October 2018 Leadership Development Carnival

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

We're especially thankful to Jim Haudan and Rich Berens of Root Inc. for sponsoring this month's Carnival. We hope you'll enjoy their most recent post, What is Your Story? along with the nearly 30 carnival contributions. 

Team Building

Randy Conley of Leading with Trust provided 25 Ways to Immediately Build Trust at Work. Randy shares: "Trust is based on perceptions which are formed by the behaviors you use." Randy Conley shares a list of 25 behaviors that will immediately start to build trust with the people and teams you lead. Follow Randy on Twitter at @RandyConley.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided 4 Ounces of Prevention. Wally states: "You can’t prevent all crises on your team. But here are four things you can do to deal with many of them." You can find Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.


Jesse Stoner of Seapoint Center submitted The Difference Between Mission, Vision, Purpose, Strategy and Goals. Jesse asks: "Confused about the difference between mission and vision? or between purpose and mission? Having clear definitions distinguishes the concepts from each other. And since there is an order of operations, where each one drives the next, it’s important to understand how they relate." Follow Jesse on Twitter at @JesseLynStoner.

Willy Steiner of Executive Coaching Concepts submitted 9 Ways to Listen That Will Help You Become a Better Leader. Willy states: "Communicating requires both speaking and listening and many of us have problems with the latter." This post provides 9 suggestions and ways to listen more effectively. Discover Willy on Twitter at @coachforexecs.


Jim Taggert of Changing Winds provided Leadership and Innovation: Bridging the Gap. Jim shares: "Innovation occurs throughout organizations. One of senior leadership’s strategic roles is to create the environment for this to happen. And to enable this requires that leadership is distributed at all levels." Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Jane Perdue of The Jane Group provided 10 Ways to Be More Curious. Jane tells: "A moment of gratitude changed Julio's life. His deeply moving story inspired me to take a gratitude walk and the smile in my heart asked me to share gratitude walking with you." Follow Jane on Twitter at @thehrgoddess.

Anne Perschel of Germane Coaching & Consulting  provided Gratitude Walking - How Leaders Can Walk Their Gratitude Talk. Anne states: "'Go fetch a rock' is a corporate game that wastes time and frustrates players. Like many leaders, you're probably unaware you've been playing. Answering a few simple questions will help you stop." Connect with Anne on Twitter at @bizshrink.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group shared The One Thing Only Leaders Can Provide. David writes: "At a recent leadership team meeting, a senior leader shared an insight that resonated incredibly well with the group. When discussing how to accelerate the organization’s ability to deliver on their strategy, and the support leaders needed, he made a statement that deserved a standing ovation.” Discover David on Twitter at @thoughtpartner.

Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders provided The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Be More Successful. Lisa offers valuable tips for breaking free from a common self-perception that keeps us from defining our own brand of success. You can find Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.


Erik Samdahl of i4cp provided Rotation Programs as Upskilling Strategies. Erik summarizes: "This article outlines six critical components to a successful rotation plan for employers to consider. Rotation programs can be a valuable learning experience for frontline workers in a time where skills are rapidly changing or becoming obsolete." Find Erik on Twitter at @i4cp.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference submitted Business Leader Activism: Are You Ready to Do Good for Business and Society?. Jon states: "Business leader activism is present, and CEOs are aligning their actions to do good for business and society. It's a new model to lead." Discover Jon on Twitter at @thindifference.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted Personal Branding at Work. Joel shares: "Individuals, like companies, have a brand. Those who are proactive at shaping their own brand identity are more likely to be recognized and to get ahead in the workplace. When you take your 'brand manager' role seriously, you'll be surprised at the difference you can make in achieving your career goals." Follow Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Collaborative Services, LLC, submitted Why You Need to Tell Them WhyIn this post, Mary Jo shares: "A leader sometimes needs to make decisions without input from others and pass that decision along to their team. When communicating that with the team, telling them why you made the decision will help in a number of ways, described in this post." Discover Mary Jo on Twitter at @mjasmus.

Marcella Bremer of Leadership and Change Magazine provided What Is Working Well?. Marcella questions: "What is working well? Do you appreciate that enough? If you focus on problems to solve, your team might be mediocre. Check what's working well for others. What about your workplace?" Connect with Marcella on Twitter at @marcellabremer.

David Dye and Karin Hurt of Let's Grow Leaders provided Frustrated or Focused? Leadership Tips for Managing Emotions. Karin Hurt and David Dye provide six steps for managing your emotions at work. Some leaders think they are only at work to manage results, not emotions. But managing emotions well is a vital part of achieving results. Find David and Karin on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group provided Culture Leadership Charge: Make Your Values MeasurableIn this post, Chris outlines: "Observable, tangible, measurable values are the foundation of a work culture where everyone is treated with trust and respect in every interaction." Chris gives us some important pointers. Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.

Jon Verbeck shares Business Leaders Must Understand the Basics of Financial Statements. Jon states: "If you lead a business, you need to understand at least the basics of financial statements." Jon helps leaders understand these important elements of running a department or business. Find Jon on Twitter at @jonverbeck1.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited provided Is Your Professional Life Moving Forward, Stagnating, or Retreating?In this post, Beth suggests: "No matter where you are in your career, you are either moving forward, staying stagnant, or retreating. Where is your professional life right now?" Beth helps us do some self-examination. Find Beth on Twitter at @bethbeutler.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership provided 50 Development Ideas for the 9 Box Performance and Potential Matrix. Dan asks: "Do you use the '9 Box' Performance and Potential Matrix to assess your leadership talent? If you do, you may want to be ready to take the next step - development!" Read Dan's post for 50 development ideas. Find Dan on Twitter at @greatleadership.

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting submitted 2 Keys to Being a Successful Leader Instead of a Doer.  If you are making the transition to a leader of people, or if you are a part of HR trying to help facilitate successful transitions for people to be good at leading people, Mary Ila shares some things that can help equip you/your team to make the transition successfully.  Discover Mary on Twitter at @MaryIlaWard.

Ronni Hendel of Actionable Conversations  shared Slow Down, Do Less, Observe More. Ronni recaps: "In a busy world that makes constant demands on us, to slow down and do less seems counter-intuitive. It might be the most powerful thing leaders can do." Find Ronni on Twitter at @ronnihendel.


Julie Winkle-Giulioni provided Beyond Meditation: How Leaders Can Put Mindfulness into Action. Julie states: "Enhancing mindfulness throughout an organization doesn’t require that everyone sit cross-legged, meditate or chant ‘om’ in unison. In fact, leaders can infuse and even infect a culture with greater mindfulness without ever uttering the word." Connect with Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader provided 6 Uncommon Ways Leaders Need To Build Employee Trust and Commitment. Paul shares: "Building trust as a leader is not about changing external habits. It starts from within the leader themselves." Connect with Paul on Twitter at @paul_larue.

Bernd Geropp shared How Does Employee Motivation Actually Work?. Bernd questions: “What is important if we talk about employee motivation? In today's world we need intrinsically motivated employees. Therefore, don't spend time thinking about how to motivate. But instead, spend time making sure that you don't demotivate your employees. Discover Bernd on Twitter at @moreleadership.

Shelley Row provided Make Your Meeting More Productive: Take the Emotional Temperature. Shelly shares: "Taking the temperature of the room doesn’t mean too hot or too cold. It means taking the emotional temperature of the people in the room. Taking the emotional temperature gives you an edge to enhance productivity." Find Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.

And More...

Chip Bell provided Keeping Customer Experiences New and Shiny. Chip writes: "Customers like new and shiny. There is something adventurous or exploratory about new. What can you do to extend the new and shiny of your customer experiences?" Follow Chip on Twitter at @ChipRBell.

Dana Theus of InPower Coaching submitted Dear Dana Workplace Advice: 3 Ways a Male Executive Can Help Create a Less Biased Corporate Culture. Dana suggests: "Men and women both have a role to play in creating gender diverse workplaces where everyone feels comfortable contributing their best. Women are more aware of the problem than men right now and I believe that when men become more fully engaged we’ll start moving quickly towards a solution." Discover Dana on Twitter at @DanaTheus.

John Stoker of Dialogue Works provided 12 Tips for Supercharging Your Leadership Credibility. John states: "There are some leaders that just seem to know how to connect with people. There are a number of sure-fire tips that if implemented with help you connect and build the kind of rapport that every leader desires to have.Follow John on Twitter at @johnrstoker.

Neal Burgis, Ph.D., of Burgis Successful Solutions provided Executives Dealing with Overwhelm. Neal states: "Most people become overwhelmed by reacting to various situations. You need to take a step back and be proactive instead of becoming stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed to situations you most likely can control." You can find Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

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