Welcome to the November 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival.
Leadership blends the demands of setting a vision for people and the rewards of seeing them achieve that vision.
The contributors to today’s carnival each looked at various facets of leadership. As Dale Partridge wrote in 4 Signs You’re Meant to Change the World:
As leaders we can afford to be uncertain, but we cannot afford to be unclear.
As always, we appreciate each of you who provides such clear and thought-provoking posts about leadership each month!
Let’s Get Started
Anne Perschel of Germane Consulting submitted How to Manage Your Ego – Leaders Guide. Anne shares, “Trouble happens when your ego takes control and causes you to run amuck. To make sure your wise self is driving the bus, follow the Leaders Guide.” Locate Anne on Twitter at @bizshrink.
Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting contributed Risk-Taking Advice from America’s Greatest Mountaineer. Bill recaps, “Ed Viesturs has summited Mount Everest seven times, helped with the ill-fated Everest expedition in 1996, and climbed all 14 of the world’s 8000 meter summits. He certainly knows a few things about taking risks – and you don’t have to be a mountain climber to benefit from his advice.” Follow Bill on Twitter at @btreasurer.
Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks submitted How To Develop Your Business Acumen. Bruce summarizes, “To lead, we need to know our environment and translate that information into insights. This article shares a three step process to build up your business acumen.” Discover Bruce on Twitter at @PMPhacks.
Chery Gegelman of Giana Consulting shared Maximize Your Purpose with an Altered Path. Chery writes, “Faced with or in the midst of something you didn’t plan? Peace for your heart, mind and soul: Catalysts for maximizing your purpose are often disguised as distractions and delays.” Chery is on Twitter at @gianaconsulting.
Chris Edmonds of the Purposeful Culture Group contributed Change is Hard. Chris describes the post as: “a personal example and a client example of how change is, well, hard. It’s not fun – at least at the start. It’s work – but it’s worth it.” Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.
Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership submitted Stop Criticizing and Start Leading Your Youngest Workers. In this post, consultant and speaker Claudia St. John provides advice for leaders on leading younger workers.” Find Dan on Twitter at @GreatLeadership.
David Dye of Trailblaze, Inc., shared How to Lead a Team – Look Here. David asks, “Do you have employees or colleagues that irritate you? (Hint: We all do.) Here’s a specific strategy you can use to build productive teams – even with those people.” Discover David on Twitter at @davidmdye.
Jesse Lyn Stoner of the Seapoint Center provided Are You Unconsciously Perpetuating an Outdated View of Leadership?. Jesse summarized: “When I noticed that over 90% of popular leadership quotes are by men, I did an experiment. I created a new list with 85% quotes by women. Guess what, the list is very popular AND no one noticed the skew. Does any of this matter? I think it does, and here’s why.” Follow Jesse on Twitter at @JesseLynStoner.
Jill Malleck of Ephipany at Work contributed In Praise of Powerful Admin Assistants. Jill shared, “Many leaders are overwhelmed because they don’t have an assistant, or if they do, they aren’t partnering well with them. Here are some tips to make this role pivotal to your organization’s success.” Connect with Jill on Twitter at @epiphanyatwork.
Jim Taggart of Changing Winds submitted Should Executives be Allowed to Telecommute. Jim says, “The traditional organizational pyramid has been around a long time. An increasingly outdated concept in a global economy, the Pyramid is accompanied by the physical presence of employees within organizational silos. Managers want their staff within arms-reach. Enter the teleworking concept with its supporters and detractors, each making their separate cases. But what about executives being able to telecommute?” Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.
Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted Are You Afraid to Speak Up at Meetings When You Have Good Ideas? Joel recaps: “Casey has become The Reluctant Leader. She feels she is not being noticed for all her hard work and accomplishments. Yet she doesn’t feel comfortable bragging, talking about how great she is, or publicly calling attention to all her accomplishments. Here are three ideas to help just start the raising of her profile.” Discover Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.
Jon Mertz of Thin Difference sent Shifting from Digital Native to Digital Citizen. Jon summarizes: “What’s the difference between a digital native and a digital citizen? And why is the shift that is occurring so important?” Discover Jon on Twitter @ThinDifference.
Karin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders gave us Do You Hear Them Now? 11 Signs You Have a Listening Culture. Karin discusses her current work with CEOs/CFOs of large manufacturing companies, and how it has focused on development of a listening culture. This post provides readers an opportunity to chime in. Find Karin on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.
Lisa Kohn of The Thoughtful LeadersTM Blog provided Don’t Buy Into the Drama. In this piece, Lisa shares shares: “as leaders we can remember to do our best to calm the worry and ease the anxiety, so that we have the energy to handle the real issues and challenges when they actually arise.” Follow Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.
Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting submitted 3 Steps to Winning a Best Place to Work Award. Mary Ila writes, “At the end of the day, an organization wins a best place to work award because employees feel valued. This post gives you a framework for building a company culture where employees love what they do and find value in doing it.” Discover Mary Ila on Twitter at @maryilaward.
Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Collaboative Services, LLC contributed What Happens When You Have a Real Conversation. Mary Jo says, “There is a lot of action going on in our organizations, but not a lot of real conversation. Here are some reasons to slow down and have dialogs in service to more effective action with rich learning and deep connection.” Find Mary Jo on Twitter at @mjasmus.
Miki Saxon of RampUp Solutions, Inc., contributed Ducks in a Row: Culture Made Easy. Miki continues, “Culture is recognized as a determining factor in success. In the interest of the ‘keep it simple’ approach, here is the basic premise and associated action needed to build a great culture.” Discover Miki on Twitter at @OptionSanity.
Neal Burgis of Burgis Successful Solutions shared Leaders Shifting Gears to Hire Introverts. Neal summarizes, “Leaders overlook introverts for various positions. Introverts, also known as Ambiverts are those who have a lot more of the strengths, skills and talent to generate and create ideas for problem-solving. They also interact longer in team interactions longer than the average introvert. Follow Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.
Susan Mazza of Random Acts Of Leadership submitted 7 Steps to Break the Cycle of Inaction. Susan asks, “Have you ever had a really great idea – something you knew you should do – and yet somehow you did not act on it? Unfortunately, when you get caught in the cycle of inaction, the tendency is to remain at rest. Here are 7 steps to break through that cycle and put the law of motion to work in your favor.” Find Susan on Twitter at @susanmazza.
Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Nasser Leadership Coach contributed Understanding the Power of Our Words. Tanveer summarizes, “Learn how the words we use to communicate our message to those we lead can either inspire others to believe in their potential … or take the wind out of their sails in bringing their best to the table.” Locate Tanveer on Twitter at @tanveernaseer.
William G. Steiner of Executive Coaching Concepts provided Great Business Stories. Willy says this post is “a look at how to ‘craft’ a great story from your own experiences for the purpose of influencing others in business. This post includes 4 key steps to constructing great business stories, as well as well some specific storytelling tips to make your stories more impactful and memorable.” Find Willy on Twitter at @coachforexecs.
Thank you to everyone who submitted articles for this month’s carnival! If you would like to be on the distribution list for submission calls, please contact Paula Kiger (paula @ weavinginfluence (dot) com)!