The Leadership Development Carnival – December 6, 2008

Welcome to the December 6, 2008 holiday edition of the Leadership Development Carnival!

I had over 90 submissions to this month’s Carnival, way too many for ever the most ambitious reader. After weeding out the internet marketing, selling strategies, personal and spiritual development posts, and any site that hits you with one of those annoying pop-ups, I think I ended up with a more manageable collection of 46.

Once again, I’ve put my “Featured” posts at the top. These are “FOGLs” (Friends Of Great Leadership) – bloggers I know and read and personally recommend.

The rest were good enough to make the cut, and are also worth taking a look at.

Thanks to all those who submitted posts. The next Leadership Development Carnival will be January 4th, 2009, right here at Great Leadership.

Featured Posts:

Meg Bear presents The leadership cop-out, the employee hot potato posted at TalentedApps, saying, “No more moving performance problems around the organization like hot potatoes.”

Jim Stroup presents The decision maker posted at Managing Leadership, saying, “A popular idea in business over recent decades is that employees should be given “ownership” of the decisions they are charged with carrying out. It is believed that this will better distribute the actual intent of the decision throughout the organization, and enhance the energy and efficiency of its execution. There certainly is nothing wrong with developing those latter characteristics. But as with so many decent ideas . . .”

Art Petty presents The Counterintuitive Nature of Management Excellence posted at Management Excellence

Simon Stapleton presents 6 Powerful Questions To Ask In Your Performance Review posted at Career & Personal Development for CIOs, Technical Professionals and Self-Professed Geeks, saying, “Was your last performance review/appraisal enjoyable? Worthwhile? Inspiring? Constructive? It should be all of these things, if done right. But chances are, it wasn’t. And you won’t be the only one. I recently surveyed over 800 IT professionals from over 600 companies and discovered that over 70% felt their performance reviews were ineffective. What’s happening?”

Laurie Ruettimann presents hr advice: skip fruit baskets in 2009 posted at Cheezhead, saying, “Recruiters can make the most of a down economy by mentoring and teaching Corporate HR Generalists and Corporate HR Recruiters how to use social networking and technology to acquire talent for their organizations.”

Alice Snell presents Succession Planning Strategies posted at Taleo Blog – Talent Management Solutions, saying, “Alice Snell of Taleo Blog – Talent Management Solutions weighs in on Succession Planning Strategies.”

Morgs presents The Role of the Line Manager – how to motivate your people…? posted at Learn2Develop – Thoughts from the World of L&D, saying, “One of the key roles of the line manager and in fact any leader is in motivating his people and in the current climate this is more important than ever.”

Wayne Turmel presents The Cranky Middle Manager #166 High Altitude Leadership Don Schmincke posted at TPN :: The Cranky Middle Manager Show.

Mark Stelzner presents The Power of Doing What You Love posted at Inflexion Point.

Nina Simosko presents What Leaders Can Learn from Britney Redux posted at, saying, “The “STOP” approach to managing a crisis is a simple, but effective way to focus on your communications during a crisis. See how Britney Spears has put this approach into action.”

Wally Bock presents The Workplace of the Future posted at Three Star Leadership Blog, saying, “Wally Bock says that today’s workplace will change because of major trends and because some current practices are simply broken and need to be replaced. He asks three questions about how your workplace will be different in the future.”

Nick McCormick presents ?Ask More Questions? ? Listen to Win a Free T-Shirt posted at Joe and Wanda – on Management.

Wally Bock presents Questions for Effective Change posted at Momentor.

Michael Ray Hopkin presents Five leadership practices for improving customer service posted at Lead on Purpose

Chris Young presents Six Effective Business Time Management Tips and Techniques for Improving Productivity In Any Economy posted at Maximize Possibility Blog.

Miki Saxon presents Kick Ass Leadership Accountability posted at Leadership Turn, and Good Culture Has Good Process from her MAPping Compnay Success blog.

Anna Farmery presents The Power of Living Your Life Again and Again and Again! posted at The Engaging Brand.

Michael McKinney presents What is the Secret of Great Performers posted at the Leading Blog.

Susan Heathfield presents Give Thanks and Create Reassurance posted at Guide to Human Resources.

The Best of the Rest:

Ted Reimers presents Acquiring Leadership Experience in College posted at CampusGrotto, saying, “There are many things you can do while in college to increase your leadership experience.”

Valeria presents The A–Z Guide to Getting Things Done posted at Timeless Lessons.

Great Management presents The 7 Simple (but ignored) ‘Rules’ For Ensuring Your Meetings Are Productive posted at The GreatManagement Blog, saying, “Here are 7 simple basic ideas, which are often overlooked, that can improve the quality of the meetings you organise and the meetings you attend.”

John W. Furst presents Seth Godin – A Podcast About Tribes (47 Minutes) posted at E-Biz Booster Blog, saying, “Seth Godin has gathered a tribe of 3,662 people around him in a private network for his current book launch of Tribes – We Need You To Lead Us. Tribes is already a bestselling book on Amazon. It is about leadership and marketing. Listen to Seth Godin talking about it.”

Khan presents Presidential Leadership Lessons posted at Higher Education and Career Blog, saying, “As modern-day presidents struggle with the challenges of an office more complex than that of their predecessors, the captains of business and industry wrestle”

Gazzali presents Tips On How To Have A Vision – Leadership 3 posted at PROenrichment.

Greg Group presents 5 Forces for Smart Leaders in Difficult Times – Associated Content posted at Associated Content.

SpkTruth2Pwr presents Finding the Inspiration to Lead posted at The Apathy Remedy, saying, “A how to look at how to tap in to your potential to lead and understanding what qualities made leaders great in world history.”

Louise Manning presents 10 quotes on expectation posted at The Human Imprint.

Bhupendra Khanal presents Entrepreneurs : Don’t Do an MBA posted at Analytics Bhupe, saying, “If you have something to show to the world. Just do it. Don’t waste your time doing an MBA.”

Tony Huynh presents 8 Ways to Make Your Goal a Certainty posted at, saying, “People will allow themselves to be pushed around and bullied in order to remain comfortable. People will act in a painful situation to ease the pain or remove the source of that pain. Security and comfort is not afforded by a job, it is provided by your ability to produce.”

Eric Klen presents Is there mold growing in your organization? Dharma Consulting posted at Dharma Consulting.

Dawn Abraham Life Coach presents Confidence posted at Qualified Life Coach.Com

Jason Koeppe presents Personal Development – The Key To Reaching Your Goals posted at Z-Synergy Zurvita Reps Team Blog, saying, “The key to reaching your goals, both business and personal, is closer than you think. Jason Koeppe share’s a simple idea/concept that even though is extremely simple, is extremely effective at transforming your business and personal life.”

Mike King presents How to Mediate Difficult Communication Situations posted at Learn This.

American Entrepreneurship presents The Benefits of Attending Association Conferences posted at American Entrepreneurship.

Louis Burns presents Crafting Mental Movies For Others posted at NLP Marketing Blog, saying, “This article is about not only visualizing your own goals but the experience you want other people to have as well.”

Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE presents Plain Talk Blog: Leadership; Work/Life Balance; Management; Employee Retention; Human Resources posted at Plain Talk.

Will Edwards presents The 4 Ps of Service Strategy posted at ITIL V3 Talk, saying, “The 4 Ps of Service Strategy (after Mintzberg) are as follows: Perspective, Plan, Position and Patterns – at least according to ITIL v3. A Strategy can be any of these things or, indeed, any mixture of them.”

Erik Samdahl presents Leadership in the information age – i4cp posted at Productivity Blog, saying, “i4cp’s Carol Morrison talks about how leadership needs to adjust its approach to properly lead in the information age.”

Gazdag Gergely presents Strategic thinking – as I see it posted at, saying, “Strategic thinking is a widely used expression with no real concensus. What needs to be involved, actually? Opinion at”

Businessinfoguide presents Overcoming the “O” Word posted at Business Info Guide.

Chris presents Be an Effective Leader at any Level of an Organization posted at

Mac presents Actorlicious: 10 Qualities of Successful People posted at Actorlicious.

Tushar Mathur presents Ways To Leave Your Business posted at Small Business Resource, saying, “Selecting your successor is a fundamental objective that is decided early in the Exit Planning process. Almost all owners want to transfer the business to other family members, an employee or a co-owner; only about 5 percent want to sell to an outside third party.”

Britannica Blog presents The Need for Greater Flexibility in the Workplace posted at Britannica Blog, saying, “Reports on the falling economy and heaving financial industry are monopolizing news lately. At the same time, today’s managers are faced with continuously changing and conflicting demands: consumers want their products customized in record turn-around time while employees are faced with the impeding stress of long work hours and the resulting burnout.”

Ralph Jean-Paul presents How To Become a People Person posted at Potential 2 Success, saying, ““All things being equal people will do business with people they like. All things not being equal, they still will. Learn to become a people person and become better in relationship, leadership, and influence in every part of business and life.””

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Leadership Development Carnival using the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.