March 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

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


Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting shared Is Your Workplace Full of Facts or Opinions?. She asks: "How often do you get fact and opinion confused? Could your team use a refresher in identifying a list of statements as fact or opinion during a workplace communication training?" Mary Ila shares a personal experience in this article that may help you answer these questions. Connect with Mary Ila on Twitter at @maryilaward.

Shelley Row of Insightful Leadership shared Who's Here? What Do You Really Know About Someone Else?. Shelley shares: "It's a challenge to truly understand people – whether staff, clients, or partners – so that we more effectively work together. But the brain is designed to see the world from our perspective. It takes effort and energy to consider another’s viewpoint." Shelley gives some pointers to help us more effectively communicate with others. Find Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.

Steve DiGioia provided Weak Leaders Want to be in Everyone's Business. Steve writes: "I once worked for a boss who led through intimidation. Whenever there was an issue to resolve he would say, 'Send (name) an email about it and “CC” me.' This is not leadership; it’s a lack of leadership – and micromanaging too." Connect with Steve on Twitter at @stevedigioia.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group provided A 4-Part Method for Better Leadership Communication. David shares: "Communication skills are critical to being an effective leader. Even the most personable and engaging leaders can benefit from knowing more about how to strategically use communications to advance their ideas and drive employees to action on behalf of the business. Get started with this 4-part method." Find David on Twitter at @ThoughtPartner.

Creativity & Inspiration

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted Celebrate Failure. Joel suggests: "Take a look to learn some fun ways that many corporate leaders have learned to take their failures and celebrate them. In doing so, they help their most creative people to develop exciting new ideas." Follow Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

Ken Downer of Rapid Start Leadership shared Learning to Fly: Innovation, Risk, and Leadership in the Real World. Ken writes: "The Wright brothers are famous for the success of their flyer, but what often goes overlooked is the effort they had to expend in order to make flight possible. From a creative use of hacksaw blades to strapping a canoe underneath their flying machine, it's when they departed from the 'norm' that they found success. Here's what it took for them to succeed, and what we can learn from their example." Find Ken on Twitter at @RapidStartLdr.


Jon Mertz of Thin Difference submitted For the Love of Leadership. Jon summarizes: "Is our love of leadership superficial? Does it embrace learning and betterment? If not, it's time to renew and refocus. " Discover Jon on Twitter at @thindifference.

Karin Hurt of Let's Grow Leaders provided What to Do When the Job Outgrows Your Employee. Karin writes: "When the job outgrows the employee, stay grounded in your concern for doing what’s important for the team AND your concern for the employee. Let both shine through and you’ll do well." Find Karin on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group provided Culture Leadership Charge: Build Your A Team. Chris shares: "How strong is your business team today? Do you have leaders and team members who perform well, solve problems well, and treat others with respect at all times? If so, you’ve got an “A” team. Sometimes, however, players in your organization lose their effectiveness. It might be that their skills no longer serve your needs or their disrespectful treatment of others becomes such a huge issue that you can’t ignore it anymore." Chris helps us navigate those tricky waters in this short video charge. Follow him on Twitter at @scedmonds.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited shared Five Enriching Words for Professionals. Beth shares: "A wise leader finds way to continue growing, and also takes time to breathe. Here are five words that remind us to invest in our personal enrichment." Find Beth on Twitter at @bethbeutler.

Neal Burgis of Successful Solutions provided Importance of Humility in Your Leadership. Neal writes: "What can humility do for your leadership? For many leaders, humility helps you be who you are to work with your employees for greater breakthrough results. How does this fit for you?" Find Neal on Twitter at @Exec_Solutions.

Ronni Hendel of Insight Out Leadership shared Learning from Head to Toe: Embodying Leadership. Ronni shares: "Self-awareness is important for leaders - but it, alone, may not be enough. In this post I explore the idea of 'embodying leadership' and how we can use awareness of our whole body, not only our head, to help us become the leaders and people we most want to be - and to realize the results we most want to realize. " Discover Ronni on Twitter at @ronnihendel.

Jesse Stoner of Seapoint Center provided 6 Tips for First-Time Managers. Jesse summarizes: "The jump from the role of individual contributor to a first-time manager is one of the most dramatic and most challenging leaps you can make. It requires a complete shift in how you see your role and in how you deliver results. But unfortunately, most new managers are ill-prepared." Find Jesse on Twitter at @JesseLynStoner.

Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents Why it’s impossible to avoid criticism. Lisa presents valuable tips for reframing criticism and allowing it to support you in your leadership and your leadership growth. Find Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.


Randy Conley of Leading with Trust shared 3 Reasons Why Leaders Should Pause and Take Notice. Randy suggests: "It's easy for busy leaders to develop tunnel vision and overlook the needs of their people, however, great leaders know their best ability is availability." In this post, Randy shares 3 good reasons leaders should pause and take notice. Follow Randy on Twitter at @RandyConley.

Eileen McDargh provided 3 Tips for Creating Resilient Work Relationships—and it’s NOT Money. Eileen writes: "Learn three tips to build resilient work relationships that enable employees to grow through challenging times as well as opportunity." Connect with Eileen on Twitter at @macdarling.

Michael Lee Stallard of Connection Culture Group shared Why Women Leaders Are Outperforming Men. Michael posits: "The best-performing organizations foster a sense of connection and have leaders who care about people. Most women, it seems, have known this was the key all along." Michael Lee Stallard explores why studies show that many women leaders outperform their male counterparts. Discover Michael on Twitter at @michaelstallard.


Marcella Bremer of Positive Culture shared The Cost of a Tough or Toxic Culture. Marcella writes: "Organizational culture can cost you! Is your organization just tough, or also toxic? The annual damage to productivity is shocking, as research shows. Developing the culture can quickly grow productivity, on the other hand. How do you develop the culture?" Follow Marcella on Twitter at @MarcellaBremer.

Paul LaRue of Upwards Leader provided Use The 7-Day Way To Accomplish Your Goals. Paul shares: "Leaders sometimes can't touch every area of their lives and roles in a given day. Here's a way to structure your entire week to give everything it's right place in your personal and professional life." Connect with Paul on Twitter at @paul_larue.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership shared Seduction by the Numbers. Wally states: "Numbers can mesmerize us so we lose touch with what’s really important." Find Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

And More...

Chip Bell provided Clear the Customer Experience Parking Lot. Chip suggests: "If your focus on customer experience is mere lip service, it will telegraph its low priority to everyone in your organization." Follow Chip on Twitter at @chiprbell.

Anne Perschel of Germane Consulting provided The Unspoken Reason Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Don't Work. Anne writes: "Diversity and inclusion efforts fail to deliver desired results, because we don't acknowledge the truth about what needs to, and will, change." Discover Anne on Twitter at @bizshrink.

Jim Taggert of Changing Winds provided 10 Ways to Get Your Staff to Respect You. Jim shares: "When your staff make mistakes or get caught up in organizational politics and are in trouble, don’t abandon them in an attempt to cover your own butt. If you can’t stand behind one of your team members, then you don’t belong in management and you’re certainly not a leader." Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership provided 10 Essential Facilitation Skills for Meeting Leaders. Dan writes: "Here are 10 essential skills required to facilitate a meeting, all of which can be learned and improved with practice." Connect with Dan on Twitter at @greatleadership.

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