July 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

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


Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited contributed How and When to Apologize. Beth writes: "We’ve all done it. We’ve irritated or inconvenienced a coworker or client, made an unintentional mistake, or did something we know was selfish, and we wonder if we should apologize. Here's help." Find Beth on Twitter at @bethbeutler.

Sean Glaze of Great Results Team Building provided TWO Powerful Questions to Use Instead of Asking “What’s Wrong?”. Sean writes: "Great teammates and leaders know that the quality of our life, and our leadership, is determined by the quality of the questions we ask! So what can we share with someone we are concerned about INSTEAD of the dangerously negative and commonplace 'what’s wrong?' Well I’m glad you asked… because the problem is a significant one." Follow Sean on Twitter at @leadyourteam.

Ronni Hendel of Insight Out Leadership shared The Doing and Being of Difficult Conversations. Ronni shares: "What we say when faced with difficult conversations is important—and of equal importance is how we 'be" in those conversations. This post offers a way to integrate the "'being' of difficult conversations—when preparing for and having those conversations." Connect with Ronni on Twitter at @ronnihendel.

Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group provided Culture Leadership Charge: The Leader's Most Powerful Tool. In this video post, Chris shares, "The leader’s most powerful tool boils down to two compelling words: 'Thank you.' Before you dismiss this idea, let’s look at the science behind the expression of gratitude – in our homes, schools, communities, and workplaces." Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.


Julie Winkle Giulioni contributed The Multiple Intelligences Required to Facilitate Career Development Today. Julie writes: "Thriving in this ambiguous and fast-changing environment demands that employees marshal all of the resources available to them. They must tap multiple intelligences to ensure sustainable success. Beyond IQ or basic intelligence, today people must also develop and apply EQ (self-awareness and the ability to effectively relate to others) and CQ (the curiosity required to identify and unlock opportunities)." Follow Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Shelley Row of Insightful Leadership shared Four Anchors to Weather Any Storm. Shelley asks: "Have you been hit by a storm? In life, in business, in a relationship? What about in your finances, or in your relationships? Next time you’re dealing with the raging winds and powerful waves of the storms surrounding your business or your personal life, keep these four anchors in mind!" Connect with Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.

Neal Burgis, Ph. D. of Burgis Successful Solutions shared Motivating Leaders to Complete Difficult Tasks. Neal reflects: "No job is without the dreaded but essential to-do-list items. Find a motivation that's bigger than the pain you have to work on. This helps you work through what you dislike or hate about your job. In the end, being the leader of your company is worth it—unless you think not!" Follow Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership contributed Leadership: No One Starts Out Great. In this post, Wally shares some lessons about achieving greatness from the dinner table and evolutionary biology. Connect with Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.


David Grossman of The Grossman Group provided Improving Employee Engagement Through Better Communications. David writes: "Employees who are engaged are much more likely to go 'above and beyond' in their work every day. And multiple research studies show that companies with engaged employees have better financial results. Find out how to impact your employee engagement efforts with communication." Find David on Twitter at @ThoughtPartner.

Marcella Bremer of Positive Culture provided Retention: does your Culture help them Stay?. Marcella asks: "Does your organizational culture entice the best professionals to stay? If that's not the case, check your leadership and your culture. They shouldn't be 'too little or too much.'" Connect with Marcella on Twitter at @MarcellaBremer.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog shared Ready to Book a Motivational Speaker? 5 Key Points to Consider. Joel advises: "Booking the right professional keynote speaker will make all the difference in your event, and in your company. Use these five points to choose wisely, and you’ll find a speaker who genuinely cares about driving results and has the skills to do it." Follow Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.


Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog contributed Four key ways to take more blame and less credit…and lead better. Robyn shares that, while it may be easy to let others take blame for a challenge while you take credit for a success, doing the opposite is a powerful leadership action. We may have to fight our ingrained tendencies and fears to move in this “right” direction, but we can if we try – and we will be better leaders for it. Connect with Robyn on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds shared Are You Worthy of Being a Leader?. Jim writes: "There are dozens and dozens of definitions of what constitutes leadership and its cousin, management. Too many commentators (whether authors, consultants, and business people) refer to leadership being a process of using power to influence how others think and act." Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Laura Schroeder of Working Girl contributed Alchemy: The Secret to Leading Innovative Teams. Laura writes: "Diversity creates alchemy, which has the potential to turn crazy-sounding ideas into gold. The glue that makes a diverse team great is the leader, who keeps the team focused and on track." Follow Laura on Twitter at @workgal.

Randy Conley of Leading with Trust contributed 4 Principles for Building Trust in a VUCA World. Randy shares: "Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity... these are words commonly used to describe the fast-paced and chaotic world in which we live. In times of rapid change it's critical that leaders build trust." This post shares four principles leaders can follow to inspire trust, loyalty, and commitment. Connect with Randy on Twitter at @RandyConley.

Paul LaRue of Upwards Leader provided The Best Leaders Give Value. Paul shares: "Edifying and building up value in your employees is essential to being an effective leader. It’s important to know how impactful giving value to others is to your organization." Connect with Paul on Twitter at @paul_larue.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership contributed Why Purpose, Mission, Vision and Values Really Do Matter. In this guest post, Chris Griffiths, author of The Creative Thinking Handbook: Your Step-By-Step Guide To Problem Solving In Business, offers a "Why We Exist" canvas map to help leaders define your purpose, mission, vision, and values. Find Dan on Twitter at @greatleadership.

And More...

Eileen McDargh contributed Art from the Heart Makes Hospital’s Smile. Eileen shares a quote from Kahlil Gibran: “Work is love made visible.” No place is this more evident than at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where a 33-year-old housekeeper decided to make patients smile through her art. Connect with Eileen on Twitter at @macdarling.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference shared Millennial Myths Have Always Been Myths. Blame Bloggers.. Jon summarizes: "Many Millennial myths were started by bloggers. It's high time for a generational awakening!" Connect with Jon on Twitter at @thindifference.

Karin Hurt of Let's Grow Leaders contributed How Do I Deal with a Passive Aggressive Co-worker?. Karin writes: "There’s no faster way to suck the energy out of your culture than passive-aggressive behavior. And yet, it seems, there’s one in every crowd. So what’s the best way to deal with this genre of gamer?" Find Karin on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

Jesse Stoner of Seapoint Center shared How to Use Mental Imagery to Achieve Your Goals. Jesse writes: "Mental imagery has been used by olympic athlete for years. These 5 tips show leaders and others the secret to using mental imagery to set high goals and achieve them." Connect with Jesse on Twitter at @JesseLynStoner.

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