December Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the December Leadership Development Carnival!

The themes for this month are as follows...

Let's get started!


Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided The Big Power of Small Wins. Wally writes, "Small wins are the way to accomplish big things, establish a winning tradition, and feel better at the end of the day." You can find Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

Neal Burgis of Burgis Successful Solutions submitted Leaders Start an Innovation Revolution in Your Company. Neal recaps, "Exposure to cutting-edge ideas allows work teams to explore their limits and test new ways of doing business. Change or eliminate many of your company rules and watch productivity increase. " Find Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row provided Folding Paper Airplanes: Three Steps to Creating New Habits. In the post, Shelley takes a habit-forming look at a simple craft we've all done. Find Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.


Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted Five Communication Hurdles to Leadership Effectiveness and Influence. Joel shares: "Improving communication skills is one way to increase productivity in the workplace while growing your leadership and influence. Be sure to effectively communicating with everyone so that information doesn't get lost and to increase the effectiveness of your team." Discover Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group shared Six Steps To Create Messages That Matter. David writes, “Developing clear, concise, credible, compelling, and consistent messages are critical to effective communications. Learn how to develop your core messages with these 6 steps.” Discover David on Twitter at @thoughtpartner.

Julie Winkle-Giulioni of Julie Winkle-Giulioni provided Deconstructing Delegation. Julie recaps, "When it comes to delegation, the focus is typically on the “how” — the mechanics of the conversation designed to transfer authority, responsibility, and the process for performing a particular task." Find Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Collaborative Services LLC submitted Being Vulnerable Build Work Relationships. Mary Jo recaps: "Contrary to popular belief, vulnerability is not a weakness. It is an act of courage that binds teams together." Find Mary on Twitter at @mjasmus.


Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting provided Don't Ring the Bell. Bill recaps, "When things get hard and you are facing obstacles, don't give up! Just readjust as necessary and keep pushing forward." Find Bill on Twitter at @btreasurer.

Marcella Bremer of Leadership and Change Magazine provided How do You Respond to Gossip?Marcella recaps, "How do you respond to gossip? What would your "best possible self" do? And what happens in reality? This post explores some options and is part of a series about manipulation, politics and intimidation at work." Find Marcella on Twitter at @marcellabremer.

Rebecca Elvy of Rebecca Elvy provided 10 Ways to Make a Terrible First Impression. Rebecca writes, "Your first day in a new job can be a bit overwhelming. Daunting even. Especially if it’s a job you really want, and have worked hard to achieve. Some of that anxiety is justified! " Find Rebecca on Twitter at @rebecca_elvy.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference submitted Leaders: Have a Sense of History. Jon shares, "Great leaders embrace a sense of shared history and reflect on their personal history. It's time we strive for both." Discover Jon on Twitter at @thindifference.

Team Building

Dana Theus of InPower Coaching submitted Dear Dana Workplace Advice: How Can You Manage A Peer with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Dana recaps: "Working with a person who has narcissistic personality disorder is difficult and exhausting. It's also a good opportunity for you to work on yourself and your own triggers to become a better leader and a better person." Find Dana on Twitter at @DanaTheus.

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting provided Experiences Over Stuff: The Better Rewards and Recognition Strategy. Mary Ila recaps, "The latest trend in employee rewards and recognition revolves around experiences. Because let’s face it, who really needs more stuff these days? In this post, Mary Ila explores the better rewards and recognition strategy your organization should consider adopting. " Find Mary Ila on Twitter at @maryilaward.

Michael Lee Stallard of Connection Culture Group provided How U2’s Extraordinary Team Culture Helps the Band Thrive. Michael explains: Research shows that social integration is critical to health and longevity. As U2 releases its 14th studio album, Michael Stallard explores the secrets to the band's longevity. Learn how you can apply the same principles of success to your team. Find Michael on Twitter at @michaelstallard.

Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership provided How to Ensure You Make Others Feel Appreciated. Susan writes: "There are people who just seem to have the knack for making others feel truly appreciated. However, I’d like you to consider that this isn’t a personality thing – it is something anyone can learn to do." Follow Susan on Twitter at @susanmazza.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited provided Is a "Work Spouse" a Good Idea? Beth takes a look at a concept some refer to as a "work spouse" and whether that is a wise type of relationship to have in the workplace. Find Beth on Twitter at @bethbeutler.


Art Petty of Art Petty provided Leading at the Intersection of Logic and Emotion. Art recaps, "As much as we might like to believe people support plans based on good analysis and logic, reality says they act on emotions and in what they perceive is self-interest." Find Art on Twitter at @artpetty.

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds provided Accountability and the Role of Leadership: Are You Sharing the Power? In the post, Jim explains, "Accountability is intertwined with the components that form the basis for the creation of learning cultures. Of importance is that we must constantly remind ourselves that accountability is not a thing; rather, it’s about people" Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer provided Do You Have the Courage to Change How You Lead?  Tanveer writes, "Leading change is more than a process; it's a journey that challenges our understandings and opens up new insights and perspectives." Find Tanveer on Twitter at @TanveerNaseer.

Randy Conley of Leading with Trust provided How Does Your Presence Affect Team Members? 3 Questions to Ask. When your people interact with you, do they leave as a better version of themselves or a less capable one? In this post, Randy Conley shares three questions you should consider to help you leave a positive and lasting impact on your followers. Follow Randy on Twitter at @RandyConley.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center provided 8 Principles of Collaborative Leadership. Jesse summarizes, "Collaborative leadership is the most effective way to move collectively toward a positive future. But it requires a willingness to set aside one’s desire for power and control. " Find Jesse on Twitter at @jesselynstoner.

Lisa Kohn from The Thoughtful Leaders™ Blog provided The Sheer Joy of Leaving Things Undone. In the post, Lisa Kohn from The Thoughtful Leaders™ Blog shares that although it can be scary to choose not to do something, it is a leadership skill (and a necessary one at that) to Thoughtfully choose what we will and won’t do – especially during this holiday season! You can follow Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

Jamie Anderson of the Stand Up Strategist provided Social Media - Let's Go Gaga. Jamie recaps, "Social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, provide leaders with remarkable new tools to engage with followers, but must be used wisely for maximum impact." Find Jamie on Twitter at @JamieAndersonBE.

David Dye and Karin Hurt of Let's Grow Leaders provided Sexual Harassment: The Second Most Troubling Part of All These Revelations. Karin Hurt and David Dye share their concern about the wave of sexual harassment allegations that have come to light in recent months--and a secondary concern others may not have thought of. Find David and Karin on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

Chris Edmonds of the Purposeful Culture Group contributed Culture Leadership Charge: Living with Integrity. Chris asks, "Would the people around you--colleagues, neighbors, family, friends--say that you live with integrity?" Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.

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 Ellen Snyder (!