Welcome to the January edition of the Leadership Development Carnival, New Year's Edition!
With the holidays slowing us down a little, this month's edition may not have as many posts, but they sure are outstanding ones. It's an eclectic mix.... some reflections, predictions, "best of" lists, and the usual sage collection of leadership questions, advice and wisdom.
I put out a Tweet for submissions this time, so there's a few new contributors. While I tend to favor the "old" standbys (in blogging years, anything over 3 years years is reaching "classic" status), it's always interesting to see what a new leadership-themed blogger has to say.
The New Year is a great time to reflect on who we want to be as leaders, where we are, and what we are willing to commit to learn and change. I'd encourage you to use this month's Carnival as a catalyst to kick-off that process.
To start off, are you looking for something that will stretch you as a leader in 2011? Scott Eblin has been finding some Leadership Lessons in Yoga. Don't roll those eyes.... Scott knows what he's talking about, and has a knack for finding leadership lessons in the world around us. See for yourself, with Leadership Lessons from Yoga posted at Next Level Blog. Join Scott for a free teleseminar on Charting Your Course for 2011 with a Life GPS®. It’s on Jan. 13. Register here.
Remember Tom Hanks declaring "There's no crying in baseball"? When is it proper for leaders to show emotion? William Powell of The Leadership Advisor explores various opinions and prejudices on that very subject. Mike Henry Sr. contributes There's No Crying in Leadership posted at Lead Change Group Blog.
Jennifer Miller offers us her most popular post of the year, and asks if people really care about leadership development, or if they just can't resist a free offer. For me, the answer is both. (-:
Check out her list of 25 free leadership development resources, at Do People Care About Leadership Development? posted at The People Equation.
Here's something for all managers to think about..... what's the best way to "help" your employees? Mary Jo Asmus says it's not by solving their problems for them. She explains why, in Help Them to Think posted at Mary Jo Asmus.
Business leaders and management writers bemoan the lack of execution but there's no problem getting executives to conduct planning sessions and planning reviews. It's not really hard to understand why that is. Wally Bock provides an answer to the question with Why People would Rather Plan Than Execute, at Three Star Leadership.
Here's are some great questions for all leaders to ponder.....
From Bret Simmons: Are We Engaged Yet? posted at Bret L. Simmons - Positive Organizational Behavior.
Linda Fisher Thornton gets us thinking about ethics with Ethical Thinking: 5 Questions to Ponder for the New Year posted at Leading in Context LLC.
Benjamin McCall asks Silver Bullet? Who should you look to for Answers? posted at ReThinkHR - (ReThink Human Resources).
These bloggers offer answers to some of the most important leadership challenges we all face:
Giving and getting recognition is the theme of these next three posts.
In this ten-minute "Management Tips Podcast" Chester Elton, co-author of The Orange Revolution, explains why recognition is “The Great Communicator” and how we can get better at delivering it. Nick McCormick presents Recognition: The Great Communicator posted at Joe and Wanda on Management.
Can't take a complement? Art Petty tells us How to Appropriately Respond to Positive Praise posted at Management Excellence. Hey Art, you're one of my favorite leadership bloggers and an all around great person and friend. Can't wait to read your new Leadership Caffeine book! Gee, maybe I learned something.
More great leadership advice:
David Burkus presents another Bret Simmons piece The Importance Of Working With People You Like from his LeaderLab. Yes, I sometimes allow two posts from the same blogger if it's on a different blog. And besides, it's from Bret Simmons, nuff said.
The award for the longest blog title goes to Michael Cardus for Reverse Peter Principle: within a hierarchy tasks tend to be delegated until they have descended to the employees level of incompetence posted at Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership Blog. Whew!
For some tips on getting creative, take a look at Bob Lieberman's Framing Leadership Challenges posted at Cultivating Creativity – Leadership Development for the Creative Economy and Mike King's 7 Quick Ways to Boost Your Creativity posted at Learn This.
Putting a team together sure can be puzzling. Tanveer Naseer asks Are You Fitting Employee Personality Into Your Leadership Puzzle? posted at TanveerNaseer.com, and Gregory Farley tells us how to create a real team, vs. a group on individuals, with The puzzle pieces posted at Voices of Leadership.
Here are some posts that explore the more personal and spiritual side of leadership. Go on, take a few moments to dig deep.....
Erin Pavlina presents Cultivating Command and Leadership posted at Erin Pavlina - Spiritual Wisdom for Conscious People.
Hope you enjoyed this month's edition. I wish you all the best in 2011!