The Leadership Development Carnival: Ides of March Edition


The Ides of March – corresponding to March 15 – is known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 BC. Although Caesar had been warned of his fate and counseled not to attend the Senate meeting where he’d be assassinated, he didn’t listen. If Caesar were reincarnated to lead the masses today, I’m sure he would: a) listen better and b) learn his lesson and decide to read these great leadership posts (thus being a much better leader and living a longer life the second time around). Why not learn from Caesar and start reading now?


Great Leadership author Dan McCarthy  hands down 10 Commandments for Getting Along with Your Fellow ManagersWhy leaders should read this: Managers often neglect their peer manager relationships and pay more attention to their own employees and boss. That’s a big mistake, as peer relationships are critical to your success and matter the most when it comes to promotional opportunities.


Career Advancement Blog  author Joel  Garfinkle  gives us  5 Tips on Recruiting & Retaining Managerial Talent. Why leaders should read this: Tired of losing top talent? These five steps will help you recruit and retain the best. When you recruit well, retention becomes much easier.


The InPower Blog author Dana Theus educates us on The Values Schism & How it’s Draining the Brains from Corporate America: Part I: and Part II: . Why leaders should read this: Employees are discovering that their values are misaligned with the companies they work for and that one of their highest values, has almost no value to their employers.


Frank Sonnenberg Online author Frank Sonnenberg intrigues us with Counterfeit Leadership. Why leaders should read this: The responsibility of a leader is to lead. (What a great concept.) The fact is, some leaders are causing irreparable damage to great institutions by shirking their responsibilities. How do you spot a counterfeit leader?


ChangingWinds author Jim Taggart goes deep with Decency, Humility and Personal Leadership. Why leaders should read this: Humility and decency are key traits of effective personal leadership, which are illustrated in this story of a great retired Canadian-American athlete who continues to receive the respect of all.


The People Equation author Jennifer V. Miller asks about Career Conversations: Leaders, Are You Getting it Right?. Why leaders should read this: It will help leaders to think carefully about career conversations with team members, as Jennifer offers up a unique format for planning the discussion.


Driving Results Through Culture author S.Chris Edmonds tells us why Character Matters. Why leaders should read this: Organizational culture guru S. Chris Edmonds shares the impact of poor character on your organization’s performance, team member engagement, and reputation. Character matters. Demand it. Model it. Observe it. Celebrate it.


Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog author John Hunter explains why Poor Results Should Be Addressed by Improving the System Not Blaming Individuals . Why leaders should read this: Normally there are weaknesses in the system that make failure more likely than it should be.  If those system weaknesses are not fixed failures will continue.


LDRLB author David Burkus helps us to understand the Worst. Innovation Quote. Ever. Why leaders should read this: The author of this post, Tim Kastelle, shares the worst innovation quote ever and explains why leaders need to stop using it.


Simply Understanding author Chery Gegelman reminds us that When Comfort Zones Become Cliques, Leadership Quakes. Why leaders should read this: Leaders are human, and all humans are tempted to stay where things are comfortable.  But what happens when a titled leader can’t or won’t leave their comfort zone?  Their Leadership Quakes…


The Thoughtful Leaders™ Blog of the Chatsworth Consulting Group author Lisa Kohn tells us the truth in You don’t have to be an extrovert to be a leader . Why leaders should read this: where the myth that one needs to be extroverted to be an effective leader is debunked, and Lisa offers tips on how to lead from an introverted preference.


Let’s Grow Leaders author Karin Hurt ponders opposites in When Running Away is Running Toward . Why leaders should read this: How do you decide if you’re running away from something, or running toward something else?


Executive Velocity author Beth Armknecht Miller guides us on How to create values that work for your business. Why leaders should read this: Culture and values start with leaders and they just don’t “happen”. Your behaviors reflect your values; so what are you doing to support or erode the culture you want in your company? How do you insure that other leaders are supporting the culture as well?


The Productivity Blog author Kevin Martin tells us What Employers Must Do Now to Drive and Sustain High Performance . Why leaders should read this: Many organizations are attempting to effectively manage talent shortages in critical areas, and all signs indicate it’s only to get worse. This article explores what executive leadership should do about it.


Random Acts of Leadership author Susan Mazza inspires us with Tending the Garden of Your Mind . Why leaders should read this: Sustained leadership success requires that you learn to tend the garden of your mind lovingly and wisely – through your thoughts, words, and conversations.


Development Dimensions International Talent Management intelligence author Mark Phelps explores the question Are We Missing the Mark on How to Develop Leaders?  Why leaders should read this: “Today’s business world can resemble a circus. With many things to keep tabs on, leaders are being pulled in multiple directions at once.  Amid the chaos, successful leaders cannot lose sight of their organization’s most prized assets—their people and the leaders who lead them.  Read how your organization can get the most from the investments they make in their human assets.”


Chip Bell author Chip Bell informs us with Innovative Service: What Great Leaders Actually Do . Why leaders should read this:  This post will resonate with leaders who desire to guide their organizations through innovation by leading courageously and setting the example.


Leading with Trust author Randy Conley shows us a Moment of Trust – How to Give Feedback That Builds Trust, Not Destroys It . Why leaders should read this: Giving feedback is a “moment of trust,” an opportunity to either build or erode trust in a relationship. Deliver the message well and trust can skyrocket. Fumble the opportunity and trust can plummet. Randy outlines a plan and process to help you seize your moment of trust when giving feedback.


LeadBIG author Jane Perdue showcases work by Dr. Ellen Weber called If equity’s a mere matter of view…. . Why leaders should read this: Dr. Ellen Weber shares a compelling story about how her views regarding equity were reframed.


Tanveer Naseer author Tanveer Naseer encourages new options with Leading Through the Power of “And” . Why leaders should read this: Learn why we need to let go of creating either/or scenarios to simplify what we focus on and learn instead to embrace the power of “and”.


The Engaging Brand author Anna Farmery gives us The Cheater’s Guide For Turning Problems into Sales . Why leaders should read this: We all face problems on a daily basis. Successful leaders see problems as a potential to grow sales, how? Here is a guide that will help.


Three Star Leadership author Wally Bock provides notes of caution in Harbingers of Doom. Why leaders should read this: Listen for these phrases that provide warning of doom to come.


The Point Blog author Mary Ila Ward assists you in a decision in Should you Hire a Leadership Coach? . Why leaders should read this:  Performance Management: Putting Research into Action states, “There is strong research and case-study evidence that coaching is an effective leadership development tool,” but is a coach what you need to help take you to the next level?  This blog post can help you discern if coaching is right for you.


Anyone Can Lead author Joan Kofodimos challenges you to Lean Into Your Mistakes . Why leaders should read this: Every leader makes mistakes – what matters most is how they handle those mistakes.


Thin Difference author Jon Mertz coaches us on How to Develop a Leadership Philosophy? . Why leaders should read this: Thinking through what type of leader we want to be and how we want to lead will make us a better leader. To do this, having a defined leadership philosophy is a necessity.


Lead Change Group author Jeff Orr shows us where we stand in The Leadership Life Cycle . Why leaders should read this: This is an examination of the evolution of a leader. Check it out and see where you fit!


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Mary Jo Asmus is the founder and President of Aspire Collaborative Services LLC, an executive coach, writer, internationally recognized thought leader, and a consultant who partners with organizations of all kinds to develop and administer coaching programs. She has “walked in your shoes” as a former leader in a Fortune company.


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