Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 7 Leadership Development Carnival - Academy Awards Edition

It's Sunday night, and it's time for the Leadership Development Carnival - Academy Awards Edition!

Every one of these posts are Oscar-worthy.

Opening Musical Extravaganza:

Art Petty sings and dances with a glamorous showgirl on each arm with Leadership Caffeine-Learning to Lead in the Project-Focused World posted at Management Excellence.

Best Supporting Actress:
The nominations are:

Janna Rust in Self Leadership: Lead yourself to success posted at Purposeful Leadership.

Erin Schreyer in Do I Have Food Stuck In My Teeth? posted at Authentic Leadership.

Anna Farmery in Why you should hate a weekend! posted at The Engaging Brand.

Jane Perdue in Let Us Be the Water posted at Life, Love & Leadership.

Becky Robinson in How To Develop Others posted at Mountain State University LeaderTalk, saying, "In order to grow, people need exposure, opportunity, and challenge."

And the winner is..... Becky Robinson !

Best Supporting Actor:
The nominations are:

Tom Magness in Learning Leadership from "The Office" -- Part I posted at Leader Business, saying, "If you are hooked on "The Office" as I am, you will appreciate this post. We learn leadership from good and bad role models. There are plenty of both with the show's star and office manager, Michael Scott. If you are hooked on the show, or on leadership, you'll enjoy these comments."

Chris Young in Startups, Culture-Shaping, and the "Lifetime Employment Award" posted at Maximize Possibility Blog, saying, "Start-ups are exciting organizations to be a part of. However, leaders can often be blinded by their history with a team member who was "there from the start" and unwittingly give them a "lifetime employment award" at great expense to the organization's culture and the morale of its other employees."

William Matthies in Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By posted at Business Wisdom: Words to Manage By.

Mike Henry Sr. in Community's Forth Dimension posted at Lead Change Group Blog.

Tanmay Vora in Quick Thought on Leadership and Subordination to a Cause posted at QAspire - Quality, Management, Leadership & Life!, saying, "When people subordinate a leader, they are not a leader's subordinates. They are subordinates to a cause. In that context, even a leader is subordinate to a cause. This post tries to emphasize on this very important facet."

And the winner is.....Tanmay Vora

Best Actress:
The nominations are:

Mary Jo Asmus in Listening, Part II: What REALLY Gets in the Way? posted at Mary Jo Asmus.

Sharlyn Lauby in 7 Types of Power in the Workplace posted at hr bartender, saying, "Everyone has power. It's using your power effectively that makes a positive difference."

Alice Snell in Influence and Learning posted at Taleo Blog - Talent Management Solutions.

LisaRosendahl in Eliminating the Static in Performance Management posted at Lisa Rosendahl, saying, "Performance management is one of the most important things a supervisor can do and it is essential that it be done respectfully and professionally from start to finish.

Jennifer V. Miller in 25 Free Leadership Resources posted at The People Equation.

And the winner is...... Jennifer Miller !

Best Actor:
The nominations are:

David Zinger in Employee Engagement: The Zinger 2020 Vision posted at Employee Engagement Zingers, saying, "The future of employee engagement during this decade."

Jason Seiden in Your Job Sucks? Really? I'm Shocked. Oh, Wait: No I'm Not. posted at Next Generation Talent Development, saying, "Leadership success starts with the ability to work through adversity... even when adversity comes in the form of our own bad attitudes."

Steve Roesler in All Things Workplace: What Do We Expect From "Real" Leaders? posted at All Things Workplace, saying, "Leadership authority Steve Roesler says, "One thing I am sure of: You can't microwave leaders and expect a 5-Star Experience.""

Scott Eblin in Next Level Blog posted at Next Level Blog, saying, "One of the biggest questions for managers moving into executive leadership roles is "How do I delegate bigger decisions to my team and still manage risk?" Scott Eblin has been talking with his clients about that question and has come up with some answers."

Tom Glover presents Challenges To Being a Team posted at Reflection Leadership.

And the winner is..... Scott Eblin!

Best Director:
The nominations are:

Miki directs MAPping Company Success posted at MAPping Company Success, saying, "In any leadership position you are responsible for creating the culture or subculture (the culture of your group within the overall company culture). Here are 7 basic areas you need to think through and do in order to create and implement the kind of culture you want."

Wally Bock directs 4 Reasons Why Being a Boss is Not an Olympic Event posted at Three Star Leadership Blog, saying, "Olympic athletes are fun and inspiring to watch. But they're lousy role models for a boss."

Adi Gaskell directs A siesta a day keeps the afternoon slump away posted at The Management Blog, saying, "An article showing the virtues of having a nap in the afternoon if you want to be at your best throughout the day."

Amy Wilson directs Pay for Performance is Dead...almost posted at TalentedApps, saying, "This post covers several signals suggesting that the pay for performance model that we’ve touted in the past might need a serious makeover."

Nissim Ziv directs Leading a Team Effectively posted at Job Interview Guide, saying, "Teams can be a very effective in producing innovative solutions in the workplace. In jobs throughout every industry, employers always emphasize the need for “good team players.” Teams can generate enthusiasm and increase communication between workers from different departments. “Teamwork” should be the mantra of every organization. Yet, we all know that creating a team can be a bit like creating a monster."

And the winner is.... Wally Bock!

Best Special Effects:

Aaron Windeler presents Leadership: You don’t know it when you see it posted at Scientific Management.

Nick McCormick presents Social Media Policy Guidelines posted at Joe and Wanda - on Management.

Benjamin McCall in Thing about Leadership... One size does not fit all, posted at

Shawn M. Driscoll in Dealing with Disillusionment posted at Shawn Driscoll.

Anne Perschel in Fixing the Hole in the Corporate Soul posted at Germane Insights, saying, "Business guru Gary Hamel published "The Hole in the Corporate Soul," (WSJ) the same day I was writing how to fix it."

And the winner is..... Anne Perschel!

Here are the rest of our nominations:

Ericka Hines presents Leadership: The future that will exist posted at Ericka Hines, saying, "My blog is targeted towards those in the public sector(nonprofits/social enterprise/government) . I try to make the idea of leadership accessible to understand and to do. I hope that this works for the carnival."

Jason Reid presents Multi-tasking – doing things badly in twice as much time posted at Sick With Success .com, saying, "A look at how using synergy accomplishes more than multitasking (with examples)."

Andy Klein presents Embrace failure as part of growth posted at The Fortune Group Blog, saying, "When people know they can try and fail and not be reprimanded for doing so, they soon get good at what they do. Growth means trying, so encourage people to try!"

Katy Tynan presents The Simple Path to Leadership Bench Strength posted at Survive Your Promotion!.

Divinelysmile presents The Gender Gap: 10 Surprising Stats on Women in the Workplace posted at - Job Descriptions and Online Schools to Start Your Career.

Angela Martin presents 50 Famously Successful People Who Failed At First posted at Online

Heather Stagl presents Monitor Your Organization’s “Non-Verbal” Communication posted at Enclaria LLC, saying, "It is widely cited that 93% of meaning in a conversation is derived from non-verbal cues. Extrapolating this phenomenon to organizational communication means that most meaning comes from outside official sources."

Kathy C presents Coaching as a Leadership Competency posted at The Thriving Small Business.

Russell Dygert presents Steak or Hamburger posted at Becoming Who I Should.

Gilda Bonanno presents Using Improv Comedy's "Half-Life" Technique to Stay Within Your Time Limit While Presenting posted at Gilda Bonanno's blog, saying, "Public Speaking is an essential success skill for leadership development yet many aspiring leaders still struggle with it. One of the most frequent mistakes they make is to go over the time limit when presenting. This blog post describes a technique from improvisational comedy that can help presenters learn to deliver the essential elements of their message while staying within the time limit."

The next edition of the Leadership Development Carnival will be hosted by Sharlyn Lauby, over at hr Bartender on April 4th. Please use the Carnival Submission form on the sidebar if you would like to submit a post.


Scott Eblin said...

Oh, wow, this is so unexpected and overwhelming. I don't know what to say. I want to thank my parents, my hair stylist, my attorney and, of course, the Dalai Lama for teaching me what it really means to be a dancer. Oh, I almost forgot, to Dan McCarthy, for teaching all of us what leadership blogging is really all about. Thank you Dan. None of us could do it without you.

Jennifer V. Miller said...


Oh, gee. . .this is such an honor! I’d like to thank the Academy, my parents, my darling husband and children. . .

There are those that eschew the notion of developing human capacity; they insist that you’ve either “got it” or you don’t. My entire adult career has been a journey to help prove that notion false. The recognition of this blog post is living proof that leaders *can* be developed and by doing so they will make a difference to their workplaces.

(Orchestra begins to play . . .)

Well you can just keep playing, ‘cuz this is probably the only time I’ll ever be up here…
To those of you out there who want to demonstrate leadership, whether it’s as the “boss”, a project leader, or the chairperson of your kids’ PTA—do not be discouraged by the naysayers and talking heads. No matter your circumstances, you CAN hone your skills. But it’s up to you, so check out my 25 free resources, put Great Leadership in your Google reader and get to work!

Katy said...

Thanks for the nomination - I'm proud just to be listed on the same page with y'all :)

Wally Bock said...

Great job, as usual, Dan. Thanks for doing the coordinating, selection, and theme-making. Bravo!

Tanmay Vora said...

Great Job Dan. I loved the way you linked the carnival with academy awards theme and presented the posts. Winning 'Best supporting actor' was like icing on the cake! It already made my Monday!

As Wally says - BRAVO!

Jane said...

Dan - just adore your creative approach to the carnival this month...bravo, bravo. Am late with my thanks as I had to return my borrowed diamonds to Fred Winston! :)

Dan McCarthy said...

Scott, Jennifer, Katy, Wally, Tamnay, Jane -
Thanks to all of you! Great performances. Please have your people call my people.

Joaquin Roca said...

Thanks for this post, Dan, I found a lot of great blogs in your list. Hopefully one day I will have to go out and buy a virtual tux to attend award night at the carnival.

Dan McCarthy said...

Joaquin -
Good, I'm glad we were able to introduce some new stars to you.