December 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the December 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more.


Bernd Geropp provided One-on-One meetings: Why to do them and what questions to ask. Bernd shares: "One-one-one meetings create trust: Why do you need them? What do you actually talk about and how often should you do one-on-ones?” Find Bernd on Twitter at @moreleadership.

Jesse Stoner of Seapoint Center shared Give Me The Facts, Just the Facts. Jesse writes: "We live in the age of information and the floodgates have been opened. Our task is to learn how to live successfully at this age. Critical thinking is THE most important skill. We much each take responsibility to dig out the facts and not rely on our trusted sources to give us their conclusions. The only other choice is to outsource your thinking, and hope you don’t get caught in a distortion field." Follow Jesse on Twitter at @JesseLynStoner.

Eileen McDargh contributed What Legacy do You Leave? Eileen explains: "Are you leaving behind a legacy at work and at home that makes you proud? If not, take a look at what Eileen plans to leave as her legacy." Connect with Eileen on Twitter at @macdarling.

Diana Peterson-More shared Managing vs. Resolving Conflict: The Words we Use are Key to our Differing Values Use. Diana explains: "Do you manage or resolve conflicts? Essentially, there are two schools of thought: we either resolve conflicts or manage them. I am of the latter school, believing that conflicts are values-based, thus, rarely can they be resolved, merely managed to the win-win. Think of one of the most contentious values-based issues of our time: abortion, AKA, a woman’s right to choose. This blog pinpoints how the language we use aligns with our values, which exacerbates conflict. The post also provides a structure to manage seemingly intractable conflicts to the win-win." Find Diana on Twitter at @DianaPMAuthor.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group provided 20 Years of Learnings in Leader Communications. David shares: "David Grossman of The Grossman Group shared 20 Years of Learnings in Leader Communications. To help you communicate even better, and as a way to honor our 20th year as a firm, I want to share with you my top 20 essential (and proven) truths of exceptional employee and leadership communication." Follow David on Twitter at @ThoughtPartner.


Henry Mukuti of Insakanet contributed Challenges Require us to Conquer Them. Henry writes: “Life is full of challenges. Every day comes with its own challenges. If you give up, you are acknowledging failure. You are embracing failure.” Connect with Henry on Twitter at @HenryMukuti.


Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog shared What to Do When Someone Takes Credit for Your Work. Joel summarizes: "Nothing is more disheartening than someone else receiving recognition for all of your hard work. We're going to learn how to handle a couple of tough situations involving the theft of credit, so you can move forward with grace, composure, and recognition for your work." Find Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

Jon Verbeck provided Deep Cuts: Have You Restructured Enough? Jon writes: “With the crazy 2020 economy, all of my clients have restructured in some way. Business as we knew it changed, and we are all doing things differently than we did a year ago. But now as we move into the new year, we need to ask the question, “Have we restructured enough?” Follow Jon on Twitter at @jonverbeck1.

Marcella Bremer of Positive Culture contributed Human Kind: how to handle Power? Marcella considers: "Most people are friendly and prefer kind leaders. But why do kind people change once they are in a position of power? And why do we let them get away with it? It's #culture! Check out this post and re-discover the power of asking questions to balance power and engage the collective intelligence." Follow Marcella on Twitter at @MarcellaBremer.

Julie Winkle Giulioni shared Develop in Place. Julie explains: "As COVID-19 cases rise and organizations consider how to respond with strategies that prioritize employee health and well-being, we may find ourselves facing new conditions and restrictions. So, here’s a short video with simple and actionable strategies for making the most of this time by developing in place." Follow Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Karin Hurt and David Dye of Let's Grow Leaders provided How Leaders Can Find the Fun During the Slog. Karin and David share: "As the pandemic’s socially distanced slog continues into the winter months in the northern hemisphere, you know how important it is to maintain a positive culture. Here are four ways to find the fun despite the slog." Follow them on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

Shelley Row of Insightful Leadership shared Success in Leadership Requires a Shift in Mindset. Shelley considers: "The core problem in leadership is a misunderstanding of the skills needed to be successful at management. Shelley provides three mindset shifts needed to transform from technical professional to a manager." Connect with Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.

S. Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group provided Culture Leadership Charge: Diversity, Inclusion, and Voting. In this video post, Chris shares: "What can leaders do to model practices that make it easy for their team to participate in the opportunity to vote?" Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.

Ken Downer of Rapid Start Leadership provided The Final Act of Leadership: What Leaders Get Wrong About Succession. Ken shares: “A surprising number of leaders see leadership succession in a distorted light that invalidates any good work they may have done. If we want to be seen as “one of the good ones” here’s how to get the focus right.” Follow Ken on Twitter @RapidStartLdr.


Jim Taggart of Changing Winds shared The Elusiveness of Leadership. Jim considers: "Academics and the big-thinkers will continue to deliberate on just what is leadership–and its distinction yet complementarity with management. In the meantime corporate leaders will get on with business, ensuring that their companies remain relevant in a rapidly evolving global economy." Follow Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Priscilla Archangel of Archangel & Associates provided You Role in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Priscilla writes: "We’re in a time where leaders must determine the role that they want to play in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their companies. Do they want to be proactive and truly make a difference? It’s about the quality of results. It’s about whether they really care. It's time to decide." Follow Priscilla on Twitter at @PrisArchangel.


Marcia Reynolds of Covisioning Transformational Leadership provided Envisioning A Future When Anything Could Happen. Marcia shares: "How do you create a vision and set goals when the future is uncertain? These 3 practices will help you create flexible visions without giving up what is most important to you even when you have to adapt to what is changing." Connect with Marcia on Twitter at @marciareynolds.

Neal Burgis of Successful Solutions contributed Finding Time to Get Tasks Done. Neal explains: "Finding time to get done what matters needs you to put your attention on what you really need to do to move your business forward for success. Modifying what you do currently requires your attention." Follow Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

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Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided Take the Time. Wally explains: "Here are seven important things you should take time for." Connect with Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting provided How to Make Decisions Using Time vs. Money Margins. Stephanie shares: "Stephanie explains in a straightforward approach to how to determine if you should hire someone for a project or do it yourself. She points out different questions to ask yourself as a business owner before making the decision. " Connect with Stephanie here.

Liz Weber of Weber Business Services provided What Happens When a Leader Spells Team with an ‘I’? Liz writes: "Did you roll your eyes the last time you heard the phrase “There is no ‘I’ in team”? Me too. Find out how to keep the 'I' out of team with these quick reminders." Connect with Liz on Twitter at @lizwebercmc.

Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting Group shared Now is hard. Here’s a (beginning) list of ways to manage through. Lisa shares: "An essential list of ways to take care of ourselves – and to lead – as best as we can. Because right now, taking care of ourselves – and then maybe, hopefully taking care of other people – is the only way we know to begin to address your – and your team’s – fatigue, burnout, and stress." Connect with Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

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