October 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the October 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival!

The themes for this month in the order they appear include:

Team Building

 Let's get started!

Team Building

Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting provided Deep Teaming. Bill recaps, "The effects of team building are often short-lived. In order to create lasting effects, we must dig deeper to create more meaningful relationships. " Find Bill on Twitter at @btreasurer.

David Dye of Let's Grow Leaders provided 7 Ways to Lead Friends and Former Peers. Leading friends and former peers is one of the most difficult challenges faced by newly promoted managers. In this post, David shares both the causes of these challenges and seven ways you can overcome these challenges and enjoy your new role. Find David on Twitter at @davidmdye.

Julie Winkle-Giulioni of Julie Winkle-Giulioni provided Are You a Micromanager or a Macromanager? Julie recaps, "This table provides a high-level overview of how macromanagement differs from the kind of micromanagement that most of us are all too familiar with." Find Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.


Willy Steiner of Executive Coaching Concepts provided The Importance of GRIT – My Recent Adventure in the Wild. In the post, Willy describes how "Grit is all about passion and perseverance. I got a good taste of each at 10,000 feet in Wyoming to see the Eclipse. " Find Willy on Twitter at @coachforexecs.

Rebecca Elvy of Rebecca Elvy provided “I’m Not Going to Make it…” Surviving Professional Crises. Rebecca writes, "I sat in my office on a Sunday afternoon and the tears began to flow. I was embarrassed – but I needn’t have been, there was nobody else around. I don’t think I’d ever cried at work before. The week had been a blur of media interviews, crisis meetings, and fire-fighting. I’m not sure I’d sat at my desk at all. I was exhausted – but the adrenaline was keeping me going." Find Rebecca on Twitter at @rebecca_elvy.


Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer provided 4 Critical Leadership Traits That Drive Success And Growth. Tanveer summarizes, "Learn about 4 critical leadership traits you need to have in order to motivate employees to help drive organizational success and growth." Follow Tanveer on Twitter at @tanveernaseer.

Chris Edmonds of the Purposeful Culture Group contributed Culture Leadership Charge: No Surprises. Chris recaps, "Most employees don't like surprises. Chris Edmonds charges leaders with ways to avoid surprises and build trust."  Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group shared Think About Your Employees, Not Yourself When Creating a Theme for Your Strategy. David writes, “Make sure everything associated with your strategy—from the words that describe it, to the theme or logo that represents it—resonates with those very people on whom you’re relying for success. Consider these 7 questions when creating a theme to successfully activate your strategy” Discover David on Twitter at @thoughtpartner.


Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted 4 Ways to Break Career Stagnation. Joel shares: "If you find that you're simply going through the motions at work, your career may be in stagnation. Follow these 4 steps to break career stagnation." Discover Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

Neal Burgis of Burgis Successful Solutions submitted Getting Comfortable Taking Innovation Risks. Neal recaps, "Because people typically hate change, those who make change happen are the risk-takers, the adventurers. These leaders lead employees to take the risks needed with an organization to help them thrive beyond survival mode. If you are uncomfortable taking risks, get used to it. " Find Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership provided a guest post by Dave Crenshaw. Dan recaps, "When leadership encourages employees to schedule routine fun throughout our days, weeks, months... everyone’s productivity and engagement levels significantly improve. Dave Crenshaw lays out the business case for fun in this guest post. " Find Dan on Twitter at @greatleadership.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference submitted Unraveling the Liberal Arts and College Strands. Jon shares, "As the value of a liberal arts education is questioned, so is the value of college. Regardless which path we choose, we must find the right educational path for each of us." Discover Jon on Twitter at @thindifference.


Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center provided How to Take a Stand Without Polarizing Others. Jesse summarizes, "Are you fatigued and disheartened by the current amount of polarization in the world today? Are you frustrated with leadership that divides instead of unites? It’s possible to take a stand for what you believe without polarizing those who don’t share your views. Here’s how." Find Jesse on Twitter at @jesselynstoner.

Art Petty of Art Petty submitted When No One Speaks the Truth at Work, You Face a Choice. Art writes, "We've all been in meetings where the latest ridiculous idea from management is greeted with what I term, aerobic head nodding. In many cases, people are afraid to speak truth to power. As a leader, you own curing this problem in your environment. As an employee, you have to decide whether you are willing to sell your self-esteem or risk ticking off your manager. If the issue is important enough, it's an easy choice. " Find Art on Twitter at @artpetty.

Marcella Bremer of Leadership and Change Magazine provided Positive Communication. Marcella recaps, "Even something as simple as the absence or presence of greetings in emails influences an organization’s climate, as research shows. See the checklist in this post to remind yourself. What could you do better? What would you add?" Find Marcella on Twitter at @marcellabremer.

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting provided What is Diversity and Why Does it Matter? Mary Ila recaps, "Diversity and inclusion it isn’t about discrimination. It’s about creating an environment in work and in life that proves value is created in being around people who are different from us. This value is added through perspective and leads to business results. Learn more about diversity and why it matters from Mary Ila's post. " Find Mary Ila on Twitter at @maryilaward.


Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership provided The Best Strategy for Increasing Your Focus. Susan describes her experience with Hurricane Irma, and how the storm helped her to prioritize what is important. Follow Susan on Twitter at @susanmazza.

Jill Malleck of Epiphany at Work provided Exploring Impatience at Work. Jill writes, "Many leaders find themselves impatient with others. Explore several options for dealing with a habit that can alienate and discourage others." Find Jill on Twitter at @epiphanyatwork.

Jane Perdue of the Jane Group provided 2 tools for keeping an open heart and mind. Jane discusses four ways leaders can use positive unconditional regard to acknowledge (without judgment) that everyone has the right to believe and think in their own way. Learning to do so aid leaders in unlocking the power of difference. Find Jane on Twitter at @thehrgoddess.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row provided Scaling Difficult Tasks: Leverage Your Resources. In the post, Shelley shares some lessons learned on a challenging hike in Scotland. Find Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited provided Why You Should be a Professional Fountain. Beth takes a look at the characteristics of fountains and how a true professional can, and should, mirror them. Find Beth on Twitter at @bethbeutler.


Anne Perschel of Germane Coaching and Consulting provided Extraordinary Leaders: 8 Qualities that Evolve Humanity. Anne writes, "Extraordinary leaders don’t require a title or formal position. We can all be extraordinary leaders by demonstrating the eight qualities of humanity at its best. When we do so, others are compelled to follow." Find Anne on Twitter at @bizshrink.

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds provided Frances Perkins–An Extraordinary Woman Leader. In the post, Jim explains, "History can teach us many lessons and perspectives. In this post an extraordinary female leader, who is not familiar to most people, is profiled. Ironically, she served under one of America’s greatest presidents, and it was through her work that contributed to his success." Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Robyn McLeod of Chatsworth Consulting provided Where are you derailing your effectiveness? Robyn shares five important tips for breaking a bad habit and changing a behavior that may be hindering your ability to have effective working relationships. You can find Robyn on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided Leadership: Stamp Out Assholes Now! Wally writes, "If you’ve got an awful boss, Bob Sutton’s Asshole Survival Guide will help. But we need to stop the flow of assholes into positions of power." You can find Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

Karin Hurt of  Let's Grow Leaders contributed Eight Techniques to Help Your Middle Managers Cultivate Their "Sweet Spot" in Your Organization. In this post, Karin points out eight techniques you can use to cultivate your middle managers, and help them feel like they are a vital part of your organization. Follow Karin on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

Randy Conley of Leading With Trust shared 7 Barnacles Creating Drag on Your Leadership Effectiveness. Randy writes, "Over the course of time we accumulate habits and practices that increase drag on our performance, just like barnacles create a drag on a boat. In this post, Randy Conley shares 7 common leadership barnacles that diminish your effectiveness as a leader and how to overcome them." Find Randy on Twitter at @randyconley.


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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