January 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the January Leadership Development Carnival!

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Neal Burgis of Burgis Successful Solutions submitted Great Leaders Simplify Complexity. Neal recaps, "No one enjoys struggling with individual complexity – When processes, rules, and procedures were first put in place most likely they were meant to change with the times, but no one did. It’s time to simplify." Find Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.


Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership provided a guest post by Eight Ways Leaders Inspire Us. Dan recaps, "This guest post from Andy Cunningham describes eight ways that leaders inspire those around them. " Find Dan on Twitter at @greatleadership.

Chris Edmonds of the Purposeful Culture Group contributed Culture Leadership Charge: A Fresh Start. Chris offers three proven steps for increasing your kind service to others. Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.


John Stoker of Dialogue Works contributed 10 Tips When Onboarding to a New Leadership Position. John writes, "Because changing leadership often brings challenges, I would suggest 10 best practices to strengthen your leadership capacity and improve the quality and speed of your results." Find John on Twitter at @JohnRStoker.

Linda Fisher Thorton of Leading InContext contributed Will 2018 Be The Year? Linda recaps, "As a global community, we have learned some things this year. Business leaders have learned that ethical leadership transforms organizational metrics." Follow Linda on Twitter at @leadingincontxt.

David Dye of Let's Grow Leaders provided How to Make Real Change Happen When You're Not the CEO. David Dye and Karin Hurt of Let's Grow Leaders answer a leader's question about making change happen when your authority is limited. on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.


Rebecca Elvy of Rebecca Elvy provided The Five Winning Habits of Successful Leaders. Rebecca writes, "Many of us take the opportunity during the Christmas/New Year break to reflect on the year that was, and to make resolutions for the coming year. " Find Rebecca on Twitter at @rebecca_elvy.

Dana Theus of InPower Coaching submitted 4 Tips for Changing Careers. Dana recaps: "Don’t worry that being honest about your lack of experience will hurt your prospects for the right job. You’ll make up for inexperience with your enthusiasm and maturity. People with less experience but a good attitude and a great cultural fit get hired over people with perfect skills and an uncomfortable cultural fit all the time." Find Dana on Twitter at @DanaTheus.

Julie Winkle-Giulioni of Julie Winkle-Giulioni provided Deconstructing the Development Mindset. Julie recaps, "A development mindset is a pattern of thinking and a way of looking at the world that invites ongoing opportunities for continuous transformation. Individuals and organizations that possess it are unstoppable." Find Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Anne Perschel of Germane Coaching and Consulting provided How To Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick. Anne writes, "We’re good at making new years resolutions, but lousy at making them stick. A mere 8% of us succeed. So why not try something totally different this year?" Find Anne on Twitter at @bizshrink.

Stephanie Shryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting provided The Best Investment I've made in my Professional Development. Stephanie recaps: "The biggest and best investment into my own professional development wasn't a course or a conference. Last year I joined a paid mastermind. I wasn't exactly sure what that was either, but in this post, I break down the most game-changing takeaways I got from my mastermind and how it's transformed my work." Find Stephanie on Twitter at @Steph100Degrees.

Ken Downer of Rapid Start Leadership provided How to Stay Optimistic: 3 Questions to Ask Before You Give Up. Ken writes, "Failure is a natural part of doing business, of being human, and of trying to lead. Yet when it happens, it's easy to become discouraged and want to quit. Before you do, ask these three questions - they might make the difference between giving up and achieving what you set out to accomplish." Follow Ken on Twitter at @RapidStartLdr.

Team Building

Randy Conley of Leading with Trust provided Where Did the "Us" in Trust Go? In its purest form, trust is a psychological and emotional construct between two people. In this post, Randy Conley shares three important truths that apply to building trust in relationships. Follow Randy on Twitter at @RandyConley.

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting provided My 2017 Book of the Year. Most of us strive to be better. Few of us strive to be different. But what if being different is a requirement for being better? For being original? Read what book Mary Ila chose to be the 2017 Book of the Year and how it can help you become original. Find Mary Ila on Twitter at @maryilaward.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row provided Confessions from a Goal Setter on New Year's Day. Shelley Row gives us a workable approach to prioritizing the important goals for the year. Find Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited provided Three Words of Advice that Have Guided Me for Years. Beth shares a "letter" to a reader that offers three important words of advice. Find Beth on Twitter at @bethbeutler.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader contributed Successful Cultures Foster Servant Attitudes. Paul summarizes, "All companies claim customer service as a focus, but most do not. The most successful companies have a service culture and attitude that sets them apart." Follow Paul on Twitter at @paul_larue.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference submitted Finding our Citizenship Soul. Jon shares, "Some may view the past year with a sense of excitement while others view it as turmoil. In either view, finding our citizenship soul is critical." Discover Jon on Twitter at @thindifference.

Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership provided Give Yourself a Gift for the Holidays. Susan writes: "It’s that time of year when we celebrate and show appreciation for the people in our lives. It’s also a time for giving. You may love appreciating people and giving gifts. For me personally, this is my favorite time of year for that reason." Follow Susan on Twitter at @susanmazza.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center provided My Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017. Jesse summarizes, "My year-end review has become one of my favorite posts to write. I step back and take a look at the big picture. This year I had over 30,000 views a month, and readers from all over the world. Here's a summary of what I found out and links to my top 10 most popular posts. " Find Jesse on Twitter at @jesselynstoner.


Marcella Bremer of Leadership and Change Magazine provided Do you take it Personally? Marcella recaps, "Every time that you feel triggered about something someone said, did or didn't do remember to not take it personally. There is probably a more positive explanation than you think. This post explores ways to keep your peace of mind." Find Marcella on Twitter at @marcellabremer.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided Lessons in Love and Leadership. Wally writes, "A young pastor, an organist with seizures, and two important lessons. " You can find Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

Michael Lee Stallard of Connection Culture Group provided Three Tips for Leading Your Team Into a New Year. Michael explains: "As organizations everywhere prepare to kick off a new year, now is the time to lay the foundation for success. Here are three tips for leading your team into a new year of goals." Find Michael on Twitter at @michaelstallard.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted The 5 Most Effective Tactics for Building Cross-Functional Teams. Joel shares: "Building relationships is a great way to extend your leadership influence. Work on creating cross-functional relationships with those in all departments of your organization." Discover Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

Lisa Kohn from The Thoughtful Leaders™ Blog provided How to Get Along with the Person who Drives you Crazy. Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents How to get along with the person who drives you crazy where she shares important tips for finding a way to get along and work with “that person” who drives you crazy.You can follow Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds provided How Do You Build Team Performance? (Very Carefully). In the post, Jim explains, "A team must learn as it’s developing a preferred approach to how it will function in getting the work done. What’s important to remember is that performance is at the core of building a strong team." Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Carol Malinski of the Servant Leadership Institute provided Compassion, Character, Competence Tips, for building a servant leadership environment of trust. Carol writes, "In part I, we introduced three questions followers should answer about their leaders: Do you care about me? Do I trust you? Can you help me? “Yes” answers mean the leader has compassion, character and competence — three keys to succeeding with servant leadership. Now, here are some tips to help get those “yesses.”" Find SLI on Twitter at @SLILead.

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)!