The November, 2012 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the November, 2012 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival!

For you reading pleasure, this month’s Carnival offers up a Fall harvest of posts from some of the best leadership bloggers from around the world.

There’s way too much good stuff to try to read it all in one sitting. Pace yourself – read a few, then come back for more delicious leftovers.
And please excuse the weird quilt of fonts and colors – a lot of slicing, dicing, pasting, and basting goes into preparing a Carnival. Google’s Blogger was not being very cooperative. Just when I think it’s right, I hit “preview”, and it’s a complete surprise each time. 
Think of it as leadership graffiti. (-:
Bon appétit!
We’ll lead off with Jennifer Miller, from The People Equation. “When you hire someone, did you know you’ve agreed to an unspoken “contract” with your new employee? Learn the 10 Answers People Want Before Saying Yes to a Job so you’ll be prepared to address those unspoken questions.”
Corporate culture guru S. Chris Edmonds, from Driving Results Through Culture, examines Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace from the perspective of personal integrity: Personal Integrity is in Your Hands.
Jim Taggart, from It’s from my Changing Winds blog, gives us Are You a Hang Dog Leader?  Anything that brings dogs into the leadership equation needs to be be read. (-:
Ann Pershel, from Germane Insights gives us Seven Steps for Paving Your Road to the C-Suite. “Your arrival at the C-suite will not happen by accident, coincidence or luck. Nor will it result from being smart, accomplished and talented….alone. You have to pave your path, then move along down the road, purposefully and with a plan. Over the years I’ve had many conversations with clients and non-clients who are, or will soon be, C-suite leaders. If you’d like to know how they get there, read on …”
Mary Jo Asmus, from Mary Jo Asmus uses William Bridges change model to provide a framework for Personal Transition for Better Leadership.
Joel Garfinkle, from Career Advancement Blog shows us how to Take on High-Visibility Projects without Doubling Your Workload.

One of our Carnival regulars, Meg Bear has a new blog, Meg Bear. Here’s Don’t Make it about you: “Tips on how to better tailor your professional communication to get the outcome you are hoping.”
John Hunter, from The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog, serves up Appreciation for a System in the Deming Context. “A systems approach to management provides a view of the organization in terms of many internal and external interrelated connections and interactions, as opposed to discrete and independent departments or processes governed by various chains of command.”
Mike Henry Sr. submits this post from Alan Derek Utley, from his Lead Change Group: Playing The Part Of Leader. “Alan makes a powerfully descriptive analogy to illustrate the difference between going-through-the-motions of leadership and actually becoming a leader.”
BTW, if you like these monthly Carnivals, then I’d highly recommend buying and reading The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution…One Person at a Time. It’s a great collection written by Mike and many of our Carnival regular contributors.
Sharlyn Lauby, the HR Bartender, serves us 5 Qualities of Professional People. “A reader asks how a manager can become more professional and get the respect of her employees.”
Bernd Geropp, from More leadership, gives us Are you a true leader? 5 unmistakable symptoms that you are not!. “If you are a true leader you are a people person. A leader encourages and rewards people. A leader pays attention to people. “
David Burkus, from LDRLB, reviews some research on how individuals are better able to comprehend relationships inside a hierarchical structure: Why We Love Hierarchies. “It’s been the most popular article on our site for the past week.”
Karin Hurt, from Let’s Grow Leaders, gives us Beginning Well to End Strong: Stories and Tips for Successful Starts. “How we begin matters. As leaders, we set the stage for great results by beginning well. In this article, Karin shares specific tips and tricks for engaging and energizing beginnings across a variety of contexts.”
Mary Ila Ward, from Horizon Point Consulting, presents Your Horizon Part 1: Know Yourself. “The first step in making career decisions is to know yourself. This posts helps individuals at any stage in life begin to consider their talents, passions, and values in order to make wise career decisions.”
Anna Farmery, from The Engaging Brand, submits 5 Truths about Profit as a Goal. “We can so easily focus on profit that we make the wrong decisions for the business. Profit is an outcome of great decisions ,not the goal in itself, this post attempts to explain why…”
Jesse Lyn Stoner, from Jesse Lyn Stoner blog serves up To Create an Enduring Vision, Values Must Support. “With examples from companies like Disney, Sony, and BMW, this post demonstrates the importance of and how to look at values in the context of purpose. Test your values against your mission or purpose to ensure your company’s culture is prepared to support your strategic direction. Remember, “culture trumps strategy.””
Carrie Koens (Weaving Influence), submits a post by Julie Winkle Giulioni (Julie Winkle Giulioni blog), called The Fallacy of Focus This is part one of a two-part post, describing the “two faces of focus” and what that means for us.”

Julie Baron submits a post from Dr. Ray Benedetto, from GuideStar Inc, called Leadership Begins with a Capital C.
Randy Conley, from Leading with Trust, gives us Ten Signs You Might Be A Frankenboss – “If any of these ten behaviors describe your leadership style then you might be a Frankenboss.” Randy gets this month’s award for best post title. (-:
Mark Stelzner, from Inflexion Advisors, presents HR Fear Factor – Are You Ready To Be A ‘Performance Advisor’? – “Our latest post features study results from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). One of the most interesting findings? To get ahead in HR, you need to get out.”
Wally Bock, from Three Star Leadership, offers up Just for Today. “You can be a great boss if you do the little things that the great bosses do over and over. Do them just for today. Then, tomorrow, do them again.”
Diane Laux subits this post from Maril MacDonald, from Let Go and Lead, called Slowing Down – The Next Big Cultural Challenge. “Organizations can gather speed by slowing down.”
Lisa Kohn of Chatsworth Consulting Group, presents How your shoulds are hurting you on The Thoughtful Leaders Blog “where she offers a few simple steps for conquering your shoulds (for Give Up Your Shoulds Day and beyond) and how you can renew your energy and strengthen your leadership.”
Neal Burgis, Ph.D., from Practical Solutions Blog, gives us Engagement of Extraordinary Leaders. “Typically, leaders blame employee disengagement on their employees for one reason or another. Employee engagement begins and ends with engaged leaders. It is these engaged leaders who create great/extraordinary/remarkably engaged employees out of their workforce.”

Miki Saxon, from MAPping Company Success, presents Ducks in a Row: Arrogance and Empathy. “How lacking one essential ingredient can make competence feel like arrogance and change a reputation from being “the best” to “second best.””

Chery Gegelman, from Simply Understanding, gives us 7 Tips for Leading Change from The Middle.  “Are you convinced that you and your team are capable of making a bigger difference? Do you dream of working for an organization that is committed to Character-Based Leadership? Are you concerned that you don’t have the power or the position to make it happen?”
Guy Farmer, from Self-Awareness Workshops presents Business Ethics and Rationalization. “Leaders choose what kind of organizations they design and whether ethical behavior is part of the equation. Their own behaviors are often reflected in how their organizations function.”
Mark Miller, from Great Leaders Serve, serves up Today’s Challenge: Am I Coachable?
Molly Page submits Jon Mertz’s post How to Avoid Drift into Mediocrity from his Thin Difference blog.
Susan Mazza, from her blog Random Acts of Leadership, presents What is Your Leadership Promise? 
And to close out this month’s edition of the Leadership Development Carnival, last, but certainly not least, here’s Tanmay Vora, from his blog QAspire Blog with Building Engaged Teams with Power of Appreciation.