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. (-:
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
Susan Mazza, from her blog Random Acts of Leadership, presents What is Your Leadership Promise?