August 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the August Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of  development, engagement, productivity, team building, and more.


Julie Winkle Giulioni contributed Growing Your Business Means Growing Your People. Julie shares: "It's summer and we could all use a little light reading. So, this post boils down into an infographic some of the benefits of career development as well as four tips to make it happen." Follow Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog shared Help Leaders Radiate Confidence with an Executive Presence Training. Joel writes: "If you want someone to instill your star employees with the skills and presence to excel as executives, you need someone with proven expertise in training up-and-coming execs. You also need to make sure that person can give you a detailed description of the training he or she will provide, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting." Follow Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

David Dye of Let's Grow Leaders contributed How to Talk with Your Boss When You Totally Disagree. David shares: "On paper it shouldn’t be that tough—just have a conversation and share your concerns. But if you’re like most people, talking to an executive, senior leader, or board member feels daunting. Here are some tips to make it easier." Find David on Twitter at @davidmdye.

Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group provided Culture Leadership Charge: Learn Your Real Work Culture. In this video post, Chris asks, "How healthy is your work culture? The reality is that senior leaders can’t improve their work culture unless they understand the real condition of their current work culture. Here are three ways to solve that problem." Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.


Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context contributed What Drives Engagement? Is It Ethics?. Linda asks: "What really drives engagement? To what degree does ethics play a part? In this post I’ll explore 5 ways that an organization’s ethics impacts employee engagement." Connect with Linda on Twitter at @leadingincontxt.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group provided Employee Engagement and the Communicator’s Role. David shares: "Achieving trust, credibility and especially engagement is the ultimate prize for employers, now more than ever. Great communication can engage employees if it cuts through the clutter to speak directly to them, and no one is better positioned than communicators to know how to connect effectively with employees." Find David on Twitter at @ThoughtPartner.


Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided Do introverts or extroverts make better leaders?. In this post, Wally reminds us that the answer doesn't matter. You can be an excellent leader regardless of your personality type. Connect with Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

Shelley Row of Insightful Leadership shared Is Your Leadership Falling Victim to the Villain?. Shelley writes: "Technically competent people move into management where they face new challenges – challenges with people. They become perplexed by personality conflicts; stymied by office politics, mystified by seemingly illogical decisions, and confused why their logical points don’t carry the day. As a result, they become marginally effective and moderately inspiring as managers. Here's help." Connect with Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.

Steve DiGioia shared Successful Managers Are Not Afraid to Discipline Employees. Steve writes: "This is a topic that many don’t want to talk about, let alone do; disciplining an employee. The problem is that most managers are afraid to discipline employees. Without it, how can you ever hope for improvement? Then maybe hope is all you have." Follow Steve on Twitter at @stevedigioia.

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds provided What Can Business Leaders Learn from Military Cultures?. Jim shares: "There have been plenty of parallels drawn in the past between military and civilian leadership – at least in an industrialized Western context. However, North Americans have the tendency to perceive that the world begins and ends on our continent, and that other cultures don’t matter very much." Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.


Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog provided Four important ways to carve out time for your life (and why you must). Lisa shares a few ways to carve out your life from your work so that you can get important downtime, a chance to disconnect, and a way to keep work from taking over your life. Connect with Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership contributed 6 Ways to Just Say No to Stress. In this guest post, Janelle Bruland shares 6 transformational stress-reduction practices designed for leaders. Follow Dan on Twitter at @greatleadership.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited shared What is Your MIT Today? Thoughts about Prioritizing. Beth writes: "MIT may mean most important thing or most important task, but it could also mean something else when it comes to prioritizing." Find Beth on Twitter at @bethbeutler.

Ann Howell of Science of Working provided Managing Performance Under Pressure. Ann shares: "Elite performers – such as executives – thrive under conditions with the optimal level of pressure as explained by the Yerkes-Dodson law of psychology." Connect with Ann on Twitter at @drannhowell.

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Jon Mertz of Thin Difference shared Character: More Questions than Answers. Jon summarizes: "Our country's character raises more questions than answers. We treat values as dogma and ditch trust and integrity in the process. Character matters." Connect with Jon on Twitter at @thindifference.

Eileen McDargh contributed The Lessons of Hindsight for Ownership and Commitment. Eileen shares: "Many years ago, I was asked to chair the annual conference for 2000 of my peers… a four-day conference no less. Trust me, there’s tons of bad karma if you screw up. And a volunteer role no less." Connect with Eileen on Twitter at @macdarling.

Marcella Bremer of Positive Culture provided Gratitude, Contribution, and an Abundance Culture. Marcella writes: "Gratitude, contribution to others, and positive relationships create an Abundance Culture. If you think that's touchy-feely research, read this real-life positive case about Prudential Financial." Find Marcella on Twitter at @MarcellaBremer.

Randy Conley of Leading with Trust contributed What it Takes to be a Great Teammate. Randy shares: "In the recent College Baseball World Series, a 19 year-old pitcher for Vanderbilt provided an inspirational example in what it means to contribute to a winning team." Follow Randy on Twitter at @RandyConley.

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