December Leadership Development Carnival

December Leadership Development Carnival

Post from: MAPpingCompanySuccess

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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December Leadership Development Carnival

December Leadership Development Carnival

Post from: MAPpingCompanySuccess

Another Leadership Development Carnival means another opportunity to improve your skills—53 opportunities to be exact. Well-earned thanks go to Jane Perdue at Get Your Leadership BIG On! for hosting this month’s Leadership Development Carnival with so much flair.

Gifts for Helping Others Grow

The always informative Trish McFarlane presents some great insights for handling long tenured employees 5 Strategies To Coach Employees Who Have Become Institutionalized posted at HR Ringleader.

Laura Schroeder gives us the scoop on why using straight talk with employees is the right way to go in Managers: Time to Talk Turkey at Working Girl.

Kevin Eikenberry redirects our thought processes and challenges our assumptions in How to Get Lazy People to Work at Leadership and Learning with Kevin Eikenberry.

Paul Slater gifts us with insights for fostering and developing the next generation of leaders in What Young Leaders Need posted at Mushcado.

The erudite Anne Perschel serves up the importance of employee fingerprints in transformation in A Word or Two About Change at Germane Insights.

Andrew Rondeau passes along valuable information for handling disagreements in Conflict Resolution In The Workplace posted at Great Management.

Wally Bock gives us a year-round gift in Bosses: Give Frequent and Usable Feedback from Three Star Leadership.

Celebrating Connections and Giving

Anna Farmery makes a complete and compelling case for the power of connecting in 10 Business Connections You MUST make found at The Engaging Brand.

Tanveer Naseer persuasively builds the foundation as to why fostering a sense of collective purpose is important in Encouraging Your Employees to Reach for the Moon at

Eric Pennington asks us to examine our aspirations and motivations in Aspiring To What’s Not Really There at Epic Living.

Using her profuse talents, Mary Jo Asmus provokes us to think about breathing into ourselves in How to Inspire Others found at Aspire Collaborative Solutions.

It’s always the season for giving, and Janet Helm encourages us to generously do so in The Giving Project – That Extra Twinkle at Lead by Giving

Some Holiday Twinkle and Cheer

The always instructive and helpful Jennifer V. Miller humorously challenges The Urban Legend of Command and Control Management found at The People Equation.

Wayne Turmel gives us a tongue-in-cheek view of innovation in Fire: an idea that will never catch on at Management Issues.

Dave Moran shares a mischievous view on 10 Ways to Kill Employee Engagement posted at Software Results.

Presents for Becoming a Better Leader

Jason Seiden dares us to have the guts and patience to go for excellence in The Race to Mediocrity at Next Generation Talent Development.

John Spence shares some awesomely simple yet profound insights regarding What Does “Talent” Look For in a Leader? at Achieving Business Excellence.

From Afghanistan, Tom Magness makes the time to offer insights for honing our decision-making skills in Deciding to Decide at Leader Business.

Jim Taggart asks us to reflect our level of knowledge in Do You Know the Difference Between Corporate Culture and Climate? at ChangingWinds.

Thoughtful leader that he is, Mike Henry Sr. shares a thought-provoking post by Erin Schreyer on Change is Good! How’s Your Leadership in the Midst of It? from the Lead Change Group Blog.

The inspirational Art Petty serves up Leadership Caffeine: How to Grow Your Leadership Credibility in 15 Easy Lessons at Management Excellence.

Celebrating Polarities

Susan Finerty challenges our thinking in When the Golden Rule Isn’t So Golden at Leadership Mutt.

Interested in infusing an entrepreneurial spirit into your work place? Erik Samdahl offers practical insights in Fostering Intrapreneurship: Think Like a VC, Act Like an Entrepreneur at Productivity Blog.

Beth Follini applauds embracing leadership paradoxes in Why is it important to work with polarity? at Musings from a practical mystic.

Lisa Rosendahl courageously provokes our thinking on how to overcome prejudice and bias by valuing diversity of thought in Exposing Ignorance at Women of HR.

Making Merry and Pushing Comfort Zones

The ever-insightful Dan McCarthy offers a great road map for HR relevancy in A Four Stage Leadership Development Model found at Great Leadership.

Rich Maltzman rightfully points out that Sometimes, the obvious is not so obvious posted at Earth PM.

At LeaderLab, David Burkus explores why Are leaders born or made? is asking the wrong question.

Tim Porthouse prompts us to reflect on what kind of boss we are in A Tale of Two Bosses at Zealeap – Leadership 3.0.

Once again, Steve Roesler pushes our comfort zone by illustrating how to be more specific about communicating and defining change in I’ll Change: Tell Me Exactly What You Want at All Things Workplace.

Jim Taggart shares his intriguing thoughts on how leaders must respect geographic, cultural and market uniqueness in Disrupting General Electric: Changing its Mindset Through Reverse Innovation at ChangingWinds.

Michael Cardus thoughtfully yet forcefully suggests we focus on outcomes rather than nomenclature in 10 Managerial Leadership Practices at Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership Blog.

Under the Learning Tree

Wishing more 21st century organizations were learning ones? Gwyn Teatro beautifully re-introduces us to the five timeless principles of Peter Senge in Leaders and the Learning Organization posted at You’re Not the Boss of Me.

Bret L. Simmons educates us regarding definitions and practices for Authentic Leadership at Bret L. Simmons.

Adi Gaskell shares interesting “who knew” research about The smell of fear and its impact on risk taking posted at The Management Blog.

Sean McGinnis presents a thoughtful case for Knowing “Why” Makes You Better found at 312 Digital.

William Matthies reminds us of the importance of the willingness to Be Convinced . . . And Prepared To Change Your Mind posted at Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By.

Nissim Ziv drops a gift for supervisors down the chimney: What Makes a Good Supervisor? 10 Qualities of a Good Supervisor at Job Interview Guide.

Janna Rust reminds us to be mindful of our Emotions and Productivity, a post found at Purposeful Leadership.

Joyfully Becoming Better

The amazing one and only Sharlyn Lauby gifts us with Being Strategic and Creating Strategy Aren’t the Same Thing found at HR Bartender.

Steve Tringham shares insights for handling Problems and Confrontation at Peopleware.

In his inaugural Idea Lab post, the ever-inventive Mark Stelzner presents The HR Idea Lab: Analyze the Analysts at Inflexion Advisors.

Amy Wilson serves up a simple truth in They’ll Be Back posted at Talented Apps.

Complete with a delightful cartoon, Benjamin McCall encourages us to step up and When all else fails, make a decision found at ReThinkHR.

Holiday Potpourri

Randall Davidson provides us with resources in The Top 101 Productivity Blogs of 2010 at Transcription Blog.

David Zinger offers a short haiku on leadership in Workaiku: Iceberg posted at Employee Engagement Zingers.

Miki Saxon encourages us to prepare for 2011 success by planning right now in The Start of Planning Season at MAPping Company Success.

Orson Bean offers a multitude of resources for managing knowledge and content in Top 50 Knowledge Management Blogs at Biz-gasm.

Erin Pavlina tells a heart-warming story about how you can Believe It and Achieve It posted at Erin Pavlina.

Shankar Anand offers thoughts about managing and creating Brand You at Shankaranand’s Blog.

Nick McCormick takes a different sharing tack and offers up a podcast on how to Identify Your Islands of Profit found at Joe and Wanda – on Management.

Using trains as an interesting metaphor, Andy Klein prompts us to ponder Does your business run like a conventional train or the Shinkansen? at Fortune Group Blog.

Lynn Dessert presents tips and insights for overcoming fear so we can be more effective at Managing Social Media in Organizations posted at Elephants at Work.

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