago I wrote a post that basically said leadership was about coping; I also said,

“…leading yourself is the most important leadership job you will ever have, because if you can’t lead yourself you will never have the opportunity to lead others.”

There is much to learn and many ways to learn it. One of the best samplers I know it the monthly Leadership Development Carnival.

This month it’s hosted by Shawn Murphy and his team over at Switch and Shift; the theme is
Motivational and Inspiring Leadership.
You can find it right here.; dig in.

Flickr image credit: Brian Shamblen

Ducks in a Row: Learn while I’m Gone

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Seven years and more than 3000 posts ago I started this blog and in that time I only occasionally missed a day. When I couldn’t post ahead of time I found a way to write from wherever I was, but the time has come for a vacation.

But rather leave you high and dry with nothing to read, especially with time off this week, I offer up the July Leadership Development Carnival to keep you entertained and provide learning opportunities. I’m taking the rest of this week off and will return Monday, July 8th.

I wish you a wonderful Fourth of July!

leadership-development-carnivalDan McCarthy from Great Leadership presents How to Overcome the 3 Organizational Barriers to Leadership Development.  “Why is it that more organizations and executives don’t fully embrace the effective development of their leaders? It all comes down to 3 barriers: They either don’t understand why it’s important, how to do it, or they just won’t. This post reviews each barrier and provides tips for overcoming them.”

Dana Theus from InPower Women presents Activating the Hidden Face of Workforce Diversity. “Building a diverse workforce isn’t so hard given the growing numbers of minorities in the U.S. population, but grooming them into leadership is another matter entirely.”

Julie Winkle Giulioni from juliewinklegiulioni.com presents Team, Group or Train Wreck? “Despite the ubiquitous use of the term, not all groups are teams. Teams share some essential qualities that distinguish them from other collections of individuals…. and that are explored in this article.”

Jim Taggart from Changing Winds presents Creating Your Leadership Footprint through the Practice of LESS is MORE.

S. Chris Edmonds from Driving Results Through Culture presents The Leader’s Primary Job: Engaged Employees“The benefits of engaged employees are impressive and undeniable. This post looks at Gallup’s 2013 ‘State of the American Workplace’ data as well as global data on employee engagement. Edmonds places responsibility for boosting employee engagement squarely on the shoulders or organizational leaders.”

Lolly Daskal from lollydaskal.com presents Failure: The Competitive Advantage“Some of us may look at failure as us not being successful, life has taught us that Struggle, failure, pain, adversity—they are all our teachersFailure gives us the competitive advantage, it opens the door unto everything we need to know.

Randy Conley from Leading With Trust presents Are You a Thermometer or Thermostat Leader? “Randy Conley uses the metaphor of comparing thermometers and thermostats to examine how leaders can either be reactive to the dynamics occurring in their teams or proactively create the right environment for their teams to succeed.”

John Hunter from Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog presents Experience Teaches Nothing Without Theory. “Too often leaders are applying behaviors without understanding the theory (or without evidence showing that the practice based on the theory is effective – failing to practice evidence based management).”

Jesse Lyn Stoner from Jesse Lyn Stoner presents Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart. “Jesse Lyn Stoner is hosting ‘The Value of Vision’ series for the next month. She has invited several leadership experts and thought-leaders to join her in exploring the role of vision in today’s complex, fast-paced world. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of the groundbreaking bestseller ‘The Leadership Challenge’ kick off the series using their most recent research. The series will run for a month and will include 10 industry experts and thought-leaders such as Ken Blanchard, Whitney Johnson, and Doug Conant.”

Michael Folkmanfrom Four Groups’ Blog presents Rethinking the War for Talent.  “Despite advances in technology, selection methods and years of cumulative experience; organisations continue to struggle squaring the recruitment and talent puzzle. Arguably, with all the tools currently available to them, businesses are no better at recruiting than they were 20 years ago. Whilst new technologies and social media have widened the net, there is little evidence to suggest that decision making is improving or that organisations are better at understanding what makes a successful hire. Maybe it is time that we re-frame the talent question and look at recruitment decisions through a different set of filters?”

Chery Gegelman from Simply Understanding presents When you don’t know, what you don’t know. “What do you do when you don’t know something?  Or worse…   What if you are in the midst of change and don’t know what you don’t know?”

Frank Sonnenbergfrom Frank Sonnenberg Online presents Winging It Through Life.  “Winging it is a form of shooting craps. You gamble that, prepared or not, you’ll be able to handle whatever comes up in life –– seven or snake eyes.”

Bernd Geropp from More Leadership presents 3 Ways how employee motivation gets destroyed! “Lots of managers want to motivate their employees. I believe that is the wrong approach. You don’t need to motivate but you have to take care that you don’t de-motivate. I share 3 ways how employee’s motivation can be easily destroyed and how it can be avoided.”

Karin Hurt from letsgrowleaders.com presents Stupid Idea or Seeds of Brilliance?

Jennifer V. Miller of The People Equation encourages leaders to be cultivators of talent, not hoarders, in: 7 Signs You’re Hoarding Your Team’s Talent.

Mark Miller from Great Leaders Serve presents Today’s Challenge: Delegation Without Guilt.

Jon Mertz from Thin Difference presents Interview with Megan Emme, Social Leader“Many exciting Millennial leaders are rising up. Megan Emme is a great example of a social leader, emanating the characteristics of Gen Y in an engaging way.”

Mark Behl from Leadership for Today’s Executive presents Manage Expectations or Manage Emotions. “As a leader, you must learn to manage expectations or be really good at managing emotions.  When we fail to manage people’s expectations, whether it is project timelines, budgets, or strategic initiatives, we are left managing their emotions.  Senior leaders that are upset, customers that are frustrated and angry, or key stakeholders that thought more progress was being made.  I have learned over the years that managing expectations will get you much further and help you build credibility as someone who is able to deliver on what they promised.”

Mary Faulkner from Surviving Leadership presents Everything Rustles (how fear drives your people). “Wonder why people are acting the fool in your organization?  It’s probably fear.  Learn how David Rock’s SCARF model can give you the framework to address the impact of fear in your organization.”

Lisa Kohnfrom The Thoughtful LeadersÔ Blog presents Soft skills have hard-core results“In today’s fast-paced work environment, soft skills are anything but.  They are the keys to effective leadership and they aren’t easy.  Follow these simple steps to enhance your ‘soft skills’ and get the results you desire.  Take the time to focus on your behaviors and interactions with others – and reap the benefits.”

Miki Saxon from MAPping Company Success presents Management is Like Coffee. “Just as there is an optimum amount of coffee that provides positive benefits there is an optimum amount of management that yields the best results; this is true no matter how high the quality of the coffee or excellent the management/coaching.”

Chris Young from Human Capital Strategy Blog presents 7 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Founded This Company.

Mike Henry Sr.from Lead Change Group presents 6 Forces Resisting Change “Have you considered what situations or temptations you face when you consider a better future? What forces work against change and for the Status Quo?  What causes you to be tempted to choose something less than the best for you or your organization? Identify and face those challenges and push through to make a positive difference.”

Neal Burgis, Ph.D. from Practical Solutions presents Leaders Bouncing Back from a Fall “How leaders bounce back after a fall from grace? We are all immune to setbacks and falls. It is how well you manage your reputation and responding well to it that makes a big difference.”

Wally Bock from Three Star Leadership presents Ideas that will not die. “Just like those creatures in horror movies, there are ideas that just will not die and keep on wreaking havoc.”

Susan Mazzafrom Random Acts of Leadership presents 3 Ways Anyone Can Boost Team Performance. “You may think company culture can only really be affected (for better or for worse) by the CEO of an organization. But regardless of your level in an organization you have the power to impact the culture for the better.”

Joel Garfinkle from Career Advancement Blog presents 5 Tips for Promoting From Within. “When you realize what it’s costing the company not to promote from within, you’ll want to implement the five action steps for creating a new promotion policy.”

Bill Matthies from Business Wisdom presents Knowing when not to change to “normal”! “Change is inevitable, constant, but not everything needs to change all the time. Great leaders manage change, both that they wish to happen as well as that they don’t, and knowing the difference is what makes them great. Watch and listen to what Faith Jegede learned about that from her Autistic brothers. Great leadership is everywhere.”

David Burkus from LDRLB presents How to Select a CEO for the Collaboration Economy (Written by Eric Lowitt).

Steve Roesler from All Things Workplace presents Who Are Your Conversation Catalysts?What do you do when you need to get a message out to your organization or your customers, and want to do it as quickly and effectively as possible? Here is a quick read with action tips you can use today.”

Anne Perschel from Germane Insights presents Molding Culture Change: Get Their Fingerprints on it which provides “Four tips for getting employees onboard and implementing culture change.”

Dianne Stetzer with Talent Management Intelligence presents The Innovation Paradox by Ellie Hall.  “Want to drive a culture of innovation in your organization? That strategy starts at the top of your organization. Learn more about the conflicts that your CEO and senior team will face in implementing your innovation imperative.”

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Ducks in a Row: June Leadership Development Carnival

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

leadership-development-carnivalA reader asked me why I posted the full Carnival. He asked if I really expected people to read 30 different posts.

I think he was a bit surprised when I said I didn’t. What I expected was for people to scan the list and choose which to read based on the short descriptions.

Because those descriptions are written by the authors, not the host, you get a pretty good idea of the author’s MAP and the subject.

Then you decide whether you want to read it or not.

It’s always your choice.

Dana Theus from InPower Women presents Iron Man vs. Athena for CEO – Leadership Battle of the Sexes. “Looking at new research on what global citizens have to say about the qualities we want in our leaders, it’s at 180 degrees in orientation from what our summer blockbuster movies tell us about what makes a good leader.”

Anna Farmery from The Engaging Brand presents What is strategy? “Strategy and tactics are so often confused, this post and graphic simplifies it…hopefully!”

Julie Winkle Giulioni from juliewinklegiulioni.com presents Want to Kill Young Workers’ Motivation and Drive? Utter These 4 Words. “Four small words are all it takes to extinguish motivation, choke off possibilities, discourage, demoralize and drive young workers away. At all costs, avoid “You’re too young to…””

Meg Bear from Meg Bear’s Leadership Blog presents You don’t want balance, you want control. “Instead of looking for balance [that doesn’t exist], build a plan to get control of your life.”

Mary Jo Asmus from Mary Jo Asmus presents When are you ready for an executive coach? “There is an optimal time for you to hire an executive coach, and this post outlines how to tell when the time is right for you.”

S. Chris Edmonds from Driving Results Through Culture presents Great Bosses Ensure Accountability. “This post/podcast is the fourth in a five-part series outlining the best practices of GREAT bosses. This entry describes how great bosses hold themselves and all staff accountable for both performance and for values.”

Lolly Daskal from lollydaskal.com presents The Duality of Leadership.

Sharlyn Lauby from HR Bartender presents High Performing Organizations Manage Change Well.

Randy Conley from Leading With Trust presents Build Trust Today or Lose Talent Tomorrow – 3 Tips to Keep Your Top People. “Retaining key talent is of critical importance to organizational leaders. Regardless of the talent management and retention strategies you employ, this post shares three tips that will help you build a foundation of trust with your top performers.”

John Hunter from Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog presents Executive Leadership. “When the senior executives are not leading improvement of the management system they inevitably undermine the efforts of others because they don’t understand the impact of their actions.”

Jesse Lyn Stoner from Jesse Lyn Stoner presents Go For the Gold! 8 Tips to Create the Future You Desire. “Over the years, studying vision and helping leaders in a variety of settings I learned that the real power comes when you focus on what you desire. Proactively focus on what you want, not reactively on your problems. While you might remove a specific problem, you are likely to discover another problem awaits, and you will move from one crisis to another. Instead of focusing on problems, picture the results you desire.”

Bruce Lewin from Four Groups’ Blog presents 3 Barriers to Adaptability and Change.
“There are 3 core barriers to adaptability and change. 1. Prioritising Short Term Profits 2. Short Term Thinking 3. An Addiction to Core Revenue Streams. By applying these 3 barriers to Nokia, Blackberry, Blockbuster, Kodak and others, it’s possible to see how each organisation struggled to meet oncoming changes and competitive threats to their businesses.”

Bernd Geropp from More Leadership presents Three dirty little secrets about being an entrepreneur and running a start-up business. “In this post I’ll share 3 misconceptions entrepreneurs and business leaders should be aware when starting a company but also when starting a bigger project. When I started my businesses I would have wanted to know these – but I didn’t!”

Robyn McLeod from The Thoughtful LeadersÔ Blog presents Happy merger, happy marriage, “where she shares how the keys to a great marriage can offer insight to leading successful organizational change.”

Karin Hurt from letsgrowleaders.com presents Orchestra Without a Conductor

How are your managerial manners? Jennifer V. Miller of The People Equation shares five ways to serve up respect to your team in Daily Ways to be a Mannerly Manager.

Mark Miller from Great Leaders Serve presents Take Back Your Life. “We all seem to be busier than ever before, but what happens when busy becomes hurry? This post suggests why hurry is dangerous, why it happens and what we can do to stop all the hurry.”

Jon Mertz from Thin Difference presents Millennial Leaders: Welcome to the Arena.
“Millennial leaders or Gen Y leaders have received a lot of attention, good and bad. The important lesson is to lead from within the arena and lead well.”

Miki Saxon from MAPping Company Success presents Entrepreneurs: Laughing at Yourself. “A rarely talked about component of success, whether at work or life in general, is the ability to laugh at oneself, seems to be dwindling.”

Joan Kofodimos from Anyone Can Lead presents What’s Good About Having A Bad Boss? “Lots of people have suffered through a bad-boss experience. I suggest that this experience can serve as a crucible for your own growth and learning as a leader, and outline some specific strategies for getting the most out of the experience.”

Chris Young from Human Capital Strategy Blog presents Building an Effective Teams Using the Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

Neal Burgis, Ph.D. from Practical Solutions presents Characteristics of Maverick Leaders. “Mavericks are individualists and by their very nature “different”. Mavericks are so different, so edgy and so independent that they are original in their ideas, their creative and innovative thoughts go beyond what most organizations want to pursue. These individuals are the successful stand outs that make them start their own business and reach their potential as leaders.”

Wally Bock from Three Star Leadership presents A Force for Good. “The work you do as a boss isn’t just about business results. It’s also about your effect on people’s lives.”

Mary Ila Ward from The Point: Sound Advice for Career and Leadership Development presents Are your employees on the border of ‘boredom and anxiety’? “This post outlines 5 questions that leaders need to ask themselves if they want to create ideal workplaces by establishing flow for employees.”

Bill Matthies from Business Wisdom presents Standing Still Is Not An Option. “The message is, change will happen but what that change will be can be partially up to you. Take action, plan for it.”

David M. Dye from Lead Change Group presents Why Your Employee Survey is a Waste of Time.

David Burkus from LDRLB presents In Praise of Middle Managers.
Image credit: Great Leadership

Ducks in a Row: May Leadership Development Carnival

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

leadership-development-carnivalSmart lady that she is, Karin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders organized this month’s Leadership Development Carnival by topic, which makes it very handy to find great info on a specific problem.

Being a Better Boss

Dan McCarthy of  Great Leadership shares his post, 6 Types of Bosses.  Dan answers the question we all wonder from time to time, “ “If all of this leadership development stuff is supposed to be so great, then why are there so many bad bosses?”

Wally Bock of  Three Star Leadership shares  The Disease of Me.  The Disease of Me can destroy relationships and careers. It’s easy to catch.


Jon Mertz shares his post, In Collaboration We Trust from his blog Thin Difference.  Collaboration succeeds when trust is active and trust is embedded in interactions, mission, connections, and progress forward.


Dana Theus brings us, 3 Ways Men Can Help Women In The Workplace on her InPower Consulting blog.  If you’re a man leading people in your company, chances are that you feel somewhat stymied in how to address one of the biggest talent management problems all companies face: how to keep bright, talented women from leaving the company before they make it into the leadership ranks. …

Change expert Bill Matthies discusses the connection between employee personal problems and the failure of their companies to achieve their goals on his Coyote Insight Blog.  His reminds us, ”To achieve company goals, help your employees achieve theirs,

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds shares his post, No Soup for You! Tales of Amazing Customer Service.  This post is about customer service and how some organizations create a self-empowering workplace for their employees to provide extra-ordinary service.

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership  asks Do You Give Your Power Away At Work? and then offers practical solutions to help ensure your voice is heard.

The Power of Letting Go

Lolly Daskal of Lead From Within shares: When we are faced with problems the first thing we want to do is identify it, define it, examine it, analyze it and seek solutions.  What if we could try something new?”  Read on… Don’t Solve Your Problems.

Julie Winkle Giulioni also talks about letting go in her Lead Change Group post, Letting Go with Grace.  Excessive attachments in today’s warp-speed world shape not only who we become – but what our organizations become. Could ‘holding on’ be holding us back?

Tim Milburn of timmilburn.com shares his post.  How To Wait When The Waiting Is Hard.  We all have to wait for things. Here are some ideas to make the most of those times when the waiting is difficult.


Jesse Lyn Stoner  of Seapoint Center shares her insights on The Space Between Supervising Closely and Delegating  Most of us know what it looks like when you are Supervising Closely or Delegating. But the space between is large and undefined… and very important. It’s the space where growth occurs and relationships are forged. This post explains what leadership looks like in that space.

Susan Mazza shares her post, It Sounds Great In Theory from her blog Random Acts of Leadership. Just because something “sounds great in theory” doesn’t mean we can immediately implement it. This post explains how to lessen the gap between theory and action.

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire talks about change in her blog in her post Seeing resistance?  Look inside yourself.  Resistance to change is normal. When leaders notice it, the tendency might be to push harder. Mary Jo suggests an alternative.

Randy Conley shares two key factors of high performance that are completely under your control. If you’re a leader, you’ll want to see how these two factors relate to the people you manage.   Two Things Your Boss Should Never Have to Talk to You About from his blog,  Leading With Trust

Performance Management

HR Bartender,  Sharlyn Lauby, provides a step-by-step guide to coaching an employee in her post, HOW TO: Have a Performance Conversation with an Employee

Joel Garfinkle shares Have to Let Someone Go? Follow These Tips to Make it as Painless as Possible in his Career Advancement Blog.


Mary Ila Ward of The Point, Sound Advice for Career and Leadership Development shares her post, Know your Value.  Part of a series of posts on personal leadership, this post discusses the importance of leaders in knowing and establishing their value in the workplace.


Julie Winkle Giulioni of juliewinklegiulioni.com writes about Unpacking Learning. Leaders dedicate considerable effort to engineer training and development opportunities their employees. The problem is that completing the experience leaves the work half done. The real benefit comes when we help others unpack the learning from the experiences they have.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog writes about The Art of Discovery.  It’s a video with George Box explaining the importance of directed experimentation with informed observers to improve performance.

David Burkus of LDRLB shares Why Learning from failure Works Better When Others Fail.  There are definitely positive lessons to be learned from failure, but new research suggests that the failure of others might be a better source of learning than our own short-comings or mis-steps.

Neal Burgis, Ph.D. talks about Leaders Over Using Their Strengths in his Practical Solutions Blog.  Anyone who has ever driven a car knows blind spots are potentially lethal.  This holds true in leading business organizations as well as on the road.  Are you aware of your strengths and how to use them to your advantage without overusing them? Do you recognize your strengths & how you use them?


Steve Roesler of All Things Workplace  shares his post  Earn Your “Change Chips” Early.  When it comes time to ask your people to make a significant change, have you earned enough “chips” to be heard and trusted?

Miki Saxon of MAPping Company Success shares her post Ducks in a Row: 7 Steps to Change. When you want to create change, whether of culture, process or something else, there are seven steps you need to follow whether you are CEO or a first line supervisor.


Chris Young of the Human Capital Strategy Blog asks Are You Creating an Avoidance Culture?  Perhaps you have worked for a boss who was difficult to approach – a person you actually came to avoid.  Chris offers ways to avoid a culture of avoidance.

Linda Fisher Thornton shares  15 Ways to Encourage Moral Growth in Leadership in her blog, Leading in Context.  She has compiled a list of 15 things that we can do in our organizations to encourage ethical awareness and moral growth. These elements can be applied as part of ongoing leadership development in any organization.

Organizational culture guru S. Chris Edmonds outlines three “what” questions that can help you get traction on desired culture changes on his Blog Driving Results Through Culture.  See Get Traction on Your Desired Culture

Lisa Kohn of The Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents Conflict is Good-5 Ways to Make It Even Better!  She presents a few simple, but not so easy, steps to take that can help make conflict more effective and productive.

Erin Schreyer of ErinSchreyer.com shares Three Crucial Ingredients for Leadership Success. Regardless of your position, title or experience, you need these ingredients to excel.

Image credit: Great Leadership

April Leadership Development Carnival

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

leadership-development-carnivalI don’t buy into “leadership” as taught by the leadership industry, but I find those who contribute the  Leadership Development Carnival don’t sell the “you are special”/“chosen one” Koolaid.

Instead, they offer up pragmatic advice and help that fosters leadership in everyone, whether they are in a leadership role or not.




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Wally Bock from Three Star Leadership presents The Key to Engagement. “Supervisors are the key to engagement. What are you doing to select and prepare better supervisors?”

Jim Taggart from Changing Winds blog presents Big-Bang in Practice: Antifragility, Innovation and Leadership.

Sharlyn Lauby from HR Bartender presents Is Leading While Learning Really Effective. “In a “do the job then get the job” world of work, is leading while learning really effective?”

Joel Garfinkle from Career Advancement Blog presents How to stop employee turnover in the first 90 days. “We seem to have a particular problem keeping our new hires from jumping ship. Turnover in the first 90 days is the main area of concern. Here are three steps you can start taking right away to turn your situation around.”

Bernd Geropp from More Leadership presents Five Questions you should ask before holding a meeting! “Lots of managers spend 50 % of their time at work in meetings.
Many meetings are just a waste of time. They are boring, they don’t serve a purpose.
If you want an effective meeting you need to answer 5 crucial questions before you hold the meeting… “

Linda Fisher Thornton from Leading in Context Blog presentsWhich of These is Ethical Leadership? “The graphic in this post illustrates the point that leaders are interpreting “ethical leadership” at very different levels. Which one of the 3 represents ethical leadership”

Mary Jo Asmus from Mary Jo Asmus presents Embracing Feedback. “For those who want feedback but haven’t yet learned to fully appreciate it.”

Jesse Lyn Stoner from Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog presents Let’s Stop Confusing Cooperation and Teamwork with Collaboration. “Using collaboration, cooperation and teamwork interchangeably dilutes their meaning and diminishes the potential to create powerful, collaborative environments. This post defines the difference, discusses Marissa Mayer’s memo that she was recalling remote Yahoo employees back to offices in order to promote collaboration and explains what is required to create a truly collaborative environment.”

Julie Winkle Giulioni from juliewinklegiulioni.com presents Building the Bench. “Recent research suggests that just as many organizations are beginning to feel that they’re stabilizing after a long period of economic uncertainty, they may in fact find themselves facing a new and unexpected challenge: deficient management bench strength. This post spotlights an under-leveraged approach to addressing this issue… while at the same time driving business results.”

S. Chris Edmonds from Driving Results Through Culture presents WOW Your Customers, Grow Your Business. “How employees treat customers has a huge impact on your business’ buzz . . . and your business’ revenues.”

Randy Conley from Leading with Trust presents Trust is….Trust is…” – How would you complete that phrase? Trust means something different to each person, and in this reflective post, Randy shares thoughts on what trust is to him and he invites you to add to the list by completing the phrase, “Trust is…”

Steve Roesler from All Things Workplace presents Self-Leadership & 3 Key Variables.  “When it comes to making career and leadership changes, there are three variables that come into play. If you are wrestling with where you are right now, this may help you clarify where you need to focus your energy and your effort.”

Tim Milburn from www.timmilburn.compresents Five Ways To Turn Your Crisis Into A Comeback. “Leadership is difficult (even in your own home). This heartfelt post was written from my own personal experience of moving forward in the face of failure.”

Bill Matthies from Business WisdomWhat I Will, What I Won’t. “While the philosophic take on this is what we will resist versus what we will attempt to maintain, the business version is about spending or saving resources. In Vegas, knowing when to hold ’em, when to fold ’em. It’s not easy is it?”

Dana Theus from InPower Consulting Blog presents The 3% Leadership Revolution: A (Missed) Opportunity for Women. “There is a quiet leadership revolution going on, a shift in the definition of success from “what” to “how.” In times of major change, the underdog has a strategic opportunity to end up on top. In this revolution, the women-in-leadership underdogs have a unique opportunity to capitalize on it and use it to define our leadership careers – to play a leadership role in the revolution, so to speak – or miss our chance at squeezing out from under the dominant culture that keeps women and men (both!) from valuing what women bring to leadership table.”

Bruce Lewin from Four Groups’ Blog presents Why is Understanding People So Hard.
“The lack of well recognised tools and techniques that help us better understand people through reliable predictions undoubtedly contributes to the fact that understanding people is hard. Taking this conclusion at face value, it’s then easy to see how some managers don’t want to get involved in ‘people’ issues and instead they prefer to pass the problem to HR. Time will tell how long this situation endures but given the 50 year time frames above, it’s difficult to see this cliché being consigned to history any time soon.”

Miki Saxon from MAPping Company Success presents You are NOT Your Company. “Ego-merge has an out-sized negative effect on people and companies, yet it is rarely, if ever, recognized, let alone discussed.”

Karen Kanakanui from Lead Change Group! presents a post by Karin Hurt called Why Doesn’t My Team Feel Recognized? “You’ve served up regular recognition cocktails of programs, plaques, bonuses, and fun. You’ve spent lots of money… you’ve put in heartfelt effort. And then… the employee survey results come in. It’s not enough. They want more. What if your recognition cocktails don’t work?”

Anne Perschel from Germane Insights presents Dear Leader: Verbal Feedback Not Working? Try Action Feedback Instead.

Lolly Daskal from www.lollydaskal.com presents Leadership: Disappointed To The Core. “If you meet a leader who’s a loner, who doesn’t communicate, who’s not engaged, who seems removed and not trusting, it’s probably not because they enjoy solitude or disengagement. It’s far more likely that they have been disappointed. There will always be people and events that will let us down, and when that happens it can shake us to the core.”

Kevin Eikenberry from Blog: Leadership & Learning presents Leading in Living Color. “Too many leaders think they can leave their real selves at home, leading from a place of policy, procedure and a pursuit of perceived perfection. If you want to be a more effective leader, be real and relatable. Lead in living color.”

Anna Farmery from The Engaging Brand presents What is the definition of empowerment. “People often mistake delegation for empowerment, yet in a networked world empowerment becomes even more vital.”

Susan Mazza from Random Acts of Leadership presents The Key to Being Adaptable. “If you want to be adaptable you must be willing to let go of one particular need.”

Wendy Appel from The Enneagram Source presents I Choose Now.

Jon Mertz from Thin Difference presents Follow / Unfollow – Making Relationships Work. In business and life, there are people we associate with and build relationships with. The key questions are: Who do we follow, and who do we unfollow?”

Karin Hurt from Let’s Grow Leaders presents Humility and Leadership: Can We Teach Leaders to Be Humble? “Is it possible to teach humility?”

David Burkus from LDRLB presents Do You Have Executive Presence? “David Burkus examines the research on “executive presence” and its role in developing leaders.”

Robyn McLeod from The Thoughtful LeadersÔ Blog presents Your strengths can hurt you, “where she shares four tips to avoid having your strengths turn into derailers.”

What does the Millennial generation seek in leadership development opportunities and do generational stereotypes get in the way? As part of her article research for the Huffington Post on “filling the leadership pipeline” Jennifer V. Miller of The People Equation interviewed what Gen Y professionals had to say in Gen Y and Leadership: Young Professionals Speak Up.

Neal Burgis, Ph.D. from Practical Solutions Blog presents Coloring Outside the Lines of Your Leadership. “Many leaders are known as unconventional, non-traditional, and even trailblazers. These individuals step over the boundary lines to be creative and implement their creative side in business, and sometimes in everything else they do. Coloring outside the lines is primarily about stepping outside your comfort zone & take a risk to be creative with your thinking skills. This is where you get to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Mary Ila Ward from The Point Blog: Sound Advice for Career and Leadership Development presents Questions for Striving Servant Leaders. “This post examines if you are truly acting like a servant leader by questioning where is your car parked and where is your nursery located.”

Joan Kofodimos from Anyone Can Lead presents Why are you so swamped? “Most causes of managers’ work overload aren’t in the nature of the work – they’re from within the manager. Understanding your own patterns and what you do to keep yourself swamped is key to getting un-swamped, and key to making the transition from managing to leading.”

Tanveer Naseer from Tanveer Naseer’s blog presents “What Organizations Really Need To Succeed And Thrive”.

Anadi Upadhyaya from TalentedApps presents Getting it Right: 100KM, Team of 4 and 48 Hours. “A great story about the four C’s of Shared Goals: Criteria, Communication, Change and Collaboration.”

Bret Simmons from Positive Organizational Behavior presents How we enhance our organizational citizenship. “The evidence on what makes us more likely to be good citizens at work”.

Nick McCormick from Joe and Wanda on Management presents Listen Up Managers. Don’t Forget to Change Your Oil. “Advice on listening from Greg Blencoe’s book, The Supermanager”.

Image credit: Great Leadership

March Leadership Development Carnival

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

As I’ve said many times, I really don’t like the whole “leadership thing” as taught by the leadership industry.

But I find those contributing to the March Leadership Development Carnival aren’t preaching that “you are special”/”chosen one” type of leadership.

Instead, they offer up pragmatic advice and help that fosters leadership in everyone, whether they are in a leadership role or not.

leadership-development-carnivalLeadership Practices and Approaches

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire-CS makes a compelling pitch for being intentional about giving praise and recognition as a daily practice in When things go right. Mary Jo reminds us that “leaders need to look and remark on the things that go right as well as those mistakes made by those around them.”

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership says, “A lot of leaders make the mistake of using the same conflict management strategy for all kinds of conflict. There are actually three types of conflict, each requiring a different approach.” In How to Handle 3 Kinds of Conflict, Dan shows you how to be more effective next time conflict arises.

In her post 6 Qualities in a Leadership Role ModelSharlyn Lauby, The HR Bartender, describes six qualities associated with Servant Leadership.

According to Neal Burgis at Practical Solutions Blog, “The old model of leadership was all about having the answers. In the current model, the leader’s primary role is to initiate conversations that bring out the best thinking of the group.” Powerful Conversations that Yield Powerful Results offers tips for holding these conversations.

Gwyn Teatro of You’re Not the Boss of Me says, “A team is made up of people.  It is the leader’s job to learn as much as possible about what those people are capable of bringing to it and to encourage their willingness to do so.”  Gwyn poignantly describes the consequences of a missed opportunity in A Reflection on Teambuilding… and the Story of Edith.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership Blog points out “there should be no surprises at annual performance review time.” In Performance Reviews Made Effective, Wally offers sound advice that will not only make them more effective, but also helpful instead of painful.

In her excellent TEDx talk, The Woman Effect  – Video and the Research Behind It, Dana Theus of InPower Consulting Blog examines the modern state of feminine leadership and invites us to show up and participate.  She describes the “Tragic Queen” and the “Underdog Princess” and makes a compelling case that ultimately the real difference is in their belief in their own power.

According to Art Petty of Managing Excellence, we live and work in a world filled with chaos and turbulence and must plan and prepare for instability, disruption, and chaos in advance. Art describes 5 Priceless Lessons from Amundsen and Scott and points out, “we will all be better off if we incorporate this explorer’s constancy of purpose and unrelenting focus into our personal and professional endeavors.”

Anna Farmery of The Engaging Brand tells us it’s the little spontaneous gestures that mean so much in What is the Customer Experience.

Bernd Geropp at More Leadership discusses the difference between efficient and effective and your role as a leader. In Why Your Employees Are Not Working Efficiently, he points out it’s not just a simple matter of proper training.

Do KRA’s and Rewards Help in Quality? by Tanmay Vora at QAspire Blog touches upon Alfie Kohn’s work and questions if external reward systems help in tapping the intrinsic motivation of people.

Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context Blog addresses the challenges of complexity. She says, “As our work becomes more complex, so do our ethical dilemmas.” in Complexity in Leadership, Linda discusses the thinking skills to needed to navigate complex situations more easily.

Nick McCormick of The Joe and Wanda on Management Blog asks Are You a Manager or a Host?

The Workplace Environment: Culture, Change, Innovation, and Empowerment

Lolly Daskal of Lead From Within explains that to successfully implement a change effort, “leaders much acknowledge and deal with the emotions of the people who are affected.” Change the Sixth Sense shows us that “change cannot be comprehended without taking into account our feelings.”

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog points out that “the need in so many organizations to avoid failure means wise actions are avoided because there is a risk of failure.” On the other hand, “reducing the impact of failure is very wise and sensible.” Taking Risks is Necessary, But Costs of Failure Should Still be Managed discusses how to maximize innovation and improvement while minimizing the impact of failure.

Leadership Development – a Key Strategy in Change Management, by Jennifer V. Miller of The People Equation explores how coaching, training and 360 degree feedback is a key strategy for creating an organization that’s responsive to change. As a bonus, Jennifer includes an infographic of a 2013 survey by The Institute for Corporate Productivity that demonstrates how critical of an issue change is for today’s organizations.

In his TEDx talk, Why Great Ideas Get RejectedDavid Burkus of LDRLD demonstrates that we possess an inherent bias against innovation in part because we evaluate new ideas through the lens of the status quo. He offers helpful advice on how we can get better at recognizing the value of new ideas when they are presented.

Tanveer Nasser shares Lessons on Effective Leadership From a Nobel Laureate derived from the work of James Watson. Tanveer notes “as innovation continues to evolve into a required cornerstone in today’s organizations, science will certainly play a guiding role in helping leaders to understand how to develop a experimentation mindset within their workforce,” and he stresses the importance of the role of observation.

S. Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group asks “how well do your leaders communicate, model, and champion your organization’s desired culture?” in Enable Employees with Liberating Rules.

Chery Gegelman of  Simply Understanding  by Giana Consulting discusses the importance of organizational culture in The greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage.

Joel Garfinkle of Career Advancement Blog discusses three best practices in recruiting and retaining talent in What’s It Worth to You? — Valuing Human Capital.

Mark Stelzner of Inflexion Point explains that fear is pervasive for all of us and makes the case that an important role of HR is to support employees in facing their fears: On Fear And HR.

Ray Benedetto of Guiding Star Blog describes three anchors of effective leadership systems and provides a checklist to assess your ability to survive the next leadership change in Avoiding Organizational Leadership Crises.

Chris Young at Human Capital Strategies Blog shares 7 Business Lessons from Peter Drucker Every CEO Must Follow.

In Stuck in the MiddleMary Ila Ward of The Point offers suggestions to C Level executives for empowering middle managers.

Personal Mastery, Communication and Networking

Wendy Appel at The Enneagram Source Blog show us that better decisions will result if our head, heart and gut all have a seat at the table in Integrated Response: Head, Heart, Gut. 

Steve Roesler of All Things Workplace offers Tips To Pinpoint Real Issues At Work. If you’ve ever been frustrated by a colleague or a boss who is “talking around an issue,” here are 4 good questions you can ask to help them get focused and right to the heart of the issue.

How do you respond to feedback?  Jesse Lyn Stoner describes the peril of ignoring it and provides 4 tips for How to Answer a Wake Up Call. (Hint: Don’t hit the snooze button.)

Julie Winkle Giulioni says “networking is a core competency and requirement for business success.” In Networking Not Working? 6 Strategies for the Intrepid Schmoozer, Julie offers six practical suggestions to increasing your comfort and confidence in networking situations.

In Simple Virtual Touchpoints – A Catalyst for Global Conversations, Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership says, “One of the most valuable outcomes of engaging with people via Social Media has been the opportunity to network with, learn from and build communities with thought leaders from around the world.”

Mark Bennett of TalentedApps explains that to achieve your goals you need a plan that “translates into specific behaviors for your particular situation” in Make sure you know the second shot.

In The Secret Behind the 9 Box Performance Potential Grid, Karin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders explains how to take charge of your career. She suggests finding out where you fit in your organization’s succession plan and offers some additional tips.

Miki Saxon of MAPping Company Success explains that stress itself might not be bad, but rather the problem is how you handle it. She says, “If you put your energy into controlling stuff to avoid stress you are bound to fail” in Cope or Control (That is the Question).

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference Blog recently attended the Wisdom 2.0 Conference and shares his learnings in Six New, New Things I Learned from Wisdom 2.0.

Jim Taggart at Changing Winds outlines 9 types of intelligence in Are You Emotionally Intelligent? EI–The Inner Side of Leadership: Part I

In Leadership that Limits Success, Guy Farmer of Self-Awareness Workshops Blog says self-awareness is important so you can choose behaviors that increase success.

Joan Kofodimos of Anyone Can Lead Blog offers some excellent advice on how to Make Sure Your Strengths Don’t Become Weaknesses.

In Saddle Up and Lead  Claudio Morelli of The Lead Change Group says,“Overcoming fear is key to a leader’s success in working through difficult situations when their leadership is challenged and sometimes threatened.”

In her post The real ways to capitalize on failure, Robyn McLeod summarizes an Inc. magazine blog post by Lewis Schiff on 5 things to do when you fail.

Randy Conley of Leading with Trust closes out the carnival by providing encouragement to us all by reminding us that we matter in You Matter – The Truth About Your Purpose and Value. A message we all need to remember.

Image credit: Great Leadership

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