September 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

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

This month, we are mixing things up! Below you will see we broke up the submissions based on their similar themes. The themes for this month in the order they appear include:

Company Culture
New Leadership

 Let's get started!


Cy Wakeman of Reality-Based Leadership provided Three Habits that Zap your Productivity at Work. Cy writes, "Cy reveals a new line of thinking that is counterintuitive to conventional leadership wisdom, and one that is tested with clients to generate better results. Leaders’ jobs aren’t to motivate and inspire and engage their employees, leaders’ jobs are to teach people better mental processes by which they can eliminate drama (emotional waste), upcycle that energy and that time, and help others step into the power they already have to create a better workplace." Find Cy on Twitter at @cywakeman.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited provided One Key Tip for Working Well with Your Virtual Assistant. Beth asks, "Beth Beutler gives some basic advice about how to get started well with your new virtual assistant (or in-house assistant, for that matter.)" Find Beth on Twitter at @bethbeutler.

Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting submitted Four Key Steps to Being, and Getting More Done. In this post, Lisa shares four simple ways to spend at least as much time being so we’re better equipped to do more, and more effectively. Discover Lisa on Twitter at @thoughtfulldrs.


Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center provided the Space Between Coaching and Delegating. Jesse summarizes, "When managers act like coaches, everyone benefits. But there comes a time when a shift in the coaching relationship needs to occur – where you let go of actively advising them, and they take the lead. It’s what I call the bicycle moment." Find Jesse on Twitter at @jesselynstoner.

Anne Perschel of Germane Coaching and Consulting provided Developing Team Norms, Why it Doesn't Work and what to Do Instead. Anne writes, "Developing team norms is among the most effective ways to improve your team’s effectiveness. It’s great advice, backed by research…at Google. But it’s not working for your team. What’s the problem?" Find Anne on Twitter at @bizshrink.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership provided a guest post by Michael Bungay Stanier. Dan recaps, "This guest post from Michael Bungay Stanier provides seven questions that will help busy managers stay curious and lift their leadership game" Find Dan on Twitter at @greatleadership.

Company Culture

Jim Taggart of Changing Winds provided Leading in a Post-Heroic World: Do You Have What it Takes? In the post, Jim explains, "Post-heroic leaders are completely engaged with their followers. This form of leadership is more difficult because it’s more dynamic and requires courage by the manager. However, it offers organizations much greater ability to navigate change." Find Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Dana Theus of InPower Coaching contributed 3 Ways Male Execs Can Help Create Less Biased Corporate Culture. Dana writes, "Demonstrate to your peers and direct reports what it looks like to lead and achieve results without resorting to the kinds of bullying and disrespectful behavior the current culture permits." Find Dana on Twitter at @DanaTheus.

Marcella Bremer of Leadership and Change Magazine provided Compassion at Work. Marcella recaps, "Because of its role in enhancing collective capabilities like innovation, service quality, collaboration, and adaptability, compassion matters for competitive advantage. There's a business case for caring and compassion. Compassion is the quiet power that elevates people and organizations as Jane Dutton and Monica Worline show in their book Compassion at Work. In what kind of workplace do you work...?" Find Marcella on Twitter at @marcellabremer.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row provided Three Steps to Stop Telling the Story in Your Head. In the post, Shelley shares, "Do you ever create a story in your head, even if based on slim information that often turns out to be untrue? Shelley Row gives us some tips about how to take control of that storytelling." Find Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.

Chris Edmonds of the Purposeful Culture Group contributed Culture Leadership Charge - Going Through the Motions. Chris recaps, "Some words of help for the times your enthusiasm goes through ebbs and flows."  Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.

Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting provided Is the Role of the Millennial Male Changing the Way they Lead at Work? Mary Ila explores the idea that "an increasing role for men in caregiving in the home leads them to be more caring leaders at work." Find Mary Ila on Twitter at @maryilaward.


Julie Winkle-Giulioni of Julie Winkle-Giulioni provided What's Your Story? Leadership and Storytelling. Julie recaps, "Storytelling — once the stuff of childhood nighttime rituals — has grown up and is quickly becoming a go-to tool in the very adult world of business. Effective leaders hone this tool to optimize communication, memory, engagement and results. " Find Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Randy Conley of Leading With Trust shared The 3 Actions Will Make You Everyone’s Favorite Boss. Randy writes, "Being a good manager isn’t easy. There are dozens of issues that compete for your time and attention and some days it feels as though you aren’t up for the task. Don’t worry, says Randy Conley, all managers feel that way at times. In his post “These 3 Actions Will Make You Everyone’s Favorite Boss,” Randy shares three key actions managers can take that will result in them performing at the top of their game and making them a boss that everyone loves." Find Randy on Twitter at @randyconley.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference submitted Ditch the Napkin: Superficial Versus Inspirational.  Jon shares, "Inspiration has gotten a bad rap because too many of our attempts to inspire are superficial. True inspiration is more than just a few nice words. To truly inspire, our words must be backed up by action." Discover Jon on Twitter at @thindifference.

Neal Burgis of Burgis Successful Solutions submitted Business Leaders Need to Be More Creative. Neal recaps, "Leaders building creative teams as you learn to increase your knowledge to be more creative. Learning to be more creative allows you greater understanding of creativity and the processes and progress your employees create and produce. " Find Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

New Leadership

Art Petty of Art Petty submitted The Good Hard Work of Developing Managers Who Lead. Art writes, "Enough with the false dichotomy between managers and leaders. Our priority must be to teach, coach, and inspire our managers to lead from day one. While those on the front-line live closer to the work of the organization, leadership behaviors are every bit as essential (maybe more so) for success as they are for those operating higher up the organization chart." Find Art on Twitter at @artpetty.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog submitted As a Leader, Be so Good They Can't Ignore You. Joel shares: "Being an effective leader means being visible to your superiors and staff. Sometimes good leaders are overlooked, but here's how to change that!" Discover Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.


Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership provided How to Listen in an Age of Internal Distractions. Susan explains, "When someone's speaking, you aren't just listening to them - you're also listening to the conversation in your own mind. Unfortunately, the harder you try to stop your internal chatter, the more boisterous it tends to get. These 5 strategies can help." Follow Susan on Twitter at @susanmazza.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group shared I Am Your Employee: Employee Wants and Needs to Drive Engagement. David writes, “Employees come to work for different reasons, have different goals, and are motivated by different things. How well do you know your employees? If employees could collectively tell you what they want and need, this is what they might say…” Discover David on Twitter at @thoughtpartner.

Karin Hurt of  Let's Grow Leaders contributed Three Simple Secrets to Running a Remarkable Meeting. Everyone hates bad meetings. They are far too common.  Karin Hurt gives three simple secrets to make meetings far more valuable. Follow Karin on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.


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 (!

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