September 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the September 2021 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.


Marcia Reynolds of Covisioning Transformational Leadership provided What Not To Say When You're Mad. Marcia shares: "When you are stressed or irritated, you might sabotage your conversations with one word or phrase. This list will help you see how your own reactions can create instead of diffuse conflicts." Connect with Marcia on Twitter at @marciareynolds.

Ken Byler of Higher Ground Consulting Group contributed Seek Common Ground. Ken writes: "If common ground becomes the ultimate goal for the conversation, both parties can feel psychologically safe to have a meaningful dialogue. When the need to win is replaced with a desire to understand, any disagreement becomes less adversarial."

Diana Peterson-More shared Communication Tips From Dear Old Ma That Are Relevant Today: Part Two. Diana explains: "With online communication at the virtual speed of light, many have forgotten to follow the "Newspaper Rule," also known as "The New York Times Rule:" don't put anything in writing you wouldn't want to appear on the front page of . . . (your favorite paper). This communication maxim, drilled into me by my parents, requires one to slow down and think how what is being stated could be perceived." Find Diana on Twitter at @DianaPMAuthor.

Team Building

Steve DiGioia contributed 10 Actions to Bring Your Team Into Your Confidence Zone. Steve writes: "Who cares what your employees say! The opinions of your employees don’t matter. Really. They don’t. You prove this each day by your actions. You continue to leave them in the dark about upcoming actions and decisions that affect them. You do little to address their concerns. Now, they question you. They’re losing faith in you. They don’t believe in your leadership. Here is how to get out of this vicious cycle." Find Steve on Twitter at @stevedigioia.

Erik Samdahl of i4cp shared Let Managers Manage Flexible Work, But... "When it comes to flexible work decisions, "let managers manage" is a better motto than setting a top-down policy. But expecting managers to orchestrate flexible work arrangements without preparation and ongoing support isn’t the way to go." Connect with Erik on Twitter @i4cp.


Jim Taggart of Changing Winds shared 10 Leadership Lessons to Succeed During Turbulent Change. Jim considers: "Top-down, command and control management styles have no place in our new world. It’s about collaboration through worker self-empowerment, where calculated risk-taking is a daily endeavor and individual and collective learning is nurtured and valued." Follow Jim on Twitter at @JlcTaggart.

Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting contributed Good Leaders and the Endowment of Power. Bill explains: "Most people agree that the world would benefit by having more good leaders. But as long as there have been good leaders, there have also been leaders who compromised their integrity and turned bad." Follow Bill on Twitter at @btreasurer.

Dana Theus of InPower Coaching writes FAQ: Career Coach Advice. Dana explains: “When I am giving career coach advice, I often find some themes in the conversation around how to handle uncertainty and non-standard career challenges. I’ve outlined my core advice on the following: career change, freelancing, entrepreneurship, joblessness/sabbatical, telling the story of your joblessness, andretirement. These are some FAQ answers I like to have at the ready when these topics come up.” Find Dana on Twitter at @DanaTheus.

Joel Garfinkle of the Career Advancement Blog shared 6 of the Most In-Demand Skills for the Future Workplace. Joel summarizes: "The future workplace will require its leaders to have a particular skillset that allows them to be adaptable and effective within a climate of change. Several key competencies will aid in the development of all of those skills." Find Joel on Twitter at @JoelGarfinkle.

Dr. Bill Donahue writes The 5 Principles of Ethical Leadership. Bill shares: “Ethics matter. You and I set the ethical tone and shape the authentic culture of our teams and in our organizations.” Find Bill on Twitter @drbilldonahue.

S. Chris Edmonds of The Purposeful Culture Group provided Good Comes First - Helping Leaders Make Respect as Important as Results. In this video post, Chris shares: "What does it take to build and sustain an uncompromising work culture? Define, align, refine." Follow Chris on Twitter at @scedmonds.

Karin Hurt and David Dye of Let's Grow Leaders provided How Do I Gain Respect When My Team Doesn't Like Me? Karin and David share: "Of course, leadership is not about being liked. But it sucks to go to work every day when you know your team would rather be working for someone else. Plus, if your team doesn’t respect you, you’re not going to have the influence you need to make an impact. So, how do you gain respect, when your team’s just not there?." Follow them on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.

Jon Verbeck provided Develop a Mindset of Continuous Improvement. Jon writes: “Olympians have a mindset of continuous improvement. They are constantly wanting to do a little better. That same type of mindset can be very helpful to companies. It starts with evaluating where you are.” Follow Jon on Twitter at @jonverbeck1.

Ken Downer of Rapid Start Leadership provided In Praise of Praise: 5 Ways to Enhance the Power of Your Appreciation. Ken shares: “There’s a tool sitting on our leadership work bench that often goes neglected. Yet, used with some skill, it is a powerful way to develop our teammates. That tool is praise, and today we’ll talk about five ways you can give praise that motivates, inspires, and possibly even changes lives.” Follow Ken on Twitter @RapidStartLdr.

Priscilla Archangel of Archangel & Associates provided Blind Spots: Learning to be Self-Aware. Priscilla writes: "We must all accept the fact that we have blind spots. The goal though is to be open to feedback on what’s in them. Leaders have the key responsibility to provide this feedback, and while some do a better job than others at it, receptivity on the part of the employee is a key factor." Follow Priscilla on Twitter at @PrisArchangel.

Jake Jacobs of Jake Jacobs Consulting shared Leverage Change: Transform Your Organization by Changing Your Paradigms. Jake writes: "Transforming organizations takes years, is hard work, and often leads to disappointing results. This is common wisdom. It’s been proven time and again. It goes with the territory. But it doesn’t have to be that way." Connect with Jake on Twitter at @jakejacobs.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provided 3 Ways to Get in Trouble. Wally explains: "Perfection is beyond our grasp. But during my life and business career, I’ve seen three very common things that get people in trouble. Here they are, with some thoughts about how you can do better." Connect with Wally on Twitter at @WallyBock.

John Stoker of DialogueWORKS contributed What Roles Do the Most Successful Leaders Play? John writes: "Regardless of our individual experiences, there are key leadership aspects that dramatically impact our interactions with others. The following six leadership roles are critical to master if you want to be an effective leader." Connect with John on Twitter at @JohnRStoker.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group shared 7 Leaders Share Advice for Building More Inclusive and Diverse Workplaces. David shares: "I interviewed more than 30 leaders from a variety of businesses about the key leadership lessons learned from the past year. Many of those leaders reflected on racial injustice in the workplace, and shared key things that surprised or enlightened them as they responded to diversity and inclusion concerns." Follow David on Twitter at @ThoughtPartner.


Jennifer V. Miller writes Effective Meeting Leaders Set the Right Expectations. Jennifer summarizes: “Do people know what to expect at your meetings? Here are 16 discussion questions to help you become an effective meeting leader.” Find Jennifer on Twitter at @JenniferVMiller.

Robyn McLeod provided The Dos and Don’ts of Inclusive Leadership. Robyn summarizes: “It can be easy to get caught up in drafting regular email messages about DEI goals and progress, building out a training curriculum focused on topics like unconscious bias, and managing hiring and retention numbers. These are all great steps to take, but in the end, it’s your actions as a leader that will have the greatest impact.” Find Robyn on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.

Eileen McDargh contributed Five Behaviors to Drive Employees Away! Eileen explains: "Regardless of where one works, a manager still can influence how engaged and 'present' employees are. Being present at an office or a remote location means nothing if employees have left their spirit, imagination, creativity, and enthusiasm behind." Connect with Eileen on Twitter at @macdarling.

Braden Kelley provided What is Human-Centered Change? Braden shares: “It should go without saying that if anything should be human-centered, it should be change. But, the practice of change management is still very much process-centric instead of human-centric. Worse yet, digital transformations are unfortunately often technology-centric instead of human-centric.” Follow Braden on Twitter at @innovate.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference shared What Does "Love One Another" Mean Anymore? Jon considers: "Leadership and love are two concepts that are not often intermixed. However, love fits with transformational leadership, and it engages empathy with a call to do the right thing. Intersecting business and society requires a dose of love to empower better leadership, moral behavior, and integrative empathy." Connect with Jon on Twitter at @thindifference.


Marcella Bremer of Positive Culture contributed High-Performance Culture: Make It Safe. Marcella considers: "What’s the secret of a high-performance culture? We are relational beings. That makes group culture one of the most powerful forces on the planet. But it only works well if you develop safety. Here's how." Follow Marcella on Twitter at @MarcellaBremer.

Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting provided IRS 1099 Forms: How To Get Ahead. Stephanie shares: "This blog post breaks down the simple steps to take all year around to handle 1099s in your organization or business."

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Neal Burgis of Successful Solutions contributed Thinking Beyond the Obvious. Neal explains: "Seeing the same as everyone else is conformity. With your mind’s eye open to seeing things others don’t see or have missed, you can have an impact in creating and generating an innovative idea. What are you miss when you don’t pay attention?" Follow Neal on Twitter at @exec_solutions.

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