September 2020 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the September 2020 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more.


Julie Winkle Giulioni shared Stop Blaming Zoom! The Problem with Your Meetings Might Be You. Julie explains: "Video platforms are taking the fall for the phenomenon known as ‘Zoom fatigue.’ But the inconvenient truth is that employees are weary less as a result of being a tile on a screen and more as a result of poorly run meetings. This article identifies some of the most frequently cited complaints... and how to correct them." Follow Julie on Twitter at @julie_wg.

Steve DiGioia contributed Address the Argument the Right Way. Steve writes: "Arguments, disagreements, and competing ideas in business will always be there, and so will the methods to deal with them. The important thing is that we address the arguments the right way, so all sides are assured their importance to the team. Here's how to do that." Find Steve on Twitter at @stevedigioia.

Bernd Geropp provided How to set goals with your employees. Bernd shares: "Goal setting with employees is not easy. How can you be successful with it? What do you need to do, to not just set but agree on goals with your people?” Find Bernd on Twitter at @moreleadership.

Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting Group shared Why tough conversations are so tough to have – and what to do about it. Lisa shares: "Essential tips for effectively handling difficult conversations – a skill that can lead to stronger, more honest, and more vulnerable relationships and exponentially greater results." Connect with Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

Jon Verbeck provided Tips for Communication with Outsourced Pros. Jon writes: “It’s all about setting proper expectations and communication – and in today’s world, both are more important than ever.” Follow Jon on Twitter at @jonverbeck1.

Heather Stagl of Enclaria contributed Why Leaders Mess Up When Communicating Change. Heather considers: “During change, people watch and listen to leaders at all levels because they want clarity and certainty about what's happening. Unfortunately, it's easy for leaders to mess up change communication. ” Follow Heather on Twitter at @heatherstagl.

Diana Peterson-More shared The Power of Positive Feedback: Communication Tips to Make it Happen. Diana explains: "Under any circumstances, receiving positive feedback is both wonderful and motivational. During these uncertain times, all the more so! And, as pleasing as it is to receive positive feedback, it is equally exhilarating to give it. " Find Diana on Twitter at @DianaPMAuthor.


Marcella Bremer of Positive Culture contributed Future Reflection: Economic Ecologic. Marcella considers: "How can we reconcile economy and ecology? How can you contribute? What's your vision? Is your organization and its culture part of the new story?" Follow Marcella on Twitter at @MarcellaBremer.

Claudio Morelli of Leadershipisheart writes Theo, an Inspirational Leadership Voice. Claudio shares: “Theo is one of the many African leaders I serve with and support in Central and East Africa. They are leaders worth listening too, especially leaders in North America who are not aware of the inspirational voices of Africa. ” Find Claudio on Twitter at @CDMorelli.


Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting provided Are you guilty of saying this? Stephanie shares: "This article gives great detail on shifting our mindset on pushing our business into race car mode. We learn how it works, what buttons to push, what features to add to make it go further and faster. We layout 3 essential steps to start this process." Connect with Stephanie here.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog shared How to Increase your Visibility at Work. Joel summarizes: "In every career path, there’s a level at which leadership skills and visibility play a much stronger role in promotions than job skills. To advance further, you need to actively promote yourself to ensure your visibility increases throughout every level of the organizational hierarchy." Find Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

Jesse Stoner of Seapoint Center shared Resilience: What It Really Is and 5 Tips to Find It. Jesse writes: "In this guest post, Eileen McDargh provides an actionable definition of resilience and what you can do to achieve it." Follow Jesse on Twitter at @JesseLynStoner.

Karin Hurt and David Dye of Let's Grow Leaders provided How to Get Started Building a More Courageous Culture. Karin and David share: "The paradox of truly courageous cultures is that they require less daily courage for routine conversations." Follow them on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group provided Culture Leadership Charge: A Crisis of Culture. In this video post, Chris shares: "In this three-minute episode, Chris describes how formalizing a culture can help build, monitor and ensure respect." Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.

Shelley Row of Insightful Leadership shared Skip the Bread-Baking and Garage Organizing: Look Inward to Make Real Change. Shelley considers: "Experts think the best use of our time in lockdown is to go “outside-of-the-box.” While discovering if you’re good at kneading dough or brewing your own beer will pass the time, it’s not likely going to change who we are as people and our view of the world." Connect with Shelley on Twitter at @shelleyrow.

Ann Howell of Science of Working contributed How to take control of your career during a pandemic. Ann writes: "The pandemic upended many career plans and left many people unemployed. Check out these 5 suggestions for taking back control over your career." Follow Ann on Twitter at @drannhowell.

Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting contributed 7 Ways to Improve Your Professionalism. Bill explains: "Even if you are working and leading remotely, you must continue to practice professionalism. Commit yourself to these "7 Cs" and you will see a difference in how you are perceived and, more importantly, how you feel about your own professionalism in the workplace or the work-from-home-place." Follow Bill on Twitter at @btreasurer.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided 5 Things You Can Do to Be a Better Boss. Wally explains: "It's not easy being a boss, but here are five easy things you can do to do a better job." Connect with Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.


Jim Taggart of Changing Winds shared Six Enablers to Building Organizational Change Adaptability. Jim considers: "If you don’t have an ivory tower where top management hides out in all its splendid glory, you still need to get out of your office and regularly meet customers, clients, suppliers, vendors, and all the people on whom your business depends. It will revitalize you and ensure that both your feet remain on the ground." Follow Jim on Twitter at @72keys.

Ken Byler of Higher Ground Consulting Group contributed Is My Boss a Sociopath? Ken writes: "Of all the questions you can ask on Google* about your supervisor, this one “Is my boss a sociopath?” tops the list. What does it say about leadership when the question “Is my boss a bully?” shows up as number two? Nearly 20% of US workers claim to have suffered at the hands of a workplace bully, while 63% are aware that bullying happens at work. (2017 WBI U.S. Workplace Bullying Survey)" Connect with Ken on Twitter at @kenbyler.


Eileen McDargh contributed Resiliency Valued Over Efficiency in Pandemic Work World. Eileen explains: "Prioritizing resilience presents an opportunity to declutter organizations. It can also result in agile work practices PLUS increase employee engagement." Connect with Eileen on Twitter at @macdarling.

Paul LaRue of The Upwards Leader shared 4 Reasons Why You Hurt Your Own Strategies. Paul writes: “Companies with too many strategic initiatives aren’t effective. Knowing the reasons why you have so many will provide insight to avoiding strategy overload.” Connect with Paul on Twitter at @paul_larue.

Neal Burgis of Successful Solutions contributed Is Your Business Ready for the Unexpected? Neal explains: "Many executives find themselves in uncharted territory as you work through Covid-19. You can't just wave a magic wand and expect things to go back to the way they were. Start looking toward the future and leave getting back to “normal” behind. Here are some areas you need to rethink on." Follow Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

Lorrie Coffey of Horizonpointconsulting explains The Misconceptions of Business Continuity Planning. Lorrie writes: “The Covid-19 Pandemic caught many organizations unprepared and they have struggled through how to keep their business going during this time. One reason for the lack of preparedness is misconceptions organizations have regarding Business Continuity Planning.” Follow Lorrie on Twitter at @ohmyHR.

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Liz Weber of Weber Business Services provided Uh Oh. I Can’t Access What I Need. Liz writes: "As we move into a more permanent remote work environment is your team still having trouble accessing or sharing the company data? Here are some tips to protect and ensure the accessibility of company data" Connect with Liz on Twitter at @lizwebercmc.

Priscilla Archangel of Archangel & Associates provided Recognize Your Worth: Choose Confidence. Priscilla writes: "Think back to the start of your professional journey. What if you knew your full capabilities, potential, and value? What difference would that have made in your decisions? Recognizing your worth will build confidence to create a powerful future. " Follow Priscilla on Twitter at @PrisArchangel.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group provided Lead With Connection: How to Build Relationships That Help Drive Results. David shares: "Even in the most challenging times, keeping employee needs in mind and making the effort to find a connection will build loyalty and trust that will help them better connect with you and the business goals. Here I cover a recent study published by Harvard Business Review that found these 3 elements necessary for leaders to build trust among employees." Follow David on Twitter at @ThoughtPartner.

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