February 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the February Leadership Development Carnival!

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Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center provided How to Make an Effective Apology and Restore Trust and Your Credibility. Jesse summarizes, "Denying mistakes, avoiding talking about them, or blaming them on others is a surefire way to lose credibility. The good news is that when you make an effective apology, you can actually increase trust and credibility. Here are the 3 ingredients of an effective apology." Find Jesse on Twitter at @jesselynstoner.

Marcella Bremer of Leadership and Change Magazine provided Are you Downloading, Debating or in Dialogue? Marcella recaps, "Are you Downloading, Debating or in Dialogue? Take a look at the interaction patterns around you to see the stage your team or organization is at. How could you create the conditions for constructive dialogue? " Find Marcella on Twitter at @marcellabremer.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted Four Advantages of Leveraging a Cross-Functional Team. Joel shares: "Developing cross-functional teams can be instrumental in improving communication and improve managerial function. Building strong rapport with key players in your organization will help grow your visibility and influence. " Discover Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited provided How to Avoid Hurting Someone with Your Blog. Leadership bloggers often tell stories on their blog, making the posts engaging and relevant. But your blog post might hurt someone if you are not careful. Beth gives some tips to avoid that problem. Find Beth on Twitter at @bethbeutler.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group shared 5 Tips to Define Your Business Strategy – Literally. David writes, “All too often, strategies contain words or concepts that take on as many meanings and interpretations as the number of people who read them. Help define the meaning of each concept in your business strategy with these 5 tips.”Discover David on Twitter at @thoughtpartner.


Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership provided Why Positive Thinking is Not Enough. Susan writes: "I believe in the power of thinking positively and by nature, I am an optimist. Yet being positive doesn’t magically overcome the problems we face in life or the workplace." Follow Susan on Twitter at @susanmazza.

Dana Theus of InPower Coaching submitted The Future of Work Unleashes Human Potential. Dana recaps: "Ever want to look into a crystal ball and see the future? What is the future of work going to look like and will you be ready?" Find Dana on Twitter at @DanaTheus.

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer provided My TEDx Talk – A Personal Journey To Find Meaning In Success. Tanveer writes, "Is passion all we really need to be happy and successful? In this engaging and humorous talk, Tanveer Naseer shares two personal stories that reveal how purpose leads us to the life we were meant to live." Find Tanveer on Twitter at @TanveerNaseer.

Paula Kiger of Big Green Pen provided Needing to Be Elsewhere. Paula recaps, "Sometimes, the seeds of leadership are born in the realization that we need to be "elsewhere." This post explores the need to be "elsewhere" and the actions three people took to respond to the need." Follow Paula on Twitter at @biggreenpen.


Julie Winkle-Giulioni of Julie Winkle-Giulioni provided The Value of Visibility. Julie recaps, "Dollars might be tight and time in short supply, but savvy leaders don't allow these to be excuses for failing to develop employees. In fact, the a budget neutral strategy of enhanced visibility is a powerful way to help others grow!" Find Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Steve Digioia of Steve Digioia provided This is What You Need to Succeed In Any Job. Steve writes, "You’re trying to land the “perfect” job. Your resume is ready, you’ve done your company research and practiced for your interview – but you know something’s missing. This is what you need to succeed in any job…" Follow Steve on Twitter at @SteveDigioia.

Rebecca Elvy of Rebecca Elvy provided Five Leadership Myths and How They’ll Trip You Up. Rebecca writes, "In this article we’ll explore five of the most common leadership myths, and how they can trip you up if you aren’t careful." 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.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership provided New Year’s Leadership Development Goals 2018 Edition. For many leaders, it’s time to establish leadership development goals, either as part of a formal development planning process, or just because it’s a proven way to continuously improve as a leader. Dan McCarthy offers a list of 10 to pick from! Find Dan on Twitter at @greatleadership.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided Leadership’s Dirty Little Secret. Wally writes, "Barry was a great leader, but that wasn’t enough..." You can find Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

David Dye and Karin Hurt of Let's Grow Leaders provided Five Powerful Ways to Ensure Leadership Training Sticks. Karin Hurt and David Dye point out how to make the leadership training your team receives stick for noticeable results. Find David and Karin on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row provided Words Matter: Three Steps to Using Words to Get What You Want. In the post, Shelley points out the importance of the words we use, especially the ones we say to ourselves. Find Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.


Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Collaborative Services LLC submitted Make this year the beginning of closer work relationships. Mary Jo recaps: "Leadership doesn't happen without relationships. As this new year begins, this post includes some tips for making this your year of closer work relationships." Find Mary on Twitter at @mjasmus.

Anne Perschel of Germane Coaching and Consulting provided Build Leadership Trust with One Simple Rule. Anne writes, "Leadership trust comes down to one simple rule, despite how complicated we've managed to make it. " Find Anne on Twitter at @bizshrink.

Randy Conley of Leading with Trust provided Connecting the Dots: Trust, Leadership, and Engagement. Trust, leadership, and engagement - every organization want these to flourish in their culture, but many don't know how they relate to each other. In this insightful post, Randy Conley shows you how to connect the dots between the "holy trinity" of the factors that distinguish healthy organizations. Follow Randy on Twitter at @RandyConley.

Michael Lee Stallard of Connection Culture Group provided A New Theory of Management. Michael explains: "In light of new research on the conditions necessary for humans to thrive and persistently high levels of employee disengagement, Michael Stallard writes that it’s time to consider a new approach to management theory..." Find Michael on Twitter at @michaelstallard.

Lisa Kohn from The Thoughtful Leaders™ Blog provided Simple acts can bring a significant change. In the post, Lisa shares her client’s realization that “simple” things like smiling, connecting with others, getting rest and exercise, and taking deep breaths and being present, can actually bring about significant change (and make our work easier and more enjoyable). You can follow Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.


John Hunter of Curious Cat submitted The New Age of Robots and What it Means for Jobs. John recaps: "The continued increase in the application of algorithms and artificial intelligence to mimic the efforts of experts is an area that will have an almost unimaginable impact on how our organizations and economy will function in just a few years." Discover John on Twitter at @ajohnhunter.

Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting submitted Why Strategic Plans Aren't Dead. Stephanie writes: "The new strategic plan is filled with energy, creativity, vibrancy, and life, and most importantly it generates results." Find Stephanie on Twitter at @Steph100Degrees.

Simon Teague of New Level Results contributed Well Being In The Workplace. Simon recaps, "The has been a cultural and generational shift in recent years making well-being in the workplace a core agenda item for responsible employers. Those companies with happy, engaged and well looked after employees are seeing productivity and morale at all time highs." Find Simon on Twitter at @simonte

Ken Downer of Rapid Start Leadership provided Space to Think: 8 Ways to Find Quiet in a Noisy World. Ken writes, "We are bombarded all day long with messages telling us what to do and what to think. If we're not careful, our minds can become so crowded with other people's thoughts that there's no room for our own. These eight techniques help us carve out the space we need so we can think for ourselves." Follow Ken on Twitter at @RapidSt

Neal Burgis of Burgis Successful Solutions submitted Simplicity Minded Leadership. Neal recaps, "The more simplified you are, the more productive you become." Find Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

Team Building

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds provided Turning People On To Teamwork. In the post, Jim explains, "It’s important that leaders set the proper context—the atmosphere—for teamwork. Remember, teamwork is not an end to itself. It’s built around the need to accomplish something." Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

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 (ellen@weavinginfluence.com)!

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