The January Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the January edition of the Leadership Development Carnival!

The theme of this month’s carnival is self-improvement. January is the month we set goals, make resolutions, and look for ways to better ourselves as leaders.

This month’s Carnival offers 28 articles on how to become a better leader, be more successful, learn more, and other valuable ideas that will help get the year started off on the right track.
Thanks to all of the contributors!

Featured Posts:

Assessments can provide really useful information. But the real payoff comes from the conversations surrounding them. Steve Roesler presents Are You Using Professional Assessments Professionally? posted at All Things Workplace.

Mike King presents Want More Influence? Give to Others First posted at Learn This.

Chris Young presents Succession Planning is a Fiduciary Responsibility posted at Maximize Possibility Blog.

Shawn M. Driscoll presents Career Portfolio Planning: Your Key to Long Term Success posted at Shawn Driscoll.

Executive education programs are getting better at marketing. They’ve learned that executives will sign up for fancy tours masquerading as education. When the program is done, everyone will claim that it was beneficial, even though no one bothers to prove it. Wally Bock presents Executive education boondoggles posted at Three Star Leadership Blog.

Mark Stelzner presents 2009 Predictions – HR And The Year Of The Ox posted at Inflexion Point.

It’s fair to say that there are some leaders who we all just must follow. It’s almost as if they have “leadership pheromones” – or some type of chemical that elicits a natural response to follow them. Nina Simosko presents Leadership Pheromones posted at Nina Simosko.

Jack Hayhow describes how to care for employees in this 9 minute “Management Tips” podcast:
Nick McCormick presents Caring for Employees, with Jack Hayhow posted at Joe and Wanda on Management.

Michael Ray Hopkins gives us his take on Self Improvement from Lead on Purpose.

GROW is a simple coaching technique that every manager should know about. Chris Morgan presents More Line Manger tips: GROW – A model for coaching posted at Learn2Develop – Thoughts from the World of Learning and Development.

Erik Samdahl presents Leadership, Culture and Crisis: A Real-Life Simulation – i4cp posted at Productivity Blog.

Jerry Roberts presents What Assembling a Christmas Gift Can Teach Us About Helping Workers Succeed posted at CareerJolt.

Anna Farmery presents A New Year Thought posted at The Engaging Brand.

Meg Bear presents Pondering Greatness and deliberate practice posted at TalentedApps, a
recap of the Charlie Rose interview with Macolm Gladwell (“Outliers”) and Geoff Colvin (“Talent is Overrated”), focusing on quantity of practice vs. *deliberate* practice (i.e. perfecting your craft.)

Jim Stroup presents Gaming capitalism posted at Managing Leadership. Capitalism has gotten a bad rap from the recent financial crisis and the response of CEOs. Many of them shamelessly seek government bailouts to be administered by themselves, whose previous performance contributed to the crisis. Thus, modern corporate capitalism is viewed as stealing from the rest of us coming and going – at first through predatory commercialism while money is available, and then through expropriation of our tax dollars when things inevitably, as matters so administered are wont to do, go bad. As we all know, though, capitalism is not about what CEOs do to us. It’s about what we all do to ourselves and each other.

The Best of the Rest:

American Entrepreneurship presents Understanding the Functions of Management posted at American Small Business News.

Allen Loomis presents The Secret of The Law of Attraction from Napoleon hill posted at The Law of Success.

Recent political scandals – including those involving ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich – awaken us to the dangers posed when sociopaths or those with serious personality disorders use their charm and persuasion to attain positions of leadership. Howard Ditkoff presents Publicizing The Threat of Personality Disorders Among Those in Positions of Power posted at Blog.

Trisha Wagner presents For Best Results: Use When Ready posted at Empowering Mom.

Srini Saripalli presents Information Marketing Business in A Distressed Economy: 5 Predictions posted at Internet Marketing Information Marketing Blog Marketing Business Success.

Syed Hus presents 3 Strategies to Overcome Procrastination posted at Powerful Living.

Ralph Jean-Paul presents Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions posted at Potential 2 Success.

Shaun Killian presents Why Slashing Your Training Budget Can Be A Good Thing posted at HR Thought Leaders’s Blog.

Do you remember your first presentation? Were you nervous, scared? Let Andy Rondeau share an easy to use tip in this ‘mad’ video which will improve your Public speaking…
Great Management presents A Simple Easy To Use Tip To Improve Public Speaking posted at Great Management.

Brian Terry presents Create Your Elevator Speech posted at Integrity Business Blog by Terry Dean.

Alvos presents Motivate your workers – Drop the whip! posted at

Do you want to be a successful executive? Fulfill these two requirements and Isaac will guarantee your success in every field you want. Isaac Yassar presents 2 Requirements Of Definite Success posted at Isaac Yassar .com.

Alvaro Fernandez presents The Overflowing Brain: Most Important Book of 2008 posted at Sharp Brains. Given the importance of the topic, and the quality of the book, we have named The Overflowing Brain: Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory The SharpBrains Most Important Book of 2008, and asked Dr. Klingberg to write a brief article to introduce his research and book to you.

The next Leadership Development Carnival will be February 8th. Please use the Carnival submission form located on the sidebar if you’d like to submit an article by February 7th. Here’s the rules:
The Leadership Development Carnival accepts posts related to leadership, management, and executive development, leadership, management, coaching, human resources, succession planning, and organizational development. Irrelevant posts will be automatically rejected. Please include a post on your own site promoting the Carnival with a link back. Please submit only one recent (last 2 weeks) post along with a brief (1 line) description.