February 2016 Leadership Development Carnival
Greetings and Welcome to the February 2016 Leadership Development Carnival!
It’s a privilege to host over two dozen of today’s top leadership thinkers (and doers). Their contributions this month will encourage all of us to continue strong in the new year, develop ourselves and our people, and stay the course of authenticity. Some authors will inspire, others will challenge, but they all empower us to make a positive impact in our leadership spheres.
While February is short, we’re long on content for our Carnival this month … so let’s dive on in!
Anne Perschel of Germane Consulting starts us off by giving us insight on How to Lead with Influence, from Gloria Steinem. Anne states “Leading with influence is a must-do and a must-have skill set for modern day leaders. This post highlights 3 principles for leading with influence as illustrated by Atlanta’s Mayor, Kassim Reed; and Gloria Steinem, in her self-described role as community organizer.” Follow Anne @bizshrink
Art Petty shares in his Management Excellence Blog some great advice for Refueling as a Leader. In these 9 steps, Art teaches that “leaders might eat last, but care and feeding of the leader’s spirit must come first or everyone suffers.” Follow Art @artpetty
Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting wants us to be authentic and to “Be Real: Lead From the Heart“. He says “the people you lead need to know that, however big your britches are, you still have a sympathetic heart they will always be able to reach. Here’s some practical ways to accomplish that.” Find Bill @btreasurer
Chery Gegelman of Giana Consulting always finds a way to inspire and encourage leaders. Her contribution this month, “4 Tips for Building Confidence in a Transition” gets us through those difficult times. “If you are in the space between being at the top of your game and a reinvention and struggling… You are not alone! Even legends feel their confidence shake when they don’t know what they don’t know.” Chery can be found @GianaConsulting
Consultant and musician Chris Edmonds gives a call to character in his post “Unrelenting Integrity“. Chris’s admonition to us is “there are cheaters all around us. What the world needs now is unrelenting integrity from each of us. The good news is demonstrating unrelenting integrity isn’t complex. There is no club to join. There are no monthly dues required. There are no meetings to attend. There is simply you, making a bold commitment to make your promises clearly and keep your promises daily.” Follow Chris @scedmonds and on The Purposeful Culture Group
Thought leader Dana Theus challenges us to discern EQ a little more. “Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the new miracle ingredient for corporate culture. Too bad it doesn’t come in pill form! While there is more and more written on the benefits of Emotional Intelligence in the workplace every day, the general lack of it in many work environments can make it hard to spot.” Read “3 Ways to Recognize Emotional Intelligence In The Workplace” on InPower Coaching and follow her @DanaTheus
Fellow New Hampshire resident Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership helps leaders stay the course in the new year. His post “New Year’s Development Goals for Leaders 2016 Edition (Added Bonus: How To Keep Them!)” helps us break the cycle of short changing our goals and gives us best practices for keeping them and seeing them through. Follow Dan @greatleadership
What do you do when your team didn’t hear what you think you said? This question plagues leaders and wastes countless days – even weeks – of time. David Dye of Trailblaze and co-author of the upcoming book “Winning Well“, gives you a quick tool to fix the problem and reclaim your time once and for all with “One Quick Leadership Tip That Will Save You Weeks of Time“. David can be followed @davidmdye
When it comes to performance, the truth is the bell curve only exists if you believe it does. In “Develop Your Team – The Truth About the Bell Curve“, Jesse Lyn Stoner of The Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership makes a case that it makes more sense (cents) to develop internally than look for new hires, and that a key responsibility of all managers should be to the development of their people. Follow Jesse @JesseLynStoner
Jill Malleck’s post “Today’s Leaders Make it Safe to Play” challenges us to create environments of safe culture and valued leadership. She states “As companies experiment with new org structures, including ditching the hierarchy, what is the value-add role of the leader? One important aspect of culture may be getting overlooked – the psychological safety needed to play in creative, open spaces.” Read more insight from Jill at Epiphany At Work and follow her @epiphanyatwork
Jim Taggart inspires us for 2016 in his Changing Winds post “Good Leaders Let the Light In“. Jim writes “Good leaders are able to see the possibilities and engage others in accomplishing great things, despite facing obstacles and daunting challenges in a rapidly changing environment. The good leader knows how to let the light in when the situation appears dark or impossible.” Follow Jim @72keys
Joel Garfinkle’s wants you to start planning your next career move … now. In this post from his Career Advancement Blog Joel shows 5 key ways to get yourself ready to take that next big career step. Joel can be found at Garfinkle Executive Coaching and @JoelGarfinkle
If you like to muse over leadership quotes, then John Hunter of Curious Cat Management has much for us to meditate on. He gives his “Most Popular Management and Leadership Quotes on Our Site in 2015” based on the feedback given from readers and leaders. Follow John @curiouscat_com
Jon Mertz of Thin Difference guides us in our self-awareness through “Centering is the New Mentoring“. Jon’s central theme is “self-awareness is one of the most under-rated leadership skills. Knowing who you are opens you up to accept a greater diversity of insights and enlightens you to your blind spots.” Jon can be followed @ThinDifference
If you love stories or are great at telling them, Julie Baron’s post at The Thought Board will resonate with you. Entitled “Storytelling: 5 Things We Could All Learn from Mother Goose” Julie writes “While “storytelling” conjures up images of my father sharing his favorite fish tales around the campfire and reading my son his favorite bedtime stories, storytelling has found a place in business. Why? Stories make us relatable to each other and engage people through emotions. As a matter of fact, much research points to the fact that storytelling has the power to change our attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. So how are businesses using storytelling to engage their key stakeholders?” You can follow Julie @commwrks
Is vision vital to success, or strategy? Julie Winkle Giulioni shows in “The Dynamic Duo of Vision and Strategy” that “vision without strategy is just a nice idea; and strategy without vision might be a lot of unproductive activity. Together, however, they are a dynamic duo that can drive unbeatable organizational results.” Julie can be found @Julie_WG
Karin Hurt of Let’s Grow Leaders encourages us to take “A Deeper Dive into Developing Your People“. In her post, this co-author of “Winning Well” connects some lessons from scuba diving to leadership development. You can find Karin @LetsGrowLeaders
Mary Ila Ward of Horizon Point Consulting believes “a one size fits all approach for measuring leadership is ineffective. We need to measure leadership effectiveness, but in order to do so, we need to embark on measuring more, not less in order to reach the ultimate goal of growing leaders.” Find out more in her post “Measuring Leadership: How Many Hurdles do you Have?“. Mary can be followed @MaryIlaWard
My good friend Michael Lee Stallard of Connection Culture has an encouraging message for us in “4 Ways to Help You ‘Never Give Up‘”. If you are facing challenging leadership situations, it can be tempting to want to quit. Michael shares 4 encouragements to help you never give up and propel you to success. Follow Michael @michaelstallard
Miki Saxon of Option Sanity empowers us to watch that past success doesn’t mean quick fixes. Her post “Ducks in a Row: Falling Star Marissa Mayer“, Miki gives us a look at why a leading star at one company becomes a falling star at another. Follow her @optionsanity
Rachel Aziz of Leadership Directions shares a video titled “5 Keys to a Successful Team Culture“. In the clip, Rachel explores the importance of communication, trust, motivation, vision and feedback when developing a team with a positive culture. You can connect with Rachel on LinkedIn
Many leaders like to say their people are their number one priority but actions often speak louder than words. How do you know what your true priorities are? In this post at Leading with Trust, Randy Conley discusses the one thing that reveals your true leadership priorities. Give Randy a follow @RandyConley
Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents “Are you really a leader? An easy way to tell.” where she shares that “we are truly leaders when what we do inspires those around us to be, do, and achieve more”. Follow Robyn and her great team @ThoughtfulLdrs
In one of the more inspirational posts this month, Simon Teague of New Level Results gives us great insights from Coxless Crew’s amazing rowboat trip from California to Australia in 2015. Titled “New Year – New Arrival“, Simon gives “the incredible, awe-inspiring story of four brave women who came together as one team to row across the mighty Pacific Ocean. After 257 days at sea they finally made it this week. The lessons for leadership, team work and values are so powerful.” You can connect with him @SimonTeague
Have you made progress so far in 2016? If not, Susan Mazza of Random Acts Of Leadership has some sage advice. In “3 Steps to Make Meaningful Progress This Year“, Susan instructs us that “the problem with most to-do lists is that they’re often more a compilation of “should-do’s” than “must-do’s.” The difference lies in the degree to which you are clear about your goals and focused on doing whatever it takes to achieve them. These 3 steps can help you transform your “should-do” list into a “must-do” list!”. Give her a follow @SusanMazza
It’s a new year; does your annual performance appraisal stay or go? Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership asks the question in “What Happens When the Annual Performance Appraisal Goes Awry?” He continues, “All kinds of companies are eliminating the annual performance appraisal. If you’re the boss, what does that mean for you?” Wally can be found @wallybock
Willy Steiner of Executive Coaching Concepts closes out our Carnival with a terrific post “Company Culture: Will We Know It When We See It?” According to Willy, “There is increasing focus on “cultural fit” for both candidate and company. But culture can be tough to discern, from either inside or outside a company. This post gives you an excellent framework for asking the right questions while interviewing to gain the clarity you need to make a sound hiring decision.”. Connect with Willy @coachesforexecs
Thank you for joining this month! Make a positive impact in your world!